Sunday, December 21, 2014

This is What CHRISTmas is All About

Merry Christmas from Granny's Square!  

Remember the Real reason we celebrate CHRISTmas!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I figured it was high time I got back in here and posted since it has been quite some time.  You know, sometimes life just gets in the way of blogging. That's whats happened, lately. The colder temps are coming in much faster than I would like.  I love Fall but sometimes, here in Oklahoma, it seems we skip right over it and barrel right on into winter. It hasn't been that cold yet but this coming weekend is suppose to bring a Blue Norther.  There is so much to do to get ready for it. With the exception of the animal shelter, we are prepared.  I will get to the animals this evening, and tomorrow, but for now the little things are done. 

All the oil lamp chimneys have been washed...

The wicks are trimmed.

 The plants have been brought in...

Even the hardy ones.

My handiwork basket is filled with one project or another.

Quilts and shawls are clean and ready, should we decide to sit on the porch, as we do some nights...

And an extra quilt lays on the foot of the bed, ready to be pulled up to our chins, should we need it.

Candles are stocked and ready...

To be burned on the window sills, to greet all who pass by.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

God, can we talk?

I found this on Mary's blog this morning.  I know so many people are having difficulty trusting that God has their best interest at heart so I thought I would share.


God, can we talk?

Me: God, can I ask You a question?
God: Sure.

Me: Promise You won't get mad.
God: I promise.

Me: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean? 

Me: Well, I woke up late.
God: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start.
God: Okay.

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.
God: Huummm 

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call.
God: All right.

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home ~ I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax. But it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of My Angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Me (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.
Me: (ashamed) 

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want you to catch what they had, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.
Me (embarrassed): Okay.

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Me (softly): I see God.

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.
Me: I'm sorry God. 

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust Me.... in all things , the good and the bad.
Me: I will trust You.

God: And don't doubt that My plan for your day is always better than your plan.
Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after My children.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Busy as bees

We have been busy as a little bees, since I last posted.  Of course there is always the day to day doings but we've replaced floors, painted walls, and started preparing for winter.  This time of year always seems to get a bit crazy around here.  

We had this ugly, nasty, carpet in the living room.  It was very pretty when we first installed it, several years ago, but with two inside fur-babies, a grandbaby, and a husband who makes a living being a oilfield rig dismantler (is that a word?), the carpet was in bad shape and needed to be replaced badly.  Hey, looky there!  There's my Mister "dismantling" our electronics in order to empty out the room.  He's really good at his job!  ;-D

That nasty carpet was replaced with laminate wood flooring!  I love it and it's so easy to care for and Lord knows, with my aches and pains, I need that!  You can't really tell but we also gave the walls a fresh coat of paint.  The floors made a world of difference in this small 13' x 15' room.

I am currently working on new curtains for those living room windows.  I have decided to go back with my all time favorite prim decorating.  There is just something very warm, cozy, and welcoming, about the style.  I like the shabby chic and cottage-y looks but, honestly, I don't think those decors are not meant for a country house where real, working, people live.  Very pretty but not very practical.  Anyways, that's just my humble opinion and if a person can make it work then good for them.

I've started preparations for the long, miserable, winter, that is sure to come.  I have begun to stockpile canned goods, toilet paper, candles, and lamp oil.  All the blankets and quilts will be washed and put in a handy place, to be pulled out and put on the beds, once the weather gets cold.  Soon the winter clothing will be unpacked and made ready but, by far, more important than all that, is my winter reading stockpile!  

I recently found the last three books of "The Mitford Series" so I plan to re-read the entire series.  I do love Jan Karon and of course I love her "small town atmosphere" books.  Cozy and warm for a long winter's read.

 There are books I've wanted to sink my teeth into for awhile now, and I finally bought them!  I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and Elisabeth Elliot.  Wisdom, practicality, and simplicity.  Can't wait to begin reading.  The Excellent Wife is another book I am looking forward to readying as well as the others in this pile.  

Naturally, I have plenty of yarn for crochet and lots of baking supplies!  I'm ready for days spent inside!

