Monday, November 30, 2015

The Stockings Were Hung

No this is not my fireplace but it is my sister in love, Lanier's fireplace and it is so impressive I had to share it.

Many years ago, Mama G made  Granny Square Christmas stockings like these for all of her children and grandchildren. Lanier has five children and 11 grandchildren( with two more due in the spring) so she has quite the collection of stockings at her house.  Since Mama G went to heaven, Lanier's daughter in law, Meredith, has taken up the job of crocheting the stockings for new members of the Memphis Grimm family.

It just makes me smile when I see her fireplace and all those stockings. Each stocking represents a blessing in our growing extended family.  Lee and Lanier may have to get another fireplace if they keep having more grandchildren!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Lesson at the Movie

Like many of you, I do not watch the news very much as it depresses me to see the state of our country and our culture.  But yesteday God used a trip to the movies to remind me that there are some caring people still among us.

Marvin had looked at the local movie listings and decided that at 1:45 yesterday we had a window of opportunity to see Mockingjay part 2 without interrupting his football viewing. :) So we headed to the Decatur Carmike Theater, purchased our tickets,  found a seat on the aisle for my husband's long legs and got ready to see the movie. We noticed that there was an elderly man in the row in front of us who was with a young adult male who was mentally disabled. The young man talked out loud a couple of times during the previews but he was not distracting me. Since Baylor has come into our family, I find I am much more compassionate regarding those who struggle along these lines.

The movie came on after many previews and we were all enjoying the first minutes when the movie stopped and the emergency lights came on in the theater. We had seen several previews of apocalyptic movies and I was just wondering what was going on! The young man in front of us was upset. He wanted them to FIX IT.  He was there for the movie and could not understand why it had stopped. About that time we found out that a transformer in the area had blown and if we would wait we would be instructed about our options once things became clear.  The young man's companion tried to explain it to him but without much success.  A very kind lady who was seated nearby began talking to the young man. She was asking him about his Thanksgiving. Did he eat turkey yesterday? She had ham at her house. Well this did distract our young friend and soon he got his jacket and was moving down the row to sit next to his friend. His companion let him sit there a minute then he reminded Young Friend that everyone needs their personal I think every person in that area of the theater was impressed with the care and concern that was given to make Young Friend feel better. A bit later someone from management came in to tell us to keep our stubs and we could see another movie at any time during the next six months.  After being offered the option of going home to watch a movie and returning today to see Mockingjay, our friend was happy to go home without incident.

On our ride home, Marvin and I were talking about how nice that young lady was and how it restored our faith in the kindness of others.  Today we will return to the movie theater at 9:30 am  to see the end of the Hunger Games triology. I am hoping Young Friend will be there too!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Stream

I am in a turkey coma so you get to swim in the stream with me this morning!!

We had a quiet Thanksgiving. We watched the Macy's Parade, took a long walk then headed to Cracker Barrel with friends, Barry and Sharon, to have Thanksgiving lunch. Kudos to Cracker Barrel. It was a good lunch and no left overs to tempt me today! Oh except for some of the pecan pie that sweet Barry bought and shared with us.  I enjoyed seeing everyone's Thanksgiving pictures online. One of the big plusses of Facebook is being able to see family and friends when you cannot be with them.

Pretty much all of my Christmas decor is out and I plan to spend today going to the grocery store and doing some cross stitch.  I might watch a Christmas movie or two as well.

I am still reading the Round Ringford Series by Ann Purser. Only two books to go to finish the delightful tale of the families of Round Ringford.   It really is so easy to escape the cares of the day to visit Jean and Foxy and their clan of children. Oh and don't forget to stop at Ivy's house for a piece of her perfect sponge cake if you can handle her acid tongue along with sweets and tea. You might want to drop by the village shop to chat with Peggy before stopping by the church for evensong. Can you tell I am besotted???

I also want to thank everyone for the pretty Thanksgiving cards I received this year. They looked so lovely on the buffet in the dining room. They will be placed in my Hat Box that holds many sweet notes, letters and cards I have received over the years.

