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About Me

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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

a colorful welcome

After two weeks in Tenn, I walked back through
 this door today!

I am so thankful for the opportunity to spend such a special
time with our son's family. It was so sweet to be able to help
and to get to know our new little grandson.
I whispered, "Gran loves you!"over and over in his ear.
Since I am not sure when I will see him again, 
I am hoping he will remember my voice.
I know, I know...he's only a week old, but a Gran
can hope, can't she?

 Hubby did a good job of holding down the fort!
Our flowers, bushes and plants are looking
colorful and healthy.

I ran around snapping pics just as a rain shower started!
It didn't last long, but it made the air smell so fresh.

Aren't you glad God made colors? 
I think it was one of His best ideas!
I've probably said this before, but our hydrangea grew from
a cutting from Hubby's grandad's bush.
So, it is very special to us and I love the shade of blue!

This pretty little stuff comes back every year...bigger!
It fills in an empty place by our patio.
I can't for the life of me remember it's name, but I'm sure glad
I bought it three years ago!

We bought our house from the Thompson's back in 1976.
They planted a single row of day lilies in our front yard.
They bless us with their bright yellow arrival every May!
They're like a gift from the former owners. :-)

I got a little teary when it was time to leave our 
Little H, but as Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) said,
"There's no place like home!"
And, God's rainbow of colors welcomed me
beautifully! :-)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

news from Tenn

Well, it has been a sweet visit here in Tenn!
Our Little H was born on the 21st and came home
on the 23rd. His sisters and I decided to put
balloons on the mailbox to welcome him home!!

On Monday, my son decided to tackle a project that
had been waiting for a while.
They bought this table at a used furniture store.
The plan was to paint it and use it as a breakfast table 
in their kitchen.
I got before pictures...after he had taken it apart...

It's an Ethan Allen and they only paid $25!!

Brand name chalk (not chalkboard) paint can be expensive,
 but we learned a while back that you can make
 your own with paint, water, and plaster of paris. 
So that's what he did.
I told him I would help, but I really just
 cheered him on and took photos!
Truthfully, it was a one person job. :-)

It goes on quick and easy, but the first coat looks streaky...
instructions warned us about that.

But, the second coat was smooth and the third...flawless! 
And it dries fast, so it only took a couple of hours to complete.

It looks great with their bench seating and the color matches 
a piece of artwork on their wall...
and, no, I didn't think to get a picture of that!
He was so happy to get it done, in the kitchen,
and out of the garage!

When I was expecting Little H's dad 35 years ago,
my mom made several receiving blankets for him.
They were soft and she crocheted
around the edges. I managed to keep one of them and
gave to Little H at the hospital.
Here he is, wrapped in it sleeping in his bassinet.
I know my mom would be so pleased to know that her
great grandchild was using something she so lovingly made.

It makes my heart glad, too!

Thanks for all your well wishes and compliments...
you are faithful friends!
I will be headed home on Sat...
more from the home-front soon!

Monday, May 26, 2014

little h's adventure room

I mentioned earlier that Little H's room
has an adventure theme.
It is so cute...thought you might like a tour.

Just so you know...the compass is correct.
That is due north!

It looks great and it will grow with him.
I think a little boy would be happy with this room
 for along time!!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Little H is here!!

I've been in Tenn since Sunday anticipating
Little H's arrival.
He chose 11:46 pm on Wed, May 21st
to come!

Here he is:

8 lbs 4 oz, 22 inches

With his happy family!

His proud Chief...

 and happy Gran!

He looks pretty content with his "littlest" big sister, Rile!

And his "biggest" big sister, Chan, looks like a natural!

So happy he is here...healthy and happy!
I will be staying a few more days to help out...
so there will be more pictures to follow!

Thanks for sharing in this special time for our family!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

mother's day quilt

Well, the doctor wanted to wait until Tues to
convince Little H it is time to come.
So, we are headed that way Monday.

About 20 years ago, we started a friendship with
Mr Earl and Miss Sally.
They became "another mom and dad"
to Hubby and I and "adopted grandparents"
to our kids.
They have loved us and supported us and
have been a part of all the big moments in our lives.
We always remember them on Mother's Day and
Father's Day....but sometimes it is hard to decide
what they would like.
This year, since I've started quilting, I decided to make 
a quilt for Miss Sally.

