Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's Wednesday, and a cold one at that, but not too cold to join up with Joyce and the HP.

1. What keeps you blogging?
A few things:
1) I enjoy writing 
2) I so enjoy the friendships I have formed, many are so near and dear to my heart.
3) It serves as a way for me to document my life

2. Some people like to travel in the winter months. Do you enjoy the beach in winter? According to Southern Living the best U.S. beach towns to visit this winter are-

St Simons Island (Georgia), Hilton Head (South Carolina), Bald Head Island (North Carolina), Seaside (Florida), Bay St. Louis (Mississippi), Cape San Blas (Florida), South Padre Island (Texas), Folly Beach (South Carolina), Chincoteague (Virginia), Duck Key (Florida), Nags Head (North Carolina), and Fairhope (Alabama)

Have you been to any of the towns listed (in any season)? Which on the list appeals to you most this winter? 
I have been to Hilton Head, Nags Head and Fairhope.  Fairhope is a favorite place of mine.  Such a cute, quaint town, sort of like stepping back in time.  I doubt they are much better off weatherwise than we are right now, so guess I'd probably need to head to Seaside or Duck Key, Florida for a little warmth and sunshine.

3. What's a song you're embarrassed to know all the lyrics to? Are you really embarrassed or do just think you should be?

Well, I cannot think of one right now but I'm quite sure that there is some country song with less than stellar lyrics that I could recite.  I haven't listened to country music in years but somehow that doesn't matter when it comes to remembering lyrics.  If only I could think of one. 

4. When you were a kid what's something you thought would be fantastic as an adult, but now that you're an adult you realize it's not all that fantastic?
Oh, my goodness, I could not wait to get to go to the grocery store, fill my cart and then go home and cook all these amazing meals.  Well, it  didn't take me long to figure out what a chore grocery shopping is and also the chore of preparing meals.  But, I have been doing it for a very long time now and I have survived. ~giggle~

5. Share a quote you hope will inspire you in 2018.

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I like everything about this quote, especially speaking gently, loving much and being kind.  I'm thinking it should be our nation's motto this coming year, especially the media.  I'm going to try and be a good example of this quote. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.

Many of you would get a kick out of the way our area was shut down yesterday and it continues today.

This is what it looked like at our house and on the hill coming into our subdivision.  Hubby and I got out about 8:30 to check things out, stopped and had breakfast and came back home.  In the time we left and the time we headed back things had changed significantly.  When we left the snow was just powdery and there really wasn't any ice.  Well, the temps were extremely low and as the snow was driven over and somewhat melted, it froze back slick, slick!  There were very few businesses open and not likely to be open today.

But, it was a day full of fun for my Princess, Sweetheart and their Mom and Dad.  And, Bella  wasn't sure how she felt about all of it.

I really hope it will all be gone completely by tomorrow and we can get back on track.  We all just got back into our routines from the holidays and now this.  I'm sure many of you are chuckling at this but this is sooooo unusual for us and pretty much stops us in our tracks.

Happy mid-week folks!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday's Musings

Just had a few smatterings of various things to share today and thought it might fall under the heading of "Monday's Musings." 

This is my sweet Daddy standing very proudly (with his call button tucked inside his shirt)  by the license plate that our son gave him for Christmas.  Brandon got this tag from some license plate collector and thought his Grandpa might like it.  Well, he did and bless his heart, he hasn't driven in over 6 years but he'll get a kick telling folks about his license plate hanging on the wall rather than on the back of his vehicle. ~chuckle~

Okay, some of my blogging buddies will get a big kick out of this picture.  It's me "trying" to photograph myself in a mirror.~ignore the background clutter~  I'm not quite sure I have the hang of it but let me assure you, this one is much better than previous 100 I took. ~laugh~  I wanted to show you the cute top I have on.  It's an Agnes and Dora convertible tunic.  My daughter just became an A and D  rep and they have the cutest clothes.  If you'd like to check out her shop, click here.   A couple of things I really like about this top is, the sleeves have about a 3-4 inch band that helps to keep the sleeve pushed up if you so desire.  And, I love the cowl neck!  It's called convertible because you can pull it down on your shoulders if that's a look you like.  Me, not so much, the more of me that's covered the better I look. ~grin~ And, it's plenty long enough to wear with leggings but I chose to wear it with my gray jeggings this day.

