Monday, December 9, 2019

The Barn Door

Such a frail little tree. The limbs are almost too weak to hold the lights...
It hurts my heart to cut down a little tree but this one would probably have been crushed anyway.

The family that owns the hundred acres across the path are having the timber cut. The big machinery was brought in last Saturday and the cutting has begun...a constant screaming and grinding of giant teeth and saw blades. It's a sad thing.  

About that shower curtain...Amazing how I can LOVE something one day and then be just sick of it the next. I'm good at that! 

Has it even been a year since I pulled everything out of the teeny tiny hall bathroom, cleaned the room, then painted the walls the palest of pinks and hung that pale pink Toile shower curtain. 

Not sure what style all that was...maybe Victorian, or an attempt at Victorian.

Anyhow, come on in...
in the barn door, that is. Of course it leads into the tub. Probably the closest I will ever get to owning a barn. Maybe I can store hay bales in there.

and I have finally framed and hung this picture of two mules.  Probably the closest I'll ever get to owning two donkeys too. I Love these mules! 

A few years back, on one of our trips to the State Fair, Shelby and I both bought a picture of mules. An older farm woman, (a feature at the fair), who wore overalls and cooked over an open fire, also sat and drew beautiful pictures of  mules. She told stories of growing up on the was a real treat, but for the last couple of years, she has not been there.

The picture hangs a little too high, but I plan to hang something else under it.

Raked and scraped to find a few accessories to go with the new look.

soap in a cheese dish

Guess that's about it.  Wanted to show you that new shower curtain...that started off as a joke. While looking online for a new shower curtain, I found the barn door. I left it pulled up to show Poppy, thinking he would laugh...he loved it!!

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to be back real soon.


Thursday, December 5, 2019

Did a little decorating today...

Friends, I didn't mean to do a Thanksgiving post and then disappear. What happened was, I found the yard rake leaning against an oak tree, picked it up, and have been gone for seven days. Well, that's just about right.

Reminds me of a story Daddy used to tell us about my uncle Lloyd. There were seven boys and two girls in Daddy's family. There were railroad tracks not far from their farm. Daddy said all the boys would be out working in the field when a train whistle would blow, off in the distance. Uncle Lloyd would drop his hoe and take off running, catch the train, and be gone for weeks at a time.

Anyhow, today I'm trying to put up a few Christmas decorations...BUT! this has been a week of, everything I do or touch looks worse than it did before. I have struggled with the Christmas village on the mantle...

Just couldn't get it to look right. The snowy forest scene was too small and needed something! Finally, a brain storm! Using feed bags, (what ever did I do before we had feed bags) I cut out six fir trees...

painted them green...added a little white paint for snow...then painted a star for the top of each one. Not even sure now if I like it. Afraid it looks like something out of a coloring book for a seven year old??? Oh well. :(

and that garland around the fireplace! Got the ladder out again and making sure this year, to hang the center of the garland on the nail in the center of the fireplace, whew! which I did. Got it all hung and realized the plug for the drop cord needed to be on the right side...I had it on the left side. I had just put the ladder up! Been like that all day! 

I do like the little village; the houses and the people, especially in front of the cold snowy forest...

Found the Carolers last year at a thrift store. Seems like every year I find something new to add to the village and all of it's from a thrift store. 

 another group of carolers

and I'm not quite done with the tree yet...

So that's it, so far.

Oh, Poppy finally killed a deer; a buck. A big buck...eight point buck with two more small points. The taxidermist said if the small points are large enough to hang a ring on, then they would count as two more points...which would make it a ten point buck. Poppy sure was tickled. He is having it know we need one deer head in the living room :( 

Poppy had the deer processed and gave the meat to three friends.

Well, this post was supposed to be about the new shower curtain but I guess that can wait until next time.

Got this picture of Poppy and Smokey this evening...
It's usually Dumperoo curled up in Poppy's lap.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Thankful for our crowd on Thanksgiving

We had such a good Thanksgiving Day...hope you did too.

Oh wait, let me back up to last Saturday and the "Santa Christmas Bazaar".  Friends, it was the absolute BEST craft event ever! Way too busy to take pictures, but I did get a couple of pictures near the end...
Shelby's jams and jellies, and that's my table behind the stacked jars...
Here, most of Shelby's baked goods had sold.

