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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Craft Time

As many of you know, I am always on the look out for crafts for the grands and I ran across one that  I think we will be trying. I saw this on the Laurie Berkner Band page on Facebook. But it is not only for children. I think any crafty person might like to try painting this pineapple.

I have a number of acrylic paints on hand and I like the way it is a random color. You paint the pineapple with your thumb print.  The crown could be done with fingers or a paint brush.  We might do ours on a canvas so it can be displayed on an easel.   Stand tall, Be Sweet and Wear a Crown....good advice for Pineapples and People.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Work in Progress

And no, it is not my cross stitch projects this time. Although I did get a lot done on the piece I took with me to Grimmwood. I am trying to finish a project for Amelia's birthday on July 2nd. I need to make it into a pillow so I need to finish up that stitching.

A good bit of work is done on our retaining wall. Thanks to George and his hardworking crew, we hope to have steps and a wall in a week or so.

Each of these blocks weigh 40 pounds. It is no easy task to put them in place.  George has warned us that the tree inside the retaining wall might die and require cutting. I tried to get Marvin to just go ahead and take it out but he does not want to lose the shade. Men.....Brother in law, Bruce says it takes a lot to kill a sweet gum tree so we will see.

Here I am checking it out!  I am the Boss after all.

Dr G takes a close inspection.

Bruce was on his John Deere across the pond and snapped this picture.

It will look nice when it is completed.  It is supposed to rain rain rain in NoGA this week so it may slow down the progress.

I think I have a handle on this new system regarding comments. When I went to my unmoderated comments I found comments from three years ago. So if you commented on my blog and it did not show up, now you know why. I have taken care of all those comments, I am starting with a fresh slate and I will check it daily from now on!!  Just when I think I have things figured out, they change. GRR!!lol

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Boys

I have to brag on my two nine year old grand boys....

Hudsaon's soccer team, Australia, came in second in the city tournament. He has played hard this year and I am so glad that he accomplished his goals in soccer.

While Landon and Hudson are step brothers, they are really good friends as well. I am so proud of these young men.

Landon excelled in school this year...remaining on the Honor Roll every semester as well as winning the Most Responsible Award in his classroom. His teacher did share that he is a trickster as well. He teases her by hiding her coffee cup. He really is a sweetheart and I know life has great things in store for him!

Also, I am having issues with the moderation of comments on my blog. I usually get an email and I mark publish. Now I am having to go into the comment section on the settings to publish comments. Is anyone else having that problem. I did not notice it while I was at Grimmwood but when I got home I noticed I had NO comments for Friday or Saturday and that is very unusual. So if you comment it may take a while for me to get it published. Sorry for the confusion but I am not sure what to do about it. Any suggestions? I am technically challenged. I would really like to get someone to update my blog for me and make it more user friendly but as it is just a hobby, I am reluctant to spend that kind of money on a blog.  Thanks to all of you who take the time to read and comment. I was really getting upset when it appeared I was all alone in Blog Land.:)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day


Remembering those who gave all for my freedom today. We need to remember each day that Freedom is not free. Parents have sacrificed sons and daughters. Widows and children live day to day without their loved one.  It is a sobering thought on this memorial day.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Stitching Saturday

My Stitching Saturday focuses this week on North Alabama Stitchers.  We met on Friday evening for dinner at Cracker Barrel. We had a big table and there was much stitching talk going on! It is always fun to find out what other stitchers enjoy stitching as well as others favorite Floss Tube Channels on You Tube.

Saturday morning we met at ten am and stitched until two pm. We brown bagged lunch. One of the members brought a cake for dessert.  Even though I only knew one lady, we became fast friends as a mutual hobby brings folks together in a big way.

The  meeting place was the club house of a local subdivision. It was the perfect place to stitch.



