Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Good Morning dear blogging friends! We are visiting our daughter and her husband and are enjoying learning to know our new little granddaughter. Due to technical issues with my internet connection, I am limited in posting and/or responding to my emails. I now realize how much I depend on, and enjoy, the daily communication with all of you. I miss visiting your blogs, I miss reading your emails, and I miss sharing new posts with you. Looking forward to soon "reconnecting" with each of you.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Perfect # 7

She is HERE!

Born in the wee hours of the morning on September 25th, our
newest little granddaughter made her appearance...
(and off we went to love on her!).

8lbs. 4oz and 21 inches of pure perfection.

I think she is just the cutest little thing,
but then again, I am her "Mamaw" and may tend to be a bit prejudice.
But still...wouldn't you agree?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Yesterday, in the few spare moments allotted to me, I pulled a few of my Fall decorations out of the closet. As you know, it makes me happy to do that. Love this time of the year!

The reasons my time for decorating was at a minimum was because of the two little visitors that I had for the day. We had so much fun together, but they continue to amaze me at the speed of which they now can travel. Observing twins is quite interesting to me, especially identical twins. They appeared to be the best of friends until they had to share their puffed grains snacks from the same container. Then...their "best friends" time ended:)
The smiles they share freely added joy to my day.

Now, the two of us want to share an exciting secret with you all...

Our long awaited precious little granddaughter and cousin arrived safe and sound real early this morning. We are all so thankful and so excited!
A precious little gift from heaven.

Friday, September 24, 2010

I discovered a blog recently with the title "Loving Pretty Things" with the blog address of "". I liked the title she chose and I liked all the pretty things that she shared. Sometimes, it is just refreshing and inspiring for me to see the pretty things and events that bloggers have to share.
Speaking of youngest sister hosted this porch party for my daughter and her friends, as a birthday celebration. It was good for her to have this quiet, fun, and special evening with her friends, being served a meal. With six children and a husband living at her home, it is a rare occurence for her to be served and not have to do dishes.

As always, my sister gave attention to details, and served a delicious light dinner. The roses from Costco looked so nice in the simple, reused jars.

Three of her good friends and our daughter spent the evening together, laughing, sharing, and relaxing together on this rare, enjoyable evening on the porch. I think it was a kind gesture on my sister's part, to provide this privilege for a group of young, busy mothers. It fits the category of extraordinary touches for an ordinary day.
Hope you liked seeing her pink tablescape. My wish for you, is that you discover some "pretty things" as you carry out your normal responsibilities of everyday life, this weekend.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

One of my favorite aspects of the Fall season is the abundance of apples. I've mentioned before on this blog, that anything with apples and walnuts will comprise the dessert of my choice. You see now why the apple season has it's appeal for me.

Apples...burgundy, red, yellow and the green of the Granny Smith represent Autumn and the fun of creating many different recipes.

Here is a delicious one that I am sure you will enjoy. I add chopped walnuts on top of it all before baking. It is so good served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I would have baked it to photograph it, but I only do that on special occasions when I know I can share it with others. It just does not work for my husband and I to sit and devour the entire pan:) If you stop over...I will make it and we can share.

I simply had to share this picture that I found in a past issue of "Southern Lady" magazine. It is okay to dream...right?

Another quick and good tasting recipe for apples is the "apple dipper" recipe;
Blend equal parts of peanut butter and caramel sundae topping. Dip apple wedges in the mixture. Then sprinkle with chopped peanuts.

I find life presents me many opportunities to "go out on a limb". What about you?
Wishing you moments to enjoy the fruits of this beautiful season.

~thanks to my uncle for the first two apple pictures and to our friend Rick for capturing the squirrel picture on the top right of the blog.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Nothing says "You matter to me" more than the act of investing time with the people we care about." ~ Debbie Macomber

Ten Rules for Happier Living

1. Give something away-no strings attached.

2. Do a kindness-and forget it.

3.Spend a few minutes with the aged-their experience is priceless guidance.

4.Look intently into the face of a baby-and marvel.

5.Laugh often-it's life's lubricant.

6.Give thanks-a thousand times a day is not enough.

7.Pray-or you will lose the way.

8.Work-with vim and vigor.

9.Plan as though you'll live forever-because you will.

10.Live as though you'll die tomorrow-because you will, on some tomorrow.

~author unknown. I read this in Debbie Macomber's book, "One Simple Act".
Just waiting for her daughter's birth and one for her little cousin's birth...waiting is hard to do. Look at the little one with her aunt's purse over her shoulder:).

