Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stitching Saturday

Thanks for dropping by to see what I am stitching this week.

A little more progress on Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I started Pumpkin Patch by Prairie Schooler.  It makes me feel that fall is just around the corner.

And I pulled this piece out of the attic and hung it in my laundry room

I stitched this MANY years ago. Prairie Schooler is the designer and this chart was just re released to a new generation of stitchers.

I ordered this magazine thanks to a great review by Stitcherista on Floss Tube.

I do not do punch needle but their primitive cross stitch patterns are so neat. And I am promising NOT to take up another craft.

I am also planning to get some finishing done this week.

Hope it turns out like I picture it in my mind.:)

And finally...Happy Birthday to our youngest son, Charles. He is 34 today.

He shares a birthday with Bill Clinton because the labor and delivery room was full up on August 18th, when I was to be induced into labor. So instead of sharing a birthday with Patrick Swayze, he shares one with Bill! We plan to have lunch with him to celebrate.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Facebook Friday

Corrie ten Boom has always been one of my spiritual heroes.  Even though she has been with the Lord for many years, she continues to inspire people via Facebook.

As a stitcher this really spoke to me. I will be honest. While the front of my needlework looks pretty, the back is sometimes a mess. I have been working on making the back of my needlework look better  even though no one sees the back except me and the framer. :)

This is a great picture story of our lives...we cannot see how God is working the threads together to refine us and make us shine like gold.  But we can trust His Wisdom.

Maybe one day I will show you the back of my work!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Stream

Put a toe in and see if the water suits you!

1. I found a new candy that I can never purchase again. M&Ms Caramel.  Oh my...I got a small package of this candy at the grocery store today and it was love at first taste. Marvin and I are still trying to shed a few pounds and those candies must never cross the thresh hold of Nanaland.

2. Marvin and I have watched Dr Who for many years. After David Tennant gave up the role, we rather lost interest but we keep an ear out for Dr Who news. Well imagine our surprise when BBC announced the new DR Who will be a woman. No, just NO on that one.

3. The Solar Eclipse seems to have taken the US by storm. We will have 95% darkness here in NoAla. Many are driving up to Nashville, where it will be total darkness. You might like to look up Destin Sandlin( Smarter Every Day) on You Tube. He has a very interesting post regarding the Eclipse. Kendall and I watched it together. Destin and his wife, Tara, attend our church. I got to know Tara when I first started volunteering at MOPs.  Destin makes learning fun and easily understood.

4. I changed purses yesterday. With the Georgia Tech football season rapidly approaching, I took out my GT cross body. It will be perfect to carry around town but I also purchased a clear purse to take to the games. It is really sad that Southern Belles cannot show their colors at the stadiums.  I remember the Good Ole Days when you could carry a cute purse into the game and no one blinked an eye.

5. I have been a bad girl this week. I have ordered several cross stitch patterns. I keep telling myself that I need to stitch the charts I own but it is hard.  I can remember my mother purchasing fabric and saying that she would stitch up that fabric one day. She had a drawer that was full of fabric. I guess she did eventually use up her stash and if I live long enough I will stitch all my stash.:)

6.There seems to be a lot of interest in Princess Diana of late. I have seen several tv shows about her. Suddenly I realized that it will be 20 years since she died on Aug 31. It hardly seems possible.  I remember that red sweater she wore with white sheep across the front and one black sheep among the flock. I wanted a sweater like that so badly. She was a lovely fashion icon in those early days before we knew the fairy tale was only in our minds.

Well I have several errands to run today. I must get to Hobby Lobby and look for some fabric to finish off my smalls. I want to get them done so I can use them in my fall decorating.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Imaginary Life

As we do not have cable or internet at Grimmwood, we have to take some of our DVDs with us if we want to watch television. I suggested to Marvin that we take season one of Ballykissangel this weekend.

