Friday, October 9, 2015

Klj's Fall Decor

Well, hello beautiful October day.  I hope my friends are all doing well.  I have been "under the weather" ( a nice way to say I have been sick).  I guess I picked up something that is common  this time of year.  I certainly hope I am on the mend, because I do not, I repeat, I do not like being sick.  Thank goodness before I became sick, I did a little Fall Decorating.  I am telling you right now, I have simplified.
I wonder sometimes why I think I have to change some of my decor for the seasons.  I guess, it is because I have always done it.  And I like a little change every now and then.  Oh, when my children were growing up, I decorated and changed all the time.  I have plastic bins stored in my basement full of seasonal decorations. This year, I decided it was time to SIMPLIFY.  So I went to the bins and chose some of the things I wanted to decorate with this year.  Kind of made me sad to see the things I have always used, and they are now stored away and will probably not be used. . . . .until someone other than myself wants them.  I know I get a little attached to things.  I am a sentimentalist.  
I love to decorate this little shelf.  I pretend it is a mantle.  In my former life I had a mantle, but when you move and life changes, you pretend. . .I really am happy with shelf decorating.  It is fun and I enjoy it.
A few of favorites are those cute little "character ghosts".  I have said it before, I am surrounded by characters, so why not have a few sitting around the house.  For decoration of course.  And the little plates, I LOVE.  I have tried to find plates like them in the different seasons, and I have not been successful.  I don't even remember where I got those adorable plates.  I have had them for a long time.
The gallery wall is the focal point in my living room.  I am about to change it though.  Oh, I will keep it as a gallery wall, but I have another idea for the frames.  Just wait and see.  I hope it comes together soon.
There you have a full view of the room.  Except, of course the wall behind me.  Can I just say, I love my little home.  It is small compared to my other homes, but this is Home to me right now.  I have wonderful neighbors, I enjoy the LDS Ward I belong to.  I am close to shopping. I am centrally located to all of my children. I am not a person that likes to change (except my decorating). I especially don't like to move my home base.  There are many reasons why I have a hard time with change, and I won't get into that here, but I really believe a person needs to "nest". Stay put. . especially when you have children.  It is hard for children to be constantly changing where they live. I also believe you need to stay close to family. 
I also like decorating my coffee table.  There has been a lot of activity around this coffee table.  One of the favorite spots for my Grand kids to color, and eat snacks.  Hey, yes, I am a Grandma that let's them have snacks in the living area.  I have never had a spill, besides spills can be cleaned up.  Time spent around a little table listening to their chatter, and watching them color their beautiful pictures, are priceless moments.  And they go so fast.  Soon their world opens wider and wider, and time spent sitting at the little coffee table  at Grandma's isn't at the top of their "to do" list.  Although they still do come to visit.  
Some of my other favorite things are the cute little witches shoes.  They are actually salt and pepper shakers! Are they not the cutest things? And my little October Precious Moments.  I have collected Precious Moments for a long, long time.  I have each month that my children's birthdays are in.  October is my son Mark's, birthday month.  So of course little October Precious Moment is sitting out.  And the amber footed bowl is so pretty.  I got it a few years ago, It is such a lovely piece of glass.  I like amber colored glass.  I know it is not quite as popular as other colors, but for me I love it.  Amber is so warm and cozy to me.
I changed this wall a little.  I moved the black buffet that my great-Aunt gave me, and put my little yellow bookshelf on this wall.  This bookshelf was in my craft room. (Which happens to be in transition right now). I have had a little bit of hard time having the yellow in my living room.  It seems too bright to me.  With the black framed LDS Salt Lake Temple picture, the yellow just seems to much. But, I have to say after decorating with some of my Fall decorations, I like it better.  But. . . I still think there will be a painting job in a few weeks to change the color of the bookshelf.  I can't believe I make so much work for myself.
Last but never least. . .these little Character Terrorists have photo bombed just about every photo I have taken for this post.  I had to crop them out of several.  They are such little sweethearts, and I don't know what I would do without them.  But they are just like my little human sweethearts, they are Characters.  I have told you I am surrounded by Characters! Teddy and Cash are no different from the children, and the grands, they are Characters, overflowing with personality.  To tell you the truth, at times they terrorize me.  Like right now, I am on the computer putting together this post, and they are wanting my attention.  Therefore they are getting into a lot of trouble.  A few months ago I went back to work part-time.  Just four hours a day.  Oh, the Terrorists are not happy about that.  Momma, is not home for them.  The first few weeks little Teddy, the main Terrorists was very naughty.  He had to go to time out several times.  Teddy's is the character, Cash is more mellow and obedient.  But not my Ted! 
So there you have my Fall Decor for the living room.
I will show you the kitchen hutch in a few days.
I hope you are happy and enjoying some
beautiful October weather where you live.
Be sure to come back. 
Please let me know you visited.

