Thursday, November 30, 2017

Saturday on North Avenue

Georgia Tech is also known in Georgia as North Avenue Trade School. Located in downtown Atlanta, it is a pretty campus and all the nerdy students pull for their Yellow Jackets. On Saturday we faced our fiercest rivals, The Georgia Bulldogs.  Marvin and I both felt that if we won on Saturday it would truly be a Thanksgiving Miracle.  But being fans, you hope for the best as you pull for your underdog  team.

Wearing my White and Gold for the game.

I got a new Tech shirt at the book store and pulled it on over my gold sweater.  A Georgia fan actually took our photo for us. They aren't all bad.:)

Sure enough, Georgia showed why they are a top team and gave our Jackets a hard time on the field.  We headed back to NoGA, listening to the Iron Bowl on the radio. Our secondary team also lost...our Tide failed to roll. Sure we had some injuries that put us behind the eight ball but hats off to Auburn. They played a great game. Now we are pulling for Auburn to beat the Dawgs on Saturday when the SEC championship is played for all to see.

We sure enjoyed our season tickets for GA Tech Football but like all good things, it has come to an end.  Win or lose we will always yell, Go Jackets.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


On Friday we were headed to Duluth, Georgia to visit with some of our Grimm family. We took the back roads and enjoyed some Georgia scenery.

First we stopped in Ellijay for some Green Willow Soaps and apples from Panorama Orchards.

The square in Ellijay was decorated for Christmas.

This is a BIG tree.

Ellijay is Whoville this Christmas Season and the Grinch has been spotted lurking on the streets.

After leaving Ellijay we had lunch at 61 Main in Jasper GA.

Housed in an old movie theater we enjoyed the atmosphere. After a lot of turkey, we were ready for a Reuben( Marvin) and a Club Sandwich.  The desserts looked amazing but we resisted.

Three Generations of Grimms enjoyed visiting on the back porch at Nephew Will's home.

Nephew, Caleb feeding boiled peanuts to his daughter, Ella. I like these things or not?

A picture of the older Grimms...William, his wife, Barbara, Mina, me and Marvin. Mina is number one of six siblings. Marvin is two and William is four.  We had such a good time together but soon it was time to head back to Chatsworth.  Family time passes all too quickly.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

More Rocks..

While we were walking in the park we found some more pretty painted rocks. The Chatsworth community is still embracing the painting of rocks and the hiding of rocks.

I found this one....

It had a wave on the side.

Kristi found this was left by Calhoun Rocks.

We all had a chuckle over this one.

After leaving the park, we drove through  the Cool Springs community.

This view of Fort Mountain on Tom Terry Road is one of the prettiest places in the county.

We drove by Cool Springs Baptist Church.  We girls had flowers delivered to our Daddy's grave and our Grandparents graves. It is a Holiday tradition.

We noted that many families continue to care for and spruce up the resting places of their families.

My grandparents...Cliff and Naomi.  As I walk through this cemetery I remember the many precious people who are buried here.  It is good to have the blessed hope of being reunited with them one day. It was a good way to end Thanksgiving Day.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

An Afternoon Walk with the Sisters

All of us Tankersley Girls are watching our figures so when Leta suggested we get in a two mile walk on Thanksgiving afternoon, I was ready to hit the road.

We drove to the park in downtown Chatsworth. It was a beautiful late afternoon walk in a pretty area.

With the mountains in view, we took off.

We walked by the longer in service but preserved for the benefit of future citizens of Chatsworth.

And next to the Depot is the Historic Wright Hotel. I remember going to the lobby of this building to have my picture made with my sisters when we were young. Olan Mills would set up there about once a year.

I took a selfie to prove I was there!

And here we are  still smiling after our exercise. I am so glad to have my little house in Chatsworth so I can spend more time with these two ladies. Sisters are friends who are never too busy to drop what they are doing to spend time together.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the Grimms and the Grimmlins. We are just missing sweet Audrey in this picture. Hoping to get a photograph of us with all the Grands in December.

I am going to take a blogging break to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family but I will be back on Monday!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

At the Movies

It seems the Christmas movies are already showing . My daughter, Amelia, loves the Hallmark Channel and it is all Christmas all the time at her house.  On Thanksgiving Day one of the cable channels screens A Christmas Story all day long.

It would be hard for me to pick just one movie from this group. And where is The Bishop's Wife or the remake, The Preachers Wife? I loved Cary Grant in The Bishop's Wife, an old Christmas movie. I do not see White Christmas either! You can tell I like the old movies. Could someone please tell me what number 11 on this chart is???

Charlie Brown Christmas is always a favorite as I remember it from my childhood. I think I was 10 when it debuted. Rudolph is Margaret's favorite. Every time she comes to Nana's house, she wants to watch Rudolph. And of course I oblige even if it is July.  Home Alone is probably the Ledlow Grands favorite movie in this bunch.

