Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
What fun to look at all of the new products that have been introduced. I used to help Bob choose things for his "spec" houses, but he has developed a pretty good eye and gets along fine without my help. (And he probably saves himself some money. I'm dangerous in a home decorating center!)
First we set off to finalize an order for faucets, sinks, etc. There I made a wonderful impression on my daughter-in-law by setting the lady in charge straight on her letting some things be done before they were approved! I suddenly saw April sneaking around the corner....either in embarrassment or maybe laughing behind my back! Anyway, I don't think that sales lady will be quite so anxious to put her orders in so fast next time. Dear me...I may be banned from that supply house now.
After a tour of their house (I didn't even think to take pictures--but you need to see it when it's finished!) we headed for Lowes--my favorite store! April had already scoped things out which made it easy. Light fixtures were accounted for. I'll gladly let Jeff go back & pick them up and haul them to the job site! Paint choices are sort of-maybe-decided. (Right, April?) And then the very confusing, frustrating job of picking out counter tops. Everything has to blend together to make a kitchen that Jeff the Chef might want to cook in. April too!!!
April's stomach was growling ...at least she said it was :) so we made a detour to Johnny Carino's--Jeff's former employer. We had a delicious lunch, ate way too much, and had a great surprise of our ticket being taken care of by the manager! It pays to go back to your old job once in a while!
With color chips in hand we went back & met the cabinet man at the job site. I had called him earlier and much out of character for me, told him to please sharpen his pencil and bring us a deal so April could get the cabinets of her dreams! And surprisingly, he did! Thanks so much Andy!!!!
Other decisions will have to be made also, but I think we made the important things happen today. Bob raised an eyebrow every once in a while but was in agreement that we did good.
Anybody else need me to go spend their money? I read way too many decorating magazines!
I'll let all of you guess at April & Jeff's decorating style and later will
post picture of the finished product!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
After a trip to the grocery store...most things fit in my totes!
For years we have recycled our aluminum cans. Bob loads them up every once in a while, along with aluminum from his jobs, heads for Kroots and gets himself a little pocket money.
We save glass, metal & plastic containers that Bob totes to the bins in the Kroger parking lot...more often than you would think! (Our plastic use has increased tremendously in the recent months due to "chocky milk" consumption around here by our little munchkins!)
And for years I've saved the plastic shopping bags & recycled them at Jay C's. (They always know when I've been there as I fill up their barrel. :-)
So when I saw an online shopping link for "BHappy Bags" on Angie's blog, I had to check it out. I now am the proud owner of 2 very pretty bags that will hold a ton of groceries, along with a couple of cheapies I picked up at our local store. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I used them as they were quite easy to carry...& I didn't have all of those plastic bags to get rid of! My only problem is trying to remember to take them in with me! Several times I've gotten quite disgusted with my forgetful self when I get to the check out line & realize my Happy Bags are in the car.
Oh, I'm a long way from being a flag waving Green Earth person...but I figure that my little effort will help in helping our dump not to fill up quite so fast. I'm definitely not a tree hugger...but I am a lover of nature & beauty. I just wish I had started carrying my Happy Bags years ago!
for those who care...www.bhappybags.com
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Happy 19th birthday to Kelcie Lynn, my sweet niece who lives way too many miles away from me! I'm sure they are doing lots of celebrating in Kansas today.
a tiny bundle of pink and my beautiful dark, curly haired niece! I instantly fell in love with her & thought she was the cutest thing ever!
Jeff loves babies in T shirts!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
My Grandma Brown was a country woman. There was nothing fancy about her--nothing fancy in her home--she was just plain & simple, my loving Grandma Brown.
Grandma Brown was born in 1889. She married when she was 19 years old, and had her first baby by the time she was 20. Born to her were 7 children, 4 daughters and 3 sons. My Dad used to say that two of his sisters died during the influenze epidemic. But there are notes in a family Bible that little Eva Thelma died in 1918 at the age of 7, and Vivian Velva died in 1914 at 19 months. I never remember hearing Grandma talk about her babies.
Grandma with 3 of her children--Joe, Rose & my dad, Duane
Grandma was not a very fancy cook. About anything she cooked was either fried or was prepared with lots of left over grease! They always had beans of some sort, fried potatoes, and the best iron skillet fried chicken in Central Missouri! I loved her fried chicken. Her salads were made from dandelion greens, when she could find them, and she loved to cook polk....sort of like spinach!
I think my mother paid one of the highest tributes I've ever heard someone say about their mother-in-law. She told me that she never heard Grandma Brown ever talk bad about anyone, never gossiped, and never raised her voice.
Those footprints she left on our lives are hard to fill. She might have been a plain, country woman, but she was a very gentle Spirit!
In memory of our sweet Grandma Brown
one of Grandma's favorite quotes...
"A willful waste will bring a woeful want"
Monday, July 14, 2008
Robert & Bonnie--July 14, 1946
Robert tells that an aunt of his kept trying to get his Mother to come visit their little church & his Mother always had the excuse that she didn't have a good dress. But she bought a new dress for his wedding, and after that had no excuse & began attending church with Aunt Lindy!
The Bride--18 years old!
Times were hard back in 1946. Robert worked for the railroad & Bonnie worked in a doctor's office. They lived in a very small upstairs apartment, later moving to where they had a little more room.
Grandmother Julia (in her new dress!)
& Grandmother Amelia
Although they were young, and no doubt their marriage went through rough times along with the good ones, they have been faithful to keep beside each other through good times & bad. May they have many more happy years together!
Friday, July 11, 2008
Sue, my long lost friend!But the years passed, they went off the road as evangelists & pastored a church at Bloomington. Though we were not too many miles apart, we seldom saw them. Whenever our paths did cross, Sue & I would say that we needed to go back to Nashville for lunch, like we did several years ago.
She was busy being a pastor's wife, mother, & also worked. We intended to get together but it just never seemed to be the right time.
Our new lunch find...just off of Bean Blossom Road
Ten years passed & they left their Bloomington pastorate for one in Milton, Kentucky...just across the bridge from Madison. Somehow we got each other's email addresses and began writing once in a while. We promised to get together, but weeks, months & finally a few years went by.
Do you think we had a lot of secrets to share?Finally, today, after way too many years, we made time for each other! Sue drove up from Milton, we hugged each other & were on our way to Nashville! It was so good to see her again. We had plenty of catching up to do! Both of us are now grandmothers, she with 5 grandchildren & me with 6. You can imagine the time we had sharing!
Can you read the sign?
If he brings you flowers for no reason...
there is a reason!Thanks to the suggestion of a sweet little shop owner in Nashville, we traveled out a country road past Bean Blossom & had lunch at The Farmhouse Cafe. What a lovely place to eat, visit, & just enjoy each others company. I'm definitely going back to that little corner of floral heaven!
Beautiful gardens to tour..
& of course the plants were for sale!Then it was back for a little more shopping in Nashville, on to Columbus with a stop at Starbucks for a couple of Frappuccinos (it was 94 degrees out there!) & home for a little more visiting.
The Garden Shop
I'm so glad Sue made the effort to come to Columbus & we finally after all of these years got to have our lunch date in Nashville...or at least out in the country sticks nearby. Hopefully, neither of us will let the years pass by & we will get together for a little lady friendship lunch in the not too distant future.