Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Little Easter Decor

Life has been so busy lately that I just haven't taken the time to post.  I finally grabbed my camera today and took a few pics of some Easter d├ęcor in the kitchen and dining room.
 
In the kitchen I brought out the brightly colored eggs and bunnies :)  I bought the glass canister at Cracker Barrel last year after Easter for a few dollars.  I like to shop at CB after holidays although I don't eat there much I do like to shop.  The white bunnies are from PB last year.  I had the faux cupcake from Pier One.  These are just things I had or bought on sale.  I really don't need any more Easter decorations ... I have decided! 

On the dining room table I used bright colors too.  I made the carrot table runner a few years ago.  I brought out Mr. Bunny, the little chick and eggs.  I did purchase the carrot basket this year.  I saw it and loved it. It's the little things that make me happy :)  I know Maggie Kate will love the brightly colored decorations this year.

 Colored eggs and carrots in the carrot basket.

Sweet little chick on the carrot runner.
 
My Butler's Pantry plates along with a Bordallo plate at each setting.  We won't eat Easter lunch at this table ... it's just for looks.  We will eat lunch at the kitchen table which I have yet to set.
 
We will have a delicious Easter meal and Maggie Kate will be here to celebrate with us ;)  I made her Easter dress this year and I will be sure to take pictures. 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, March 14, 2014

1/2 Year Old!

Maggie Kate was 1/2 year old on Saturday the 8th.  My how time has flown since this little bundle of preciousness came into our lives :)
I kiss those little feet all the time!
 
I embroidered the 1/2 birthday bib and we had to buy her a Princess balloon to celebrate!  You are only sixth months once in your life!
 
 Her mommy had to come our way for a friends baby shower so we celebrated with her.  Her Poppy (my husband) had her giggling up a storm.  Maggie Kate is such a happy baby!  You can't tell from the pics but she has the bluest eyes like her Aunt Amber :)
 
 My two loves!  I love these two girls so much.  Maggie Kate looks just like her mommy when she was this age.  It just seems like yesterday her mommy was this age.  How time flies by! 
 
Thank you to those who have checked in on me.  I am now on meds for my thyroid and hopefully feeling better soon! 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Update and Answers

First I'll update .... we had more snow! 
This was taken in the back of our house of the bridge that leads to the back pasture.  Snow is so pretty but I'm so glad I live in the South where we don't have that much!  Actually since this snowfall we had more snow.  I hope this is it for the year.  Bring on Spring!!
 
I have been doing a little embroidery.  I made this for Jen for Valentine's day.  It's a sweatshirt with her initials.  It's actually a very large design.  I should have taken a pic of the entire sweatshirt.
I embroider things for MK all the time but forget to take pics :(   
 
On Valentine's Day my husband and I took MK to see her mommy at work.  One of Jen's coworkers took this pic with her phone.  It made her mommy's day to see MK!  At five months old this baby loves to stand and loves attention.  Can you tell? LOL
 
And for the "answers" in the blog post title.
I have felt just so tired the last few months.  Along with just feeling overwhelmed, irritable, sweating profusely (in the cold winter months for me is just not normal), trembling in my hands, heart racing, night sweats, etc.  I thought it was just from being on the "run" taking care of my sweet grandbaby.  After all I haven't taken care of a little one in years! 
 
However I began to suspect something when my neck began to swell and was so painful.  Now after seeing an ENT and having a CT scan and ultrasound I have thyroid issues.  I have thyroid nodules and I have hyperthyroidism.  My thyroid is working too well!  I'm finally getting answers.  I have more tests next week and I will be seeing an endocrinologist.  Hopefully soon I can begin meds to help with my issues.  On a side note I have regular checkups every sixth months with blood work and all has been fine in the past.
 
