Saturday, April 29, 2017

Saturday Stitching

Welcome to Saturday Stitching.  I accomplished a good bit this week. Stitching on a Rotation of six pieces has really helped me to be more productive. In the old days when I only worked on one piece at a time, I would get bored, put it away and it took quite a while to finish a project.  Stitch Maynia and Floss Tube have been such an encouragement to me as a stitcher.

This is a work in progress. First I drink the coffee then I do the things. This is Coffee Quaker by Heartstrings Samplery.  I am doing this in a Stitch Along with some other gals on Stitch Maynia. I plan to hang this over the coffee bar at Grimmwood when it is completed.

Another WIP...
Prairie Schooler's JULY. I had started this one on a darker piece of fabric but it screamed for White so I started over.  And I am glad I did. Most Prairie Schooler pieces look better on white or cream fabric.  Let the stitching be the star, not the fabric.

And Ta DA...
This is one of the Series of Sheep Virtues. Little House Needleworks is the designer.

And here he is all ready to hang on the Christmas Tree.

My blog friends Mrs Erica and Preppy Empty Nester introduced me to the Mackenzie Childs line of decor.  I decided to finish this ornament in that style. You can never go wrong with black and white.

Now I have five ornaments ready for Grimmwood. Some will hang on the tree, some will be displayed on the mantle.

My next Christmas ornament features Apples. My friend, Sandy, at I Majored in Home Economics, gifted the pattern to me. It will be appropriate for Grimmwood as my daddy planted a small orchard near the homeplace. The apples are still growing there today.

So I am on target to have 12 ornaments come December. And stitching Christmas things all year is rather fun!  As Ebenezer Scrooge said, " I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year."

Friday, April 28, 2017

Well It Is Nanaland!

I thought I would share some of the latest pictures of the grands.  I have not seen the Hoover Grimmlins in a while and of course Miss Audrey lives over in HOtlanta so we do not get all the sugar we would like from that baby girl!

I will start with this memory that popped up on Facebook.

I love the Facebook memories but they can bring a tear to my eye as well. Look at these babies. We had traveled to the Heart of Dixie Railyard to see Thomas the Tank Engine. We even took a ride on Thomas. Margaret and Landon were all about Thomas back then. Grandpa had his arms full for sure!!

And now Audrey..

I am going to turn around and she WILL be driving.

Elliott got a new pair of cowboy boots!! Now he will not have to wear Margaret's pink  I do not know a little boy who loves to play in the dirt as much as Elliott Grimm.  Cars, Dirt and Big Machinery fascinate this cute lad.

Landon's Daddy is teaching him to play golf.  He looks quite the pro here.

And finally a picture of Kendall with her friends as they were out celebrating her birthday.

They had a blast eating pizza at Cici's.

So there are a few of the grandest kids in Nana's Book.  As they get older and are more involved in sports and friends, I realize that I will see less of these kiddos and I am trying to be okay with that fact. I so enjoy seeing them growing up but a little part of me misses those sweet babies.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

On the Web

I saw some interesting items on Facebook and I decided to save them and share them with y'all on a day where the news is slow in Nanaland.

Here is the first one.

Yes I am a pink Starburst. :) Who eats those yellow Starbursts??? Right before Easter I found a bag of Starburst Jelly Beans that were all the Pink/Red Colors. Finally!! When I buy a bag of jelly beans I end up tossing the green and yellows. The black ones would be in the garbage can too but Grandpa likes those. EEWW....  I would pay extra money for a bag of red jelly beans. I would also pay extra if I could go and see a movie without previews. The last time I was at the theater there were 25 minutes worth of ads and previews. Just NO....I am paying to see the movie. I do not mind a preview or two but it has gotten ridiculous.

Number Two...

