Thursday, June 30, 2016

Smokey the Bear and The Dimestore

How is that for a nifty title? I will explain!

I found this vintage Smokey the Bear Little Golden Book in the Used Book Room at my Library. The Used Book Room is one of my favorite places to shop in Decatur. You never know what you will find there. My father worked for the U S Forest Service and I have been looking for this book for years. It will be displayed in my little house along with  his Forest Service patch and name tag that I own. My sister, Kristi, collects little Golden Books and when I texted this picture to her, she told me I had better lock up good or she would come and "steal" it from me. I will let her hold it and read it occasionally!:) This book's original price was 49 cents. Kristi tells me the new books are about $4 now. I was so happy to find this little treasure.

And The all know I have been lamenting the fact that I have not read a really good book in a long time.  I can finally say I found a book I really enjoyed and it was non fiction believe it or not. One of my favorite authors is Lee Smith. She is a southern writer and I have read her books for years. She recently released her book, The Dimestore, which tells the story of her life growing up in Grundy, Virginia. Her daddy owned the local dimestore and much of her young life played out there. She writes of a Southern childhood that is so familiar to me and of a culture that is rapidly vanishing. In addition to stories of her childhood, she shares her family's personal demon, mental illness. It plagued both her parents and she lost her young son to it as well. She shared that writing the book, Agate Hill, was her therapy after her son's death. Now I want to go back and re read some of her books that I read long ago!

The kiddos are ending up their week at Winshape. I did not get pictures but there if you go to you can read more about the philosophy of the camps and how Chic Fil A sponsors this worthy endeavor. Yesterday the children received a camp shirt and on Friday Chic Fil A is providing their lunch.  There is a fee to attend but most churches help off set the expense for church members. My own church was able to provide scholarships for some children who otherwise could not afford to attend. And I am sure other churches in Decatur did the same thing.  Kendall told me that the theme of this camp was making wise choices in friendship. And from the material I read, the emphasis is on making wise choices in all areas of life. Kendall was excited because one of the skills she chose to work on was archery and she finally hit the target yesterday. Now she wants a bow and arrow!! Landon worked on his basketball skills this week. Winshape does a good job of balancing fun with learning.

Well it is Friend Day and the Besties and I  very excited to be having lunch with a friend who now lives in Ireland. She is home for a visit with family and friends so I am honored to be able to spend some time with her today. Have a blessed day friends!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


I was able to pick up one of my summer cross stitch projects at the framers yesterday. And with July 4th rapidly approaching it will be displayed on the breakfast bar here in Nanaland.

I was very pleased with how it turned out. Like my friend, Sandy, at I Majored in Home Economics, I am not afraid to change up a pattern and I left the border off this project. I just felt it made it look a little "too Grandma".  Go over to Sandy's blog and check out how she changed a project she was working on that did not suit her sensibilities.  To me a pattern is just a suggestion!!

Here is my summer vignette. I had to take the picture at an angle to prevent glare off the glass. I do not use non glare glass on my pieces because it flattens the look of the stitches.

Another busy day here as we get up at attem early to get Kendall and Landon to Winshape Camp this morning. If you have not heard of this awesome camp sponsored by Chic Fil A, check it out. We have 400 children attending this summer's camp here in Decatur.  I am so glad Kendall and Landon have the opportunity to attend this wonderful day camp this week.  Maybe I can get some pictures this morning at drop off to share with you.  Have a blessed day dear friends.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

We Love Gulf Shores

We are very fortunate to live six hours away from the beach. In half a day we can make it to the coast and it is an easy drive in the fall when Marvin and I go to celebrate our anniversary. However in the summer you have to be strategic in getting there as everyone is going in one direction...South. We left home at 7:30 and arrived at our destination at 1:30. The trip included a stop for lunch and some bathroom breaks.  Ben and Katy followed a bit later and they ran into a lot of traffic.  But Gulf Shores is worth the aggravation. It is called the Redneck Riveria because it is a popular destination for those looking for a more economic beach vacation. The elite crowd heads to Destin in Florida.:) Gulf Shores is a friendly place, lots of good places to eat and just up the road in Foley is a nice outlet mall to explore on rainy days. So if you are looking for a beach vacation, I highly recommend our little corner of the beach.

