Friday, May 22, 2015

Questions and Answers...........

This is a real random post today.  I tried to think of some questions that you might ask me if you could.  Hopefully you will enjoy and guess I should do as I've seen several other bloggers do, if you have any question you would like to ask me, do so in the comment section and I'll answer in a future post.  Here ya go!

  Are you a leader?
Well, I do believe I am, in fact, I love to be in charge. ~smile~  Well, guess I should say I love to be in charge of some things and some things I wouldn't be in charge of if someone paid me.  I guess I was born with that "first child" leadership gene.  I've often thought that if my life had led me down a career path that I might possibly have ended up in a supervisory capacity. ~just sayin'~

  What are you really good at?
I am really good at being organized and I love organizing things. Both of my parents were highly organized so I got a double dose of it.  I've always felt like an organized life was a productive life, but I'm sure there would be those that would disagree.  But, for me, that's the way it is.  I'm happiest with my "ducks in a row." And, with the busyness of my life right now, nearing the completion of our new house, living in a transition sort of state, my ducks are really not in a very straight row. ~grin~

 What is your favorite makeup?
I love lipstick and blush because they are what add the color to my face.  I wear it all but when the blush and lipstick go on it seems that my face lights up and comes alive. It's really funny that I love makeup like I do because my Mom was very much a minimalist when it came to makeup. AND, I have given my Hubby and children strict orders that when I die they had better make sure that I have both blush and lipstick on. ~I'm not joking~

What is your favorite article of clothing?
I have two favorite pieces of clothing, skirts and longer jackets (and not necessarily together).  I think they are both very feminine. And, while they are a favorite of mine, I really do not wear skirts all that much.
 If you could live your life over, what would you change?
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about this but I would most definitely get a college degree.  I don't know that my life would have been any different if I had a degree, but that doesn't matter.  I've always wished that I had finished college.  And, I do know that it's not too late but at this point in my life, I don't want it badly enough to give what it would take to accomplish it.  And, I think we all have things in our lives that we would change, but, the fact is, we cannot go back.  ~so we keep trudging forth~

What are some of your favorite childhood summer memories?
A part of several of my summers as a child were spent at church camp and it was the hi-lite of my summer.  And, we stayed in cabins that were NOT air conditioned and were known to have mice, rats and snakes in them.  Yep! that's right, but at that point in my life, all I thought about was the fun I would have. 
Another hi-lite of my summers was getting to see my long distance family.  We did not live near family and the summer was about the only time we got to see them. 
What were some outside  games you played as a child?
Ring Around the Roses, Red Rover, Red Rover, Annie Over, London Bridges and Hop Scotch.  Do kids today even had a clue what these are? ~guess this really tells my age~ I'm afraid the age of electronics is causing children today to miss out on a whole lot of physical activity fun. ~what a shame~

What is something that aggravates you? 
I have absolutely spend hours since my Dad's illness 4 years ago taking him back and forth to various Drs.  I simply do not tolerate a l-o-n-g wait very well.  We have waited over 2 hours at times to see a Dr. and to me (unless it is an emergency) that is unacceptable.  And, I know that they were not tied up with an emergency.  I had a nurse tell me once that the Dr. my Dad was seeing saw between 40-50 patients from 8:00 - Noon, 4 days a week.  I thought she meant a day (and that's still a boatload) and I asked her if a morning is what she said and she said yes, every morning.  Well, that is more than ridiculous and someone needs to inform him that his patients time is just as valuable as his.  I think it is rude and unthoughtful, but what does one do?  I have to pray extra hard for patience and a good attitude.  Yep! it aggravates the daylites out of me. 

What kind of blogs do you enjoy reading?
I enjoy blogs that share a part of the writer's life, her family, her travels, her activities, her likes, her dislikes, and are inspiring.  I find this type of blog to be the most interesting and it's the type of blog that I try to achieve.  I do not enjoy blogs that are centered around one subject such as: food, exercise, spiritual topics, crafts, much.   I like a smattering of all of it. But, everyone blogs for a different purpose and we all have a different focus for our blogs. That's what makes blogging such fun. I blog for my own enjoyment and to have a type of journal of my life.  One day my kids might enjoy re-reading what I've written after I've gone to my "mansion in the sky." 

