Thursday, April 15, 2021

Blog Break

 I am going to be taking a blogging break for a while. I need to recharge my batteries and that means time away from social media.  I will be reading your blogs and if you want to keep up with me, feel free to friend me on Facebook and Instagram.  Hopefully when I return I will have something to talk about!! 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Pictures from Birmingham

 We spent Saturday with Ben and Katy. It was so good to see them in person and to know that they are doing well after the tornado.

These are pictures from Cahaba Valley Road leading to Ben's subdivision. You could clearly see the path the tornado took. Some houses were pristine, others destroyed.

Ben's house is the second one...with the blue tarp and white garage doors on the hill.The houses on the other side of his street had ALL their windows blown out.  Blue tarps and plywood were everywhere. The house behind them was totally destroyed. It seems the tornado was going up and then touching down. 

Here is the other side of the street....all those trees just gone. Thanking God that there were no fatalities. I am so thankful for basements!! They were a life saver that day. 

We asked if it sounded like a train as we always hear. Katy said it sounded like sustained thunder for about 15 to 20 seconds though it seemed longer.  When they stepped out of their basement into the driveway, they could not believe the devastation.  

Baylor was playing while we snapped pictures so we did not make him come pose for pictures. Katy took some for me but did not want to be in front of the camera.  As you can see we picked up Chick Fil A for lunch. Always a winner with the grandchildren.

 Margaret took me up to her room where the ceilings in her bathroom had been removed. They hope the roof will be repaired next week. Their new garage doors are in place but it will be a while before their house is back to normal. 

Thanking God once again for his Protection of my dear ones.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Yes I had some haul this week....
I ordered two of the Beggars I had my eye on. Because my dough bowls are just not full enough!!

Cathy Roginella at Inspired Needle sent me two skeins of Terrapin for my Lizzie Kate Christmas ABCs. My sisters got me Praiseworthy Stitches Country Church Yard for Christmas. I needed a big piece of blue fabric to stitch it on. 16 count Aida in the color, Willow Wisp.  Of course, Cathy doesn't send me packages unsolicited....if only she did!!:)  This will be another long term project.

Jen at Jen's Stitching Niche on ETSY, sent me this one. I believe there was only one left in stock when I put this in my cart. As Brenda and Laura say, Buy All the Blackbird.( Flosstubers Brenda and the Serial Starter). This one will go in to my chart file for next summer. I cannot start a new piece until I finish my Blackbird Lady Liberty drum. 

I did work on Though He Seemeth Sleeping.

I had two finishes...

These are not colors I am usually drawn to but oh what fun stitches. After I finished Sara's Cup of Cheer I decided to do Happy Holidays as well.  I may stitch Cup of Cheer again as it is such a cute stitch and a good Christmas ornament for the younger crowd.

I am not sure what I am in the mood to stitch this week. My rotation has gone by the wayside and I just stitch on whatever floats my boat. However, I do need to work on some patriotic stitches if I want them done by this summer. 

Happy stitching Friends.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Friday Fun

  Some of you asked why the older ones do not want their pictures it just on the blog or just in general. Well Hampton and Kendall are at that awkward age, I think they have social anxiety about how they look. Even though Kendall sports bright pink hair, she is a quiet and introspective girl.  Marvin asked me today how much longer the pink hair phase is going to last.:) I told him do not dare say anything to her about it or she might wear it forever.  Hudson and Landon are not as bad but when the older ones do not want their picture taken, I just put my camera aside. I do have one picture of Landon.

Tara took this one at the soccer game the other night and I stole it off FB.  Bless his heart...he just is not into soccer this year as he is playing on a team with the city league. Priceville did not have a spring team this year.  He had played with his old team for years.....

The other day I noticed water was standing in the cabinet under the sink. That is always a fun way to start the day. Thankfully I have a great plumber and he came right out and took care of things. Turns out we needed a new faucet.

It is a Delta faucet with a special glass rinse feature. I am fancy for sure.  Marvin and I have been having fun playing with it.  Another sign you are old when you like getting a new appliance.

