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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stitching Saturday

It was a busy stitchy week here in Nanaland.

On Tuesday I met my new stitchy friend, Brenda, for lunch. She has a Facebook page, Brenda's Minders and More.  I purchased these beauties from her.  If you don't know what these are they are needle minders. They affix to your stitching via magnets and they will hold your needle for you when it is time to put it aside. No more losing needles in the arm of the sofa for me.

The Tardis from Dr Who and the Bicycle are mine. The Butterfly and the flower are gifts for my sis, Leta.

After lunch I came home and got busy with some finishes.

I found the cute orange frame at Hobby Lobby for $8. It is holding my October cottage from Little House Needleworks.

I purchased a green one for my Heart in Hand Halloween Alphabet.

And finally...

I took the advice of Priscilla Blain to look for unusual finishes. I found this Trick or Trick Jack at Hobby Lobby and added my Heart in Hand Halloween to the bottom of the piece.

I finished The Most Wonderful Fright of the Year so I am officially done with Halloween stitching. On to Thanksgiving and Christmas projects.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Fun Run

Margaret took part in her school Fun Run last week.

Those running genes must come from the Hargrove side of the family!!

Her family came to cheer her on and congratulate her on finish! That is Daddy and Elliott in the background.

Miss Margaret is such a sweetheart and she is does her best at all endeavors. So proud of her!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

You Know You Are Old When...

Facebook is a wonderful thing. I enjoy keeping up with friends and family online. But every now and then some posts will pop up that serve to remind you that you are no longer a spring chick.  This happened to me this week on my home county site.

This is Hufstetler's Grocery Store. It is the first grocery store I can remember. My mother tells the story of my pitching a fit in this store because I wanted a Raggedy Ann book that was on display. My parents did not have a lot of money for extras but they got it for me. Mother and Daddy probably ate pinto beans all that week as a result of my hissie fit.  As I got older, the Tankersleys switched their allegiance to Shop Rite.

The Dixie Dime Store was next door to Shop Rite. After getting groceries we would take a little spending money and visit the dime store. I usually had a dime to spend. I am so old that a dime would purchase a medium size bag of pop corn, paper dolls or a coloring book. I usually opted for pop corn. How could you resist the smell of that tasty treat?

Neither of these stores exist any more. The buildings are there but downtown Chatsworth is nothing like it used to be. When I was growing up there were several local department stores, two dime stores, a shoe store as well as a jewelry store. I can remember picking out my wedding china at Chatsworth Jewelers.  Sunday afternoons were special if we got to stop at Carlton's Drug store and get an ice cream cone. I am so old that most stores were closed on Sunday! The drug store was open for emergency drug needs or an emergency Ice Cream Cone.  It really makes me sad to see very few stores in the town..most shopping must be done in Dalton, Chattanooga or Cleveland.

Thanks for taking a trip back in time with me....the sixties and seventies were a great time to be growing up!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Youngest Grimmlins

After yesterday's Christmas post I thought I would share this cute Nana Cat with her little Catlin.

Every day it seems as though our grands grow just a bit more. And the Grimmlins that we do not get to see very often, really change before our eyes. Today I am sharing photos of our two youngest grands.

Elliott got a new big boy haircut thanks to Mommy.

Hey Baby...He is practicing his come over and sit by me look.:)

And here is Miss Audrey out for dinner with Daddy.

She is looking like a toddler and she is our baby....I just might cry a few Nana tears.:)

That is what children do..they grow up, which is a blessing I do not take for granted. I look forward to seeing all the places these Kiddos will go.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Cracker Barrel Christmas

Alright, I know you don't want to think about Christmas yet but it seems it is unavoidable, especially if you like Cracker Barrel. We stopped in Foley, Alabama to have breakfast on Saturday before beginning our long journey to NoAla.   I had to stop and take some pictures to share with all you Cracker Barrel Fans.

It appears BIRDS are big this Christmas.

I just loved this little tea pot with its own cup.

More Birds...


Really?

Cute spoon holders for the stove.

And there were a few more nature themed Christmas displays..

Merry Christmas Deer!

I need one of these for Grimmwood as there are some Bears in the area.

And finally a cute barn...

I bet Red Two would enjoy that Christmas decoration. Cousin Scott was at the farm over the weekend and snapped this picture of one of Bruce's herd.

Finally...something that I want to use to display with my needlework.

I think  the little houses would look nice with some of my stitched houses. I am thinking this one over...ok, I will admit it, I am heading to my local Cracker Barrel to pick up one of these. Now to decide which one!!

Hope you enjoyed browsing Cracker Barrel!! It is one of my favorite places to eat as well as shop!

Monday, September 25, 2017

New Spots in Gulf Shores

Every year when we visit Gulf Shores we try to eat at a new to us eatery. This year we tried THREE new places.

First was Lulu"s.

Lucy Buffett is Jimmy Buffett's sister, or as she refers to herself...Crazy Sistah!  I tried the cheeseburger in Paradise.  My favorite cheeseburger in Gulf Shores can be found at Sea N Suds.

Tables are set up on the porch overlooking the canal. Live music was playing as we ate our supper. While we enjoyed our meal, the restaurant is a little too "touristy" for me.

Now that I have your attention. This lovely eatery is Luna's in Orange Beach. I have to say their coffee is the best in the area.  It is roasted in Fair Hope.

I also picked up a cute tee...

I chose the I like Big Cups and I Cannot Lie!

Finally we enjoyed a meat at ACME.

