Saturday, March 27, 2010

A Day in Nashville

The little tourist town of Nashville, Indiana
is just about 18 miles down the road from me.
Carol's girls requested that be one of our destinations on their visit.
Kelcie had been there a couple of summers ago
but Kylie hadn't been since she was a little girl.
Saturday's weather wasn't too cooperative
but we didn't let that stop us from a day trip to Brown County!

Kelcie & Kylie
ready to shop!

We went in some of my favorite shops
& the girls discovered things I never look at.
One of their favorite shops was the Toy Store!
Kelcie looked at the jewelry & miniature things.
Kylie spotted anything vintage!
And this is my favorite lunch stop in Nashville.
It's old-old-old
& so characteristic of Brown County,
with delicious food.

The Hob Nob

Kylie ordered a vegetarian sandwich,
Carol & I had the yummy tenderloin sandwiches,
& Kelcie had a burger.

(I hate getting my picture taken!!!)

Tummy's were full so we hit the streets again.
We were shopping for a birthday gift
& I was looking for something different
for my living room walls.
Silly girls posing with "Abe Martin" in front of
The Old Nashville House restaurant.

I love this squeaky old screen door!
The Nashville House
has delicious fried chicken, turkey & dressing dinners,
& to die for fried biscuits & apple butter.
Once in a blue moon, Bob & I will come over here for dinner.

Kylie amusing herself (& us) with the kitchen gadgets

Inside the old general store...
just about anything you want in here
from an iron skillet to apple butter to cinnamon balls candy!

Kylie & Kelcie spotted the ice cream shop.
They shivered as they ate their ice cream
& ended up gladly taking packages to the car
so they could sit in the car & warm up!
People from all over the country come to our scenic little town
& I need to make a point of going more often.
Even though it was a misty, chilly day,
the shops were bustling with people.
No sign of recession over here..
at least not on a Saturday afternoon.
Ah hum....I wasn't going to tell "the rest of the story"...but---
Seems that when we had shopped 'til we dropped
my car wouldn't hit a lick!
The battery was "deader than a doornail"...(whatever that means)
I had to call Mr. T
who had to leave a family event
while we waited & waited & waited
to finally hear that he was sitting still in traffic because of a wreck
and so we sat & steemed up the windows
because without the car running
there was a lot of hot air blowing around in there!
& I was dreading Mr. T seeing that I was parked in a church lot
but my guardian angels made the other cars leave
& just before he FINALLY arrived,
the spot in front of me opened up so he could pull right in.
That made us about an hour and a half late
& we had to hurry home as Auntie Carol hadn't seen the rest of the family.
(Is that the rest of the story you were talking about, Karen?)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

These Boots Are Made For My Garden...

I'm sure you will all be jealous of my new boots!

They are a birthday gift from Kylie, my sweet niece, who just happens to work at The Victorian Trading Company and when she saw these, she thought they had my name written all over them! I absolutely love them...but they are so pretty, I don't know if I can make myself go mudding in them or not!

Late this afternoon I took my boots for a little stroll around our yard to see what might be popping up.

Sure enough--there was green popping up everywhere. The warmth of the past few days has really brought everything to life & it won't be too long until we'll be seeing some color along with the foliage. I can't wait!
I have a healthy patch of "Stella's" & could probably set up a roadside stand & sell daylilies. I know they need divided by I just hate to split them up! Last night I read on one of the garden blogs where a lady had dug up every single Stella de Oro in her yard & shredded them in her chipper as she had grown tired of them. Horrors! I know they have been way over used in landscaping, but I still love their bright yellow blooms & they grow in leaps & bounds for me. So, you won't find me shredding them.

Don't my new boots look pretty with the Lenten Rose? Just the right shade of pink...
I'm always amazed at how early these pretty little flowers bloom,
& how long their blossoms stay on the foliage.

Thankfully, I could see some green on my hydrangeas. I've just put them in my garden in the last few years & I'm always afraid the winter will kill them off. Looks like this one made it!

A few steps away, found us on the front porch where I always think I'll spend the summer evenings watching the neighbors, maybe sipping on a frosty glass of sweet tea.
But I seldom make it out there
as I'm usually knee deep in weeds in the back yard, sweating up a storm!

And much to my delight, the plant truck had already made it to my neighborhood grocery store this week. Somehow I can never pass up a pot of "Johnny Jump-Ups"...or Violas.
My grocery bill wouldn't be nearly as high if that truck would quit making it's rounds!
Oh well--food for the soul!

