Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ramblin Wrecks

I seldom post on Sundays but my sweet husband was so excited that Ga Tech beat Georgia yesterday that I just had to share! He posted this photo on his Facebook page.( And if you are wondering why his diploma is so was printed on Lamb Skin as was the style in the late 70s.) I cross stitched the Ramblin Wreck back in 1989.  It was a super exciting game and in fact, my sweet husband changed the channel at the last minute thinking Ga had won then found out that the game went into OT after GT made a LONNNNG fieldgoal.

And speaking of happy campers, son Ben, is happy that Alabma charged back to win the Iron Bowl last night. IT was another nail biter. Several upsets over the weekend where the underdog came out on top so that puts the college playoffs in a fruit basket turnover.

Off to church this is cloudy but in the 60s! I will take that over a polar vortex any day!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Day

Another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone. I started off with the best intentions to get lots of pictures. I had my camera charged...took some photos pre guests then just lost steam as the day went along. Amelia and Charles and Nancy were running late so that is why there are no pix of them.( That is my story and I am sticking to it!)

So many wonderful Thanksgiving cards this year!! And my little solar turkey thanks to friend, Terry.

We used Marvin's grandmother's dishes for our dessert plates. Dinner plates were not much bigger than salad plates back in the 30s! Could there be a correlation to larger plates and larger waistlines?

Ben and Katy

Elliott wearing his Grimm bib!

Margaret enjoyed Aunt Nancy's mashed potatoes!!
Baylor and Uncle Charles! Note the bow in Uncle C's hair...he took Margaret's bow from her! She was not very happy about that. Uncle Charles is the uncle who likes to pick at you!!

Landon and Margaret have come up with a name for Baby Girl Grimm...Rainbow Cotton Candy Grimm.  Not sure Charles and Nancy will be using that one but it is fun.

We are still eating turkey at our house but we have managed to decorate for Christmas and now we are in Football mode with Georgia and Georgia Tech facing off this morning and Alabama and Auburn tonight! Go Tech and Roll Tide!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

I am taking a few days off to celebrate with the, eating, visiting and then decorating for Christmas. I hope all my blog friends have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Pretty in Pink

This sweet outfit is the first piece of clothing that Charles and Nancy have purchased for Baby Grimm who we know now is BABY GIRL GRIMM!  We are happy to be expecting a baby girl and it will even out the boy girl ratio among out grands.  While Charles and Nancy had a boy name all picked out, the girl name will require negotiation. Marvin and I are looking forward to greeting this sweet girlie in May.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Belated Anniversary Wishes

Last week Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip celebrated 67 years of marriage and they seem to be going strong as both still make royal appearances around the realm in England. I have always admired the queen. She has served her country faithfully since 1953. Many have criticized her but she has maintained the stern discipline that is necessary to quide a country. I would not like to cross her!!

I read a book about her recently that recounts that she is quite the mimic among her family and can bring gales of laughter with her talent. And apparently she is a much better granny than she was a mummy. I guess she has learned as most of us grandparents that time passes quickly and soon those little ones will be adults.

So here is to the queen and her consort! Happy 67th anniversary!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

To the North Pole!

First of all let me say thank you to all who lifted up prayers for our trip to the North Pole! The weather was perfect, Baylor was feeling well and we all had a wonderful time. For a child on the autistic spectrum an event like The North Pole Express can be overwhelming but Baylor was a trooper. His therapist told Katy that Baylor is a sensory seeker. He enjoys sights and sounds. Transisiton times are the hardest for our boy so Nana had little bags of skittles in her purse that we handed out as we got settled on the train. Katy brought the ipad and between all of our distractions, the evening went smoothly. And of course, I think a big covering of prayer made all the difference as well.

Waiting on the train...the sun was setting so pardon the shadows on the photograph. You can tell that it was nice and warm...long sleeve shirts were all that was needed last night!

The Brothers Grimm enjoyed the train tracks.

Margaret found an elf!! We had several compliments on our shirts. Thanks to niece, Jessica Grimm, for doing such a great job with our train wear!

This big boy will be one on December 5th!!

Elliott clapping to Jingle Bells.

Baylor enjoyed the train ride...he loved all the Christmas lights on the inside of the train car.