We both sold lots of goods, in fact, I sold aprons that, well, I thought would never sell and would have to go in the Goodwill box. You just never know. 

So, back to Thanksgiving Day...

It was an extra special day because...
For the first time ever, Poppy's daughter and her family, and both my daughters and their families were here together. That's Andee, me, Poppy, Windy, and Lynn. I decided to bite the bullet, close my eyes and be in the picture. (actually, the sun was blinding). :)

Had to search to find this one...
Hey, does Poppy look proud? This is Windy, Brian, and Grandson Luke. Luke is 15 years old, 6' 2" tall, and plays football!!

more of the group...

On the left, Poppy's daughter and family; center Andee and husband Todd; group on the right, Lynn's family (with three missing).  Actually the two guys in back of Lynn's family are Jason, Lynn's fiance and Jacob, Michaela's boyfriend... and on the far right, well that's Madison, Andee and Todd's daughter. Whew!

Ah, I like this picture...

Daniel was one of those missing from the group picture...that's him with his mom Lynn, and  my Great Granddaughter Addie.

Had to search for this picture too. Thank you Andee.
Daniel, my first grandchild. 

and here's the other big guy missing from Lynn's group...Grandson Joseph. Addie is his daughter.

On the pier, Grandsons Daniel, Joseph, and John. The other guy is Jacob with Michaela. Here's proof that the old pier is still sturdy after all these years. Poppy built the pier in 1996, with no one but me to help. Glad I didn't see those babies hanging over the edge. Looks like Michaela was holding onto them tight. The little boy is Greyson, Addie big brother and my Great Grandson.

Michaela, Addie, and grandson John in the background.

If there is a dog around, he will be found in Madison's arms. Like her mom, she adores dogs. Of course, Weetie was in heaven.

Andee, Todd, and Madison

Excuse me, but did any of you notice the leaves! The leaves! As far as the eye can see! Actually, the leaves are kinda pretty on the ground at's Christmas time when the leaves begin to look ugly. 

and speaking of Christmas, I am excited about decorating now that Thanksgiving has passed.

Here's a little "before" picture of the lonely looking living room fireplace and mantle...
Hope to be back soon with a warm glow with bright and shiny cheerfulness.

But, alas, this morning we have wind and downpours of heavy rain bringing down als0  the remainder of the brown oak leaves.  It's terribly dark and cloudy and gloomy...
a day fit for nothing but snuggling up on the back porch cot.

 of course, some prefer a warm corner inside.

Okay, I've overdone it today. Too many pictures. But remember what I said after the big flop of a post about Vintage Market Days?

So, this is my happy Thanksgiving Day post! Oh wait, one more...

Completely forgot to take a picture of all the Thanksgiving food, but here's load six of the pots and pans to be dried and put away. Worth every dirty dish!! :)


Thursday, November 21, 2019

A bunch of stuff

You know, I really did do a pitiful job of posting about the Vintage Market Days in Raleigh. Simply pitiful. Why, the only sweet part of the whole post was Andee and Santa. So next time, if I can't do a better job, I won't post at all. Whew! Glad that's off my chest! 

So, I will bombard you today with a bunch of a slew of Santas...

Don't know why I ever stopped making these little Santa dolls. They sell really well at craft fairs. Shelby asked me about them, So I buckled down and made ten of them. Five little couples, to take to the "Santa Christmas Bazaar" this coming Saturday.

and let me show you a really beautiful, really special gift that came in the mail to me from Texas...

from a very special blogging friend, Barbara. Barbara doesn't have a blog, as far as I know, but we met through my blog, and now we visit by email.

She said her Mother and her Grandmother both did the handwork on this little apron. I love the lace. It goes all around and it so dainty and beautiful.
Barbara said she is doing some cleaning out and thought I would appreciate this old apron...and she was exactly right. I love it! Thank you Barbara! 

now, down the chicken path...

it's easy to see who rules. Do you think he could have found a higher perch to speak from?
Hard to tell if this is father or son. The one baby chick raised here this summer turned out to be a rooster, the spitting image of his dad. So far, they seem to be buddies. So far, no fighting.