Then I had to smile because it brought back a sweet memory. One of my younger friends and coffee buddy for several years moved to Ireland.  I asked if she was going to live near Avoca, where Ballykissangel was filmed back in the 90s. So bless her heart, she traveled to Avoca and wrote a blog entitled This is Your Imaginary Life Arlene Grimm.  She put in lots of pictures for me and I was able to travel to Ireland without leaving my armchair. ( This might be my favorite way to travel.)

I know a lot of you have Britbox or Acorn tv and if you see Ballykissangel listed on your viewing guide you might want to check it out.

Father Clifford is an English priest whose new assignment is in Ireland. It causes all sorts of adjustments for Father Clifford and the village he is to shepherd.  And Father Clifford does not drive...oops.  This show will make you laugh and a good way.

If you go to Ireland you might want to stop and visit in Avoca.

It looks like the perfect Irish village to me!

You might want to drop in at Fitzgeralds pub for a sandwich and pint!

I am looking forward to visiting with my Irish friends again. After all it IS my imaginary life.

Tomato Torta

My sweet next door neighbor gave me some home grown tomatoes and I decided to make this recipe that I had clipped but I had never tried.

Tomato Torta

Place a pie crust in pan, prick with a fork all over bottom and sides and bake 5 minutes at 400 degrees.

Take pan from oven... place two cups of mozzarella cheese in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil leaves. ( If using fresh basil use 1 1/2 tablespoon.)

Top with sliced tomatoes.( For best results, slice your tomatoes and let them drain a bit on a layer of paper towels.)  Add 1/2 tablespoon of basil leaves.( 1 1/2 T if using fresh basil). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

We have found an olive oil store in Ellijay, Georgia and we had purchased some olive oil infused with balsamic vinegar so I used it to brush the top of my tomatoes.

I served it with a Kale Salad and let me just say this recipe is a keeper.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School

School has started here in Alabama.  This summer breezed by and now it is time to buckle down to classroom studies for the Grands.

Kendall is in the sixth grade.  While she was looking forward to seeing her friends every day, she was not looking forward to advanced math.  She is a smart girl but advanced math was a bit of a struggle. Amelia wisely decided that this brain needed a challenge. It is always one of those lightbulb moments when you realize you are not quite  as smart as you thought you were.  It happens to all of us.

Landon was happy to find that he would be in the class with his best friends. Amelia said he is sitting beside one of his besties and we both wonder how long before the teacher moves him to another seat.

Meanwhile in Hoover, the Grimmlins headed off for another year.  Margaret is in second grade and Baylor is in kindergarten.  Katy said Baylor had a good first day at school. When they got home from school, Baylor went right to his room got in bed and took a nap.  Please continue to pray for Baylor man as he is in a transitional classroom and it is a new type of class for the school system.  Margaret face timed us on Wednesday evening to tell us about her class. Her two best friends are in her class as well so that made her very happy.  We found out that Margaret was chosen for this particular class because of her kindness and being a friend to all.  We were so proud of her.

And the littlest Grimmlin is still enjoying summertime.

She has really enjoyed pool time this summer.  She will not be going back to day care as her Kim grandparents will be taking over childcare now that they are living in the area. I am thankful that they  are willing to do this for Audrey.

Fall is coming, high school football games and cooler mornings are all signs!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stitching Saturday

Fall is in the air in my stitchy spot that is! Time to get those Autumnal pieces done if we want to display them in October and November.  But before I share my stitching, I have to show you this wonderful LED lamp I found at Walmart for $10.   At Grimmwood, my stitchy spot does not get a lot of natural light and my table lamp was not helping so I set out to look for a portable light weight lamp that I could use as I stitched.

It is just perfect for my purposes. And it is very bright.

I liked it so much, I purchased one for my NoAla home as well.  My eyes are getting older and I am determined to keep stitching so this was a game changer for me. With my magnifier and my lamp I can cross stitch all evening without eye fatigue.

Now on to stitching...

I got one piece back from the framer.

