Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's Friday Favorites and always such fun to share some of my favorites with you, especially when it's my family.~big smile~

 I have 2-3 favorites all wrapped up in this one collage of pictures.  One is my son who celebrated his 39th birthday last week, one is my Princess who celebrated her 6th birthday this week and the other favorite thing is our family celebrating together.  Would love if all our family could be together but there are many miles between all of us so we just have to make the best of it. ~boo-hoo~

 And, a favorite anytime is when my Dad gets to participate in our family events.  He had so much fun with us and was feeling great.  If only, if only, he could see! ~never take your sight for granted~

And, is this not the most precious picture? It's what you call,"sleeping like a baby."  This was little Coleman's first time in his big bed, which was just a few days ago.  This little fella is up to 7lb. 3oz and I can hardly wait to get my hands on him in about 10 days. ~leaving on a jet plane~
 In August, 2008, Hubby and I and a group of our "running buddies" went on an Alaskan Cruise with Celebrity Cruise Lines.  It is one of our most favorite memories and I think we would both like to go back.  We had never cruised before so we had no idea what to expect, but it was top notch and we saw some of the most gorgeous country in the world. It was a special time shared with special friends and I don't think it could have been any better. And, this photo of Hubby is one of my all time favorites. Need I say that he was in his element here.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday and that means the Hodgepodge with Joyce.  I'm not even sure what I'd find to blog about on Wednesday if it weren't for Joyce so hope she keeps those questions coming. ~big smile~

1. It's October so let's get this out there first thing...have you jumped on the all-things-pumpkin bandwagon? How so?
Well, as a matter of fact, I have.  I added some pumpkins and fall decor to the inside of the house last week and then had the front porch decked out the past two days.  I love a welcoming front porch and am so glad that we have a porch on this house as we had a porch on our former home and I love their presence. As to cooking with pumpkin, that will not likely happen until on into November.

2.  "We have more power than will; and it is often by way of excuse to ourselves that we fancy things are impossible." Francois Duc De la Rochefoucauld

What's something you once thought impossible, but in hindsight see as more a matter of lack of will?

Several years ago I bought a 35mm camera and very shortly afterwards decided it was just not for me.  Way too much trouble and big.  I don't know that I thought it was impossible but I certainly lacked the will to "hang in there." 

3. The rose is America's National Flower, but every state also has its own (click here to see the list). Are you happy with yours? If you were in charge what would you declare your state's flower? If you're outside the U.S. what bloom would you like to see labeled as your country's national flower?
Indeed I am. It is the Magnolia and I think most folks associate the Magnolia with the South.  I am having an arrangement done right now that is going to have some beautiful silk magnolia's in it.

4. What have you lost interest in recently?
The Presidential race  and our state Governor's race.  Gracious, enough is enough and the Presidential election is still over a year away.  And, I'm sure I should not be losing interest but should be really paying attention, but right now, not so much.

5. In your opinion, who's the best living musician?

Not so sure who I would label the best, I have a lot of favorites and Kenny Gee was one of the first who popped into my thoughts. I love instrumental music and guess that's why he came to mind.  But, as I said, I have so many favorites from all musical genres.
6. S'mores-love 'em or no? Ever make them indoors? Last time you sat around an outdoor fire? Are making s'mores and sitting round a fire pit on your autumn bucket list? Do you have an autumn bucket list?

I am embarrassed to say that I have never had a S'more but there is no doubt in my mind that I would absolutely love them.  Thinking it is time for me to remedy that and make some.  There is no autumn bucket list here.  Guess that doesn't sound very exciting but we are still in the "recovery mode" from our move. ~smile~
7. Your favorite small town? Why?

The one we live in because it has been home to us for 41 years and my husband has built a successful business here .  We have dear, dear friends  and while a lot of tough changes have taken place here in recent years, it is home and we love it. 
8. Insert your own random thought here. 

Taken on her 1st birthday
Today is our little Princess' 6th birthday.  She has brought so much joy to our lives and we are so thankful for her.  She said to me the other day, "CiCi, I love you more than Jesus loves me."  Now, if you don't think that didn't melt my heart, then think again.  I thought that was a very profound statement coming from a nearly 6 year old.  Hanna Beth, we are celebrating the blessing of you today!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Our house is becoming a home - Part 2

This past week just about finished off the decorating of the inside of the house.  We are now beginning to feel like we are at home.  There are still pictures to find for certain areas and we're waiting on the top treatments for the windows across the back, but we are "almost" there.
This is our Master Bedroom. I'm so pleased with the way it came together with the various fabrics.  It has a very warm and comfortable feeling.
This is the Master Bath.  There is a big shower to the right of the tub and that's what I've used thus far.  The spa tub has only been used once by Hubby.  I may indulge myself one of these days, but so far, just haven't taken the time to do so. I may be afraid that once I indulge it may become a habit. ~smile~
This is the Hall Bath and as you can see, the decor is centered around birds.  I had bird decor in our old house and my decorator thought it would be nice to incorporate it into this bath.  I'm very pleased and while I'm not sure a bathroom needs to be "warm and welcoming,"  I think this one is. ~big grin~
 This is my home office and where I spend many happy hours.  It also houses my treadmill.  People are amazed that everything fits so perfectly in it's place.  But, I went to great lengths to make sure that everything would fit with room to move around and my planning paid off.  It works!

