Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Fun Morning

The Sharrar House (The Oldest House in Town)


Our Historical Society is preparing for its annual auction. My granddaughter, Brooke, and I spent this morning at the Price House which is located next to the Sharrar House (pictured above) tagging items for the auction. I saw several things that I hope to bid on. I took photos of one of the upstairs rooms at the Price House. I love visiting the Historical Society properties. It is like going back in time. At one of our visits, I showed Brooke an antique cook stove and a handcranked washing machine. Brooke told her "Pap" that she saw an antique microwave. It's a different world today!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My Baby's 30 and a Delicious Recipe

It's hard to believe my baby, Amber, celebrated the big 30 yesterday! She is pictured here with her baby, Payton, who is six. I always make my daughters a cake or a favorite treat for their birthdays. Amber opted for Banana Split dessert, an easy and delicious dessert.

Banana Split Dessert
Large box strawberry jello
1 1/2 cup boiling water
16 oz. container frozen strawberries (partially thawed)
Can of crushed pineapple (drained)
Three bananas (sliced)

Small box vanilla pudding
1 cup of milk
8 oz. container Kool Whip

Disolve jello in water.
Add partially thawed strawberries, mix until thawed
Stir in pineapples and bananas.
Chill until Firm

Mix vanilla pudding with milk.
Fold in Kool Whip.
Spread on jello mixture.
Delicious! Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree...

Yesterday morning we woke up to this. The tree is next to a parking lot located at the bottom of our yard. We made a parking lot for our daughter who lives across the street from us and has a beauty salon. Fortunately, this happened before business hours. The tree missed our daughter's car and our pool.However - part of it fell on our neighbor's garage roof. We're hoping there is no damage and we will soon find out.
The neighborhood is buzzin'!!!

We decided that since we had to hire a tree service, we would have another tree cut down.

In the scheme of real life problems, this is merely an inconvenience.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Family Sunday

Every other Sunday our wonderful, hilarious family celebrates "Family Sunday." Everyone that can make it comes. We usually have a full house.

Some of the kids taking a dip.

Mason on Pap's four-wheeler.

Kellie and Kristen "playing" golf.

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Sunday.

I've been tagged by Lea at Shabby Olde Potting Shed to tell 6 Random things about myself. Lea's blog is not only beautiful but also inspirational. It provides the wonderful feeling of, "God's in His Heaven. All is right with the World." I am a new and inexperienced blogger. I am amazed at all of you talented individuals that share your talents. Here goes......

Six things you don’t know about me.

1. When I was nine years old, Santa brought me a beautiful doll for Christmas. For some unknown reason, I cut her hair. I was so afraid that my parents would be angry that I hid her in the attic for weeks. My mother asked where the doll was and I was quite evasive . When I rescued the doll from the attic, Mom looked at her and never said a word. I was relieved.
2. My favorite place in the world is Cape Cod.
3. My belief is that every random act of kindness is repaid in some way.
4. My only sibling, my younger sister, is my best friend.
5. When my husband and I were in our 20s, we had two Harley Sportsters. I tried to learn to drive but it was hopeless. We spent our spare time at motorcycle races and hill climbs.
6. I am a left handed person in a right handed world. My good friend gave me a left handed pitcher and my husband peels the potatoes because I am so awkward (actually my husband thinks that I am dangerous with a knife). My filing at the office was even left handed. The person that was transferred to my position changed the files to “right handed.” Now when I work at the office, I have a terrible time finding things.

I am tagging oldflowers4me, Mary of In a Soft Light , Gracie of miss gracie's house , Jean of MsGreen"thumb"Jean , Mrs. Bear of Bears In Exile , Shabby Addict, and Cat at The Vintage Housewife .

Rules are: Tag more people and keep passin it on....

Friday, July 25, 2008

Dishes, Cups, and Saucers

I love beautiful dishes and have several sets. My favorite is the Spode in the buttercup pattern that had belonged to my Mother. She and Daddy received Spode as wedding presents when they were married in 1944 and added to it. I also like to pick up odd cups and plates at flea markets, thrift shops, and yard sales.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Annual Family Fun Day

Every summer we treat our family to a fun day at DelGrosso Park.
Austin, Michael, Tyler, Joey , Seth, and Wade

Ashley, Michele, Mason, Brooke, and Mallory

Kellie and Stephanie

Michele and Rich (Rich is Jennifer's husband)

Sheila and Dusty

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Two All Stars

Austin and Dawson are both in the Little League All Stars. They play in different age groups. Their white uniform shirts get very, very dirty. Dawson is shown in front of my washer and dryer with his trophy. I am the "washer of all uniforms."
At Austin's game yesterday, he scored a hit that broke the tie and his team won the game.

I am not a person of many talents, but I pack a mean wallop to stained uniforms. Grass stains are my specialty. These are the tools of the trade.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I love spending time with my grandchildren. It's especially nice to spend one on one time with them. My big extravagance is an appointment to get my nails done every other week. Part of the extravagance is driving 25 miles one way to get them done. Yesterday Mallory and I got our nails done and did some shopping. We had a great "girly" time.

Sunday, July 13, 2008


Prince is my husband's dog and is strictly a "one man dog." Prince accompanies him almost every place he goes. Prince is a Shiloh Shepherd. He was born on 9-1-1.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Some Things That I Like

My favorite work of Auguste Rodin is The Kiss. He was the preeminent French sculptor of his time, and remains one of the few sculptors recognized outside the visual arts community.

This is the only figurine that I could find that is remotely similar to The Kiss. After I found a ceramic dealer that had the mold, my daughter made it for me. I initially displayed it in the living room. My mother was alive then and she told me that she thought the ceramic figurine was very vulgar. To please Mom, I moved it to the bedroom where it was out of sight.

These necklaces belonged to my paternal grandmother.

I have most of my porcelain doll collection packed away. These two dolls are very special to me. The tiny doll on the left was a gift from our deceased daughter, Sherry. The doll on the right is a gift from our fourth daughter, Jennifer. Both dolls are intricately made with lifelike faces. The small pillow was handmade and embroidered by our fifth daughter, Stephanie. The words that she embroidered are, "Be happy with what you have....Not unhappy with what you don't have."

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Brooke, Collections, Prince

My granddaughter, Brooke, spends three days a week with me. She's not completely awake yet in this shot.

I have too many collections. My Cats Meow, porcelain doll, and spoon collections are packed in the attic for now. I do still have a few Boyd's dolls on display. I took three out of the display case and took their picture. I certainly didn't interupt Prince's nap.

I keep these Boyd's bears in the bedroom where my granddaughter, Brooke, stays when she's here. Brooke Loves the furry rug.

Prince certainly isn't sleeping here. He's trying to catch the imaginery squirrel in the tree.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Saturday Night Races

We love to spend our summer Saturday evenings watching our grandson race. Unfortunately, the race was cancelled because of rain.