Friday, October 13, 2017

Lea's Favorites


I have some real "goodies" for you today, or at least I think so.  I always hope that some of my favorites will also become some of your favorites.

I only have this one food I have today but it is a really, really good one.  My daughter told me about these just this week and I went right out and bought a box of them.  If you like all things almond then you will surely LOVE them.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy these fellas.  You will not regret it and a pouch (2 of them)  is only 180 calories!
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Are you like me and get tired of putting your cell phone in the cup holder or maybe you just keep your phone in your purse and don't give it a thought. ~good for you~  I, and most of you, I'm sure, have blue tooth connection for your phone but I still like to have my phone in view.  This holder is the BEST!  It simply suctions to your windshield and I mean SUCTIONS!   It's especially great if you are using your MAPS app.  I put mine in the far left lower portion of my windshield so that it is not in my view or a distraction.  Yes, it is on Amazon!
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You may not be able to tell from this picture, but this is a miniature flat iron.  It is the handiest little tool if you have short hair, especially around the neckline.  I have owned 2 of these dandy things and love them.  It is so much easier to grab shorter hair with one of these.  I just happened to run across one in a beauty supply store a couple of years ago and this new one came from, yes, you guessed it, Amazon.
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I am not much into flats but these caught my eye and called my name.  They are by Vince Cumuto and are so cute and comfortable.  I got the black leather but they come in suede as well and in a couple of other colors.  I love the bow embellishment with the gold studs.  These can be found at Nordstroms.  

So, there you have it, my latest favorite things.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend.  We're hoping for cooler temps here in NE, Louisiana.  And, just so you know, there will be no posts next week as we'll be in Oklahoma visiting our daughter and family during their Fall Break.  See you the following week!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

From this Side of the Pond  It's the Wednesday Hodgepodge, nothing else needs to be said............

1. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your sense of direction? 1=can't find my way out of a paper bag and 10=if I've been somewhere once I can find it blindfolded ten years later.
I would definitely be a 10!!!  I was the reason that Navigation Systems were invented.  It was a glorious day when MAPS came into existence.  I just wish it had happened 30 years earlier because me and a map just do not "gee haw" at all.

When was the last time you looked at/used a map you could hold in your hand? (phones don't count!) 
back east, down south, out west, up north
I think I may have looked at a map while we were in Memphis this past spring.  It was a small map inside an information book in the hotel room.  I was trying to see where something was located in relation to the hotel.  Other than that, I couldn't tell you when I've held a map in my hand.

Choose one of these directional expressions and tell us why you chose it.



This is so me!  I need you to give me landmarks, like turn left at the Kroger Grocery Store, I have never grasped north, south, east or west. ~much to my husband's dismay~

2. Did you do more talking or listening yesterday? Is that typical? Describe your yesterday in one word.

I did more talking as I was on the phone taking care of Dr. appointments and other arrangements that took way more time on the phone than I cared to spend.  But, it was necessary!  No, that is not typical, thankfully.  I try to be mindful that the Lord gave me 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason, that I should do more listening than talking.  I fail at times but I really do try.

3. Time, money, water-power-resources, opportunity...which one on the list are you most guilty of wasting? What might you do to change that?

Oh, my, surely I'm not the only one guilty of wasting all of these at one time or the other.  I sure hope I'm not!  I am very time conscious and try so hard to be wise with mine, but, I seem to still waste it on occasion.  And, I can say the same thing for the other 4 on the list.  To change that I need to be intentional in making sure I do my VERY best to not be wasteful in any of these areas.  Being intentional is key to a whole lot of issues!

4. Did  your family take regular vacations when you were a kid? Tell us something you remember about a family roadtrip from your own childhood.
We did and most of the time it was to see family because we lived 1000+ miles away from my Mom's family for a time and then 1000+ miles away from my Dad's family.  We would generally incorporate interesting stops along the way.  Memories of our traveling is forever etched upon my memory for sure.  We traveled in un-airconditioned cars, and the wind noise was deafening and I couldn't stand the wind blowing through the open windows.  And, their were no baby seats whatsoever and my dear Momma would hold our baby brother in her lap all the way.  Can you imagine?  And, there sure wasn't any seat belts.  Everything about traveling was UNSAFE back "in the day."


5. If you could grow anything you wanted, what would you grow? Why?

I have drawn a complete blank on this, can't think of a thing I want to grow.  I can't wait to read everyone's else's answers to this. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.