My children laugh because no matter where I am, people will tell me their life story. Maybe I should stop smiling and saying "Hi" or "Good Morning".( We still do that here in the Sunny South.)  I guess it might give the impression that we want to hear a good story!!  I want to be nice and I am usually interested in other people but I have had several encounters with people who needed to be on medication!  If you ever watched Designing Women, you might remember Julia Sugarbaker saying, "Here in the South we love our crazy relatives. We don't put them in a home, we sit them out on the front porch."   I think they are also going to Walmart now in addition to sitting on the porch.

Today is Friend Day and we are checking out a new eating place downtown. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. I am hoping it is a good thing today. I have checked out the lunch menu and it looks promising.    Have a good day friends.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Return of the Fanny Pack

Daughter Amelia was lamenting the fact that there are no cute ways to carry your necessities when you are hiking, walking etc.  She and Todd do lots of out door activities and she gets tired of carrying a big backpack when she only needs a few things.

Well when I was in Dalton at Raspberry Row, I came across this little item.

It is a band with two zipper pockets that fits around your waist and hip area. It rather looks like an extension of your shirt.  They come in black, turquoise and fuchsia. This one was about $25 but online they have some that are $10. The less expensive ones just have one zipper pocket it appears.

I texted a picture of it to Amelia and asked if she would be interested. YES, she texted back so I picked up one for my girlie.

She came by last night to get it and tried it on.  It really worked well and Amelia said an added benefit is that it gives you a tummy tuck!  It looked great on her but then everything does!! You would not know that it was a fanny pack at all.

I may have to get one of these for myself. Even walking here in the neighborhood I carry my phone.( In case I fall down and I can't get up!) I can see that this would be great for active people who need their hands free. I think it would be perfect for an amusement park this summer as well. Active Nanas who need hands free to manage the small grands when out and about would love this as a Mother's Day Gift.

So if you are looking for a gift that someone is sure NOT to have, check out Hips Sister.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Birthday Kendall

It is so hard to believe this young lady is turning 11 today. I still remember sitting anxiously in the waiting room at Decatur General hoping to hear the Brahms Lullaby over the intercom system. At DGH every time a baby is born, that sweet song is heard through out the hospital. Finally we heard it and after a bit we were allowed to see and hold our precious first grandchild.  We were all baby hogs.

Kendall was never a lap baby. She was busy from the time she woke up until her head hit the pillow at night.  And as she grew up, we found she had a bright mind and a sweet spirit. That is a good combination.

I can see her turning into a teenager. She is almost as tall as me, lean and leggy, she is a pretty girl as well. Kendall never leaves my house without stopping to give Nana a hug. You know I love that!!

So Happy Birthday sweet girl. Enjoy your special day.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Cherokee Pizza and Brewing

Now that we are part time residents of NoGA, we are always on the hunt for new places to eat in the Chatsworth/Dalton area.

Niece Laura, who is a student at Dalton College, told us about this new pizza place in Dalton, Cherokee Pizza and Brewing.  It is located near the iconic Oakwood Cafe and is owned by the same family who owns the Oakwood. The Cherokee Pizza Facebook page it states it is casual and hip. Well that is just perfect for me and Grandpa as we are casual and hip too.

Located in an old warehouse, it reminded us of Antico Pizza in Atlanta.

You enter and place your order at the desk. They only make 12 inch pizzas and you can choose from the menu or you can build your own pie. We decided to build our own on Saturday.  Appetizers and salads are available as well.

You seat yourself and they bring your pizza to you when it is done. I have to say our pizza arrived quickly but we were there at a slow time.

If you want a cold one to have with your pizza, they have many selections.

Pepperoni, Tomato, Mushroom and Green peppers were our choices for our pizza.  As you can tell we had a nice lunch with a few pieces for leftovers.