I am going to share something with yall that has been a long time in the making. Marvin and I had been doing a lot of reading about the early church and after much thought and prayer we decided to attend RCIA and join the Catholic Church. We started attending classes back in September and we were recently welcomed into the church.  My old neighbor, Euny, was my sponsor. She and her husband, Brian, were coming for my first communion but then covid hit their family. They plan to come next weekend instead. Marvin's sponsor was his old high school friend, Tommy.   Most of our close friends knew we had joined Annunciation but we have not been very vocal about it, understanding that many of our friends are scratching their heads at this change at our ages.  All I can say is, we truly feel God lead us in this direction and we have been so blessed by our church and our priest, Father Merrell.  As we told our pastor at our previous church, we are not mad and we did not wake up one morning and decided we want to be Catholic.  It was a journey of faith that lead us down this road.  Now to the funny part. On Sunday afternoon, my friend, Susan, texted me and asked if I wanted her to save the picture of me and Marvin in the Sunday paper. What picture? What ???? 

We were attending Stations of the Cross on Good Friday.  So now everyone in Decatur knows we are Catholic now.  So I will share two more pictures with yall. 
This is us with our Bishop Raica.  You can see that our class included old and young people.  Some of us took our masks off for the photo. Not many Catholics have a photo of them with their Bishop wearing a mask. 

This picture was made on our first communion, February 27th.

I know some of you will question this decision. Believe me, most of our family and friends feel the same way.  I will share this with you. I have been drawn to the Catholic church for many years through reading, the witness of friends and Marcus Grodi of EWTN. Scott Hahn, a former Presbyterian pastor who converted to Catholicism was a big influence. I really recommend any of his books.  I had told my friend, Deborah, last February that I would be Catholic if it were up to me but Marvin is the spiritual head of the family and if God wants me to be Catholic, He will reveal it to Marvin as well. I did not even pray about this aspect as I was so sure of God's direction for me.  Two months later when the pandemic had just started, we were celebrating Easter at home and Marvin turned to me and asked if this was the last Easter we were going to be Protestant. I almost fell over.  Marvin was much influenced by Pope Benedict as well as by a friend he worked with in Huntsville. This friend, Bob, is a deacon at Annunciation of the Lord, the Catholic church here in Decatur. We met with Bob and his wife. He told Marvin, " I was not surprised at all when I got your email." He set us up to meet Father Merrell, we began attending Mass in May of last year, started RCIA in September and the rest is history.   You can tell by the smiles above, we were all very happy to be confirmed.  

Thursday, April 8, 2021

The Stream

 The Stream is rather shallow this am but let's see what is swimming around in Nana's mind.

1. It seems spring has finally sprung here. The snowball bushes are blooming along with the dogwoods and azaleas.  I will not be surprised if we have one more cold snap before it gets truly hot. I have worked in my closet a bit but Nana has left a few long sleeved shirts hanging within reach. 

2. With Spring comes doing some fixits around the house. I need to do some touch up paint to the front porch and just general cleaning out there. We need to get some mulch for the flower beds.....hoping Landon can help Grandpa with that chore.

3. Landon had his first soccer game of the season. They won 10 to zero. It was rather sad as the other team had much smaller and younger players.  Their coach also screamed, and I mean SCREAMED at them the whole game. What child would even want to play when the coach is so over the top. I heard one little girl say, I was doing my best. I wanted to go and give her a Nana hug.  Bless her heart.

4. We are going to Ben and Katy's on Saturday for Baylor's belated birthday party.  I dread seeing their neighborhood after it was ravaged by the tornado. Such is life in the south, however. While we are tornado aware we are always wary.

5. I have continued reading the Miss Read books. Thrush Green is my favorite neighborhood in this particular series. Marvin and I are watching Shitzel again. It is our "story". We have gotten quite attached to our friends in Jerusalem.  The baby girl on the show is named Devorah but they call her Devorahlea.( Devorala)  I think I will call my friend, Deborah that!!  It is a loving diminutive for Devorah( Deborah). 

6. Okay, Jeopardy fans...who is your favorite guest host? The Jeopardy producer...I cannot think of his name, was my favorite but Aaron Rogers is growing on me. He wins hands down in the looks department. He is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and he is engaged to one of my favorite actresses, Shailene Woodley. You may remember her from Divergent and The Fault in our Stars. If I ever need a good cry, I watch Steel Magnolias or The Fault in our Stars.  Honestly, every time Sally Field does the monologue in the cemetery I am weeping right along with her.  My cry point in the Fault in our Stars comes when Hazel Grace gets the phone call that Gus has died.  When I saw that movie in the theater I had some personal issues going on at the same time and it was all I could do not to break down completely.  Sometimes a good cry is good for what ails you.

