Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A Heavenly Homecoming

My dear, sweet mother-in-law went to be with Jesus yesterday morning. She was at home, baking for her daughter's family, and passed away peacefully. She was 91. She had been battling health problems for some time, a result of old age, but she didn't give up. She still helped with the laundry and the cooking because she was never one to sit still for very long.

I was blessed to have known her for these past 37 years. She was a survivor. Out of nine siblings she was one of the last two still living. Now there is one. She lost a husband and two sons and still maintained her beautiful positive spirit and never lost her sense of humor. An avid hockey fan, the local hockey team called her "Team Mom" and gave her an autographed hockey jersey on her 90th birthday. She coordinated the fellowship suppers at her church for many years and looked forward to going to breakfast at the casinos where she lived. She had many friends, young and old, and kept up with countless nieces and nephews and more than a dozen grandchildren.

She always had a story to tell. The most recent one was about a "younger man in his 70's" who would sit by her in church and drive her to Walmart. She laughed at the thought of having an admirer at her age.

She called me last Friday night and left a message and ended it like she always did, "I love you".

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Happenings

It has been a busy summer. My daughter got married. My grandson celebrated his birthday (today) and turned six years old. School is starting next week already. Where did the summer go? My daughter and her husband went to New York on their honeymoon and had a great time. Here are a few photos of their trip. They took over 400 pictures. The highlight was seeing "Rocky" and meeting the stars afterwards (and getting pictures made):)

View from the hotel

Good seats!

I caught a glimpse  of my daughter and her husband
at the end of the show.

Visiting Ellis Island

9/11 Memorial
I went back to work 10 days ago. I needed the routine. Right away I got a sinus infection and went to the doctor today. I have been well for several months, so this head cold threw me for a loop. Hopefully, I will feel better this weekend to go school shopping with my daughters and go to a birthday luncheon for a close friend.
I am getting busy, once again, with my cottage business,"Hand-me-down Threads". Here are some repurposed T-shirts that I made into scarves. I know, you're probably thinking, "Wow, she sure likes fringe!" And you would be right. How retro is that! The two bags are completely no-sew and were made from a Carnival Cruise T-shirt an the black one has the image of Tony Stewart, for you Nascar fans. And T-shirt will do, but I look for certain images and I like tie dyed T-shirts. You can wear he scarves with a plain T-shirt, black or white, to dress it up. My granddaughters may like them. Oh, and I didn't pay more than $1.00-$1.50 per T-shirt at the thrift store. I am a waiting list for a local consignment store to display my dresses and other clothing. Here are some of my dresses displayed on a recycled shutter.

While I was home with a sinus infection this weekend I browsed on the TV and discovered three new movies that I had never seen. The first one was called "The Seventh Cross" with Spencer Tracy and a young Hume Cronyn and his wife, Jessica Tandy. Made in 1944 and taking place in Germany, it was a very entertainig movie. I also watched "Magnificent Obsession" another good movie with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson. Agnes Moorehead ( remember her in Bewitched) played in both movies. She was a really good actress. The third movie was "Love Actually" which had me laughing and crying at the same time. I can't believe that I had never seen this movie all the way through! I love Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman and Colin Firth and Emma Thompson, etc. Except for a few cheesy and adult scenes, the movie was a winner in my book. Loved the marriage proposal with Colin Firth.

No-sew T-Shirt bag, good for a sleepover

With remaining T-shirt, I cut them into strips and made
a braided necklace (hard to see here). I am going add something to it.

Tourist T-shirt from New Orleans
And if you made it to the end, here's a treat. "Edelweiss" was my mother's favorite song and I love this version by Andre Rieu, beautiful!

Monday, July 7, 2014

July Wedding

God blessed us with a beautiful day on Saturday for my daughter's wedding.
She was married to her 'best friend' in the gardens of
a historic home, a perfect setting for a summer wedding.

The house was built in 1819 and was the home
of a famed local poet and artist. My new son-in-law is a graphic artist
and my daughter and I like history, so it was the perfect match.

We chose simple table centerpieces.

The two brothers waiting for the wedding to begin.

