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Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Grimmlins

It was Pink Day at Shades Mountain Elementary School yesterday.

Margaret got the memo and took it to heart...pink from head to toe!!



Baylor choose to just wear a tee shirt for Pink Day.

In Canton, Audrey was styling and profiling.


I love this picture with her long curls.


It is not often tat we see her without her trademark french braids. Daddy as really mastered the french braid. He is the one who gets her ready for school in the morning.  When I taught Preschool we could always tell when Dad was in charge. We kept a brush and hair bows on hand to fix hair when Daddy when out the door.:)

Landon with his book fair loot!



These kiddos are growing up so fast...looking forward  to Baby Grimmlin's arrival in May so we have a baby to love on!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Read Across America Week

This week is all about reading in the local elementary schools. I am glad in our age of technology that reading is still being extolled as a great pastime.

My mother took us to the library weekly during the summer and what good memories I have of the little library in our hometown.  Some of my favorite books were the Betsy Books by Carolyn Haywood, any of the biographies of historical figures and as I got older I loved Little Women and Trixie Belden.

I thought I would list some of my favorite books from childhood and onward.

1. Little Women   Oh how I loved that book as a 4th grader. I wonder if the young girls of today can relate to the March sisters? I guess my favorite was Meg as she was the big sister just like me.

2. Gone with the Wind   I read this book in 7th grade, believe it or not.  I admired Scarlett back then and I still do admire the character for her perseverence but now I think Melanie was an overlooked character. Melanie's goodness is still refreshing after all these years. And Rhett Butler...I think he made all the female hearts go pitter patter.  Really, no one could have played him on screen but Clark Gable.

3. The Little House Books....need I say more? Laura Ingalls Wilder was such a good writer, you felt you were with her as she traveled  uncharted territory with her family.

4. Biographies...I enjoy reading about people, especially those I admire.  It is interesting to see what made them stand out among their peers.

5. I enjoy reading spiritual books that encourage me in my faith. A few authors I have enjoyed are Marion Bond West, Catherine Marshall, Francis De Sales, Bishop Robert Barron and Bishop Robert Sarah.  The Bible is a book that never grows old, no matter how many times you read it.

6. For fluff...I really enjoyed Anne George who wrote the Southern Sisters series. I also enjoy the Hamish Macbeth and Agatha Raisin mysteries by MC Beaton.

7. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden is a favorite as well.  I have enjoyed many of this author's books and I did not find her until recently.  Well recently when you count 50 years of reading.:)

8. Cookbooks...yes, I enjoy sitting down with a good cookbook to find new recipes and to enjoy the eye candy.

Of course as I stop writing I will think of other books that I have enjoyed so this is just an overview. When someone asks me what is your favorite book? I can never respond with just one book. I have to start giving them a list!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tupelo

My daughter, Amelia, has a fascination with Elvis Presley. I am not sure where she got it as I was a Monkees fan myself.( RIP Peter Tork...only Mike and Mickey are left with us). I also enjoyed Bobby Sherman and John Denver. Of them all John Denver is still my favorite...I listen to his old songs on Pandora.

Her husband, Todd, has taken her to Graceland but when the sun came out this weekend, they headed to Tupelo, Mississippi.

The birthplace of The King of Rock and Roll.


Tupelo takes full advantage as the home of Elvis. There were lots of murals to be found.

You all have heard me speak of my Aunt Joyce...the lover of all things Disney and Christmas. You can find a tour of her home on my blog in 2018.  Aunt Joyce is just nine years older than me so she was more of a big sister than an aunt. I remember being at my grandparents house and Aunt Joyce and her friends would have dance parties in her bedroom. How I wanted to join them but it was not allowed.:) Aunt Joyce had pictures of Elvis, Ricky Nelson and the Everly Brothers taped to her walls. She was really a cool aunt. ( And she still is!) So maybe my repressed love of Elvis was passed on to Amelia!

Monday, February 25, 2019

The Stream

Well after all the rain we have received, we might need life jackets for the Stream today!

1. My friend Diane has a new blog...Lavender Dreams New.www.lavenderdreamsnew.blogspot.com I have read Diane's blog( Lavender Dreams Too) for years and last week it was wrongly taken down by Blogger. She lost ten years of blogs, photos and comments. She is working to get it restored but it is not an easy process. I feel so badly for her and it is worrisome that it could happen to any of us without warning.  Please visit her blog and encourage her today.