Here is my new start I took with me on Saturday.  It is being done on Aida and I knew it would be easier to see to stitch. Plus I knew I would be doing a lot of talking so I wanted to take an easy piece  to work on at the meeting.  I love Prairie Schooler and especially their villages. Some how I missed this one when it was first printed so I was happy to see it being re distributed by Hoffman.  I am updating it a bit with some fancy floss.


Brenda of Brenda's minders and more brought along some of her minders to sell. I picked up these for  fall stitching.

There were also some pass the stash opportunities.  I chose this one and this one..

I needed them don't you know???

And lastly, I have to share this picture of Misty with her finished Chatelaine.

It was just amazing. She sent it to be framed by Jill Rensler who is THE cross stitcher framer for those who want their stitching to be displayed in a fantastic way.  I am not sure I would have trusted this piece to the mail system but it worked out well. Misty said when it came to her house in a huge box she could not wait to open it. I am so glad she took the time to bring it to the meeting for all of us to see.  She is hanging it over the sofa in her living room.  Misty does very intricate work..the butterflies were stitched over one and if you are a stitcher you know what great skill that takes!  She does all her work on scroll rods.

Believe me, there are some very talented ladies in this group and I know I will learn lots from them as I attend monthly meetings.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday Five



1. Little Women on Masterpiece Theater. Of course it ended Sunday evening but it was a very nice adaptation of the book which has been a favorite of mine since I was a girl. Did you know that the young lady who played Jo has famous parents? Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman... As I watched Jo I thought she looked familiar. She looks a lot like her mother.  Of course tears were shed when Beth died. It always makes me cry.

2. Edgar's Bakery in Providence Village in Huntsville  made me happy this week.  I did not want to make myself a birthday cake so I opted for Chocolate Decadence  from Edgars. It was the perfect portion and it was delicious. We also picked up some of their cinnamon rolls which we shared with Amelia and her family. They were yummy too.

A picture from their web site.


3. Ok...I admit it. It makes me happy to see the fall things at Hobby Lobby.  I love the colors of fall and who does not like a pumpkin?


4. This week I attended my first meeting of North Alabama Stitchers.( Us older stitchers claimed the back table as we wanted the extra light!!)  What a neat group of ladies . I look forward to going back in July. The June meeting will take place while we are in Savannah.

5. This week when I went to do my grocery shopping at Publix, there were bouquets of spring flowers on sale for $4 a bunch. I could not resist them and I was able to get three floral arrangements out of the huge bundle.  My friend, Deborah, gave me the pottery flower container for my birthday several years ago and it is perfect for small cuttings left over from the bigger arrangements.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

At Grimmood

Marvin went over to Grimmwood by himself over the weekend as I had my North Alabama Stitchers Meeting here in Decatur.  Marvin had to tend to DR G's Honeybees. They came to us in a Nuc ( nucleus colony) so they needed to be moved to their hive that will be there permanent home until they outgrow it and we need a new hive.

Marvin took this selfie for Landon...he wanted to see Grandpa in his bee suit Thanks to Barnyard Bees in Chatsworth, Ga for all their help in getting DR G started in his new hobby.  You can find them on Facebook and they have lots of interesting videos linked to their page.


And here they are in their new clean house. Marvin put a big block on top to keep it stable in storms. We do not want the wind to blow it over.  You can see some of the bees headed to the hive with their nectar. Our Queen Bee is named ELIZABEETH. yes Dr G thought that one up on his own!

Marvin did have a snake sighting..

We leave the black snakes alone and they leave us alone. In Georgia it is against the law to kill a non poisonous  snake. They eat a lot of varmints and if Mr Snake will keep the mice out of my house, then I will let him hang around.

We are also having a retaining wall put in around our house with steps leading to the pond. We have had to go around through the woods to get to the pond and we wanted to remedy that.

The foundation is dug and we should be getting the supplies for the wall delivered this week. Thanks to Brother in Law, Bruce, who recommended George for this job. George and his crew have done a lot of work on the farm for Bruce and he is hard working and dependable.  Two things that are becoming harder to find in our culture these days!!