We highly recommend this restaurant if you are in the Dalton area. While we were in Dalton we stopped at a Mexican /Guatemalan Bakery we found online, La Espernza. It is located on Morris Street( which happens to be named after one of my ancestors) and we really enjoyed browsing their store. We were the only non Hispanic people in the store on a Saturday afternoon but let me tell you, they have some good products.  Marvin picked up their Flan, packaged in individual pieces or you can buy a whole pie.  We tried to note what the regulars were purchasing and we found some of the best bread. It was in a mini loaf and I imagine most people were picking them up for Sunday dinner.  The prices were very reasonable and the service was good. We will be going back there as well.  It has been fun finding new and interesting places.

Well off to have coffee with the ladies I worked with at Central Weekday School. We are all retired now and we try to get together once a month at Panera.  Hope you all enjoy this Last Week in April. This year is sailing by!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Grimmwood in April

We were so excited to get to Grimmwood to see if the leaves were finally out on the trees! And they were!

It was a beautiful blue sky day when we arrived around lunch time on Thursday.

The Swing was just waiting on us.

We are looking forward to all the seasons this year. We moved into our little house the week before Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed our winter weekends there with a nice fire going in the fireplace.  But now is the season for sitting on the porch and enjoying a cold beverage.

This originally held some sweet tea but water works as well.

Some of you wanted to see the bonnet I had mentioned in a previous blog. Here it it.

Looks pretty good for a 50 year old bonnet. I found the rustic hanger at Kirklands.

These farm animals are hanging in the guest room. Believe it or not I found them at Dollar General.

I added a few new things to my coffee bar wall. I plan to add some more stitching as I get it done.

We got home around lunch time today and now we are napping and reading the Sunday paper after unloading all our things.  It takes a while to transition back to City Life.:)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stitching and Sharing

I am taking a few days off. I hope to be back on Sunday!! But since I am missing Stitching Saturday I thought I would share a few pictures with you.

First, let me share a picture I got from my friend, Melinda.

A crib quilt that is going to be sandwiched and quilted. Isn't it adorable and made from some pink scraps!!  Melinda is pondering her next big quilt so this is a smaller project to keep busy while she plans her next project.

And here in Nanaland..
I am plodding along on Smoky Mountain Christmas.  It will probably be a couple of weeks before I get back to it.

And I finished up my April Christmas ornament. Now to fully finish it!! I did have a boo boo and I had to add an extra tree. I will do anything to keep from "frogging" . Another friend says she will just Fudge...I agree Fudging is better than frogging.

Hope all of y'all have a great weekend.

The Stream

Jump on in, the water's fine!!

1.  Thanks for all the comments on those Ga Tech high heels!! At my age of life, a fall is my biggest fear so I will not be wearing those heels. I still wear some stacked heels in my Bernie Mev shoes but I was never a high heel fan. I remember from the movie, The Devil Wears Prada, that the ladies who wore the high heels were called the clackers.  The sound of high heels can be annoying.   Speaking of falls, my cousin, Sharon, who is 10 years younger than me, feel and broke her wrist and will be having out patient surgery today to repair the break.  Be careful out there ladies. 

2. Well for the first time in years, DMC embroidery floss is going up in price. Many ladies on my Stitch Maynia site are lamenting the fact. However these same ladies will pay $3 for a skein of over dyed floss. And some pay $8 a skein for silk.  I have tried the over dyed threads on a piece or two but I learned my lesson. I am using DMC from now on. There is not a big difference in the result...certainly not enough for the price difference.   And after seeing all the Counted Cross Stitch pieces that end up at Good Will, I cannot in good conscience spend that much money on my hobby. 

3. I am in the process of doing spring cleaning here at Nanaland. Yesterday I scheduled carpet cleaning and I had a young man come out to give me an estimate on doing some power washing.  We hear so much about this new generation of young people and how they are not interested in working etc. William who owns Full Blast Power Washing is an exception to the rule. He was so professional. He wrote up a proposal and gave me some printed information about power washing. He got the job.  I had found his name on a Priceville Facebook page and many had recommended him so now I see why!