And, this little guy took his sheep to his very first sheep show on Saturday.  He has been working with these two stubborn guys since last Oct.

This is before the show began and Clancy was getting his sheep ready and had a few butterflies in his tummy as well.  

And, I am pleased to report that Clancy's sheep took 1st and 2nd place in the show and the sheep above was Reserve Grand Ewe.  Now, don't ask me that that is because I do not know but it is a good award if you are showing sheep. ~in case you ever have to know that~  And, all of the wins equaled to $43 and since it cost $20 per sheep to enter them in the show, Clancy came out $3 ahead. ~a good deal~  It was a great first experience for him!

And, Coleman had a great time watching his big brother and dreaming of the day he could be out there with the sheep. 

One last thing...........I have a collection of 10 Mark Roberts fairies.  They are  Limited Edition and all the designs have been changed since I got these.  They are all numbered and one on the left is 28/5000.  I no longer use these and saw them in the top of a cabinet the other day and thought that I would sell them if I could find an interested buyer.  I would prefer to sell all 10 with the two stands that I have.  I only had one out at a time for different holidays and the rest of their lives they have spent carefully stored in their original boxes. They are all just beautiful and so very detail.  I thought one of you might know of someone that might be interested in them.  I don't know what I'm going to ask for them but I do know that they were between $48 - $52 each new.  Let me know if you know of anyone.

Okay, that was definitely a post that went from A - Z.  Wishing you a wonderful new week!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

10 Random Things about Me

I'm linking up with Erin today for the "10 on the 10th" link-up. Today's 10 is 10 Random Things About Me.   I think it's always fun to learn random things about people so here goes............

I.  I was born in Newport News, Virginia while my Dad was stationed at the Norfolk Naval Base in 1952.  I was the first child and yes, I suffer from "older child syndrome." ~whatever that is~

2.  My Dad surrendered to the ministry when I was 8 years old and over the next 10 years we would move 6 times from Arkansas back to Virginia.  That means that I attended 7 different schools in 12 years. And, I always adjusted quickly, made new friends and went right on with life.

3.  I met my husband when I was a mere 12 years old and married him when I was a mere 18 years old (2 months shy of my 19th birthday). That is almost scary but hey, we're working on our 47th year.

4.  I was raised by two very organized parents so I got my love of organization from both sides.  I am convinced that an organized life is a productive life. ~in my thinking anyway~

5.  I love a schedule and like to know what's going to happen next and enjoy making plans and looking forward to those plans.  Schedules keep me on track and I do enjoy staying on track.

6.  Our son, our first child, was due on Sept. 28th and was born Oct 3rd.  Our daughter, our 2nd and last child, was due June 28th and was born July 3rd, 2 years and 9 months later.  I've always thought that was so COOL!  Only an organized and scheduled person could manage that. ~big chuckle~

7.  I head straight to the coffee pot when my feet hit the floor of a morning.  It's coffee and then a little time with Jesus and I'm "ready for the day." Well, a shower and makeup afterwards and then I'm really ready. ~grin~

8.  I use to have a gift wrap business called,"It's a Wrap."  I wrapped more packages and gift baskets than the law allows and by the time I closed the business I was pretty much cured of ever wanting to wrap another gift.  But, it sure was great fun while I did it.  I still enjoy being creative, especially when it comes to Valentine's, Easter or Christmas goodies, such as fudge, cookies or miniature cakes.

9.  I love a sale and sometimes I get confused and think that just because it's on sale that I need it.  I'm really working on that because I'm at a point where I really don't need many clothes (but I love them) and surely don't need any more STUFF (but I love stuff too).  It's an on going battle for sure!

10.  And, my newest random thing..........A couple of weekend's ago I decided to post a couple of my really nice purses for sale on Facebook.  Well, they sold in less than 5 minutes.  I decided after that to make myself a group page and try selling more of my personal stuff.  I didn't want to fill my personal page with constant selling as it can be very bothersome.  So, this past Sat. I started my FB group page, Second Time Around by LeaI posted about 15 items and have sold most of them.  I'm selling some outerwear clothing, household decor, purses, household items and who knows what else.  It's all in excellent, like new condition and I get a few dollars and someone else gets to enjoy it.  If you are on FB and want to check it out, I'd love to have you join my group and have some fun.