Monday, September 20, 2010

It is good to be back after a four day break. We spent a wonderful time of rest and relaxation with my mom, siblings and their spouses. We were enjoying time spent in the mountains together. Fall was beginning to show it's beautiful colors along with other signs of the upcoming season.
Recently my granddaughter and I discovered this sign as we were driving on some country roads near her home.
Of course we wanted to explore what was up the long winding driveway. Should I say I wanted to explore, but we both were happy with what we found.

All the necessary items for decorating for the newly arriving season, if you choose to do that. I was never big on outside decorating although I appreciate those who do.
I thought it a bit steep to see what they charged for corn stalks:) Overall though, the prices were quite reasonable.

I pictured the cornstalks tied to the lampposts in the neighborhood.

What fun it was for her to sit in the big old wooden wagon filled with pumpkins.

Many shades and hues of pumpkins.

Inside the barn were many different displays of pumpkins, guords, hay, corn stalks, and flowering mums.

I found it interesting to read all the labels.

Quite appropriately these little numbers were called Turk's Turbans. Did you know that?

She liked sitting on the hay bales...

...and throwing hay into the air without anyone telling her not to.

The young mother who ran this operation certainly had an artistic bent. The displays were so creatively done. I was impressed with the huge variety of pumpkins and ghords that they had grown.

The biggest pumpkins were displayed in front of the barn doors. I was thankful that I had discovered the decorated sign at the end of the driveway.

As we drove down the driveway of this country farm, I could not help noticing beauty everywhere I looked, including...

...this peaceful scene we discovered across the street from the pumpkin sign. We spent a few minutes sitting and watching the creek.
It is good to back in blogland. I look forward to catching up on my blog visits when time permits.
I want to thank my daughter for helping me to update my blog decor. I sure do appreciate her computer expertise.
I also want to tell you that we are eagerly looking forward to the birth of our next little granddaughter. She will be the first for our middle daughter and her husband.
Thank you for your visits, your comments, and your friendship. It means so much to me.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Good morning blogging friends!
So thankful for the rain we had last night. We needed it and it came from heaven.

I am taking a short blogging break. Just like we needed rain, I need a break. I am tired. But, I can assure you I am not this tired...

...Wednesday night dinner, smack dab in the middle of eating his ice cream sandwich, on top of his spoon, he fell asleep. We could not believe it! We think he inherited this characteristic from me. That is why I am taking a short break.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It was a cool, overcast Sunday evening with intermittent showers, but despite that we met together as a group of friends for dinner on the porch.

One couple opened up their home and one couple prepared the dinner. Their joint effort produced a special, memorable evening. Here is a new dish to me. Salmon wrapped in cucumber strips...delicious!

Our friend's southern hospitality from the past was evident in every aspect of the evening.
That along with the best tasting food and the Fall tablescape created an evening we will not forget. I like how the hostess placed the candles and napkins on a mirror. The flowers were from the farm down the road from where they lived.

Faux acorns with our names beautifully written were the placecards. They were placed sitting on small wooden plates and a pumpkin votive. What a perfect addition to the table.

China cups with hot cider seemed like a good way to take the chill out of the
cool air.

That along with the pumpkin cheesecake roll that we were served for dessert, convinced us all that Fall was almost upon us.

The conversations took many different turns during the evening. With the darkness setting in, the candles were lit, and a time of story telling began. The host said it was a practice in their home to do an around the table story telling session. His wife started a story, stopped after a few sentences, leaving the next person to pick up and continue on with the made up story. I found this was not as easy for me as it was for others around the table, but it was a fun way to end our time together.

I want to thank my sister for taking these pictures throughout the evening. Her photography skills made possible the privilege of sharing this wonderful evening.

Monday, September 13, 2010

One of my favorite Saturday evening memories...two little girls came for an overnight visit. It was a perfect Indian Summer evening. e spe We spent it in our backyard and then by the fence by the cul-de-sac down the street.

In carefree fashion, they ran through the grass never noticing for a moment how dry the grass was, and how much we needed rain.

I sat on the grass watching them happily running, laughing and stopping to pick "flowers" aka weeds, just for me. I loved the moments this time presented for me.

Walking down the street to the cul-de-sac, they excitedly climbed the fence. I told them we were going to watch the amazing sunset take place. They wanted to watch even though they did not understand what they were looking for. Enthusiasm abounds for little ones. I love watching it on their faces.

They stared at the neighboring farm, waiting and watching for the sunset to appear. It reminded me of myself sometimes in life, I wait and watch for something to happen, not really sure of what I am expecting.

