Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Getting Ready For July

Well Hello!  Glad to have you stop by.
I am doing a little bit of this and that. . 
Trying to get things ready for 
Oh, it will be here before we know it.
I have so much going on in the next few weeks
I thought I would putter around while doing all the
other chores around my house, and do some
July 4th decorating. . Getting ready to celebrate.
I did a little more on the front porch.
Nothing fantastic. . .just a change to my 
patriotic mason jars.
Red. . White. . and. . .Blue
Right now they have faux flowers in them, but
as we get closer to America's Celebration
real flowers will go in the jars.
I still have to put my America Banner up.
An unsteady woman on a ladder is not good.
I will have to wait for one of the grand-kids to do that for me.
The coffee table in the living room has the patriotic look also.
Oh, I love to celebrate holidays, and I love to decorate.
But I must say, this year I am not doing very much.
Just a few things. . . just to put a smile on my face.

A little decorating on the antique side table.
Do you notice I added a new decoration for this year.
The American  counted cross-stitch sampler.
I am so happy with how it turned out.
I really enjoy doing embroidery work.
I think it adds a  touch of "cozy home feeling." And I love the words.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
One Nation Under God!
A reminder of how great our nation is. . 
And Under God she will always be.

I hope your summer is going well.
I spent a few days in Southern Utah this past weekend.
Oh, it was hot! 107 degrees!
I do not do well in the heat. . . not at all.
So the 97 I am feeling today is still hot, but not
like 107. . .One good thing about Utah is we do not have 
the humidity that other places in the country have.
Please do come back again. . 

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” 
― Robert Frost

I am joining these lovely blogs.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Porch 2015

Hello! It is good to be posting today.
I have accomplished a few things around the house.
In between working on my family reunion,
I managed to get my porch ready for 
Of course I will add more things as it get closer to July 4th.
But, Today is Flag Day.
I haven't yet drilled the holes for the flag brackets.
My jar full of flags will have to do.
I like decorating my front porch.
I didn't realize how much people noticed until
several people have said how much they enjoyed 
seeing what I decorate with on the porch.
Compliments are always a good incentive to keep
doing it.  Besides it gives me happy feelings
when I have an inviting and colorful porch.
My porch is tiny.  I wish I had the big porches
I have had in 3 previous homes.
Actually, there are a lot of things I miss from my
previous homes.  I like my condo,
and I have it decorated the way I like,
but for some reason, I am feeling "lost".
I will be ok, I hope the homesick, lost feeling soon 
leaves me. . I know. . .it is hard to understand.
But when you have had so many changes in your life
like I have, there is good reason to feel lost and alone.
Sorry, I think I am feeling sorry for myself.
Here is something that has helped cheer me
I am working on my Family Reunion.
I made this invitation with the help of Pic Monkey.
I am rather happy with it.
I just love the programs out there in internet-land.
They make me look like I am talented. . .
I just can't believe the response I have had for this reunion.
So many want to know where they came from.
Who their ancestors are.
And they want pictures and stories.
I hope it goes as well, as I hope.
I hope you are enjoying your summer thus far.
Please do come back again.
I completed a couple of counted cross stitch projects.
I will be showing them.
The little things are infinitely 
the most important.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Sun Bonnet Sue

Hello Dear Friends,
Where oh, where is the time going?
It is JUNE!
I don't know where May went to.
She slipped away before I realized it was time.

I just love Sun Bonnet Sue
I have had these kitchen towels for quite sometime.
They were ready to be stitched.
I found the towels at JoAnn's. 
 I love the red trim on the edges.
Perfect for some Red Work.
These are the Homemaking Chores we do each week.
Wash Day.  
Remember when we would hand our laundry out on the 
clothes lines.  I love to dry my laundry on clothes lines.
I don't have lines where I live now.  
But my home on Upland had clothes lines. 
 I loved the smell and the feel of bed sheets, and towels
and even my clothes that have been dried outdoors.
Cleaning Day.
The day when we give the house a good cleaning.
Vacuum, dust, mop floors, clean windows.  Make sure to have
Clean sheets on the beds.  And bathrooms have to be spotless.
I like cleaning day.  
I believe it is a great honor to keep my home and my
surroundings in clean order.  
I think at some point in our society many people
did not learn to take care of their homes.  It saddens me
to see cluttered, messy homes.  
And yards that are not well tended.
I am thankful I was taught to take care of my home.  
Homemaking is an Art
Market Day.
The day I do my grocery shopping.
I try to do my errands around town on the same day I
grocery shop. 
My very favorite day of the week.
A day to rest from our labors.
I love to worship God, and to sing the church hymns.
Studying my scriptures, and learning of my Savior is such
a reverent sacred time for me.
Prayers, partaking of the Sacrament, all of these things 
make me happy on Sunday.
Isn't Sun Bonnet Sue a sweet little lady.
She has always been one of my favorites.
I usually just use these towels for decoration.
I enjoy doing embroidery work.  
And a lot of work goes into
making these beautiful towels.
Now I am doing a counted cross stitch. . 
I can't wait to show it to you.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Sun Bonnet Sue
Please do come back again.
Remember to enjoy the Art of Homemaking.
We should all be joyfully engaged in making 
our little part of the world a beautiful place.  
Our homes should be a place of happiness,
cleanliness, and friendship to all that enter.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Scrapbooking Ideas