Now that Thanksgiving is over I am planning on company Dec 6th. We are hosting a birthday party for Margaret(Dec 2) Elliott (Dec 5) and Ben, our oldest son whose birthday is on the 6th. I am making a caramel cake for him and Katy is bringing cupcakes for the kiddos. It will just be family. Margaret has requested Frozen plates and napkins. Elliott likes anything with cars so I am heading to the Party Store to see what I can find.

Charles sent us a cute picture of Audrey yesterday and informed us that she has two teeth coming in! One on top and one on the bottom! She was drooling and chewing the whole time they were here so we thought she might be working on some teethies.

Well I am off to the grocery store, hoping that the Black Friday Shoppers are home and in bed by now. Last year I made a Walmart run around lunch time and the store was practically empty. The cashier stated that all the shoppers had been there early!

Have a good Thanksgiving Weekend. We are pulling for Ga Tech and Bama to win their ball games tomorrow. Marvin and I are really enjoying this quiet long weekend!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Give Thanks

My friends at the Christian and Missionary Alliance posted this reminder on my Facebook page today so I am sharing it with you all. We were members of First Alliance Church in Louisville, Kentucky when we lived there in the early 1980s. We learned so much in that church on Bardstown Road. Our hearts were pricked as we were able to meet REAL missionaries and we heard their stories of what God was doing all over the world.  So today I give thanks for all the places the Lord has taken me in my 60 years, the things I have learned, the people I love and I hope I have many good years left to give God the Glory!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Margaret's Thanksgiving Dress

I had several comments on Margaret's Thanksgiving Dress so I thought I would take time to tell you that Nana purchased that dress for her and I was happy to see her wearing it on Saturday.  This is a Matilda Jane dress. Matilda Jane is a line of clothing purchased in home parties and hosted by a Matilda Jane trunk keeper.  I had never been very interested in Matilda Jane before because honestly, some of their clothes just do not appeal to me because they mix so many patterns.  But my sister in law, Lanier, became a trunk keeper and I purchased a few things for the grands. I am going to be very honest again and tell you that the purchase prices can be a bit high in my opinion. For my budget, I found what I was looking for in the Matilda Jane online Good Luck Trunk. It is an overstock portion of their line and the prices are discounted.  I liked this dress because it is one print and it is one of Margaret's colors as it sets off her brown hair and blue eyes.  Matilda Jane leggings are adorable and Kendall and Margaret enjoy wearing them with a cute top of their choice.   The Moms and Nanas are not left out either. I have purchased several things for myself and I have been very pleased with them. Being rather tight with my money, the GLT, as you will see it displayed on their site is a bargain. If you do make a purchase online, sis Lanier would love to be your trunk keeper. There is a line to put the trunk keepers name, just type in Lanier Grimm.  Also Zulily carries the end of season Matilda Jane occasionally so that is another good way to get a bargain on MJ clothing.

I seldom purchase clothing for the grand girls because their mamas are particular about how they dress them(as they should be!).  Children grow so fast that I cannot see paying a lot for an item of clothing that they might wear for a very short period of time. Mine are all growing like weeds right now. Every now and then it is fun to give them a name brand item that is popular and Matilda Jane fits that to a tee.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thank YOU!

Baylor's teacher sent this photo from school to Ben and Katy and they shared it with me. I love the look of concentration on Baylor's face and that he is sitting in his chair and focusing on his task. Before Baylor became a member of our family, I took for granted so many things that my other grands did without any problem.

I want to thank all of you for your care and concern for this young man. Ben and Katy raised the money on GoFundMe to pay for Ruby's training.  It will take almost a year to train Ruby but we know she will be a life saver for both Baylor and the family. So much time is spent just monitoring Baylor and Ruby will be able to help with that chore.  A friend sent me a news article regarding a service dog who had received an honorary masters degree because he attended classes with his human who had autism.  She encouraged me that maybe that would be Ruby one day.  We do not know what the future holds for our boy but I am praying that there will be break through in the treatment of autism.

So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for God's Blessings on our family. Our beautiful grands, our extended family who are always there for us, friends who make life so sweet and a God who guides us each day.