Normally I don't blog about my health issues but I wanted to share a little of what's been going on and why I haven't blogged as much.  Hopefully once I get my health issues resolved I will be back to my old self!  I haven't responded to comments but I read them all and thank you :)
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Adventures of Living in the South

Thank you for all the comments on my last post about the snow.  I did have to stay at Jennifer's house for two nights because there was no way I could make it home.  It was a huge mess for days.  Once I left Jennifer's I got on a super busy main highway and it was crazy.  There were so many cars just left parked like a parking lot.  Some facing the opposite direction of where they should be going.   I have never seen so many cars left parked ON the highways.  Once I made it to the Interstate it also looked like a parking lot where people left their cars parked.  People slept in their cars in the freezing cold.  I heard on the news that over 1100 students  spent the night at school.  I am sure the teachers were exhausted!!  It was just a crazy event for the South!  Snow is so rare for us and we are not equipped with salt trucks or snow plows.  It took me about and hour and forty-five minutes to get home.  My normal drive is about fifty minutes.
 
My sweet husband was so glad to see me :)  Actually he would have driven in his big four wheel drive truck to pick me up if I had asked him.  It was better for us to stay safe.  He really missed me!  He loves to talk and he had no one to talk to except our furbabies :)  He talked my ears off when I did get home!  Gotta love him :)
 
Today we had a few snow flurries and people began to get concerned!  I know this has to be amazing to people who live in the colder states but only in the South :) 
 
Tuesday was my birthday ... I am now fifty-five!  I guess that makes me a senior citizen!  I wonder if I get discounts now at the senior rate? LOL 
 
We went to Jennifer's (she had the day off) and went to lunch and birthday cake ...yum 
Maggie Kate so wanted to dig into the cake!  I finally let her put a finger in it  She's going to love her first birthday with a "smash" cake!!  This little girl is so much fun!  My birthday cake last year said I was going to be a Nonna :)  Now look at the precious little girl we have in our lives.  How our lives can change in just a year.  We all feel that if we had Amber here our lives would be complete.
 
I have a quilting project I began last year for Easter and I hope to share it soon.  It has only taken me a year to complete it!
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I wanted to document this event in my life so I might as well blog about it!  Here in Alabama we were expecting snow for the lower half of the state and along the Gulf Coast.  We were expecting a "dusting' of snow here with no travel problems and it would be later in the day if at all.  (I live in Northeast Alabama and my daughter lives in Birmingham an hour away from me.)  We don't see much snow at all here in the South but when it is predicted everyone goes to buy milk and bread!!  But people think THEY NEED IT when it's predicted to snow.  The shelves are cleared out at the stores and it's a huge joke in the South :)

Traffic mess on a main highway.
 
Accidents everywhere and abandoned cars.
 
Yesterday morning I made my way to my daughter's house to keep Maggie Kate for the day.  About 11:00 yesterday morning it began to snow and it was really coming down. The weather has been very cold and the ground was quickly covered as were the highways.  Normally school is let out early or called off for the day because we are not  prepared at all for snow here.  It's too dangerous for buses to make their usual routes with ice and snow.  This was so unexpected.  Everyone was at work or in school and totally not prepared for this disaster.

The traffic in Birmingham is awful and with snow and ice there were people at a standstill on the interstates and main highways all night long.  Spending the night in their cars in single digit temperatures.  Parents trying to leave work to pick up their children and go home to a warm house.  Traffic was gridlocked and accidents everywhere.  People left their cars and walked if they could to their homes or a nearby hotel to spend the night.  Others spent the night in stores or wherever they could find a warm place.  Churches were opened for people to spend the night. The thing that's really upsetting was children and babies that were in daycare or school and their parents could not pick them up :(  So many children very young or older children in high school were stuck for the night.  One of Jennifer's friends posted on FB who works at a high school said she was with 500-700 of her closest friends for the night.  Can you imagine spending the night in a high school with that many children???  They were making the most of the situation and I'm sure memories were made.  But what a nightmare.  Smaller children that had never been away from their parents for the night were left at daycare.

