Friday, October 31, 2014


Well, I got pictures of my grands in their costumes as I will not be home for Trick or Treaters this evening.  I thought you all might enjoy seeing the characters!!

The Hoover Grimmlins enjoyed a Halloween carnival on Wednesday evening. Margaret is Merida from Brave. ( Love that red hair!)  Baylor and Elliott are wearing Batman and Robin tshirts. Baylor will not wear a costume so Mommy had to improvise. Elliott has a costume that his Granny is bringing from Decatur today so maybe next week I will have a picture of him all dressed up for Halloween.  Speaking of Baylor, I am happy to report that he is doing very well with all his therapy. His therapists are surprised at how quickly he is meeting their goals for him. I know that all the prayer warriors who are praying for this little man have been a big part in this success! Thanks to all of you! And he is starting his third week of his special needs preschool and what a difference the weeks have made. When he started there he was not a happy camper but Katy reported that this week, he was all smiles when his teacher came to get him from the car. That makes a Nana's heart very happy. We are so glad for all the help Baylor is receiving in his battle with Autism.

Ok, seriously, I have always wanted to be a redhead! Maybe Margaret will let me borrow her wig!

Leonardo was on his way to school this morning!

And here is Draculara from Monster High.  The dark hair looks good on Miss Kendall.

Have a safe and fun Halloween friends.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

I had asked my sister to look for a picture of my great grandmother, Hattie, to add to my genealogy book about the Morris family. Well she has not found the picture that I wanted but she did find this picture of my grandmother, Naomi Swanson Tankersley.  She must have been around nine or ten in this photograph. I love those bows don't you?

We called her Grandmother. I was blessed to have her in my life until my late 30s so she was able to see all my children. The things I remember about my grandmother. She introduced me to sweet tea. We did not drink it at our house but Sunday dinners at her house included that famous Southern Sweet Tea. Whenever you saw Grandmother you were sure to get a hug and a pat on the back. She was enthusiastic with those back pats. Marvin was always worried that she was hurting our babies when she patted them! She did not pass on her green thumb to me. Grandmother could grow any flower or plant. She was a woman of faith and a prayer warrior. When my father was a boy he had appendicitis and almost died from infection.  His doctors told my grandmother that they did not think Daddy would live through the night. She told the story of how she prayed and begged God for her son's life. The doctor told Grandmother that her prayers to God had saved Daddy's life.

Grandmother did not have an easy life. When she was just a little girl her mother died of Tuberculosis. My Papa Swanson was left to raise her with the help of his mother. Papa did remarry to our Mama Swanson, Mary Bell Wilbanks.  I did not realize that Mama Swanson was our step great grandmother until I was a big girl. She loved us all and there was never a thought that she was not our blood relative.   Mama and Papa Swanson went on to have two children of their own but we were all one big happy family. When Grandmother married Granddaddy, she lost their first child. Then she had six more children but lost her oldest daughter to diphtheria. Then she lost another three year old daughter to diphtheria about five years later and my own father came near death at the same time.  How did people live through such things? It is hard to imagine a time when illness regularly claimed young children. Faith in God led my grandparents through the dark days. Grandmother and Granddaddy lived about two miles from us growing fact our whole Tankersley family lived in one community.  I miss both sets of my grandparents. What a blessing it was that I grew up getting that special love that only grandparents can impart to children. I hope that one day my grands will look back fondly at Nana and all that she meant to them. My grands mean the world to me!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

End of the Month

How did October come to a close so quickly? Seems we were just at the beach and now it is time to plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  This has been a busy month with so many birthdays and Halloween still to look forward to! I always love seeing my grands dressed up in their costumes.

Today I will be heading to Serra Toyota here in Decatur for an oil change before heading out of town for the weekend. Our service department has a lovely waiting area so I plan to take along my cross stitch and my ipad to keep me busy while I wait. Then I may head to Lowes to purchase some pansies for my garden. It is rainy here today and the temps are supposed to become more fall like in the next few days.  I was glad to hear the thunder and rain during the night. Being the black thumbed person that I am, I had taken up some bushes in an unwanted flower bed near the street and replaced the flower bed with sod. I can keep up with the flower beds by my front door but really did not want additional garden space to weed.  So my new sod is drinking up that lovely rain! My landscaper told me to keep it watered but that rain was preferable!

 I have ordered my turkey breast for Thanksgiving. A local BBQ place here in Priceville does GREAT smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving. We purchased two turkey breasts last year and they were the hit of the dinner. Even our Memphis relatives raved over it. ( Memphis is the home of southern BBQ).

I have some house cleaning to do before the holidays along with having my carpets cleaned. For some reason, cleaning never seems to end here. I really do enjoy getting everything neat and tidy before we settle in for the winter.

