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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Here is just a quick peek at one of the book themed doll quilts I'm making for one of my grand-daughters for Christmas.  I REALLY have to get busy if I am going to give these this year!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Yeah, I'm a little late with my Thanksgiving post.  It has not been a typical holiday for us.  My dad has been in and out of the hospital for the last month and a half.  I won't go into all of the details, but if you are a believer please pray for him.  We usually celebrate Thanksgiving at my parent's house.  It is my favorite holiday not a lot of hype and commercialism, instead just food, family, thankfulness and football.  

This year we really missed Mom and Dad being with us at the table.  It was very strange without them there, but we truly are thankful that while they weren't there at the table, they are still with us, and God willing will be back home soon!

This gave my daughter her first chance to host the holiday at her house, and she did an excellent job!  Everything was beautiful, and the food was so good I am still full Friday evening as I type this. 

I took pictures, really I did, but for some reason every one of them, except for a very small handful, are fuzzy due to someone moving (and possibly the photographer, but we won't mention that.)  I know that there is some sort of stop motion feature on the camera, but I still haven't figured that out, so I guess you'll have to settle for these few pictures that did come out clearly, and hope somehow I get a steadier hand or object to photograph.  And, yes we had a ton of other stuff to eat beside pie, these are just the best pictures.  

Speaking of pie, I had to throw this little Cutie Pie in the mix too!

Friday, November 20, 2009

International Overall Day

Today was International Overall Day.  I'm sad to say I'm the only one I saw in overalls today.  Overalls were the first thing my Poppy bought for each of my four brothers when they were born, and every memory I have of him he was wearing a pair, mostly the carpenter style.  When he died they buried him in a suit, and it just didn't feel right to me.  I asked Mimi if I could have a pair of his, and she gave them to me.  I still have them.  My kids were toddlers during the time Osh Kosh overalls were in style, and most of my pictures of them are in different colors of overalls.  With all of these emotional ties to this form of britches I simply had to don a pair today, even if I seemed a little out of step with trends and the times.  

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Scooter spent the night last night.  She's such a cutie, and quite funny.  She was so excited about spending the night as soon as she got here she wanted to go to bed.  I think she must have thought that if she didn't go to bed someone would come and get her to go home.  I managed to keep her up to 7:45, but she kept saying she was ready for bed so I finally consented thinking she'd lay down for a little while and get back up, but she didn't, she went right to sleep.  Of course she was up very early bright-eyed and ready for the day.  

Her breakfast request was macaroni and cheese, which I happened to have left over in the fridge so that was easy!  We played inside and out, and ended our time together with a little baking project.  She helped me make a pineapple upside down cake.  I love baking with grandkids!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Life has been keeping me busy lately, and I really haven't had much time to post, plus I hate posting without pictures, and for some reason I just haven't been taking many lately.  Now that it is getting closer to Christmas I'm getting my hands busy and hopefully will have some pictures soon of these little projects.  

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

November Musings

Autumn always makes me feel nostalgic.  I don't know why.  Memories seem to flood my mind as my favorite time of year rolls around.  My mind is simply full of beautiful memories.  I feel guilty sometimes because I am so blessed when so many are hurting.  As Thanksgiving approaches, which by the way is my favorite holiday, I am truly filled with gratitude already.  You see, I fall too many times into the habit of complaining, which is a sorry waste of time.  I whine when the light doesn't turn green fast enough, or when I come home to a mess I didn't make, trivial stuff.  

So instead of wallowing in negativity over miniscule mishaps

 or disappointments, I'm going to enjoy my sweet memories.  I'm going to make a really short list, compared to the fullness of my heart, and maybe some of my divulging will trigger some of your fond memories too.  Here goes:

-The supper table - noisy, joyful sharing, often talking over one another, and acting out various scenes from our day 
-walks together as a family down a dirt road in the evening
-summer swims
-sliding down steep hills, covered in dry grass  in the fall on big cardboard appliance boxes
-evening devotions and some of the funny things my little brothers prayed for 
-singing in the car on trips with the windows rolled down
-singing off key on the front porch while my dad played the guitar
-yard and garden work, which I hated at the time, but now look back on fondly
-chasing fireflies at dusk in the summer
-decorating the Christmas tree and singing carols
-the wonderful spur of the moment snacks my mom would make like caramel pop corn or chocolate oatmeal cookies
-visits from friends and relatives
-trips to my grandparents
-running down the cold hall in the morning and jumping in my parent's bed and listening to them tell me stories

Okay, I did say short list so I'll stop there for now.  Man, I didn't even get past early childhood.  I guess that's enough reminiscing for one night,  but when you get started down memory lane it's kinda hard to stop.  If I lose my short term memory as I get older, at least I'll have some pleasant things to dwell on, and tell over and over again.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It was a gorgeous day here!  The girls came over for a visit, and we spend a great deal of time outside.  We played hide-n-seek, and Angel Eyes informed me that I might need to hide behind the fat trees so she wouldn't be able to see me.  Okay, we'll just let that comment stand on it's own.  She meant no malice,  just giving me pointers before we started the game.  I laughed out loud, and so far haven't cried in private.  The truth does smart a little though! 