Okie dokie, there you have it, 10 random things about me and I assure you, there are a lot more.

Monday, January 8, 2018

The BB Asks............

It's that fun time with the Blended Blog gals to answer their monthly questions.

1. Resolutions or No Resolutions?
No resolutions for me.  I use to make resolutions but grew weary of that several years ago.  But,  I do  have a "word for the year."  I seem to really do much, much better with a word than I ever did with resolutions.  My word for this year is "Abide."  Abide in Him through prayer, Bible Study, witnessing, loving others and on and on.  I've already pondered this word a lot and will continue to this year as I hopefully grow closer to in my walk with HIM.

I even found this little plaque to sit on my desk to remind me daily to ABIDE.

2. Love snow or No Snow?
Well, a light dusting is fine but any more is not to my liking.  And, thankfully, we don't have to worry about it very often at all here in NE Louisiana.

3. Name a New Place you want to go this year?
There are some interesting places right here in our own state and some would make a real nice day trip.  I think it might be fun if Hubby and I planned to visit 1 or 2 of these.  Sometimes we miss what is "in our own backyard" by thinking we have to travel many miles to see or do something.

4. Would you rather have a new Hair cut or Hair color?
Well, to tell you the truth, I'm pretty pleased with both right now.  I do change hair styles occasionally but I've never been one to play around with my hair color except for hi-lites every once in a while.  And, while we're on the subject, what is with the "wild colors" that some gals are coloring their hair.  I just don't get it! ~probably shows my age for sure~

5. Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year?
I want to and plan to go to Virginia to see some  cousins and an Aunt on my Mom's side.  I love going and am working to make it happen, probably in early spring.  It's been 2 years since I've been and non of us are getting any younger. ~if you know what I mean~

6. Least Favorite thing about January?
It's sort of a "ho-hum" month and can be very dreary weather wise.  I'm a sun shine kind of gal and dreary days and I don't do well together.

7. Most Favorite thing about January?
It's the start of a new year and I do love new beginnings.

8. When do you take down your Holiday decorations?
As soon as possible and this year it was Christmas Day.  Our Christmas was over and we had nothing to do that day so I stayed busy undecking. ~don't think that's a word~  I was one happy gal when it was all down and put up for another year.

9. Do you diet in January?
Well, I wouldn't say diet but generally am more conscious about what I eat than usual for a while. I figure it's a heck of a lot easier to lose 1-2 pounds than 10-20. ~ugh~
10. What area of your home do you want to organize the most?
My home is pretty much organized and I work real hard to keep it that way but my closet could use some extra organization right now.  And, I am working on it, a little at a time and it is looking somewhat better.

11. Favorite Winter Comfort Food?
Well, it would be soup of all kinds and that probably doesn't qualify as a "comfort food" but it is for me.  Give me soup of any kind and piece of corn bread and I'm very comforted. ~chuckle~

12. Favorite Guilty Pleasure
Well, the first thing to come to my mind is Hershey Chocolate Nuggets with almonds.  I love those little sweet blocks of chocolate and keep them in a container on the kitchen cabinet.  I entitle myself to at least one per day and sometimes I give in to having two. ~shame on me~ 

Have a great 2nd week of 2018!!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Lea's Favorites

Well, have you missed my "favorites" post?  It's been probably 6 weeks since I shared any of my favorites with you, so thought it was "high time."

We are big "soft butter" folks here at this house.  I have not refrigerated butter for the last several years.  It makes spreading it sooooo much easier.  I get so aggravated when I go to a restaurant and they bring me cold butter to use on my warm/hot bread.  Ugh!  Anyway, I saw this butter keeper on Facebook a few weeks ago and I just couldn't resist ordering one.  It holds 2 sticks of butter and I always kept 2 glass butter dishes on the counter and I thought  this would serve the purpose better.  It comes in 3-4 colors and easily comes apart for washing.  And, yes, you can find it on Amazon!