Monday, November 23, 2015


We had a nice early Thanksgiving at the Roberts home. The day started out so warm and pleasant but by the time we left for home the cold winds were blowing. That is autumn in the south...our weather is very changeable.

Aunt Mimi and Audrey...the star of the show since we do not get to see her very often.

Everyone loved her little turkey outfit.

Proud grandparents.

Grandpa with Baylor and Kendall.

Best Buds.

The whole crowd...quite a lot of family and friends.

We had some bubble fun outside before it got too cold.

My girlies!! A framer for sure
.Our bonus grandsons, Hudson and Hampton with their grandpa Dave.

We had a fun afternoon. We were missing Katy as she had to pick her sister up at the airport in Birmingham. She is visiting from Texas this week.  It is not very often that we get to visit with all the children at one time so we consider ourselves blessed this week.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

See You Monday

Well as today is a busy day with our Grimm/Roberts Thanksgiving I am just going to say Have a Great Weekend! I still have my dressing to fix along with some Chex Mix and I need to run a few errands along with making sure the guest bath and bedroom are ready for the Canton Grimms.  And a big thank you to my friend, Sharon, for the beautiful Thanksgiving card I received yesterday from NC. It is sitting on my bedside table.  Looks to be a beautiful day here in NoAla but hang on to your hats because winter arrives tomorrow!! Highs only in the 40s! Tis the Season!

Friday, November 20, 2015

In the Bedroom

I saw a movie with that name and had to use it for my post!:) Actually I am just sharing my Christmas decor in our bedroom. The movie I refer to is quite the thriller and Sissy Spacek is the leading lady. I got caught up in it while channel surfing one evening. So you might want to look for it as well!

This is my vignette on our dresser. I finished my Prairie Schooler Tree Farm sampler and the folks at Slate Framing in Hartselle did the great job of showcasing it. With my Prairie Schooler pieces I like simplicity in the framing as they all tend to be rather busy and I want everyone to look at my stitching and not the frame.  I have recently become obsessed with all the cross stitch blogs I have come across lately. It has really motivated me in my stitching. I am finishing up the Prairie Schooler sampler, Where There are Bees so I need to choose my next piece to stitch.

I have had this little Hallmark Bell Girl for almost 40 years now. It was given to me by one of my nurse friends in Oak Ridge, Tennessee back when I was a young nurse working at Oak Ridge Methodist Hospital.

Another Prairie Schooler piece. Ann Sutton at Ann Sutton Designs did the finishing for me.

My most precious Christmas decoration... this was made by my late mother in law, my Mama G.  I put it up on the armoire in our bedroom to keep little hands away. I am happy to have the older grands look at it but looking is good enough! No touching! While I view things as "things" I would be upset if this were broken. I try to be very careful with it myself as I display it each year.  Unless you think I am the Grinch,  I have a Fisher Price nativity up in the play room for the little ones.

This Joseph has always bothered me a bit...he looks rather miffed doesn't he?  Sorry for the phone pictures!! I need to order a new battery for my DSL camera. I am missing its good sharp photographs.

Today I will be preparing some of my dishes for the feast tomorrow! I am looking forward to having all my grands in one place for a few hours.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Traditions

Todd and Amelia are hosting the Roberts/Grimm family Thanksgiving on Saturday. I am glad to turn it over to them!! They stopped by yesterday to pick up some tableclothes and other various and sundry. I love to bake but I am not a great cook so Thanksgiving was always rather stressful for me. Over the years we have had Thanksgiving with family and friends and I have good memories but the Thanksgivings from my childhood remain fixed in my mind.

We lived on a small farm with all my Daddy's family near by. So most Thanksgivings were spent with the Tankersleys. The Hendersons lived too far away..maybe 5 or 6   As all of you who grew up on a farm know, the animals must be tended to no matter the day of the week. Sundays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter make no difference to them. So Daddy started every morning at the barn. Even after he quit milking his cows, he would go to check on his livestock.  Some Thanksgiving mornings Granddaddy, Uncle Robert, Daddy and the boy cousins would go squirrel hunting. I think it was really a chance to be together, just the men.   As a little girl I always looked forward to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Even on our black and white tv it was impressive!  While the men were out, the women of the family were cooking. We had turkey and ham, dressing, various vegetables and dessert, which was my favorite part of the meal. I really do not remember having pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. We had sweet potato pie and pecan pie. Grandmother Tankersley made her Danish cake for holidays. It was  a very moist cake with dates in it. ( I picked those out!)  And plenty of sweet tea and Koolaid as it was a special occasion. Eating was not the highlight of Thanksgiving for me. I loved being with all my family and playing with the cousins.