2. I really enjoyed stitching with the North Alabama Stitchers on Saturday. We had three new ladies join us to stitch. It is always fun to meet new stitchers in our area. We have different stitching interests but our love of stitching brings us together. We were chuckling over the fact that on Victoria on Masterpiece last Sunday evening, Uncle Leopold was stitching something in an embroidery hoop!!

3.Marvin has been trying to stay away from Sweets but Dear Daughter Amelia, showed up with Girl Scout Thin Mints. That was the end of that! He did put them in the freezer and he will make them last as long as possible.

4. Now that Marvin is feeling better we are easing into Retirement...or as I prefer to call it, The Endless Weekend.  I had to run some errands the other day and I came home to find that Marvin had folded a load of clothes and he had emptied the dishwasher.  These are the perks of retirement. Emptying the dish washer is one chore I just do not enjoy at all.  I also helped him clean his man cave so that he could see what needed to be done each week so he is taking over that chore as well. Go Me!

5. Well it is warm enough here that I am going to venture out for a pedicure today.  I really do not see the need for nail polish when I am wearing socks and tennis shoes. I think the first pedicure means spring is in sight.

6. I have to be a bragging mama for a minute. Our son, Charles, was invited to a forum at his undergraduate university as a distinguished alumni.  He gave a talk at one of the forums and he said it was fun to be back on the campus where he had many good memories.  He is writing his dissertation and teaching English at Georgia Highlands College. Hopefully we will have another Dr Grimm in 2020.

Well that is about all that is in my brain this morning.  Hope everyone has a good week!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday Stitching

I had one finish this week....


It is small but it is a finish!! Now to fully finish it. I used Grits for the bunny. I had it in my stash and I think it looks more like a bunny color than the stark white. It has just a hint of beige in it. You can see it better in person. This is from Prairie Schooler. I also changed the Bunny's shirt to a pastel color instead of the primary colors used on the chart. The grass is Color and Cotton and I love the bright green variegation.

Now for a piece I kitted up....


Where else but on a Stitching post does a dear fellow stitcher find the pattern you were looking for and sends you a link to it? Thanks RJ!! I used the fabric from my stash. I thought it would be cute on the blue and I will leave off the blue stitching on the pattern. I did go to Cross Stitch Peddler to get a variegated floss for the Sunflowers. I thought that would perk it up. Of course, I do not have the color right here as I am writing this post but I will try to note the colors as I work on it. By the way...you can find this chart  on ETSY if you are interested.

I also kitted up my gift project but I cannot show that one to you.:)

Now for a WIP parade....


May by Prairie Schooler. I am working on the lambs now and the green grass of the pasture. I always leave off the border at the bottom of the month pieces. I just do not think they add a lot to the piece and are mainly filler. May is my birthday month so that is why I am working on it, hoping to complete it by my birthday.


A little more done on God Save the Queen by Kitten Stitcher. I am going to fill in her dress tomorrow while I am at the North Alabama Stitchers meeting. I find it is better to do the boring fill in work when you are gabbing with other stitchers.


Oh Say Can you Sea by Hands on Design. This will be a drum. I am using colors from my stash instead of the called for colors. I have so many pretty fancy flosses and I intend to use a lot of them up this year.


I finally got that house built so I am hoping the rest of the project will be done quickly. I love my patriotic ladies.


Confession time...the last time you saw this piece I was working it on a dark blue. Well I was fussing and fuming so I decided to just scrap it before I got too far along and I am using a piece of my own coffee/tea died fabric. I am not sure how it will turn out but I am enjoying it once again. I will have to decide what to do with the windows as with the darker fabric it just looks like the lights are out. I love Prairie Schooler for their simple designs and use of few floss colors.


Here is Easter Parade by Brenda Gervais of With thy Needle and Thread.  I think I might make this one into a Wreath. Java Stitcher on You Tube made a wreath from a Brenda Gervais piece and it was so cute.  I am not using the called for colors but again using up my fancy floss. I love the variegation in the chick.

I am pleased with my progress with these pieces. I try to work on one piece each day unless I just cannot put it down! I find it does keep me from being bored and my stitches are neater because I tend to take my time and enjoy stitching on each piece.

Happy Stitching all my Thread Head friends.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Five


1. Method Laundry Detergent


I have been trying out the method clothes detergent after learning about it from one of my favorite you tubers.  So far I really like it and it leaves my clothes smelling so good.

2. A Found Treasure


In my decluttering I was going through my jewelry box and found my 8th grade class ring from Eton Elementary.  We were so proud of these rings! It made me feel pretty grown up!