With Santa and Mrs Claus!

Ben and his boys.

Nana and Margaret enjoying their cookies.

Grandpa liked his chocolate milk.

The best part of the whole trip was making memories with our grands.

Friday, November 21, 2014


Yesterday I started the day off with coffee with Susan B, an old friend I had not spent time with in ages. I met Susan when I taught preschool. Her daughter, Sara, was in my class and I quickly fell in love with that young lady. Sara had a six month old brother and Susan was looking for someone to care for him one day a week so she could have time for herself. I volunteered and began a long time relationship with this sweet family. Sara is in college now and Drew( who my family called Precious as they knew how much I loved that boy!) is a junior in high school.  I really enjoyed my time with Susan. We are planning to get together with the children over Christmas break.

Then it was on to Cracker Barrel where I had lunch with my besties. As usual we had a good time discussing life in general. We also did a little shopping at Cracker Barrel while we were there.

Then dinner with my Titus Ladies group from church. Really it was an eating odyssey yesterday! As I am trying to count calories, I had to hold back! Many of my Titus lady friends are readers like me so we always have fun comparing books we have read. At the recommendation of Andrea, I downloaded The Kitchen House to my kindle this morning. I have been having a hard time finding a good book to read since I finished Cutting for Stone! It seems that when I finish a great book, I am dissatisfied with just mediocre books. I do enjoy a good story so if you have any books you can suggest, please leave a comment.

Off to start my shopping for Thanksgiving this morning, This afternoon we head to Birmingham to go to the North Pole Express. Katy said Baylor was a bit under the weather, so prayers for him today. If he is not up to the trip, Nana will stay with him so the rest of the family can enjoy their trip to the North Pole.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Looking back several Thanksgivings ago! There are no pictures of Landon because at this age, he would not let us take his photograph! How he has changed. Now he enjoys mugging for the camera.

Margaret and Ben

Uncle Ben and his favorite niece.

My girlies...

My daughters in love...

Nana and Grandpa with Marg and Baylor.

Amelia and Katy.

Love this one of Kendall and Baylor.

How time flies by!! Now I am busy planning for Thanksgiving 2014!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Around the House

Cold weather has caused me to do a little more hand work this week. I am making good progress on the  wedding sampler I am doing for my nephew, Jeff and his fiance, Sarah.

I am using a new type of variegated thread on this sampler and I really like the effect. The linen has a tea stained look so I think the sampler will turn out looking like an antique.  I will include their monograms and the year of their marriage, 2015!

I have received three pretty Thanksgiving cards from my friends, Gina, Linda and Deborah. I display them on the buffet in the dining room. From the clock you can see I took this picture at seven am! This is the week the children arrive early so I have to take them to school. It just might be a MacDonalds coffee morning today!! There is a MacDonalds on our route to school. I have been wanting to try the new White Mocha Hot Chocolate. It warms me up just thinking of it!!

Today is supposed to be a bit warmer so I have some errands to run! I am looking forward to the weekend's warmer temps even if it does come with rain. This girl was not made for cold weather!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Santa Claus Is In The Building!

Margaret had a chance to go and see Santa Claus last week. I have to say this Birmingham Santa looks pretty good! I am sure Margaret had quite a list to share with the jolly old elf.

I have checked carpet cleaning off my list of pre holiday chores. The guys arrived bright and early yesterday to clean my carpets and scrub the ceramic kitchen floors. It is amazing what a difference it makes!! When I found out my carpet cleaner also did tile floors I decided to have mine scrubbed well once a year. As I am getting older, scrubbing floors is not on my agenda!!

I had a chance to play decorator yesterday as I helped a friend hang some pictures as well as place some furniture in her home. They have been in the house for three years but it needed so much work that decorating had to wait. I really enjoyed helping Robin yesterday. I told her she was free to move things back the way they were after I left!lol.

With the cold temps here, I am glad to stay inside today. I did note that the paper says temps will be back in the 50s by Friday when we go to the North Pole Express so I am thankful for that!! Long term forecast says 70s next week...I sure hope so!!!

Monday, November 17, 2014


My sister, Kristi, took this photo of Ben and his family while they were visiting my mom over the weekend.  It was my favorite.