I am making the dressing for Saturday and it will be my Conecuh Sausage Dressing. I got the recipe from Southern living and it is our favorite now.  If you have never had Conecuh Sausage from Conecuh County Alabama, you are missing a treat!  Conecuh county is in LA...lower Alabama. This sausage was once an item you picked up on your way to or from the beach but now it is in most Alabama grocery stores.  I will be making an apple pie and two appetizers. I am going to do apple slices with a dipping sauce and Chex Mix, homemade of course. Amelia is doing sausage balls, which is her specialty. And she is making Deviled Eggs for her daddy.

Charles, Nancy and baby Audrey will be driving over from Georgia and they will stay with us until Tuesday morning.  So we will be celebrating Thanksgiving early this year and believe it or not, Marvin and I along with our friends, Sharon and Barry, will enjoy our Thanksgiving meal at Cracker Barrel this year! This will allow me to sit and watch the Macy's parade with a cup of coffee in my hand and my feet propped up on the coffee table. I am still impressed by the Macy's parade and one day I would love to travel to NYC to see it in all it's glory. Excuse me while I add that to my bucket list!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Travel Tree

Well I caved and put up a small tree in our bedroom in addition to decorating the room for Christmas.  Baby Audrey is coming this weekend and since she will not be here for Christmas I want her to enjoy Nana's Christmas trees.

I decided to do a Travel Tree this year to showcase my ornaments from places we have visited on vacation. After 39 years of collecting ornaments, I have quite a few. In fact I have decided to pare down the ornaments on my tree, rotating them from year to year.

And here it is in the evening....I love Christmas tree lights!!

My white squirrel from Brevard. I got this one to remember my reunion with nursing school friends. As you may remember, Brevard is known for its white squirrels which are a breed and are not albinos. He is very cute isn't he?

From our trip to Montgomery's Alabama Shakespeare festival to see A Christmas Carol with Kendall last year. The Ghost of Christmas future.

From our trip to Biltmore last December...Biltmore at Christmas is amazing.

I had to add this one of us with Lee and Lanier at the Biltmore wine tasting. Lee did not taste any..that is why he looks sad and we all look happy.:) I will never be a wine just does not appeal to me.

A favorite from Santa Fe. of my dear husband's Grimm roots.

The Loveless Cafe in Nashville....reminds me of a wonderful meal there with our friends, The Wileys.

And who could forget our trip to the top of Sandia Mountain in New Mexico? With my little cable car I can always picture it!

There are quite a few other special ornaments but I will just share my favorites. I am enjoying the light of the Christmas tree as I sit in my favorite chair to write this post on a rainy Wednesday morning.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

On the Farm

Landon's class took a field trip to the farm recently. What a good time they had being farm kids for one day. They milked a cow, gathered eggs and spent some time riding a horse.  Here is Landon gathering eggs. Looks like he found one!

This is my that smile!

I had my yearly check up with my "lady parts doctor" yesterday and I am so thankful for a kind Christian physician who has cared for me for about 20 years now. In fact he is a member of my church and his nurse is a good friend as well.  I was confused about a report I had heard in the news that informed ladies that after 60 you only need a mammogram every other year. Did you hear that in the news recently? Well my doctor was pretty upset that an article that was printed in the American Journal of Medicine was misrepresented or most likely misheard by many.  The doctor who wrote the article says women who have clear mammograms until 60 or so can begin to have the screening every other year. This is the opinion of that particular physician from a study he has done. He is concerned about the radiation that we are exposed to with the mammograms. My doctor wants all ladies to know that we need our mammograms every year.  The guidelines from the AMA have NOT changed.  So I am passing that along to you!  I also got my bone density checked and I am happy to say that my increased walking seems to have improved my bone health. Yippee! After menopause, women need to really stay on top of bone health. I also received some yummy Caltrate gummies samples as a reward for being still during my bone scan.:) I rather felt like a little child who received a sucker for being good at the doctor visit.