So, while we are down this way...

the sun actually came out yesterday morning. Now, these scrubby oak trees are nowhere near as pretty as, oh my gosh, some of the trees I've seen on other blogs.  But seeing the sun  shining through, warmed my heart so beautifully!! I mean, we haven't seen the sun in over a week. 

 I love the shadows too.

Winter came way too soon

and my last picture...
At the edge of dark Poppy comes in from hunting, and what a big welcome he gets. That tail moves so fast it's nothing but a blur, and not to worry, Little Weetie gets a belly rub too. Poppy calls her Fatty Watty. 

Guess that's about it. I'll be in the sewing tonight, folding and packing for the craft bazaar. 

Thank you for your comments on that last sorry post of mine. 


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Vintage Market Days

You know what? I did not buy one thing at Vintage Market Days in Raleigh. Not one thing! 

But! As soon as we were back in the car to drive home, it was clear as a bell to me, what I wanted to buy. It was a framed print of a cow. $40.00 but that's what I wanted. Andee saw it first and she loved it too. Oh well.

Andee was fine but I may have been just a little overwhelmed. It was huge!! Never seen so many women in one place in all my life! However there was one handsome man milling around amongst the women ...

A Victorian Santa, with Andee...maybe I'll show you the picture of me with Santa. Cameras don't like me, but I don't like them either. I get all nervous and make ugly faces, but Santa insisted.

Back to the show...How could I have picked out and bought myself an item when there were a bazillion, all my favorite kind of things, to choose from.

Why there was one booth with nothing but vintage aprons and tablecloths; those sort of things. Here's Andee, saying "mom, you could make these"!

and these...

From my pictures the place doesn't look busy at all, but it really was. Actually, it was hard to get inside the booths to look.

This was the entertainment. She was cute as could be and very sweet and friendly. Sorry I don't know her name.

Well, I'm in the middle of cleaning again. Better get back to it. Poppy will be home at 2:00. That will throw a wrench into the works.  :)


Thursday, November 14, 2019


Here I'm starting a new post and really need to be catching up with yours.  I'll be there over there in a minute.

Wanted to thank you for the comments on my last post and say I did go back and reply to those of  you without blogs. See, my reasoning is, we can visit each other's blogs, but replying is the only way to visit the rest of you. I know you all must be glad I figured this out, and on my own too. :)

Anyhow, I've been busy cleaning...really cleaning...we have, hopefully, lots of family coming for Thanksgiving...
I am polishing the old silver...sounds kinda fancy, doesn't it? 

We may actually need to use some of this old silverware, so it will be sparkling clean and in the drawer with the other, just in case...

Oh, anything fancy like putting out the good china and crystal and silver, for me, went out the window back in the 1950's. I mean, we don't eat peas with a knife or anything like that; wouldn't surprise to see that, but for the most part we don't. :)

I really do like my collection of mixed silver patterns...all collected from thrift stores...
there's some fancy stuff here. Poppy said, "let's take it all to a pawn shop and see what we can get for it'?  Absolutely not!!

Polishing silver makes me happy. Makes me think of mama and remember the good old days. 

It's kinda like drinking hot tea. I've always wanted to be a tea who has an afternoon cup of tea from a pretty teapot served in pretty teacup and saucer.

Oh, I've grown to like green tea. Hot green tea. Decaffeinated hot green tea, with honey. Must be decaffeinated. I don't how the Queen ever gets a wink of sleep, drinking tea in the late afternoon. But I'm enjoying my hot tea in late afternoon, in a pretty cup. Gosh. It is fun. 

Back to my housework...know what else I've tackled? Remember that darn bottle collection on that high shelf in the living room that runs the length of the house, surrounded with deer heads and antlers and fish...

don't tell anyone I'm showing you how dusty and dirty this deer head is...

Had to bring the tall ladder for this job. I must have climbed up and down that ladder twenty five times. The muscles in my legs are sore but once again... 

we have clean!

I've simply got to get away from this computer and get busy. Poppy gets off work at 1:00. Need to at least get the floors vacuumed.

Oh, I am so excited about tomorrow. Andee is picking me up at 9:00. We are going to something called "Vintage Market Days" in Raleigh. Should be lots and lots of pretty things to look at, and lots of Christmas stuff. 

Thank you friends.