The lady with her high heels and designer handbag.

I saw pics of the news here close to Jennifer's house where women had left work in their high heel shoes and carrying their designer purses and walking along the main highway abandoning their cars.   People were trying to help but everyone was just stuck. Accidents everywhere.  We are not prepared for a little bit of snow and have no idea how to drive in it!! I know people who live in the North think were are a little nuts but it's true.  We just don't have much snow!

At the entrance to the subdivision where Jennifer lives a car was overturned.  I knew then that I was here for the night!   Thankfully Jennifer works five minutes from her house so she made it home around 3 in the afternoon safely.  I wasn't prepared to spend the night at her house but I had quickly thrown a few clothes in my bag before I left my house yesterday morning.  Thank goodness!  So again today I am here at Jennifer's house and spending the night again tonight.  I can't get home ... maybe tomorrow.  I think my husband is going stir crazy with me being gone :)

The temps are not above freezing again today so the snow and ice will be here for another day. Hopefully tomorrow it warms up and highways and interstates will clear.  In the meantime we are making the most of the situation and I'm getting to spend lots of time with MK!  Maybe tomorrow I will make it home to my own bed and if not its ok.  This will pass.

Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thank You and a Baby Quilt

Thank you all for the sweet comments and emails that were sent my way on my last post.  They mean the world to me!  I appreciate them and am working on responding to each one. 
I have decided I will blog when I have time.  Posts may be sporadic like they were last year but I really like to look back over the last four years to see how my life has changed.  How I've dealt with the loss of Amber, Jennifer getting married and the birth of Maggie Kate.  I sometimes have to go back and look for a recipe I posted because I couldn't remember where I placed the hard copy.
 
I really had a bad week last week.  I'll share a little of it with you.  My husband and I were going on a date for the first time in years.  His birthday was the 6th and Jennifer had given him tickets to an event in Birmingham for Friday night.  We left early and made a couple of stops before the concert and were "rear-ended".  A lady decided to run into the back of my car.  We were stopped at a red light when it happened.  I was leaning over in my seat putting something in my purse and bam :(  I am sore in my ribs and I have lower back pain.  I just had back surgery for a herniated disc a year ago.  The thing that was really disturbing is that the lady who hit us was so rude and just down right mean!  How in the world  people act like this I don't know. 
 
Now here's the first quilt I made for Maggie Kate! 
 I just wanted something simple and easy to make for the quilt and chose a simple design.  I bought the fabric a couple of summers ago and only had two yards of each print.  The prints are from the Elm Creek books author.  I can't remember her name but I love her books.  It's coordinates well with MK's nursery.
 
I quilted it with this simple stitch I've seen on other blogs that quilter's have used and loved doing it.  I will use this design again on other quilts that really need to be quilted!  I embroidered a really sweet label for MK so she'll always remember who made it for her.  Do you all know how much I love that baby? :)
 
I love keeping MK a couple of times each week and I see so much of her Mommy and Amber especially in her bright blue eyes.  I can't believe she's four months old!  How time flies.
 
Again thank you all so much for your kindness! 
 
Hugs,
Donna

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

A New Year and to Continue Blogging

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.  Our first Christmas with Maggie Kate was a blessing.  Of course she had no idea what was going on but loved the Christmas lights! 

I've been keeping her a couple of days a week and have enjoyed her so much.  I love those gummy grins she gives me :)  It's so worth the hour drive to and from Jennifer's house to love her and watch her grow and learn something new every day.  She brings me and her Poppy so much joy.

Of course Christmas like every holiday is bittersweet without Amber here with us.  She would have spoiled Maggie Kate to the moon and back!  I'll admit I've had a rough time thinking about the "could have beens" and have shed many tears since Maggie Kate was born.  I can't help but think about the children Amber might have had had things been different.  But God had other plans and maybe one day I will truly understand.  I honestly don't know where I would be without my Faith and knowing I will see her again one day soon in Heaven.  This is just our temporary home. 