Ben and Margaret catching some waves.

Katy and Baylor. To be honest, Baylor did not like the beach. The sound, the motion and the crowds are not a happy place for someone on the spectrum. But he loved the pool so the Hoover Grimm spent lots of time there.

Todd and his boys in the background. This was on one of the Rip Tide days so we did not venture too far from the shore.

My girlies.

Aunt Mimi and Elliott. Margaret could not say Amelia so she started the Aunt Mimi tradition and it stuck.

My beach bums...

Beach Baby

Nancy and Charles took a sea do dolphin tour.

Nana and Grandpa

Hudson gets buried by Hampton and Landon.

And a picture of Ben, Katy and family before leaving on Thursday.

So no more vacation pictures after today!! Thanks for letting me share them with you. And again thanks for the prayers as they were most certainly felt by me and Grandpa.

Monday, June 27, 2016


Charles and Nancy did not arrive until late Monday night so the little girls were so excited to see Audrey on Tuesday morning.

Who wouldn't love this face?

One of the best parts of our vacation was seeing all the cousins playing together.

Here is one of my favorite picture of the week...

Dancing in the Moonlight! And the kids were on the balcony with the adults.

Katy took this one of Margaret and Elliott looking out the window in the living room. They were waiting on the adults to get ready to go to the beach.

And a picture of the Dads on Fathers's Day. Note Ben's beard that makes him a Robertson look a like.

Playing with Audrey...Elliott liked her toys.

I think Elliott was a tad jealous of Audrey. That was HIS grandpa!!

And a picture of my girlies...

Tomorrow I will show you some pictures of the was gorgeous on Wednesday and Thursday. But for now I am home and catching up on errands. But it is good to be home even if we do miss that ocean breeze in this sweltering heat.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Home Again

There is no place like home! 2016 Grimm Fam Jam is over and we have many nice memories to think upon in the days ahead.

Ben is patrolling the pool, keeping watch over Margaret and Baylor. Our condominium complex is in the back ground. One pool patron who is from West Monroe, Louisiana, thought that Ben was Jep Robertson. He has been told this before. You cannot see his beard here but believe me Ben is cuter than Jep.

We had been so worried about the 21st floor but it was great. Baylor did not get out on the balcony and we had such gorgeous views of the ocean and the lagoon.

Lagoon on the right and ocean on the left. We had a quick walk to the beach and the pool was perfect for Baylor.

Aunt Katy and Kendall having a chat after dinner on Saturday evening.

Kendall and Margaret loved spending time together.

Cinnamon Rolls...Elliott's favorite.

I caught Baylor eating an apple.

It sure was windy the first day at the beach. In fact, it was rather dangerous as there was a rip tide. Four people drowned along the panhandle over the weekend. We kept close to the shore.

Two beach beauties.

Todd and Hampton in the surf.

Landon and Hudson built a sand least it was a castle until the tide came in!

Grandpa kept watch from the cabana.

We had perfect weather and the heat of NoAla was not missed at all. On Tuesday the Rip Tide went away and we were able to breathe a bit easier the rest of the week. More to come!

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Farm

I had to share this picture of my family farm in north Georgia. My cousin, Scott, sent his drone camera out and captured this yesterday.  The driveway in the middle of the foreground goes to my Mother's house and the driveway on the extreme left will one day go to our Little House.  And the mountain is Fort Mountain. I played in the shadow of that mountain all my growing up years and took the beautiful view very much for granted. Thanks Scott for sharing this with me.

I will be taking a week off next week. I think it is important to un plug when you are on vacation. I am even leaving my Fit Bit here!! Now I may have withdrawals from that!!

