Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Thanksgiving Recap

Friends, I trust you had a blessed Thanksgiving.  Did you Gobble Till You Wobbled?  My family sure did!  As is our normal, my daughter and her little family came over, as did our son.  It is a lot smaller gathering than the ones of my youth, but I am thankful to have my two kids and the grands close enough to enjoy the holidays.  I'm sorry, I didn't get pictures of the food, table, or anyone with a giant turkey leg, but sometimes I'm just too lazy to grab the camera!  It was all very delicious, anyhow!

My daughter, who is not only a very talented hairstylist but also a great photographer, brought her camera and as is a tradition for us, we did family photos.  She hasn't sent them all to me but I will share what I have but first I have to share the only picture of someone stuffing their face!

This handsome little man was all over the giant chocolate chip cookie my granddaughter insisted on getting!  Hims so purty!  

Remember all that long blond hair he had in this picture?  His Mama cut it at the beginning of summer and he got even cuter if that was even possible!  Anyhow, that's my one "stuff your face" picture!

This is my favorite picture taken!  These three people are what makes my heart beat!  Those babies love their PawPaw and he is quite smitten with them, as well.  

This is my second favorite!  There aren't that many pictures of me and my Mister so when my daughter told us to stand together and smile, I did!  This man is the love of my life and I thank God for him...even if he is a grumpy old man!  Mentioning you see that patch of silver in my hair?  I've decided to let it go completely gray.  After all, I am 55!  Besides, I really like my silver streak!  I can't wait until it is all transitioned and the hair dye is a thing of the past.

So anyhow, I just wanted to get in here and post a little something.  We will have the grands all weekend so there will not be a free second for me!  

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Just a note...

Dear Friends,

Thank you for continuing to read Red Brick House!  I am grateful for each one of you.  I just wanted to wish you all a very blessed, Thanksgiving!  Gobble 'Til You Wobble!  and give all the thanks and glory to God!  See you next weekend!

Grace, Peace, and Love!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sure not ready for this!

This is what I woke up to yesterday!  Now y'all all know I do not like winter much less the weather that comes with it!  I am sure not ready for this!

While it is pretty for a minute, I am that person looking out the window and dreaming of Spring!  I am certainly glad I filled all the bird feeders and placed suet blocks out for all my feathered friends.  That is the only thing I like about this mess!  The birds visiting!  There are always so many!  During the Spring, and Summer, they don't come around much due to all the grass seeds and berries that grow wild.  I love watching them and it makes me smile and that is a huge plus.  I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.  Gray, cold days make me want to cry all day long.  It is a horrible disease along with all the other forms of depression.  Anyhow, I'm not ready for SNOW!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, November 11, 2018

I'm Back...

I'm back to Blog Land!  I am so happy to be here!  As I said in my last post, our little world was turned up on it's ear.  My niece and one year old great niece came to stay with us for awhile.  If you don't think that can upend your world, think again!  My niece is a very troubled young woman and found herself homeless with the one year old and pregnant with another baby.  We let her come here because of the baby and her being pregnant.  If it wasn't for that, and the stress it was causing my sister, we would not have allowed her to come.  I know that sounds harsh but if you only knew...  Never the less, she couldn't handle the rules and being out here in the country, so she left.  I can only pray for her and those babies.  It makes me just sick to think what might happen but she is with her step sister, so at least she isn't on the streets. 

So, now that life is back to normal around here, let me try and catch y'all up with what I've been up to.  Truly, not much but back in October, my granddaughter and I went camping for Fall break.  Of course, it was the coldest week of the month so I had to prepare and pack a whole lot more stuff that I would have if we had gone during early summer.  Here's some of the pictures...

We "roughed it" by using my teeny little tent rather than our travel trailer.  I can't back a trailer to save my life so if I want to go camping without my Mister, then it is with this tent. 

We are very colorful campers!  Knowing the temps were going to be cold, I took every extra blanket and comforter we had and my daughter sent more with my granddaughter!  We did not get cold that's for sure!

Now, we weren't without a few luxuries.  Inside that tent we had a small heater and a small fan.  Of course, we had lights and...

an electric coffee maker!  HeHeHe...I have to have my coffee and this is way easier than the old fashioned camp fire coffee.  So, the back of my SUV mad a perfect make shift kitchen.  All I had to do, at night, to keep the critters from looking for food, was to shut the tailgate.  No packing up a bunch of stuff only to get it back out the next morning.