This is the newest litter of the Broome Corgi's.  Yes, they made their appearance one week ago today  Our daughter and her husband raise and breed Corgi's.  And, these little puppies are precious but would I have ever dreamed in all of my life that my daughter would be plum silly over raising and breeding any kind of dog.  Not in a million years! They have flown these dogs across the miles to their new owners and they've met their new owners at the airport and given them their puppy.  Some folks don't like for their puppies to fly alone.  They have had some folks drive 800+ miles to pick one up.  Anyway, it is an interesting business for sure and it seems that Corgi's are a most popular dog and make a wonderful pet.  We'll get to see these next week as we're going for a visit and no, we will not be bringing one home with us. ~smile~ So, if you have an interest in one, just let me know and I can sure get you the "hook up."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

10 on the 10th




Tuesday is not a usual blogging day for me, but today's 10 on the 10th. It should be a most interesting link up for sure.  We're to post about 10 things in our bathroom drawer(s).  Have mercy, how are we suppose to limit it to 10.  Well, here goes.....


1. Hair clips - used to hold my hair out of my face while applying my makeup.  I'd rather use clips than a headband.  I use a headband when I'm washing my face. ~just in case you were wondering~

2. - Terry cloth headband - I love this headband when I'm about to wash my face and do my nightly facial routine.  It does a good job of keeping the products out of my hair. 

3. All things used to remove makeup - that would be facial cleanser, eye makeup remover and toner (in top picture)


4. Makeup Brushes - just how many brushes does it take to apply makeup. Apparently a lot!  I have every eye brush made (I think) and I generally use most of them.  Then you have the brushes for your face powder and blush.  Makes me tired just thinking about all of them.

5. Eye shadows, mascaras, foundation, eye liner and eye brow pencil - I don't have a lot of eye shadow as I generally use the same 3 neutral colors everyday.  I think that's more to my style. I've never been one to wear colored eye shadow.  I love foundation and truly cannot imagine my life without it as I'm pretty scary looking without it. ~chuckle~

6. Eye drops - my poor eyes are generally very red in the mornings, so before I even start with my makeup I put some drops to remove redness and in a matter of seconds, it's gone and I'm "good to go." 


7. Hair products - I basically use one of these hair products, the It's a 10 is what I generally use before blow drying my hair and the rest was likely bought because I "thought" I'd give it a try.  

8. Hair brushes for styling and more clips - There's a round brush, big and small, and a regular brush.  They all serve a different purpose and  I'm not sure when fixing our hair became such an ordeal, but......... 


9. Flatiron and curling iron - this is the neatest drawer that has a plug and bins built in for my hair styling tools.  When I'm finished I can merely close the drawer and everything is out of sight. 


10. Facial wash clothes - these are just regular wash clothes but they are what I use to wash my face with.  I do not use the wash clothes that go with my towels because makeup is nasty and mascara leaves stains on them.  So, this drawer holds my stash.

So,that's my 10 items but I assure you I could have given 50, but that would have been overload for sure.  Who really cares anyway, but it will be kind of interesting to see the various items that women have in their bathroom drawers.  I'm off to check it out!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Birthday weekend




Last weekend was our BIG birthday weekend and it was a  special time with family as well.


My brother came in from Iowa and got to share in all the fun.  He comes 2-3 times a year to spend time with us and our Daddy.   We always enjoy his visits!

Our daughter, me and our DIL
Our daughter and her sons came in as well.  It was her 20th year class reunion and it just happened to fall on the weekend before Clancy's 9th birthday.  In fact, it was the weekend before his, our son's and Hanna Beth's birthday.  They all celebrate their special days the first week of  October.


I'm telling you there's not a cuter little boy nor is there a busier little boy.  He goes 100% all day long and it took all of us to keep up with him.  He takes "top honors" for the busiest of any of our Grans.  If he weren't so stinkin' cute it might matter but it's hard to get aggravated with him due to his cuteness. ~chuckle~


Saturday afternoon we gathered to celebrate our birthday honoree's.  My Dad joined in on the fun and no doubt, was glad to get back to his quiet little abode afterwards. ~grin~


This little guy was celebrating his 9th birthday and was more than EXCITED to find a Nintendo Switch in his birthday package.  How on earth these kids can manipulate those controls is beyond me.  I couldn't a bit more figure it out than fly to the moon.  He was a happy boy for sure!


Our Princess will celebrate her 8th birthday this next Saturday.  She was quite proud of her new Vera Bradley backpack, new clothes, books and a Garmin type fitbit.  She can now count her steps while carrying her cute new backpack.  How much better can it get for a precious little 8 year old girl.


And, this big guy celebrated #41 this past Tuesday.  Yep, I can't believe I'm Mom to a child 41 years old.  He was pretty excited about an envelope filled with some of his favorite gift cards! He's now Dad to two precious little girls and it blesses my heart to sit back and watch him be a Daddy.


