Thursday, August 31, 2017


Well my Thursday and Friday posts are both on the blog today...User error I am sure. So after you read about Facebook Friday, school down for Thursdays post.

Facebook Friday

Who is this charming fellow? Why Buzz the Yellow Jacket from Georgia Tech along with the Ramblin Reck from Georgia Tech.  Marvin and I are so pleased to be able to enjoy college football in person at the Bobby Dodd stadium this year.

Now that we have a house in Georgia, it is easy to get to the games and no over night hotel bills for us.  At one of the games we hope to have our photo made in front of the Reck. GA Tech is offering this little perk to the season ticket holders. We are hoping the lines will not be too long as Marvin wants a photo to frame. Since he got all three of his degrees from GT, he should get to go to the head of the line.:)

The opening game is against Tennessee, our enemy to the north. Marvin and his good friend, Barry, are headed to the game Monday evening. I allowed Barry to use my ticket as I am more interested in the games at Tech. This game will take place at the Mercedes Benz arena in Atlanta.  I am also winning major brownie points with Marvin because this game takes place on our 41st anniversary and I am not pitching a hissie fit over his plans for the day!!

Who is your favorite team?? We are also big BAMA fans so in addition to Go Tech Sting Em, I must say ROLL TIDE.

In the Land of Cotton

Well folks soon we will be smelling Defoliant in the air near the cotton fields and it will be time to pick the pretty fluffy balls that eventually become cool cotton fabric.

I took this picture last is a cotton field ready for harvest in Falkville, Alabama.

And you might remember this picture from last year as well...

This was a big bale of cotton sitting in a field near Priceville Elementary School. What a good reminder to all the students and their parents.

I was in Hartselle to pick up my framed piece at Slate Gallery and I came upon this small oil painting.

The price was right and I bought it to hang at Grimmwood. I am trying to make my little farm house reflect the farming themes that abound in the South.   I love this time of the year when those cotton fields remind me of the goodness of God in allowing us to enjoy the beauty of nature. And He speaks to me as I look at the cotton fields and I remember the Bible verse, The fields are white unto harvest. I know that Jesus was not talking about cotton fields but that verse always makes me consider my Christian witness and ways I can point more folks to the Savior.  

Of course September means College Football and I will have some thoughts on that tomorrow!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Happy in the Mail

Don't you love it when you open your mailbox and find a surprise? An envelope that someone has addressed to you by hand? And it is a padded envelope so you know something special is inside?
Well I found one in my mailbox yesterday. It was from my friend, Sharon, who lives in NC. We went to high school together and have become email buddies thanks to her finding my blog online. Another reason blogging is good for you!!

Here is what was inside...

This cute coaster is now on the table in my stitchy spot. Isn't it a hoot? Here in the South, we know all about Hissie Fits. I think they might be Scotch Irish in origin.  We are a group of people well known for our temper and our ability to pout for days over a slight, real or imagined.:)

And yes, every now and then I have been known to indulge in a good old fashioned Hissie Fit.  So a question for my readers who are not Southern, have you ever heard the term hissie fit and is it used in your neck of the woods. If not, what would be a similar phrase? I love to learn about all the great regions of our country and what makes us all tick!!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Pray for Texas

We have friends and family who live in Texas and are facing this horrific flooding....some of these friends I have met through the cross stitch community and I feel as if I know them personally. You bloggers know what I mean! We are connected at the heart.

When we were young married people we had some close friends who moved to Spring, Texas, which is north of Houston. They are experiencing flooding at their home. Please pray for all those dear people who are losing everything they have in the flood waters.  It reminds me of how temporal this life is and that THINGs are just things.

I have been very blessed to see people from all ages, classes and colors pull together to help the citizens of Houston. In a time when the media would like us to think we are all isolated by mindsets, it is good to see that they are wrong.  ( As they have been all along.)

Let's pray for God to move this hurricane away from Texas.  Being in Tornado Alley, I know how devastating a storm can be to a community and how far reaching and lasting the effects will be. My heart goes out to all my Texas Friends and  I am praying for you!