So today I will be trying to clean house and get organized for my trip. My sweet neighbors will be keeping a watch over our house and the newspaper and the mail is taken care of so I guess we are ready to go.    I would ask for prayers for traveling mercies and a time of refreshment and making some sweet memories.  Hopefully I will have lots to blog about when I return!!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Stream

I think the heat has affected my brain as it is hard to come up with a post this morning. We did get a good rain here last night and the gardens and farms surely needed it! We also lost our electricity( or as we say here in NoAla, The Power went out!) for a while last night so Marvin and I spent some time in the candlelight!  Here are the thoughts swimming around in the Stream this am.

1. It has been a sad week in the US and especially the Orlando area.  From the shooting of the young singer from the voice, to the act of terrorism to the loss of  a little one taken by an alligator. All are just so hard to believe.

2. I have been baking up a storm in preparation for vacation. My kitchen smells so good!! I think I have managed to bake a batch of everyone's favorite cookie.

3. I mentioned a new blog on the blog roll, Mrs Erica. Well for some reason it does not move to the top of the list when she posts so you will have to scroll to the bottom of my blog roll to find it. I have to say I have become addicted to her Vlogs on You Tube. She has quite a few of them and I have had to cut myself down to one per day.  She shares an outfit of the day which I have enjoyed as I am challenged in putting together outfits.  She also takes us with her on a typical day, we even went to a bloggers convention with her! So if you want to be entertained and to learn something at the same time, check out her channel on You Tube.

4.I purchased a new SCOUT beach bag for our trip to the beach. It is a pretty hot pink and white stripe with black handles. It is so cute. It is waterproof which makes it perfect for carrying towels, etc. It also has an attached small bag for cellphones. When I was showing it to Marvin he said he would miss his zip lock bag that he usually puts his phone in to protect it from the moisture. Men...they do not see the purpose of having something utilitarian that is pretty as well.

5. Little house update....we got some work done by the county that connects our driveway to the main road. Now we can have the  driveway finished and graveled so that the delivery trucks can bring the building supplies. It looks as though this might be happening soon!!  We even talked to our contractor this week.

6. It is friend day and we are off to BB Perrins for lunch. Benny Perrins owns this sports bar and it has the best chicken fingers!! Benny once played football at Alabama so you can imagine his restaurant is full of Alabama Memorabilia. Roll Tide!

7. And I am making a trip to the library, hoping to find a good book. Hope springs eternal!! When I read a really good new book, I will let you know.

Have a blessed day friends!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Beach Treats

We have a beach vacay coming up and I have been baking and filling my freezer with things to take.  I though I would share this recipe that I whipped up yesterday.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 c sugar
3/4 c brown sugar
2 cups chips of your choosing.( I used 1 cup of semi sweet ships and I cup of milk chocolate and peanut butter chips)
2 1/2 c self rising flour
1 c butter  soft
1 cup peanut butter
2 eggs 2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars together. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and mix to incorporate. Stir in chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 12 minutes. I had to bake mine for about 15 minutes.

I got this recipe from son, Charles and I think he found it on the internet.

Today I will make some plain old chocolate chip cookies which are a favorite of my grands and Amelia and Todd.  Oatmeal is made for Ben and Dad and I am making a pound cake to take for Father's Day. This time it will be my Whipping Cream Pound Cake that I got from Southern Lady Magazine.  We will have it for Father's Day along with strawberries and whipped cream!

On vacation it is our rule that we can eat what we diets no Fit Bits in sight. Just pure Beach Bum fun!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Storing Your Needlework.

I do lots of needlework and when I complete a project, it is often a while before I decide if I am going to frame it, make a pillow etc.  But I do not want to let it sit wadded up in the bag where I store my projects. I finally hit on an idea that works for me.

I press my project and hang it up on these "pants" hangers you can find easily at Walmart or Target.  Here you can see my Jolly Jack all finished. I am not sure what I am going to do with him. I might make a pillow cushion out of him!  Being a Cross Stitcher, I have a stash of extra material that I keep on hand as well.

I store it the same way. This piece of material needs to be pressed before I put it away in the closet but you get the idea.

Here is another piece that is awaiting the framer.

I really enjoyed stitching this Prairie Schooler on Black. I have one more pice of black material and I am thinking of stitching some Prairie Schooler Santas on it.

