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Monday, July 26, 2021

A Happy Nana

 Nana's heart was full to overflowing on Saturday as my WHOLE family gathered at Ben's home on Saturday for a lovely lunch and a time of fellowship. 

Katy and Ben hosted the event but Katy shared that Ben planned everything. From the day to the food! Katy had mentioned to Ben that now that her mother is in heaven, she felt some regrets for not having seen her as much as she could have. I think that is a regret of all children who have lost parents. Ben told her he wanted to be more intentional in seeing his family. 

Ben contacted us all about a date that would work for everyone. Then he ordered delicious bbq and sides from Saw's, a famous Bham restaurant.  And for dessert, cookies for the children and a caramel cake from Edgar's for the adults. ( Kids could have a piece as well but they preferred the cookies and the donuts Grandpa had brought) Grandpa always gets donuts for Baylor.

We got lots of pictures and I heard lots of conversations between by grown children. I got to hug and kiss on all the grands.  

Baylor was not happy to get a picture made but we got one with him included. Hampton and Hudson were with their mom this weekend so we missed them.
Everyone looks happy in this picture. 

The original Grimmlims.



This was delicious!!

Audrey brought Elliott some Unicorn Poop.
Margaret and Joshua.
Joshua loved Elliott's car tower.
Joshua with Ruby, Baylor's service dog.
These two are pretty good friends.
Todd and Amelia.
Okay the baby of the family got a lot of attention!!
Joshua loved this little pouf in the family room. The perfect size for him.
Ben and Katy were the founders of our feast.
The Canton Grimms...see the lipstick on Joshua's face? Audrey came up to me and wanted one too.
Ben served the cake.
Baylor....all the craziness is a bit hard on him but he seemed to tolerate it.
Aunt Nancy caught this picture.
Prescott and Seymour.
My girls....
Audrey loves Kendall.
Landon and Elliott having fun.
My boys....

A lot of picture overload today but when I can get them all together, it is a special day.


Saturday, July 24, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Good Morning my Stitchy Friends. I had a productive week and I am happy to share my progress with you.

You may remember I had a good start on Though He Seemeth Sleeping. Well I just did not like the fabric I had chosen. I knew I would have to dunk it in coffee/tea dye when it was completed and I was not sure if I would really like it.  Here is where I left off....

 I found a piece of fabric in my stash from Jen's Stitching Niche and I decided to start over. 
This is 32 count cocoa. I also changed the border to blue as I pictured it as blue since the Bible story involves a storm at sea.  I am much happier with it and I do not regret starting it over. 

I also got a good deal done on Summer Souvenir. 

Oh this is so fun...I am becoming a Blackbird Fangirl.

I started two Halloween stitches.... 


I am just going to stitch this one without the border as it will be a dough bowl filler. 

And believe it or not, I got out the one piece of 40 count fabric and started this....
I am loving it...not sure I will convert to 40 count but it is a nice change. I do believe that my sun room light is helpful in this stitch. Along with my magnifier of course. I was watching Fox and Rabbit on You Tube and they informed their viewers that there is a companion piece to this one, Prunella Squashbottom. So I may be ordering that chart as well. 

As for haul, not much this week. Colour and Cotton had some openings in their floss club. ( Thanks to my stitchy friend, Carol, for enabling me on this one.) 

Then my friend, Brenda, of Brenda's Minders and More, shared with  me the fabric club she had joined...the fabric was very nice and the price was right so I signed up for the club as well.
Pardon the screen shot but it has the name of the company as well as the name of the club. As much as I like colored fabric, I needed to stock up on some neutrals. 

I plan to start getting busy on my Christmas stitching. I do several ornaments as gifts and those along with the grands ornaments can add up quickly! 

Happy Stitching!!

Friday, July 23, 2021

Winnie


 I saw this the other day and thought of all my sweet blog friends. I love Winnie.

Meanwhile, Joshua was not really thrilled with princess day at Day Care.

I think he would have preferred that silly old bear.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Cousins

 Cousins are our first best friends so the saying goes and I would agree with that wholeheartedly. I was fortunate enough to grow up near my Tankersley first cousins.

What memories these photographs bring back. 

While visiting in Chatsworth this week my sisters and I paid a birthday visit to our cousin, Charlotte.

I am the little girl in the back row with the bunny in my hand.  Charlotte is the little one in front of me with a book held up to her face.  We are two years apart in age. 

Charlotte just found out she has breast cancer.  So I am asking all you prayer warriors to remember her when you pray.  Charlotte is a strong lady and her prognosis is good but she will require six chemo treatments and then radiation.  When we visited with her yesterday she had just gotten her nails done and she had the breast cancer pink ribbon added to her pretty pink manicure.  She is a widow of four years and she is very important to her nieces and nephews as both of her sisters have gone to heaven.  She was sharing how God has worked on her behalf so far and she knows He will care for her in this journey.  

Please remember to get those mammograms. Charlotte found her spot with the mammogram. It was deep and only the size of a pencil lead according to the physician.  We are all thanking God it was caught early and treatment can begin soon.


