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About Me

Welcome...I'm delighted that you chose to visit! I started this blog in March 2010 and I am so happy that I did. It has made me more aware of the many ways that God is blessing my life. I have made some special friends who bless,teach,encourage,and entertain me! My desire is to be an encouragement to you. I hope you will tarry for a while and that you will come back to visit often.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

beach bound



Well, my dining table is stacked with boxes and crates
filled with food, paper goods, and games.
My coffee table is covered with loaves of bread.
Our refrigerator is loaded with meats, fruits, 
cheeses, and salads.
 The bed in the spare room has piles of capris, shirts,
swimsuits, and lingerie.
In the hall, there's a large bag packed with sheets and towels.
Soon, there will be a truck overflowing with coolers, seines, 
buckets, chairs, bikes, a canopy, and boogie boards.

Why, you say? Because Saturday we are headed to the beach!
There will be 15 of us under the same roof for a week!!
There's not much shopping on the island, so we have to try
to take everything we will need.
I keep making lists and checking them, not just twice, but
over and over!

We look forward to this family trip every year. 
We have many memories from our time on the island...
Hubby grew up close by and our kids grew up going there while
visiting grandparents.
 
In 1997, we started renting a house on the island...
so this is our 18th year. Wow! That's hard to believe!
We started renting a small 3 bedroom house. When we needed more room,
we started taking our camper, in addition to renting the house,
 for 4 of us to sleep in.
In 2012, we decided to look for a larger house so we could all
sleep in the same place. We found an ideal place...
plenty of bedrooms, a large kitchen, a spacious
family room and 3 baths. And it is the most affordable
house of its size on the island.

So, Jekyll Island, look out....
we will be descending on you in a couple of days!
And yes, there will be picture...lots of pictures!!

Hope you have something to look forward to! :-)



Monday, July 7, 2014

hang it up!



I've had some empty spaces on my walls since we remodeled.
In some cases, I wasn't sure what I wanted. 
In others, I couldn't seem to get a project finished!
But, this past weekend, I made some progress!!

I made this small quilt in a quilting class last fall.
I wanted to hang it, but most hangers were for larger quilts.
Back in May, I bought some old fashioned clothespins
painted blacks with the idea that I would use them somehow.
Last week, I found this sign and had the thought to combine the two.
It worked... with a little help from Hubby...
 who had the super-duper glue for the pins and figured out how to make
sure the quilt didn't slip out. I like it!
 


 I found this at Hobby Lobby, but it was aqua.
Pretty, but not a color I could use.
So, I pulled out my paints and made it match 
my decor. I think it still needs a little something...
it will come to me in time!


I found these frames at Hobby Lobby, too.
They were perfect in color and design but
I wasn't sure what kind of picture I should put in them.
Then I remembered some old postcards that our son 
and daughter-in-law bought for our 40th Anniversary party.
 

This is the old post office and courthouse in my hometown.


And, this is Hubby's old high school.
I'm happy with them, too!
 

A long  time ago, I bought an old window similar to this one
with the intention of re-purposing it.
It took a while, but I finally got it done...


and I like it, too!


It looks good hanging in our study and it reminds us
 of some special times!

So, my walls are so bare anymore. I am still working on
a couple of other things, but I'll be concentrating on getting
ready for our family beach trip this week.
So, they will have to wait!

Thanks for dropping by...your visits are a blessing to me! :-)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

a scarlet thread


After I got off from work last Monday, my friend, Danna, and I
made a trip to visit a quilt shop about an hour away.


They had many beautiful quilts displayed...
 


in the most creative ways!
 

Quilted purses...
 

and a huge selection of fabrics...
 

every pattern and color you "can" imagine!! :-)
 


Some of the quilts were also embroidered...
 


I especially like this one with scripture.
 


This is a "family tree".
You might not be able to see, but there are names
embroidered on the leaves...really special!
 

They also had neat little signs with quotes about quilting.
 

Anyone who sews knows that to be true!

 So true!


It's a good thing....because my little quilts are never perfect! :-)

Danna went to the quilt class with me and she has really embraced
the art of quilting. I've lost track of how many she has made, but she has
tried several different patterns and she has made some "big" ones!!
She has even been hired to make some! 

We had a great time looking, but neither of us bought anything.
It was a lot of fun browsing and I'm so glad we went...
I left feeling inspired!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

shell, shuck, snap!


We've been working on filling our freezer with veggies!
Last week, Hubby picked a bushel of 
pink-eyed purple hulled peas...
the ones C.W. helped us shell!
That resulted in 7 quarts.


 Friday morning while C.W. was at VBS, we shucked, rinsed,
blanched and cut off 16 containers (mostly quarts, but a few 1 1/2 pts)
of sweet corn!


Yesterday, Hubby picked 1 1/2 bushels of zipper peas.
They are a large pea and their hulls are packed with peas.
So, the yield was 24 quarts!!

The peas and corn came from a "u pick" farm a few miles 
down the road. Last night, we canned green beans from
Hubby's little garden....6 quarts. 
I expect we will have enough to do some more 
by the weekend.

This winter, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor ...
and labor it is! But, not too bad when you do it together! :-)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"grand camp"!

 

On our way home from Fernandina, we stopped to pick up C.W.
He was going to spend the week with us...going to
Vcation Bible School at our church in the mornings and having
"Grand Camp" in the afternoons!
Monday, after lunch, we went to our Museum of Aviation
located on the Air Force Base on the edge of our city.
He has been there many times, but it is one of his favorite places.
I had not been there in years, so he enjoyed being my tour guide!




On Tues, we went to our used booksore where he picked out
two books and played with their train set. Then, it was off to 
Monkey Joe's where he spent 4 hours playing on the inflatables!
 

After dinner, we put him to work shelling peas...
and he was good at it!!
 

Wed afternoon, we met Little E and Little C
and their mom and dad at Chuck E Cheese.
 

They had fun on the rides and playing the games.
 


The soccer game was his favorite and he was great at it!
It didn't take him long to figure put how to time it so he could
kick it around the "goalie" and get a goal!


Thurs, we played at home... on the swing set and making
 ice cream treats with play dough.


Then we were off to the store to buy a new game!
 

Friday, we went bowling. We bowled three games..
his scored improved with each game!
 

After dinner, we went to a local park to play on the great 
playground there.
 




Afterwards, a stop at Dairy Queen for a yummy cone
refreshed us!


Sat night, we finished off the week with fireworks...
 




And they were great!

It was a week to remember....
for us and, I hope, for him!! :-)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

more from fernandina


There's a lot to catch up on!
We came home from Fernandina Sunday
to a busy week...but that's for another post!

Here are some more images from our beach trip...
sea oats and white sand dunes.


Board walk at the main beach access.
 

Sea gulls enjoying the view from the boardwalk.


This fellow was enjoying his dinner at the marina.
 

And this guy was standing just a few feet from some 
tourists...see their drinks...but wasn't a bit afraid.
 

Historic Downtown...shops, restaurants, beautiful
buildings, moss draped trees, flowers and
cobblestones!
 




First time I have ever seen a pajama store! :-)


Episcopal Church
 

U.S. Post Office
 


A lovely bed and breakfast.
 
 
Last remaining original horse water trough...circa 1895.


The marina at the very end of Centre St...
the main street in the historic area.
 

It was an enjoyable 4 days...the weather was perfect.
the food was delicious and the pace was slow and easy...
just what we needed!