Here is my current can never have too many Prairie Schooler Christmas Samplers. I should know because I have quite a few. And now that we are going to build a little house, some will spend Christmas in Georgia once that abode is completed.

Here is a picture of the front of the pattern. Those Santas are the ones I plan to stitch on my black piece of material.

Crafters are always working in the "off" season. That is why I am stitching Halloween and Christmas projects now so they will be ready to display at the right time. If you follow me on Instagram ( nanaland55) I always hashtag my cross stitch photos with #crazyforcross stitch. And that is very true.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

A Sunday Wedding in the South

Well some scattered showers came through this afternoon and cooled down the evening for Katie and Jeremy's wedding!  Held at Creekside in Mooresville, it was a lovely ceremony witnessed by many family and friends.

An old Southern plantation house was the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. And the family had taken into account that it was going to be a hot evening.

As we approached the house we were given these...


And on the back of each fan  the words to the congregational song we sang before the vows. Before the Throne was the song chosen by the bride and groom.

Sweet Katie...I have known her since she was a little girl!!

Cutting the cake!!

And a picture of me and my honey....

Pardon the frizzy hair....summer in the south!!

It was a fun evening with family and friends...another sweet memory of First Bible Church friendship.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This week in Nanaland

Well  I am scratching my head over what to post this morning so I thought I might do a week in review.  Hopefully I can come up with some pictures and ideas for next weeks postings.

On Monday I had two doctor's appointments. Dermatologist in the morning and dentist in the afternoon. I have heard from my retired friends that you have to retire in order to be able to go to all your doctor's appointments.:)  Thankfully I keep these to a minimum but I am thankful for access to good doctors when I need them.  A 90 year old lady was interviewed on the Ellen show and she said she had reached 90 because she avoided doctors!  As an old nurse I do think that many older people are over medicated and that can lead to many problems.

Tuesday we went to see Harry Connick Jr but I left out part of the story. We have had these tickets for months but for some reason we thought the concert was on Thursday evening. Thank goodness Marvin checked the VBCC site that morning to be sure. The kiddos were spending the night with us so Amelia and Todd graciously came to babysit for us. As Amelia put it, technically it is not babysitting since they are MY children.:)  I have not made a goof like that in a long time so now I am thinking I am going to have to write everything down!! I am not sure why I did not write that down on my calendar but I did not.

Wednesday I had dinner at Sam's here in Decatur with my Titus Ladies group. Six of the eight of us had a good time of food  and fellowship. We are in our third year of a three year program at our church. We have all decided that we want to continue meeting once our course is up.  We have become so close and I do not want to lose touch with these sweet ladies.

Thursday is Friend Day and as I mentioned we picked up sandwiches at the Mennonite grocery/bakery near Deborah's house. Well those were the best sandwiches. They make their own bread and all the ingredients were super fresh.  Several working men were in there getting their lunch to go and they sat at picnic tables on the property. We took our goodies back to Deborah's home and enjoyed a leisurely lunch in the country.

Friday is always my grocery day and I am stock piling things for our week at the beach. Marvin tells me we can just go to the grocery store there but everything is higher down there and the CROWDS. I like having lots of snacks and goodies that we only have on vacation. This week I plan to make some things to take along.  Marvin and I watched an old movie after dinner last night....13 Days. When I say old it is not THAT old but it is about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kevin Costner was the star of the movie as Kenny O'Donnell, advisor to  President Kennedy.   This movie brought back many memories for me. I was in second grade when this happened and I remember the fear and apprehension that gripped the nation. I recall my parents talking with their friends about bomb shelters (whether they should build one) and they all agreed that if a bomb took everyone out, would you even want to live after that? They decided to put their trust in the Lord. They sent us to school every day and we went on with our lives. I told Marvin that in this day and time, parents would have kept their children home with them in such a crisis.  I know I would have wanted mine with me if a bomb was coming!! And living in the south we were closer to the missiles in Cuba. My husband lived in Savannah and he said their school practiced walking to the train station to get on a train to leave the area. Although it would have been too late by the time the missiles were launched to do anything so the practices were rather futile. I guess we all just wan to have a plan that we think will work.  And when Walter Cronkite told us it was ALL CLEAR...we were glad!! And did I say how much I miss Walter Cronkite????

