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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve


Well I am back in Alabama and I am looking forward to getting caught up on my blog reading and floss tube viewing.

In Georgia we rely on our phones to look at the Net and girls, I have read your blogs but there have been very few comments because my fingers just do not type well on a phone. So I will be leaving a comment on your blogs today after I get home from church.

I will share a few blogs about Christmas and I will show you a piece of furniture I refinished and took to Grimmwood.

We had a nice Christmas and we are looking forward to 2018. 2018 will be the year that Marvin's dad would turn 100 so Marvin is attempting to get all six siblings together to honor the memory of their dear father.  Will you pray for us as we make plans...when you have six people and their spouses to accommodate it can be frustrating. We have already run into a few snags which is to be expected but can be discouraging.  Marvin is gruff on the exterior but soft on the interior and he loves all his siblings dearly. It would mean so much to have a weekend together to remember their times growing up in Savannah, Ga.  I know some of you have planned reunions and they look so fun!  I want it to be a joy instead of a chore.  I am thankful for all you faithful prayer warriors.

It will be a COLD night here in NoAla as we ring in the New Year...ok, I will be honest most of the time I am snoring by the time the ball drops and the firecrackers are set off.  I hope you welcome the New Year with the one you love.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stitching Saturday

Thanks to my friends, RJ and Mary for this pretty freebie they shared on their blog, Stitching Friends Forever.  I have come to love these two ladies and all their pretty stitching. This will be stitched and on the tree at Grimmwood next year, the Lord Willing!  Here is the link to their blog, Stitching Friends Forever

Friday, December 29, 2017

A Big Year...


 This photo was made on the day that Charles and Nancy came home from China to prepare for their wedding on July 25th. Ben and Katy were married earlier in the year on January 23rd.  In this picture Katy is pregnant with Miss Margaret.  Kendall and Landon were just tots.
In September we had a reception at our church for both couples.  Hard to believe it has been almost nine years now.

The end of a year is always a good time to look back and remember good times. Thanks to Shutterfly for reminding me of these days.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Beach Days

I love this picture of me and Marvin..taken at Tybee Island quite a few years ago. In the winter time istis nice to think of beach days.

Here are some Mermaids we found when we visited Gulf Shores...

and..

Think warm thoughts!!  Many say the weather we have on the first day of the New Year will tell us the weather for the rest of the year. I am hoping for a warm New Years Day.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Kendall

Some old Shutterfly pictures came up in my email the other day so I thought it might be fun to look back in time.

Kendall was our first grandchild and oh my goodness, we must have taken her picture every time we saw her! I have more photos of her than all the other grands together!

One of my favorites...she was playing the piano and singing.  She does have a nice voice!!

In front of the Christmas tree on Brandywine Drive...wearing a Christmas shirt we made with her handprint. Nana was more ambitious back then!

Dancing with Uncle Ben at Uncle Charles wedding.

With her new brother...

With her GiGi...precious memories.

Cherish the moment Friends...precious memories now.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

My Girl Margaret

Many people tell me that Margaret is my mini me. She does look a bit like me when I was young, tho she is prettier!!  She enjoys crafting so that is another way she takes after her Nana.  Nana and Grandpa gifted Margaret with a tote for her very own craft supplies. She loved it.  She was busy working on something and before we left Birmingham, Margaret brought this to me.

Here Nana...its a cross for your cross wall.

It made my heart melt...

The minute we got home, the cross went up on my wall.

I am going to have to find a way to add it to my collection...my thinking cap is on!

Isn't it wonderful to see a grand embrace something that is dear to you? My grandmother loved handwork, my mother and sisters enjoy needlework and I am hoping Margaret may be my grand girl who loved to take up a needle and thread and create something lovely.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

I hope all my blog friends have a Blessed Christmas Day, remembering the Reason for the Season.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Saturday Stitching

As I reported last week, I took some time to take Christmas Works in Progress off the Q snaps and store them away until Summertime. I know it is hard to believe that I am talking about Summertime but if last year is any indication, it will be here before we know it.  Time just seems to fly by these days.

Here are the pieces I am saying good bye to for a while.