 I haven't only been working and stockpiling, I've managed to do a bit of crafting.  How do you like my Fall wreath?  I have a friend who sells these Deco-Mesh wreaths and they are so pretty, only problem is, she lives in West Texas and I live in North East Oklahoma...see the problem?  Shipping is too costly to have her send one so I decided I could make my own.  I love how bright it is and LARGE!  I like that you can see it from the road in front of our home.  Here's a close up!

 Of course I put a sunflower on it!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower to decorate with, not to mention, the literally scream FALL!!!  So what do you think?  Fall enough?

Aside from all the remodeling, stockpiling, and crafting, there is always animals to be tended, a husband to be loved, cleaning to be done, and a sweet little grand daughter to be spoiled.  With all this busy-ness, I've hardly had time to look up but I've managed to watch beautiful clouds pass by and gorgeous sunsets that I am certain, God made just for me.

Remember, Granny loves ya!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Simple prayers

Sometimes I feel as if I'm all prayed out.  I can't find anymore words.  Does this happen to you?  I was just reading Elisabeth Elliot's book, Keep A Quiet Heart, and came across this.
"Christians in the Orthodox Church use a prayer called the Jesus Prayer... the words are simple, but they cover everything we need to ask for ourselves and others;  Lord Jesus Christ, Son Of God, Have Mercy On Us... The Jesus Prayer was one my husband Add and I often used together when he was dying of cancer, when we seemed to have 'USED UP' all the other prayers..."

So many times, especially when I am praying for my family, I feel as if I have "used up" all the prayers.  I become discouraged and the feeling my prayers are inadequate.  During those times, I should remember, God already knows what we need.  He knows what our loved ones need. All we have to do is utter a simple prayer from the heart.  Whether it's a simple, "Lord have mercy on us" or maybe praying "The Lord's Prayer", if it comes from the heart, our simple little prayers will speak volumes to the Lord.  

Grace & Peace.
Granny Love You!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Remodeling the blog just a bit. 
 We are doing the same to our living room.  
I will have a good long post later!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Boy, did my family, and church family, get me!  Last weekend, I turned 51 years old, and as usual, it was just another day.  That does not bother me, at all.  I rather like it, to be honest.  I'm not one to need or want attention, and generally, would rather all the attention be saved for my family.  Never was I expecting a SURPRISE party!  The following weekend!  I've never even had a birthday party, never mind a surprise party, but my Mister thought it was time, apparently.  He put the idea into my daughter's mind and she handled it from there.  She contacted my church family and they all got it done.  It was a complete surprise and I was shocked that they all kept it so incredibly secret...that never happens...not that none of them can keep a secret, but because I have an UN-natural ability to see right through people.  LoL  Anyhow, I was very surprised, very grateful, and can I just say - the biggest surprise, to me, was that my Mister and daughter did it!  LoL... especially my Mister!  He is as low-keyed as I am!  I guess he still has a few tricks left up his sleeve!  

My beautiful birthday cake.  Notice the candles are a "4" and a "1"!  I love that my daughter still considers me that young...actually I think she probably couldn't find a "5", so she thought she'd get herself some bonus points with "41"!

Love the turquoise and red decorations.  Two of my favorite colors!  These folks are some of my church family.  Love them all!

My Birthday flowers!  Very pretty!  Very simple!  Just the way I like it!

My sweet family and the reason I live!  Yes, I am sticking my tongue out at my daughter!  We simply can't do a "normal" picture!  LoL  Very glad my son-in-law was in attendance.

The only thing that could have possibly made my party an even bigger surprise, would have been to have my other children and grand-blessings, there. 

Grace & Peace.
Remember, Granny loves you!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

(All Posters)

Sometimes I wonder what impression I am making on my children and grand-children.  Do they see me practicing what I preach?  I am not perfect and that leaves me praying that I have done my best.  God blessed me, today, through a conversation with my son.

