Friday, February 28, 2014

Breakfast at IHOP

What better way to start the day than pancakes at IHOP with a good friend. My friend Diane and I have breakfast once a month to catch up with each other and we had missed last month due to my nursing duties. Our sweet waitress at IHOP had missed us and was glad to see us return to her little section of the restaurant.

Diane is ten years younger than me but we feel we are secret sisters. We have so many things in common. We both love I LOVE LUCY, old tv shows, old gospel tunes, and our church. We both talk non stop during our breakfasts to get everything in!!  I enjoy having younger friends. I find they keep me on my toes and encourage me to try new things, getting me out of my own little rut.  Diane works full time so we do not get to spend a lot of time together. We really need to plan a spring trip back to Franklin to check out that quaint little town. Our November trip got rained out.

And now I am off to MOPs to see all my ladies there.  When I get home this afternoon I will be making a caramel cake to take to Birmingham tomorrow afternoon. We are going to see the grands and I can hardly wait!! Good Times! So thankful to God for my many blessings of friends and family.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Foyle's War

While Marvin was recuperating from his knee replacement, we started watching this wonderful series. It tells the story of WW2 from the home front perspective. While the soldiers of WW2 are praised as The Greatest Generation, the people of England must be given their due for holding firm against Hitler when other countries around them were capitulating!  As the series opens, war has been declared and many want to do their part in the war effort. Christopher Foyle, local police chief inspector, wants to join the military. He is told he is too old for that and besides, he will be needed to keep order in Hastings. Foyle finds that there is much to do in his own town. Food and other necessities are in short supply and the black market takes full advantage of the opportunity to make money at the expense of others. Spies and propaganda abound as well. Inspector Foyle, in his calm unhurried manner, sees to all these crimes with a sharp wit and wise discernment.

I suppose that I had never stopped to think of the horrors of war on the homefront and this series brings to light all the hardships the English people faced during these long years.  Many were killed and lost their homes during the bombings. With no supplies or man power to rebuild, you did not have a choice but to move on.  And the German propaganda that raged in England caused many to feel that England just could not win no matter what Churchill said!  This series is very well researched and presented. If you enjoy mysteries with a historical twist, you will enjoy Foyle's War.

A much needed friend day today!! We are heading to Red Lobster for lunch. I need time with my girls, to chat, discuss and swap books and just relax. I am so glad I have friend day to look forward to each week. Tomorrow I get to see my MOPS girls as I am on a panel about marriage. After almost 38 years, I hope I have something to share with these young wives.  And it is supposed to be warm this weekend!! Yippee! I will take a taste of spring whenever I can get it!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Around the House

 Doesn't this picture from the Visit Savannah website inspire you to dream of spring? When the azaleas are blooming in Savannah it is just the most gorgeous sight to behold.  My husband grew up in Savannah so it is a special place for us. We will be traveling there in June to attend Marvin's 45th high school reunion.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ordinary Time

Well for the first time since Christmas, I am getting back to my regular schedule. Marvin goes back to work today after time off with his total knee replacement.  I have already done a load of laundry and I look forward to getting my house cleaned and back in order. It seems when we are both home together, little messes pop up all over the house.:)  We survived our stomach bug, the sun is shining and the weather is warm. I may just open some windows today to let in some fresh air!! I am a creature of habit so I do look forward to getting back to my routine. I can see that retirement will take some adjustments on both our parts when it arrives. Marvin hopes to work three more years. That will give us time to get ready for the next big adventure in married life!

The finale of Downton Abbey...what can I say? I am glad it ended on a brighter note than it did last year. I think we all loved seeing Mr Carson and Mrs Hughes wading out into the ocean holding hands. I hope this whole Bates thing is over with...I could not stand more heartache for Bates and Anna. I was glad to see Mary toss the ticket into the fire.  And Edith...maybe she is coming into her own, making decisions for herself and going with her heart about her daughter.  As for Mary...two suitors who are both suitable but I like Lord Gillingham the best myself!  Sweet Daisy, she was so pleased that the Americans liked her and wanted her to be their cook but she gave the opportunity to Ivy. Of course, Daisy will inherit her father in law's farm so she could turn out to be a prosperous lady in her own right in the future.   I guess we will all be waiting another year to find out what happens on our "story"!