4. My garage is looking GOOD. I am giving my children all the stuff that they had left here over the years. If they do not want it, they can toss it. But it can't stay here!!( that reminds me of the song, Closing Time!)

5. I saw on Facebook where one of my friends was traveling in Italy and was pick pocketed.  Marvin and I were discussing how many friends we have who are world travelers. Growing up I did not know a single person who traveled outside the USA unless they were in the service.  Of course in my small town, you would get your name written up in the paper if you went to Atlanta for the day! And thinking about that makes me miss the old days when my hometown newspaper would report who visited who...etc. It was my favorite part of the newspaper. One time my son, Ben, made the paper. My grandmother Tankersley had four great grandsons born in a six week period. Ben, Matthew, Ian and David were celebrated in print. My grandmother was so proud of that little article. 

6. In my cleaning out, I found a sun bonnet that my grandmother Henderson made for me when I was about 10 or 11. I found a rustic hook at Kirklands and I purchased it to take to Grimmwood . I will hang my sun bonnet on the hook to add a piece of "country" to our farm house. It is not a fancy sunbonnet. It was just made with some scraps she had but it is one of the few things I have that really remind me of a grandmother's love.  It stands the test of time which should encourage all of us Nanas to take time to love on those precious ones.

Well off to breakfast with Susan this morning as Deborah is at the beach and we cannot meet for lunch tomorrow.  After dropping off the grands at school we will meet at our local breakfast place here in Priceville.  Good Times!! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Rambling Wrecks

When we finished Grimmwood, we were so happy to have a little home in NoGA. And we began to ponder the fact that now we might be able to attend some Georgia Tech football games in the fall.

So this week, Marvin locked in our SEASON ticket package.  I am so excited. I love college football and especially the Ranbling Wrecks and the Crimson Tide.

Marvin really enjoys visiting his old Alma Mater.

Located in downtown Atlanta, it is a pretty campus.  When I went to Georgia Baptist to nursing school we were assured that there were plenty of available men at Tech.  And many of my friends did end up marrying a Tech Man. Did you know that nurses and engineers make good matches.? The studies show that their personalities mesh quite well.  I know I have been very happy with my physicist/engineer.

Through the years we have managed to take in a few games. It is always exciting when the Rambling Wreck appears on the field.

And that Buzz...he is a great mascot. Marvin had to explain to granddaughter, Margaret, that it was not a was a Yellow Jacket. On a side note, Big Al, the Alabama mascot is just pitiful with that dangling floppy trunk. Surely we can do better than that BAMA!! Call the engineers at GT and have them design us a new mascot costume.

And many know the lyrics to our fight song...I'm a rambling wreck from Ga Tech and a helluva engineer.  Once son, Charles, on reading the lyrics asked his dad, "What kind of engineer is a helluva ( hell oo va) engineer.  It the only cuss word allowed in our family.:)  Strictly speaking, Marvin is a trained nuclear physicist but the work he does in the defense industry falls more into the engineering side of science.

So guess what Nana has to carry to the games this fall???? And this size is allowed. I checked. Many schools are making the ladies carry a see through bag. How this happened in the South where a woman is defined by her handbag, I do not know!!

Thanks to her sweet husband!  My blog friend, Katie at Preppy Empty Nester just posted a blog about ideas for Mother's Day Gifts and Purses were a popular choice.  If in doubt with me, a purse is always the answer.  And now maybe I can get him to buy me these shoes...

 They are cute but I would fall on my face in these high heels. And by the way, years ago GA Tech colors were black white and gold. The colors changed somewhere along the way.

So if you are looking for me on any given Saturday this fall, you can find me at Georgia Tech!

Monday, April 17, 2017

An Easter Bouquet

What a surprise to have this beautiful bouquet delivered to my door on Saturday. My sweet neighbors and their daughter sent it to me to thank me for being a good neighbor.  Isn't that so sweet? I certainly did not expect any thanks for loving on my friends and neighbors but it perked up my day.