And, one last question.........Where will I be next Tuesday?
 I will be in Texas attending the graduation ceremonies of this little fella.  Do you see those cute freckles across his nose?  Could he be any cuter and the best part is that he is such a sweet little boy.  And, he's growing up..........~I feel a tear coming on~ 


Wishing you a happy weekend and again, if there is any question that you would like to ask me, ask away.  I'll be glad to answer it in an upcoming post. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday's Musings

Monday's Musings, yes, it's the new name for my Monday post.  I've tired of HELLO Monday and came up with this cute name and design over the weekend.  It will still be much the same as my regular Monday post, just with a new twist.  It's always good to change up a bit, it helps to keep my readers interest. Right?  Yes, I thought so! ~big smile~
Our little sweetheart was 3 months old this past week.  That is so hard to believe.  She is so precious and so engaging now.  She's getting those sweet fat rolls in her thighs and don't you just love her head accessory.  Oh, my goodness,what fun I would have had with those if they had been around when Bridget was a baby.  
And, our Princess had her dance recital this past Friday evening.  Bless her heart, she came down with a vicious stomach bug on Wednesday afternoon and until Friday noon we didn't know if she was going to even be able to participate.  It really knocked her for a loop and caused her to miss her end of school party as well.  But, she wasn't quite up to par for her dance recital but she was glad she was able to participate after all the hard work she had put into it.  Her costume was just gorgeous and such a great color for her.  But, there are few colors that are not gorgeous on her beautiful olive skin. 
 Every day the new house is looking more and more like home.  The painters continue with their endless task.  Bless their hearts, they have been so faithful but I know they have got to be more than ready to move on to their next project.
This past week they worked on the shelves for all the cabinets.  They set up shop out in the garage where they could spray them.  I'm doing clear coat on all my shelves rather than paint.  I think it is a much cleaner look  and will most likely stay nicer looking in the long run. 
The door knobs were installed and I'm so happy with the look, I especially like the back plate.  The electricians are there and began putting on outlet and switch plate covers. The light fixtures will go up this week.
The corbels finally arrived for the mantel above the stove top.  They add so much to the look and there is still a wooden applique to go between them to complete the look.  Of course, they will be painted. ~just in case you were wondering~ And, the open space above the mantel will be covered and another wooden applique will be on it. ~pictures to come~ And, the corbels for the bar are just gorgeous and once stained and installed will give it such a nice look.
 They began installing the bathroom mirrors and talk about a precise job.  Goodness, they measured and measured and measured some more and they came out perfect.  They will finish with those this next week.
The electricians also began installing the mounted lights in the ceiling.  We have lots and lots of these little fellas through the house.  We will not be short on lights for sure!  All of our lighting is LED and we understand that they are good for about 20 years.  So, guess what, that means that we will not ever have to worry with changing a light in the years we live there.  Hooray!  See, you have to find  the "silver lining" to aging.   
The plumbers will install all the faucets and commodes this next week.  It sounds like we are almost finished but there is still quite a bit more to do.  The biggest thing is the wood floors and that will be the very last thing done.  Well, I guess the last thing will be the painters coming in and painting the base moulding around the floors.  Then it will be time for the installers to come and hang the plantation shutters and shades.  See, the list doesn't seem to end.  And, we still need the ends of the driveway poured.  It's pretty worthless without those and the rains have started back up and it isn't looking hopeful that will be done this next week.  But, little by little it is coming together. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, it's Hodgepodge and it's all because Joyce shows up week in and week out with questions that make us think and pick our brain. Thanks Joyce, you are TOPS!

1. When is your next big deadline? What's it for?
Hum.....well, my deadline for moving into our new home is July 1st but mind you, that's just my deadline. ~chuckle~  I am not at all sure that will happen but I do think it will be close.  It will be one year on June 12th that construction began and I must say that I'm more than ready to be moved and most of all, settled.  The settled part, well, just not sure when we'll be able to say we are settled.  But, if we can just get moved in then we can worry about the settling part. ~smile~

2. May is National Barbecue Month. Do you prefer cooking indoors or out? What's the best thing about a barbecue? What's the last thing you cooked on an outdoor grill?