Friday, February 21, 2014


Sorry to have  been missing in action but our little household has been hit with the tummy bug that downed Granddaughter, Margaret, this week. We had big plans for a Nana Camp this weekend with Margaret, Kendall and Landon! Alas, a reminder that our plans are just that, PLANS. I was disappointed and I know the grands are disappointed as well which hurts my Nana heart but we will just make it bigger and better the next time.  Hoping Grandpa and I are on the road to recovery soon. Marvin was just beginning to feel good then whammy!! He plans to go back to work on Monday so prayers for Marvin will be appreciated.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Downton Abbey Calendars

My blog friend, Dawn, shared her Downton Abbey page a day calendar yesterday on her blog. Well of course, being the Downton Groupie that I am, I had to check it out on Amazon. Can you believe that this year's page a day calendar was going for almost $30??? That is a little much for me so I pre ordered  one for next year at only $13.  I love page a day calendars and this one is sure to be a winner.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Old Church at Mooresville

 Mooresville, Alabama is the oldest town in our state. It is about a twenty minute drive from Decatur and I love to go there and make pictures! This photo of the old church in the snow with the brilliant blue sky is just magnificent. The town of Mooresville posted it on their website so I had to share it.
 Here is a picture of Kendall when she was four, made in front of the massive doors to the church.
 Kendall and a two year old Landon!
 Getting a good picture of Landon is always a challenge!!

Now if I could get all my grands over there to make some pictures...that would be my dream come true! Getting a picture of our five is like trying to herd cats so if it happens it will be a miracle.

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Princesses!

 Ben and Margaret attended a Daddy Daughter Princess Ball in Georgia over the weekend.  No Mommies allowed. It was held in Douglasville, Ga. The evening included being greeted by Cinderella, dancing, meeting other Disney princesses and riding in a horse drawn carriage.  I know it is a memory that will last in Margaret's heart forever.
Kendall is dressed as Princess Anna from Frozen. Their elementary school has a Fairy Princess Ball for Valentines Day.  They had to forego their party as school was out on Friday but they are making up for it today!  I am so proud of both of my girlies. They are beautiful on the inside and on the outside.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snow Pictures

Since it is a slow day here in Grimmland, I thought I would share some snow pictures. This lovely lady is my niece, Laura, who will be sixteen in two weeks!! It does not seem possible but it is true. She is know as La La to my grands and they all love love love her.
 These two pictures are of the pond on my homeplace. This is part of the land Marvin and I own there. Marvin's dream is to build a little cabin there. My brother in law, Bruce, is egging him on as Bruce has found the perfect site for a cabin.

And finally...the cutest little snow bunny ever!! Mister Elliott!! In his two months of life he has experienced two big snows! That is rare in the south.  I can't wait to see him again and smother him with kisses!!  This Nana loves all her grands and enjoys every chance she has to be with these precious children.

Friday, February 14, 2014


I am the Queen of Hearts here in Grimmland. I got some goodie bags done for my grands and I am looking forward to a Valentine's Day lunch with my Sweetheart.  Right now I am off to do errands as our roads are finally clearing of all the snow and ice. It is supposed to be 66 here on Tuesday...I can't wait!!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Round Two!

We got another two to three inches of snow late yesterday and overnight. It was very pretty as it fell to the ground. I have enjoyed seeing everyone's snow pictures posted on Facebook. This morning the sun is shining brightly and I can see the snow is beginning to melt. Monday it will be 60!! I must admit I am ready for some spring like weather. I think I am getting CABIN FEVER!