Update on Baylor...He continues to do well with his therapies and now he LOVES his preschool. Thank you for praying for our boy. With Autism, it is a process...we are thankful for each small step that Baylor makes as he is being treated for this syndrome. I am so proud of Ben and Katy as they parent Baylor. They take him out and about and expose him to new experiences. We are all looking forward to riding on the North Pole Express Friday night in Calera, Alabama. We will board the train for a trip to the "North Pole" then have hot chocolate and cookies with Santa and the Elves on the train. We took this trip with the Ledlow Grands and really enjoyed ourselves so we are hoping it will be just as fun this year.

It is a yucky, rainy day here in NoAla. I am ready for some sunshine. Tomorrow we are supposed to have some but the temps will only get up into the mid 30 range. Not our usual November weather. Hope you are warm and cozy in your neck of the woods dear readers.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Christmas Ornaments for Our Soldiers

Yesterday at our November MOPs meeting we made Christmas ornaments and cards for Morgan County Blue Star Moms to send to our local soldiers.  We had a great time and I was about to get the big head because all the girls thought I was Martha Stewart!  I reminded them that I had been crafting since before they were born! But hey, who does not enjoy a little praise. Thank you Mother for teaching me the blanket stitch years ago as it came in handy yesterday!

We produced quite a pile of ornaments. In addition to the felt ornaments we did Twig Christmas Trees using branches and ribbon. I think we got this craft from Crafts by Amanda.....she is such a talented online crafter and shares her ideas with her blog readers.

Some ladies worked on stamping Christmas cards to include in the Christmas packages. Our little ones also made Christmas ornaments and I am sure the soldiers will get a kick out of those. The helpers in the Moppets rooms wrote down the children's thank yous to the soldiers as well and some were very sweet.  It is always good to remember these men and women who serve our country 365 days a year, giving up their holidays to serve their country.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chocolate Party

"What is a Chocolate Party?" Marvin asked when he noted it written on my planner. I had to admit that I was not sure but I had received an invitation to one from my friend, Amy and her daughter, Mary Carol. And hey...Chocolate...Party....what is not to like? Of course I was going!

I joined up with my friend, Deborah, in Hartselle to ride to Mary Carol's house in the country. After a few wrong turns, the old ladies made it to the party. Note to self, GPS is not always correct!  I was just glad that Deborah was driving.

When we arrived we were greeted by the Chocolatier, Judy Burnum. What is a Chocolatier you might ask. Well Judy works for Dove Chocolates and she introduced us to many of their products that are perfect for baking, snacking and sipping.

We sampled a chocolate raspberry drink that was topped with a piece of salted chocolate caramel.  I am not a big raspberry fan but this party drink was delish. And add chocolate to it, win win!

Here is a Close Up!!

Then Judy went on to make Apple Nachos that had a surprisingly low calorie count for such a yummy snack.

Gala and Granny Smith Apples are slice up and layered on a pretty tray. Judy had prepared a mixture of Cool Whip and Dove's Spiced Chai powder. ( And if you do not like Chai, do not worry, it was great in Cool Whip!) The Chai Whip was spooned over the apples, then Judy drizzled some of the Dove Chocolate Merlot and Chardonay Caramel sauces over the top.  Believe it or not, each apple slice in this recipe has about 15 calories.

After sampling the goodies, we were able to shop for ourselves.

I have to admit that I purchased some chocolate treats. I am trying their baking chocolate. I make a good chocolate cake and I think this chocolate will make it even better! I also bought a bag of dark chocolate sea salt rounds. This will be perfect to place in a pretty bowl in my guest room when my dark chocolate loving brother in law comes after Christmas. Let's be honest here, I will have to hide it from myself so it lasts until then!

If you have a chance to attend a Dove Chocolates party, go and try out all the Dove Chocolate Creations. You will learn a lot as well as enjoying some delicious chocolate products.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grand Ornaments

Every year I get my grands a Christmas ornament and I write the year on it so they will remember. I also try to get matching ornaments as I want them to remember that this ornament is one Nana made for all her grandchildren.

