Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Remembering Ann Reese

On Christmas Eve 2012, Amy and Davey Grote lost their precious almost three year old daughter, Ann Reese in a freak accident at the grandparents home. Many people here in Alabama have come to know this sweet family via their Facebook page, Remembering Ann Reese.  Amy and Davey have a strong faith in God and it has been shared with many in these sad days.  I was really touched by Ann Reese because she was the same age as my Margaret and her favorite song was You Are My Sunshine...which is a song Margaret loves to sing as well. My heart has just been broken for the Grote family.  To honor Ann Reese's memory...Sassy Frass Tees( is making a special tee shirt that you can order from their site.  The Grote family is asking all who purchase the tee shirt to wear them on June 15th for Ann Reese. I ordered my tee shirt yesterday to help encourage this young family and I plan to wear it on June 15th. You can find an excellent article on the Grotes journey throught life and death online...just google Ann Reese Grote and the article pops up. You will be blessed by this courageous young couple.

Monday, April 29, 2013

I Got My Passport!

No, not a real passport but a library passport. This year our public library is encouraging readers to expand their horizons by reading books set in different countries of the world. At first I was reluctant to sign up for this challenge as I do not like to be "told" what to read but one of the librarians talked me into giving it a try. I visit the library at least once a week so she knew I was a dedicated reader. I signed up to read 20 books set in various countries before the end of this year.My first stamp in my passport was for the USA as I completed The Girls of Atomic City. My second passport was France for Tout Sweet.  Right now I am reading an MC Beaton's newest Agatha Raisin book set in England for Great Britain. I checked out Pippa Passes by Rumer Godden for Italy and Mother Teresa, A Biography for India. So I am on my way!  I have been googling books set in various countries to get an idea of books to read. We can read any adult or young adult fiction or non fiction work to count toward our stamps in the passport.  It will be a challenge but it is always good to get out of a reading rut!

And speaking of books of other countries, be sure and check out Dixie Delights today as Amanda is giving away two copies of A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Five

As someone who loves history I always enjoy seeing a picture of the living presidents. And I do like that they all seem to enjoy each other's company. I guess they are members of a select club and even though some are Democrat and some are Republican, they understand the heavy weight of the job that they were elected to do. I must admit that I have a fondness for the Bush presidents. Don't you love Mr Bush Sr's pink socks?? He looks so frail these days. I remember when he jumped out of an airplane for his 80th birthday.  Even with all the problems in our country today, I am proud to be an American and I pray that our country will return to its "roots" of freedom, liberty and justice for all.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Flowers on Friday

 Here are pictures of two pretty flowers you see in the spring in the south. I had mentioned "snowball bushes" in a post from the other day. Well here is my neighbor's snowball bush in all its' spring glory. They only bloom for about two weeks but  they do put on a show. The picture on the bottom is what we call "thrift". It is a ground cover and it also is a short bloomer but so pretty in purple. My grandparent's homeplace had a steep bank on one side that sloped down to the road and it was covered in thrift. When it bloomed in the spring it was just spectacular.
 And of course we cannot forget azaleas and dogwood...two more spring beauties.
 A close up shot of a snow ball. Isn't it beautiful. Below are some pretty irises that I see every day as I drive down the back street of our townhouse community. I am always amazed and inspired by the way my neighbors make use of a small amount of space. Green thumbs abound here in the Glens.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Seven Years

On this day seven years ago I was off to Decatur General Hospital to wait for my first grandchild to be born. It was a sunny day, all went smoothly and late in the afternoon, Kendall Elizabeth was born. I do believe in love at first sight because the minute I laid eyes on that little lady, she had me heart and soul. And today she is seven years old! It seems impossible.  How do I describe my oldest grand?

1. She has a sweet spirit which is a gift from God.
2. She is a smart girl...loves reading and does it so well.
3. She loves her brother. Most days when I pick Kendall up at school, she gives her Bubba a hug.
4. She is artistic. Kendall loves nothing better than sitting down in my craft room to create.
5. She loves her cousins, Margaret and Baylor. She was so happy to see them at her party on
6. She loves singing. I will often hear her singing as she plays.
7. She is special to everyone who knows her!!