I took some time yesterday to work on Baby Elliott's birth sampler so I did accomplish a few things during this week of snowy weather. Tomorrow will be Valentine's Day. I am slated to be on a panel with some other "old Married Ladies" at the MOPS meeting at our church tomorrow. I hope that we can impart some wisdom to the young wives. Then Mar and I will go out for a Valentine's Day Lunch at one of our favorite restaurants. One more week at home for Marvin then he plans to go back to work. I will miss him but being a creature of habit, I am ready to get back to my normal routine!

Have a blessed day friends.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Lucky Me

I won this pair of beautiful earrings last week in a give away done by the jewelry company, Simon and Ruby! You can follow Simon and Ruby on Facebook and on Instagram. I am proud to know the young lady who owns this company! Lindsay is the daughter of our good friends, the Cokers.  Lindsay hand crafts her jewelry using very unique stones. Lindsay also packages her product in a nice box tied with a grosgrain ribbon. The perfect gifts for men to purchase for their sweethearts as the gift wrapping is already done. I have a lovely necklace that I purchased from Simon and Ruby done in blues and greens. Lindsay's jewelry has an old world feeling to it that I admire greatly.  Her spring collection is so pretty! I have already put a few pieces on my wish list!!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Snow Day!!

 Our wonderful church secretary shared this picture of our church in the snow this morning. She is a loyal employee going to work on a snow day!!

 Landon and Kendall enjoying a snow day....
The view out my front door....we got about two inches of snow. After the last snow event in middle AL and GA, everyone is just staying home today! Much better than being stuck on the road or at school. So far it is just snow and no ice so it is not too bad. Snow is so rare here that we just enjoy seeing it on the ground.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Little Heart

See the little red heart here? It was a Valentine from one of my blog friends! She knitted it just for me! I think it looks perfect tucked in beside pictures of my family. One of the things I like about the blog world is that there are so many wonderful ladies that I have come to know through their blogs. I feel like they could be my next door neighbor or an old friend.  Thanks Sweet made my day!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Valentine Mix Happies!

 Here is a sweet Valentine mix that is super easy to put together for special friends (and neighbors in my case!). I saw this recipe on the QVC Facebook page the other day. Show host, Jill Bauer, had made a batch of it and packaged it in little mason jars!! I placed my "happies" in clear cellophane bags and tied the bags with a cute pink and brown polka dot bow.  I added a few more M&Ms to mine than the recipe called for because I love chocolate!
Here is the recipe...1 cup M&Ms
                               1 cup Golden Graham cereal
                               1 cup mini marshmallows

Each bag of M&Ms holds two cups so that will make 6 cups of the mix.  I had cereal and marshmallows left over so I may buy another bag of M&Ms to make a batch for the grands. Easy Peasy and a very pretty and yummy Valentine for someone special.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Sochi 2014

Like many of you, Marvin and I will be watching the opening ceremony for the winter olympics this evening. I have always enjoyed the winter Olympics. I guess women's figure skating has been the main draw for me. I remember Dorothy Hamill back in 1976 as she skated away with the gold. I also remember her haircut that every girl in the USA began adopting. I admit, I had mine cut that way once but it did not look like Dorothy's beautiful locks!!  Then came Kristi Yamaguchi...what a talented and beautiful skater! Next was Michelle Kwon, it broke my heart that she did not win an Olympic gold medal. Now I am pulling for Gracie Gold!!

 I will have to take some time off from the Olympics next week to watch the Westminster Kennel Club show with all the lovely dogs. While I love dogs, I do not have one as they are such a committment. However, I love to watch those beautiful dogs strut their stuff up in NYC.  If I ever have another dog, I think I would like an English Shepherd. They are such pretty and loyal dogs.