I had one cake made with all of their names on it.  It's from our favorite bakery here and she's been making our family birthday cakes ever since Brandon's 1st birthday.  It wasn't the prettiest cake this year but we had to leave room for all their names and that left little room for "cuteness."

It was a fun and busy time and hopefully one for the memory books.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday Hodgepodge


It's another Wednesday, another Hodgepodge and that means more questions from Joyce to be answered by us.  

1.  Have you ever spent time on a farm? Well, not really.  I've visited farms but that's about the extent of my time on a farm. ~I'm a city gal~  Tell us a little bit about it. Have you ever grown your own pumpkin? Oh, never grown a pumpkin or anything else for that matter outside of flowers.  Been on a hayride? Yes, I have been on a hayride, in fact, more than one.  It has been many, many years since I've been on one, but I sure did enjoy them "back in the day."  Driven a tractor?  No, haven't driven a tractor either but probably could the next time we go to our daughter's.  Our SIL has a tractor and I'm betting he would just love to teach me to drive it. ~big laugh~  Milked a cow? Yes, to this as well but again, it's been many, many years ago.  Some folks in one of my Dad's churches gave me this opportunity and I'll never forget it either. 

2. What's something younger you would like about you now? 
Oh, my, I've given this a lot of thought and about all I can think of is that I am a true Southern Belle and I feel like I "wear it well."  In other words, it agrees with me.

3. What are three things you'd like to do more often?  
1 - Enjoy lunch with lady friends
2 - Prepare "out of the norm" meals ~this is very random~
3 - See my extended family in Virginia 

Three things you'd like to do less often?
1 - Go to the Dr. or Dentist

2 - Use the self check-out at Wal-Mart
3 - Listen to automated messages when I call a business

4. What's on your nachos?
Pile them high with jalapeno peppers and rotel cheese


5. What's the most random thing in your purse or wallet?

I don't know if it's all that random but I have a Tide Spot Remover Pen in my purse.  I mean one never knows when they may need to remove a spot of ketchup or mustard off their clothes.
 Does it need to stay there?
Yes, it definitely needs to stay there "just in case"

6.  Insert your own random thought here.



This poor china oriental lady lost her head yesterday in a very freak accident.  I had to have a repairman come to work on the gasket on my dishwasher.  He is the nicest man and we were talking while he was walking towards the front door and he stopped for us to finish our conversation before he left.  I have an antique shelf sitting somewhat near the front door but it's never been a bother until...........  He was talking and emphasizing  with his hands and arms and somehow he knocked one of these oriental ladies to her death.  He was beyond embarrassed and I assured him that it was okay.  I mean, they are just "stuff" and now I one less of "stuff" to worry with in the years ahead.  I do enjoy these ladies and they look lovely on this shelf and now, as you can see in the photo, there is an empty space where this one once sat.  I'm going to see if I can replace her but it's doubtful as I have had them several years. By the way, he did not offer to return my payment for his service. ~wink~ I will definitely be calling him again but if we are conversing we will do it in an open space. ~smile~

Happy mid-week!!!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

TBB Asks....Fall Theme



It's all about fall today with the Blended Blog questions.

1. Favorite Fall Sweet Treat? It would be anything pumpkin or cinnamon.

2. Red, Yellow or Green Apples? If I have to eat an apple it would definitely be red but I think all 3 of the colors in a bowl make a most attractive look for fall.


3. Favorite Fall Sport to Play? Well, I don't play a sport, so I'll go with a good card game, dominos or a board game.

4. Best Drink for Fall? Coffee is always the best drink for me and right now I'm putting a couple of tablespoons of Pumpkin Skinny Syrup in it.

5. Favorite Fall Activity? We always head to see our daughter in Oklahoma in Oct. while she out of school for Fall Break.  It's a great time to see the changing colors and makes the long drive a bit more enjoyable.

6. Must have Fall Purchase?Hubby always buys mums to place around when fall rolls around.  I love them but he is the "mum pro" so I leave the purchasing to him.

7. Pumpkins: Pick your own or store bought? I guess this is terrible, but I quit buying real pumpkins several years ago.  They just rot way too quick and I don't enjoy cleaning up rotten pumpkin.  I only used them for outside decor and they now make such realistic "fake" ones that if I use any, that's the ones I buy.

8. Real or Fake Pumpkin? Guess I just answered this in #7

9. Favorite Halloween Costume? Any costume that isn't scary is good with me.  I don't do scary.

10. College Football or NFL? I am not a big fan of any sports but it would definitely be college football if I had to pick.  I can enjoy watching our LSU Tigers play, especially if it is a close game. But, right now, our Tigers are "struggling" big time.