3. Kenra Hair Product


This blow dry spray was recommended by my hair dresser. It cuts down on dry time and protects the hair from the hot iron that I use to get the wave out of my hair.

4. FFA Shirt


I bought this long sleeve FFA shirt at Tractor Supply back in the fall. I just love it because it is quality material and so soft you feel like you are wearing your jammies.

5. A touch of Spring.


I have been putting out a few spring touches this week. After all these April Showers we are getting in February I thought it was appropriate. This bunny is one of y favorites. I got him at TJ Maxx many years ago. He is sitting on a candle ring that I got from Valerie Parr Hill on QVC.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sunshine Muffins

One of the Hartselle eateries serves a muffin with their Ladies plate. I call it a ladies plate because it is quiche, frozen salad and a Morning Glory Muffin. I have tried for years to find a similar recipe for that muffin without success.  But last week my friend, Susan, sent me this recipe and I decided to give it a try.


Pardoon the oil that was spited on the recipe. You know that is a sign of a good recipe when it looks used.


It made two dozen muffins as well as a dozen mini muffins.  I only have one 12 cup muffin pan so I had to use my Pampered Chef Brownie pan for the second batch.  Actually I think I like the muffins better in the brownie pan.

 Here they are all done...using up the last of my Valentine plates.

They do taste better a day after baking them in my opinion. Also the seasoning needs to be adjusted. I think I would add more cinnamon or perhaps use some apple pie seasoning  along with the cinnamon. The muffins at Cahoots in Hartselle have a great flavor from the spices.  I am going to keep trying this recipe until I get it right!

PS  a reader asked about baking mix....that is Bisquick or Pioneer Baking mix. Those are the two popular brands in my neck of the woods.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Spring Style

Every now and then I like to pretend I am a fashionista. I pick up a style magazine for the new season to see what is on trend.  I recently picked up In Style Magazine for March as it was touting what we can look forward to in spring 2019.  I am going to preface this post by saying that I like to be stylish yet age appropriate.  I do not want to be a 63 year old woman acting like she is 30.  Mainly I want to know what colors are big for spring as well as the trend in shoes and handbags.

My first thought on paging through In Style was that PINK is here for spring. The Pantone color of the year is coral but it seems most of the designers took the coral to pink. I love the color pink and I think it is flattering on most women.  Really light blue and lavender are also popular for spring. Of course pastels just seem to say spring to me. I remember Easter Sundays when I was a girl and how we were all dressed in Pastels for church. The white Patent leather shoes came back out and if you were truly fancy you wore little white gloves.  Just another reminder of how time has changed as  Sunday is just another day and Easter is not celebrated as it was in yesteryear.

Alright you ladies who were teens in the 70s you will be glad to hear that you can pull out that blue eye shadow and rock it in the spring. Bold eye shadow is the in thing apparently.  I tended to wear a green/gold eye shadow as I have blue green eyes and that looked best on me. Remember when everyone rimmed their eyes with dark blue liner?

And if you liked the 80s....bold colors and color blocking is back. Also neon is in favor this spring. Although most stylists say that a little neon goes a long way so calm it down with a jacket please.

Florals are also in style. From big to small scale, lots of floral designs were seen on the runway at Fashion Week. Polka Dots are also making a come back.

Shoes tend to the Booties that have been in favor for a while. Cowboy boots are also on trend...even with dresses and shorts.  Oh and shorts are back and they tend to look like the preppy 80s styles. Truly what is old is new again.

Purses lean to the sporty look with lots of straw bags being shown in New York   I have a pretty pink purse that I picked up on sale last fall so it is waiting patiently in my closet for Easter. I also have my Easter outfit as well. It is a light teal dress with a matching paisley cardigan with some pink in it. I will be right on trend for one day anyway!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Georgia on My Mind

We had a nice week at Grimmwood. Since we had not been there in six weeks we decided to extend our stay on this visit.  There was a lot of rain and the pond was rather muddy.


On Wednesday we did have a sunny day so we headed to Blue Ridge, Georgia for the day.

We ate at one of our favorite restaurants...Cantaberry. We have only tried the Ellijay location so we were a little hesitant about trying another location.  But our worries were  for nothing.


This restaurant has the BEST chicken and rice soup. I have tried to replicate it but mine is just similar and not the real thing.

Marvin had his favorite sandwich...


He loves Reubens.

Then we headed over to Merciers Orchard. This time of the year the trees are dormant.