This eatery originated in New Orleans and features Oysters on the Half Shell.

Marvin had fish while I enjoyed a roast beef sandwich that was delicious.

I have to say that our favorite meal in Gulf Shores is to be found at Cosmos up the road at Orange Beach.

Firecracker Shrimp...yummo!

But now we are back home and back to watching our waistlines.

I also wanted to update you all on Marvin's sister. She was able to get onto Big Pine Key last week and she found her home intact. However there is no water and no sewer. The electricity has been restored but it will be at least a week before they can move back. In the meantime she will be staying in a motel in Miami. She said the trees are stripped and the privacy fence was in the neighbor's yard but she can deal with that. Amy works for the state of Florida and they graciously gave her two weeks off to deal with all the effects of Irma.

One final view from the beach...

I took this early one morning before anyone was stirring.  It was a great way to start the day on the balcony with a cup of coffee.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Stitching

This week my sweetheart and I have been enjoying the sea and sun in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

It is truly one of our happy places and September is the perfect time to visit. Lower prices and no
lines at the restaurants.  I was so happy to meet up with my friend, Sandy, at The Tin Cow in Pensacola for lunch on Tuesday. We talked about our two favorite things, Stitching and Family. Marvin quietly ate his hamburger and let us visit.:) He is a Keeper.

I did a lot of stitching this week but all are works in progress so I will share this piece that is almost finished.

My grands are going to love this one! I am thinking of making a flat fold and hanging it on my fridge.

Here is a stitching related product that was recommended by the talented stitcher and finisher,Vonna.

Vonna does finishing for many stitchers and she swears by this as the perfect wrinkle remover for your stitched items.  I picked some up at JoAnne's and I was very impressed with it.  Vonna says she buys it by the gallon. I can see why she is a fan!

And finally...my blog friend, Jean Farish, created some stitchy memes that had all of the stitching ladies of a certain age laughing their heads off...I will share two with you.

Of course Sam...whatever you say!

And Mark Harmon weighs in too...


You can find Jean at Stitchers Escapes.com. She arranges stitching retreats and you just might find one in your part of the country.

Well it is Saturday so I will be traveling back to NoAla. It has been a fun week but there is no place like home! Have a grand weekend friends.

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Dismals

Todd and Amelia are big on nature and getting their four kiddos outdoors. To this end they visited The Dismals which are located in the Bankhead Forest here in NoAla.  It was Hampton's Birthday weekend as well. He turned 13 last week and we celebrated with cake and snacks on Friday night. Hampton is not much for photos so I did not embarrass him by taking a lot at the party. But I will share these pictures that Amelia took on Saturday.

All four of the kids on a BIG rock. Glad Nana was not there as she would have been freaking out.:)

That Landon is so strong.

Lots of hiking...

Hampton and Landon. 

Hudson posing for a photo op.

Todd leading the way.

The gift shop catered to the Alabama Football fans.

My pretty Kendall.

It looked like the perfect fall Saturday in Alabama to me!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nana Love

This week is our annual trip to Gulf Shores and on the way to the beach we stopped to have donuts with the Hoover Grimmlins.

Nana cannot see her grands without taking along something for her sweeties. I had thought of getting them each a gift of some sort but then Katy posted a picture of their family movie night on Facebook and it made me reconsider my choice.

I found this big bowl in the Halloween aisle at Target. I filled it with Little Debbie Fall snack cakes, Goldfish crackers, a bag of granola and some popcorn. The movies I added to the bowl were Stuart Little and Ella Enchanted.  

I am trying to focus more on experiences rather than "STUFF' when I get gifts for the grands these days.  And I think the parents like this type of gift as well.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Apple Dipping Time

I had a little hen party at my house last week. In addition to a caramel cake, I wanted to use up the last of my Mountain Apples from Ellijay, Georgia. I did not have a dipping sauce in mind so I consulted my good friend Mrs T and she shared this recipe with me.

Apple Dipping Sauce
1 8 oz cream cheese( room temperature)
3/4 c brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
This whipped up easily with a wooden spoon and it is very tasty!  The recipe suggested soaking the apple slices in orange juice then drain just before serving. These apple slices lasted three days in the fridge without turning brown!

Be sure and visit Mrs. T's blog in the link and then go visit her Christmas Kitchen blog which has a link on her Across My Kitchen Table page.  She always has good ideas and great recipes to share!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fall at Nanaland

I gave in and started fluffing my house for fall. I was having a little party for some of my church friends so I thought it would be a nice way to decorate for the occasion.

I brought out one of my favorite Fall Prairie Schooler samplers. It shares the breakfast bar with a Lizzie Kate Halloween piece.

I like to add this little basket of fall leaves to the bed in the guest room.

My tiered tray is in the guest room as well.

And finally...

My Good Stitch Witch sits on the bed ready to greet any overnight guests this fall.

On to the dining room....

I purchased two fall garlands at Target this week. I thought I would use them on my mantle but they just did not work so I came up with this idea.

I wound them around my buffet lamps and I really liked the look.

These garlands were in the dollar spot at Target...each garland was 3$.

My tea cart...

In the living room...all my darlins.

My new to me, coffee table got some fall accents. I love the turquoise and the orange together.

And even the guest bathroom got a few tweaks...

A good reminder...

Jolly Jack attends the towels...

It is fun to decorate for the seasons and my grandchildren have come to expect some fall things at Nana's house!

So that is my fall tour of Nanaland. I look forward to seeing your Fall Houses!