Several of my friends, and family, have lost loved ones this week.  I was talking to my oldest son about those who have gone home, these past few days.  He is actually my step-son from a previous marriage.  He is 36 years old and his dad and I have been divorced for 23...24 years.  I bring this up because it is important in regards to what I have to say, otherwise I consider him my own.  Anyhow, he brought up how we don't really ever think about certain people until they pass and then all the memories come flooding back.  All the good times we have spent with them.   I agreed and stated that we should remember those we love before they go on. He whole-heartedly agreed but commented on how hard it is to get past the hurt and old grudges, sometimes.  How hard it is to let go of some things...

My answer was this. 

"I know but we have to get past them.  I've been hurt over and over again, but I know God expects me to forgive, so I do.  What begins as hate and anger usually turns into pity for the person who has hurt me, once I forgive them.  To go through life, hurting and dragging people through the muck, must be a horrible, miserable, existence.  I suppose I have been successful forgiving those who have hurt me because I can't think of one person, I hate... not one."

Here is why it is important for you to know he is my step-son...

He said,  "That's why I love you and why I call you Momma."

I answered, with tears in my eyes and a frog in my throat, "And I love being your Momma.".

I guess I am setting a pretty good example for my children and grand-children.  I want my legacy to be that I obeyed God,  loved my family more than my own breath, and never let hurt or anger dictate my life.

How about you?  What kind of impression are you making?

Friday, July 18, 2014

I am beginning to despise blogs these days.  So much pressure to "measure up".  I'm sure it is all unintentional but it seems everyone is showing off, now days.  Decorate this way, cook that way, do this, don't do that...  It's enough to make a person question everything they do!  Why must we try and be better than the others?  Who are these people who have picture perfect homes?  Does anybody even live in those houses?  Really???  Where is the dust and the clutter?  Where are the greasy hand prints, on the light switches, after a husband has spent all day working on a broken down car?  I know there are kid-stained carpets, everywhere, and not everyone cleans the kitchen, every night!  Everywhere you look people are bragging about this or that.  Come on!!!  We do not live in a perfect world!  Nobody can be as perfect as we are trying to portray, on our blogs! I'm as guilty as the next blogger.  I have gotten so overwhelmed with blogs like this.  I say...
 I only have a handful of blogs I read on a daily basis.  Those are listed on the right side of this page. I like blogs about every day life.  Simple blogs.  Blogs that share the every day life of every day people.  Blogs about the ups and downs of daily living!  Some of my favorite blogs have nothing to do with fact, the ones I read most, are about people, who often have old, beat up furniture, peeling paint, and flower beds that are filled with weeds!  They don't cook gourmet meals...just  happy with what the Lord has provided.  Many times the pictures that appeal to me have little dirty faced children running around a yard that is filled with toys and no landscaping!  Just the dirt and grass God put there.  People who are living the simple life are the ones I want to visit.  

Just keeping it REAL!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

As you probably know, I keep my grand-daughter, while her parents work.  I am always looking for healthy, tasty, and fun snacks, for her.  As I reached into the pantry to get the graham crackers, I thought back to the snacks my Mama made for my siblings and I.  There weren't all these pre-fabbed, as I call them, snacks that are available now days.  If you went to the grocery store, the choices were pretty limited and usually there was no money to buy them anyhow.  I remember lots of saltine crackers in our home.  Those were, very often, snacks for us kids.  Mama put peanut butter on them or even just a bit of real butter.  We didn't complain.  We ate them like they were candy.  My daddy loved crackers and mustard and we all loved that, as well!  I still eat crackers and mustard!  Sometimes, if it happened to be grocery shopping day, Mama would get some Honey-Maid Graham Crackers for us.  Of course, she put peanut butter on them and we thought that was pretty special, since Graham Crackers didn't happen very often.  If it had been a very good payday, for Daddy, he would buy a package of Chips-Ahoy Chocolate Chip Cookies and we really thought we were in high cotton!  Peanut butter was a staple in our home.  Mama would mix it with either honey or Caro syrup for sandwiches and I remember her homemade peanut butter cookies!  Oh my goodness, I loved those cookies!  That is still my favorite cookie and I will go for a peanut butter cookie before I do the most decadent dessert made.  We also got lots of homemade oatmeal cookies...sometimes with raisins, but mostly not.  Raisins didn't make the necessity list, most of the time.  And homemade cakes... we always had a cake when Daddy came home.  He was an over-the-road truckdriver, who was always gone...always.  So when he got to come home, we had meals and desserts that we never got when he wasn't.  Not because Mama didn't cook or bake while he was gone but because it was a special day to have Daddy home...that and there just wasn't enough money to eat like that every day.  Mama could stretch food further than anyone I know, but that will be another post.  Another yummy snack we had a lot of was plain butter and bread...sometimes with a bit of syrup or honey.  We all loved that!  Simple stuff and most people now days would think it is crazy to eat something like that.  Well, I think we have all become a bunch of spoiled brats, with too much junk readily available, and our health is definitely showing that to be true...mine included.  Maybe we need to get back to the place where the only things we have to snack on, are those simple ones that Mama came up with...and we were none the wiser!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I don't know about you but I am the type of person who can't simply work on one project at a time. this is evident by a ball of yarn, crochet hook, and crochet project, in various stages of progress, in every room in the house.

