Saturday, December 22, 2012
I am packed - and will be ready for Sherry and Barc to pick me up at 9:00 in the morning for our drive to Chicago to catch a flight to Portland tomorrow afternoon. It will be a long day, but I'm so looking forward to meeting sweet little Annie for the first time and having Hannah back with us again! I wish Norah, Chad and Henry could be there, but we will do some super skyping with them!! Bill and Ann are on there way out there right now.
So I send all of my blogging friends my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas. I hope you get to spend good time with family and friends and have lots of fun and good food. See you in a week.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
I had a lot of plastic snowflakes that I used to decorate the picture window. Must have used some sort of tape to make the panes. I have always loved decorating and making things for Christmas.
Sherry, Bill and I decorating the tree - our angel that lit up on the top. Leslie, I see we have a box of "Shiney Brite" ornaments there! The kids are very intent on getting the tree up.
We had a second tree in the basement. One of my favorite memories is when Bill so enthusiastically said as he as putting on the ornaments and tinsel - "This is togetherness!!"
Two big grins from the kids. Probably we were ready to go to the Sunday School program. Note another of my creations - the felt nativity scene that I made from something in a magazine. Hard to believe this was somewhere around 50 years ago.
I love this picture of Sherry - her hair probably is up in curlers and she has her little net cap on. Oh, my, her mother is a victim of the days of Shirley Temple curls who has always thought - and still kind of does - that girls ought to have curly hair! Bill is evidently pleased with his gifts. I note that he has a car carrier off to the right of the picture. Sweet days and sweet memories.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Christmas of 1956 - We were still in Chillicothe, Illinois, but we moved to Ft. Madison, Iowa, in Janary of 1957. That was the first of four transfers along the Santa Fe line over the years until Ray's retirement. Billy was just 3 and Sherry 5 1/2. That was the year Tiny Tears came to live with us and Sherry looks very pleased to have her! Tiny and her clothes are around someplace still, but poor little think is pretty much cracked and brittle after all these years. It looks like Bill had a Mickey Mouse guitar. He loved music and had and still has great rythym. A set of drums would come in his junior high days. The little guy sitting with the kids is Danny, my sister's oldest boy, who is a year younger. This was evidently taken after Christmas at our house. We had moved to a little house across from the high school in Chilli. Weren't television sets different back then? That one was on a swivel table so you could get to the back of it. Had to watch William as he loved to swivel it!
Looking back at these old photos of the lovely years with our children and the simpler more gentle time those days were, I have a heavy heart thinking about the horrendous event yesterday in Connecticutt. I sat most of the afternoon watching the tv in disbelief. It is unthinkable that parents cannot send their children to school without fear of something as horrible as this happening to them. One commentator asked "Is this our new norm?" I pray it isn't and I hope that there can be something done to keep weapons out of the hands of those who would cause this sort of carnage. This world has changed - and part of it is absolutely not for the good! It is unacceptable! May God bless all the families who were touched by this unthinkable happening. I cannot imagine the depths of their sorrow.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Of all the pictures I have here at my house from both sides of my family, this is the only one that shows anything Christmas before our daughter was born. This is the living room of my mom's parents, Dan and Maggie Pearce, who I have posted so much about on my Pieces of the Past blog. There is not a single of picture of Jo, Bud or me anywhere at Christmas time - as small children through early adulthood. No photos of gifts being unwrapped, family gatherings, nothing. I have pictures in my head and memories but nothing that I can scan and post.
Sherry sits in her little chair that swung back and forth. The things they have for babies now are so different than they were back in the early 50's. You might also be interested in those curtains at the windows - organdy ruffled curtains. I think there were four pairs and I can remember starching and ironing them!! Like a nightmare, ladies! Ironing used to be one big job - but then laundry was, also!
Back to Christmas, I thought it might be fun to post some old photos and fond memories during this beautiful season. I have been working on things but not much to show at the moment so will take a trip down memory lane over the next few days as I have time. As I get older, I don't get nearly as much done as I used to (you have heard that before) - have not decorated much for Christmas and probably won't. We will all be going out to Portland to meet sweet little Annie - I see dimples on the little doll!- so I won't be here and am not planning on having
any parties. I am truly fine with that, also, since it means I won't have to cart everything back to the basement. Since I am an equal opportunity great-grandma and want to show a picture of that darling little dude, Henry - here he is in a sweet picture his mom took of him with Lacey watching for his daddy to come home.
I love the way Norah takes little videos and lots of pictures of Henry. I have so many memories of my little kids that I wish I had videos of - or at least pictures.
Will do another post in a couple of days! Will move on to just before we moved away from our home town to Ft. Madison, Iowa, where our Christmas celebrations were with both kiddies, Sherry and Bill. Hope you enjoy my little memories of times past.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
It's been a while since I have posted. Even though I have been working on projects for Christmas, there has not been much to take photos of or post. I think I have shown about everything I have in my little abode and at times it's hard to come up with something that I think anyone would be interested in. After 4 plus years of blogging, I guess that would be kind of normal as I notice that some of the bloggers I have followed for years are letting longer periods of time go between postings. So for today I am going to show you a couple of projects I saw on Pinterest that caught my eye and would be something I would do. Especially the sock snowmen above!! Cute, cute, cute. I think I am going to find a couple pair of socks someplace and give those little fellows a try. Below is the link with the tutorial on how to duplicate these cuties.