Hubby and I both enjoy grilled foods, and it doesn't have to necessarily be barbecued.  Hubby grilled us some chicken this past Saturday that would make you "slap your Momma."  It was delicious!

3. What is one thing on your "never again" list?

To go to the Christmas ICE exhibit at any of the Gaylord properties.  We took our kids and their families to the Gaylord Texan this past December to do the whole gamute of holiday offerings there.  We waited and waited and waited some more in line to see the ICE exhibit and we were sorely disappointed.  So, once was enough for us. ~not enough bang for the buck~ But, thankfully, everything things else was tops and a most wonderful time for our family.

4. What's something that annoys you about people your own age? Something you love about your generation?

I can't think of anything in my own generation in particular but in general it annoys me when people are so,so negative about every little thing.  True enough, there is a lot of negative in our world but we don't have to dwell on it or talk about it every chance we get. I try real hard to keep a positive attitude but I do fail every once in a while and I don't like myself when I do.
And, not sure about what I love about my generation, pretty much everything perhaps. ~grin~

5. Lilac, iris, hyacinth, pansy...your favorite purple flower?

Oh, the purple iris! We have some beautiful iris' that Hubby has planted over the years but I don't think we have a purple one but they are gorgeous!

6. Whats a song that always calms you down?

The Anchor Holds sung by Ray Boltz.  Oh my goodness, if you have not heard it then you need to click here and listen.  Such a beautiful reminder of the anchor we have in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ no matter how rough the sailing gets.

7. What's the last thing you donated?

Oh, my, I've been donating lots these past months as I prepare for our big move.  But, the last thing was a car load of Hubby's clothes.  He had a major closet cleaning out and I'm sure it made some men very happy when they went to the Thrift Store after I delivered them.

8. Insert your own random thought here

Do you know what this is?  I wouldn't have either if Hubby had not told me.  It is a swallow nest near one of the eaves of our new house.  It looks just like a dirt-daubers nest to me.  It's our understanding that the swallows are quite a nuisance where we have built, so I'm sure that Hubby will be researching a remedy for that shortly.  Thankfully one can find a remedy and probably a You Tube video for almost anything these days.

Monday, May 11, 2015

HELLO Monday..........

It's another Monday and that means it time to say Hello to another new week and then some HELLO's from the way, this is my 750th blog post. That's a lot of writing folks and I've enjoyed every minute it.  Here's to 750 more...............

 HELLO special Mother's Day.....yesterday was not only Mother's Day but it was also the day that our precious Andi Kate was dedicated to the Lord as a part of their church's worship service.  It was so special to share in this occasion and to top it off, she was the only one dedicated at that particular service.  So, she got all the attention! ~smile~
After church we all went to lunch and then they gave me the plaque pictured above.  Is that not the cutest???  I don't know where my DIL found it but I sort of think it might have been on Etsy.  Yes, it will have a special place in our new home.
HELLO to dear, dear friends........this past week gave me the privilege of seeing several dear friends that I haven't seen in quite some time.  Above is my dear friend Diane.  Diane is a true Southern Belle that has the gift of making everyone she meets feel so very special.  She is a Stage 4 breast cancer survivor and a real testimony to God's faithfulness.  What a dear!!! 
Then last Friday a group of us met at a friends house to catch up.  This group has not been together in years and years.  We were all chatting on Facebook about a month ago and decided that we should make the effort to get together face to face.  Dottie (middle in top left and right picture) has been dealing with some tough health issues so we all met at her home.  
Dottie fixed a ham and the rest of us brought the side items and dessert to go with it and   we had the best "hen party" and so enjoyed getting caught up with each other. There's nothing like a girlfriend gathering, that's for sure!
HELLO new house progress.....Yes, siree! the forms went up on Monday and Tuesday and the driveway and patio were poured this past Wednesday.  Glorious day!!!  Now, the ends of the circle driveway have yet to be poured because the culverts had not been put in when the rest of the driveway was poured.  But, those should be poured next week and then we can actually drive on the driveway.
  The wall colors went on this past week and I thought I'd share some of the colors with you.  Of course, it's hard to get a real accurate color through pictures but you can get the "jest" of them. 
This color is Macadamia and it is being used in the living areas of the house and the hallways  All paint is by Sherwin Williams.  As you can see, I went with all neutral colors. 