It is Lady Freedom by Brenda Gervais. I changed up the pattern a bit and I love it.  I dropped off my Prairie Schooler village when I picked up this piece. I can hardly wait to get that one back. I am already thinking about where I will hang it!

I started another piece for Grimmwood. It is Barnyard Christmas by Prairie Schooler.

I am going to stitch all the animals on one piece of fabric.

I started with the cow of course!

And like my friend, Sandy at I Majored in Home Economics, I have started on some Smalls.

Lizzie Kate designs some very cute small projects.  And those are buttons on the owls eyes. Aren't they cute?

I finished it pretty quickly.

I am not sure how I will finish it but I will come up with something. I changed out some of the colors to be able to use my Colour and Cotton Threads.  I am loving my subscription to their Floss of the Month Club.

Happy Stitching all my Floss Loving Friends.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Facebook Friday

I saw this posted by EWTN and I wanted to share it.

This really touched my heart as I struggle with being humble.  I think we all want what we want when we want it and that is not a Christian virtue.   Another thought to ponder by the scholar theologian, Pope Benedict.

And speaking of a mother to admire, I would like to say Happy Birthday to my Mother. She is celebrating 87 years today!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Grimmlins at the Aquarium

Katy and Ben took their Grimmlins to Chattanooga last week to see the sights at the Aquarium there.

Katy says Baylor loved the aquarium and he was so enthralled he did not cover his ears or stim the whole time they were there.

Margaret with the jelly fish.

Baylor standing by himself like a big boy!

Our monkey, Elliott.

I am so glad the children had a fun day out before school starts back this week.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Christmas in July( Well August Really!)

My mother's branch of the family is the Hendersons and we try to get together for a meal every two months. In July we decided on Christmas in July. But as things will happen we were not able to meet until the first Saturday in August.

The meal was held at my Aunt Joyce's home. She loves all things Christmas and she had decorated her house and even had Christmas DVDs on the television. Amelia, Todd and the kiddos came for the afternoon as well.

These cute snow men were on hand to greet the guests.

We even had gifts! Everyone went to the Dollar Tree to purchase a gift, wrapped them up and brought them to the dinner for Dirty Santa.

I loved this picture over the mantle...and if you did not guess, my aunt loves Disney World and all things Disney. She had lots of Disney characters scattered around the house.

Even the kitchen was decorated!  We had lots of good finger foods and desserts to enjoy.

Kendall and Laura.  Everyone wore Christmas tee shirts as well.

My Aunt Joyce, her daughter, Holly and her granddaughter, Hayleigh.  My Aunt Joyce is just 9 years older than me and we have always been close.

Me and my girlies. My shirt says We Wish you a Murray Chatsworth is in Murray County.

Amelia and Aunt Joyce are ready for the season. Both of them LOVE the Hallmark Christmas movies.

Christmas Card this year??

First Cousins  who love...

Dolly Parton. Amelia gifted Laura with this shirt.

My cousin Hannah in her Elf hat.

Marvin and me with our grands.

Me and my sisters...

Sisters and Cousins...note my pretty poinsettia head band.

Amelia's Dirty Santa Gift.

Marvin got Star Wars masks. I have always loved Chew Bacca!!

We all agreed Christmas in July was fun and no stress! We will do it again next year.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Kendall and I had fun painting some rocks to hide in Chatsworth over the weekend.

Here are the rocks we painted.  Kendall did a lot of Pokemon characters while I just painted all sorts of things.

First stop was Veterans Park.

We left rocks on my Daddy's brick as well as my first cousin's brick.  Like my purple toes? The sun was shining brightly and I could not see very well as I was taking the photo.

Next was the city park....the city is building a stage in the park. I am hoping there will be some outdoor concerts there this fall.

Kendall hid our Jesus Loves You Rock here at First Baptist.

Our last rocks were hidden at the old well in Eton. Kendall was tricky when she was hiding the rocks.

We have been checking the #Murray Ga Rocks web page and several of our rocks were found. It was a fun way to spend a Friday afternoon. Kendall and I are both young at heart.