Monday, December 30, 2019

Christmas Trip

Marvin and I decided to take a short overnight trip to Oxford MS for our Christmas gift. Oxford is about three hours west of us and an easy drive. We stopped for lunch in Tupelo MS. Tupelo is the hometown of Elvis Presley and you can see evidence of this all over the small town. But I was surprised to find that Tupelo was not as small as I thought it would be. There was a lovely old fashioned department store there that I would have loved to browse but we were on a schedule.

We had lunch at Kermit's Outlaw Kitchen as recommended on Trip Advisor.

It was located in an old building on Main Street. We placed our order and went upstairs to wait for it to be served to us.

Marvin got an unusual burger as it was a burger made with brisket, stacked with Conecuh Sausage and a fried egg.

Well I chose a BLT as I do not like eggs on my burgers!!

Here is a picture of the old courthouse...

I love towns that feature a square!

Another hour and we were in Oxford. We could not check into our hotel until 3 so we drove to Ole Miss and walked around.

We had perfect the sixties and a bit overcast.

The famous Grove. On football Saturdays this area is filled with very elegant tailgateing parties. Ole Miss is known for  their fancy tailgating that can include a chandelier. Ole Miss fans are Fancy for sure.

The football team walks down this brick walkway on their way to the stadium on Game Day. All the fans cheer them on.

Ole Miss stadium. We were fortunate to be on campus while the students were gone. We had the place to ourselves.

Many of you know I liked the book Rush, by Lisa Patton. It is about sorority life at Ole Miss. Well they take sorority life very seriously. I though I would show you some of the Sorority houses.

I could not believe how elegant these houses were....all were decorated for Christmas.

So pretty.

And here is the Delta Delta Delta house. I have heard they answer the phones with Delta Delta Delta can we help ya help ya help ya? :)

Their Christmas decor was JOY spelled out on the long windows.

By the time our feet were worn out it was time to head to our hotel. And while we enjoyed Ole Miss we really liked downtown Oxford. Come back on Wednesday for pictures.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas

As we stop to celebrate Christmas I am going to take some time off to be with family and to enjoy the week. I will return on December 30th. In the New Year I am making some changes to my blog.  I will be posting on Monday Wednesday Friday and Saturday.  Friday will still be my Friday Five and Saturday will be Stitching only.  I am trying to me more mindful of how I spend my time in 2020. To enjoy the journey that is life, I want to slow down a bit and savor the joys of a simple life.

Thanks to all of you who took the time to write a card or send a note at this blessed season. I was overwhelmed with the amount of Christmas snail mail I received along with a few lovely gifts. I am truly blessed by your friendship.  I hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Murray Christmas

We had a nice Murray Christmas on Saturday. Charles family was feeling better so they joined us. Marvin and Nancy snapped these photos.

Ben and his mini me...Margaux

I love this pic of Katy and Ben.

Charles and his family


The Grimm Men

These two really enjoy each other.

This old tire has brought lots of fun to many children.

I love this picture of Elliott. It catches his personality to a tee.

Margaux is getting to be our big girl.

Joshua had had enough of his cousins.:)

Such a sweet picture of Joshua with Mother.

Aunt Mimi( Amelia) got Joshua this hat and we all just adored it. It matched his vest perfectly.

Aunt Kristi caught a photo of Baylor Man for me. He was playing with a ball he got as a gift.

  Time with family is truly the blessing of this time of year. As we celebrate the SAvior's birth we remember that God chose a family for His Son. Family is important.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Saturday Stitching

As I have mentioned before, I am planning a Very Prairie Year for 2020. Each month I will stitch something from the Prairie Schooler Designs.  So today I am sharing my plans for the year.


Button Up has been in my stash for a while and I plan to stitch the little skater. It will be a cute addition to the winter dough bowl.

I am doing several motifs from Measure of the Year.


Spring from booklet 208.

April  will be Spring from booklet 138


Still Life Booklet 41


I am getting a lot of use out of Booklet 208 Measure of a Year
June will be that cute beehive.


Booklet 154  Instead of doing the whole month as charted I am doing the harbor scene
August Booklet 137 Summer Breeze


208 yet again

Fall  this time. I will have stitched all four seasons.


Booklet 132 Autumn Leaves
Booklet 167

I will be stitching Merry Christmas to All.

And finally December......From Booklet 81 I will stitch this pretty piece

That songs of the season will keep me busy as I love so many of them. 

Now that I have shared my plans with my stitchy friends, lets see how I do! I am going to give myself some grace if I cannot complete them all but at least I have a PLAN. Goals are Good she said!! 

Friday, December 20, 2019

Friday Five

I thought I would share my five favorite Christmas Movies as my Friday Five before Christmas.

1. A Christmas Carol

Only George C Scott as Scrooge will do for me. Marvin and  I save this movie for Christmas Eve.

2. Charlie Brown Christmas

I know it is not technically a movie but I love it. When Linus explains what Christmas is all about, my heart grows two a good way!

3. Miracle on 34th Street

I prefer the newer version myself. I am a sucker for New York at Christmas.

4. Ernest Saves Christmas

This was my the favorite movie of my children when they were small so it always brings back sweet memories for me. Who can resist Earnest P Worrell?

5. Home Alone

Made in 1990, McCaulay Culkin is the same age as our Amelia. Which means he would be 39 years old this Christmas. How is that possible? Kevin!!!

A few runners up would be.... While You Were Sleeping which is my favorite chick flick along with You've Got Mail.  I also enjoy The Preachers Wife with Whitney Houston. The older version with Carey Grant is good too...called The Bishop's Wife for those of you who do not know your old movies. The Santa Clause 1, 2 and 3 are all cute as well.

Now for something that will really disappoint some of you. I am not a fan of The Christmas Story. That movie never appealed to me. I think it has to do with the little boy putting his tongue on the frozen flag pole. I have friends that count it as their favorite Christmas movie so no accounting for what appeals to each of us!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Christmas Grimmlins

Katy posted on Facebook that if she sent out a Christmas card, this would be it.  Not to worry....Nana will make a copy and put it on the fridge for all to see.  Love my Hoover babies.

As it is a busy time I am going to skip a Thursday post but come back for Friday Five as well as Saturday Stitching.