One of Hubby's staff shared these little jewels with me the other day. Just the name will certainly grab your attention.  These are the softest facial wash cloths you have ever used, so,so much softer than any regular washcloth (no matter how much fabric softner you use). I use mine to clean my face before using the cleanser in my skincare regime.  It claims to clean your face without any cleanser or soap but I just cannot buy that.  But, they certainly get the bulk of my makeup off before I use my cleanser. And, I'm quite sure their softness is much better for my face than the washcloths I have been using for years.  They wash and dry beautifully too and they are in such happy colors.  I got mine at Bed,Bath and Beyond for $9.99 and they were a whooping $19.99 on Amazon.  Yep! gotta be careful!

I am a big time lotion user.  I slather it all over from head to toe every morning when I get out of the shower.  Of course, my back always poses an issue since my arms are just not quite long enough to reach most of it.  And, in this bitter cold weather we've been having, my skin and especially my back, needs moisturizing.  I recently bought this lotion applicator and it's super!  I've tried a couple of others that just were not all they were cracked up to be.  You actually put lotion into the end container on this and the little rolling balls spread it all over.  The handle has enough curve to reach your entire back area.  A novel idea for sure!  I also bought this at Bed,Bath and Beyond for $9.99.

NOTE:  The following is definitely favorites of mine but of a different favorite, they are just something to admire, not use. ~yes, more stuff~  But, I wanted to share them with you. 

I have been on the lookout for some decorative plates that were non-seasonal.  I want them for a couple of times during the year, one of them being right now.  I don't really decorate for Valentine's or Madi Gras but love to have decorative plates on my stands.  While out and about during the holidays I saw these Clementine Hunter plates.  When I saw them I knew they were what I wanted to use during the non-seasonal times of the year.

Some of you may be saying, who is Clementine Hunter? She was a self taught black folk artist here in Louisiana.  She died in 1998 at the age of 102.  She went to work at the Melrose Plantation, on the Cane River, as a young girl and lived most of her life there.  It was there that she picked up brushes and paints left behind by a visiting artist and began painting.  All of her paintings depicted her life there at Melrose.   She is Louisiana's most famous woman artist and one of  the most famous folk artist of all time.

The painting on this square platter is named, "Baptizing on the Cane River."

This painting is "The Cotton Wagon." 

The painting on this round platter is Melrose and if you notice, you will see that her s in Melrose is backwards.   The vase is called "Cotton Pickin'."

Her work is very childlike and likely there's none other quite like it.  I am thrilled too death with these pieces and love the look they give.  They were my Christmas present to myself. ~chuckle~

Now, have yourself a great 1st weekend of this new year!!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's so good to be back with the HP this week.  I've been AWOL with the HP for a few weeks.  Let me jump in for Joyce's first of the year questions.....

1. It's that time of year again...time for Lake Superior University to present a list of words (or phrases) they'd like to see banished (for over-use, mis-use, or genera uselessness) in 2018. You can read more about the decision making process and word meaning here, but this year's top vote getters are-

unpack, dish (as in dish out the latest rumor), pre-owned, onboarding/offboarding, nothingburger, let that sink in, let me ask you this, impactful, Cofefe, drill down, fake news, hot water heater (hot water doesn't need to be heated), and gig economy

Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why? Is there a word not on the list you'd like to add?

I really don't hear many of these and some I've never heard of before.  But, nothingburger is pretty senseless as far as I'm concerned and certainly not necessary in the world of describing something or someone .

2. What's something you need to get rid of in the new year?
Oh, I likely have a lot that I probably should get rid of at this point in my life. ~big grin~ I probably need to lessen my dishes.  I love dishes and have more than my fair share of sets but I don't really want to get rid of any.  I do have two sets of fine Lenox china that need a new home.  But, so far I haven't found anyone willing to give me a decent price for them.  This was just the first thing to come to my mind, as I said, I probably have a lot that I need to get rid of.  And, hey I could get rid of some poor attitudes about "some" things as well. ~couldn't we all~

3. Where do you feel stuck?
I am often stuck in thinking that my daily devotional time serves as Bible study and it is NOT.  I am making a concerted effort to spend more time in Bible reading and study this year outside of my devotional time.  It is such a blessing to read and study God's Word but it's so easy to let other far less important things get in the way of it.  