Have a good day friends.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021


 It is rather sad being the nana to older grands.  I much prefer it when they came running to the door, so happy to see Nana and Grandpa. Well maybe they still feel that way, but they do not show it as much! My little ones are in Birmingham and Canton so I did not get to see them on Easter. We are going to Bham on Saturday to celebrate Baylor's birthday.  I will try to take some pictures. Margaret is just getting so tall.

Soon I will have another teenager.  See Ben in the background helping Baylor? That always makes the tears flow.  So proud of my oldest son.

Elliott is growing too.

Katy and Ben pulled things together to have her cousin and family over for Easter dinner and an egg hunt. Katy said they had to go around with the shop vac and suck up glass that was still on the ground so the yard would be safe for the egg hunt.  From this angle their house looks good but they are still dealing with lots of repairs.

Meanwhile in Georgia....
Audrey loves her Mopsie bunny from Nana and Grandpa.  Audrey is our Honey Bunny.

The child prodigy was reading his Easter card.:)
And for all the Joshua is one his day care teacher took at his school.
Audrey's school picture....
A picture of my table on Sunday....because the grands do not want their photographs taken, as usual. Maybe you will see them again when I post their wedding pictures. If I am not too old to take any!!
Now that Easter is over, we are on to Soccer Season with Landon! Before we know it school will be out for the summer.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Saturday Stitching

 Happy Easter! I finished my April Word Play just in time.

 I brightened the colors and added some Easter Eggs.
Here they are hiding all the cords!! Oops one cord popped out for a snapshot. 

April Showers came out as well...this old Prairie Schooler Favorite always brightens the corner where it sits.

I thought I would share my trick on displaying square finishes. I added a bit of sheet metal to this Kirklands find. Magnet on the back of your stitching and you are in business,

Well after stitching Easter I decided to work on another holiday...Christmas. 

I found a big sled along with the chart that I was gifted out your craft closet is always interesting. You find all sorts of things you put away so well, you could not find them.

This can be an ornament or a table decoration.  I had not stitched on perforated paper in quite a while and I really enjoyed stitching in hand. 

I also finished Baylor's Christmas ornament on World Autism Awareness Day.

This boy loves all things cozy. I left off a hat and placed a B for Baylor.  This is a Heart in Hand chart. I got a good start on Margaret's ornament. 
You may remember that the book, Wonder, is one of her favorites. And yes that camel is charted in a dark brown....I thought Camels were lighter than that but I am not going to restitch it. :) Because I am the Lazy Stitcher. 

I received a bit of haul.

I am going to stitch Have a Cup of Cheer for my sweet Sara B. She is getting married on June 12th and I plan to get this done to add to her wedding gift. I nannied for Sara and Drew when they were younger and we always had a tradition that they came to my house for the morning. We had breakfast, shopped for a Christmas ornament and then came home to watch a Christmas movie and snack.  Since all young people are addicted to their Starbucks, I thought the Cup of Christmas Cheer was appropriate. I purchased this chart from Holiday House Crafts on ETSY. It was shipped from Flintstone, GA so it arrived quickly. You can order the individual Shannon Christine charts from her Christmas Club series that was very popular last year. 

I also wanted to share a new ( to Me) Floss Tuber...Cynthia Brew. I have had to find some new Floss Tube friends as many of the stitchers I watched in the past have really slowed down their channels. Cynthia is from Texas. She is a wife, mom and Believer. She does beautiful stitching along with other fabric crafts. And may I say, she has the most soothing voice. I guess that does not matter to some but I have always admired a beautiful speaking voice. When you have that East Tennessee Appalachian accent, like me, you marvel at smooth accents. While I am from north Ga, our speech is definitely Appalachian.  Check her out if you are looking for a new floss Tube friend.

Happy Stitching.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Friday Fun

 I got so many lovely Easter cards this week. Thank you Friends. I recycle some of them as Book Marks. The artwork on them is just lovely.

I kept my promise and purchased two more candles from Miller Farm Candle Company.
The Southern Pecan Coffee is just amazing. I have it sitting on the table by my cozy chair where I do my devotions each day. Even unlit, it smells so good. 

Landon had a school project to work on during spring break week. 

Each student had to make a cereal using their hero as the inspiration. Landon chose George Lucas of Star Wars fame.  I love May the Taste be with you!  He better get an A on this homework.

I used the palms from Palm Sunday to make some crosses. Happy Easter Dear Friends. 

He is Risen!