Monday, December 26, 2011

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Day in the Country

Merry Christmas to you and yours. Isn't this a beautiful cross, made by an artist from New Orleans. A gift from my son.

Another artist made  Mr. Rooster. He's perched in my living room right now.

We ate entirely too much. It was all good.

And had way too much fun!

Enjoyed the day with family and friends. I believe that next year will be a very good year.

Live well and pray hard.


Monday, December 19, 2011

WWI Photos and Christmas cards

Good Monday morning everyone, hope you had a great week-end. Here are some vintage Christmas cards and postcards from my collection. Also, I promised more photos. Hope you enjoy them.
I like this one.
I have this envelope full of these vintage luggage labels from different countries, but some of them are stuck together, they've been in the envelope for so long. Does anyone have any ideas how I can get them unstuck??
Sweet old doggie print.

Pig on a leash?

Two well dressed ladies on a ship. These are so much fun to look at.

My very own library, a gift from my brother.

Hot tea and gingerbread men. What a great way to start my Monday morning. I hate to eat him. He better run as fast as he can!!                      

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Carols and Gypsies Camping

Hello everyone, I hope you are getting in the Christmas spirit. I know I am. I did all my shopping online, pj's on and Christmas carols on Done, done, and done. Lovin it. I DO NOT care for Mall shopping, sorry, I'm just too old for that anymore!

I promised more old pictures, here they are. These are from the Library's collection, in Ms. Sherry Johnston's care in our Genealogy Department. We have one of the best known and comprehensive collections in the State of Alabama, so if  anyone needs to research ancestors in this area be sure to come to the Evergreen-Conecuh County Public Library.

The photo above is of gypsies stopping at Mineral Springs in Conecuh County. Not sure of the date on this one.

This next pic is of the Farnham building, circa 1884, the first Brick building in "New Evergreen".

This photo is of the Martin and Ray Theatre, probably 1950's ?

These old photos are so much fun to look at. Notice the City Cafe on the right, and I think a shoe store was to the left of the theatre.

And this is my book of the day. My favorite, an old Hamish Macbeth Mystery. One of the pleasures of post-menopause is you forget what you have read by the time you finish the book, so you can always go back and read them again! :)

This is whats left on the new book shelf today, most all the bestsellers are checked out.

Debbie Macombers new Christmas book "1225 Christmas Tree Lane" has been popular but patrons have been a little disappointed with Sandra Browns latest effort.  They said she should stick to romance writing, but I haven't read it so can't recommend it! "Killing Lincoln" is an interesting new book, and I read "After America" by Mark Steyn, it was a little chilling. "A Time For Outrage" is a good read, banned in many places! But we have it here. Visit your library, you'll be glad you did.

And don't forget to address those cards and get them in the mail!! Christmas times acomin!

I love snowmen.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rainy Days and Ghosts In The Attic

This is one of the pictures I found in the box of pre-WWII photos. I don't know what country these people are in or why they are in a queue. But I know I love looking at them and wondering about them. I have lots more of these and will post more later on.

Doesn't my little dachshund Wilma look sweet in her Sunday dress and Santa hat?  And here's Dothan warming by the fireplace.
Lazy cat.

I had a little fright when I arrived for work at the Library this morning. Our ghost was acting up in the attic. When I stepped off the elevator upstairs where I work, I was walking across the room (in the dark) to get to the light switches and turn the lights on. I heard something in the attic that sounded like it was walking along right beside me, keeping up with me. Well, needless to say, I turned around and jumped right back in the elevator and went back downstairs! I got off and called my co-workers names and no-one answered! For a moment I thought I was in a horror movie. (Did I say I have a vivid imagination?) Finally, I found Sherry and she came back up and went through the attic with me, alas, we found nothing there... She thinks it may have been a squirrel or other critter, so now we have someone from the city coming to check it out. Did I also mention that its dark and rainy outside today?

Oh well, I think I'll settle down with a good mystery and keep one eye on the attic door for the rest of the day!  Maybe I'll have lots of patrons to keep me company.

Hope your day goes well, remember, books are good friends to have around! Also, brave co-workers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Home for cookies and coffee

After all the Goodwill hunting we came home to homemade cookies and coffee made by my youngest son. Who says men can't cook? Yummy.

Now, to figure out what to do with this box full of pre-WWII photos and postcards my friend gave me months ago. I spend so much time reading them and daydreaming, I get lost in them. I have no idea who these people are and neither did she, she got them at a sale a few years ago. They are beautiful and haunting.

Finished the left-overs and back at work.

Well, we finally finished off the last of the leftovers last night and I have to say, I don't mind cooking at all tonight, just to see something different on the table! We were blessed with a good Thanksgiving, and I am glad to be back at the library working. Almost time to order new books again, I need to check the best seller list and see whats new.  Over the holidays this past week-end I did manage to go do a little flea-market and Goodwill shopping and found a cache of old British paperback mysteries. It made my heart sing.  Robert Barnard, Dorothy Gilman, Dorothy Cannell, B.M. Gill.  I'm in for some late nights staying up reading. Have you ever tried to read wearing a c-pap machine? I can't do it. My glasses won't go on my face : )!

