Thursday, August 15, 2019

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Kitchen pics and 56!

Somebody, and I think it was Linda, commented on my kitchen curtains awhile back.  I promised to show a picture of more than just a sliver of them.  While I'm at it, I thought I would show y'all some of the other things in the kitchen.  Just decorating is an ongoing thing because of my "unstable personality", as my sister calls it!  So...anyhow...

Here are the curtains.  This window is one of my favorites.  It is where I watch deer play out in the field.  It is also a favorite of the barn cats!  Can you see Fiona giving me that look?  That's the look that says, "If you don't come feed us soon, I will be forced to claw your eyeballs out...Old Lady!".  LoL  Actually, she is a wonderful hunter and I try to keep her happy because...well...she's a killer!

So back to the curtains...I don't like normal(go figure) so I made these with the red on the bottom and the yellow cherry valances make me happy.  The window over the sink is the opposite.  Yellow on bottom - red on top.  I don't know what it is about my kitchen but all of my houseplants love to hang out in there. 

This is the corner next to that big window. It's a bit cluttered at the moment but I will get around to doing something about that in a day or two.  See that big white sign? I'm not sure it will get to live there forever but I love it. My daughter gave it to me for my birthday.  Yes...friends...I had a birthday on Sunday.  56!!!  Man, I know it was just a couple of weeks ago, I was turning 21!  Has it really been that long?  It certainly doesn't feel like it...that is until I get out of bed!  Then I feel every year and every ache and pain that goes with them!  Aren't those flowers just lovely?  My precious granddaughter gave those to me.

Those two girls always spoil me on my b'day.  I always say I don't want or need anything but I know it doesn't matter what I say, they are going to go overboard every year! 

A few years back, we remodeled this big ole eat-in kitchen and we decided to removed some of the cabinet doors, leaving open shelves.  This little nook was that aggravating, too small cabinet, that I am too short to use, that is above the stove.  I never have understood putting cabinets over the stove.  Anyhow, I use it to put some pretties on.  Right now, it isn't much but the seasons are changing and this is one of my favorite little spots to put a few cute Fall and Winter decorations.

This counter was home to our microwave but the poor old thing quit working and I decided not to replace it right away.  I'm not much on using one because I am naturally suspicious and believe "nuking" anything is unhealthy and possibly governmental population control(see above reference to unstable personality).  Just kidding...maybe...either way, I don't like microwaved food.  Most of the time the only thing I used the blasted thing for was to heat up coffee(nasty) or make that awful popcorn.  Anyhow, I got off on a bunny trail, didn't I.  So back to the counter.  It isn't big enough for anything else so I put this stuff there.  See that egg.  That is one of those itsy-bitsy eggs from my granddaughter's itsy-bitsy chickens.  I still get the biggest laugh when I find one.  Oh!  I found out that plant is actually an Easter cactus rather than a Christmas cactus.  As best I can figure, the only difference is in the blooms. 

If you are still hanging on after all this crazy rambling...well, bless your heart.  I sure do appreciate it! 

Grace & Peace,

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sunday Morning Southern Gospel

I've seen a lot of lighthouses, this week, on many of the blogs I read.  I thought it appropriate to end the weekend with this beautiful old song.  As usual, you can scroll to the bottom to listen to Vestal Goodman and The Happy Goodman's, sing while you read.  Remember the true "Lighthouse", Jesus Christ, as you go about your week.  

Grace & Peace

There's a lighthouse on the hillside
That over looks life's sea
And when I'm tossed it sends out a light
That I might see
And the light that shines in darkness now
Will safely lead us o'er
If it wasn't for the Lighthouse
My ship would be no more

Everybody that lives around us
Says tear that Lighthouse down
The big ships they don't sail this way anymore
There's no use of it standing round
Then my mind goes back to that stormy night
When just in time I saw the light
Yes, the light from that old lighthouse
That stands there on the hill

And I thank God for the Lighthouse
I owe my life to Him
For Jesus is the Lighthouse
And from the rocks of sin
He has shown a light around me
That I could clearly see
If it wasn't for the Lighthouse (tell me)
Where would this ship be

Friday, August 9, 2019

Apology, Rainy Morning, and Christmas Stress...

I must apologize to Jan, Linda, and Mevely317.  Somehow, I lost the comments y'all made on my last post.  I don't know what happened but, with me, you just never know what I did to cause a calamity!  I just wanted y'all to know I saw them, I read them, and I appreciate each one.