We stayed at "Natural Falls State Park".  It is on the Oklahoma/Arkansas state line and it is gorgeous!  I have got to get my Mister to go camping there.  Lots of hiking trails and of course the waterfall area is so peaceful and pretty.

This is the base of the Falls.  This picture absolutely doesn't do it justice.  The water is clear and the natural vegetation is amazing! 

I couldn't decide which was more beautiful.  The Falls or this little wood nymph!  She loved being out in nature! 

After hiking back to camp, I got the fire pit ready while she enjoyed a book.  Yes it was a book on her tablet but at least she was reading!  I lit the fire and we roasted hotdogs, made smores, and enjoyed a beautiful evening.

The fire was wonderful and very relaxing.  It was very nice, indeed, because right before we turned in, the temps fell and got quite cold.  Thank goodness for all those blankets and that little heater!  We stayed toasty warm all night long!

The next day, we went to Har-Ber Village Museum, up in Grove, OK.  It is a pioneer village and is wonderful!  Very entertaining and educational for a little modern day kiddo.  We had a great time on our adventure and I suspect there will be many more Granny/Granddaughter camping times.

Our neighbor's trees are always so beautiful this time of year.  The one with the red leaves didn't turn as bright, this year, as in past years.  I don't know what causes that but I hope it is back to normal next Fall.

I've been doing a bit of baking this past week.  My daughter and her little family went to Texas for a visit with her oldest brother and his family, so I didn't have my little grandson to keep me company.  I don't know what to do with myself if he isn't here.  Funny how I am always ready for his Mama to come pick him up when she gets off work but how bad I miss him when he doesn't come.  Anyway, I did a little baking to pass the days.  This is a sour cream orange cranberry cake with orange glaze.  It was so good and perfectly moist.  It will definitely be on the dessert table for Thanksgiving! 

Welcome to the world's most mis-matched living room!  Nothing goes with another thing!  Back during the summer I had the southwest look going on but now that it is colder, I find myself wanting to be cozy and cabin-y in my decorating.  As you can see, the rug and the succulants in the window are the only thing left of the southwest stuff.  I don't know what I was thinking when I bought that rug!  Why on earth would I pick something with a definite pattern?  I change things too much to have something like that!  I will probably put it in the bedroom once we pull out the old carpet.  Our bedroom is more masculine and western, than any other room in the house.  For now, it will stay in the living room because the wood floors are so cold on my Mister's feet.  He freezes during winter, you know. 

That electric fireplace sure doesn't heat the room up much but it is sure nice to look at when you want to feel all cozy.  One day we will have a gas fireplace.  I would love to have a wood burning fireplace but since I am allergic to smoke, that isn't feasible.  This will do.

Thank you all for the sweet comments about me coming back to blog land.  I've missed it, for sure!

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, October 21, 2018

There is simply no sense...

Hey y'all.  I know it has been over a month, again, since I posted.  Our life has been turned upside down, lately.  While I have tons to write about, now, I have no time to do it.  So...I am taking a "break" from this blog.  I don't know when, or even if, I will return.  I will continue to visit y'alls blogs because they have become the only quiet place I have...or so it seems.  I love you all and thank you for reading my blog.

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, September 20, 2018

But Life!

I had every intention to come right back and make a post, after my last one.  Well, you know how life is.  Some stuff came up and I had to take care of it, immediately, then one thing led to another and here we are many days later!  Story of my life!  Ha!

Like I said before, I don't really have anything that will be all that interesting but I do have a few pictures I can share.

One weekend, my Mister went to see his Dad, for the weekend, and I got the bright idea to learn how to make tamales.  Can I just say I lost my ever-loving mind for just a minute!  Who would have thought these delicious little corn husk packets, with meat filling, would have been so time consuming to make.  Lord help me, it took all of two days!  Of course, I was making them by myself and clearly this is, obviously,  a multi-person job.  Way too much work for one person but I think it will be fun to make them, with my kids, for the holidays.

