Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wonderful Christmastime


Hello, Dear Ones! I told you I would try to do better on posting! So I will show you a little Christmasing. I don't have very much out so I don't feel quite dressed but it is what it is.



I couldn't find my wreath I wanted to use on the front door so I grabbed this berry wreath I've had for a few years and just made a bow and poked it on. Works for me! :)
 I am excited to show you my little Christmas tree. This is the only tree we kept from our move. I got this at Walmart a few years ago and it works fine for my little cross stitched pieces! I'm having a cross stitch Christmas - well, sort of. Let me show you a little closer peep.
 I've been stitching the ornies for a couple of years. I had some poked on a little tiny tree and then some were on a garland on the stairs in the past. This year all are on this little tree.
 I stitched three sets of eight Santies this year by the designer Prairie Schooler.
 Do you like them? I'm just loving this look.
 Fa la la la la...
 Jingle bells, jingle bells...


I poked a few balls on the tree and then poked in some ribbon and I was done. Oh, I haven't wrapped any presents yet so pretend you didn't see the boxes. And...for your viewing pleasure here are the sets of Santies I stitched this year. Aren't they just the cutest?

 Like I said, it's very simple here this year so I poked my reindeer on the dining room table (minus the leaves) and I was done!
 Hey where did Elvira come from? That little stinker! I guess she found her way out of some box in the garage and of course she wants to be center stage.


Before I go, Willow wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Wonderful Christmastime

The moon is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The party's on
The feelin's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding, oh, oh

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ah, don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long

Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The moon is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

Oh, Christmas time

~ sung by Paul McCartney and Wings


Thursday, December 6, 2018

I'm Still Here But I'm Late!!

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe it's been so long since I posted here on my blog! I'm sorry but it's been busy around here. Now, just so you'll know - I'm really behind. I'm seeing all of your Christmas posting and I'm going to show you my Fall! :) Yep, we're kinda settled here in the lease house and I thought I would show you around a little.
 I got rid of most of my wreaths when we left New York. They were so old so I made a new fall one. I really do love the strong oranges of fall but I softened up the colors this year. I found a wreath at JoAnn's with leaves and pine cones and I just added sunflowers and a burlap bow. I think it turned out pretty nice. Come on in..
 Here is the entry and Willow is ready to meet you at the door. She's such a little stinker.
 Just a little vignette on the table.
 The light is really so nice here and you can see the sun beams pouring in the windows here in the dining room. I brought my draperies from our former home and used them here in the dining room.
I made a new arrangement for the dining room table.
 Okay, we're leaving the dining room and coming into the 'great room' which we are using as a den.
 Now these are really not blog worthy snaps as I took these with my phone to send to my daughter but am using them for you! You get it. Anyway, this is where we really live. That's my little chair where I sit and stitch, watch TV and eat! Yep, we eat in here too! :) Don't tell anyone. The room is small and really seems small since we had to put my piano in here so the rug is on the diagonal.
 Just look with one eye open so you won't see all the junk and mess around. Willow is ready to play with her baby! :) See those red checked curtains? Well, I wanted to cover the windows in here but I didn't want to put holes in the walls since we are just renting. So what did I do? I found some heavy duty Command Hooks and used skinny little curtain rods and there you go!! I have curtains in here with no harm to the walls!! Pat pat on my back! :)

Here is where we had to put my piano. It's cramped but it is what it is.

  I put my babies all over the top of my piano so each time I pass by every day I can smile
 I may have told you earlier, but Mr. Precious perfectly lined up all of our pictures and artwork like an engineer in a closet. I'm afraid to pull one out or they would all fall - so I don't have much to put on the walls. Nekked walls are what I have. So I made a fall wreath to hang above the fireplace and poked a whole bunch of cross stitched pieces up there. It's gawdy, I know, but I don't care! :)

Okay, from the den you can go right into the kitchen, and here it is...
 Sorry, I didn't pick up before I took the snaps. It's a really nice sized kitchen and has quite a bit of storage.
 Here you can see into the little breakfast room.
 I 'Pioneer Womaned' my little hutch up. Don't you just love her stuff?
 Oops, close your one eye again as my baker's rack has become a catch-all!
 Y'all we just couldn't stand it and flew back to New York right before Thanksgiving to see our babies! That is the hardest thing - missing those little sillies.
 Since we all settled and are just chilling we decided to take a cruise! We drove to our old town, Galveston, and boarded The Liberty of the Seas and sailed to Honduras, Costa May and Cozumel, Mexico. We had such a relaxing time and I stitch and stitched. 
Well, it seems we are all tuckered out now. I will show you my Christmasing soon. Don't get excited or anything as I can't find my anything in the garage. I will have a tree and that's about it! I'll just enjoy seeing yours. Thank you all who have stayed with me all of these years. I love you all to pieces!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Gotta Get Up
Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes.
What if I'm late, gotta big day, gotta get home before the sun comes up
Up and away, got big day, sorry can't stay, I gotta run run yeah
gotta get home, pick up the phone, I gotta let the people know I'm gonna be late

There was a time when we could dance until the quarter till ten,
we never thought it would end then, we ever thought it would end,
We used to carry on a drink and do the rock and roll, we never thought we'd get older,
we never thought it'd grow cold, but now

Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes.
What if I'm late, gotta big day, gotta get home before the sun comes up
Up and away, got big day, sorry can't stay, I gotta run run yeah
gotta get home, pick up the phone, I gotta let the people know I'm gonna be late
 _ sung by Harry Nilsson


Saturday, September 22, 2018

We're Here!

