Friday, February 26, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Before our first baby was born, my mother-in-law gave me this little outfit. Her only request was that I would take a picture of our baby in the little overalls she had made for her "Bobby Gene", now my husband.
Somehow I didn't ever get an old photograph of Bob in his little britches, and I'm not sure one even exists. This afternoon I spent some time going through my old things, trying to find even one photograph of Bonnie with her babies. I'm sure there are some, but I don't have them.
This was taken when Bob was several months old & he probably had already outgrown the little overalls. Here he is with his big sister, Sherry, who was not quite 12 months older than him.
As promised, when Karen was just a few weeks old, I dressed her up in her daddy's britches & took her picture.
Here she is laying in her bed & she seems pretty happy about it. I think I played with her like she was my little doll. She was a live wire!
And here Jeff is, sporting the complete ensemble, just about to fall over sideways! Along with the little outfit, Jeff had auburn hair that made his red-headed Grandma very happy.
For quite a few years, the little pants & hat were packed away in my cedar chest. Then when our first grandchild came along, I thought of them & once again played with my "dolls" for a while.
Parker was the first to wear the little britches. He is just a few weeks old here.
Peyton was next. He didn't fill them out quite as much as Carter...or maybe I got the picture taken a little sooner.
Brycen, the baby of the bunch, didn't want to smile for Grandma. He too filled the overalls out in a matter of a few weeks.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The "living room"--the room that I avoid!
For the past several years this room has been where everything ends up that I don't know what to do with. Some of the clutter is stashed away, out of camera view, but you can still see that there is waaayyy too much in there!
After the drastic change in the lighting in the dining room, we decided to do the same draperies in the living room, only in a linen color. I already have them(they were on sale!) & have to make myself wait until I decide for sure what to do with this decorators nightmare.
Bob is our church pianist & this is really his room.
He has 3 drawers & 2 ugly black file boxes full of sheet music & books that he uses every week. So...I do have to keep those things handy for him.
Oh dear--I just noticed that ugly piece of plastic runner in front of the piano bench. Bob's shoes were making marks on the carpet & we thought that was the answer. Maybe the marks would look better than that awful looking thing!
Then there is the corner curio cabinet full of our Holy Land treasures--
or we thought they were treasures when we bought them 27 years ago! It a good place to keep all of that olive wood hidden! But--I'm tempted to put those things in storage & fill the cabinet with things that I now enjoy. Good grief...I forgot all about that Ashton Drake "Jesus Loves the Little Children" doll!
The framed print on the floor (by the piano) belonged to my parents & I do cherish it, yet I'm not sure that I want it hung on one of my walls. But maybe that's where it needs to be.
I bought the heart shaped wreath over the sofa many long years ago at a "Country Folk Art Show" (remember those?) and I'm sure the dust mites are probably having a hoedown in there somewhere. I'm pretty sure it's going in the trash.
The octagon table may also go in storage as it makes the room smaller than it already is. Plus...that embarrassingly ugly floral arrangement overwhelms everything in there! Who in the world made that? (meeee...) I just had to have that Longaberger Collectors Club vase & now I wish I'd never seen the thing. Okay--a woven basket is one thing, but a Vase?
The paint is in good shape as we just don't use the room.
But I think I might like it a shade darker...more on the taupe-y side. What do you think?
Well, ladies, I'm open for suggestions! I'm not sure Mary Ann will answer her phone if she sees it's me on her Caller ID. She may start charging decorator wages. Or maybe she would settle for lunch at The Farmstead Cafe & a Green River Float at Zaharakos. More to follow...
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
She had to have been still in high school, as in her Senior Yearbook, there is a note about Darlene & her Buddy.
In the top drawer in our Mom's bedroom, was a velvet jewelry box where she kept her watch that she received from Grandma & Grandpa for her high school graduation. At one time there used to be a little baby ring that I wore home from the hospital, evidently a tradition of the times. And then there was the diamond ring.
I loved to look in that little velvet box and one day Mom told me a little about the ring. You see, she had a sweetheart before she met our Dad. She never talked about him much, never gave any details of their romance, and I don't think I ever saw her shed a tear...yet there was a sadness about it. She told me that she was engaged to Buddy and Buddy went to the War. But Buddy didn't make it back home. He was in Italy & was killed in action with his brother at his side.
In the past few years I've thought about that part of her life that Mom kept from us. I cannot imagine what grief she must have gone through when she got the news that her Buddy wouldn't be coming home to her, and there would be no wedding. A grief that a teenage girl should not have to bare.
But a few years passed & her life went on & when she was 20, she met our Dad. They married the summer that she was 21.
I've also thought about Dad & the love he had for her...how he loved her so much that he never mentioned that there was someone in her life before him. It didn't matter...he made a new life and a new love where she could go on.
Mom and Dad loved being a family. He gave up old habits that she couldn't stand, just so their romance could go on. She couldn't stand to see a man drink, and once he knew that, he never touched it again. He went to her church, different from the one he attended as a boy, and there after they were married, he gave his heart to Jesus & was faithful to attend.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I've tried to use some of my favorite things, yet not let my "clutter" reappear. It's hard to teach an old lady new tricks! At Mary Ann's advise, I'm trying to make this room a place we will use more often, and not just be an over flow area, used only when company comes. Our family has grown & it's time to spread out!
...most of which I've found deeply discounted at T J Maxx!
Instead of being tucked away & unused, they are now easily accessible & I plan to use them!This print came from Chautauqua of the Arts Festival that used to be held annually at Mill Race Park. I had it framed & for a while it was in one of the bedrooms. Just a couple of days ago, I saw it hiding in a bedroom closet & knew that it would fit right in my new dining room.
The print is of Irwin Gardens, the former Irwin-Sweeney home. Just this past year the gardens were closed to the public & the beautiful home was put on the market. It recently sold & is opening next week as an exclusive Bed & Breakfast! So, the gardens will never be as they were, & it made this print just that much more special. More bird prints that I already had!
And window treatments...being tossed around in my head.