My birthday came and my daughter gave me this sweet little letter board.  Now, I love quotes, chalkboards, letterboards, etc, so you would think I would change this sign every day but I can't think of a better quote than this one.  It's very true!  LoL

Last month, I planted a couple of planter boxes with pumpkins, in hopes that we get a couple for the grands to decorate.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks after I planted them.  Now the vines are going crazy.  Filled that fence up and is now running across the back field!  Craziest things I've ever seen!

There are several baby pumpkins and a couple of them have gotten quite a bit larger than this little one.  Hopefully, with water and some love, we will have a decent harvest.  I love fresh pumpkin for breads and pies.  And oh those wonderful roasted pumpkin seeds!  That is my addiction!

The birds have blessed me with many flowers this year.  I love surprises, don't you?  I'm going to be putting out different food for the winter birds, soon.  Wonder what surprises I will find next Spring!?

My Mister and I went out for some much needed therapy, a couple of weeks ago.  You just can't get better than this.  It was quite windy, though, so we had to stay right around one cove and not go as far as we wanted.  This is the first time I had been in my "Yak" since early last summer.  It felt good!

It is getting to be that time of year when the sunsets are the most beautiful in Oklahoma.  Late summer, early fall, is ideal for taking pictures and just enjoying God's artwork!

Well, I told y'all I didn't have much to post about so if you are still here, thank you for stopping by!  And please do come again!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, September 6, 2018

It's winding down

I didn't mean to be away for so long but summer is winding down, my granddaughter is back in school, and life seems to be slowing down some.  I will be back to make a good long post, very soon...probably tomorrow if I don't forget!  

Grace & Peace,

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Cusp of 55 and Longing...

Do you ever wish we were still in the good old days?  It seems the older I get, the more I long for the days that my ancestor's lived in.  Oh, I know it wasn't as glamorous as the internet makes it seem.  I know it was a hard life but sometimes, I don't think that is a bad thing.  Families worked together, lived together, ate together and worshiped together.  It took everybody to make the family farm work.  Mom up before dawn, making biscuits from scratch.  Getting the morning breakfast ready before the children came running to the table.  Daddy out of bed, even before Mama, milking the cows and feeding to animals, before heading out to the fields.  The younger children doing chores before they headed off to the one room school house, and then again when they returned home.  Running through the woods, wading in the creek, or laying in the pasture, watching the clouds go by.  The older children heading out to the fields, to help Daddy, before Mama calls them all in for supper. 

Everyone gathering around the table, giving thanks to our Father, for the food before them, the people beside them, and the blessings around them. 

Everyone sitting on the porch, in summer, or in front of the fireplace, in winter, talking about the day, singing sweet little songs, and reading the Bible.  Then off to bed before the last little bit of light, fades into darkness.  Little ones tucked in with a kiss on the forehead and Mama telling Daddy, how blessed she is and how much she loves him...

Come Sunday, the entire family went to church...together.  Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins...all worshiping God.  You knew everybody in that church.  Why, today, I dare say you don't even know who is sitting in the same pew as you...providing there are still pews and not some fancy padded folding chair.  That is a sermon all on it's on...these new fangled church seats.  Most churches have thousands of people who attend them.  Even in my own church, I know all of four people, other than my Mister and granddaughter.   The only reason I know them is because they used to go to the same church we did.  They left about the time I was basically asked to leave.  Anyhow, that's a whole 'nuther matter. 

Back in the day, you knew you were going to church, as a family, no question about it.  After church,  you knew there would either be a potluck lunch on the grounds or your family was going to Grandma's house for Sunday Dinner.  That's just the way it was and everybody got along or Grandma would put her foot down and tell you just how it was.  In the land before everyone was offended about everything...Grandma ruled the roost and the family with a switch in one hand and a bag of love in the other.  And you didn't dare cross Grandma or she would sit down that bag of love and tan your hide with that switch.   LoL

Where did we go wrong?  Why are families not coming together, anymore?  Is there no such thing as neighbors, these days?

I will be 55 years old, in ten days.  Even though my days are spent babysitting the grands, reading, browsing the internet, and piddling around, I am bored, restless, and sometimes I even feel lonely.  Of course, my Mister comes home from work and we talk for all of five minutes.  It usually goes something like this. 