This just happens to be my favorite time of year. I enjoy the rest of the long winter days, not being able to be outdoors & not feeling guilty for doing inside activities. But when the ground begins to warm, & the sun shines later in the evening, I get excited about what the next few weeks will bring.

This weekend some of our garden centers will be opening.
Me & my boots may just have to dance a Spring jig in celebration!
Hopefully the neighbors won't be watching.
Are you jealous of my pretty boots by now?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring Break!

Company's coming!

My baby sister & her family will be coming to Indiana for a visit on their Spring Break. We are so excited as they haven't been here for 16 months, & I've only seen them for one short weekend in between trips.

So...there is lots of visiting to catch up on & our house will be spilling over with our family during the next few days. Any time the Wheeler's are here, our children & grandchildren are more than welcome to hang out here too!

Carol & I plan on taking her girls to Nashville for a little shopping. They discovered that they like shopping in our little artist colony & even asked to go back. It's only 16 miles down the road from me...but one of those places I don't get to often, so I'm looking forward to it too.

For now my days will be filled with family, cooking, washing tons of towels, staying up late at night talking with my sister, laughing...& maybe shedding a few tears if things get too sentimental...and we may even drag out the projector & Dad's old reels of slides.

Excuse me while I go make a few memories over the next few days! I'm sure there will be some blog material in there somewhere.

Graphics are courtesy of

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Junk Closet/Dish Pantry...

I cannot believe I'm about to do this...
I'm going to give you access to the dark recesses of a part of me
you might not know existed--
my Junk Closet! For the past 30 years-or as long as we have lived here-
this closet has always been my clutter stash.
And during the past 9 years, when grandchildren started coming along,
it also became a toy box!

Actually, it is a furnace closet with back access to our trash compacter, which just for your info, I wouldn't live without. That thing has probably squashed several tons of litter over the past 30 years, & thankfully, it's still smashing daily.Two deep shelves were on the right side, deep enough to hold more stuff than you can imagine. The top shelf was just beyond my reach, so what was shoved up there was lost in the dark regions, until I felt the need to reorganize, or search for some lost item.

I've been bugging Bob for months about redoing this closet to make it more accessible for me. He really didn't think it was necessary...but somehow got himself on the "better get to work on that project" side of the issue. (He recently did some car swapping & believe me, he has a few more projects to go before we are even-steven!)

And so, much to my delight, we began the project one day last week.

You know who had to unload all of the junk from the closet (and I found things I had forgotten about many moons ago!) before installation of shelving began. Brackets & bracings were installed & then you know who had to paint said junk closet. I was amazed at how much brighter it became with a fresh coat of white paint, plus a new brighter light bulb helped a bunch!

Shelves were installed. They are 16 inches deep and there are 4 rows of them, instead of the 2 old shelves. And, they wrap around the corner, going along two walls, giving me lots of room.

Well, I thought it was plenty of room until I began loading them up with things I had stored from the dining room redo a few weeks ago. It didn't take me long to fill them up! I could use a whole house full of closets like this!

Anyway, thanks to Mr. Wonderful Bob the Builder hubby, I'm a happy housewife for now. My two sets of Christmas dishes fill the top row. One set had been stored above my frig & were just too hard to get to, so I seldom used them. My navy Bennington pottery bowls were brought out and will be much easier to get to & I will use them now! I have a couple of storage bins of napkins, napkin rings, & place mats.

More dishes & my set of china (that I never use) came out of storage.

And my beloved Fostoria collection, that I must tell you about some day, takes up part of another row.

I left a couple of the lower shelves for the grand children's things. This isn't all that they have, but they are going to have to go through some of the books with me & decide what they want to keep.

I'm sure this too will eventually get cluttered, but it will be so much more convenient. And this wouldn't have come about if I hadn't spent too many evenings going through some of my favorite blog sites, especially the ones relating to tablescapes & decorating. My dish pantry isn't much compared to some that I've seen. But I'm pleased as punch with it & not even ashamed to let you take a peak in the pantry for now.

My sister & her family will be heading this way at the end of the week for a Spring Break visit. I have much to do between now & then, including getting rid of a lot of stuff that didn't fit back in that closet! So, now you know why I haven't come up with any brilliant blogging moments for a few days. And the next few days will find me tearing around here getting everything in order so Carol & I can spend lots of quality time together. It's been a long time since we've been together and we just might find a few things to talk about.

Springs in the air! I can't wait. . .