I wish I had bought her, maybe she'll still be there next week. I hate when I do that!

Pretty rooster painting, but I had nowhere to hang him if I brought him home.

I saw lots of hand made items while shopping at the flea markets. I could have spent two days just looking at everything.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crafting and Resting-The Day After Turkey Day

Today is a good day for staying in the craft room and getting something done. I have Christmas houses to paint and sewing I could do. Or make a new memory box. Wilma seems to want to sit in my lap this morning, wonder how this is going to work out. Since I'm usually at work during the day, she is taking advantage of mama being home. Spoiled rotten little dachshund!

It's 70F outside and a beautiful day for a walk in the woods, also. I will put that on my list for today!
And NO cooking today, we have enough left-overs to feed an army, and no one left here but me and hubby to eat all of this food. Tomorrow we may go for a movie. I want to see Hugo. We'll go to the $5.00 matinee at two o'clock in the afternoon!

But for now, it's back to the girl cave for some serious painting. Maybe I'll finish these houses before Christmas this year!

Oh, and hubby says Bama and Auburn play at 1:30 tomorrow, so no movie day Saturday..

There's Nothing Better Than Pecan Pie

There's nothing better than a pecan pie.

Unless it's two pecan pies!

I hope that everyone had as good a Thanksgiving Day as my family. We are all truly blessed.
We had a feast to rival the Pilgrims and Indians, and enjoyed each others company so much. It is a privilege
 to be with people you love and care about.

Wishing everyone good cheer throughout the rest of the Holiday season.
Love, from me and Wilma

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

"I Am Half-Sick of Shadows"

That is the name of the new Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley and I am LOVING it. Can't put it down. If you are not familiar with these books, by all means go to the library and check out "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" and read it first.  "A bold, brilliant, and adorable eleven year-old sleuth with a passion for chemistry and two older sisters that like to torment her. But she always has her revenge using something she has whipped up in her laboratory, in the huge decaying English estate they all live in with their father.
Wonderful reading!
Also, I promised pics of more good reads so here they are. They are already cataloged and checked out!
Ms. Paula, Queen of Southern cooking.

Charles Frazier is the author of "Cold Mountain" and this book "Nightwoods" promises to be even better.Baldacci's "Zero Day" is good, and Kate Atkinson's "When Will There Be Good News?" is very good, I downloaded it to my Kindle and read it just about in one sitting. It's also a Masterpiece Theatre special called Case Histories about PI Jackson Brodie. Very good! M.C. Beatons new Agatha Raisin book is funny and entertaining but I still prefer the Hamish Macbeth series the best

This Quilt book by John Rice Irwin is a work of love and art. Quilters from the Appalachian Mountains and their quilts. Truly beautiful!
Biloxi Yacht Club on the Mississippi Coast.
I will post more pictures of our trip to New Orleans next time. Hope everyone is off for the week-end like I am, have a safe and happy one!
Bye, y'all

Friday, November 4, 2011

Fabulous Friday

Its Friday, and I don't care if it is cool and rainy, it's still FRIDAY!  And I am off every week-end this month! Tomorrow, Lord willing, we are making the trip to New Orleans to return the grand-dog. I'm sure going to miss him!  But I am looking forward to the sight-seeing along the way and when we get there. So many things to see and do. And good Cajun food. Fried oyster poorboy. Yummy.

Yesterday I went back to the Sleep Center and while I was in Enterprise, Al., I had to stop in the local Thrift Store. And guess what I found hiding in an old box in the back of the store? A 1970's Effanbee Grande Dames Winter doll that I purchased for 50 cents! Her little red cape was dry rotted in the back and she had only one shoe, but the doll was in beautiful condition! Love a good find.

I also purchased a red plaid wool skirt for $3.00 that I plan to cut up and make a pillow to put by the fireplace for my miniature dachshund, Wilma, to sleep on. She will like this.  I was planning to buy the fabric but this skirt looked practically new, and it was about a size 0, so it wouldn't be a waste.  Who would it fit?And out of hundreds of books, I found ONE British mystery. They say that mystery readers hang on to their books, they do not like to part with them. It must be so.

I purchased a HUGE selection of fiction and non-fiction for the library this week. I'll keep you posted on the good reads. I know one of the fiction titles will be good, because I already bought it for my Kindle and read it. Its called "When Will There Be Good News" by Kate Atkinson and it is the basis for the Case History shows on Masterpiece Theatre PBS Sunday nights about PI Jackson Brodie. And it is VERY good! So I had to order it for the library patrons to read!

This is a picture of the shrimp boats in Long Beach, Ms. I took on the last trip to New Orleans.

If you want to see a cute blog, go to and check out Henry and Henny cutting the rug to some old 40's music! It is the best thing, my hubby even watched it and said he liked it, and he is NOT a blogger!

I have my new C-Pap machine so I should get a sound nights sleep and be ready to go early in the morning.

I hope everyone has a safe and blessed week-end! And I hope Alabama tears up LSU!  Roll Tide!

Until next time, y'all!