Here's wishing you a wonderful new week!

Friday, May 8, 2015


Since my Mom's death 5 1/2 years ago, Mother Day has not been the same and I am not sure it ever will be.  She is still so much a part of my life and I think of her daily and it just seems so strange that she is not here for me to celebrate.

The first photo taken of my Mom and me.  I was about 4 months old.

 This week I've thought about so many things she would say to me, which reminded me of "Momisms."  You know those things that only a Mom can say, such as:

Because I said so, that's why! (one of my Mom's favorites)

If you make that face for too long, it will stay like that.(I always hoped that would never happen because I could make some ugly faces.)

I'll give you something to cry about. (heard that more than a few times)

Go ask your Dad. (not what I wanted to hear)

If you roll your eyes at me one more time, I'm going to slap you. (I did but thankfully she never, ever slapped me)

I hope you have a little girl just like you. (and, I did)

Don't make me pull this car over. (thinking she did do this a time or two because of my brother and I having some issues to resolve)

I'm not asking you, I'm TELLING you. (heard that more than once)

I don't care what other kids' parents said, I said no! (and she meant it)

If you don't quit whining you can just go to your room. (and I did more than once for sure)

Life isn't fair. (not exactly what I wanted to hear but sure was and is true)

When I was your age.......(no kid wants to hear that)

When you have kids of your own you'll understand (and she was right on that one for sure)

Clean your plate, there are starving children in Africa that would die to have that plate of food. (didn't work, I could stare food down with the best of them)

Go to your room and think about what you did. (well, I did go to my room but usually didn't think about what I had done, I just got madder)

And, the list goes on and on but I bet many of you reading this could identify with some of these.  And, I'm sure my kids could make up their own list of Momisms.  Perhaps they will look back on them with fond memories as I do those said by my Mom.

This was the last photo taken of me and my Mom, in Oct. 2008, just 6 weeks before her death.

 And, I leave you with this...............     

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge is back after a nice Spring Break last week.  Not sure how Joyce always manages to come up with good questions in spite of having a lot on her plate.  I think she might be "super woman."  Off to today's questions and my answers........

1. What's a phrase your mother often said to you? If you're a parent, is this something you now say to your own children?
Oh, this is so easy.........but there are two that immediately came to my mind and they come to my mind almost daily.  First one, "this too shall pass."  Second one, "let it happen, don't make it happen." Oh, and there was a third, "eat to live, don't live to eat." 
~a wise woman, she was~

2. What is a scent you associate with your mother or your childhood home?

Chanel #5 perfume.  My Dad would splurge when we really didn't have the money for splurging, and buy Mom Chanel #5 perfume for special occasions.  I remember thinking that was a big deal!!

3. What's an activity you remember always doing with your mother (or someone who was a mother figure in your life)?

Mom and I spent a lot of time at the piano when I was young.  She desired far greater than I did that I become an accomplished pianist.  I did learn to play because of her constant encouragement and begging but certainly never became accomplished.  Many years later, after I was married, we became great shopping partners.  Momma had a hard time making decisions and she loved for me to pick out her clothes and I did for many years.  I miss those times.
4. Flared jeans, maxi dresses, and jumpsuits are 70's fashion trends back this spring. Are you on board? Which trend would you be most inclined to try? For the men...flared corduroys, wide-collared shirts, and floral prints...what say you?
I currently have a few maxi dresses and a couple of jumpsuits and I love them all.  The maxi dresses I have are a bit on the dressier side and I think they are very feminine.  The one thing I do not like about the jumpsuits is the issue of going to the bathroom.  Oh, my goodness! ~need I say more~

5. May 6th is Teacher Appreciation Day and also Nurse Appreciation Day. Is there a nurse or teacher  you have especially appreciated along the way? Tell us why?