I am going to join some linking parties


Monday, September 28, 2015

Season's Change

Hello, Everyone,  I hope you are happy and doing well.  
September is coming to an end. October is approaching.  I love the changing of the season's and the changing of months. It gives variety to my life.  And I live that even though I am a person who has a hard time with change.  Moving, friends leaving, changes in my family.  My children growing older, and my Grandchildren growing to adulthood.  Loved ones have passed from this life to the next, and I miss them. Change is constant.  Nothing ever stays the same.  It is a good thing, but sometimes 
the change tugs at my heart.  

My favorite time of year. . .
The colors aren't quite as vibrant because of the drought.  But they are still gorgeous.
The good Lord has blessed me to live in such a beautiful part of his world.
There isn't another place I would rather be.  I don't like to travel, and I have never had the
desire to travel to different places.  I am what you would call a "Homebody." Even as a 
child, I never wondered far, I kept my eye on home.  
This beautiful little valley has been home for over 40 years for me.
This is where I have raised my family.  And now this is where my Grandchildren are  I love it.
I believe families should live close to one another. Children need extended family in their lives.
Especially Grandparents.  It has been the break down of the family that has caused so many of
the social problems we have today.  Children are a treasure.  And they need to be cared for with
love, tenderness and patience. 
have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other 
and for their children. “Children are an heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). 
Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, 
to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, 
and to teach them to love and serve one another,
 observe the commandments of God,
 and be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. 
Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—
will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations.
The Family: A Proclamation to the World (if you would like to read more click HERE.)
Oh, what a wonderful world.  
In spite of all the problems that are in the world headlines, there is beauty to be found and enjoyed.
Season's come and season's go, but one thing can stay the same the love we have for one another.
Maybe if there was just a little more love and patience, the problems that are around us, would not
seem to be so overwhelming.  
The Season's Change.
Home and Family's change, but the happiness and love 
found within the family never changes.

Happiness in Family Life  
is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of
the Lord Jesus Christ.  Successful marriages and families are
established and maintained on principles of
Faith, Prayer, Repentance, Forgiveness, Respect,
Love, Compassion, Work, and 
Wholesome recreational activities.
~ The Family: A Proclamation to the World ~

Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Pickering Cousin's Home Continued

So here is the wrap up of the beautiful home of my cousin Evelyn Ellsworth Page. I hope you have enjoyed seeing one of the beautiful old pioneer homes that is in my Motherland. . There are several.  I hope to show you more of the old homes.  I hope you enjoy my Great-Great Aunt Cloketa's home which now belongs to her daughter Evelyn, and will some day go to Evelyn's son.

I showed you earlier the top of the beautiful wood mirror
This is the table that sits under it, at the foot of the stairway.
Another beautiful piece of  needle point that
Evelyn does has made.
Oil painting done by Evelyn's sister Verdene.