Happy Birthday sweet girl...we love you bunches.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Oak Ridge Revisited

I just finished the book, The Girls of Atomic City...the untold story of the women who helped win World War II. Written by Denise Kiernan, it tells the story of a secret city in the hills of Tennessee. Imagine that you are a young lady just out of high school or college, you are approached by official looking men asking you if you would be willing to work for the war effort. You would pack your belongings in a suitcase and get on a train, not knowing where you were going. Someone will tell you when you get to your destination. That was reality for the young women of the Clinton Engineering Works. When they arrived at Knoxville, Tennessee, they were driven to the "sticks". A place called Black Oak Ridge by the locals. They found a new town that was being built and while there were buildings, there were no sidewalks and mud was everywhere!!They lived in dorms, ate in cafeterias and did their jobs. The girls who worked in the massive plants had no idea what they were working on and they quickly found out that you were not to talk to ANYONE about what you did at work. Letters home were censored so many girls stopped writing their families all together.  If they wanted to go shopping, the ladies were transported on buses to Knoxville. However, the girls found out that Knoxville stores were not too friendly to CEW workers. These East Tennesseans resented the government coming in and taking land from the locals. Many people lost farms that had been in their families for generations. The government paid them for their land but it was not enough money to purchase a new farm in most cases. The government had also come calling via the TVA  and had taken home land to build big hydroelectric dams. Needless to say, some people were resentful. Oak Ridge quickly became a city of people from all over the United States.  One of the plants that enriched Uranium, K 25 was the biggest building in the world at that time.  Some people came there to work out of patriotism, others came to work there because it was the best pay in the area. Families still reeling from the depression were glad to make money to improve their lives. All was not great in Happy Valley as the workers called it...crowded living conditions, shortages of grocery products and the stress of living a secretive life took its toll on many employees. The government stepped in, setting up dances, bowling leagues etc to help the workers have some kind of life outside work.  When the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, that was  when the workers found out what they had been working on all those years.  If you like history, you will enjoy this book. I was interested in it because I lived in Oak Ridge in the mid 70s. My husband went there to work at the X 10 plant...which became Oak Ridge National Lab. Marvin did work there for his PhD while I worked as a nurse in the Oak Ridge Methodist Hospital.  We actually lived in one of the quadraplexes that the government built for the workers in the 1940s. It was a modest little apartment...two small bedrooms, one bathroom, living room and eat in kitchen. But after reading about the dorm living the workers endured, I am sure that they were happy to get an apartment when one became available. We loved living in "the Ridge". Several years ago we were able to go back there and we found it had changed quite a bit from the town we knew. In fact we had a hard time finding our old apartment!! My hat is off to all the people who worked at CEW....they did bring an end to a war that had gone on so long.


I had a Facebook message from my sister informing me that Annabelle is a Jersey cow and not a Guernsey cow.  I also found out that Annabelle has horns while Mayfield does not.  My brother in law had been looking for some Jersey cows but had a hard time finding them so he was really happy when he tracked down these two sweet cows. My dad had mostly Holsteins on his farm along with Black Angus so it is nice to get some Jerseys into the mix. When I was a little girl we had a sweet little cow that was either a Guernsey or a Jersey...I am not sure which breed..but she was so gentle. She would come up to the fence and let us pet her. Daddy let me milk her because she was gentle and easy to milk. She did not have a name that I can remember. As I said in the other blog, naming was not encouraged!!:)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Have a Little Heart!

I had to share this picture of Spike, the little bull on my brother in law's farm. He has a perfect heart on his forehead. Maybe he will be like Ferdinand the Bull and will be a gentle bull who enjoys smelling flowers.( I remember Captain Kangaroo reading the story of Ferdinand the Bull on the his program when I was a girl) Of course bulls do not stay on the farm nowadays....they are sold when they are old enough to go to the sale barn.  And I also love the sweet face of Bruce's Guernsey cow. I am not sure if it is Mayfield or Annabelle. For those of you who do not live in the south, Mayfield is one of the big dairies in our area. They provide milk, ice cream etc to some of the southern states. Their ice cream is really delish!! So we all got a laugh when we heard one of the Guernsey cows was named Mayfield.  My niece, Laura, names most of the cattle on the farm. My daddy discouraged us girls from doing that when we were little as he knew some of the beef would end up on our supper table. But that is part of being a farm girl...eating what you produce be it fruit, vegetables or meat!!