Let me introduce you to Randi, the designer that has assisted us from the very beginning of the house building.  I knew from the day we first met that she was "my kind of gal."  She is not pushy in any way, has been full of fabulous ideas and suggestions and Hubby and I have enjoyed her immensely. It has been such fun to watch her "work her magic" on the placement of the inside decor.  If you live in the area and need a decorator,  I would highly recommend Randi to you.  She's not only a top notch designer/decorator, but a lovely young woman.

Stay tuned............and have a great new week!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Favorites

It's the first Friday of October and it's a full first week for our family.  We have 3 immediate family members birthdays, so we do a lot of celebrating this first week and it all starts this evening.
And, of course, these 3 are at the very top of my favorites list.  Brandon will be 39 tomorrow and since I'm only 40, I'm not sure how all that happened. ~yea, right!~  Clancy is 7 today and Hanna Beth will be 6 on the 7th.  Now, it gets to be a lot to keep it all straight at times.  Thankfully Andi Kate and Coleman have birth months all by themselves. 
 There is a young lady that grew up in our church that has become quite the "cooking making queen."  She started her business within the past year and she does the most amazing job.  I ordered some from her last week for a function and everyone not only raved about how pretty they were but also how good they tasted.  I think I would probably pull my hair out if I thought I had to decorate like this but I sure do enjoy being the recipient of them.  A favorite for sure! She has aspirations of  having a storefront for her business one day and I'm sure hoping that will all work out for her.
Hanna Beth was the leader of her class last week.  As the leader she got to have a VIP come for a visit one day and she asked me to be hers.  Well, I was so honored and had such a great time with her class.  They give you about 30 minutes to read, tell a story or talk to them about whatever you want.  Since I went on the first day of fall I talked to them about fall and then read them a Halloween story.  I fixed them up some little "happies" from items I had picked up at the $$$ Tree.  It was a special time and they made me feel like a VIP. Hoping this will one day be a favorite memory for my little Princess.
Tomorrow is the BIG day at our former house.  It will be a time of us letting go of some of our favorite treasures to let them become the treasures of someone else.  There are so many lovely, lovely items but we just have no place for them or they simply do not fit in our new home.  Folks have asked me if it's hard for me to let go of these things and it is not at all.  Stuff can so easily become the master of our existence and at our phase in life, it's time to let go of some of it.  Now, don't get me wrong, we still have way more than our share. ~don't we all~  But, if you live in the area, you should go by and check out the EXTREMELY good deals! And, the best part of all of it is that all Hubby and I have done is provide the stuff, Marla has done everything else and done an outstanding job. 

Have yourself a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I've missed about 2-3 weeks of HP and am having withdrawal. I'm glad to be back because Joyce always causes me to have to scratch my head, and that's a good thing.

1. Something on your October calendar that makes you smile?
Well, my baby brother is flying in tomorrow for a few days and I always enjoy his visits.  Then towards the end of the month I'll be seeing my newest Gran.  And, one other thing is that we will celebrate our #1 son's 39th birthday this Friday and since I'm only 40,that really makes me smile. ~a loud chuckle~

2. Food for the soul or music for the soul...which camp are you in? Tell us why?

It would definitely be music!  I have always enjoyed music of all kinds and generally have it playing in my car and home.  I usually play Contemporary Christian in the car and Easy Listening in the house.  Music is soooo soothing to my soul!
3. What are two or three things you've learned recently as the result of an online search?
Not anything earth shattering but found out when Downton Abbey and Call the Midwives new seasons start a couple of days ago.
4. Share your favorite game day recipe. You can describe it, post the how-to, or add a link to the actual recipe.
Humm.....I know it's probably weird, but Hubby usually watches our LSU Tigers and I sit here with him doing something else.  Occasionally we will go over to friends and enjoy some good eats and fellowship while the game is on.  That's always fun! But, I have no game day recipe as such.

5. What are your five essential steps for creating the perfect morning routine?
1 - get up by 5:30AM and grab a cup of coffee
2- spend time in devotion and prayer
3 - take my morning treadmill walk
4 - get dressed and ready for the day
5 - grab my to do list and get busy

6. What small thing have you taken note of today?

Hubby and I embarked upon hanging a VERY heavy mirror yesterday morning.  We were hanging it fairly high in one of our bathrooms and at one point we were both standing on the granite vanity holding this heavy mirror trying to get it on the hanger.  I took note that neither of us should have been standing that far up hanging a heavy mirror.  ~not very smart~ ~too old for such~

7. Sum up your September in seven words or less.

Too busy and too much excitement!
8.  Insert your own random thought here.