As you can see the family carries the creative Pickering gene.
Creativity and talents are abundant in my Pickering family.
This beautiful "secretary" is a family heirloom.
It dates back to the early Pioneer Era.
Another pioneer treasure.  An old trunk that came
across the plains in the mid-1800 with 
Evelyn's Mormon Pioneer Ancestors.
And another Mormon Pioneer heirloom.
Oh, how I love old rocking chairs.
Another heirloom.  Oh the stories these treasures could tell.
A house is so much more than the brick and mortar.
 Love, Kindness, and Togetherness are the true
creators of a house that is a Home.
Again, I must say, I loved spending the day with my
special cousins, and enjoying the togetherness we share.
Visiting this lovely lady our cousin Evelyn was truly a blessing.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Ellsworth House~ In The Motherland

Hello dear friends.  Thanks you for stopping by.  I am always excited to see you comment, or just to take a peek of what I am up to.  Not much blogging lately.  Like I said before, this going back to work at my age, is really kicking my you know what.  But you do what you have to do and make the best of it.  I am truly blessed and happy.
I want to show you today a beautiful old home in my Hometown of Payson, Utah.  I call it the Motherland.  Because it is the place of my birth and my growing up. And the place where my ancestors settled over a hundred years ago.  It holds a very special place in my heart and it always will.  I have show you some of the older homes there.  It seems that the residents have taken such good care of this priceless heritage of homes.
The home  today belonged to my Great-Great Aunt Cloketa Pickering Ellsworth and her husband Uncle Wilford Ellsworth.  Aunt Cloketa is my Great-Grandpa Truman Pickering's youngest sister.  I remember her vividly.  I always loved going to her house.  She often had my Great-Grandpa for Sunday dinner, and we would drive him to her place.  She was a dear person.  Her daughter Evelyn Ellsworth Page now lives in the home with her husband.  They had updated the home, of course.  And they take beautiful care  of the home.
I have so many pictures to show you and history to tell you.  I think I will have to do this in two different posts.  I love old homes.  I have always said I want to renovate an old home, but I want an unlimited budget!
It will never happen in this life time.  
The early Ellsworth family started with this log house.  In the mid-1800 they came to help settle Payson.  The old log house is still standing.  Even the ancient log homes were durable. . .the log on the two cement pillars was a branch of a tree that Evelyn and her husband had to chop down.  The chair that is on the branch hung from the tree.  When they killed deer or any wild life, they would hang it in the tree.  The tree eventually grew the chain right into it.  The pine tree is one of the many trees on the property that has been there for hundreds of years. 
Oh what beauty, and to think it was built over 150 years ago. It has been so well maintained forever.
The early Ellsworth husband and wife.  I am sorry, I forgot to ask Evelyn the names of her grandparents.
And of course Aunt Cloketa or more fondly called Aunt Cloe and Uncle Wilford.  Uncle Wilford was a master carpenter.  He built many of the older homes in Payson.  And if he didn't build them, he helped.
Five generations of Pickering Cousins.  Evelyn is sitting in the chair. She is 87 years old. Just a beautiful sweet lady.  Well, I must say I think all of us Pickering's are beautiful sweet girls.  I am very proud of my heritage, and they families I descend from.  My cousins are treasures to me.  And these beautiful cousins are truly top of my list.  Vickie, Joan, Me and Claudia.  Evelyn is my Grandma Dot's first cousin. But, I say who ever is a cousin, is a cousin.  We all come from the same garden.  
Shall we take a look at the beautiful home.  My pictures do not do it justice.  It is much prettier.

Many pieces of art and beautiful wood furniture.

The beautiful chair Evelyn was sitting in.
The timeless beauty of the bow front china cabinet.
Just look at the beautiful wood working on this mirror.
It is an old family heirloom.  It is gorgeous.
And the stairway.  Is that not beautiful wood and wood work.
Mind you this is all hand worked.
The old fireplace has been modernized.  But what I want you to look at is the gorgeous piece of needle point handing above the fireplace.  Evelyn did that beautiful piece herself.  You can not imagine how beautiful it is in person.  It is breath-taking.  The time and work that went into it is amazing.  She is quite the lady.
Now, I have so much more to show you.  But I would over load you with pictures, so I will be back with more of the beautiful Pickering/Ellsworth/Page Home.  

