Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Gifts and Awards

Friends I received 15 birthday cards this year. I display them on the buffet in the dining room and it made me so happy to see them sitting there bringing birthday cheer. I also received some nice gifts from family and friends.

Most of my friends know I love dish towels and pears.

Amelia gifted me with this mug and it had a Target card included!! No I do not poop out at Parties....thanks to Vitametavegamin!!  My daughter and I both LOVE LUCY!
I put this pretty pull on one of my cross stitch project bag zippers .

My tea cart with its new tea towel.

My gift to myself...a pretty diffuser for my Young Living essential oils.  I received several gifts of money that allowed me to buy a few new summer things for my closet too. I also got a gift certificate for a pedicure that I look forward to using soon.

On to Awards...

Landon and his best friend both won math awards in their class. Landon also took home the leadership award. That award says so much about his sweet spirit and his helpful attitude.

Off to have breakfast with the girls after I drop the kiddos off at school. They are so excited that tomorrow is the last day of school. If I think hard, I can remember that same feeling!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Barn

One of my favorite birthday gifts was this photograph of my Daddy's barn, taken by Cousin Scott Kuhn.

it really captures the simple beauty of the place. Scott was able to remove the power  lines to make the photograph more pleasing.

It is perfect hanging with Miss Mayfield.

Our neighbor on the CCC Road took this picture of Fort Mountain last week.

Isn't it just beautiful? Jacinta and my sister, Kristi, are both interested in nature photography and they share their best pictures with each other.

And for a smile, I thought I would share this with you.

It is true for me....when I see the Saturn Rocket at the Space and Rocket Center I know I am almost home.  When Kendall was a toddler she insisted on calling it a light house like the one she had seen at Tybee Island on vacation.

Still playing catch up from being away and believe it or not, we are heading back to Georgia on Thursday to enjoy the long weekend.  My family is starting to get sick of the Grimms.:0 Not really...but it is different now that we have Grimmwood.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Books and Bayer

Well I just remembered that I am meeting a friend for coffee in the morning so I will write this post tonight. You can read it in the morning.:)

While enjoying R and R I read two good books, believe it or not.

I found this on the new book shelf but almost returned it to the stacks because it was set in Denmark. I have nothing against the Scandinavian countries but I tend to prefer to read what I know. Also turmoil regarding how to pronounce names keeps me up at night.( A Man Called Ove as a case in point). I love Ove but did not know how to say his name until I had finished the book.  The Lost Woman by Sara Blaedel is one of a series of books featuring detective, Louise Rick.  Clever writing and an interesting locale makes this book a four star winner. I never give out five star ratings unless I am really impressed by a novel.  This mystery revolves around the subject of euthanasia. What I liked about the writing of this author was her fair and balanced look at the subject. There was no preaching either way and no judgment. Each reader was allowed to retain their own beliefs on the subject and I found that very refreshing. I am going to be looking for more books featuring Louise.

I stumbled across this book while randomly roaming the stacks in the fiction section of our library. I will be reading more of Ms Simmons writing.  When I saw that Chevy Stevens endorsed it, that made me take this book home. It was a real page turner for me.  Ann is a well to do widow in her early 70s. She lives on the Main Line in Philadelphia but she is not the typical mother in law and grandmother. She does delight in spending time with her 8 year old granddaughter, Ellie. When Ann and Ellie stumble upon some old  photo albums, Ann's life comes flooding back to her. We find that Ann has led an interesting life as the scenes of the past once more flood her mind. And too, Ann is worried that the dementia that plagued her mother, is waiting for her.  So are her memories accurate?  I just love books like this that get to the heart of an individual.

I also saw that this book will be out in August.
If you have not read the Kinsey Milhone series by Sue Grafton, you have missed an alphabet's worth of mysteries.  This is one series that I have not tired of since I read A is for Alibi.

On to Bayer...

My back was giving me fits while on vacation so my sister, Leta, recommended this product. Oh My will always be in my medicine cabinet. It is wonderful.  It is Aspirin and Caffiene so I caution those of you with stomach problems, this may not be the best pain reliever for you. It is coated and you are told to take it with 8 oz of water to ensure it goes directly to your stomach.  Even with the caffeine in the product, it did not keep me awake at night after I took a dose. So if you are looking for some good OTC pain reliever, check out Bayer. ( There is also a caution about Reyes seems we have not heard of many instances of this side effect lately but it is something to consider.)

Well off to bed...have a Marvelous  Monday Friends.

On Grimmwood Pond

We are back home today after five days at Grimmwood.  It was so nice to spend my birthday in my happy place. Thanks to all of you who sent me sweet birthday wishes.  I hope to get back to posting tomorrow.