4. January is National Soup Month. When did you last have a bowl of soup? Was it made from scratch or from a can? Your favorite canned soup? Your favorite soup to make from scratch on a cold winter's day?
I made the BEST pot of Beef Stew this past weekend (and I consider that sort of a soup).  It was definitely made from scratch.  I use round steak that I cut into cubes rather than regular stew meat.  My favorite canned soup is Homestyle Chicken Noodle and my favorite soup to make from scratch is Chicken Noodle and I'll likely be making it later this week.  We are soup and stew folks here at our house.  Add some corn bread and we're happy campers.  

5. Tell us one thing you're looking forward to in 2018.
Well, right now I'm just looking forward to the entire year.  I was so glad when yesterday arrived and things could get back to a normal routine. ~whatever that is~  I thrive on a routine and the holidays generally through routines to the wind.  And, that's quite fine but I do look forward to getting back with our routines.

6. Insert your own random thought here
On New Year's Day I decided to sell a few really nice purses and totes I had  on my Facebook page.  I have never done anything quite like that but decided to give it a whirl.  Well, I listed  6 and within one hour all but one had sold.  I'm thinking that I just might make a group page for selling items I no longer want or use.  Folks will have the option of being in the group or not.  I think it's a "win win" deal for both me and the buyer. ~the joys of social media and the internet~ 

Happy 2018!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Christmas Recap

Whee! Christmas came and went and now, as far as I'm concerned, we're in the longest week of the year.  I have never cared too much for the week between Christmas and New Year's.  It just seems to drag and I'm always ready to jump into the new year.  For now, I'll share our Christmas with a whole lot of pictures and a few words.

Bridget and her boys arrived on the 17th from Oklahoma.  Once she arrived, the wheels were in motion for an early Christmas on the 20th for us.  
We had matching tee shirts and decided it would be fun to wear them while she was here.

A trip to Wal-Mart was needed for a few last minute groceries and Mr. Coleman went with us.  And, can I just tell you that a trip with this little guy will keep you on your toes.  He's busy even when he's confined to the basket of the buggy. ~not joking~

We took 3 of the 4 Grans over to see my Daddy.  We stayed out in the main area of the facility so the kiddos would have room to move around.  Daddy enjoyed the short visit with his Great Grans.

Clancy and Hanna Beth had a good time decorating their Gingerbread houses and playing with the karaoke machine.  The weather was rainy and dreary so it was good we had some inside things to keep them occupied.

Bridget pulled out her American Dolls that she had gotten 25+ years ago.  I have had them carefully stored away.  She redid their hair and put them in the dresses they came in.

And, here they are, Kristen and Samantha.  You can certainly tell that they have been well cared for and she plans to give them to two very special nieces in the near future.  And, she's keeping her third one for herself.  

It came time for our family Christmas  and we always begin it with a birthday celebration for Jesus. As we were closing out the birthday celebration with prayer, Coleman decided to break loose (see above photo).

He took baby Jesus out of the manager, checked him out, then decided to ride the manager like a horse and then thought he'd see if he could lay down in the manager.  I'm telling you, this child can give you a "run for your money."

It then came time for opening gifts and while I like for it to be done somewhat orderly, that was only somewhat possible with the little ones.  But, it was fun and everyone seemed very, very pleased.

Bridget and the boys left headed to her inlaws on Friday and then on home on Saturday so they could celebrate Christmas at their house.  I was a bit frazzled and exhausted from all the celebration but got it all back together pretty quickly.  

We waited and had Christmas with my Dad on Christmas Eve.  It was much quieter then and he enjoyed being at our son and DIL's and playing with Bella, their toy poodle.

Brandon and Bridget and their families ready to attend their churches Christmas Eve services.

Tommy and I attended the Christmas Eve service with our son and his family.

Christmas morning we went over and had breakfast with our son and his family and then we came home, where we remained the rest of the day.  And, while it might seem rather "unconventional," I spent the rest of my Christmas day taking down the tree and decor.  Yes, I did!  When it's over, it's over and I'm always ready for the decor to be down.  So, we got up to a house yesterday morning that looked as though Christmas had never happened .

And, Tommy and I went out to breakfast yesterday morning and then headed to the theater to see, "The Greatest Showman."  What a great movie!!!  The music is awesome, the story is great and the entire production was amazing.  Yes, I highly recommend it!

And, that pretty much wraps up our Christmas celebration.  A lot of family, a lot of love and a lot of memories!