Then it appeared, in all of it's magnificent beauty. We stayed for a while and watched it unfold.
I was reminded again, of just how fast the moments of these little one's lives are passing and how quickly they are growing up.
"It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher. Then suddenly they disappear."
~Dorothy Evslin

Friday, September 10, 2010

September 11th...a date that forever will remain in our mind and hearts. I am sure most of you will remember where you were, and what you were doing on that fateful day in our country's history. If you lost a family member or a good friend through this tragedy, I am sure your memories are more painful.

Recently, I had the privilege of visiting with a friend from my church. We have attended the same church for thirty-some years, and during the last ten years her and her husband sit in the bench in front of us each Sunday. Just in case you are wondering, we do not have assigned seating, it is just one of those things that happen out of habit. Her warm, caring smile has blessed many of my Sunday mornings, but little did I know the part of her life I learned about in my visit to her home.

Upon arriving, her gracious hospitality was evident. She led me to her lower level where I walked into her craft room. The red, white and blue tablescape was beautiful, with cups of coffee, a plate of cookies and fruit to match the decor. The aroma of baked apples filled the room from the burning candle sitting on the wood stove. I immediately felt at home.

Her craft room reminded me of those I see in my "Where Women Create" magazines. Wouldn't you agree? Her husband made her the table in the middle of the room. Here is where my very talented friend spends many of her days creating. The first organization she creates for is...Quilts of Valour. Their mission is to make quilts for men and women in the military, that were touched by war. Those critically injured in some way through service to our country. Her own dear son served in the military in Iraq so her heart is definitely in her mission.

Her organizational touches were everywhere in the room. I never saw so much fabric and thread in one place. I liked this thread display with it's many vibrant colors. But, even more than the thread display, were the quilts I was about to see.

Here is the first step she takes when starting out to make a quilt. She concieves and pieces the pallatte of fabric. Here is the pallette she will use for her next quilt. I was amazed at how the colors coordinated so perfectly.

Here is a top of a quilt that she created. Her role is a topper. She puts together the tops of the quilts and then sends the quilt to another part of the country to a long armer. That person has a long arm machine and they do the stitching with that machine and then mail it back to her. At that time she finishes the quilt, binds it, labels it and puts it into a presentation case. The presentation cases she make looks like a pillow case. She makes it in colors that fit with the quilt it contains. At this point it is ready to be presented or to be shipped depending on where it is going. Can you imagine how blessed the recipient would be. She told me that the quilts go to field hospitals in Iraq, to Germany, to Brooks Army Center in Texas, to firemen in NYC and many other places around the world.

This is a "Missing Star" quilt. You can see the empty spaces on the quilt representing the missing. The workmanship on each quilt was amazing! I was speechless. The time, expertise, energy and artistic skill that goes into each and every quilt represented a true act of love.

Even the undersides of each quilt were perfectly done. This star underside with the white stitching was interesting, how the white stars tied in with the yellow stars. What works of art.

I liked how this underside stitching expressed "thank you" to the recipient. How does one really go about thanking those who gave their lives to preserve and protect our freedom?

This quilt was one of my favorites.

The perfectly done stitching shows that it will go to someone in the Marines. I wish you could see this quilt in real life. What a masterpiece!

And, then if that isn't enough of a labor of love in creating quilts of valour, my friend also is actively involved in quilting for "Project Linus". It is an organization thats mission is provide security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of handmade blankets or afghans created by volunteer blanketeers. This organization has completed and handed out over 3 million blankets since it was started. It has 367 chapters. Here is one of the quilts that my friend made for children.

She has strips of fabric cut to help finish another quilt.

You can see where the strips of fabric will go on this quilt. This beautiful soft pastel quilt touched my heart as I stood there examining it, and realizing that some precious little one's life would be blessed by this labor of love. Truly...a labor of love from my friend and all those men and women who make these blankets. She said some policeman carry them in their cars if they come upon an accident scene involving seriously injured little ones.

I spent some hours with this friend and came away with a true appreciation for the "gift of time" that people like her give. Does she receive thank you notes? Sometimes. She shared one from the wife of a seriously injured military man and it brought tears to my eyes. There just are not words to adequately express what I felt as I walked through her upstairs hallway to the front door.
God's love shown through her spirit as I observed her giving of her time and talents without accolades and recognition.

Her country and her freedoms gave her the privilege and the mission to do what she does, quietly, skillfully, and without fanfare, she creates. What a lady! How blessed I was by the visit.

The two websites for these organizations are; and

May we never forget or take for granted the freedoms that we in this country hold dear. God bless America!


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