Monday, August 28, 2017

A Little Leisure Time

Thanks to a reader of my blog, I was informed that the Hallmark channel was showing the movie, At Home in Mitford, based on the book by Jan Karon.  I set up the DVR and told  Marvin( who wishes he could live in Mitford) that we would save it for Friday night when we could sit down together to enjoy the program.

Friday night came, we settled down in our comfy chairs and hit PLAY.

I am sorry to tell you that we might have watched 15 minutes before we just turned it off. Hallmark was ruining the version of this story that I have had in my mind for years.  When I read a book, it is almost as if a movie is playing in my head and Hallmark and I were not on the same wave length. I would be interested to know if any of my readers watched the movie and their opinions.  I am not against movies of my favorite books. I loved the Harry Potter series. Hunger Games was also a winner. Gone with the Wind...honestly who could have played Rhett Butler but Clark Gable?  I am just going to remember Father Tim and the town of Mitford as I viewed it in my own brain.

I started reading the book, Mockingbird Songs by Wayne Flynt.  It is a series of letters that were exchanged between Mr Flynt and Nelle Harper Lee.  Mr Flynt spoke at a local library fund raiser but I was unable to attend so I am going to have to question my friend, Susan, who heard the author relate his experience with Miss Lee.  I was a bit disappointed in this book as it seemed as if the author was trying to stay on Nelly's "good side". Our famous Alabama authoress was known for her wish to be left alone. She was seldom seen in public and if you wanted to be her friend, you better respect her privacy.  Mr Flynt was allowed into Nelle's inner circle because he was a fairly well known Alabama historian and Nelle and her sister, Alice, loved history of every type.  As I read this book, I am coming to think that very few people really knew Harper Lee and that was the way she wanted it.

I think I am ready for some light reading so I will pick up a cozy mystery that friend, Susan, loaned me. It is titled Digging Up the Dirt by Miranda James and features two old Southern Sisters who are active in the local Garden Club.  Of course someone gets murdered and I will have to figure out Who Done It???

If you are looking for something to watch on TV, I would recommend Endeavor which is airing right now on Public Television. Marvin and I loved the old MYSTERY series, Morse and Endeavor is a look at Morse as a young policeman. ( His first name was Endeavor...he would never tell anyone his given name in the Morse series).  This program takes place in the mid 60s so that makes it interesting as well.  It is being aired on Sunday evenings.  Also Marvin and  I are waiting impatiently for Jeopardy to return after the six weeks of reruns of tournaments. We so enjoy our nightly visit with Alex Trebek!

So...I am open to suggestions. Books? TV shows? Give me your best suggestions.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stitching Saturday

Well we will start Stitching Saturday with some FFOs.

 I am so enjoying my sewing machine that allows me to finish some of my projects on my own. Thanks to Yvonne, the Night Owl Stitcher on Floss Tube who taught me to do the ruched ribbon and bead finish on Autumn. And Thanks to Priscilla at Priscillas who shared her idea of ripping fabric for ribbon finishing on projects. I am so thankful to the generous Stitching community to be found online.

And my Prairie Schooler Village is back from the framer. I am sorry for the is hard to get a good picture as I use regular glass on my pieces. I have tried the non glare glass and it tends to flatten out the stitches in a way I do not like! I usually choose plain frames because I want the stitching to be the star in my projects.  On the botton is an older piece from Prairie School Autumn chart. I did it years ago.

Now on to my Stash...

I received this Prairie Schooler Santa in a giveaway at Shelley KeyX stitcher on Floss Tube. I think I will stitch him and display him next summer.

Heart in Hand released some fall charts and I HAD to have them. Heart in Hand is another favorite of mine.

Autumn Alphabets.

I had been looking for this older Prairie Schooler chart and finally found it at a reasonable price on the Bay of Evil.( Ebay). I will be stitching it next spring.

My friend, Sandy at I Majored in Home Economics on my Blogroll, shared all the Little House Needlework cottages with me. I got started on October. I am changing it a bit and using overdyed flosses.  When I finish them I am passing them on to my other stitchy friend, Sandy.  I think it is funny that both of the ladies who are crazy for cross stitch like I am are named Sandy.