Well we are off to therapy again today! Then a grocery store run and some baking this afternoon. I might get in some reading as well. Yesterday I had lunch with my best girls and they loaded me up with more books!! We all like to read and we swap books with each other. I may not have to go to the library for weeks!!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ashton Corners Mystery Readers and Cheese Straw Society

I just found a cute new mystery series set in the imaginary town of Ashton Corners, Alabama.  It centers around a group of readers of all ages who like mysteries and food! Sounds like a winning combination to me. After reading several more serious books, I was in need of some light reading and found these on Amazon at a bargain price of 5.99 each. I enjoyed this quick read and I think the writer will get better as she continues to write her mysteries.  If you need a break from this dreary winter, take an armchair trip to Ashton Corners, Alabama.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Another Monogram!

I love my Vera Bradley overnight bag but it was too bulky for Jamie to personalize the bag so she created this cute monogram on black...added fusible webbing and I ironed it to my bag!  Love love love it!! Thanks again to Jamie at The Funky Peacock!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings....

One of the things I have enjoyed about having Marvin home recuperating is that we can sleep in most mornings. It seems to me that we both sleep better knowing we do not have to get up at the crack of dawn. We are up early this morning as Marvin has therapy at 10. He continues to do well with his rehab. We have started doing ice four times a day as that seems to help the stiffness in the knee. We have a neat machine that we brought home from the hospital that looks like a small cooler. You fill it with ice and water and it pumps cold water through tubes up to a piece that velcros over the knee. I am thinking it may be handy for back pain and neck pain as well.

We see our favorite orthopedist, Scott, tomorrow to get the staples out of Marvin's knee. As a thank you for his good care of us, I am making a whipping cream pound cake to take to him. I have my butter and eggs out on the counter to come to room temp while we are at therapy. I am going to run by Hobby Lobby to pick up a cake box to pack it in.

And that Super Bowl...I did not watch but Mar watched most of it and then told me that we could just turn it to Downton Abbey as the game was a stinker!!  Last night's DA was interesting. I was so sorry for Edith when she was talking with Robert and told him she knew she was not his darling daughter. I think many of the choices Edith has made arise from the middle child syndrome.  One of my favorite scenes was of Tom, Isabel and Mary in the nursery as they recounted their feelings of love for their spouses. Aren't we the lucky ones? Isabel reminds them.

Well it is a chilly cloudy day here in NoAla but I will take that any day over last week's weather!! Have a blessed day friends.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Busy Saturday

I am not sure what happened to me yesterday and today but the cleaning and organizing bug bit me!! These last two weeks I feel that because Marvin is sitting in his recliner, I should be enjoying a break as well.:) But yesterday I tackled my crafts and realized what  a mess my craft room was!!  I got busy tossing old paint bottles and glue sticks in the garbage. So long to lots of bits and pieces I have held on to thinking I would use them one day....dream on Alice!! Today I set to work on my walk in closet and purged years worth of clothes un worn, socks with holes and items that I just did not like any more!  I love the way an organized closet looks and hope that my closet will stay that way for a while.

It is a beautiful day here in NoAla. While it is cloudy, the temps are in the fifties which seems like quite a heat wave after last years temps.  We spoke with our Bham children today. Ben seems to be suffering no ill effects of his walk in the cold weather. Katy says that Ben's car is now packed with coats, blankets, food etc.  Ben was so cold when he got home that Katy bundled him up and made him some good hot food. Nancy was glad to get home to Charles and their pups, Darlie and Molly.  She said that it was only prayer that kept her from being involved in one of the many fender benders around her. I am so thankful that God watched over my children.

We also got to speak with Miss Margaret. She is such a hoot. She is ready to come and stay a few days with Nana and Grandpa. I told her we would make it happen soon. I sure do miss all my Bham grands. Marvin continues his recovery. So far he is not in love with his new knee. It is still pretty painful and it gives him out to just get up and walk around. We see our surgeon on Tuesday to get the staples out and to see if we are on target in the recovery process.

And tomorrow is Sunday. I am looking forward to church!