11. Fall or Halloween Decor? I have always done limited Halloween decor until this year and I went with all fall decor this year and just skipped any Halloween decor.  It's just so much easier to put out fall and then in Nov. I will add a few Thanksgiving touches to the fall decor and that will carry me right on through to Christmas. I do have a HUGE jack-o-lantern on our front porch and that is definitely Halloweeny. ~smile~

12. Raking Leaves or no Leaves to Rake? We have NO leaves, thank the Lord!!!  We have no trees and no trees mean no leaves.  We had enough trees and  leaves at our old house to last us a lifetime.

13. Favorite Soup? Oh, I love soup so there's really not any that I would refuse.  I'll just say my homemade Chicken Noodle is at the top of my list.  I can hardly wait for cooler temps so I can start in with the soup making.

14. Favorite Fall Candle scent? It would be cinnamon, what's not to like about the smell of cinnamon.

15. Love or Hate Pumpkin Spice? Yes, I love Pumpkin Spice and just typing that makes me want to go and make some Pumpkin Spice Bread. Yum! Yum!

16. Short Booties or Tall boots? I wear short booties a lot more than tall boots.  I love the short booties and have gotten a couple pair of the short open toed booties for this year.

17. Favorite Halloween Candy? Miniature Reese Peanut Butter Cups.  There's just something about the peanut butter and chocolate combination.

18. PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte): YES or NO? Yes, for sure!

19. Hayride or Corn Maze? Oh, if someone wanted to torture me then they could just drop me off at a corn maze and expect me to find my way out.  NOT!!!  Give me a nice hayride and I'll be a happy gal!
20. Favorite Fall TV Show? The Voice.  The new season started last week and I'm so excited.  It is a favorite of mine and gives me something to do when the days are getting shorter.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Lea's Favorites



It's buzzing here at the Culp house.  My youngest brother is here and our daughter and two grandsons as well.  It's going to be a big weekend and we will celebrate our son's 41st birthday, Clancy's 9th and Hanna Beth's 8th birthday.  Their birthdays are all in the first 7 days of Oct.  And, since we've only all been together for their birthdays one other time, this is very special.  But, for now, let me share some of my favorites with you..............


A couple of weeks ago I ordered this little jewel, a touchless soap dispenser by Simple Human.  I've seen them many times but never thought about getting one until now.  AND, we love it!  It dispenses just the right amount of soap and it has an adjustment so you can set it to the amount that you prefer.  You just merely place your hand under it and out the soap comes.  It's like magic!  This is the 8 oz. size but there is a larger size if you prefer.  I think it looks like a permanent fixture by our kitchen sink and I love the neat and clean look it has.  Yes, you can get it from Amazon. ~big grin~


I was browsing in the deli at our local Wal-Mart a couple of weeks ago and came across these "bad boys."  Oh, my goodness!  I am a lover of highly seasoned foods and the Jalapeno Popper, Habanero, and Buffalo are HOT with a capital H.  They are soooo good and the calorie count is very doable.  I generally only eat about 5 Doritos with a little of one of these on them.  Makes a great afternoon snack!  Not sure why it's called "Man Dip" but this woman is a big fan of it.



About 15 years ago I took over an empty office at my husband's office and it is a very favorite room of mine.   It houses all of my gift wrap, gift bags,ribbon, raffia and packaging supplies.  Several years ago I had a gift wrap business called, "It's A Wrap."  As a result, I still have all kinds of gift wrapping supplies and this is the perfect place to keep it.  It is also the place I keep all my Christmas gifts and after they are wrapped and ready, I bring them home.  And, I also have a whole lot of other "stuff" in there and the best part about it, is that none of this is at my house to clutter it up.  Yep, it's definitely a favorite of mine! And, I'm betting most all women would enjoy having a room like this at their disposal. 



I decided that our front porch needed a BIG lighted Jack-o-Lantern for this time of year.  I found this one that makes quite a statement and hopefully the few folks that might drive by after dark will enjoy seeing it.  Regardless, it makes me happy when I see his smiling face and I'm pretty sure the Grans are going to love him.  He is my only Halloween decoration, so guess that makes him my "favorite."



Two weeks ago I began this wonderful Bible Study, Finding I Am by Lysa TerKeurst. The study addresses how Jesus cares for us and wants to see us through whatever it is we are facing and going through.  And, yes, I have known that for more years than I can count., but digging deeper in the scripture and reminding myself of these truths is so refreshing. It's all about how Jesus can fully satisfy the cravings of our hearts and I never tire, and I need to hear, it time and time again.  And, I have found that when I am not involved in an organized Bible Study that I am not in the Word like I need to be.  It's the prompting that I need.  It's such a great group of ladies, young and those of us that are more mature ~smile~, about 70 of us.  It's a most favorite time of my week for sure!