Our Easter was a quiet one, just me and Marvin this year. We worshipped with our church family in the morning, enjoyed a nice brunch at a local hotel and spent a quiet afternoon, reading the paper, napping and then some cross stitch for me.

Now that Easter is over, in no time school will be out and then it is summer with all the fun family times it brings!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday Stitches

I think I am going to change my Saturday posts to an update of my stitching. This will help me to keep up with my plans and progress. Stitching has been a big part of my life since I was a girl. I started off with embroidery, moved up to sewing on the sewing machine and making most of my clothes, then veered off to crewel in the mid 70s before finding my true love, counted cross stitch. Now that I have found an online cross stitch community I have enjoyed my craft even more.

While I was out walking I had to stop and take a picture of this.

In our town home community we are only allowed to fly flags from the back of our homes. As you can see these four neighbors are proudly displaying Old Glory.

And since I cannot wait for one holiday to end before my mind goes to the next one, I am thinking of my next stitchy project.

I just love the bright colors in this pattern.

I will be stitching this one for my breakfast bar.

Picked up the threads for Lady Liberty.

And I will be doing the first in the Early America Series by Little House Needleworks.  I chose to do this one because Miss Betsy is a needleworker. I will have to see the others before I decide if I will stitch them. It is the current trend to release a new chart on a monthly basis. I would like to see them all before I commit to a project! Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher, is going to do all nine as a sampler. I am sure it will be beautiful.

And I have my May, June, July things out in preparation of celebrating Summer.

I could not help myself. I had to hang these the other day. I try to rotate some of my bigger pieces.

This Prairie Schooler, Sunny Days, is one of my favorites!! Sorry if I am making you sea sick with the tilted picture. I was trying to get a snapshot without a glare. ( I really need to up my camera skills.)

So there you have it. This morning I am getting out Smoky Mountain Christmas. Working on a rotation of five pieces is really making my stitching more fun and I do not get tired of a piece as I did when I was a one project at a time gal.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter tomorrow. See you on Monday!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Alabama Snowballs

This magnificent snowball bush is showing off in my neighbor's yard and I had to take a picture of it on my walk yesterday. Right beside our townhouse community is a lovely home filled with trees and beautiful flowers. I am sure when this home owner built his house he never dreamed a town home development would move in next door. But as a town home owner who tries to walk every day, I really enjoy peaking into his yard.

I am not sure what the proper name of this bush is, Martha Stewart I am NOT.( just googled to find they are Viburnums)  Here in the south we call them snowball bushes.  I remember a very pretty one in my grandmother's yard and I planted two bushes in my yard at my house on Rigel Drive. I always wonder if the new owner kept them or pulled them up!

Here is a close up of one...they are the only snow balls some Southern kids ever see!!

Today is Good precious to all Believers. As the old pastor reminded his congregation, It's Friday but Sunday is Coming!! I am going to ponder on that thought today.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Clianing Out the Pantry

This time of the year I like to clean out the pantry. That is I am trying to use up things that have been there for a while so I can restock over the summer and into the fall.

I had two cans of Apple Pie Filling that had been there since last fall so I knew I could whip up something for dessert with those.  I also had several cake mixes that needed to be used as well so I hit Google and found this recipe.

Easy Fruit Cobbler

2 cans of fruit pie filling.( I had apple and by mistake I had picked up one can that was caramel apple pie filling but I used it along with the plain apple pie filling.)
1 white or yellow cake mix( I had a butter flavor one that I needed to use up)
1 and 1/2 sticks of butter or margarine melted

Pour the pie filling into a 13 by 9 dish. Spread the cake mix over the top. I just spooned it over my apples and I will say I did not use the whole cake mix. There was probably about 1/2 cup of the cake mix that I just tossed.

Melt butter in microwave and pour over the cake mix. Bake 45 minutes in a preheated 375 degree oven.

