Friday, October 21, 2011

Getting Ready for Ghosts and Goblins

Oh, my, I'd best get prepared, just in case some of these friendly witches fly in for a visit this year!  Lot's of treats are in order.

I wouldn't want them to drop a house on me!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cloudy Days and Books

Hello everyone, it's clouding up outside and that means its time to reach for a new book. I have two to recommend today. This book has been enjoyed by everyone who has checked it out at the library, it's about a girl who grew up in foster care, her only connection to people and the world is through flowers and their meanings. It will break your heart but mend it again. I think you will enjoy it as much as we have.

This one is a delightful British mystery which you know I can't resist. I would have bought this one for the lovely cover, but I like all of Ann Purser's books. She is the author of the Lois Meade Mystery series also.
This books heroine is Ivy Beasley who has just moved into assisted living but she stays busy solving crime! Kinda reminds me of my own mother in her new assisted living home!

And here are some late blooms for you to enjoy today!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Slow Sunday Afternoon

I hope everyone had a slow and peaceful Sunday afternoon like I did. I got just what I wanted, to be surrounded by my family. Even had fun with the animal children and took pictures! This is my sons dog, Huey P. Long. He will do anything for a piece of bacon, but I think he felt like this was a bit much!
Dothan the cat said "Don't even think about it!" He's not dressing up for anyone.

Boy, Huey looks ridiculous...

Will somebody pick me up, please?

I put out a few fall decorations in the house.

I love the ceramic pumpkin my friend gave me one year.

Need to find some pink fall decorations!!

Then we went for a walk down our dirt road in the evening.

And ended up at grandmothers old house.
The foundation was built on cypress stumps.
This may be the oldest house in the county, our genealogy department is not sure, we know it dates to before 1850.

The old cedar tree in front of the house is beginning to look spooky to me. Granddaddy bought the place in the early 1900's and he had to promise not to cut down this tree because the owners daughter had planted it. My sister and I could not put our arms around it and touch when we were kids, 50 years ago! I don't know which will fall first, the house or the tree.

And the old car shed was probably built in the 30's or 40's.

Have a good Monday, y'all.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I love all my friends very much, but family is everything to me!

Hubby and Uncle Ray having supper at my house. A pleasure.

Jeremy, Pete and Marshall home for Christmas last year. Two Railroad men and one New Yorker!

And here's Buck just getting home from Cambodia last summer. He only got to stay for a week but we sure enjoyed him while he was home. He teaches English at the University in Cambodia.
My sweet Dad who's been gone for two years now. We all miss him.
My Aunt Elayne, the quilter, who makes a quilt and donates it to the fire department every year to raffle off.


We all know our family is precious to us, so what better time than the week-end to get together and just enjoy one another. Since my boys are all grown into men and moved away it is awfully hard to get us all together at one time! One lives in New York City, one in New Orleans, one in Daphne, Al and the other is teaching overseas in Cambodia! I have lots of family in Mobile, about 100 miles away. So today I am going to post a few family pics and just pretend they are all here at home with me!
If your children are small, believe me when I say they will be grown in the blink of an eye, and you WILL miss them!

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Last of the Zinnias

Well, we made it to Friday again, friends and aren't we blessed. This has been a long week for me, as I had to spend one night at the Southern Sleep Clinic and was diagnosed with OSA. I have to go back next week and get fitted for the breathing machine, I just hope I will adjust to sleeping with it. I complained a little about having to take another pill (sleeping pill) but the doctor said to be glad we live in the USA so we can get the help we need. I didn't realize that sleep apnea could be so dangerous to your health.

Anyway, glad that's done, I want to show you some decorations I put up in the library. And some more pumpkins!  Love this cool weather so much.  Hubby has been gone all week to the fish camp on the Alabama River in Stockton so I got a lot of things done at home this week, too.

These are some of the last of my Zinnias I brought to the library. Aren't they colorful?

I decorated the top of the old oak card catalog. Of course we use computers today for the card catalog, but I kept this one in the library because what would a library be without it? Love the old Ideals, so many nostalgic pics inside. I made the little pumpkins on sticks from a pattern in "Create and Decorate" a few years back.

Some little boxes I painted. I think I stamped the witch and then filled in with paint.

I painted this little scarecrow on the gourd in Ms. Margaret's art class.

Mrs. Pilgrim on the fireplace mantle in the reading room. Note, the turkey is almost as big as she!

Mr. Pilgrim and his ship.

Fruit Stand pumpkins! Wish I could make a dozen pies!

This is a beautiful heirloom pie pumpkin. He's supposed to be this ugly, I grew only ONE last year from Baker Creek Heirloom seeds! A great seed catalog by the way if you haven't seen one, order it, by all means!!

AND, last but not at all least, I found this book in my craft room closet this morning while looking for something else! "Embroidery Companion" by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy blog. What a great surprise for me. So I think this will be my BOOK OF THE WEEK for this week.

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL week-end. Remember you can't have fun if you don't MAKE fun and happy memories yourself! So get out in this gorgeous weather and make good memories while you still have time!
Have a blessed week-end y'all.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Decorations Everywhere I Look

It's really official where I live in the south. Fall has arrived! Everywhere I go I see fall decorations up and there is a cool breeze blowing too. I am loving this, it's been hot way too long.
I took a look at this morning and enjoyed Michelles Lil' Peek a Boo Owl! Too cute! So many blogs, so little time.

I am sticking with the new eating plan, and so far, I haven't even gotten hungry! You eat too often on this plan to get hungry.
Dothan is enjoying this cooler weather too!
And the last of the summer flowers!

SuperSnooks13: Shabby Thanks

SuperSnooks13: Shabby Thanks

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday Morning Yea!!

Today is a beautiful sunny, cool football kind of Saturday! I am loving this cool weather in south Alabama, glad it's finally here!

I am getting ready to start a new life-style program. My oldest son is going to be my sponsor. The book is called "Body By Design" by Kris Gethin and Jamie Eason. It is a radical weight loss and exercise program. My son has lost 50 pounds in the last 12 weeks. And he travels around a lot with his job, but still manages to go to the gym and eat right!

The first thing I did after downloading the book on my Kindle, was throw out that brand new box of Double-Decker MoonPies that only a southerner could appreciate! Now I must go cook lots of chicken breast on the George Foreman and lots of broccoli and brown rice. Lord help me, I really do want to fit into my good clothes again!  I have to learn to let that be my reward instead of using food as a reward! So, I may not be posting many food pictures for a while, maybe only healthy food pics! Cross your fingers for me, and hope that I can stick it out!

Hope you all have a safe and very happy week-end! Till next time, y'all.

Fall Pumpkins

These are pictures from the Picketfence in Andalusia, Al. Lots and lots of booths brimming over with goodies from the past!
And here's some pumpkin pics from last week!
A lot of them had been sold since last week-end when I was there.