Hope all of you are having a good Thursday!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Stream

Good Morning...let's wade out in the stream of Nanaland.

1. Well sure enough, when I went to Hobby Lobby to pick up some crafting items, fall decor was OUT.  There are lots of clearance aisles right now so I am thinking that Christmas will be out in July as usual.  I understand that us crafty people need to get their Christmas supplies and get busy but Christmas Trees, ornaments etc could wait until Fall.  When son Charles worked in China, he came home each summer and he liked the fact that he could go and visit Christmas in July as it was not really celebrated in China.

2 This is the last week of school here in Alabama. How did that happen? Time does seem to race by. I am trying to come up with activities to keep Kendall and Landon busy on the days that they stay with Nana.

3.My friend, Sharon, and I both enjoy wearing dresses in the summer and well we just like dresses. Have you noticed they are harder and harder to find for ladies of a certain age? Most  dresses in the stores are sleeveless and short. While I can throw on a cardigan or shrug, no one wants to see my legs above the knees. :)  And if I wear a dress, everyone asks where I am going! Or What are you so dressed up for? Dresses seem to automatically say it is a special occassion. I have managed to find some cute casual dresses at QVC this season. I wore one to church yesterday and I got several compliments on it.  So any suggestions on places to find cute dresses?

4. I have enjoyed using my Norwex cloths from Ben and Katy. I find the all purpose cloth works really well on my granite counter tops. Confession time....If I had it to do over, I would not get granite. I was swayed by the HGTV crowd. They are just so hard to keep clean. I cannot see the spills on the granite as well as on formica. And unless you really polish them they can be dull. I would choose Silestone, Corian,  or a higher grade formica if I were making choices today.  And the glass polishing cloth does get mirrors streak free clean with only water.

5. I enjoyed a day out with the North Alabama Stitchers on Saturday. It was my first visit to the group though I have been a member for a year. What a nice group of ladies and we all really enjoyed stitching and visiting. I will share a few pictures on Stitching Saturday.  I was happy to see four young ladies who are taking up this craft. They were working on some of the newer charts that young designers are producing.

6.For my birthday, Friend Susan, gave me a gift certificate to Thrift Books. If you are a reader check out this site. I found several books that I had been searching for and a very reasonable price($4). This site carries all kinds of books, many which are out of print. I even found some cross stitch books there.

7. I almost forgot to post about the Royal Wedding.  I DVR'd it so I would not have to get up at O dark thirty to watch it.  I was able to fast forward through a lot of the commentary. I have to say that I Loved Megan's dress. It was so elegant and she wore it well. I guess I am going to show my age yet again but I am so tired of the strapless wedding dresses that are so popular. Frankly unless you are thin and have the bosom to hold it up, it is not a good look on most ladies. I guess I should mention that Back Fat is also exposed in this style of dress.  Let's go back to a more refined look for brides. Maybe Megan will be an influence.   The flowers in the chapel were amazing as well and I enjoyed seeing all the pretty dresses and hats.  Queen Elizabeth almost stole the show in her citron suit.  I was glad to see that Prince Phillip looked well after his hip replacement. Phillip and Elizabeth are like the energizer bunny...they just keep going and going. Good for them.

Well time to get up and get busy!! Have a great day Friends.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Grimmlins

My sister, Kristi, shared some pictures she captured at Grimmwood last weekend.

A boy and his trucks!!

Margaret..

Checking out Grandpa's bees.

At my mother's house...Baylor and Ben with Grandma.

One of my favorites...Love my guys.

And one last picture of Margaret, dressed for Field Day at her school...

She is pretty sassy!! I really think she would make a great kid's model.  Of course I am biased.

Thanks for indulging Nana again this morning,

Monday, May 21, 2018

What's New at Cracker Barrel and Kirkland's

I dropped into Kirkland's this week just to see what is new in home decor.