And another start on Prairie Schooler's Up On the Housetop. It will have three pretty houses on it. Santa will be flying over them of course. What is it with me and Villages? I just love houses.

I have all fall and winter whips going on right now. I am also making my monthly Christmas ornament and stitching ornaments for my eight grands. I need to get busy to get everything finished on time.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Facebook Friday

I always enjoy the encouraging words I get from my friends on Facebook.

There is just TOO much anger in our world today. Let's all try to be kind to one another.

More good thoughts to think on!

And finally...

I do have to admit that I have not found too many good books of late but today's library run was very encouraging. I was able to snatch up Mary Kay Andrews' new cook book, The Beach House Cook Book along with  Mockingbird Songs, My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt. I have been waiting to read that one for a while!!

Happy Friday Bloggy Friends.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sister Love

My mother spends a lot of her time embroidering pillow cases. She enjoys giving them as gifts to special people. She does her handwork without a hoop, no magnifier and threads her needles with ease. It is amazing.

My sister, Leta, has taken up the craft as well. When we were at Grimmwood she gifted me with a set of Christmas/Winter pillowcases.

Aren't they jus precious? I love Redwork so this set of pillowcases was perfect for me.

I am thankful for my two sisters and I so enjoy spending time with them in Georgia. The first week in September we are all going to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. My mother will be joining us so it is a Tankersley Girls outing. I would ask for prayers for safe travels and good health while we enjoy this special time together.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Nana's Grimmlins on Parade

Well the Eclipse excitement is waning. Here in NoAla it was dark for three minutes, rather like a cloudy day.  Landon's teacher planned a big day for her Eclipse Party. Amelia and Todd were there to help with the festivities. I have to say, School seems a lot more FUN now than it was when I was growing up. Although my third grade teacher, Mrs Edwards, did do fun things with our class. She was young and had no children so she often brought treats to class. When Fruit Loops were first on the grocery shelves she made cupcakes and decorated the top with that cereal to share with us. We were amazed.:)

But back to Priceville Elementary...

I am so glad that Landon has a teacher who makes learning fun.

Kendall checking the sky...always interested in the stars and planets.

Amelia took this picture of Kendall at Landon's soccer game. She is growing up on us!!

Miss Margaret was styling for Church on Sunday.  We are thankful to our cousin, Gabby, who passes along all her cute clothes to Margaret.

And Elliott...

Katy took Elliott to the Galleria to ride the carousel while everyone else was watching the eclipse.  Apparently everyone was outside and the mall was rather empty.

And finally, just in case you are wondering.

I have several Facebook friends who like to keep me informed of the upcoming holidays.

Have a blessed day Blog Friends.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Birthday Weekend

We were so happy to have a day to celebrate Charles' 34th birthday on Saturday. Since we were at Grimmwood we made plans to meet the Canton Grimms in Jasper, Georgia for lunch.

But before we went to Jasper we stopped in Ellijay, one of our new favorite places. I stopped in to pick up some more of the Green Willow soaps. Their Silky Legs has become a family favorite and even my friends who have tried it have enjoyed it. When you can shave your legs and they feel like you put a nice lotion all over them when you finish it is a Win Win situation.  I also picked up some Cranberry Ice Lotion. It is going to be one of their Christmas specials. It smells so good and it has a bit of sparkle to it as well.

Getting on 515, it was just a 15 minute drive to Jasper, Georgia. I do not remember ever going to Jasper when I was growing up. But it is a cute little town. We stopped in at The Bargain Barn. It is rather like Bass Pro Shop and Tractor Supply rolled into one store. I found a cute purse there at a great price. ( Hey I needed a brown purse for fall!!) Marvin found a  mug that said, What happens on the porch stays on the porch. I was surprised at his interest in a mug...maybe my decorating powers are rubbing off on him.  By the time we had spent all our money it was time to locate The Last Catch.   It has GREAT seafood if you are in the area. The owners are originally from Charleston SC and all the sea food is flown in fresh daily.

But the best part of the day was seeing our Audrey.( Well it goes without saying we were glad to see the Birthday boy and Nancy!)

Nancy gets the best pictures!! Audrey thought that since she had Nana's sunglasses, she would take Grandpa's glasses as well.