She loves the color green and flowers, so I started with the fabric
 I used at the top, middle and bottom...it has a green 
background with two different rose colored flowers.

Then I chose coordinating prints and solids.

 I was happy with the way it turned out...

 and she was very surprised!

 Even Mr Earl said, "Those are your colors!"
That made me happy!

God certainly blessed us abundantly more than we could
have ever asked when he gave us these two people to love!
Happy Mother's Day, Miss Sally!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

this week at our place

Well, we are having very warm days here...
typical for middle Georgia. But evenings are pleasant
so there's still opportunities to enjoy the porch swing!

I posted a picture of our hedge on facebook and got 
an answer...tea olive!
I've never heard of it...which is not surprising.
I am glad to finally have a name for it!

Our wood hydrangea is blooming. It has huge leaves 
and pretty soft white blooms.

 In last week's hodgepodge, Joyce asked when we last hit the
"mother lode". Well, we hit one Sat.! We were shopping for
impatiens, but they were not priced. I asked one of the associates
for help. She scanned the pot, told me the price and then asked...
"Have you checked our clearance section?"
So, Hubby and I went down the aisle to check it out.
And there on the racks were multiple trays of...
impatiens!...for half price!!
I was tempted to buy them all, but I chose only what
I needed.
(I went back to thank her and looked at her name tag...
we have the same name!)

Got them planted last night just in time for a nice rain
shower today.

When Hubby asked me what I wanted for Mother's Day,
I told him...a swing set!
He laughed at first, but when I talked about how much fun
 the grands would have when they came to visit, he
agreed that it was a good idea.

Little E broke it in today when she came to visit.
She said, "Chief and Daddy build this swing set. I'm glad!!"
That mad me glad!

My other gift was quite a surprise!
Are you familiar with "Origami Jewelry"?
It is sold at home parties. You choose the charms
and stones and make your own original piece.
My daughter went to a party, liked what she saw, 
sent texts to her brothers, they decided to join forces and...

I love it...heart birthstones for my girls
and round ones for my boys...
a real treasure for this Mom and Gran!
We may be headed to Tenn tomorrow for the birth of
our newest grandson....depends on her doctor's appt.
We should know by lunch time. 
So, my next post may be pictures of our Little H!

Thanks for stopping by. Your visits are a blessing to me! :-)

Monday, May 12, 2014

girl's road trip

 I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day!
It was a beautiful day here...blue sky, sunshine, pleasant temps.
I was treated special by the Hubby and my children...
it was a sweet day!

Now, about my girl's getaway!
Friday, we traveled about 1 1/2 hours up the road
where we ate lunch here...

It was a pretty place and a beautiful day to eat on the patio.

Our salad was delicious...had lots of interesting things in it!

 We ate dinner here...

It was right on the water...very scenic!

And the Alfredo was amazing!

Between lunch and dinner, we browsed several large
 antique malls and a couple of gift shops.
It is so much fun poking around and we found a few
treasures that made their way back to my car!

On Sat, we traveled a few miles south to Senoia, Ga...
 a tiny town with a famous main street.
About 30 movies and TV shows have been filmed there.
Shops and cafes lined both sides of the street.

Saturday night, found us here eating Mexican.
We really stumbled on this place, but when we walked in
 we could tell it was a family place where locals eat...
always a good sign!

Sunday, a few more miles south and we were in Gay, Ga, home
of the Cotton Pickin' Festival.
It was huge and had all sorts of neat things to look at.

Bird houses made from tins...

books cut into letters and numbers...

and angels made from hymnals...to name a few!

 We found a few things there we couldn't live
 without too! ha! ha!

Sue and I have been friends for 35 years
and we have been in church together for almost all that time.
We raised our children together, rejoiced together at weddings,  '
cried together at funerals, celebrated at births.
 We have prayed together and played together. 
We share many memories...
sweet ones, fun ones, and some painful ones.
She is a sweet and faithful friend...
I'd be happy to have another 35 years  to share with her!