PS...thanks to my sister, Kristi, for allowing me to use her picture!!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kendall's 7th Birthday Party

 We cannot believe that the tiny baby we welcomed to the family 7 years ago on April 25th is growing up to be a big girl. We love her so much!!
 Nana, Baylor and the Birthday Girl!
 Baylor loved the pinata!
 Blowing out the candles while Margaret looks on! Kendall had a pretty butterfly birthday cake.
 Opening gifts...
 Kendall with her gift from Nana and Grandpa. Emily, an American Girl doll who is Molly's best friend. Now Kendall tells me that she needs Molly too!!
 Loot from the pinata!
 Grandpa nd Nana and their boys.
 Margaret and on the trampoline
When Baylor got bored, he took time out to sit with Grandpa and play with Nana's phone!

Lovely proud of our sweet spirited Kendall!

Saturday, April 20, 2013


And the third book in the Divergent Series is Allegiant. I am looking forward to reading the final installment in this triology. I believe it is due to be released in October. I will probably have to reread the first two just to remember what is going on! My hubs is reading Insurgent right now and he is enjoying the series as well.  I know a movie is in the works for Divergent and the stars names are being released slowly. I did see that Ashley Judd will play Tris' mom. She is an excellent actress and I know she will do a great job in that role. Most of the other actors I am not familiar with as they are the "new" stars of this generation.

I am up early this morning to take my friend, Susan and her husband to the airport in Huntsville. They are leaving for a River Cruise in Europe. I am trying not to covet their trip!:) On  the way home I plan to stop for coffee and a donut as a reward for getting up so early on a Saturday!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Holiday Inn

How did I live 58 years without seeing the old movie, Holiday Inn? While I was channel surfing I came upon this lovely movie and I sat there loving it until it was over!! It came out in 1942 and it was the movie that introduced the song, White Christmas. How can anyone resist Bing Crosby's crooning of that sweet song? Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire's characters are a song and dance act that works all the time. Bing longs to retire from the rat race. He buys a lovely old inn and decides to open it only on holidays.  His idea is a hit and soon Hollywood comes calling hoping to do a movie about his inn. Of course there is romantic intrigue and lots of singing and dancing. The perfect feel good movie for a rainy afternoon!  I enjoyed it so much I got on Amazon to order it...a bargain at only five dollars!  I also ordered the movie, Leap Year. Another cute movie starring Amy Adams, one of my favorite modern day actresses. You may remember her as the princess in Enchanted. Leap Year is filmed in Ireland and is eye candy for all of us who love the Emerald Isle.  To round out my order, I purchased some Junie B Jones books for Kendall. Our sweet granddaughter has become quite a reader and I was able to purchase a boxed set for a very reasonable price. I love Amazon...perhaps too much! It is so easy to order and the items are delivered right to my door.

Now I am off to the grocery store and I hope to get some crafting done today!  Have a fabulous Friday Friends.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pretty Petals

 My sister in law, Lanier, provided the flowers for the Sip and See on Saturday and they were so pretty that I had to share them. Lanier has a great florist...she takes her own vases and her florist fills them up! This arrangement included pink tulips, gerbera daisies and snowballs that had not turned white yet. The light green is pretty but snowballs when they are white are just lovely.  Since the party was for our sweet Adeline, pink was the order of the day.
 I loved these small pink tulips. Tulips are such a happy flower!
And to greet the guests as they entered the door, this pretty posy of lilacs and white hydrangeas.  When I was a little girl, we had a lilac bush in our side yard and I still remember how good it smelled when it was blooming in the spring. Unfortunately, these hothouse lilacs did not smell as good as the ones I remember from my youth. I know it is the same with roses....nothing smells as good as a rose picked from your own bush!