The Birthday Boy.

Audrey had a cheese sandwich. Yum.

Nancy sent me this picture on Sunday. Audrey is wearing a smocked dress that Kendall and Margaret wore as well. I divided up the dresses so each granddaughter had a dress as an heirloom.

Having our little house in Georgia has been so good for building closer family ties. Georgia and Alabama, the best of both worlds.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Happy Solar Eclipse Day

Marvin found this old tee shirt in his closet and decided he would wear it to work tomorrow.

It is rather wrinkled so I will have to touch it up with the iron!! It is from the American Physics Society or some such...Marvin told me and I forgot. :) Marvin  is a certified Georgia Tech Physicist...or Fizzist as Mama G called his title.

Here is the list on the back...August 21 is the third listing from the bottom!  You can tell Marvin loved this shirt and wore it a lot before he grew out of it. But since he has lost weight, it is back in the gym rotation!! I am only allowing him to wear it to work tomorrow for the Eclipse.  Y'all in the path of the eclipse, be safe.  In the south we are expecting a lot of people traveling here to view the eclipse. Here at Nanaland, we will be watching the eclipse on television.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stitching Saturday

Thanks for dropping by to see what I am stitching this week.

A little more progress on Smoky Mountain Christmas.

I started Pumpkin Patch by Prairie Schooler.  It makes me feel that fall is just around the corner.

And I pulled this piece out of the attic and hung it in my laundry room

I stitched this MANY years ago. Prairie Schooler is the designer and this chart was just re released to a new generation of stitchers.

I ordered this magazine thanks to a great review by Stitcherista on Floss Tube.

I do not do punch needle but their primitive cross stitch patterns are so neat. And I am promising NOT to take up another craft.

I am also planning to get some finishing done this week.

Hope it turns out like I picture it in my mind.:)

And finally...Happy Birthday to our youngest son, Charles. He is 34 today.

He shares a birthday with Bill Clinton because the labor and delivery room was full up on August 18th, when I was to be induced into labor. So instead of sharing a birthday with Patrick Swayze, he shares one with Bill! We plan to have lunch with him to celebrate.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Facebook Friday

Corrie ten Boom has always been one of my spiritual heroes.  Even though she has been with the Lord for many years, she continues to inspire people via Facebook.

As a stitcher this really spoke to me. I will be honest. While the front of my needlework looks pretty, the back is sometimes a mess. I have been working on making the back of my needlework look better  even though no one sees the back except me and the framer. :)

This is a great picture story of our lives...we cannot see how God is working the threads together to refine us and make us shine like gold.  But we can trust His Wisdom.

Maybe one day I will show you the back of my work!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Stream

Put a toe in and see if the water suits you!

1. I found a new candy that I can never purchase again. M&Ms Caramel.  Oh my...I got a small package of this candy at the grocery store today and it was love at first taste. Marvin and I are still trying to shed a few pounds and those candies must never cross the thresh hold of Nanaland.

2. Marvin and I have watched Dr Who for many years. After David Tennant gave up the role, we rather lost interest but we keep an ear out for Dr Who news. Well imagine our surprise when BBC announced the new DR Who will be a woman. No, just NO on that one.

3. The Solar Eclipse seems to have taken the US by storm. We will have 95% darkness here in NoAla. Many are driving up to Nashville, where it will be total darkness. You might like to look up Destin Sandlin( Smarter Every Day) on You Tube. He has a very interesting post regarding the Eclipse. Kendall and I watched it together. Destin and his wife, Tara, attend our church. I got to know Tara when I first started volunteering at MOPs.  Destin makes learning fun and easily understood.

4. I changed purses yesterday. With the Georgia Tech football season rapidly approaching, I took out my GT cross body. It will be perfect to carry around town but I also purchased a clear purse to take to the games. It is really sad that Southern Belles cannot show their colors at the stadiums.  I remember the Good Ole Days when you could carry a cute purse into the game and no one blinked an eye.