As long as I have a functioning brain I will always remember my first grade teacher, Mrs. Wilma Morton.  She was such a dear and had such a way of making me feel so, so special.  She was the reason that my parents took me to the eye Dr. and found out that I was legally blind.  Mrs. Morton told my parents that I got terribly frustrated when she wrote anything on the board and it did not help when she moved me to the front row.  I was a "changed child" when I got glasses and suddenly realized that trees had leaves.
 ~ no joke~

6. If I came by your house, what would I find on your frig door?

I have family pictures, pictures of missionaries that we pray for, cute magnets and artwork by the Grans.  I'm a  tad bit sad that when we move I will not be able to have anything hanging on my refrigerator unless I use tape. ~and that's pretty tacky~   Magnets will not work on stainless steel. I may have to hang a bulletin board at our back entrance.

7. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana made her royal entrance on Saturday, May 2nd. On a scale of 1-10, how much attention did you give to all the news coverage? 1=Who's Charlotte? 10=sat glued to the telly, cuppa in hand.

I sat down to the computer at some point on Sat. and saw on Fox News website that the baby had been born.  I had no idea she was even due at this time and for all I knew she could have been born 2 months ago.  AND, when I saw the picture of Kate leaving the hospital 10 hours after giving birth, looking like she just stepped out of Saks Fifth Avenue, I just shook my head and felt sorry for her.  I mean, there was no doubt in my mind that she had to absolutely put on a front and grin and bear it. ~how crazy~

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

 Meet Bella!  Bella is our Granddog.  Our son and family were gone this past weekend and they asked us if we would go over and let Bella out a few times while they were gone.  We said we'd just let her stay over here.  They were rather shocked as they know that we are NOT inside dog folks.  Bella is a toy poodle and a good dog, as dogs go. ~smile~  We did have fun with her and she was good but it just reaffirmed that we are NOT inside dog folks.  But, isn't she the cutest perched on the back of our sofa. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

HELLO Monday..............

It's a gorgeous Monday here in NE Louisiana and we've been blessed with a week of gorgeous weather and it is obvious that it has lifted the spirit of everyone.  A long cold and wet winter and a wetter than wet Spring left us in the doldrums.  Nothing like a sunny day to lift your spirits!  Here's to some HELLO'S this morning.........
HELLO beautiful rugs.........this past Thursday a friend and I went to a fantastic rug show in Lake Village, Arkansas.  It took place at Noni's Antiques and she has been having Halimi come with his rugs for over 20 years.  She has 4 shows a year and my friend had been to one of them when she was building her new home and told me that I needed to go that the choices and prices were fantastic.  Well, she was right and I picked up a couple of runners and smaller rugs and am thrilled too death with them.  My decorator and I had already chosen the bigger rugs that I will need but not any for the smaller areas.  And, Hubby says he doesn't quite understand that you put down gorgeous wood floors and then cover them up with rugs. ~grin~

HELLO house update.....things are moving at breakneck speed.  The painters are still busy as bees and all the granite was installed this past week.  Oh, what a difference it made.
  We were able to pick from remnants for all the smaller areas and there were so many wonderful choices.  We chose some patterns that we would have never picked for larger areas, such as the Hall Bath.  It is quite shocking but so very pretty and I have very light colored linens for that bathroom and think that will calm it down just the right amount.  
And, what you see in the above picture is all the needed items to build the forms for the driveway.  Yep! it's looking like that just may happen this week.  I'm trying not to get too excited but we sure are hopeful that Mother Nature behaves and it can happen.
I happen to think that I had not taken any pics of the back of the house.  Hubby and I took his Badboy Buggy to the house this weekend and rode over to the other side of the pond and I captured the bottom right picture.  I love how the house is completely reflected in the pond.  I'm pretty sure we are going to enjoy that pond way more than we realize. ~can't wait~
 HELLO baby boy.......And, I've saved the BEST for last!!  I've been holding this precious secret very close to my heart for a long time.  Yep, Bridget, Clint and Clancy will welcome another little boy into their family in October.  She has made it 17 weeks and her Drs. feel very good about her situation this time.  As most of you know, this will be her 5th pregnancy in the past 4 years. The last four have ended with late term miscarriages.  She has been blessed with a wonderful Obstetrician there in Mt. Pleasant and a Perintologist in Dallas.  We continue to pray God's watch care over her and this precious baby boy.  

Have a wonderful week!