It is a rainy morning around here.  Now you wouldn't think, after all the flooding we had in May, that we would need rain.  We probably didn't need a lot but things are drying out and we did need a little.  Not to mention it has been hotter than Hades,around here, so the clouds and rained cooled air have been a blessing. Of course, when the sun comes back out, the humidity will try and kill us. 

I am sitting here thinking about Christmas.  Yes, I know, but I really need to start buying and making gifts but for the life of me, besides the quilts for the grandbabies, I can't seem to come up with anything.  If only my family were book lovers like myself but they aren't.  Nope...not a one of them.  It seems I end up gifting the same things year after year.  Coffee/coffee accessories for my son in love, gift card to a sporting goods store for my son, wine/wine accessories for my daughter, and way too much for the grands.  My poor Mister usually gets clothes and some other little something that he really doesn't like or want. Do you have that problem?  I despise Christmas for this one reason.  If it wasn't for that, I would be so excited to decorate, bake, and go to all the parades but I end up so stressed and overwhelmed that I barely even put up the tree.  Probably wouldn't if it wasn't for the grandbabies.  I'm already starting to feel the pressure.  UGH!

Isn't this flower just the sweetest!  It is a teensy-weensy bloom on one of my spider plants.  They are so pretty and this one caught my eye because of the red brick background.  It may get framed so I can enjoy it even after the blooms have faded.

Grace & Peace,


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Life In Black and White, life in general...

Life, in general,has been busy this week!  I have tried, all week, to get in here and post something.  It all started Saturday night when the grandbabies came to spend the night.  Then on Sunday, my Mister and I, decided to go for a Sunday drive.  Something I love but never do anymore.  We have become such home bodies.  Monday, I had a doctor's appointment, Tuesday the grandbabies were here, and Wednesday, I had errands to run.  Today, I have a dentist appointment. I am wiped out! I never go, go, go, these day!  So, with all this running around, I haven't had time to post and when I did have a few minutes, I just sat and stared at nothing.  Do you have weeks like that?  I am going to make myself a promise to stay at home all next week...of course, that promise with undoubtedly get broken but I am going to stay home more than this week!  I'm old, y'all! 

Grace & Peace,

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Just a little post...

I really don't have a lot to talk about, this evening, but I did want to share a couple of things I did last week and over the weekend. 

I found a quarter! 

 Laying right there in the parking lot of whatever store I was at...I think it was probably at Sprouts but anyhow.  I decided it must be my lucky day because I never find anything.  Then, I decided it was a coin from Heaven because my next stop was Aldi and you have to put a quarter in the shopping buggy to use it.  You get the quarter back when you return the buggy to the stall.  So anyway, I didn't have to fumble around in my purse looking for a quarter since I just found one!  Thanks, Lord!  Do you get excited over, seemingly, silly little things?  

Most of last week,I found myself sitting in front of my sweet friend, the sewing machine.  After the post about aprons, I decided to make myself a new Fall apron.  

Forgive this picture!  I am certainly no model!  Why, for pete's sake, I feel just plain silly, but I don't have a dress form and my daughter didn't come by after I finished, so this is all I have but anyhow.  My favorite aprons are very simple in style.  They must have pockets, though! I don't see much sense in making myself a frilly little number when it is going to be used and abused!  Before long, the waist will be discolored and stained, because I wipe my hands there.  I really should try to remember to grab a dish towel but by the time I think about that, it is too late.  Oh well.  All of my aprons are much loved and you can easily see they surely aren't for show!  

Remember all those peaches I picked, last week?  I got enough to make three cobblers, although, some of that will be blended into vanilla ice cream for a different treat one night.

I used a different recipe this time.  It turned out more a pie than a cobbler so I won't use that particular recipe least not for a cobbler.  I was surprised it turned out like this because I've used it for a blackberry cobbler and it worked just fine.  Maybe it was something about the filling.  It was still good but it just wasn't cobbler!  I have a very definite idea of what a cobbler should be and this wasn't it!  Picky, picky!