Me:  How was your day?
Mister:  Fine.  How was yours?
Me:  Oh, you know.
Mister:  How were the babies?
Me:  They were good.  Suppers almost ready.
Mister:  Ok

We eat.  I clean the kitchen, he heads outside to his shop.  I head back to the internet.  He comes in, takes a shower, and plops down on the couch to watch the mindless drivel that is television.  I take my bath and head back to the computer or some other something that passes the time.  Right before bed, I make his lunch for the next day, set the coffee maker, water the dogs, pet them, and tell them that I love them.  I go to my reading spot.  Mister goes to bed.  I do the same after a little while.  It's not that we don't enjoy being together or love each other.  We simply have a pretty consistent life.  There really isn't much to talk about because our days are pretty much the after day.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not complaining or having some sort of pity party.  I am extremely blessed.  Way more than I deserve and most of the time, I love our mundane lives.  But sometimes I feel something is missing...has been missing.

We live in a place where there is no community. 

My siblings live in another state, my children are busy with their own lives, and I feel like life is no  Does that even make sense? 

We live where people are constantly on the go.  No time to make friends or meet their neighbors.  Even the elderly are blowing and going.  Most days, I am the only human at home, in our neck of the woods.  Our neighbors are would think they would be home but not around here.  It's crazy and I don't like it.  I don't know...maybe my upbringing makes me feel this way.  We lived in small town, USA.  I went to school with every kid who lived in that town.  Our parents were friends, we were friends.  The entire town was "family".  Of course, I married and moved away so I lost some of that hometown feeling.  Then I divorced.  I suddenly became a single mother.  I had to get a fact I had to get several jobs.  I spent all my time working and raising my babies.  I thank God that I had a loving family who helped me out some.  Even during those days, I still had a support system who got together, who came running if I needed something...I had a community even if I was so busy working that I couldn't enjoy it! 

I remarried, and we moved to Oklahoma, for my Mister's job.  Everything changed.  We left all of our family and friends, behind.  We knew not a single soul here.  It was just the two of us and the kids.  We've been here going on 22 years and it is still just us, the kids and grandbabies.  Even the kids don't come around much.  Of course, our baby girl does, but it is her kiddos that I babysit and sometimes I wonder if it weren't for that, would she call or come by?  Would she be so busy with her job and life that she wouldn't realize how long it was between visits?  That is what happened with our son.  We see him, maybe...and that's a huge maybe...once a month.  He lives about two miles down the road, passes by on his way home every day but is so busy that he just doesn't have time to stop in, even for a minute.

I know this all sounds like I am pouting but I'm really not.  What got me started was an article, from a fellow Okie-blogger,  I read the other day.  You can read it here.  The Redneck Diva   Kristen sums it up pretty good.  We have to make an effort.  Unfortunately, when only one person is making the effort, families fall apart.  Community ceases to exist.  This is what I feel has happened. 

So then, this morning, I found that my friend, Teri from Homespun Cottage , has a second blog called, Table for 2.  Both are sweet blogs.  In her first post, she wrote about her kitchen table and it got me to thinking about how my own kitchen table has changed over the years.  That led me to writing this post.  I know, I know!  This post really has nothing to do with my kitchen table but humor me...that's just how my brain works.  I know you are probably think, "Man, she has watched way too many episodes of The Walton's, Little House On The Prairie, and Andy Griffith.  Well, I do love those shows but it goes much deeper than television.

So...on the cusp of turning another year older, my yearning for a simpler time is stronger than ever.

I so long for the good old days when family was everything, community was essential, and God was first in all of it.  

Grace & Peace,

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Princess Sparkles gets what Princess Sparkles wants...

As the title suggests, my granddaughter pretty much gets what she wants, when it comes to her PawPaw.  A little while ago, she mentioned that she wanted her own camper.  Mind you, she is only eight years old, but she thinks it would be fun to have one that she can call her own.  So, being the good PawPaw that my Mister is, he is building her one.  I thought I would share a few pictures of the progress.

I didn't get pictures of the trailer frame before he started so this is after he has pretty much got everything built.

Two large windows, one on each side, will allow for a cross breeze.  The rain gutters will help direct the rain away from the sides.  See the antennae on the end?  Yeah...she asked for and so she will have a tv, dvd player, and sound system...nothing less for our Princess Sparkles.

The door is solid but it can be fully opened and will have a screened canopy covering the entry.