Bue we did pick up a bag of apples that are yummy...Crimson Crisps.  The store had a nice lady who was giving out samples of various apples so we asked how to pronounce Mercier.  We were saying it the French way...Mer see A.  But she told us that the owner of the orchards said he did not live in France and he pronounced it Mer Sears.  I had to chuckle because when we lived in Kentucky, the town of Versailles was called Ver Sales in a very southern twang.  Here in Alabama we have a little town not far from Decatur called Chalybeate. I believe there is a race track in England of the same name. I kept saying, Chalee Beat. But that is not what the locals call it....Clib It.  So I just pronounce all the city names like the locals. No use being snooty!

On our way home we stopped at Tails Creek Baptist Church.


Many of my Tankersley ancestors attended this little church and many are buried in the cemetery. I was trying to locate my great great grandparents grave but we had no luck. Many of the tombstones are so old it is hard to read the inscriptions.  It was nice to walk on ground that my ancestors walked on many years ago. Today is my Granddaddy Tankersley's birthday so I am thinking of him and remembering what a sweet man he was! I miss him.

On Saturday Charles and Audrey came up to visit, giving Nancy a day to work on her studies for her MBA.


Notice there are no pictures of Charles.:)  We do not get to see this Grimmlin very often so a visit from the Princess is always special.

It is good to be home....I have to admit I miss the internet after a few days!!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Snail Mail


I came home from Grimmwood to find these pretty cards in my mailbox. One if from my sweet blog friend, Meg and the other is from my life long friend, Linda. We grew up together and we are fourth cousins but also dear friends. Linda never fails to send me a card for special days. If I have a card on display, my children will ask if it is from Linda. They know of her faithfulness in sending cards.

These cards made m think that I want to be better about sending cards this year.  So I want to ask all my blog friends to please send me your birthday and snail mail address.  Email me at agrimm55@hotmail.com.  It is fun to wish friends a happy birthday on Facebook or in Blog land but a real card means so much in our internet age.


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Stitching

Not a lot of stitching was done this week as we had the kids, lots of activities and a trip to Bham over the weekend to take Margaret home after a weekend visit. So I am going to share some new needle minders.

One of my readers, Angela S, told me about Mad for Minders on Etsy. Well I could not resist.


They enclosed a nice business card with my order.



And for close ups....


Queen Victoria needle minder for my God Save the Queen piece.


Les Mis is my favorite Broadway play.  Such a story of redemption!! I am using this one on my Oh Say Can You Sea by Hands on Design.


Mister Rogers....I will have to find a special stitch to put this one on.


One of my favorite authors...Jane Austen. I am not sure where I will place her but it may be on a sampler.

Most of my needle minders come from Brenda's Minders and More on Facebook. Brenda is a friend of mine and she is the coordinator of our North Alabama Stitchers group. Check out some of her designs. She also makes cute grime guards.

Stitching Plans...

We are finally going to Grimmwood so I plan to work on Christmas Quaker two and My Christmas List by Silver Creek Samplers.  I decided to leave these in Chatsworth so I do not have to lug my stitching back and forth.

At present I am working on Oh Say Can You Sea by Hands on Design, Happy Christmas and May by Prairie Schooler, Easter Parade by Brenda Gervais, Molly Pitcher by Little House Needleworks and a few spring smalls that are stored in my pretty new project bag from Sandy. Oh and I almost forgot God Save the Queen.

I am hoping to finish a few of these before starting on anything new. I do have a gift I want to work on so I need to get it kitted up but I won't be sharing it on ly blog until  it is completed and gifted.

Market is coming up on the horizon and like all you eager stitchers, I cannot wait to see what the designers are brining to the shops in 2019. Cathy Habermann did a sneak peak at some of her new designs on Floss Tube. ...spoiler...they are Holloween pieces.

One question I get a lot is how I finish so many things. Well I am retired and I have more stitching time than I used to have when I worked and the kids were home. Then came the grands and still it was a struggle to find time to stitch. Also back then I was a monogamous stitcher. I completed one thing before I started something else and if I got bored, that one piece often sat in the basket untouched.  With the advent of Floss Tube and finding out about rotations, I changed up my stitching style and I find I get a lot more done. Also, I do not do Big Projects  This includes full coverage pieces and charts that are more like a painting when completed. I tried a big piece with Smoky Mountain Christmas and I found out quickly that I am not a big project stitcher.  I like to complete things in a timely manner.  Hope that clarifies. I finished 40 pieces in 2018. Priscilla Blain finished 80 so that tells you I am just a pretty average stitcher.