This is a bad picture but I snapped it with my phone in a hurry so I could show you my automatic flickering candles.  I have 3 groupings of them and I have them all set to come on at 5:00PM and I just love the ambiance they create.  They are so peaceful and I love candlelight. And, they look soooo real!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Our house becoming a home......

It's the last Monday in September and we have had just a bit of fall in the air in the early morning.  I'm ready for a bit of fall in the entire day.  
I'm going to share with you some of the decorating that has taken place around here last week.  Finally, it is taking on the look of a home.  My decorator came on Tuesday and we had such fun placing the decor here and there and watching the house come alive. We still have a bit more to do but we/she made a huge dent in the process.
I have always had a "love affair" with accent tables.  I'm not sure when it started but I have collected quite a few in recent years and most of them are older pieces that I have had refinished.  Here's how some of them look in our new house.
This is in one of the living areas. 
This is also in one of the living areas.
This one is in the hallway going to the Master Bedroom
And, this one is at the end of the hall where the guest rooms are located. 
These are the shelves located to the side of the fireplace in one of the living areas.
This is a couple of decorative groupings on the buffet cabinet beneath the windows in the eating area.
The kitchen area.

I will do whole room pictures as the rooms are completed.  But, as you can see things are finally beginning to come together.  I'll have more to show next Monday.

Have yourselves a great new week!!!  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Lea's Daybook - Friday, September 25th

It's the last Friday in September and it seemed like a good day for daybook.  Thanks to Peggy over at The Simple Woman for hosting this month in and month out.  Always fun to look inside someone's day.

For Today...
 it's Friday and I plan to get a whole lot of things done today.  Even though I do not work outside our home, I still look forward to Friday and the weekend.  A lot of folks might say that everyday should be a weekend for one that doesn't work outside the home, but it's just never been that way for me.  I am a busy woman, I generally have an agenda everyday and usually feel pretty productive at the end of most days. Wow! guess I got a little carried away on that. ~chuckle~

Outside my window...

the sun is beginning to shine brightly through the front windows.  It will get so bright in a little while that I generally keep the shutters closed until it changes positions.  We would love to have the sun come up over the pond in the back of our house, but it just did not work out that way.  So, we get to watch the sun set over the pond and that's a pretty site at the end of the day. ~it works~

I am thinking...

that it's going to be an endurance contest to survive the long road to the Presidential election in Nov. 2016.  May all we as Christians do their part!!

I am thankful...

for my good health thus far.  I have lived long enough to see how quickly our health can be taken from us or comprised to such an extent that it causes major life adjustments. Aging generally brings health issues that few escape, so every day that I am  healthy is a huge blessing.  

I am wearing...

some leggings and a long tunic.  I'm going to be busy here at the house for most today and about all I am worried about is being comfortable.  Cuteness matters most days, but not so much today. ~just keeping it real~

I am creating...

a warm and inviting home.  The decorating process is in full process now and I'm so enjoying our house becoming a home.

I am going...
 no where in particular but am ready to go somewhere in particular for sure.  Hubby and I pretty much put our traveling on hold when we started the construction of the new house.  Hopefully we'll get our traveling shoes on after the first of the year.

I am wondering...

if Jesus came to earth for a visit would the streets be lined and the crowds formed as they were for the Pope's visit.~just wondering~

I am hoping...

our new little Grandson continues to thrive as he has thus far.  I can't believe he will be 4 weeks old on Monday.  And, his due date is still 2 more weeks away.  Little stinker! ~scared us too death~

I am learning...

over and over again that things are just not always as they may seem.  There's just so many hurts behind smiles. It's all the more reason that we need to reach out to each and every soul we come in contact with.  They may well be fighting a battle behind that pretty smile.

In my kitchen...

I am so enjoying my new kitchen and have conjured up some pretty good meals in the past month that we've been here.  I've been doing a bit of bulk cooking and that means that our freezer has some ready meals and that makes me a happy gal.  As I've said many times, I am definitely NOT a gourmet cook but I'm a pretty good plain ole cook. ~ wink~

A favorite quote for today...

Just had to share these 3 from none other than Yogi Berra......
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
You can observe a lot by just watching.
It ain't over till it's over

A peek into one of my days...

My days are never the same. But, everyday there is some kind of house work going on.  A lot of days there are errands to run and about 3 times a week I stop by to visit with my Dad.  I can say that I am never bored!

One of my favorite things...

is watching our new house become a home.  Each day we get a little more settled and the decorating has begun. ~finally~  It's a process for sure.

A picture worth sharing...
Thought you might enjoy a little sneak peek at some of the decorating taking place.  This is our Master Bedroom that we finished up this week.  I could not be happier.  I love the brown, aqua, and golden colors. Hubby and I are most pleased.  Stay tuned for more pictures on Monday's post.