Prairie Schooler's Up on the Rooftop. I just had one house to go but rather than rush, I will take my time in finishing this piece.

Silver Creek Sampler's My Christmas List....It is one third complete.

Plum Street Sampler's Kringle and Woolard.  I am using Colour and Cotton flosses on the trees and I love the color!

I plan to get this one done next....I solemnly swear I will NEVER use this fabric again. It is cute but its is a Pain in the Neck to stitch on for more than one hour at a time. So glad I am not doing the borders.

Here are my plans for early 2018...

I will complete Foothills Farm as well. It is coming along very well.

I also wanted to share these nifty envelopes.

These are two for $! at the Dollar Tree. I am always on teh lookout for them because they are great for holding small projects. I will be placing a small project in one of these for my Car Project. It is always good to have something to stitch on when you get held up somewhere. I tend to use my Prairie Schooler Santas for the car projects as I can see the holes in the perforated paper without a magnifier.

Happy Stitching!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Oily Goodness

I am a big fan of Young Living Essential Oils and I find they really come in handy at this stressful time of the year. My friend and massage therapist, Tiffany, at Gold Star Therapy in Hartselle, Alabama shared this today on her Facebook page.  I am going to be trying some of these blends.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trip To Birmingham

On Monday, Marvin had his post op check up with Dr B at the Kirklin Clinic in Birmingham. We were just in and out...his pathology report was all clear, just a fatty tumor. The operative site looked good and we hope we do not have to have any more surgery this year, or next year for that matter. Two surgeries in one month's time took a toll on both of us but we are happy with the outcomes.

We wanted to treat ourselves to a Christmas lunch in the big city. Son in law, Todd, recommended The Village Tavern at the Summit Center.

It was pretty busy as it seemed every office in Birmingham was having a Christmas luncheon there. Our wait was worthwhile as we each enjoyed our lunch.

I had the Luncheon Filet with crab meat.


Marvin enjoyed the Grouper..

He also ate my broccoli because I am in President Bush's I Hate Broccoli Club.  If you remember President George Herbert Walker Bush took quite the razing for his hatred of this green veggie.

We also stopped at Icing on the Cookie...

We shared these with the grands when we stopped there to open Christmas gifts.  Alas, I got no pictures of the excited Grimmlins.  But by the mess we left there, a good time was had by all.

Then we drove out to Bass Pro Shop. Marvin had a gift card to spend there.

The ride up to the store was quite steep and we were wondering if we were ever going to reach the top. Next time we will take the RV entrance.  Many people are surprised that Birmingham is hilly. But it is!! Even downtown in some spots.  The Bass Pro Shop is located in Leeds...a suburb east of town.


Seemed to be a popular place for Christmas shopping.

A pretty Christmas tree greeted us as we entered.


And a big fireplace as well.

Marvin found some ammo while I came away with two pretty fleece jackets that were on sale.

By the time we made it back to Decatur we were two tired puppies and we sank into our happy chairs to watch Jeopardy!! A good way to end the day for us nerds.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Beary Merry Christmas

I have come to have a fondness for bears! Since building Grimmwood, where bears are spotted roaming the area, I decided I needed some bear Christmas ornaments.

I found this handsome fella at Cracker Barrelfor 50% off so he is at Grimmwood, making my tree beary pretty.

My sister, Leta, gifted me this one. Since our Daddy worked for the US Forest Service, Smokey has always been a part of our lives.

He faces the window so he can be on the lookout!!

And I saw this one at Cracker Barrel as well and brought him home to Nanaland.

He is admiring the ornaments around him.

Hoping this week before Christmas is going well for all of my Blog Friends. Before we know it the Jolly Old Elf will be making his rounds.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Down on the Farm

We had a nice time with the family on Saturday. Thanks to my sister, Kristi, for being our photographer.

Nana, Grandpa and the grands.

The whole family.... I was trying to keep Baylor engaged and asking him to look at the camera. Getting a good picture of a child on the spectrum can be an ordeal.  Then I look at the picture and Margaret is fixing her hair.lol...

The grand girls...

Our two youngest grands, Elliott and Audrey.