Hello dear friends.  
I am happy to have you here.
I am getting ready to have my 
"huge" extended Family Reunion.
Yes, I am Leader of the pack. . .
And I am a little nervous about it.
You see I come from a large extended family.
I have 36 first cousins.
And hundreds of second and third and fourth cousins.

 I expect there to be over 100 people at this reunion.  So I have been on Pinterest trying to get ideas to make a special book for everyone.  Yes, I am one of those people that thinks I have to have everything perfect. . .and have something for everyone.
And yes, I come up with my ideas when time is running out.

Oh, dear, what have I got myself into?
I found some great idea. . .Now I have to find the time.

I love this quote.

Of course I am overwhelmed with ideas circling in my head.  I have to remember the best thing about a
Family Reunion, is just being together.  Some of us have not seen each other since childhood days.
I have a sweet cousins who are helping me with all of this.  They are wonderful.  The park is all reserved.  Everyone is to bring their own picnic lunch.  I even have a DJ coming so we can dance.  Hahahah!
We have a Family History day planned the day before the Reunion Picnic.  I have so many old photos of
Great-great and Great and Grandparents.  And many of the cousins have old photos too.  So we will have a chance to add more to our memory books.  
Well, I think I have plenty of ideas.  Now I have to get to work on this Family Book.  
If you have any ideas for a large family reunion, please share.  I would love to hear what other families have done to draw everyone closer, and share the memories.  
I will certainly keep you posted on how things are going.
And after the reunion I will have a lot of pictures for sure.
I love pictures!
Remember to be thankful for those who came before.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

It Keeps Me Going

Well, hello everyone!
I hope your week is going well.
I am so looking forward to the long weekend.
All though now I am retired, all weekends are long for me.
It has been rainy days this week where I live.
And it looks like more is coming . . 
I don't mind, I like the rain.  But I do need to 
get to my little patio yard and finish planting.
Oh, well it will wait. . .
In the mean time I have inside things that need to
be completed.
I love this little sign my children gave me.
My daughter-in-law found the letters and put it together.
I love it.
My kids know me very well.
Oh, yes!
My home is full of Love, Laughter and
Lots and Lots of
I pop that can as soon as my eyes are open.
It is the "sauce" that gives me my get up and go.
Even if I am not getting up and going.  
I still drink it.
I like it!
This sign looks very cute in my kitchen with my
Coke Cola tin sign.
And a lot of other Coke Cola things.
So here is to you. . gulp, gulp!
Have a wonderful day.
(Don't judge me. . .I can drink Diet Coke)

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Flowers Brighten My Day

It is rainy and dreary today.
I am not complaining though.
It is a blessing that we are receiving the rain.
But. . .I kind of like to have sunny days in May.
I am just sayin!
Just look at this beautiful Lily that just came out in full bloom.
It is in the beautiful bouquet my children gave me for
Mother's Day.
I love it when flowers will last a long time.
Roses usually don't last very long.
But look at the ones in my bouquet.
I love to walk into a room and see beautiful blooming flowers.
I should have picked the roses in my yard before the rain came.
But, I have these beautiful flowers to enjoy.
I love the color!
It is a bright yellow and it is BIG!
It really doesn't take much to put a smile on my face.
Nor to brighten my day.
Flowers will always make me happy.
I love them.
I hope I can enjoy this beautiful bouquet a little longer.
There are a couple of buds from the Lily I would like to see bloom.
Tomorrow the weather is again going to be rainy and dreary.
That is ok, I love being home, with my flowers.
I hope flowers brighten your day also.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tender Thoughts

If I had it to do again would I do anything different?
My life is the way it is, and that is ok by me.
My choice in life was to be a Wife and a Mom.
My family has always been the most important thing to me.
I have always cherished being a woman.
A Daughter of God, 
With the divine knowledge I have that 
Families Are Forever
And the Eternal Plan of Salvation,
I can fulfill my role as mother and wife
and be assured my life is complete.

I have been blessed with talents so that I can
bless the lives of my children and my grandchildren.
In return, I receive more than I give.
I have found that if I have a thankful and cheerful
heart, I can endure and embrace the challenges that
life brings. I can feel complete in my roles as
Mother and Wife.
What a wonderful feeling of completeness I have.

Remember to let your light shine!