I think this time of year is just depressing!  I love Christmas and taking down all the decorations is refreshing but it's so gloomy in the house.  Last year right before Christmas I had back surgery and didn't pack my decorations away the way I normally organize it all and this year I took extra time packing and labeling it.  I will know next year what box everything is in!

It has been so cold here!  The coldest weather we've had in 18 years ... brr!  And I know it has been warm here compared to people living in the northern states.   
 
Please say a prayer for me.  I am contemplating whether to continue my blog.  I didn't post as much last year as I have in the past.  And I'm not sure about this year.  I've made such wonderful friends through blogging and treasure those friendships.  In the world of blogging there are so many more than there were four years ago when I began my blog.  I often think people just want to see pretty pictures of gorgeous homes and mine is not that at all.  It's just little ole me and my simple way of life.  Nothing fancy at all!  I'm going to pray about it and hope you will say a prayer for me.

Take care and God Bless!

Hugs,
Donna

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to you all!
 
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas in the Kitchen

I love decorating my kitchen for Christmas.  The reds and greens of the season are so cheerful.  Here are just a few vignettes in my kitchen this year.
 
I have so many Christmas plates I have to choose which ones to display.  Joy to the World is displayed in this setting.  The Mary Engelbreit pitcher is displayed all year long filled with kitchen utensils.

An old aluminum cup is filled with greenery and tiny ornaments from CB several years ago.  I love this little cup.
 
I change my spatulas for each season.  I have more Christmas ones than any other holiday.  I don't use them but love to look at them.
 
On the opposite side of the kitchen I have a "baking" center set up.  My gingerbread mixing bowl is filled with greens, pinecones, wooden spoons, etc.  I filled the cloches with red, gold and green tiny ornaments.  The measuring cups say Ho Ho Ho.   Everything really sparkles with the under counter lighting
 
I love the Recipe for a Merry Christmas.  I wish this was all year long.
 
On my kitchen hutch I have a bowl filled with antique utensils, cookies cutters and greenery.
 
A kitchen must have a cookie jar for Christmas.  In fact I have several.  I love this snowman one! 
 
And finally my dining room tree that connects to the kitchen.  It has all types of cooking and baking ornaments that ties into the kitchen. 
 
Now I'm off to put a little Christmas in my sunroom.  I grew cotton again this year and I want to add it to some fresh greenery cut from the yard.  I will post it later this week. 
Christmas will soon be here!!
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna
 
I am linking up to Linda at Coastal Charm for her Christmas Home Tour.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Little Turkey!

Whew!!  Where has the time gone this year?  I can't believe it's December! 
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I ate too much as usual.  Now I am decorating for Christmas.  I have boxes everywhere!  For the first time ever I had the tree decorated in our family room before Thanksgiving.  Jennifer wanted to take some Christmas card pics with Maggie Kate.  So one side of the room was decorated for Christmas!
 
This little one will make Christmas extra special this year!  Don't you think my little "turkey" is adorable???  I could kiss those little cheeks all day :)  She had on her little turkey shirt I appliqued for her and we later changed her into her smocked dress.
 
I can't believe I'm posting this because I normally don't post pics of myself.  But I love this little one so much :)   (I barely had any makeup on, my hair wasn't fixed and I had on an old tee shirt on .. I had been cooking all morning at this point)
 
I didn't get a great picture of her in her smocked dress but she does have it on. 
I think she liked her turkey shirt better.  She looks just like her mommy when she was little.  She even has Jennifer's dimples :)  Love these girls!
 
Here's the little dress I smocked for her that she has on in the pic above. 
Lots of work for so little wear but it was worth it!  The weather has been colder here this year than normal for us so we have to keep baby girl warm!
 
Now I am off to applique some Christmas shirts and do some more Christmas decorating.
 
Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna