Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Mom

Today is an extra-special day...it's my mother's birthday!!

Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday to You.
Happy Birthday to my Momma.
Happy Birthday to You!!

I love her...a bunch, and I wish we lived near each other.
We'd be going to Red Lobster for a birthday lunch today if we did, and she'd be ordering Stuffed Flounder! Then we'd go out for some custard ice cream, and afterwards home for a game of Scrabble.
That's what we'd do if we lived near each other!
But we don't. I'll give her a call sometime today...and wish her the best birthday ever!  And I'll thank God for giving me such a great mom.  And I'll miss her...a bunch!

This is my Mom with her grandson Mike, and his godson Brayden.
Brayden is my Mom's newest great grandchild...number 14!
Mike is one of her 14 grandchildren!
I'm the only one of her children who "left home" so she still has a lot of family nearby...and she loves that!

I hope you have an excellent day Mom!
I hope it's just as special as you!!

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Thank you to Brayden's mommy for this photo!
I "borrowed" it from her Facebook page.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bloomin' Backyard and a Recipe

We have a lot of Day Lilies in our yard, and when they're in bloom they are everywhere. But there's always room for more....I'd love to get some purple ones!

"Strawberry Candy"

"Wild Orange"

"Common Tawny"

But they Daylilies aren't the only things blooming. There are pops of colors scattered here and there...including some beautiful shades of green.  I love when the green is vivid and bright...it (almost) makes a hot day feel a little bit cooler! 

"Yarrow" and "Peppermint"



"Black-Eyed Susan"

Besides the flowers that are in bloom...we also have a little bit of lettuce, a couple tomato plants, and a big pot of this.....

"Swiss Chard"

I found a recipe (on Pinterest of course!) for "Spicy "Swiss Chard Chips".  They sound yummy and easy and I have all the ingredients.  They are definitely going on my "to-do" list  this week!
Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Look at Little Lulu









All photos taken by Katie...and 
borrowed from her Instagram!
Thanks Katie!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


The Lavender is blooming in my garden.  
I picked several stems of it so I could enjoy it inside.  
I like them just laying on this pretty cloth...but they ended 
up in an old glass bottle.

You can find lots of lavender themed things on blogs.
Many of them are free!
I found a nice assortment of printables on The Graphics Fairy.
You can find a link below each photo.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Penelope and Fletcher

Well, it's been a month and a day since they moved from here to there!  I miss them...a bunch!
It's crazy. I get teary whenever I look at pictures of them and I actually ache inside.
I just really want to hug them.

Thankfully, Jacqi has been good about sharing photos.
Here's a peek at them on their Paw-Paw's motorcycle.

This guy is settling in really well.  Jacqi said he's definitely a country boy.
Look at that face...I love the picture in the upper right corner!  
Doesn't he have the best little teeth!!

This sweet girl is having a little harder time.  
She gets bored...they're looking for a church, and some summer activities for her. She just needs to be involved in some fun things, and she needs to meet some new friends.  You know, I miss them all, but I really think I miss her the most!! Sweet girl!

 I'm really looking forward to when they settle into a place of their own so I can go and visit!  
But in the meantime...I need to figure out Facetime!

P.S. I miss their mom and dad too!!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Thrift Store Treasures

$24.00 well spent!!

Thursdays are 25% off at my favorite thrift store. I don't often go on Thursdays because by the time I get there it's all pretty picked over.  But last Thursday I hit the jack-pot!
Look at all these goodies I got!!

The best deal of the night goes to this Catherine Holm fondue set. It's in excellent condition!  
These pieces sell for ridiculous prices on Etsy and Ebay.

I see these tackle boxes and just can't resist..when they're a good price!  $1.50 (after the 25% discount) WAS a good price. I'll be storing my glue gun and glue sticks in here.

I'm going to re-purpose this musical jewelry box for Charlotte. 
She just got her ears pierced and she'll need somewhere to store all her earrings someday.

Bright and cheery serving trays...too cute to pass up. Especially when they were 25% off!

Children's books are always one of my favorite things to look at. 
On Thursday all pictures books are only 75 cents!  These two are like new!

This Snap Circuit kit was going to be for Elijah, but he already has this particular 
set...so does Penelope.  It's like brand new and it was only $2.00!

This Christmas plate is for me...it's going to look wonderful in my dining room hutch come December.  The pattern is Merry Christmas by Johnson Bros...it was $3.00!

Aren't these vintage platters awesome! I love the crazing and stains on 
them...it just adds to the beauty of the piece!  
The three platters together cost $11.00...they range in size from 10 inches to 15 inches.


I keep telling Bill that all this is an investment...some day 
I'll make money off these things!
These pieces will eventually be listed on Etsy. 
Once Upon A Time I WILL open an Etsy shop!

It's such fun to find things for "the littles"!  This time Elijah will get the books, 
and the circuit board kit will go to Charlotte in a year or so.

Cathe Holden created some amazing stenciled platters.
I'd love to give that a try!  
If these turn out they might end up in that (someday) Etsy shop!  
Or at least at a "craft show"!
You can see Cathe's here, here, and here.

Only two more days until Thursday!!!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hello June...

A book, a shady nook, and 
twinkle lights in the garden sounds lovely!

"Far up in the deep blue sky,
Great white clouds are floating by;
All the world is dressed in green;
Many happy birds are seen,
Roses bright and sunshine clear
Show that lovely June is here."
F.G. Sanders