And I want all of you to join in the Christmas fun at Gina's Blog, With Twigs and Branches.( You can find it on my Blog Roll). Gina is doing a wonderful Christmas giveaway. All you have to do to enter is visit her blog each day and answer her Christmas question. I look forward to seeing what new question she has come up with each day.

Well today I have some cleaning to do and I am going to deck the halls with  Christmas decorations as I am trying to put out a few things at a time over the next week or so. My big tree may go up early too as we are having Thanksgiving at Amelia's and we may be going to Chatsworth the day after Thanksgiving in order to take care of some house business.  Have a blessed day bloggie friends.

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Stream

Well as my mind is all over the place this am, I am going to just jump in the stream and swim along!

First, I want to say that the people of France are on my mind after the events of Friday the 13th. All of Europe is such a dark place spiritually. I never heard any one reporting on the terror attack ask for prayers for the people who were injured and those who lost loved ones. I pray that there would be a revival and the people of Europe would turn to God.  I have some friends who are traveling in Europe right now and I prayed for them this morning that they would be safe and would travel home all in one piece!

And big news here in Grimmland....Margaret had a talk with her mom and dad and told them that she wanted to tell Jesus that she believed in him and that she wanted him to live in her heart. She is the first of my grandchildren to make a profession of faith.

It is starting to really feel like fall. It was in the mid 30s as I took my early morning walk. I had on several layers of clothing that I was peeling off as I approached my house. :)

My heart is heavy for an incident that took place here in Decatur over the weekend. A sweet lady who was co owner of a restaurant that  I enjoy was killed by her ex husband.  In fact, my friend, Susan, had chosen that restaurant for her birthday lunch on Thursday.  Our little town has had two homicides in one week. That rarely happens here.

I am looking forward to having Charles, Nancy and Audrey to visit over the weekend. We are having an early Thanksgiving on Saturday.  I am in charge of dressing, apple pie, chocolate chip cookies and two appetizers. Right now I am planning apple slices and dipping sauce as well as home made Chex Mix. It is so much better than what is in the bag at the grocery store.

I have four Christmas parties on my calendar for December! Time is just flying by! I host a party each year for MOPs and one of my sweet girls told me she looks forward to my "fancy" party. That made my really is not fancy at all but I do try to make my home festive and I provide all the food so the ladies just arrive and have a good time.

If you like the Pioneer Woman then you do not want to miss her Thanksgiving Special tonight at 7 pm on the Food Network. Another foodie show I have become addicted to is the Great English Baking show which airs on PBS.  I was so happy to see Frances win the bake off yesterday.

Speaking of PBS, am I the only one who is tempted to look at the Downton Abbey spoilers online? As you know it is airing in England now and if you were a truly bad little girl you could find out what happens at Downton in the final season. Believe me, I am trying to wait until it is aired here. I have heard a few spoilers and I have seen the trailer for the new season which seems to hint at great change.

I don't know about you but I love reading books about English villages. I found an old series that I am just devouring!! It is the Round Ringford Series by Ann Purser. I found the fifth book in the series at our used book room in the library and brought it home for 25cents! Well after reading it, I wanted to know more and I ended up ordering the whole series from Amazon. By reading the 5th book first, I do know some spoilers there but I am almost done with the first one, Pastures New, and I must say I just love the people and the stories. I was familiar with Ann Purser as I have read her Lois Meade mystery series. I had no idea she had done fiction writing before she took on mysteries.  So if this world is getting you down, go visit Round Ringford!