There is the beginnings of a scarflette, on my desk.  Pardon the dust.

I couldn't enjoy time with my husband, without a project beside my easy chair, in the living room.  This is a Mandala Vest I am making to sell.  It is too big to work on unless I am sitting.

Who has a crochet project in the kitchen?  I do!  My Mister and I will have an "End of Summer" yard/craft sale, in September and I hope to have all of these projects and much more to sell for Christmas money.  If not, guess what everyone will be getting for gifts!  HeHeHe!

I guess the only room I don't have a project, in progress, is the bathroom... that would just be weird.

I am linking up with Frontier Dreams', KCCO.  Go visit and check out what others are sharing, today!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Where the REAL "people" are...

Over the weekend, I was out among quite a few people and had a scathing blog post all written up in my head -- then I came home...

I was greeted by jumping, tail wagging, loud meows, braying, bleating, cackling, puppy kisses, chirping, and dancing.  I forgot all about those two legged "animals", I had come in contact with. I quickly realized, I am blessed to live with the  
best "humans" - my fur and feather babies

I am very blessed to have spent the weekend with Princess Sparkles, too.  She will make you understand the really important stuff in life!

Coloring, cartoons, laughing, reading, and dancing! 

It is very clear, to me, where the REAL, GOOD, KIND, and LOVING,  "people" are.  They share this tiny little square, in a great big world, with me and my Mister.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Gratitude Sunday

G r a t i t u d e  *  S u n d a y

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitude's.}
This week, I am grateful to God for...
* Rain * Quiet days * Cool nights *  

* Chickens that lay beautiful fresh eggs *

* Sunday morning breakfast with my Mister and Grand-Blessing *


* Precious little Hummingbirds at the feeders *
* Green grass *

"Gratitude Sunday is a time to slow down and remember those thankful moments that graced our week"  

I am joining Taryn, at Wooly Moss Roots, for Gratitude Sunday.  Please click the link below for more wonderful folks sharing their weekly gratitudes.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

I can't believe how time gets away from me.  And I sure can't believe it is almost June!  Time to start planning Christmas gifts, already!  Geez!  

We finally got a much needed rain, last weekend.  I think we ended up with around four inches, here on our place.  I am sure praising God for that!   On the last day, the Lord bless us with a beautiful rainbow, right over our house.  Actually, it was a double but the second arch is hard to see in this picture but if you look closely, you can barely make it out.  The colors were so beautiful!  I wish I could have gotten the whole thing but it was so close!  Magnificent!

Before this wonderful rain, our grass was already starting to turn brown and it hasn't been that hot, yet.  Here in Okieland we are still considered to be in a drought.  Going on four years!  Crazy!  One report stated that it was drier than it was during the Dust Bowl.  At least, for now, I don't have to water every night, like I was before the rain!

Oh!  Guess who came home!  