Patriotic pieces are big right now..

I like this little truck!

This would be pretty on someone's front door.

I may need this for the porch at Grimmwood.

Reproduction Dough Bowls are on sale for $19.95.

And at Cracker Barrel...

Camping and RVs are big this summer.

I love those little marshmallow salt and pepper shakers.


Amelia and Margaret need to check out the flamingos at Cracker Barrel, both my girlies love them some pink birds.


Mr Smokey the Bear. I love this one...Kendall got one for me for my birthday.  He will sit on the coffee bar at Grimmwood.

Hope you enjoyed some shopping this morning. I always like to see the seasons change in some of my favorite stores. And before we know it, fall things will be coming out. I am off to Hobby Lobby today to pick up some craft items and I am expecting to see some fall items showing up on the shelves there.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Stitching Saturday

Todays Stitching features some Patriotic Pieces.

I finished Abigail Adams only to find I had stitched it on a 36 count fabric so it is quite a bit smaller than Martha Washington and Betsy Ross.

Oh well....I will make Molly Pitcher a bit smaller as well and they can all nestle together in this pretty pewter bowl.

Here is my Tea Cart decked out for the Summer. Marvin's father collected the Bradbury Plates that were released in 1976 in honor of the Bicentennial and I kept this one ( if you zoom in you will see it is Betsy Ross presenting the flag to the founding fathers.)  I stitched Freedom several years ago and it is still a favorite.

Here is my summer Dough Bowl. After the 4th, I will change it up to something more summery.  The pretty card you see to the left was made by my blog friend, Gina.

On the Breakfast Bar...I also added those three mason jars from the Dollar Tree to this vignette. It gave it a pop of color.



I am doing a few more summer stitches then I will proceed to fall and Christmas projects.  As one of my favorite Floss Tuber says...Just Keep Stitching!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Friday Five

Here is what I am loving this week...

1. Informed Delivery.( Sorry no picture of the website). Did you know you can go to the US Postal Service site and sign up for Informed Delivery? Every day you get an email telling you what to look for in the mail. Mail pieces and packages are tracked...magazines are not.  My friend, Susan, shared this with me and I am loving it. Going out of town so often these days, it is good to keep tabs on what should be in your mailbox each day. One of my friends said she preferred to be surprised as she enjoys getting her mail each day and finding a surprise.  Again I am sure this trait is relayed to a personality type....nosy or expectant?

2.
WE finished the first season of The Crown and I can hardly wait for Season Two. I am bidding for a Dvd on Ebay. Hoping I get it as it is pretty pricy on Amazon. The acting and the stories are so interesting and as an Anglophile, I will watch this series again to see what I missed the first time through. I tend to fall asleep watching tv late in the evening.


3. Giannios Candy is my mother's favorite treat. This is the candy that I found at the Mennonite grocery store in Falkville, Alabama. It is delicious and the whole family now likes this great brand.
Peanut Clusters are our favorite. Caramel and peanuts..yum. Rather like a Snickers on Steroids. You can find this company that has been around since 1910 on Facebook. Like their page and see all their goodies.  I did note that if you order from their site they do not mail in the summer due to the heat.

4. This is my new birthday gift to myself.

I like using project bags to keep my cross stitch projects organinized and free from dust and dirt. One stitcher I know related how she had left her stitching sitting on a chair at home and a person who shall not be named spilled Sweet Tea on the sampler. She was able to save it by adding more distressing to it. She says it just makes it look like an old sampler instead of a new one. She learned her lesson about putting away stitching when you are not working on the piece

5. Ben and Katy treated me to Norwex cloths for my Birthday and Mothers Day.


I had been wanting to try this brand for some time but never found a rep who sold them in my area. I look forward to trying out these microfiber cloths that work with just water! I will report back on how they worked for me here in Nanaland. I have heard many raves about their effectiveness.