Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Taking Off

I picked up some balloons today to mark the driveway at Grimmwood.  Four of my favorite gals from Nursing School days will be coming to spend the weekend.

I am excited as it has been about 18 months since we saw each other in North Carolina.  Four of us were suite mates and Connie was a close friend of all of us so we are going to have a good time just catching up and reliving the good ole days.

Marvin is holding down the fort while I am away. He is pulling for Georgia Tech to win the NIT championship. I hope it happens for the Ramblin Wrecks!! See you Sunday!!

Cousins and a Full Moon

Kendall, Landon and Margaret had a ball visiting with each other yesterday. It does a Nana's heart good to see the kiddos enjoying each other's company.

They are growing up way too quickly but that is life.

The girls...

I hope these two will always be best friends.

When we took Margaret home we stopped for dinner at a BBQ place we have wanted to try...Full Moon BBQ.

Catchy Name.

Well I am going to learn my lesson one day. When you live in the hometown of Big Bob Gibson, don't try other BBQ places.  You may have heard of Big Bob's. It has been featured on the Today Show, the Food Network and various tv shows about BBQ.   I will say that when I am in Memphis, Corky's is a close second for me in the best BBQ. Corky's ribs are The BEST.  In North Alabama BBQ is king. You can usually find a good BBQ joint in your town or near by.  And all BBQ is not equal. It seems people are pretty opinionated regarding what they feel is real BBQ.

Back to the Full Moon....I felt that their prices were high and the food was just so so. Their desserts looked good. While we were there a lady came who had ordered 70 Full Moon cookies to add to Welcome Bags for a wedding this weekend. Here in the South, families often put together a welcome bag that is given to friends and family members when they check in at the hotel on Thursday or Friday. The bags usually have directions to the festivities along with some local goodies. So the Full Moon Cookies must be pretty famous in Bham. As for me, I will stick with Big Bob's and Smokehouse BBQ which is located in my own neighborhood of Priceville.  Any good BBQ restaurants in your area?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Margaret Moments

Margaret has spring break this week so I asked if she could stay a few days with us.  She arrived on Saturday and we will take her home today.

She sat in Big Church Sunday and colored in a Scripture Coloring pad.  We got so many comments on how cute she was! We agree.

Margaret got to pick our Sunday lunch spot. She got a Barbie purse in her Happy Meal. I had not had a Big Mac in a long time so I had that. They are still tasty and messy!!

Here we are at the ten am viewing of Beauty and the Beast. With it being Spring Break, movies were playing all day. Let me add just a comment about this Disney movie. There has been much controversy about this movie. Before I even told Margaret we were going, I got her mother's permission. We had seen Beauty and the Beast in play form last summer in Montgomery so Margaret was very familiar with the story line.  Nana was observant as we viewed the movie and I do not think there is anything in the movie that a child would pick up on but the adults will see about three scenes that could cause some questions. Nothing is overt.  Frankly, Margaret was more frightened by the wolves chasing people and the scene where the wolves attack the Beast is alarming.  So be aware if you take a small child, it might cause some fear in their little hearts. Margaret is 7 1/2 so I just reminded her that we know how the story ends and everything turns out well.   Some points of the movie were different than the story I remember but I take that as dramatic license. Emma Watson was superb as Belle and Dan Stevens has been a favorite of mine since Downton Abbey. They both did their own singing however it was enhanced a bit. Dan Stevens wore 10" stilts to make him 6'9" in the movie. He was a very hulking Beast.

We took a moment to look at the Easter decorations at the mall. The Easter Bunny is only there on the weekend so we missed him but enjoyed his

We will take our girl home today. I will have a day to get ready for my trip to Grimmwood to entertain my nursing school friends over the weekend.  March has been a very busy month. Hoping that April will allow me to get back into a routine.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My Grimmlins chowing down on pizza. If you look closely you can see Baylor's Yeti glass with his name on it which was one of his birthday gifts from us. He is always running off with Katy's Yeti so now he has his own.

We had a nice low key day celebrating Baylor. We have found that the big birthday parties with noise and confusion do not make for a happy day for our Spectrum boy. Now we do things in a calmer manner.  Katy is recovering from some minor surgery so she was not with us...just Ben and the kiddos.  Kendall and Landon were spending the weekend with their dad so it was just the Grimms eating pizza and Krispy Kreme donuts.

The birthday boy with dad. Getting a picture of Baylor can be quite the endeavor.

On the other hand, Margaret and Elliott love posing.

Elliott got a hair cut and he looks like such a big boy.