This picture was taken one afternoon as I was sitting on the porch. If you look closely across the pond, you will see a Catalpa tree in bloom. Actually there are three of them blooming right now. In the south they may also be called Catawba trees. Years ago men planted these trees by ponds and lakes as they attract a caterpillar that is prized fishing lure.   We have seen lots of wildlife around us at Grimmwood. I need to start a nature diary to keep there. One night we were sitting on the porch at dusk along with Leta and Bruce, when a big bird flew into a tree near the porch. We thought it was an owl but when it flew out, it was a stork.  Leta said that a stork built a nest in one of those trees several years ago and she has some pictures of it.  We saw two snakes swimming across the pond one afternoon. Supposedly, this summer will be a bad one for snakes!!  I have to admit they are not my favorite of the wild life in North Georgia.

Well it is almost time for my nap!! I will play catch up on reading blogs this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Birthday Blogging Break

Heading off on a Birthday Blogging Break to God's country...North Georgia.   It has been quite a few years since I spent my birthday in Georgia.  My mother called me to see what I wanted for my birthday cake and I chose a chocolate pie.  I almost told her not to make me a dessert but then I thought,  you still have a mama that wants to treat you to a birthday sweet, take advantage of it.   Mother will be 87 in August and I am learning not to take her presence in my life for granted.   I am hoping to get two of my cross stitch projects completed while I am at Grimmwood. We need to do some clean up on the property. Marvin bought some new tools to take care of that. And we will be hosting the family potluck over the weekend. Sweet Audrey and her parents are coming up for the festivities and we will also celebrate her birthday.  It is hard to believe that half of May is over and Summer is upon us.  See you on Sunday!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mothers Day Weekend

We had a pleasant weekend.  It started off with softball for Kendall. We also got a glimpse of her team picture.

That tall pretty girl in the back is our Kendall.

Meanwhile, Landon worked on a Birthday gift for Audrey.

A pink step stool with cupcakes on it. Because Audrey is our cupcake full of sugar.

Kendall and Landon gifted their mom with this...

This will be perfect for carrying snacks out to the pool this summer. As I said last week, Pineapples are everywhere it seems. I found these at Walmart at a great price. This would make a good teacher gift as well.

We had a super busy day at church as Marvin and I were in charge of communion as well as baptism. My dear friend, Sharon, made lunch for us. We usually go out to dinner after church but she knew it would be crazy on Mother's Day so she offered to cook. And she is a great cook so we said YES!

She always sets a beautiful table.

And I caught a glimpse of this on her end table...

She is a cross stitcher as well.  Us crazy for cross stitch people have to stick together.

I had texts and phone calls from my children so I had a lovely Mother's Day...hope you all did as well.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Stitching Saturday

I do not have a lot of stitching to show today.

Here is a Throw Back....

While cleaning out the attic I found this piece that I did many years ago. It still has youngest son listed as Chuck( he is Charles now) so I am thinking I did this back in the 1990s. I took it downstairs and hung it above the bulletin board in my back hallway.

Here is one of the patriotic pieces I have been working on.

It is a Brenda Gervais pattern called Lady Liberty. I am going to display her with my other patriotic stitches.  Some people complain about "color" patterns but I am liking them as I get older and my eyes are not what they used to be!!  Today I am getting out my Prairie Schooler village but with all I have to do today, it won't get much attention.

I will be making cheese straws and a pound cake for my Book Club which meets here on Monday morning. Landon and I are working on a little stool that he wants to give to Audrey. It belonged to him when he was little and now that he is a big boy he wants to pass it along to his baby cousin.

I hope everyone has a Happy Mother's Day. As I told one of my sweet friends, you may not be a biological mama but you  have touched many lives and are a mama of the heart.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Decatur's Bank Street Players put on Steel Magnolias at the historic Princess theater and we were there.  Marvin saw an article about the play in our morning paper and asked if I would like to go. I am going to be honest and say that I almost turned him down. I love the movie Steel Magnolias and I thought the locals might not do such a great job.

I was wrong...they did a very good job of bringing the beloved characters to life.  The play is a bit different from the movie as all the action in the play takes place in Truvy's Beauty Shop.  There were many of the favorite lines from the movie and few funny lines unique to the play.

In the play, M'Lynn explains what happened to Shelby that caused her to die. ( Complications from a surgery that was done when her kidney transplant failed. She had been back on dialysis and the surgery that was supposed to help her did not.)  I think that the relationships of the these friends comes through so clearly in this movie/play. We can all identify with one character or maybe more.  I have always loved Ouiser!! But I am probably more like M'Lynn.  How about you? Who is your favorite Steel Magnolia?