It is friend day so we are off to have lunch together then I have to go to the courthouse and purchase our car tags. Hoping I do not have to stand in line!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Pear Delight

 Recently my friend, Susan, asked me if I was getting tired of pears.  Of course not, I assured her. If you know me, you know I love pears in all shapes, sizes and colors. So when I came across this pretty pear platter at The Nest in Corinth the other day, I knew I had just the place for it in my kitchen!!
 I love the Bible verse and I think a pop of bright green is just right in my blue, white and black kitchen.
 Here is a pear that I found at TJ Maxx. It looks a lot like the pears in Ballard Design catalog.
 My painting that I did several years ago along with my fake pears in the wire basket.
 My tea tray holds some pear candles....
 And a lavender pear from looks great on top of the armoire in my bedroom.
 A close up of the candles on the newly polished silver tray. They look so pretty.
 My painting from friend, Candie. It includes a pear among the other fruit.
And lastly, a ceramic pear on the bedside table in the guest room. I have other pear things upstairs in my storage closet. I rotate them from time to time.  So, is there a collection living in your home? I would love to see it!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

 I meant for this photo to be last but it loaded first so we will just go with it!! My greatnephew, Rob, and greatniece, Edie, sitting in time out. While all the parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles were visiting Rob and Edie took the opportunity to write on the glass door with crayons. At least it was not the wall!!  They were so cute sitting there.
 My brother in law, Lee and his wife, Lanier, have nine grandchildren under the age of four!! Here are eight of them in their Christmas outfits. Aren't they too sweet?
 We went to Memphis for a sip and see for Adeline Lanier Grimm...the youngest of the Memphis grands.
 The party was so nice...good food and sweet fellowship.
 Here is Jessica and Adeline. Beautiful ladies.
 Here is Adeline with Lanier's mother, Dottie Barry. Miss Dottie is 90 years young!
 Decorations made by Jessica's sister, Laura.
 And here is Dottie Sykes Curry and her dad, Trent. Dottie is named for her great grandmother. Dottie was born on Mama G's birthday, July 10, so she is a special baby indeed.
The men and children passed the time on the Curry's back porch. I love this picture of Lee and Marvin yucking it up!! A whoopie cushion was involved. They were teasing Rob with it but Rob did not get the joke!!

It is good to make family memories that will last a lifetime!

Monday, April 15, 2013

 On our way to Memphis on Friday we stopped in Corinth, Mississippi for lunch and a stroll around this quaint Southern town. Loved this Coca Cola sign on the side of a building.
 Here is where we ate lunch. It is the oldest drug store in Mississippi and it serves lunch at the old soda fountain. We had hamburgers and milkshakes. I have to say their milkshakes were just like the ones I remember from my childhood. They even use the old time milkshake machines like I used when I worked at the Big V in Chatsworth, Ga as a teenager.
 Borroum's is right across the square from the courthouse.
 While in Corinth we checked out their Coca Cola museum. It was just six dollars to take a tour as we are now worthy of the Senior Citizen Discount!
 I loved seeing all the old bottles.
 And here is the coke machine from my youth. Ten cents for a small bottle of Coke!
And just about every old Southern town has a Civil War Cannon!  We never forget!!:)

We had a great weekend with our Memphis family. I will share some photos tomorrow!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

 Here is the baby bed that Mr H built for me for the grands playroom. I crocheted the little blankets to cover the babies with! Isn't the bed just too cute. Mr H designed these for his own granddaughters so that their American Girl dolls would have a place to sleep! He graciously made one for me and Kendall was just elated with it! Margaret has yet to see it but I am sure that she will love it too.
 And here is the G I made to take to my sister in law as a hostess gift. They are pretty hanging on a door or used inside a wreath. I have my own G hanging on my secretary in the livingroom.
 And I had to  give a shout out to Cherylyn...she is my own baby doll. My mother estimates that she is about 55 years old. As to the name...I guess my three year old self made that up a combination of Cheryl and Lynn. She looks pretty good for an Oldish Doll.
And a close up of the G so you can see the moss and the flowers. I found these paper flowers on the clearance wall at Hobby Lobby and I knew they would be perfect for this craft.  It is very easy to do. Purchase the letter of your choice and paint it a green that compliments the moss. That way if you miss a spot, it is not so noticeable. Using Aleene's tacky glue, I adhered the moss to the letter. I also used tacky glue to glue on the flowers. I glued the ribbon to the back of the G with tacky glue as well. I used a piece of tape to hold the ribbon in place while the glue was drying.  After the glue is dry, remove the tape from the back of the letter and line the G with scrapbook paper. I do this so it can be used on a glass door without it looking ugly on the back. If you have a solid need to do this unless you would like to do so. I was not sure where my sis in law might use it so I lined my G with some lilac colored scrape book paper.

Have a good weekend friends. We are off to Memphis for a sip and see for baby Adeline.