Margaret is taste testing Nana's oatmeal cookies. ( See Bay in the background...he loves to stand in chairs!!)

My sillies!! They do not look Grimm do they?

Thankful for another time to celebrate. Baylor is doing better with his verbal skills. Please pray that God will direct Ben and Katy in deciding on the next educational step for their special boy.

Friday, March 24, 2017

My Phone Hack

I am posting this evening as I have a big day tomorrow. We will be celebrating Baylor's 6th birthday. Hopefully I will have some pictures to share on Monday.

Several asked about the phone hack that allows you to access your camera without going through the pass code.  Now I have an iPhone 5 so I am not sure if androids work the same way or not but you might try it.

Okay...get your phone.
Hold it facing you with the wall paper displayed( this is before you have to put in the pass code.)
Swipe to the left...your camera will magically appear.

Also, did you know you can snap a picture with your decrease volume button? I always wondered how people got some great selfies. Now I know.

I told Amelia she could make money giving classes to the oldsters.  How many times have I fumbled around trying to get into my phone and I totally missed the picture I wanted to get?  So hope this little trick will help all of us to get that picture!!

And let me apologize for using the word, Lovely, so much!! I try to re read some of my blogs just to catch mistakes etc. I need a thesaurus! I tend to us the same descriptive words over and over. Mea Culpa...I will try to do better.

At Deborah's House

We enjoyed some time in Deborah's lovely country home after a day out in Cullman. We ate lunch at All Steak which is a local legend here in North Alabama. Next to Big Bob Gibson's BBQ, All Steak is probably the most popular restaurant in our area.

Here is a peak of the foyer where you wait to be seated. I was using my technical skills to teach Deb and Sus how to take a picture with your phone without having to stop to put in pass code etc. Daughter Amelia taught me that trick this week. Now I can snap quick pics of the grands without having to open my phone, find the camera app etc.

We had a lovely lunch, did some shopping at Finders Keepers, an antique shop. I did find an extra chair for the table at the little house. With my nursing school friends coming next weekend, I needed an extra chair as the benches only hold two people on each bench, comfortably that is.

I had not visited at Deborah's house in a while so I enjoyed seeing some of her new things.

I loved her lovely wreath at the front door. So springy!!

Her husband, Don, made this pretty for her.

A nice soft light when it is too hot for the gas logs.

And finally, this beautiful cross.

Deborah's  sister in law made this for her as a Christmas gift.  It is simply fabric folded and attached to a canvas with a rosette in the middle. Susan and I have decided to try to replicate it.  You know I need one for my cross wall.

At the end of the day, I was ready to face the real world again.  Today I am off to MOPs, then lots of errands to run!!  Tomorrow we will be celerating Baylor's 6th birthday which is today. The Hoover Grimms are coming to Decatur for the day!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Finer Things Club

If you were a fan of The Office, you will remember some of the office staff created The Finer Things Club hoping to bring some refinement to the chaos of office life.  Recently I have had several conversations with other ladies about how far our culture has strayed from manners, decorum and refinement.  I think I want to bring some of those things back into my own life as well.

As I was browsing Facebook yesterday, I came across this photo posted by my friend, Terry.

Terry is a friend from church and she is a 3 G woman! Godly, gracious and giving. It seems our church abounds with ladies like Terry. They are such an encouragement to me.  Terry was hosting a birthday luncheon in her home for a lady who recently turned 90. When I asked Terry if I could use her photo on my blog she agreed with the instruction that I should tell ladies to use what they have and to not feel guilty if they do not have great cooking skills. She ordered this lunch from a local restaurant and then plated it herself before the ladies arrived.  I know Ina Garten says the same do not have to make everything yourself.    Terry served chicken salad, broccoli salad and a slice of mandarin orange pretzel salad. You may have had the strawberry pretzel salad and this is the same thing but using mandarin oranges instead. It is really yummy and I consider it a dessert!

Here is her center piece....I will say that Terry is a gifted gardener as well and she and her husband work hard to make their yard a showcase of many plants and flowers.  I am sure Terry did this arrangement herself.  She is a lover of bunnies as  are many of us  so she pulled some from her collection to make this spring birthday lunch more festive.

I was so inspired, I decide to make our supper table a little special last night.

My dear blog friend, Sandy, gave me these beautiful napkins that match my Desert Rose dishes perfectly.  I love using them.  We all deserve to use the nice things. What are we saving them for?( Our children will probably sell all our nice things in a garage sale when we are gone so let's enjoy them while we are here!!)