I am off early in the am to have breakfast with a friend so I am posting this evening. Have a fabulous Friday Ladies.

The Stream in Pictures

Well Friends today is a stream post with pictures. So climb in your inner tube and sit for spell in the stream as I share my week with you.

1. A New Great Niece..

Here is my niece, Sarah, and her family on Sunday. Dottie had a dance recital. You cannot even tell Sarah is expecting in this picture. Oh me, when I was pregnant I blew up all over!! Sarah is my first niece. She, Benjamin and my Ben were all born in the same year.  Pictured are left to right...Rob, Trent, Sallie,Sarah and Dottie.

And here is Mollie Rose.

Seven pounds of sweetness.  Mollie brings my great niece and nephew total to 17.  Every thing went well and soon Mollie will be at home with her brother and sisters.

2.  Sister Kristi took these pictures on the family farm the other day.

We will be heading to Grimmwood next week to celebrate my birthday.

3. Fidget Spinners....


Even Grandpa got in on the fun.

5. Some of my stitching this week.  This is a pin cushion with the Good Stitch Witch on the front. Stacy Nash Primitives is the designer. I think it will be cute when finished.

More on Smoky Mountain Christmas....I have part of the cloak done and now to back stitch which is no fun at all.

6. Birthday Gifts from Marvin arrived in the mail yesterday. My dear husband allowed me to go on a shopping spree at 123 Stitch, my favorite on line stitching store. I had a limit of course but I have enough charts to stitch for the next year. I need to stop looking at the Stitching sites on Facebook as I see someone else stitching a piece and I think to my self, I want to stitch that as well.

I love these Sue Hillis designs. I will finish these simply and hang them on my fridge for the appropriate season.  I picked up the purple Aida for the Halloween stitch and it may be my car project as it is stitched on 14 count fabric and I can see that without a magnifier.  I knew the grands would like these  cute projects.

Autumn Quakers, Pumpkin Brew and O Come All Ye Faithful.  I love that Autumn Quaker but I will not even think of starting it until Smoky Mountain Christmas is done. It will take me over a year to complete it once I start. I love stitching motifs but they can be tricky and one mistake can lead to pulling out of hair!!

Off to have lunch with my friends today. We will be celebrating my birthday so I picked one of my favorite restaurants in Hartselle. Then we will go to Deborah's house for cake and maybe some porch sitting. Marvin asked if I would like to go to Decatur's Princess Theater to see the Bank Street Players put on Steel Magnolias tonight. Well of course I said yes!! So today will be a Good Good Day.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Stream

Good Morning...its a bit chilly but let's dip a toe in the stream!

1. I saw the movie, Enough, featuring Chonda Pierce, last night with my friend, Andrea. I really found it quite touching. Ms Pierce deals frankly with what it is like to be a widow after 30 years of marriage.  I was happy to see that her group of girl friends are the ones who have been her source of solace in the last three years. Chonda lives in the small town she grew up in and  seems to be just Chonda when she is not on the road traveling. I like that.  While the movie costs more than the others playing at the theater, we watched NO previews. I am sure theaters could make money by offering preview free movies at a dollar or two more in price. I would pay it!

2. School is out in two weeks!! I am racking my brain coming up with things for the grands to do on the Tuesdays and Wednesdays they are here. Thanks to You Tube we will be doing some art lessons. I am also planning to do a class on Cursive Writing. Thanks to my second grade teacher, Miss Macie, I have a nice handwriting and I want to pass the torch.

3. My dear next door neighbors will be moving to Florida with their daughter at the end of the month. Jean and John have been our neighbors for 8 years and we treasure their friendship.  I admit to a bit of anxiety as we prepare for new neighbors. When you live in a town home community it is important to have good neighbors.

4. My plants in the front beds are coming along nicely.  I am trying to keep the bugs from eating my hostas like they did last year. Sevin is my friend.

5. I am hosting our neighborhood book club on Monday morning. Thanks to Susan for reminding me it was the 15th and not the 22nd  We are reading Swan Place by Augusta Trobaugh.  Ms Trobaugh is one of my favorite Southern authors.  I will be trying a new recipe I found in Southern Lady magazine, Sweet Tea Pound Cake.  Yes you put tea in the pound cake!! Sounded perfect for a book club dessert when reading a Southern Novel. I am also making Cheese Straws, I need to make a big batch for book club and for our family pot luck in Georgia on the 20th.

6. Speaking of the family potluck...have you checked out Dollar Tree for some nice deals on seasonal paper plates and napkins?  I have been very impressed with our Dollar Tree on Sixth Avenue here in Decatur. It is a big store and has a wide selection of items for $1.