We walked through the "forest" (a few little pines to the side of the house) in search of animals.  All we found were several crawdad houses.  I wish I knew
 more about them, because the girls were really curious.  

After that was craft time, we started out trying our hand at pine cone turkeys, and quickly moved on to other animals.  Later they had a blast just cutting up the paper and trying to make something out of the shape they had cut.  It was kind of like trying to find a picture in the clouds.  It occupied them for the longest while.  

Sweet Cheeks really wanted to use those scissors and she tried very hard, but she just couldn't get it to work for her

 so she moved on to bubbles, which she had a little difficulty with too, 

so she made her own.  

Then a picnic was in order, not a true picnic in the grass, but a halfway picnic on the porch.  

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Clothes Line

I have a young friend who told me recently that she would love to learn to hang out clothes on a clothes line.  I said,  "oh, there is nothing to it,  you just put the clothes on the line with the clothes pins and that's about it."  I was sharing this with my mom and she quickly corrected me.  "Mindy, there really is a proper way to hang out clothes."  Okay, so  I've never truly had to depend on a clothes line for a long period of time,  and while I have begged my husband for one ever since we moved here, (18 years ago,) he won't put one up because he doesn't want to mow around it.  There was a short time when we were newly weds that I had a clothes line, and I loved it!  I loved sleeping on sheets that had been hung on the line.  

Anyway, the next time I saw my mom she had whipped up my friend a clothespin apron and one for my daughter as well, and wrote up a few directions to go with it.  
I thought I could find a picture of my mom with a clothes line in the background, but I couldn't. I still believe there is one somewhere at her house, and if I find it I will post it later.  In the meanwhile, here is one of our family in the early years.  I'm the little tyke in the middle, this was before the addition of my four brothers.
Here is what she wrote:


My early days of marriage, and also when our children were young, the clothes line was one of my favorite places of service to my family.  So when a young married lady told my daughter that she wanted to learn to hang out clothes, my daughter's reply was you don't have to learn to hang out clothes, you just do it.  I began to think about what she said, and realized that to hang out clothes correctly you do need to follow some guidelines.  Mindy, my daughter, has always had a dryer and I had one for most of the years she would have helped me with the laundry.

You need a good sturdy line to hang clothes on, a clothes pin apron filled with clothes pins and a clothes basket to take clothes to the line and back inside when they dry.

It is important to get up early and wash so the cloths will have the full day to dry.  In my early married days we had a ringer type washer and you used the same water to wash all of the clothes.  You had two tubs against the washer so you could ring the clothes and they would fall into the first rinse water.  The second was placed next to the washer and tub.  The old fashioned ringer could be turned to work from tub to tub.  When you ringed the last rinse water out you caught the cloths in a basket.  That basket worked well for taking the clothes to the clothes line.

There was order to the washing, the first load was white clothes, the second light colors, and finally the heavy dirty work clothes.  Whites first because you didn't want them to get dingy from the water from the other loads.  

All clothes should be hung inside out, this keeps them from fading as bad, and the sun would draw the stains in the white clothes to the inside.    Give each article a good firm shake to help the wrinkles to fall out.  The clothes should be hung in order, handkerchiefs, tee shirts, under shorts, pants, bras, slips and so on.  Tee shirts are to be hung by the bottom hem, one clothes pin on each corner.  Clothes can be hung using the same pin to hold the corners that touch.  Under shorts and panties should be hung by the top placing the pins over the elastic.  Never stretch the elastic. Shirts and blouses are hung by the bottom balancing the pins on the sideseams.  Pants should be hung by the bottom of the legs.

I always wash my sheets and pillow cases with the towels if the towels don't fade.  With the sheets I usually put the corners together hanging them with the long side going with the wire, using a pin at each corner and one in the middle.  I hang the pillow cases by the inside corners.  The towels I hang by the corners on the small side.  I like clothes of one kind hung together it makes them look more orderly, also sorting clothes helps when you put them away.  

I always carried my clothes basket to the line when the clothes were dry and folded them as I took them off the line.  If they have been sorted it is easy to take the basket to each room and put the things that don't need ironing away.

It is very rewarding to smell the fresh air on your clothes when you bring them in.  It is worth the extra effort to hang them out.  

Watch for rain clouds and remember to get them in before the dew in the evening dampens them.

While you hang out clothes is a good time to think or do what I always did, sing.  I love to sing but don't have a good voice, so the clothes line was a good place to sing where no one heard me.

I am not sure how much it saves on the electric bill not to use the dryer, but every little bit we save helps.  

Happy wash day to everyone!