The inside is very simple with wood like vinyl flooring, an A/C, and shelving for the sound system and storage.  I didn't get a picture of that but it is on the left above the fire extinguisher.  It will have a fold out cushion chair/bed, curtains, and a place for a few books and toys.  She hasn't nailed down decor, yet, but I think she is leaning towards tie-dye, peace signs, and beads.  Girl has her Granny's hippie-gypsy heart.

The front will have a cover over the A/C, that can be removed when in use and of course the frame will be painted and the fenders will be put back on.  I am in charge of painting it like she wants it.  So far, I have one coat of primer done with at least one more coat needed, before I start painting it like she wants it, and she wants it like this...

...sans the "cheesecake" wording.  See, I told you she has my hippie soul!  As I said, what Princess Sparkles wants, Princess Sparkles gets!

I can't wait until it is finished.  I know PawPaw will take it out on overnight camping trips and I can't wait to hear the talk around the campground!  LoL 

Stay tuned!

Grace & Peace,

Thursday, July 19, 2018

117* in the shade!

What can I say about the heat wave going on in Oklahoma, other than, "It's Freakin' HOT!".   107* in the shade with heat indices making it feel like 117*!  And...we still have August and September to get through.  It seems this time of year depletes everything in me.  I don't like Winter anymore than I like Summer so I'm not going to wish for that.  I would love to live someplace where I could get outside, year 'round.  I hate being stuck in the house, with the curtains closed and A/C working overtime.  Hate, Hate, HATE, it!  Oh well, that is my lot in life, I guess, because we're not moving anytime soon.

So, since we're not moving someplace where I don't have to be inside all the time, I made new curtains for my kitchen windows.  Don't mind the dirty dishes in the sink...or the dirty window.  Both are clean now!   I needed color and I think I achieved that with these bright and fun fabrics.    

I reversed the fabric on the set of double windows, on the other side of the kitchen.  I think it gives it a quirky little difference that I can switch up whenever I want a change.  I love them but honestly, I can't wait until I make some new curtains for the Fall and Winter!  Back to that nasty hate of  this hot weather!  LoL  Sorry but it's horrible!  I do love my new curtains, though.  I will use them a lot, I think.

I don't think I told y'all about selling our massive, 7ft. farmtable.  With no more foster kids and very seldom having our own kids and grands, over for a meal, it made no sense to keep that big ole table.  Besides my precious grandson kept walking into the corners and I was afraid he would really hurt himself.  So I sold the table and adopted a smaller table and chairs from my daughter.  It's a good size for me and the Mister and has a leaf that will be used when the kids come for holiday meals.  The thing is, it has six chairs and without the leaf, only four will fit around the table.  I have the other two here...

...which I am not crazy about but I have no where else to keep them.  The table and remaining four chairs are across from the double windows.  I'm thinking I might like to have a small, narrow, table there under the windows, with these two chairs, for the grands to sit at and color or do crafts.  My Mister might like to have a small table there, too.  He is always looking out those windows so if I put a table there, he could sit and drink his coffee while watching the deer or whatever is out there.  I don't know.  I'll have to play with it, for awhile.  

Can you see my hand through this fabric?  Looks like cheese cloth doesn't it.  Well, it isn't.  This is actually supposed to be a flour sack dishtowel.  I couldn't believe they sold this as a flour sack!  This is even after I washed it, in hopes that it would shrink and close the threads together.  MAD, is what I was because these things aren't cheap.  I won't be buying anymore, that's for sure.

I had to get out, this morning, so while I was running an errand, I decided to stop in at a local charity shop.  I am so glad I did!  I found all of these things and only spent $6.  I've wanted to make a sign like this but have never gotten around to doing it so when I saw this one for less than $2, I couldn't resist getting it.  I will take it apart and paint the frame.  I'm think a bright sunny yellow.  The stack of books are those adult coloring books.  Brand new they range in price from $5 - $19.  I got 8 books for 25¢ each!  They've never even been colored in!  My granddaughter will be over the moon when I show her the books!    The canister was also less than $2 and it is heavy ceramic.  It says "treats" on the front but the back is blank, so I think I will come up with a decal to put on that side.  I use my Cricut for so many things but I've not used it for something like this, yet.  I can't wait to show you what I come up with.

Well, I'm sure y'all are tired of me complaining about the heat!  If you happen to still stop by, thank you for doing so!  Stay cool and be sweet!

Grace & Peace,