Saturday, March 5, 2016

It's almost moving day.....

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted but my mind has been on moving.  It's so much harder when it's just me.  I'm not complaining because I've had lots of help and support from sister Judy and friends but it's all the other nitty-gritty that wears you out.  Mike always took charge of all of this "stuff" and I had no idea what all was involved.  Sometimes I feel him here encouraging me and giving me strength and it's a GOOD feeling.  I'm so ready for this new adventure.

I'll be back with lots of photos.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year.....

It's that time of year again......resolutions, diets, decluttering, etc.!  I've been giving this a lot of thought.  I have so many changes ahead of me that it sometimes makes me dizzy.  My goal is to take it one day at a time.  Today will be the day I take the rest of my Christmas decorations down and hopefully, get to the grocery store (I'm getting hungry).
This was on one of the blogs I read this morning and loved it.

It's been sort of a strange week for me.  In so many ways I feel such a relief and then there's also a sadness to be leaving something that's been such a huge part of my life for the last 8 years.  We closed Leola's.  There were multiple reasons but when it came right down to it it was just time.  There was little said about it but I still feel bad about not giving proper "thanks" to all those who worked beside us for all that time.  Kenda and Kristi had been with us since the beginning and Brenda came shortly thereafter.  We were a good group for a long time and I'll miss all of them.  Not certain what I will do now but, first and foremost, will be looking for a new house.

How about this one?

I had a wonderful Christmas.  Kind of low-key but that's the way I like it.  I realized several years ago that it was the season and the meaning of the day that brought the true joy.....not necessarily the actual day.  Takes a lot of pressure off and makes it so much more enjoyable.  Christmas brunch.....

Stella got a selfie stick for Christmas so Zoe put my big iphone in it.  Not the greatest but we still have a record.

I couldn't let the season go by without posting a few photos from my sister, Judy's, beautiful home.  She does such a wonderful job of both decorating and sharing it during the holidays.  She has a large family and many friends and she loves to entertain..... 









Well, guess I'd better get serious about this day.  Hoping that all who read this know that I am wishing all of us a wonderful 2016.  With everything going on in this crazy world today it will truly be a difficult thing but I sincerely pray that God will see us through this terrible period and help us to find PEACE.


Monday, December 7, 2015

The busy season....

It's been a little crazy in my life the last few weeks and I'm sure most of you have the same issues.  Why do we let it get so hectic every year.  This year is even crazier because the house is on the market.  My realtor scheduled an open house this past Sunday so I was on a deadline to get the house decorated.  I think that was a good thing....it's done!


I decided to keep my mantle simple but I may cut some greenery from the yard to add....



This is the tree in the great room...


This is the smaller living room tree that I fill with some of my vintage ornament collection....


More of my living room and dining room.....





It's so nice to have it completed so maybe I can have friends and family in and not feel overwhelmed.  My grandson, Sage, also has his 14th birthday (crazy) and all the g'kids have concerts at school and church.  That's my favorite part of the holidays.

Hope all of you will take time to enjoy the holidays.  I think this year, more then any year I can remember, we need to feel some peace in our lives.  I'm sincerely wishing this for all of us and I'm going to do my best.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Rainy day and Mondays.....



It's a rainy ole day and haven't managed to accomplish much.   I did change my beds and put the flannel sheets on.  It's been chilly here at night and I love turning the furnace off and snuggling into my warm, flannel sheets.  My grandkids love their flannels, too.  That's been about it so thought it would be a good day to write a blog post.

It's been such a busy couple of weeks trying to get everything ready for Leola's Holiday Open House.  Think sometimes we make it more work then we need to but we always want to stand out in the crowd.  Sister, Linda, and I have almost decided we're to old for this kind of work.  Don't think I'd ever felt as tired in my life as I did this time.  Our sister, Judy, has already retired from the business so more work has been shifted to our shoulders.  Oh, well, we made it and it was a huge success.


These are some of the candy canes that I make and also make the fabric balls for bowl fillers.

And the pillows are some of my wool applique....








We're so grateful to all those who have been our loyal customers and always show up for our open houses.  They make it worth it.

Have a wonderful week.




Monday, October 19, 2015

Fall is definitely here.....

The leaves are gorgeous in Missouri and falling like crazy.  Perfect time for an antique show at Dry Creek Cabins just outside of Dixon, Mo.  It was a beautiful day but cool.  They always have a fire going and a big black pot of chili cooking.  Just a wonderful place to spend a fall afternoon.







It's so much fun and such an escape to visit this wonderful place.

I've been trying to work on all the things I've gathered for Leola's Holiday Open House....


Seems like we just did this!

Check out my sweet annie tree.....

Love these chairs!  After a good cleaning and an oil finish rubbed in, they turned out so good I kind of hate to part with them.


This is what it looks like out my front door this morning.  The leaves are changing so fast and dropping even quicker.....

Well, it's back to work for me.  Hope everyone has a wonderful week.