I hope all of you have a great stitching week!!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Five

1. An Old Postcard


Marvin found this old post card that his father sent him in the late 50s. It is a picture of Grant Field at Georgia Tech. On the post card, Papa wrote...maybe one day you can attend this college. How prophetic!! 


Marvin got his bachelors, masters and PhD from Georgia Tech.  We have been amazed at some of the treasures we have found in the things we received from Mama and Papa G.

2. Best Buds

Margaret was here over the weekend and I thought I would try to recreate this picture from their preschool days.  They are still close cousins and that makes Nana so happy.

3. Say Yes To....

I received this as a freebie in my Grove Collaborative order and I have to say I have enjoyed it so much. I keep it in the shower and give my face a good scrub with the coffee and coconut cleanser. It smells so good and it makes my skin feel good too. 

4. Agatha Christie Goes to the Desert


After reading The Woman on the Orient Express, I was interested in Agatha's days with her husband in the desert, digging up history. I was able to get a copy of this book from Thrift Books. It is interesting to see one of my favorite authors in a totally different light.

5. Brunch at Bottomwood Farm

I am waiting on this chart as it sold out at 123 Stitch and I am on the email list for those interested when the chart is restocked.  Priscilla showed this chart on her You Tube  channel last week and I am sure it sold out immediately. I need this for Grimmwood. Marvin did ask how many cows do I need...well I told him I need a herd!!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day!


I hope all my blog friends have a very happy Valentines Day.  Nana got cards to all her grands. I included a little money for donuts or ice cream. Ice cream seems to be the snack of choice for my grands.  As for Nana, Chocolate never goes amiss.

 I got a special Valentine on Sunday afternoon. We had enjoyed having Margaret with us for the weekend and we took her back to Hoover after church and lunch. We had a good visit with Ben and Katy. Elliott was teasing me by telling me that he might give me a hug and kiss when I got ready to leave. That boy is a scamp.  Baylor was flitting all around as usual. He was happy becacuse his Grandpa had brought donuts just for him.  If you want some loving from our spectrum boy you have to just grab him and give him some loving...but only for a moment.  At four, we got up to leave...we were hugging everyone and saying our goodbyes. Baylor grabbed my hand and brought me down to his face....smiling. I gave him a kiss and told him that I loved him. "I love you" he responded without prompting.  This Nana almost lost it right there.  Katy assured me that he SELDOM reaches out for loving and that I should feel honored. I did.  Another reminder that I can never give up hope for our special fella. God placed him in our family for a reason.....and I would be lying if I said I never wished he could be neurotypical. ( that is normal in Sprectrum speech.)  But every now and then I remember the words from the song in Les Mis, To Love Another Person is to see the face of God. Thank you God for giving me one of those moments on Sunday.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Is it Spring Yet?


Charles posted this on Facebook and I thought I would share.....


Audrey loves being outside and it is nice that they have a good park in their neighborhood.  Charles said she woke up crying one morning because she had dreamed that she was swimming and Daddy told her it was too cold to go swimming.

Daddy Daughter Dance at their church on Saturday evening. I am biased but Audrey does look like a princess.:)

In late May or early June, Audrey's reign as an only child is coming to an end. I hope she can adjust to it easily.  She had been a pretty spoiled princess. She even has a Princess bed!! She can come and stay with Nana if she needs some spoiling.  After all that is what Nana's are for!

If you do not see any comments from me this week, I will be without internet as we head to Grimmwood. I will be reading blogs on my phone but commenting is hard when you have to type on your phone. So far my little hometown does not have any internet cafes....at least that I know of! But some down time away from all the hustle and bustle is good for me.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Easter at Cracker Barrel


Well I had so many pictures from the new things at my favorite store that I decided to split up my posts.

Valentine items were on sale


I imagine the prices will be slashed next week.


These pretty colors perk up my mood right away. And that pretty yellow Easter Dress and coat reminds me of my new Easter dress that my mother made for me each year.

Pick up Chicks made me chuckle.


Who doesn't love a bunny?

Near the Easter Section I found a few more interesting items.


So true for me these days!


Another temptation but I resisted.

So pretty.


This would be a nice plate to display this summer.

Here is my excuse....


And Finally...this fancy cap made me think of my blog friend, Linda, at Linda's Life Journal.


Hope you had fun strolling through Cracker Barrel.