Today is Saturday. We slept in a bit and it is supposed to be in the high 90s today so we will stay inside. I plan to do some chores this morning and then work on my new cross stitch project this afternoon. We have an outdoor wedding tomorrow at six pm so I am hoping the temps will be a bit more moderate by that time!  Have a good weekend friends.

Friday, June 10, 2016

My Kon Mari Organization Project

Well you all know I read and reviewed The Magic Art of Tidying and here is one of my tidying projects.

I know you are laughing but here goes!! The grands and I all enjoy the adult coloring books. Kendall and Landon have given up the kiddy coloring books now!! I tell you it is addictive.  This is the corner in my guest room where we keep our stash. My organizing focused on our markers.

We had a big tub of markers all piled together willy nilly.  So I thought of organizing them into colors. I first used some large solo cups but they kept falling over. Then I put them in some smaller containers that were hard to transport if we wanted to color upstairs. So while I was walking around TJ Maxx yesterday, I came upon this container.

It was large and it had a handle!  I still have to use the solo cups on one side but it is working very well for me. And I think the kids will be happy when they see it next week.

Now we can see our various shades of  markers and it makes coloring much easier! And you all know more time coloring is a Good Thing!!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

This Week at Nagaland

I have some random photos that I have taken this week so I thought I would share them.

Amelia took this one of Margaret and Landon at my Mother's house over the weekend.  They are the sweetest of friends and cousins.  I hope they will always be best friends.

And here is a picture of my new cross that I purchased from former student, Lucy.  I have ordered two more!!

I received Audrey's one year old picture in the mail this week.  Now she joins all her cousins.

I love seeing my "babies" every day!! And a Nana reminder...always remember not to go too crazy when the first grand is born because you might have others. As you can see, Kendall's picture is much moe elaborate than her brother and cousins.  I saw a lady in the cross stitch store who was doing a very fancy sampler for her first born grand. I told her to remember she might have to do the same for future grandchildren.

Picked up some local peaches at the Farmers Market the other day. I made a cobbler with them yesterday. I have to say, they were still  bit tart! My easy cobbler recipe for about 10 medium sized peaches...1/2 cup self rising flour, 1/2 cup sugar( I did sprinkle the peaches with sugar too as they were not very sweet) 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 stick melted butter and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix this up and set aside while you peel your peaches. Some people leave the skin on...not me. Pour the batter into an 8 inch square baking dish and then place the peaches on top. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until the top is brown. The batter will rise up!  I love my adopted state of Alabama but I have to say that South Carolina produces the sweetest and tastiest peaches I have ever eaten.

VBS closing ceremony yesterday at Central Park Baptist Church. It is not a huge VBS as they go but such sweet people doing a great job representing God's People.  The theme was Submerge.  I usually arrived about ten minutes early and join the other parents in the back of the sanctuary to hear the closing thoughts. Yesterday a former missionary to India gave a short talk. She told the children that one day monkeys got into her kitchen and made quite the mess. She also told the boys and girls that you do not have to go to India to be a missionary. You can be a missionary in your own community.One thing that impressed me about this group of volunteers teaching VBS, many were retired folks. Now most older people feel they have "done their job" and many retire from serving in the church in their golden years.  Not at Central Park Baptist.

Here are my two VBS students. The verse they have memorized this week is Psalm 139:23-24. Go look it up!!:)

Today is friend day so I will be joining Deb and Sus for lunch. We are getting sandwiches at the Mennonite grocery store near Deborah's home. I will also be doing some grocery shopping as Marvin loves their popcorn. The kernels are very small and while I would rather have Pop Secret Homestyle, my better half loves the old time popcorn. I am always surprised at how busy this little store is because it is in the country and there is nothing else out that way so when you go to the Dutch Oven Grocery, it is a dedicated trip!!

Have a blessed day Friends.