7. I am going to get another new great niece today and I am so happy and excited. Mollie will arrive today in Memphis. She will be Lee and Lanier's 14th grandchild. Can you imagine 14 grands? I have 8 and some days I am overwhelmed by that thought. It is a big responsibility to keep up with birthdays and special events. Mollie will join brother, Rob and sisters, Dottie and Sallie.  Please say a prayer  for my niece, Sarah as labor is just what it says it is, labor.

Time for Car thing I look forward to about summertime is NO car pool!! It has not improved over the last 15 years since I had children in school!! Have a blessed day friends.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The Grimmlins

Katy texted me some pictures of the Grimmlins, busy at play over the weekend.

Ben was mowing the yard and Elliott is helping. Katy said Elliott really had his eyes on Dad, watching to see what he was doing and making sure his own mowing skills were up to snuff. 

This next  picture just made my heart melt. Katy was sitting on the deck in the back yard keeping an eye on the boys when she captured this. Baylor was swinging, Elliott was pushing him and when Baylor got off the swing, Baylor's jeans fell down a bit. Little Brother helped him tug them up and then this...

Baylor is not one to love on his siblings very much so this was really touching.  Thanks again all who pray for Baylor.  It is the little things like this that make up hope that one day Baylor will be able to express all his feelings.

Later in the afternoon, Daddy took Margaret on a date.

So sweet....Katy and Ben do such a good job of parenting all their children. I have to say that Margaret and Elliott are growing up to be such caring children because of Baylor. Both feel strongly that they are Baylor's mentors as well as siblings. 

Today is errand day...several things to get in the mail. Thankful that I have a mother to send a card to as many of my friends have only sweet memories of their moms. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Audrey

Our Miss A is turning two is not the terrible twos but the terrific twos for this girlie.

Ready for church yesterday....not sure what the crying was about. Her crying is really more drama than tears.

Playing with her new Curious George. I love how she is feeding him a banana.

Another gift from friends...the hostess with the Mostest.

And finally, one of her favorite new things.

Sunglasses are important in the Sunny South.

We will be celebrating her birthday at our Family Potluck in Georgia on the 20th. I have some fun toys all ready for Audrey.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stitching Saturday

I have a story for you today. It is one that makes me remember that there are still many kind people in the world.

I joined a group on Facebook called The Prairie Schooler Students. It is a group of stitchers who love the designs of Prairie Schooler. I have loved this designer since the 1980s and I have stitched many of their charts.  Recently I became aware of a Village pattern that is very old and I must have missed it back in the day.

Here is a picture of it.

On Ebay it was going for about $30. I asked the ladies on Prairie Schooler Students if anyone had a chart they would be willing to sell.  A sweet lady sent me this chart for FREE.  I was just overwhelmed and I told her if I had a chart that she needed all she had to do was ask! Her only request was that I update her on my progress on Facebook Messenger.  As you can tell the chart looks very 1980s. Back then there were very few DMC colors to work with and most were very subtle.
I am bringing this piece into the 2000s by using some of the new over dyed variegated flosses.

Here is my progress so far.
I did change the "barn house" to a barn. I felt that the house on the chart was just very awkward looking with its window placement.  I will be getting this out today to continue working on it and I can hardly wait.

Here is an update on Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Santa has a face!! Did you know that there is a four inch snow cover on Mount LeConte in the Smokies this morning???? Yep...a real Blackberry Winter. Here in the south, when the blackberries bloom, we usually have a cold snap that we call Blackberry Winter. Well it was a true one this year.

And finally my progress on Coffee Quaker.

I think another rotation or two and this will be finished.  I am also working on some patriotic pieces so I will share them next week.

Don't forget today is Derby Day!  After  living in Louavul, Kentucky for four years, I can never forget Derby Day. Sadly I did not make a Derby Pie to celebrate! Have a good weekend friends.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Log Cabin Tea Company

My small group from church met last night for dinner and fellowship. We traveled to Hartselle for supper at Log Cabin Tea Company and Country Cooking. This is a new restaurant that features yummy desserts.

Some one in the group might have had Death by Chocolate Cake as her dinner but she will remain nameless.

I was too busy looking at the desserts to get any pictures of the varieties of tea they sell there. They also had a wall of different flavored tea that you could sample!  I wish I had taken a picture of it.  But as I said above, chocolate just takes over my mind.

The outside of the eatery had lovely plants in place.

Isn't that just eye candy???

The colors are so pretty.

And this pretty was in the top of the arrangement.

One more cake...

We had a wonderful time laughing, sharing and studying God's Word.  So thankful for this group of ladies who make it a priority to meet together once a month.