Here is the finished product and my it was tasty. I took some next door to share with the neighbors. They moved Miss J to the rehab facility today to recuperate so Mr J and Leslie needed some comfort food as they had more paperwork to deal with when they got home from the facility.   Apple pie is good for what ails you!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Full Day

Yesterday was a busy Errand Day. I started out the morning at the Court House getting our car tags fro 2017-18. There were no lines so I breezed in and out. On to the library where I actually found four books I might like to read. While I was downtown, I decided to run by The Cupboard.

I love this shop and the owner, Ginger, is so helpful to her customers.

I went by to pick up two new Wet Its. One for my house and one for Grimmwood. I am totally sold on this cross between a dishcloth and a sponge. I have found that they last about three months. That means I can get a new one for each season.

Here is the one I chose for spring!!

But what is that lurking behind my Wet It?

I had seen this product on The Cupboard's Facebook page. Ginger was glad to share how this product works and how it takes the aggravation out of saran wrap.

The little slide cutter on the outside of the box makes it so easy to use!! And if you think you recognize this box. It is like the one Pioneer Woman uses on her show!!

After the Cupboard I was on to the Social Security office where I signed up in about 20 minutes. I have to give two thumbs up to the  efficiency  of this government office. I should start receiving my check in July.

My final stop was the Cross Stitch Peddler where I picked up some fabric along with the new Betsy Ross pattern that everyone is talking about. I will save that post for another day.

My afternoon errand is a cautionary tale.  My precious next door neighbors are in their late 80s/early 90s. Miss J has had many health issues lately and both she and Mr J are becoming more reliant upon their children.  However, they had not made any legal plans for this situation. So there we were in a little hospital room, filling out papers, having them witnessed(me) and notarized.  My husband likes to pretend he is going to live forever but after this experience, I have told him we need to take care of these things while we are able. No we do not need a trust right now but patient directives and power of attorney for one of our children would be prudent. One thing I am coming to understand is that we need to make important decisions while we are in good health and of a sound mind.  I was very impressed with the young lawyer who came to the hospital to take care of this matter. She was very kind and made sure that my friends knew what they were signing. The J's daughter was present as well as she is taking over their care. She has been here in Decatur for almost three weeks now. Her home is in Florida. She had asked her parents to move to Florida two years ago but they were resistant. Again, make moves when you are able to do so on your own steam.   I am going to miss these dear people when they go to Florida with their daughter. They have been wonderful neighbors.

Today is a cleaning day...I plan to tackle the garage.  Hoping to get it organized and ready for some power washing that needs to happen!!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


This year I did not put out a lot of Easter things. Although some of you might think differently when you see my pictures.  I am trying to remember that it is much more fun to decorate than it is to put everything away.

I put these precious eggs in the china cabinet so little hands would not want to touch them and perhaps break them. I really should give the blue one to Ben, the pink on to Amelia and the yellow one to Charles.  Their Aunt Mina made these for them when they were little tykes and they have survived about 30 years now. I found the egg cups at Cracker Barrel.

Eggs on a cake plate in the china cabinet. Last year I hung them from my chandelier.

Chocolate bunnies that look so real the grands want to take a bite so they are on top of the china cabinet.

The Easter pillow cover I display in my room.

Mr Bunny makes an appearance every Easter.

The Breakfast Bar.

My Mr and Mrs Bunny....I found these at TJ Maxx many years ago and they are my favorites.

A pretty Fitz and Floyd plate that was a special gift from a dear friend. Sometimes you can find some Easter Candy displayed on it but the grands took care of that.

And as yesterday was Siblings Day...I am sharing a picture of me and my sisters.

I am the Big thankful for these two precious gifts from God.   You may notice that the baby, Leta, has a cut under her lip. Well Kristi and I were supposed to be watching her and she fell. Of course this happened the day before picture day!!  I am sure Mother was none too happy with her babysitters.

Have a grand day friends!