Well I have places to go and things to do...have a blessed Monday friends.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Little House Update

Last weekend we battled the drizzle to walk with my cousin, Steve, over to our proposed little house in the sorta big woods site. ( Little House in the Sorta Big Woods is my pinterest board for ideas for the new place.)   We nailed down our site and I think it is going to be very pretty...lots of trees and not just pine trees but nice oaks and hickories abound there. We are trying to take down as few as we can. The pond will be in front of the house and later on we will need to do some work on it as well. With property the work never ends. My husband who is a city boy is about to find this out!! It has always been his dream to have a little house in the country. I am glad I can do this for him...he has done so much for me and the children over the years. He is truly a faithful man in every way.

Steve told us that he would get started on our driveway this week and he did.

It will be a long drive going back to the woods.

It starts as a fork off of my sister's driveways on the Aunt Hill.

Another view from my mother's side yard.

It looks as though it will be a while before we can actually start building. We have to get power and water lines in as well as a septic system.   As several friends have assured me, it will take longer than you think and it will cost more than you think it should.:)  But we are encouraged just to see the beginning of our dream come true.

Friday, November 13, 2015

In the Spirit

I have had a chance to get out and see a few of our local gift shops and let me tell you Christmas has arrived in Decatur. In fact Santa Claus made an appearance last night at the Downtown Decatur Christmas Open House. I did not brave the crowds for an evening of shopping, preferring to shop during the morning hours while it is quieter in the shops.

I went by Cheldens, one of my go to stores for gifts. They have unique things and along with Tammy Eddy Antiques, win the award for prettiest packages. Yes, free gift wrapping will lure me into a store at Christmas!!  I had to snap a picture of this...

Isn't it darling? There was one in the store and two outside flanking the front door.  Neesa, the employee who put this together told me that she had made this one for a charity event, Under the Christmas Tree, in Huntsville. It is beginning to dry out a bit.  While I was chatting with Neesa we were talking about wrapping packages. She told me that one of her elementary school teachers taught the entire class how to wrap a package. The class often made gifts for their parents and the teacher wanted every child to know how to wrap a gift.  Neesa says it has come in handy over the years!:) Myra at My Blessed Life did a tutorial on wrapping packages that really helped me to figure out just the right amount of wrapping paper to use for a package. You might google that one to see if it is still available online. If not, I am sure there are other good tutorials. I am all about googling something for information and I love the tutorials as I am a visual learner.

Yesterday I headed downtown to Pineapples in search of some bows for my tree and I knew I could find some cute picks for my Yo Yo Bag.

I found some very cute picks for a reasonable price. It looks kind of  busy with my quilt, I may flip the quilt to the plain side for the holidays!! Another tip I have picked up over the years, take a picture of any craft which is a work in progress and a photo will help you to see any flaws. This is so easy to do with cell phone cameras and it has helped me out on several occasions.

And here are the bows for the top of my tree...

I prefer to use two bows at the top. It is much easier to add two to make one big bow in my opinion. Being very symmetrically minded I want everything to be "even". When I have one big bow at the top I am forever trying to balance it out!!  Pineapples is a virtual Winter Wonderland right now and I wanted to get first shot at their decorations. In fact, I did not see any bows that I liked so I found this spool of ribbon and the bows were done up while I shopped! You cannot beat that for service.

So now I am trying to make myself wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating. Lots of my blog friends are posting their Christmas decor and it is making me antsy!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Family Fun

We had a fun Sunday afternoon celebrating Landon and Hudson's 7th birthdays. Hampton and Hudson are our bonus grands who we acquired when Amelia and Todd got married last month. It was the perfect afternoon to be outside and Todd took the whole crew on hay rides around his property.

Grandpa and Kendall. She is looking so grown up!

I just need Audrey to make the picture complete.

Baylor enjoyed the drum set.

The crazy cousins.

Hudson and his new Star Wars shirt.

Landon is a Star Wars fan too...wish we had saved all those Star Wars toys from the 70s.

No party is complete without cake.

Elliott was not too sure about riding in the haywagon but he was glad to wave to everyone...

That boy!!

And they are off! Even Ruby went on the ride.

Elliott was taking Ruby for a walk whether Ruby wanted to go or not!!

The Big kids took one more ride around the lake.

My beautiful girls.

The newlyweds...thanks for a great party Todd and Amelia.