Monday, July 19, 2021

Peaches

 Oh to find a good peach. My favorites usually come from South Carolina. Even though Georgia is the peach state, SC has some seriously good crops too. We stopped at Lane Orchards in Fort Valley, Georgia on our way home from Savannah. I wanted to pick up some peaches and I wanted to gift our neighbors, David and Denise, who pick up our mail while we are gone.  We are truly blessed with good neighbors here at The Farm. David used to work for Shaw Industries so he knew all about the carpet business. Most of my NoGA family members work in the carpet trade in some capacity.  And we might even be kinfolks way back. His last name is England and his family is from East Tennessee. My great grandmother was an England from Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  It is a small world in many ways.


These peaches were gorgeous and tasted as good as they look. I may rethink my stand on Georgia peaches.:)

If you want to make an easy cobbler...peel about 8 to 10 peaches. I add about 1/4 cup sugar to them even if they are sweet...it releases the juices.  Sprinkle dish with one Jiffy cake mix. Melt one stick of butter and pour this over the cake mix. Bake at 350 until brown and bubbly. Thanks to my friend, Deborah, for this recipe. I made the best peach cobbler with the peaches we picked up in Georgia. A scoop of Ice Cream on top is nice as well. 

We are off to Grimmwood for a few days. I will stay with Mother on Tuesday and Wednesday and let Leta have a break.  Please continue to pray for us girls as we try to help Mother accept that times are changing.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 I attended the North Alabama Stitchers group for the first time since Covid started. I could have attended earlier as I got my vaccine but so far, their dates and my dates did not correspond. We are fortunate to have a nice room for stitching in Trinity, Alabama. We pay a modest fee to use the room and a food truck comes by for lunch! 

There were four of us in attendance yesterday. I asked if I could show pictures of the ladies projects and they were gracious enough to allow me to do so. 

Brenda is working on this pretty kit.

We all know she loves Bees. 

Susan was working on a Hands on Design Seasons of Chalk. This is Stars and Stripes.

We all agree that we really like the way Cathy Habermann charted Priscilla's designs. 

Phronsie was working on Liberty Lane by Country Cottage Needleworks. Phronsie is changing the colors to make them more vivid than charted by the designer.


I took along Winter Rose Manor by Brenda Gervais.

and Souvenir of Summer by Blackbird Designs

It is always fun to meet with other stitchers and talk about our shared passion.

I finished this Christmas ornament for my good friend, Euny. Pardon the upside down charm. 

She is the wardrobe mistress for the youth ballet in her city and the Nutcracker is her big production each year. I will send this early so she can hang it in her sewing room at the auditorium.  Colors look better in person...but this is the best I can do with my iPhone.

I found some frames to finish my Christmas ornaments at Hobby Lobby.

These little signs are $3.99 each and I am sure they will be put on sale as fall approaches. I will paint the frame and put a ribbon where the twine is. They are great for building on!!  

Happy Stitching.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Kristi's Garden


 My sister, Kristi, is such a gardener. She has taken up the gardens at the farm. Isn't it pretty?

When I was a girl, we had this big garden as well as one in the front of the house near Daddy's orchard. Summers were spent eating out of the garden and putting up the harvest to enjoy in the cold winter months.   Our school vacations were not really vacations for us as we had work to do most of the summer. In addition to garden work, there were household chores to do as well. I was always an indoorsy girl so I would tell my mother that I would iron, fold clothes and clean while everyone else worked in the garden or picked blackberries. I hated picking blackberries...the briars and the fear of snakes lurking in the bushes make me quite squeamish.  But I love to look at a pretty well tended garden. I admire all those who continue to grow their own food and most of all that they share it with others.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

East or West, Home is Best

 When we pulled into our driveway on Monday, Marvin told me we had driven 1000 miles over the long weekend. I think we were both glad to be home. 

We stayed at the 1790 Inn in Savannah.

Parts of this Inn do go back to the late 1700s. We stayed in a guest house on the property. 
This window is between the guest room and the en suite bath. Unfortunately you can see right into the bathroom, which I did not like. I do like my privacy in the powder room.
Several nice chairs to sit in....
The bed looked pretty but to be truthful, the bedlinen was rather worn and the mattress was not comfortable at all.
I loved the ginger jar on the mantle.
Lots of pretty painting. 

While the inn left something to be desired, the restaurant did not. In fact, I think this is the best meal I had enjoyed in many a moon.

Shrimp, risotto and mixed vegetables.....yum.
Marvin enjoyed his meal as well. We had pecan pie for dessert and it was delicious. 

We had breakfast at a local eatery within walking distance from the inn.



The Funky Brunch Cafe took me right back to the 70s with the orange and avocado colors in the cafe. 

Saturday afternoon we strolled down Broughton Street, doing some shopping. Savannah is a very busy place on the weekend.

Saturday evening we had dinner at the Olympia Cafe in remembrance of Mama G's 100th birthday. Marvin and I even Ubered to the restaurant. It was our first experience with Uber but it is very convenient and I am sure we will be using it again in the future. 

Mar and Ar.
OOMPAH!
Mina, Dewilla and Marvin
Our niece and nephew, Ami and Benjamin. 

We had hoped that more of the siblings might have been able to join us but summer is a busy time. Thankful for the ones who were able to make it. 

Mina placed flowers at her church, Trinity UMC, in memory of Mama G. They were just lovely.

We spent some family time with cousins on Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed seeing some of the little ones we do not get to visit with very often.

Monday morning, we were up, packed and on the road back to Alabama. Nothing like your own bed at the end of a journey.