Hobby Lobby has their Christmas Decor 50% off this week so I went in to purchase some of their nice wrapping paper.( It is a huge roll, heavy paper and pretty prints! Only $3.50 per roll on sale) As I was strolling down the ornament aisle I came upon these little crosses. Grandpa and I try to use every opportunity to pass on a little of our faith to the next generation.  Kendall and Landon took theirs home yesterday. Kendall plans to put her ornament on the tree in her room. She usually has a pink tree!  I will get the others to Birmingham when we go down next week to ride on the North Pole Express with the Grimmlins.  It is hard to believe that Christmas is just six weeks away!  Time to get crafting if I hope to get all my work done before the Big Day.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turkey Talk

Ok, when I saw this pretty cotton dish towel at a gift shop in Franklin last week, I knew I had to have it!! It is now at home on the door of my oven.  I am sure it is how we all will be feeling after our Thanksgiving Day Feasts!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank a Soldier

In the past on Veteran's Day I have posted pictures of my Daddy and uncles who served in the military but this year I wanted to post a picture of my cousin, Jeff, and his son, Blake.  Jeff's younger son, Mark, was married earlier this year and he asked Jeff and Blake to wear their uniforns in lieu of tuxedos.  I am proud to note that Jeff still fits in his Air Force Uniform! He retired after completing his years of service and has kept up that military fitness. Blake is serving in the army and looks very handsome in his uniform as well.

The Henderson family has quite the history of service to our country. One of our Henderson ancestors, Thomas Lowery, fought in the Revolutionary War at the Battle of Cowpens. My great great grandfather, Daniel Henderson, fought and died in the Civil War. ( He fought for the Confederacy), great uncle Webb Henderson served in WW1 while his baby brother, Edd, served in WW2. (They were from a BIG family!) My Uncle Mark, Jeff's dad, served in the Army as did two Henderson son in laws, my dad and my Uncle Jerry.  I am thankful for Blake's service to our country in this new generation of Hendersons!

We should always remember that Freedom is not Free. I am so thankful for the men and women who serve in all branches of the United States Military.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Christmas is Coming

While I do not put up my Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving, I do start purchasing my Christmas gifts. If you are like me you are always on the lookout for nice inexpensive gifts for teachers, friends and family.  I have found such a gift at Cracker Barrel.  This little goody is a Yankee Candle product. It is a a bottle of fragrance spheres. I received one as a happy back in the fall and I loved it. I placed mine in the laundry room and every time I opened the door I got a nice whiff of pumpkin spice. It is not overpowering but just right. So I decided to pick up a few in Christmas fragrances...I chose Balsam and Cedar as well as Sparkling Cinnamon.   And the best part of this is just over five dollars and the Cracker Barrel Gift Lady will put them in these cute bag along with a gift tag! Many stores will not do free gift wrap on a smaller gift so Cracker Barrel gets a big thumbs up in this category!! Check out Cracker Barrel as you do your Christmas shopping. They have a big selection of all kinds of gifts at a great price.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Shopping in Franklin

Today my friend, Diane, and I made a second attempt to go shopping in Franklin, Tennessee. This delightful town is located about an hour and a half from Decatur, straight up I 65. Last year we wanted to go there but it poured down rain on that day so we went to the Cool Springs Galleria instead! But today was a perfect sunny day and we had a wonderful time exploring the stores along Main Street.

Loved the pretty trees and the flags that were all American town.

Many of the shops were decorated for the Christmas Season.

But there was a lot of Fall and Thanksgiving displays as well.

Eye Candy every where we looked!!

It was a busy day in Franklin and one of the shop proprietors told us that they had been especially busy because the CMA awards had brought lots of foot traffic to Franklin.

People waiting for tables at Pucketts Restaurant!

While we waited for our table at Pucketts we walked up the street and took a gander at all the goodies at Meridee's Bakery. We did not partake, just looked longingly at all the yummy offerings.

We visited Ivey's cupcakes...where we did succumb!! We found out that quite a few Country Stars like to have a cupcake from Ivey's!

And we took time to check out an interesting antique shop...loved this Christmas Pig!!

I am posting tonight as I have a Ladies event at church tomorrow. Saturday with the Sisters is a monthly affair at First Bible Church. Tomorrow we are making an advent craft!! I am looking forward to another fun day!