Just when I am getting used to it being 2019, Christmas is quickly approaching!  That means it is almost quilt making season. I always make quilts for my grandbabies as one of their Christmas gifts.  This year, I decided to also make quilts for my daughter and son-in-love.  Yes, I know!  I better get busy!  I also decided to use fabric I have on hand.  I am trying not to buy any fabric this time around.  At least for for the girls.  I will have to purchase a yard or two for my grandson because most of my fabric is definitely girly.  

This is the fabric for one of the girl's quilts.  I think I want a contrasting color but I don't know what.  Any ideas?  

So there you have it!  We didn't even leave the place, over the weekend, and that was just fine with me.

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sunday Morning Southern Gospel

**Scroll to the bottom to listen as you read**

I am weak but Thou art strong
Jesus keep me from all wrong
I'll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee

Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

When my feeble life is o'er
Time for me will be no more
Guide me gently, safely o'er
To Thy kingdom's shore, to Thy shore

Just a closer walk with Thee
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea
Daily walking close to Thee
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Thank you and blessed...

First, I need to thank those of you who have recently started following this blog.  Linda, Me and Cloth, and my good friend, Jana!  I am so glad to have y'all here!  And thanks to those of you who continue to hang around!

I've had a pleasant day and thought I would share it with y'all.  It started out with me getting to sleep until 9:00am!  Lately, I've been waking up somewhere around 4:00am then spending the next couple of hours laying, there tossing and turning, trying to fall back to sleep.  I'm not sure when this started happening, really.  I take a sleeping pill which should help me sleep for a good eight hours.  It has worked for the past five or six years, but suddenly, it stopped working.  I think the problem isn't necessarily the sleeping pill.  I've always taken a muscle relaxer and two benedryl, on top of the sleeping pill but decided to quit doing that because I detest taking pills.  I didn't quit taking the sleeping pill because I knew the insomnia, that has plagued me for most of my adult life, would kick in and that would be that.  No sleep at all.  There is nothing that makes me madder than not being able to sleep when everyone and everything around me is somewhere off in dream town and I'm wide awake!  Mad as a wet hen, I tell you!  So anyway...last night, my back was hurting a bit more than normal and all week allergies have kicked my butt, so I gave in and took all of the pills...'bout choked to death doing it, too...and guess what!?  Yep!  I slept for 10 hours and could have slept longer but I needed to get up and go to town for "Grandblessing essentials".  I guess, I will go back to taking all that medicine so I can get a decent night's sleep.

This was the view through my windshield this morning when I went to town.   I took the long way, to and from, to see what was happening.  Beautiful blue sky, green trees, and the temperature was a pleasant 78*.   Could have driven around all day but I wanted to get home and do some things around the yard.

With all the rain we had in May and the abundance of sunshine the last month, my one little peach tree was loaded down with delicious fruit.  I picked most of the peaches although they aren't quite ripe.  The ants were getting to them and even though I will have to cut a few bad spots out, I wanted to save what I could.  I picked this huge bowl full and there are still more on the tree.  I'd say I can get two or three peach cobblers from this batch and probably another two or three when I pick the rest.  I love me a good peach cobbler and the only way to make one is with fresh my opinion.  I have made them with store bought frozen and canned fruit but it just isn't the same.  Same goes for fresh veggies but since it is only the two of us and this soil around here is not good for anything but weeds, I don't grow a garden anymore.  I usually just buy canned vegetables from the grocery store and while they aren't great, they will fill a belly.

Recently, I found this brand and decided to try it.  I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised.  Not true southern seasoned but enough so that with a little help from my spice cabinet, they are pretty close.  I like them because the seasoning is all the way through the vegetable unlike most canned goods that are packaged in water with no seasoning.  When you cook those you have to add enough spices to choke a mule and still they taste bland because all those spices are just sitting in a pan of water.  And if you try to cook them longer, the food turns to mush.  Anyhow...these are pretty good for a store bought canned veggie.  I think I will live.  

Can anyone tell me what this plant is?  My daughter gave it to me for Mother's Day but it didn't have the little pick thingy so I don't know what it is or how to care for it.  I thought it was a Christmas cactus but I'm not convinced of that because of the blooms that were on it.  I'm having a devil of a time keeping this baby alive, I know that!

Well, as you can see, my day was very blessed.  Not by anything extravagant or out of the normal.  Just by a simple day, just being alive!  I hope you, too, had a blessed day.  No matter what the day has dealt us, we can always find a blessing somewhere!  Seek one out tomorrow, why don't you!

Grace & Peace,