Marvin and I have the Christmas Tradition of watching A Christmas Carol starring George C Scott every Christmas Eve night.   Mr Scott is the perfect Scrooge in my book.

So weigh in with your favorite movie of the season...if it is one that is not listed, that is ok too!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

From the Farm

Another beautiful photo of the farm by Cousin Scott.

The view never gets old!

As a girl, I would sit under that tree with my dog, Mingo, and tell him all my problems. He never had any answers but I always felt better after I had a talk with him.

I had an inquiry about the stone. It is an old stone from a Grist Mill. It belonged to my Granddad Henderson . My Grandad was a collector of all kinds of old things and he probably rescued this from an old mill that was being demolished.   Back in the day when people needed their wheat and corn ground for baking, this old stone would have come in useful.

Monday, November 20, 2017

A Day in Scottsboro

Every year around this time, my friend, Diane, and I take time to enjoy a Girls Day Out. We go to different destinations close by. Nashville, Franklin and Cullman were the last three trips. Diane suggested Scottsboro this year and I was happy to oblige.

We stopped first at Unclaimed Baggage

As we entered the store there were some glass cases that displayed things that have been found in unclaimed baggage. These Apostles Spoons were a treasure that someone lost in travel.

Then we stopped at Hammers on the square in Scottsboro. This store has been around for 70 years.

It is a big old store with wooden floors. It reminds me of the department stores of my youth.

Diane and I both found several things here.

After shopping we were hungry so Payne's Drug Store was our next stop.

A charming old blast from the past.

Of course we had to post for a picture.

We highly recommend the Slaw Dogs...yummo.

After lunch we walked around the Square....

The Gazebo was decked out for the season.

Then it was on to The Grapevine, a local gift shop.

 They were decked out for Christmas as well.

On the inside we found lots of lovely things, including a Christmas ornament that we chose to remind us of our day out.

We are Merry here in NoAla.

Santa has come to Scottsboro.

A cute Mason Jar for your Sweet Tea.

Roll Tide!!

We are in the Land of Cotton!!

What can be better than a day out with a friend, eating slaw dogs and enjoying some retail therapy?

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Stitching Saturday

I have one finish this week and four Works In Progress. I hope to complete my stitches and get them finished sometime in December.

This ornament was my only finish. I found these sleds at The Dollar Tree as I mentioned in another post. They are perfect to mount a Cross Stitch on!

I have really enjoyed stitching on perforated paper for ornaments. I can take a project with me in the car and I can redeem the time when I am waiting for the children to get out of school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Now for my WIPS...

I am beginning to think that this will not be done this Christmas. But I will keep working on it in hopes of getting it at least half way done.

I believe this on will be completed as it is a pretty easy stitch.

My tart pan stitch is coming along as well.

This Prairie Schooler Santa will be ready in no time.

I am already looking at some January stitching. I plan to get back to my Smoky Mountain Christmas in the New Year. I want it to be completed by next Christmas. Happy Stitching Bloggy Friends.

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Lovely Surprise

Yesterday was one of those nice days that you find you look back on with fondness. Marvin had an appointment in Birmingham to get his pre op done for his next surgery on Nov 30th. He will have a cyst removed from his parotid gland. Hopefully it will just be day surgery. His surgeon told us we might be able to go home as I am a nurse and can keep a good watch on things.

The Highlands Hospital of UAB is such a nice hospital. Every one was very gracious and helpful. That is always comforting when you must have a procedure done.  We were in and out in one hour so we headed north to Gardendale to enjoy lunch at Wintzell's Sea Food. I had a Shrimp Po Boy and Marvin enjoyed shrimp and grits.  It was DELICIOUS.

Then we stopped in Falkville, Alabama to do some shopping at the Mennonite Grocery store. I picked up a supply of their excellent chocolates for my mother. I might have saved one or two for myself.

Errands in Hartselle and then home to Decatur.  I was just thinking what a lovely day we had enjoyed as I opened the mailbox to check the mail. There was a package inside and I thought to myself, "I"m not expecting anything."  Look what I received...

My high school friend, Sharon sent me this beautiful cross for my cross wall. I love it and her sweet generosity. My cross wall is filling up. Each cross is special to me and reminds me of a friend or family member.

Tomorrow I am off for a girls day with my friend, Diane. We are going to Scottsboro, Al home of Unclaimed Baggage. This store is where all the contents of missing and unclaimed luggage from air travel finds  a home. Sometimes you can get a real bargain.  We are going to explore the downtown area which is a quintessential  old Southern Town. Rumor is they even have a soda fountain!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I Need a Little Christmas

I have been doing a little Christmas decorating each day. As  you know I am a big Mrs Erica fan. She has many interesting posts on her You Tube channel. One of my favorites is a tour of her friend's house at Christmas. This lady really decorates her house to the nines. But she mentioned something simple that I thought I would use in my own home.