Have a lovely Hump Day Blog Friends!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


One of my Facebook Friends posted this to remind everyone that we will go back to Standard Time this weekend. However, I think I will adjust my clocks before going to bed!! Where we live in Alabama we are just at the line that defines Central Time so come December, it begins to get dark here at around 4:30 in the afternoon. It makes for a long winter evening!  I am one of those crazy people who enjoys walking through my home and turning on lamps, closing the plantation shutters and lighting candles. I like to think of Marvin coming home from work to a house that is warm and welcoming with the soft lights glowing.  But like everyone else, come spring time I will be ready to spring forward and get that extra evening sunlight!  Seasons are a blessing and I am glad I live where I can enjoy the changing landscapes!

Monday, October 27, 2014


I have been doing counted cross stitch for over 30 years now. My friend, Rebekah Cox, introduced me to the craft when we were friends in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  As anyone who does needlework can attest, it is a calming exercise that produces a lovely finished product.

I saw this tee shirt online the other day and I had to chuckle.  There is a bit of truth in those words.  Cross stitching helps me to calm down if I am upset, it gives me time to think over problems and I just enjoy doing it! My mother and my mother in law used their needlework to help them get through the long days of care giving when their husbands were in the last stages of life.  My mother produced many pretty embroidered pillowcases while my mother in law crocheted special pieces for her family. My mother in law told me that many of her worries were crocheted into those pieces. I totally understand.

I have been lax in my cross stitching for the past year or so but over the weekend I paid a visit to my favorite cross stitch store, The Cross Stitch Peddler, where I spent some quality time with the owner, Marlene.  I picked out a pretty sampler to do for my nephew who will be getting married soon and I also purchased some fun easy patterns for Christmas.

As you can see I have already started on the sampler. And yes, I have to use a magnifier but it fits easily on my q snaps and helps me to count on that pesky linen!

If you are having a hard time, sit down and create something.... a flower arrangement, a tableau for your coffee table or working in a journal. It will lift your spirits and take you away from whatever storm is brewing in your life.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October Memories

Tate Farms is a big farm in Meridianville, Alabama that opens its doors every fall for visitors to enjoy their autumn spectacular. We took Kendall when she was two, right before Landon was born. Then three years ago we took Landon and Margaret. I thought you might enjoy seeing these two on the farm. As I look at the pictures I realize what BIG kids my grands are becoming!!

There are lots of things to do on the farm. Landon liked anything that looked like a car or tractor!

Swings and climbing old tractor tires was great fun too!

Horse swings...

On the corn train. Margaret would not ride unless Nana went too! How I got in and out of that thing, I have no idea!!

Driving a tractor...

On the wagon to the pumpkin patch!! Oh those sweet chubby faces( Not me and Grandpa!) are going to make me tear up!

Waiting to pay for our punkins!! Nana and Grandpa were glad to have this wagon to pull the punkins and the kiddos along in!

On the ride home...Bubba conked out but Margaret was still talking a mile a minute!!

Happy Golden Days as Laura Ingalls Wilder would say!

Friday, October 24, 2014


It is Friday again and I have a busy day in store. I have a coffee cake in the oven as it is a MOPs morning and I have to take a sweet snack. If you have never tried the Krusteaz Crumb Cake then you are missing a treat!

A friend of mine shared this mix with me years ago and I think it is one of the best coffee cake mixes on the market.  I use two packages to make a 9 by 13 coffee cake. I also add a powdered sugar glaze to the top for some extra flavor and prettiness! My friend, Susan B, said that her mom made this up in the 9 by 13 pan for a church bake sale and EVERYONE wanted her recipe!!  I hope my MOPs moms will enjoy it.

And I have errands to run as usual. I have several gifts to purchase so I will be off to TJ Maxx after MOPs to search out something special.  Then to the grocery store!

Over the weekend I hope to work on some Christmas projects. I will also make a trip to the Cross Stitch shop as one of my nephews is getting married and I need to get started on a project for him and his bride.

Before I leave you, I had to share this cute picture of Landon that was taken at the Pumpkin Patch. His kindergarten class had a fun time at Tate Farms last week. He and Mommy took in all the fun things to do at this famous NoAla fall travel destination.

I just LOVE this scarecrow!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Laugh Lines

As I approach my 60th birthday next year, I have been thinking a lot about getting older. One Bible verse that stands out in my mind is Proverbs 31:30  Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  How we seem to value "looks" in this society. Some baby boomers want to stay flower children forever and even the younger generations are looking for the fountain of youth. While I think we should try to look our best, I think we should embrace aging gracefully. One thing that really bothers me is all the Botox that is being used to take away wrinkles. While it does take away wrinkles, it also takes away expression. When I came across this quote by the beautiful Lauren Bacall, it really expressed my thoughts on this matter.

I hope my life shows in my face, every line has been earned by living the life that God has given me.  I am thankful for each year that I have been blessed with as it is truly a gift!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here Come the Turtles!

The Ninja Turtles that is!!

Landon had an early celebration of his Sixth Birthday here at Nana's house on Saturday. He is Leonardo!

Ninja Turtle family!

That Grandpa thinks he is funny...putting bunny ears on Nana and Landon.

Baylor does not like masks so we got a picture of him in his nice fall shirt with Grandpa and Landon.

Yum, that cookie cake looks good!!

Best Buds!!

Uncle Ben and Baby Elliott who will turn one in December!!

Love this photo of Elliott checking out Uncle Charles! What kind of family do I have? he seems to say!
Aunt Nancy had a cold so she stayed home to avoid spreading germs to the rest of the family.

These younguns are just growing up too fast! So glad I get to be their Nana!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Points of Light

My nursing school days were long ago but I am grateful for the experiences I had, the fellow nursing students who are still friends and the great eduation I received in my Diploma Nursing Program. Diploma Nurses are a thing of the past now. We went to school for three years, non stop and we learned so much as we were put through our paces! When we graduated we were ready to give skilled nursing care in many areas. Today most nurses have a Bachelor of Science degree but not so much clinical experience. They get that on the job these days. ( Doesn't that make you feel safe and secure?) Of course I am biased on this subject! My nursing school room mate, Karen, had a physician say to her, "Where did you go to school and get out with two years of experience?" She was happy to tell him, Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. Now the school is a BS program that is a part of Mercer University and the old hospital is Atlanta Medical Center. Our dormitory is now a flashy apartment building for students who go to school in Atlanta colleges and universities.  But I still have my memories and I can always beat my husband when the medical categories come up on Jeopardy!  I am glad to be one of the 5081 points of light that Georgia Baptist sent out into the world!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Life Well Lived

I am back home after a quick trip to Georgia. My dad's younger sister, Jannelle, passed away on Thursday and her funeral was yesterday. It is hard to say good bye to someone you have known all your life and loves you and prays for you.

This is a picture of my aunt with three of her six children.  Aunt Jannelle got married as a teenager and had five children. She thought her family was complete but God surprised her with a baby who was born in the early 1970s...Chris. Chris was a Down's baby who required a lot of care but my aunt was up for it. She cared for him in her home until he was able to go and live in a group home where he lived happily until his death. Aunt Jannelle's oldest daughter and my favorite cousin, Carolyn, died of complications from Lupus.  In addition to burying two children she  lost two husbands and was a fortunate lady to have found three good husbands. Al, who she had been married to for almost six years at the time of her death, lost a precious wife.  She was truly the matriarch of her family. She was loved by all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She not only took care of her family but cared deeply for her extended family and friends. Her funeral was a celebration of her life and both of the preachers who spoke at her funeral were quick to point out that her resiliency came from her faith in God. She certainly had a life that had many trials but she was a happy person and did not allow herself to have a pity party. I have always admired her sweet spirit.  I would like to ask all my blog friends if they would remember this family in prayer this week as they grieve the loss of their Mama and Grandmama.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Steve Bones

My friend, Susan, who happens to live up the street from me put out an interesting Halloween display this year. Steve Bones is his name.

I just love his party hat!!

I told the children we were going to stop and see Steve Bones after school.

Even Steve looks a bit scared in this picture!! Now we will have to wave to Steve on our way to and from school until Halloween.

Yesterday was also team spirit day in Landon's Kindergarten class....

He made a Tiger hat to wear along with his Auburn shirt. Here in Alabama you are either for Auburn or Alabama. As a citizen of this state, you must pick a side!:)  At Nanaland we are Alabama fans but to each his own.

And today we will be celebrating Landon's 6th birthday. His actual birthday is on October 27th but this was the best day for the Grimm side of the family to celebrate.

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful fall day here...the sun is shining and the sky is October blue.  Have a blessed weekend blog friends.

Friday, October 17, 2014

On the Farm

My niece, Laura, took this photo from the car on the way up the hill at my parents farm. I thought it was a pretty shot of the hills and mountains. I love the fact that you can see a patch of sunshine on Grassy Mountain.  And the blue sky is shining through after days of rain! It is good to take time to notice these little gifts from God that surround us. I know I am often "too busy" to stop and enjoy them.

Thursday, October 16, 2014


I have made some bad decisions in the book aisle at Target in the last week or so. I had picked up some fairly inexpensive books that looked interesting and both were duds! I will be adding them to my Paperback Swap account so at least I can swap these books for some that I might like! Why did I give in to temptation? Because I had not made time to get downtown to the library! Yesterday I was feeling blue...the dreary weather here and some family worries had me down, so I made it a priority to go to the library! When I walked inside I was met with this scene....

I had forgotten that it was time for the annual library quilt show. Needlework and books are two of my favorite things. I do not quilt but I appreciate all the time and effort put into making these works of art. You can click on the photographs to see these beauties in more detail.

The seasonal quilts with their colorful fabrics are always my favorites.

I just have to think that the quilt on the right was made by a nana for a grandson!

The quilt of ships caught my eye as well.  Every library patron is allowed to vote on their favorite quilt. I am still mulling over my decision.

In addition to admiring all the quilts I picked up some books that look like they might be just right for this reader!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

At the Movies

Kendall, Landon and I joined a theater FULL of other grandparents, parents and children yesterday to see Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day yesterday. Tuesday was the last day of fall break and for those who were not lucky enough to go away for the long weekend, a movie seemed like a good idea.

We saw previews for other family friendly movies so now Kendall and Landon have a list of movies that they want to see. One was the new Sponge Bob movie that comes out in 2015...sorry but Nana will not be springing for that one. Ask your parents!

I loved the book Alexander etc so I was wondering how the movie makers could take a children's book and make it into an hour and a half long movie. ( I had the same thoughts about Polar Express and I must say, that one was quite good.)  This movie is very loosely based on the book but it was entertaining.

Here is the premise...Alexander feels like he is a misfit in his family of perfect people. His mom is in publishing and is hoping to be made the new vice president. Dad is a PhD engineer who has been laid off from his aerospace job and is now a Fommy....a Father Mommy.  He is very positive all the time and knows something better is just around the corner. Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell are very believable in their roles. Alexander's teenage brother, Anthony, is dating the prettiest girl in school and is just a very nice guy. Sister Emily has snagged the lead role of Peter Pan in the middle school play and baby Trevor is so cute and lovable that no one can resist him. They are the Super Coopers....well except for Alexander who is at that awkward age and he has one of those TERRIBLE days on the day before his 12th birthday. When he tries to tell his family about it at the dinner table, he is largely overlooked. So at midnight, Alexander sneaks down to the kitchen to make himself a birthday sundae and wishes that his family could have a terrible horrible no good very bad day. And so the next day is an EPIC BAD Day for the Super Coopers.

The movie was entertaining...a few remarks that I could have done without hearing but overall a goofy and fun film. With Steve Carell as the dad, how could it be anything but goofy. I have to admit I love his comedy.  A very big positive of this movie is that it shows an intact family who love each other and kids who are not obnoxious. The siblings squabble but at heart they are good kids.  I would give it three out of five stars.  My grands enjoyed it. We had a good time talking about several of the themes of the movie and we all agreed that if you have a bad day, that it is only temporary. Think positive like the movie dad, Ben Cooper.

And for us older viewers, Dick Van Dyke made a cameo appearance. He is reading a book for children at a local bookstore and after looking at the young children he says, "Ask your parents who I am...or your grandparents!" I had to chuckle at that line.

So if you are looking for  a way to pass some time with a school age grandchild, this is a pretty good movie to see.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Break

Today is the second day of fall break for Kendall and Landon. Yesterday they went to the McWane Center in Birmingham with Dad and Tara. They had a good time at this hands on learning center.
Kendall and baby sister, Raegan, playing the piano.

Raegan and Landon...and Tara can be seen in the mirror taking the photo!! I know the kiddos had a fun day off from school.

Today we spent the morning making birthday cards for Grandpa who celebrates his birthday on the 19th. Landon's drawing of Grandpa's cake had QUITE a few candles on it! Later this afternoon we will go to the movie to see Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day. The book by Judith Viorst, was always a favorite of mine.  I hope it is good. The cost of movies today makes you want a refund if you did not enjoy the film!

One of the reasons we chose the movie for an activity today is that the weather here has been dark and stormy. Lots of trees and limbs down due to wind, while some trees have fallen because the ground is so saturated.

Time to get busy doing chores and I may put my grands to work!

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Welcome to Margaret's surprise Birthday Party!  Margaret wanted a surprise party so Mommy surprised her by throwing her party six weeks early.

After spending time at the park, Daddy brought Margaret home to her surprise!

M is for Margaret!

Opening gifts...

A cotton candy toast to the Birthday Girl!

Blowing out the candles....

Group photo...I think they all had a good time!!

Elliott had a good time!

So did Baylor!

Ben and Katy

Grandpa with three of his five treasures.

Margaret turns five on Dec 2nd but Elliott turns one on Dec 5th so Katy wanted Margaret to have her own special party. It was a hit!