Landon and Hudson.

Amelia and family

Charles and Nancy with Audrey

Ben, Katy and family.

Ben and our Baylor man...I know many of you are praying for our sweet spectrum boy. He loved the cows on the farm.

Monday, December 18, 2017

My Favorite Books of 2017

I know many of you are like me, always looking for a good book to read!! At the end of each year, I look back over my Good Reads list to see which books stood out among the rest for me. It is fun to go back and read my reviews and remember all the good stories I have enjoyed this year.

Here are my TOP TEN...

1. The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia S Fenollera was this years TOP READ.  It is a book that will take you away from all your cares to a kinder and gentler community of refined citizens.

2. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff is a thought provoking read but what a story!

3. The Bird House by Kelly Simmons was such a timely book for me as it is about a grandmother. Being in the same season of life, I could understand many of the main character's feelings.

4. The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel is a great police procedural/mystery. Set in England and Denmark it was very interesting to me.

5. The Hired Girl by Amy Laura Schlitz. This is an author to be aware of! Great writing and masterful story teller. I have read two of her books and look forward to more from Ms Schlitz.

6. The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan features a troubled young heroine who might or might not have killed her mother.  Exactly who is the psychopath in this mystery?

7, Local Knowledge by Liza Gyllenhaal is set in New England and features a real estate agent as the main character. Two of my favorite topics in one book!

8. Easter at the Lakes by Sara Hylton is an older book that I found in the stacks at the library but charmed me from the get go. Ms Hylton's books are in the style of Rosamunde Pilcher, another favorite author of mine.

9. I Found You by Lisa Jewel was a real page turner for me. Amnesia is always an interesting subject in a mystery!

10. Magpie Murders by Joel Horowitz was a fun read for anyone who is a lover of all mystery genres. You will enjoy the references to other mysteries you might have read.

So there you go!! I realize not all readers have the same taste but I think there is something for everyone on this list!!

I am adding one I just finished...The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg. It is a sweet story of friendship across the generational lines.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stitching Saturday

This will be a short and sweet post.

Remember this?

My Prairie Schooler that will say Foothills Farm?

Here is my progress this week.

I did get the house built and I changed a few things. I do like this version much better. I will be packing this one up to take to Grimmwood. My January Cottage will journey to Georgia as well. All of my Christmas stitching has been put away until June or July when I will start them again in hopes of finishing them before the holidays.  In 2018 I also plan to spend more time working on Smoky Mountain Christmas. I hope to complete it before Christmas 2018.  I think I was a bit ambitious in my holiday stitching this year.

We will be celebrating with my family in NoGA today. Marvin and I are hoping to get a picture of us with all the grands. And if we can get one with our kids and grands that will just be icing on the cake. I have put off my Christmas baking until next week. I know if I make it now, I will eat it now. I am going to try to have all the Christmas goodies gone by January 1st so I can get back on my eating well and walking routine.  Hoping you all have a blessed weekend enjoying these days leading up to Christmas.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Randomness

I have some random pictures in iPhotos so I decided to just share them all.

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook and it really made me laugh out loud. That is Snow in the Deep South in one painting.

Miss Audrey sporting a side pony tail, she just might bring them back into fashion.


My sister was sharing some old pictures last week and here is one of me and Amelia, Christmas 1981. I think Amelia had just woken from a nap.  And I look like I need one.:)

Marvin surprised me with this beautiful blown glass ornament made here in Alabama, Fort Payne to be precise.

Amelia shared this group of photos of Hudson on his birthday! He is a handsome fella.

And here is Mr Modest...being congratulated by his coach after scoring 10 points in a recent basketball game.

Here is Baby Ben...six months old and sporting his two new teeth.  We lived in Hull, Georgia and this photo was made in our back yard while out for a walk....remember umbrella strollers? They had just come into vogue and were so convenient compared to the old strollers.

The Brothers Grimm out for a ride in Elliott's birthday gift. Katy said Baylor was tentative at first but was soon laughing and clapping his hands as they rode around the yard. For a four year old, Elliott can really wheel his car around. Marvin suggested that Katy hide her car keys!!