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe it's been over a month since I told you we were moving back to Texas - so here I go. We're here! We're in Texas now and in our rent house. I'll go back and share...
 If you haven't read my last post, we decided we needed to move out of the northeast cold and back to Texas, put our house on the market and it sold in less than a week, cash buyers so it closed fast! During that process we flew to Texas and found a house to rent and then we could take our time looking for a home to buy. Another move in the future but it will be easier than this one. We packed some of our stuff but had the packers do the majority of it. They packed for two days and then the movers came and loaded up the truck.
 We met the new owners and they were nice so I left them a few things they wanted in the house. We said goodbye to our home for the past four years, kissed our grandbabies bye and headed out on our loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong journey back to Texas.
 We bought a new car and guess who got to drive it to Texas??? Me!



This was my view for almost 2,000 miles. Mr. Precious driving Kiki towing Itsy. We were so intent on getting back to Texas that I didn't even record where we spent each night. Just drove, parked, slept, got up the next morning and kept going.
 Willow loves to travel and wanted to drive just a little but she can't reach the brakes! :) I can't believe she is a year an a half years old now!
 It took us seven days to get to Texas - almost 2,000 miles and this is our rent house.
These were the pictures of it online - a little enhanced - the brick is not that red but it really is that green. It's a little smaller than our New York house but it has four bedrooms. But alas - no basement. I'm gonna miss all the storage a basement has.


It has a two car detached garage. 
 Here are snaps from online. That's the front door with the dining room on the right.
 Dining room with dark wood floors. I know now when we buy a house I don't want 'dark wood' floors. They show everything y'all.
 Now the snaps are enhanced with a fishbowl lens to make the room look larger. I wish folks wouldn't do that. This is the official living room but we're using it for our den. The breakfast room to the left and the door to the backyard on the right.


The kitchen is a lot larger that my old kitchen. The countertops are granite with a nice backsplash. The cabinets have been painted a darker brown than it shows in the picture. My neighbor says the houses on our street were all built in 1991. Okie dokie!
 Here's the little breakfast room. I'm able to use my little kitchen hutch and my baker's rack! Yay!
 Don't you love it? There is not a laundry room but at least there is a washer and dryer as we left ours for the new owners of our old house. I'm not using those curtains. That's another door that goes outside.
 The master bedroom and bath are on the 1st floor and I really like that.  The master bath is a really nice size with a soaking tub and a separate shower.


This is the great room upstairs. I had it all figured out - our living room furniture and my piano would go up here and it would all be hunky dory!  Well, those movers couldn't get the piano up the stairs! Shoot!! That blew my plan. The living room furniture is up here ( and lots of other pieces) but the piano had to go in the den and honey, it's not very big. I tell myself - this is temporary!
 Now this is fun! This is an office upstairs. Mr. Precious didn't want it because  he has his own storage pieces so it's my sewing/craft room! Look at all of the shelves!! Yay! I'm trying to get set up in here and then I'll show you.
 Now this is (was) reality! Boxes! Boxes! Boxes! I have almost killed myself trying to get all of these puppies unpacked! I don't remember ever being this tired! So I took off for a few days and rested. I'm so delicate ya know! :)


You want to hear some funnies? Well, I was unpacking boxes in the kitchen, tossing the wrapping paper all around and grabbing dishes and stuffing them in the dishwasher. It was old and was loud and took forever to finish a normal wash. Well...I happened to see something out of the corner of my most gorgeous peeper and there were suds plopping out on the floor! Lots of suds! I could have taken a bubble bath in it! Called the landlord and he had to put another one in. Okie dokie - thank you.
Then one evening Mr. Precious and I had enough boxes unpacked so we could rest and watch TV. There is a ceiling fan in the den and I was cross stitching and watching TV. It began to get hot, hotter and even hotter! We checked and the air conditioning went out!! Oh, Lord! Yep! The old ac was dead as a door knob. Called the landlord again and he said he'd take care of it. But y'all, it's south Texas we're talking about HOT and it's still in the 90s here and the temp was rising and rising. We couldn't stay here. So we packed up Willow and some things and had to stay in a hotel from Saturday night until Wednesday! The landlord is a nice guy and said he would take care of our hotel bill. Well, we get back home, unpack, go to bed and notice we're hot! The ac stopped working again! Called the landlord again, a guy came out and fixed it. We're good now but heck this was not what we had thought would happen. It's all funny now. Our landlord probably thinks, these folks are killing me. Oh another thing...the washing machine stinks!! Yep, I've done everything I can think of. Bought a dishwasher cleaning ball. Nope! Poured baking soda and vinegar in it. Nope! Poured bleach in it. Nope! So, I took a spray bottle filled with bleach and decided to spray it behind the tub. Maybe that's were the moisture is holding its stinky self. So I think I may have solved my problem! I'm not going to tell the landlord as he may just kick us out! :)
 Today my little Campie is having his 5th birthday party. He is so excited and it's a Ghostbuster theme. We still miss our babies to all get out but we facetime and talk to them. We'll probably fly back up soon and kiss them.
 Things are settling down and I'm getting things set up the best I can. Still got lots of boxes in the garage with dishes and Christmas stuff. But I'm finding time to stitch - love it!  So that's my story and hopefully this new change will get me back to blogging. You know I love you. Oh, guess what? I thought about it the other day and have been blogging for 10 years! I just can't quit.
Before we left New York, Mr. Precious ordered a new Texas flag and she proudly flies out front! Love to you all and I'll start showing you stuff...

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You


I once did know a President, Away down South, in Texas. And, always, everywhere he went, He saw the eyes of Texas. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, All the live long day. The Eyes of Texas are upon you, You can not get away. Do not think you can escape them At night or early in the morn- The Eyes of Texas are upon you 'Till Gabriel blows his horn. Sing me a song of Prexy, Of days long since gone by. Again I seem to great him And hear his kind reply. Smiles of gracious welcome Before my memory rise, Again I hear him say to me, "Remember Texas' Eyes." ~ sung by me