With that last cheery thought, I will sign off.   It is Friend Day and we are heading to Cullman, Alabama to celebrate Deborah's birthday with lunch and shopping.  I am looking forward to being with Deborah and Susan and getting my batteries recharged. Friends will do that for you!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Meet Julia

Several friends have asked me if I had heard about the new character on Sesame Street and yes I have!

This is Julia...she is a muppet with Autism.  Isn't she cute? The bunny in her hand reminds me of my sweet spectrum boy. He loves a nice soft toy he can hold in his hand. Julia's puppeteer is the mom of an autistic son so she is very familiar with the spectrum.  Julia will display many autistic traits, such as "stimming", fear of loud noises and verbal issues.  Of course as all of acquainted with autism know, each autistic child is different.

I am glad to see Julia come to Sesame Street. Will Baylor identify with Julia? Probably not but Margaret and Elliott will "get" her right away!  Julia will help others learn to understand a childhood disability that is not uncommon in this day and age.  And yes, I will  be watching Sesame Street because I want to meet Julia myself!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's the Small Things

How often do we see things of beauty around us and we just take it for granted? I made a trip to the grocery store yesterday and as I was putting my fruit in the bowl, it occurred to me that it was a very pretty sight.   More fruit and more walking for the Grimms this week!!

Oh and I meant to thank you all for the Stream comments. Apparently we all have our position on to wear or not to wear panty hose. One of my friends at the Book Club reminded me that Kate Middleton wears hose so now it is ok for us commoners to wear them as well. Thank you Kate!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Stream

 Let's dive in and see what is swimming around in Nana's mind!

1. I came home from Georgia with some sort of 24 hour bug.  I am not sure if it was a bug or extreme exhaustion after a week of taking care of my sweetie but it laid me low over the weekend. I stayed on the sofa and in the bed but woke up this morning feeling fine. Maybe I just needed the rest.

2, How many of you are looking forward to the Bronte Sisters series on Masterpiece Theater on PBS?  To Walk Invisible tells the story of the three Bronte sisters who lived a quiet life as a clergyman's daughters but sought for a life outside their humble home.  Their dissolute brother, Branwell, also lives in the home. All three girls wrote novels...Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre, Emily wrote Wuthering Heights and Anne wrote The Tenant at Wildfell Hall. I am not familiar with Anne's book so I may have to check that one out at the library.  I read a book about Charlotte years ago and if I remember correctly, Jane Eyre was published under a pseudonym because the public would not read a book written by a woman.  The series calls the Brontes 'secret authors" so this was probably true for all of them.   PBS brings us so many good British series. I am also waiting on the next season of Home Fires.

3. I am officially an old lady. Why? Ok, I will confess I wore thigh high hose to my Uncle Robert's funeral. I have heard all the stories about why panty hose are passe'. No one wears them anymore. Go bare legged! Please people, bare legs might look good on sweet young things but 62 year old pasty legs need some help. I forgot my panty hose and Mother told me she had a pair of hose she would give me. Well, I did not ask what kind they were and since I needed a pair, I took the package not realizing they were thigh highs. I had to laugh as I  pulled them on. I remember my mother in law purchasing this kind for herself and her mother and me thinking, what in the world???  But ladies, after wearing them I can see the appeal.  I doubt I will convert as I like the panty part that helps suck in and smooth all the bumps and bulges but don't knock thigh highs until you try them!

4. Today is our first meeting of the Glens Book Club. I have read the book, The Awakening of Miss Prim. I took some notes and underlined some passages so I think I am ready to participate. I love reading and I look forward to hearing what others thought about the book. Sometimes we all see things differently. Thanks to my friend, Susan for establishing the group.

5. I am enjoying the Daylight Savings Time. It helps me to get in all my steps each day. Last week with Audrey here, I did not reach my goal any day but I am going to jump back in this week. One thing I have learned as I have gotten older...if you do not reach your goals, don't give up. ( As my perfectionist self would have done years ago) Just get back on that horse and ride.  Consistency is my goal now rather than perfection.

Time to get busy here at Nanaland. Steps were not the only thing that was neglected last week.  Have a great day Blog Friends.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bye Bye Audrey

We were up early this morning to get ready for my uncle's funeral at 11 as well as to get ready to hand off Audrey to her parents.

At about 10 am I heard footsteps on the porch and Audrey and I answered the knock knock. The little stinker went right to Daddy and ignored her mama.

She was happy to see her parents and Charles reported that she had a blast becoming reacquainted with all her toys at home before conking out for a three hour nap.  It was a fun visit.

While we were at Grimmwood, I did some stitching.

