Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Fall's coming!

Although I'm tired of some of my fall decorations, I don't really want to spend money on more. Anyway I'm supposed to be downsizing my seasonal stuff.

This afternoon I pulled out a few things for the new season.

 This small green wire basket was a Goodwill find.
This is the first time I've used it to display the tiny wood pumpkins I've had forever.
 Wooden bowls are always nice to hold pumpkins.



The blackboard is fun to change.



 The old green Ball jars are hard to find. A sweet friend gifted me with the two that I have.


I thought about writing yesterday, but I was missing my daughter on her birthday and having a sad day. To only see her once or twice a year is hard.
And then I remember others who have lost their children and feel I have no right to gripe. Life is full of ups and downs, surprises and disappointments.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Home Sweet Home

"Most people forget their home is for them. Trust your gut and stick with things that you find beautiful."
                                                         -homeowner Jeanne Oliver


"Beautiful things that mean something to you can bring you daily joy."
                                                        -homeowner Courtney Madden



I do have things in my home that bring me daily joy. They may not appeal to anyone else but that's okay. Decorating a home should be about personal choices.

Sharing a few items this Saturday morning that bring me pleasure...






 Have a beautiful Saturday.


Friday, September 6, 2019

The Start Of September

September always starts with my husband's birthday, and his family's tradition of a Labor Day gathering with barbecue. Years ago the meal was an outdoor affair, but now it's held at the Community Center. It is enjoyed by young and old and is a special time for family and friends.

These four guys work hard to prepare the excellent barbecue and tasty sauce.


Corkey with one of his favorite high school teachers


















This post shows a sampling of the many photos that were snapped that day. I made a Facebook album to share them all.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Looking Back and Ahead


When I started journal writing years ago, I didn't realize it would become a habit that would produce over forty in number. They mean a lot to me, but sometime in the future I will have to decide what to do with many of them, especially the ones from high school and college. And yet I love reading the parts when my parents were alive and well. It is weird to return to days when I was young and naive, and yet bold at times. It's all there - the good, the bad, and the ugly through all the different stages of my life. The journals also reveal a lot of history. Sometimes I would write about particular events since the journals cover 1963-2019. 


Tuesday, August 27, 2019

At It Again

For some reason I am just not a blue person. The angel in the last post got changed again. I think I have redone her background three times.

Trying a new flower painting. These are always fun to do.




While I was looking for Nick a sketchbook for part of his birthday present, I came across this inexpensive chalkboard. I need to stain the wood, but meantime I put up this quote .





 The chalk holder was made by Garrett, our oldest grandson, when he was a little boy. He's now in the military at boot camp. Gosh, it's hard to believe how quickly a child grows up!



Today is Nick's birthday. Can't believe he's already twelve.

He and Lucas were sweet to slow down and let me get this picture.
The water slide birthday party on Sunday was fun-filled with laughs and spills.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Painting and Tutoring

It has been a while since I carved out some time to paint. A visitor to my studio on Sunday is probably the reason I'm back at it. She liked many of my paintings. 

This painting of a barn I decided to redo. A happy childhood memory was the hayloft at my grandparents' farm in Louisiana. My brother and I would climb there to enjoy the view from up high. We also liked to climb trees for that feeling of being way up in the air. We had a lot of freedom in those days to explore. Miraculously we survived without mishaps. This barn painting makes me recall those wonderful experiences on the farm.

  


I picked up a small canvas at Goodwill for one dollar, painted over it, and tried this angel pose.




This one was quick and fun. I used cut up plastic pieces dipped in paint for the haystack and pitchforks and an owl that was cut from a magazine.



I emptied out the suitcase of old teaching materials. Now I'm using it as an end table for my coffee. This week I've been in teacher mode to help Lucas with a few of his third grade lessons.



Saturday, August 17, 2019

A Mini Reunion

It was so nice to get together with this group for lunch and conversation. We share many fond memories of our years at Drummonds Elementary School in Tipton County.

L to R Everlena Sloan, Delores Stringfellow, Mabel Jefferson, Elaine Finnie, Elaine McCullough, Marilyn Brent, Sandy Clowes, and Kathy Bowling


  Kathy, Elaine, and I taught third grade students. 


We admired Ms. Sloan. And so did her seventh graders.

  

We set a date in November to meet again. Hopefully some that missed today can make the next one.

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