The elegant dining room.
Here comes the bride!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


May was a busy month. My granddaughter, Mae-Mae, turned three. My grandson graduated from
Kindergarten. My two oldest granddaughters had dance recitals and finished up their ball season. They did great in both. My oldest daughter celebrated her birthday and we had a bridal shower for her. We decided on a burlap and lace theme (in case you couldn't tell);) Thank you, Pinterest, for the inspiration!

I made these little gift bags out of plain brown sacks
(3 for a $1.00) and added cup up lace doilies and twine for
the bow.

My five-minute wreath.

My daughter's friend had this old window at home and it
was perfect for a backdrop.

My daughter bought the burlap banner and stamped the hearts on the pendants.

My daughter wrapped Mason jars in burlap and lace and used simple
Baby's Breath for the arrangements.

I found matching plates and napkins at Hobby Lobby.
I love the napkins! One can do all sorts of crafts with these pretty
napkins. I know. I'm weird.

                                       I made a bouquet of flower pens for the bridal shower.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Nature Hike

After a week of freakesh storms and cleaning up storm debris I relished the beautiful weather that we have been blessed with these past couple of days. I wanted to get away for a few hours, so my daughter and I took the children on a nature hike nearby. It's a mile and half walk on top of a mountain.

Perfect spot to pose for a picture.

We counted at least nine turtles.

My 3-year old granddaughter explores the old homestead cabin.

A little chapel in the woods.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Portrait of a Lady

            In 1987 my husband and I and our two young daughters moved to a little town in Alabama after retiring from the military. The few landmarks along this stretch of highway south of the Tennessee state line were a cotton gin, the Methodist church, a tiny, brick post office, a couple of family-style restaurants, and a two-pump gas station with a vintage sign. The other landmark was a shabby old Victorian house situated on a corner lot that boasted the only traffic light in town. The two-story house seemed to be abandoned, but sat like an aging beauty on that little piece of land, waving a spell over the local inhabitants. There was something mysterious about this house and driving by after dark, when the street lights illuminated the fading beauty, there appeared a figure in the upstairs window. Did someone live there? Was that a face I saw? The face appeared again, not pressed against the window pane, but retreating in the background, as if not wanting to be noticed. I wondered about this shadowy figure. Was it my imagination playing tricks on me? Was she a real person? So when driving home at night I would glance up at the second floor, hoping to catch a glimpse of the lady in the window.

A few years later the house was moved and a modern gas station took over the corner lot. I missed the old house because it gave our little town some character. And I missed the mysterious lady in the window.

            A friend and I were on the visitation team and were visiting new members from our church one Sunday afternoon. One of our new members were a friendly and delightful older couple who lived in the country. We chatted and became acquainted as they showed us their lovely home, which was beautifully decorated with antiques. They invited us to sit in the living room and told us a little history about themselves. Sitting on an easel in the living room was a portrait of a lady who looked strangely familiar. In our conversation we found out that they had once owned an old Victorian house which was sold and moved to another property. I looked at the painting again. I smiled, because I knew where the story was going. This was the lady in the window I had seen so many years before. They had kept her in an upstairs bedroom facing the window and it was her shadow that was seen from the road.

            I couldn't believe that it was not my imagination after all. The lady in the window was real, even if she was in a portrait.
Similar portrait of a lady

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Storm Damage

This is the closest in 25 years that I've come to a tornado hit. An F-1 tornado tore up my neighborhood and wreaked havoc for several miles. Luckily no one was hurt or killed, although a few miles away in Tennessee ( I live very close to the state line) there were much more severe damage and fatalities. Trees can be replanted and fences repaired. Lives lost cannot be replaced. Very thankful! Pray for the people in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and other states that are recovering from another round of spring tornados.
On a positive note, I met one of my new neighbors, a 10-year old boy, Carlos. His mother said that he wanted to help with the clean-up on Tuesday. He wore his batman gloves and helped the tree cutters drag the tree limbs to the road. He was a big help. I gave him a little cash for his efforts. Mom said that they are from Arizona and were pretty scared when the storms came through. She and the three children took cover in the hallway when the 80-plus miles per hour winds came through.

The swing set, a few feet away, was untouched.