Now I'm off to enjoy my weekend and I hope you will enjoy yours!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Wednesday Hodgepodge

It's the first Wednesday of fall and here in NE Louisiana we really haven't had any sign of fall.  I'm more than ready and hopefully the coming days will bring it on.  Meanwhile, I'll busy myself with the HP questions.

1. What pets did you have while growing up? Tell us a little something about them.
I only have memory of one dog and it was a Cocker Spaniel named Baby.  He was black and was an outdoor dog.  When he was still quite young he was run over and died.  My brother, that is 3 years younger than me, was best buds with Baby and he grieved and grieved over the loss of that dog.  I liked Baby but was not attached.  I've never been much of an animal person and I do realize that I am in the minority. 

2. What is one thing you absolutely must accomplish today?

I will attend a Bible Study that I am doing and run errands and then continue on with preparations for a big family weekend here.  Our daughter and 2 grandsons and my youngest brother are all arriving tomorrow, so it's all hands on deck for me today and until they arrive tomorrow.

3. Where were you ten years ago? What were you doing there?
I was living right here in the same city but a different house.  I have no idea what I was doing.  We had no grandchildren but that changed the very next year.


4. September 26th is National Dumpling Day. Did you celebrate? Apple dumpling, xiao long bao (steamed Chinese dumpling), chicken and dumplings, pirogi, matzoh balls, or gnocchi...which dumpling on this list would be your dumpling of choice? Have you ever made homemade dumplings of any kind?
Apple dumplings would be my choice and perhaps just a tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.  I tried my hand at chicken and dumplings many years ago and they were so "doughy" that I've never tried again.  But, I've found a great frozen brand that I use and they are very good.  We're not much into chicken and dumplings anyway.


5. 'There are two kinds of adventurers: those who go truly hoping to find an adventure and those who go secretly hoping they don't.' William Trogdon

So which kind are you?
I would probably be secretly hoping I didn't find an adventure.  I've never been very adventurous, I like knowing what lies ahead. ~chuckle~


6. Insert your own random thought here.


This picture was taken yesterday

We found out last week, after a visit to Dad's retina specialist, that Daddy has scar tissue forming on the back of both of his eyes.  Daddy only has about 30% vision due to Macular Degeneration and this scar tissue formation is a result of the MD.  He began noticing a cloudy film over his eyes a couple of months ago and this is why.  The Dr. said that it will eventually take what vision he has left. Of course, he can't tell us how long it might take but we are praying that it will be a slow progression and he can keep what little vision he has for the rest of his life.  He will be 88 on Nov. 9th and isn't he looking mighty dapper?  

Friday, September 22, 2017

All Things Fall.............



Awe, fall sweet fall!  Today is the first official day of fall and it makes me so excited.  Our temps are not exactly fall like but I'm crossing my fingers that changes real soon.  But, for now, wanted to show you how I'm welcoming fall here at our house.


I've put out the fall pillows on the front porch benches and tied some fall bows on them.  I think it says, WELCOME, very well.  I always want our house to look warm and welcoming inside and out. Since moving into our new house I have not used wreaths on our front door as it is a HUGE ornate iron door and I think a wreath would just be way too fussy.  The door makes statement enough without it.  


I added these mercury glass gourds and pumpkins to my dining table scape.  


I used my gold rubbed pumpkins and gourds on this big pewter leaf and then added larger mercury glass pumpkins to the dining room buffet.  


Love, love this platter and pitcher that I found at Homegoods and I found the perfect spot for them.  This was one of my "finds" on our recent visit to Atlanta.  Oh, how I wish we had a Homegoods!!!! It rates even higher than Tuesday Morning and TJMaxx.


I should have removed this plant from the table runner so that you could see just how pretty it is.  It is beaded and so full of fall color and it was another of my "finds" at Homegoods!


I've enjoyed these copper pumpkins and candlesticks for several years and this year decided to put them in the middle of the bar.  (Please excuse the crock with my dish scrub brushes in the background)  


Two more platters on the top of a long cabinet.  The one on the left came from Pier 1 and the one on the right from Amazon and the bundle of wheat, yes, you guessed it, from Homegoods.  I have really gotten into using platters displayed on stands for a lot of my holiday decorating.  They are so easy and they make such a nice statement and they make so, so many beautiful ones these days.

So, there you have it, my contribution to fall here at our home.  Did I mention that I love all things fall!  Have yourself a wonderful "fallish" weekend!