Monday, October 31, 2016


I couldn't resist

posting this again

for Halloween.

This is SweetCheeks

at two years old.

She is 9 now.

She will not appreciate 

seeing this at her age..


Here she is holding


she picked out.

Here she is about 

15 seconds later.
(look at the knees of her tights)

Let the crying begin...

Poor SweetCheeks.

I love that we have a

moment like this forever

frozen in time.

Someday she will show this

to her own granddaughter

and smile a sweet/sad

little smile.

I hope you have a
Smashing Halloween..

and I mean that in the



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Saturday, October 29, 2016

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS HOME-Whatever Happened To---------

As most of you know,
I was away from blogging for almost a year.
A lot can happen in a year.

I have been trying to catch up with some 
of the blogs I used to follow---
Blogs I enjoyed for one reason or another.
Some for their decor ideas,
some for their lovely pictures,
some because they were just

So---that being said---
I am throwing this out there for anyone
that might want to respond that
'knows something'.

wonder where bloggers go 
when they no longer blog?

Did these blogs disappear?
Are they on Instagram now?
Are they on Facebook only?
did you go?

I am worried about you!

Here in no particular order are
blogs that I am missing....

Around the House (Phyllis)
At Home With Elaine (just not blogging?)
Blessed Serendipity
Blooming on Bainbridge
Blooming Rose Musings
Bluebird Notes
The Bam Life
The Bouse Life
Cottage & Broome
Cottage on Main
Confessions of a Junkyard Cat
Creative Decorating on a Budget
Elements Interiors
Happy To Be
Kelley Highway
OC Cottage
Pembrookshire Lass
Rose Petals from Heaven 
Rosewalk Cottage
Rusty Pearl
Shabby Brocante

I borrowed stole am using these
pictures from their blogs/headers
just to jog your memory.
This is FAR FROM a complete list-
Just some blogs that appear on my sidebar
that have 'disappeared'.

It's funny how connected we become
here in
and I worry about people 
that just kind of 

Maybe some of you are still posting-
have changed your name-
have moved on to a different form
(blogger to Wordpress, etc)

IF you have a moment and know 
what happened to any of these bloggers-
I would love an update.

And- as a side note---
 I was sorry to hear that
Pat from Back Porch Musings 
had passed away. 
She was such a lovely lady
and a beautiful blog.

Next post I will share my
 adventure at 
with 6 crazy running sweet grandkids
and my 2 daughters and 1 son-in-law.
Now THAT was scary!

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Thursday, October 27, 2016


Thank you all so much 
for your prayers.

I got a text from my DIL.
Pat is out of surgery and it went well.
Her surgery was about 8 hours long
and she is now in recovery.

So far- So Good.
They will be monitoring her for
seizures and any other side effects
from the long surgery.

Thank you again!
You have prayed another person
through a trial.

Keep praying for her and her family
in these upcoming days 
and weeks of recovery.

This little boy will be very happy to have
home where she belongs.

Maybe he'll even share his pumpkin with HER..
Or--maybe not---

Working on my Etsy shop.
Setting these things up are not for the
or the computer challenged.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Good Morning!
I don't have much time to write
because I have to be somewhere soon
but I wanted to get this out there
this morning.

My sweet daughter-in-love's mom, Pat,
is having some serious surgery
very early tomorrow morning.

She is the OTHER NANA
in this little guy's life.

Pat is the 
She is the mom that, if you were a kid,
you wanted to be your mom.
She was a stay-at-home mom
that crafted, sewed, cleaned, cooked
and loved her family.

The proof of what a good mom she has been
is evidenced in my sweet dil.

Tomorrow morning she is having
surgery to 
from the 

I can't think of anything that is 
than that,  can you?

She is a very private person so I know
it will be hard for her to even 
ask for prayer.
I have a big mouth so
I am doing it for her.

Please pray for her,
for her husband,
her 3 daughters,
and her grandkids.

Pat needs to be well and home
sewing, crafting, and cooking.
I say:
Play it for all it's worth and 
 let the old boy do ALL the cleaning.

Please, if you pray, send up a prayer for her.
If you are not a pray-er send up good wishes
for a successful surgery and fast recovery.

Love you, Pat!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

EIGHT THINGS ABOUT ME-You Never Wanted To Know....

Grab your reading glasses
and a whiskey coffee cuz
this is one
It is the longest post I have
ever written!

I was asked these questions
when I first started blogging.
I stumbled across it and realized that
while so much has changed
so much has remained the same!

So---here in all my foolish loquacious-iness 
are my answers to eight questions I was given.
If you aren't feeling like reading
(and maybe laughing a bit)
you can move right along and 
come back another day.

Here we go!
.I have been tagged to tell you

EIGHT things about myself.  

 (yes I said 8-who picked that number

as the criteria to decide if I was fit to

be in Blogland-I mean why not 5 or 7..but 8?

Hey-did y'all know 8 is my favorite number?)


I am supposed to tell you EIGHT

things about myself I think you

would like to know....

Well, that's a joke...

Who really wants to know 8 things

about me?

 You just come to Blogland to see

pictures of what life should be like, right?

Well, I am never one to cringe from the truth..

which is NOT always a good thing-

trust me on this.

Ready? Here we go...

Question #1 Why did you start blogging ?

I took an idiot pill 

and it said blogging was good for

 allergies...Huh? want truthful answers..

okay then...don't get snotty about it.

What made me start blogging?

My friend, Jettie is to blame.

(Hey Jett-she's Southern..

they all say HEY instead of Hi)

Isn't Jettie a cool name? 

It's her real name...yes it is!


Jettie blogs for books. 