Aren't these cute? Spools, beads, fabric or paper! Another pretty little project for your tree. Click on the link beneath the picture for the tutorial.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
You know, too, that my middle granddaughter, Molly and her husband had their little baby on Thanksgiving. Here is a video that Hannah and Ian made and put on Youtube as a Happy Birthday for Annie. Thought you might like to share this! In the foreground you can see their Thanksgiving dinner which consisted of chicken (which Ian defeathered and dressed - Hannah said it was an anorexic chicken!), mashed potatoes and cake. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
I will be with Sherry and Barclay tomorrow - I have a pecan pie in the oven right now to take with me.
It's smelling mighty good. In the morning I will put the pumpkin pie together and bake it so it will be fresh. Cranberry sauce is cooling so my contribution to the dinner is taken care of. Naturally, I will give Sherry a hand with the cooking at her house, also.
Here's the finished pie - looks pretty darned good. The only thing wrong is I don't make my own piecrust anymore. Used to make really good crust!
Have been doing a lot of crocheting in the evenings lately. Here is part of a scarf that I did with some yarn I ordered that was on sale. I think it is really pretty. I have one more skein to go and it will be about 60 inches long. Plan on sewing the ends together and making an infinity or circle scarf. Have made about six other ones, too. They go very fast. The stockings are ready for the final steps so I am doing okay on that. Did some online Christmas shopping yesterday - I had gone to Sit and Sew and no one was at Sit and Sew. Called Kathy when I got home and the quilters were making preparations for the big day of feasting. Always lots to do for the holiday. So I spent some time online at Macy's and got part of my shopping done. Then out to the mall to take a vest I had ordered back to CJ's. Not as easy shopping as it used to be, but I manage to get it done. Had to sit for a minute or two on one of the benches to get my speed back up. Then on to Target where pushing the cart lets me go as long as I wish. Finally, over to Kohl's -- so for an old broad I did okay yesterday.
I wish all of you a happy day tomorrow with lots of good food and fun with your family and friends. Enjoy!
Friday, November 16, 2012
I did get the soup made Wednesday and it was yummy. Called Sherry to stop by and get some more as I really went overboard and got out my big old pan that I have used for years. I have one more soup meal left - seems to get better as the flavors blend. In case you would be interested, I will tell you how I make it. No recipe - but don't think you can go wrong. I use beef stew meat, some sliced onion, celery (like to put some of the leaves in, too) and canned tomatoes. For a big pot, I put in two regular size cans of diced tomatoes. Shredded cabbage (I do lots) is really good in it and I use the fresh. This, of course, is all in water. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for an hour or two or three. Then slice up some nice fresh carrots, chunk up some potatoes and add those. I like my veggies chunky. At times I have put in diced turnips, also. Mom used to add barley. Also, I add noodles - either frozen or nice sturdy ones - and frozen peas. Simmer until done. You will season to taste, also. Good the first day but even better the next couple of days. Make as much or as little as you like. My sis and I both made soup this way - just like our Mom. And Nan was a good cook! If you try it, I hope you like it!
Monday, November 12, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Here's a glimpse of what I have planned out. I made one yesterday and it turned out okay. I have everything traced on fusible web ready to be ironed to the fabric and cut out. Will do this on an assembly line basis.
A while ago when I was finishing the edges of the stocking faces with a nice stitch I have on my machine, all of a sudden my machine would not move forward! Panic! I checked all the buttons to see if I had somehow or other pushed a wrong one. It was as if the feed dogs were down but they were not. Took the plate covering the bobbinworks off and there was what I thought was the reason - lint under the feed dogs! Lots of it! I must say I am usually so good about checking and cleaning that quite often and have never ever had a problem. So, out comes the little brush and I cleaned away all that bad stuff, reassembled everything and figured I had it cured. It was not. Still would not go forward! So I took the soleplate off again, fiddled around again - don't know exactly what I did - put it all back together. Guess what, it worked! Sigh of relief! I don't think, though, that it will be too long until I will maybe have to buy a new machine. This old friend of mine is 24 years old and has been just a stellar companion and served me well. I will never get rid of it. There are two things I would replace if they go bad and that is my sewing machine and my computer--I love the time I spend with them.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
This one is done with two different skeins of yarn - a black with just a bit of a speck in it and a skinny little multi-colored yarn which I think is for making socks. It worked up differently than I anticipated, but I like it anyway. Made me think of the Christmas that I made probably two or three dozen scarves - lots of them in the eyelash yarn. They work up quickly. Guess they are still in fashion - I am not up on things very well.
Today was pretty much a lost day for me. Every since I had my knee replaced 8 years ago, I have to take 4 big old capsules of amoxicillin an hour before my dental appointment. So yesterday was my six month checkup and I took the damned stuff. It usually bothers me some, but it really did a number on me today. It has quieted way down now and I think I'm back to normal. Will have to see if there is some other medication you can take that doesn't hit so hard. Thank goodness it's only twice a year.
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
On a serious note, I know the whole country is thinking of and praying for the millions of people who have been affected by the monster storm that devastated the east coast. So hard to fathom the extent of loss - lives, homes, businesses - that has occurred. God be with them all.
Monday, October 29, 2012
When I asked Sherry if she knew where the little dress was, she said it was in the attic. Yesterday, she looked in their attic and found it and some other things to send to Molly, washed them up and brought them over last evening. She found this darling pair of coveralls--
We also skyped with Henry and his mom and dad. What a busy, busy little fellow who has now found his hair and his belly button. So fun to watch him - perpetual motion. He will be Charlie Brown for Halloween -
Here's Charlie! They were getting ready to carve pumpkins for the holiday. Going to be here very soon!!