She suggested that you put colorful floral picks into your potted plants. I saw this pretty pick at Pineapples, a local decor store.

I am so proud of this plant....I can never keep a plant alive. And this is a special plant, given to me by my friend, Deborah, when my father passed away four years ago. Just hoping the pick does not kill it!!:)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Fine Seamstress

I was saddened to hear of the death of Nancy Zieman of Nancy's Notions and Sewing with Nancy on PBS.

When I was a young "sewer" I watched Nancy to find out how to do things the right way! She explained sewing techniques so simply and thoroughly.   As a nurse, I always thought she must have had a stroke at some point in her life due to the obvious drooping of one side of her face. After doing some research I found out that she had suffered from Bell's Palsy at a very young age and the facial paralysis did not diminish.  Her parents encouraged her in all her pursuits and her talent led to Sewing with Nancy.

Often we feel that we know the people we watch on television. I always thought if I met Nancy in person we would be instant friends.  Her graciousness reached through the television screen.  Thankfully her knowledge will continue to be passed on as reruns of her programs air and perhaps a new generation of seamstresses will be taught by the best!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Stream

Good Morning....its a bit chilly but let's get our toes wet anyway.

1. Many of you reminded me that while I might get under the Table Tent, getting out could be a problem. You are right....I will rethink that idea. However last week I had to help Marvin put his shoes on due to the no BLTs. I just sat cross legged on the floor( criss cross applesauce for all you who might have been nursery school teachers at one time.)  And I will have you know I got up with no help at all.  Marvin was very impressed.:)

2. Speaking of nursery school...some of you may not know that I taught two year olds at Central Weekday School for ten years. Most of my former students are in college now. I was shopping with a friend at The Cupboard on Bank Street recently when I saw  young couple registering there for wedding gifts. The young man looked very familiar. I asked if he was B and he said yes. I told him who I was and in return got a big hug and caught up on his life since nursery school.  The problem with teaching twos is that many of them do not remember you at all...and that is a bit sad as I loved each of them so much. They will always be my kids.

3.I am going to confess that I am slowly getting out my Christmas decorations. I try to do one or two things each day. Since Marvin is out of commission and the grands are not available this week I had to resort to desperate measures.  I turned on the Sounds of the Season on our cable network yesterday and they are already playing Christmas music.  So I had some accompaniment in my decorating. I will not do the tree yet just some of the smaller things. We will not be here for Thanksgiving so I do not feel too badly about rushing things.

4.I just finished a book that has been much talked about, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I had high hopes for it but basically it is a rehashing of the Mommy Wars.  What constitutes a good mother? Does love count for more than things?  As with most family matters, this is a complicated issue and when it comes down to it a good mother will sacrifice almost anything to give her child its best chance in life.  The Biblical Account of King Solomon's wisdom in dealing with two mothers who claimed one child came to mind as I read this book.

5.  We will be having Thanksgiving on Saturday at Amelia's home and we were hoping to do an "outside" Thanksgiving. Todd and Amelia have a beautiful spot all fixed up with outdoor lighting. Now I am reading that rain is in the forecast. I am going to pray that the rain comes in the morning and allows us to have our meal outside ala Pilgrimm Style. ( Yes, we like to spell it Pilgrimm.)

6. I received a lovely Thanksgiving Card yesterday from a dear blog friend. It made my day. She makes her own cards and they are always lovely. I collect them  and bring them out each year as part of my fall decor. I am amazed at the creativity of many of my blog pals.  Of course most people who enjoy writing have a creative streak!

Well it is house cleaning day here so I need to get busy. Have a blessed day dear friends.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Grimmlin Fun

We surely did enjoy having the Hoover Grimmlins visit us on Saturday. They arrived just in time for lunch( Happy Meals at their request). We also had Krispy Kreme donuts as that is a favorite of Baylor Man. He always expects Grandpa to have some donuts for him.

After lunch, Grandpa, Uncle Ben, Margaret and Elliott went to see Landon play basketball. Landon must have been motivated by all the family cheering him on because he scored six points!  After the game, Grandpa got some pictures for me.

Go Priceville Bulldogs!!

These two have been buddies since they attended Nana School together as little ones. Every week I would have the two of them with me and we had a great time, playing and learning together.

Meanwhile I was at home with Baylor.

We hung out and made tents with blankets. Baylor loved hiding in the tent with his iPad.

When the siblings got home, they were fascinated by our creation as well.

Elliott was still enjoying his lollipop from the game.

Margaret spent the night with us and we took her to Katy after church and lunch. Katy's nephew is getting married next spring and the family was hosting an engagement party here in Decatur.

Making that tent gave me an idea for hiding out from Marvin on the days he is home.:) But I am afraid he would figure out it was me under the table because I do not fit as well as the young uns.
Seeing these three enjoying a simple pleasure was a fun thing for Nana.