MELVIN!!!  He went missing about two months ago and we figured a coyote got him.  We were so sad because he is such a pretty boy and such a baby!  Day before yesterday, when I was feeding Fiona and the kittens, I heard a big boy meow and stopped and looked at Fiona but of course that little girl was making that noise.  I walked back outside and there he was!  Surprised???  You bet, I was.  And HAPPY!  Apparently, he wandered off and someone around here took him in because he has been taken care of.  I suspect, since he is and outside cat, they had him inside and he finally escaped and came home.  As soon as I get into town he will get a nice little tag with our phone number on it.  Silly cat never leaves the yard.  I bet he followed the dog down to the creek and got separated from him.

So glad he is back home and being his usual whiny self.  Sure wish the girl kitties would come home, as well.


Of course there has been lots of grand-daughter time!  I don't know what we are going to do when she starts school.  I'm still trying to talk my daughter into waiting one more year before putting her in school.  She is only four, for pete's sake!  Naturally, I believe children should be allowed to be children before the demands of school is forced.  I'm all for a good education but not as early as society thinks it should begin.  Anyhow, that's a whole other sermon and I'm not going there tonight!

Finally got the succulents in pots.  They stayed in those dinky little plastic containers for a couple of weeks.  Don't you just love the little bucket with the flower?  My son and his fiance gave it to me for Mother's Day.  I think it is so cute.  They also gave me a little birdhouse that is a retro camper.  I love it but keep forgetting to get a pic of it.
My Asiatic Lilies are blooming.  They are beautiful but they won't last long.  They only bloom once a year and then they are just tall green plants.  I call them, my "Cousin It" plants!  Lots of long leaves!

I've been making Sunbonnets and Pixie hats.  Good thing, too!  We took the grand-daughter out on the pontoon, today, and this little bonnet came in handy.  I'm trying to decide if I want to make these bonnets to sell.  I will probably make a few and when we have our yard sale, I will see how they do.  I think that's what I'm going to do with a lot of my crafty stuff, actually.  Who knows, maybe one day I can open a booth at the craft mall...maybe.

Grace & Peace.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

I don't know how it is that I am always so busy and yet never have anything to post about!  The past two weeks have been spent entertaining the Princess and putting in a new rose garden.  That one little garden, with only three rose bushes and a lilac bush, took me forever, because of my limited mobility, but it is done and I can't wait for God to bless me with many blooms.  The other side of the porch is next but I have to wait for my aches and pains to subside so I can do it all over again.  I will post pictures when I remember to take some.

Fiona and Samantha, both, had their babies.  They both had four each.  Fiona's are solid black with a little white spot on their chest, while Samantha's are all solid black, with the exception of one.  That little sweetie is solid white with gray ears and feet.  Don't have a clue how that happened!  The only cats around here are black as pitch.  Looks to me like somebody with out and about one night.   We love our barn cats and always look forward to Spring when babies are born.

I've had to put the cone of shame on LuLuBelle.  She has horrible skin allergies and she chews until she bleeds.  Poor baby!  Now her tail is raw.  I made up some  homemade antiseptic spray and am doing everything I can to keep her from chewing on it.  Benedryl doesn't seem to help.  I'm probably going to have to take her to the vet, again, and that is expensive, but she's my buddy and I'll do what I have to.

I haven't been doing anything crafty, lately.  I guess I am saving that for later in the season, when it gets too hot outside.  I am trying to gather supplies so I can catch up on several years worth of scrapbooking.  I have tons of pics that need to be edited and printed before I can do that, though.  I have had this on my "To Do" list for a long time and I am going to actually make myself do it.  I used to love scrapping but it just isn't that much fun when you do it alone.  I love to sit, and visit, over a glass of sweet tea, while working on scrapbooks.  Nobody does that anymore, I guess.  

We are getting ready to pull out the stinky carpet in the living room.  I hate carpet.  Especially when there are inside animals and children.  Oh!  Wait!  I didn't mean we have inside children and outside children!  Just children in general!  So, we are going to pull out the carpet and go back with the laminate flooring.  I will probably have to hire someone to come mop the floors for me but that is better than that old stinky carpet.  I can't wait!