And I had an email from my friend, Melinda. She is a quilter and she had just completed a quilt for her young grandson. Melinda is the person who acquainted me with cross stitch. I will always be grateful to her for my hobby that has seen me through many years.

Here is her completed quilt.

Isn't it perfect for a little boy. Melinda has a lovely craft room where she works her magic.

The back...

I love how she signed it!! A treasure that will be an heirloom.

We got home this afternoon. It was a quick trip but I really enjoyed seeing many friends and family that I only see at weddings or funerals. It was very hard to say goodbye to Uncle Robert. As my sister put it, if we missed Daddy we could go see our uncle and be comforted. They were very close...brothers and friends. They were Robert and Ray...just like the Barone Brothers on Everybody Loves Raymond. Only my dad was not Raymond, just Ray.  I heard several old stories, viewed some old pictures and hugged many necks.   Just the kind of funeral I hope to have one day!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Another Day with Audrey

We have had some good days. Aunt Mimi(Amelia) came by with Landon and Kendall, The cousins were happy to see each other.

Teaching Audrey to use the iPad.

I love this one!!

Blowing Aunt Mimi a kiss.

The cold weather has continued. My cousin, Scott, shared this photo with me. Grimmwood with a snowy Grassy Mountain in the background.

I may Have to purchase this picture!!

I had a text from my sister that Uncle Robert went to meet Jesus this morning. While we are sad for ourselves, we are happy for him.  We will be going over for the visitation and the funeral.

Another Sunday School friend just got out of the hospital. I made some sausage biscuits to take to them.

I made the biscuits from scratch but I have to share a great sausage I have found recently.  Goolsby Sausage comes in a big box and you can take out the number of patties that you need. It is really good and very convenient for our family of two. I found it at Walmart. My mother who is very particular about sausage gave it a big thumbs up so I purchased a box and now it is all I use.   I let my biscuits cool then I add the sausage patty and wrap them individually in saran wrap. Twenty seconds in the microwave usually does the trick!!  I made an extra one for myself so I could make sure they tasted ok.

Thanks to all of you who prayed for my uncle. Pray for my cousins, Brenda and Steve. They have lost both parents in a four month span.  Having Audrey here has reminded me that life goes on. People come and people glad that we have the assurance that a goodbye here is not the end.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Grimmwood Weekend

We really enjoyed our weekend at Grimmwood.

We started the weekend with a salad lunch.

I made up a  Dole chopped salad.So glad I picked up this pretty farm fresh bowl at Cracker Barrel several years ago. It is perfect at the farm.  And thanks to reader, Glenda, for letting me know that she tried the Dole Chopped Salad( Sunflower Seed and Bacon flavor) and she and her husband really enjoyed it. One thing I like about blogging is all  the products I find out about in various posts by savy bloggers.

Marvin got busy preparing some numbers for our drive. 911 requires a number for every home in the county.

I think he did a great job.

Miss May Field found her home!

As did Miss Star Land.

My friend, Susan, gave me some cows too!!

Marvin's mother had a match box similar to this when Marvin was growing up. When we found this one at the antique store, we knew it had to come home with us.

I am hoping to add a few more samplers to my sampler wall.

My Granddaddy Tankersley was a bee man so this sampler was done in his memory.

And last of all this picture....

My 86 year old mother still fries the BEST apple pies!! She dries her own apples each summer, cooks them up and uses them for filling. People all over the county know that her pies are a treasure. If she makes them for you, you are special.  I have said that I believe God will have Mother frying these pies in heaven. And believe me, there will be a long line of people waiting to get one.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Night Time Postings

I will be posting at night this week. You see I have an almost two year old guest and the only time peace and quiet is available is when Miss Audrey is asleep.

Charles brought her to us at Grimmwood on Saturday.

While Grandpa snoozed, Audrey played with he pop up hamper and she also enjoyed stomping the cheerios that were in the floor.

She went to the family pot luck but it took her a while to warm up to everyone. She really enjoyed seeing the baby lambs that my cousin, Hannah, is raising.

After a good night's sleep, she had breakfast and then put her babies to bed.

Off to Alabama!

Don't you just love those sleepy little early morning faces?

Rocking in the chair that her daddy and his siblings rocked in about 30 years ago.

I am sweeping my floor more, doing more laundry and taking two showers a day but I am loving it. I take the evening shower to get rid of all the kinks from lifting and toting Miss A.  But I would not change a thing. I am so glad her parents trust her with us and I am happy that she is a sweet and happy girl. She is Easy Peasy!  So look for late night postings until our Georgia Peach heads home.