Just one more look at the Pickering Cousins.  
I believe families are forever, and I am so thankful for that knowledge.  I also believe we are to be connected here on this earth.  Having family is a blessing from the Lord.  I am thankful, I have a connection with my many cousins.  I only have a few aunts and uncles left.  I thank the Lord each day for the influence of wonderful family and friends in my life.  
I hope you are surrounded with 

"The same associations we have in this life we will have in eternity"
Joseph Smith

Friday, September 11, 2015

I Am Trying To Adjust

Here it is September 11 and I haven't done a post. Shame on me. I think the problem is  I have gone back to work. Now I am adjusting to my new schedule. And it takes time for me to rearrange my time and my mindset.  My poor little fur babies are having a hard time too. It is only four hours a day, but those four hours can seem like eight hours somedays.
Hopefully I  will have a post for you tomorrow. I had a great Labor Day weekend and I can't wait to tell you about it. I have a camera full of pictures needing to be downloaded and then edited.  And put on the blog.  Stay with me, I will be back with more pictures and stories of what I  have been up to.


"Fear not I am with thee"

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Little Bit of Change

I know the weather doesn't seem like it is soon to be fall.  But it is on it's way.  I usually don't do any Fall decorating until after Labor Day, but I am going to so a little bit now.
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the season.  I love the weather, I love football games, I love hearing the chatter of children on the play grounds, I love seeing the school buses transporting the sweet young students.  I just love it all.   Fall is a time of change, and change is certainly something that is definately going to happen.  The days are shorter, the nights are cozier, and it is a time of family and friends.  
Just so you know I have made a few changes in my life.  I am no longer considered retired.  I loved being retired, but retirement didn't pay the bills.  I have had to go back to work.  Thankfully it is part time doing what I love to do.  Secretary in one of the local elementary schools.  It fits me perfect.  Working with wonderful people and enjoying being in the schools.  Part time is all I can handle right now, and it will help to ease the worry of living on such a low amount of money.  Life is hard at times.  I was left a widow at a very young age, and it seems I could never make up for the wages he made.  Not only suffering the horrible effects of the loss of the love of my life, but struggling for many many years to survive with a good quality of life.  I have been blessed.  I can not complain, so many have it much worse.  I am thankful for loving adult children that when the time came, they could help me out.  I have have been watched over by my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know His eye is ever upon me.  There were lessons I needed to learn on my journey, and I hope I learned them well.  I thank Him for guiding me, and helping me to find the work I needed all in His time and in His way. So with that said.  I am ok.  I am happy, and I will continue to endure loving and helping and trying to do His will.
Life is about change and nothing stays the same.
I have found I need not fear change.
For the Lord has put the power of faith in our hearts not fear.

For I will go and do as the Lord commands.
He will provide the way for me to accomplish his command. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Changing Things

Well hello, my good friends.
Do you ever need just a little change?
Well, I do. . I like to change things around.
But, the funny thing is in life, I don't like change!
I am one of those people who can't handle my life
situation to change.  
But, in my home, I like to change things.
Nothing big, just little things.
This little yellow book case has been in my sewing/craft room.
Last year I painted it yellow and I loved it in my creative space.
But. . . I didn't get to really enjoy it.
The shelves were used for boxes and small baskets of "stuff".
I wanted to look at it. . and I wanted a place to put my little
treasures. My knick nacks. My little pretties.
So I made a change.
I moved the book case into my living room.
That way I can decorate and enjoy seeing all my
little treasures.
I have to admit I am having a little bit of a hard time
adjusting to the yellow in my living room.
I am going to leave it the way it is. . and in a few weeks
if it still is not just right for my tastes, I will paint the book case.
Isn't paint wonderful.  If you are tired of a color, or it
just isn't right for you. . you just bring out the paint.
I like the idea of having space to showcase all my pretty things.
I feel that if you have pretty things, you should show case them.
Enjoy them.  I don't like having the things I love in
cupboards or closets.
Oh, I realize I can't have everything out. . but at least now
I can change the shelves on the book case and showcase
so many more of my little pretty treasures.
I will play with it for a while and see how it works for me.
Who knows, I may put it some where else in my house.
Life is about change. Nothing stays the same.
(boy isn't that the truth.)
Have a wonderful time with the remaining days of August.