5. I have been a bad girl this week. I have ordered several cross stitch patterns. I keep telling myself that I need to stitch the charts I own but it is hard.  I can remember my mother purchasing fabric and saying that she would stitch up that fabric one day. She had a drawer that was full of fabric. I guess she did eventually use up her stash and if I live long enough I will stitch all my stash.:)

6.There seems to be a lot of interest in Princess Diana of late. I have seen several tv shows about her. Suddenly I realized that it will be 20 years since she died on Aug 31. It hardly seems possible.  I remember that red sweater she wore with white sheep across the front and one black sheep among the flock. I wanted a sweater like that so badly. She was a lovely fashion icon in those early days before we knew the fairy tale was only in our minds.

Well I have several errands to run today. I must get to Hobby Lobby and look for some fabric to finish off my smalls. I want to get them done so I can use them in my fall decorating.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Imaginary Life

As we do not have cable or internet at Grimmwood, we have to take some of our DVDs with us if we want to watch television. I suggested to Marvin that we take season one of Ballykissangel this weekend.

Then I had to smile because it brought back a sweet memory. One of my younger friends and coffee buddy for several years moved to Ireland.  I asked if she was going to live near Avoca, where Ballykissangel was filmed back in the 90s. So bless her heart, she traveled to Avoca and wrote a blog entitled This is Your Imaginary Life Arlene Grimm.  She put in lots of pictures for me and I was able to travel to Ireland without leaving my armchair. ( This might be my favorite way to travel.)

I know a lot of you have Britbox or Acorn tv and if you see Ballykissangel listed on your viewing guide you might want to check it out.

Father Clifford is an English priest whose new assignment is in Ireland. It causes all sorts of adjustments for Father Clifford and the village he is to shepherd.  And Father Clifford does not drive...oops.  This show will make you laugh and a good way.

If you go to Ireland you might want to stop and visit in Avoca.

It looks like the perfect Irish village to me!

You might want to drop in at Fitzgeralds pub for a sandwich and pint!

I am looking forward to visiting with my Irish friends again. After all it IS my imaginary life.

Tomato Torta

My sweet next door neighbor gave me some home grown tomatoes and I decided to make this recipe that I had clipped but I had never tried.

Tomato Torta

Place a pie crust in pan, prick with a fork all over bottom and sides and bake 5 minutes at 400 degrees.

Take pan from oven... place two cups of mozzarella cheese in the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon of dried basil leaves. ( If using fresh basil use 1 1/2 tablespoon.)

Top with sliced tomatoes.( For best results, slice your tomatoes and let them drain a bit on a layer of paper towels.)  Add 1/2 tablespoon of basil leaves.( 1 1/2 T if using fresh basil). Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

We have found an olive oil store in Ellijay, Georgia and we had purchased some olive oil infused with balsamic vinegar so I used it to brush the top of my tomatoes.

I served it with a Kale Salad and let me just say this recipe is a keeper.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back to School

School has started here in Alabama.  This summer breezed by and now it is time to buckle down to classroom studies for the Grands.

Kendall is in the sixth grade.  While she was looking forward to seeing her friends every day, she was not looking forward to advanced math.  She is a smart girl but advanced math was a bit of a struggle. Amelia wisely decided that this brain needed a challenge. It is always one of those lightbulb moments when you realize you are not quite  as smart as you thought you were.  It happens to all of us.

Landon was happy to find that he would be in the class with his best friends. Amelia said he is sitting beside one of his besties and we both wonder how long before the teacher moves him to another seat.

Meanwhile in Hoover, the Grimmlins headed off for another year.  Margaret is in second grade and Baylor is in kindergarten.  Katy said Baylor had a good first day at school. When they got home from school, Baylor went right to his room got in bed and took a nap.  Please continue to pray for Baylor man as he is in a transitional classroom and it is a new type of class for the school system.  Margaret face timed us on Wednesday evening to tell us about her class. Her two best friends are in her class as well so that made her very happy.  We found out that Margaret was chosen for this particular class because of her kindness and being a friend to all.  We were so proud of her.

And the littlest Grimmlin is still enjoying summertime.

She has really enjoyed pool time this summer.  She will not be going back to day care as her Kim grandparents will be taking over childcare now that they are living in the area. I am thankful that they  are willing to do this for Audrey.

Fall is coming, high school football games and cooler mornings are all signs!!