I thought that was pretty cool..

So...I asked Jettie about blogging..
She said even YOU (idiot was implied)

can figure out how to blog..

and she gave me some basics...

Like..okay...the button on the

right will make your screen light up..

Yeah...that's just about where I started...

And then....

I thought it would be fun to blog 

for my grandkids

so they could read 

about themselves someday

You know - because as a parent, 

you don't have the time/energy 

to jot it all down..

Grandparents are supposed to have

a whole lot more time--which--

let me tell you is a lie.

I thought it would be fun. 

I thought maybe my kids would read my blog

maybe a couple of friends would read it..

maybe my brother (Lordy-how I miss him)

would read it.

I had no idea that anyoneI didn't know 

would read it..
. ain't real purty..
and it's just kind of a hodgepodge.

 No real theme...if you get my drift.

Question #2. While working outside what

do you think about?

I think about God's goodness in my life. 

How blessed I am.
I also think about projects 

I WANT to do..

Like the one below...

Sorry I stole this from someone's site.

If it's your own pop in 

and take credit for it...cuz it is

so darned cute I want to copy it.
I also spend some time thinking about 

the little granddaughter we lost 

and wonder what it would be

like to have her in the family mix.

She would be a BIG GIRL now-

Eleven---she would be eleven---

I think about the brave struggle

MyHero endured this last year in his

fight (and win) against cancer.

Question #3. What is your favorite vacation

 destination and why?

I have two places...

depending on the time of year.

In  summer I love to go up to 

the UP of Michigan

I love Lake Superior. 

There is nothing like the

wild, rugged beauty you see there.

We usually stay in Munising..

a little off-the road, by-passed by time.

I like it because I totally relax there 

for some reason.
That time frame would be..

anytime AFTER

July 1st and BEFORE July 6th.

yeah..those are random dates 

but close to the truth. the winter...

I love Florida.

I love the ocean.

I love the balmy breezes.

I love it all...from St. Augustine to the Keys.

You can't go wrong with Florida..

I even love DisneyWorld..

Yeah...I'm kind of GOOFY like that!

I love it because I feel like 

I am "connected" there.

And I am always in awe of the beauty

and lushness of it all.

I especially love New Smyrna Beach.

Did I mention a lot of old people 

drive around in Florida?

Yeah...Not on my list of favorites.

Sadly, I am becoming one of THEM...

but I still drive pretty good...uh-huh...

#4- Do I like sunrise or sunset?

Now THAT's a poser!

When I am on Lake Michigan,

I love the sunrise as it comes up over the lake.

I like to sit outside and watch the sun weave

it's fingers across the sky.

I love the sound of the early morning gulls

 and I especially love the fog horns 

on a overcast, foggy morning.
(internet image)
But when I am home, at my own house,

I love the sunsets...

I especially love sharing them with family.

It is like the sun kisses us all goodnight..

and we have made it safely through

another day.Question #5. Are you beginning to think I 

will never be done?

NOPE! That's NOT the question...

Here's the REAL question..

Question #5. What is my 

favorite Season/Why?

Ohhhh! It is Fall...glorious, wonderful Fall.

I Fall in love with 

all the wonders of Mother Nature

as the nights turn crisp and cool.
I love hunkering down by a fire 

in the fireplace as the

Fall winds blow round the eaves.

I love pots of stew...and apple cider...

and pumpkins...and the leaves that burst

into rainbow colored tree flames.

I love Thanksgiving and turkey and..

well...Yeah...I like Fall.
Question #6. What is the wildest thing I've 

ever done?

Hey! Do I LOOK Stupid? Don't answer that...

Do you think I am telling
YOU the wildest thing I've ever done? 

Ha...not on a bet-your-life


am I ever telling that!

Question #7. What is the biggest surprise

 in my life?
Hmmm...I think it is how fiercely 

and deeply I love

my grandchildren. 

I mean...I KNEW I would love them...

I heard other grandparents

tell me how much they loved their grandkids...

and I thought...Yeah...okay...

only 33 more photos to look at 

so you can tell me how cute they are...

But NOW? Yeah...

Well, NOW I get it!

I would do whatever it took to protect them

as best I can from the world's harm.

Here's some pictures 

only 26 more to see!
There are more grands 

that I don't have pictures of

on my computer.

 #8- TAH-DAH...Last question!

Where do you go to be alone?

Well, this oughta get a smile 

out of those of you

that DON'T know me!

I get in the car...

and I drive..and I drive.

and I drive.

It is restful, peaceful and I listen

to music and talk to God..

and I am free.

While I am traveling

I am free.

I can forget about laundry

and projects that await me

and daily chores.

I am free for a breath of time.

If I am feeling a bit stressed or want

to decompress..I take a Starbucks..

and a book and I park somewhere..

anywhere...and read..and read..

so..if you see some crazy blond 

sitting in the middle of a parking lot

looking down into her lap...

she is reading.

Don' t bother her.

And..even if she has a

Honk If You Love Jesus sign

on the back of her car...

Don't honk..

Cuz it won't be me anyway..

I don't have one of those signs.

I don't even wish I did.

Did you ever pull up behind two

cars and one says

Honk If You Love Jesus

and the other one says..

Honk For Clowns-

also known as

Candidates Running For President?


Don't honk..

It just confuses too many people.


Thanks to all of you that have 

followed along with all my nonsense

today AND over the years.

I owe all of you big time...

 my readers...

my kids...

. MyHero..

and all the 

"little people"..

Thanks for stopping by...

Thanks for reading..

Thanks for being.

And as my

friend, Jettie would say...

Y'all come back now, ya heah.

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