Wednesday, April 1, 2020

These Stones Were Made For Walkin'

Hello, Dear Ones, again I pray you are all being safe and sound and doing what you can to protect yourself and others from this vicious virus.

Since we're pretty much homebound, we have been trying to work in the yard as much as we can.
 In my last post I showed you my little front porch and above is the tiny little flower bed where I've planted some little flowers. There are three knockout rose bushes behind the flowers. When we moved here there was a place for a walkway behind my plantings from the driveway to the sidewalk here by the front door. Only problems - just rocks - too slippery and wobbly to walk on.



We asked our lawn guy if he could lay some stepping stones and make me a walk. Sure can!, he said. Great! And he did! He brought 12 of these massive stones which are 4 inches deep, y'all, and laid them out perfectly and then brought in some rocks that matched the rocks we had. He and his crew had it all done in about 30 minutes! I am so very pleased and now I can take my tiny little feet and walk over to the driveway with no problem. The snap above is when you walk out the front door and step down on the sidewalk and you can turn left and walk over to the driveway the way it should have been done originally! Yea!
Now here we are looking from the driveway to the front walk where the stepping stones lead! Perfect! Now he had to really clip back the Azalea bushes, which are only pretty when they are blooming. I really would like some other shrub planted here and planted closer to the house. Whoever planted those bushes planted them over two feet from the house. They just stick out! In time I tell myself. 

Well, just a little short post to say hi and encourage you to get outside a bit and hopefully wherever you live - you have some sunshine today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I Can't Smile Without You

You know I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel sad when you're sad
I feel glad when you're glad
If you only knew what I'm going through
I just can't smile without you

You came along just like a song
And brighten my day
Who would have believed that you were part of a dream
Now it all seems light years away
And now you know I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel sad when you're sad
I feel glad when you're glad
If you only knew what I'm going through
I just can't smile
Now some people say
Happiness takes so very long to find
Well, I'm finding it hard
Leaving your love behind me
And you see I can't smile without you
I can't smile without you
I can't laugh and I can't sing
I'm finding it hard to do anything
You see I feel glad when you're glad
I feel sad when you're sad
If you only knew what I'm going through
I just can't smile without you
~ sung by Barry Manilow





Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Well...Even In Isolation, Life Goes On

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you are all safe, sound and keeping your 'social distancing' at this trying time for our country. Mr. Precious and I are staying in and puttering in the yard. Here in The Woodlands we are not on lockdown at the time being but we are not putting ourselves in any danger.

I just have to have some happy in my life and can't focus on this virus all day long. Hey, that will get you down and depressed. I know our God is in control and He will get us through this.

Okie dokie...on with the show!
Here is our humble little home in south Texas. Have I told you how glad I am to be back in Texas? Well, we did downsize - quite a bit. I'm over that now and am really enjoying our little one story home. Since I took these snaps I've planted some little flowers in the bed on the right now. Little red and white periwinkles.
 I wanted to show you my little front porch. I don't think this is officially called a porch. Maybe a portico? It's Springtime and I wanted some Spring on my 'porch'.
 Before this virus scare I had found this lovely peony flower garland at Hobby Lobby and didn't know at the time what I would do with it, but loved it. Then I bought a new grapevine wreath to make a new wreath. I had had my seasonal wreaths for so long so when we moved from New York I gave them to Goodwill! Anyway...I took this lovely garland and wired it to my wreath! It was a match made in heaven I'm telling you! The complete length of the garland fit perfectly around the wreath. Not too short and I didn't have to cut off anything! Perfection! I think I probably should hot glue down a few of the blooms as they're kinda floppy.



See how pretty these blooms are!! I was so thrilled! But then...
 We bought this little bush at At Home for Christmas and I added lights that come on each evening with a timer. We liked the look so much that we just kept the little bush out here. Well, she was sad and wanted some blooms too. I went to Walmart, again before the virus scare, and bought two or three little flower bunches and chopped off the blooms and poked them into the bush! Perfect!
 
See??
 So if I could invite you over for dinner when you walk up the front sidewalk - this is what you would see. Light and bright and I hope welcoming!
If you will look very closely you'll see a little fuzzy face down in the right hand corner of the door  who is waiting to greet you - my Willow.

Well, Dear Ones I hope I've brought you a little bit of joy this day. I pray for us all each day that our mighty God will keep you safe and sound.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song -

Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu

 I wanna jump, but I'm afraid I'll fall
I wanna holler, but the joint's too small
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Want some lovin' babe and that ain't all
I wanna kiss her, but she's way too tall
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Wanna squeeze her, but I'm way too low
I would be runnin' but my feets too slow
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

I wanna squeeze her, but I'm way too low
I would be runnin' but my feets too slow
Young man rhythm got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu

Baby comin', now, I'm hurryin' home
I know she's leavin', 'cause I'm takin' too long
Young man rhythm's got a hold of me, too
I got the rockin' pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu 

~ sung by Johnny Rivers 

 




Monday, March 16, 2020

During This Chaos...

Dear Ones, I know we are all scared this moment in time as we see the Corona virus spreading in our country as well as all over the world. Would I tell you I'm not scared? Yes, I'm scared. But I just want to encourage you all with a few of my favorite scriptures that bring me comfort. I remember the old song "I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow But I Know Who Holds My Hand" and I catch myself singing as I go about about my daily chores.
For (my) God hath not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7



Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”


I pray just these few scriptures will encourage your heart, that you won't let fear over take you and we can rest, that doesn't mean pretend nothing is happening and not take precautions, we can rest knowing our God is in control. He loves us. We don't have all the answers. We don't always understand why, but we can trust Him.



The ladies in my Sunday School class have a monthly brunch and meet at each others homes and bring little breakfast goodies. March was my month and I didn't realize it was going to be Spring Break so for our usual 16 or so we only had 8 but we still had a great time.


I took these snaps with my phone and they aren't very clear and didn't enlarge well for me for some reason. Anyway, we were not afraid to meet and were all laughing about how there was no toilet paper at the grocery store!

 Of course I had to decorate for spring and pulled out some milk glass and poked in some little flowers. Grabbed my little glass lidded bunnies and sprinkled down some chocolate and I was done.
Here we are in the dining room solving the problems of this old world. We all fit at one table too!
I'm a very optimistic person and set up my big ole folding table that sits 10 in the breakfast room. No ladies there but we placed the food here. More milk glass, bunnies and candy.

We started talking about the old hymns that really ministered to us and we ran over to the piano and I sat down to play and we sang our tiny little hearts out! What a nice way to end our nice time together. 
Then our large church canceled our church services for Sunday and our pastor streamed his message online. Our lives are going to be different for a while, who knows how long, but don't give up and don't give in to fear. Stay safe, bake lots of cookies and hopefully you all have enough toilet paper!
You know I love you all and you're always my sweeties,
Shelia :)
I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
I Don't Know Who Holds Tomorrow 
But I Know Who Hold My Hand
I don't know about tomorrow
I just live from day to day
I don't borrow from it's sunshine
For it's skies may turn to gray

I don't worry o'er the future
For I know what Jesus said
And today I'll walk beside Him
For He knows what is ahead

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

I don't know about tomorrow
It may bring me poverty
But the One who feeds the sparrow
Is the One who stands by me

And the path that be my portion
May be through the flame or flood
But His presence goes before me
And I'm covered with His blood

Many things about tomorrow
I don't seem to understand
But I know who holds tomorrow
And I know who holds my hand

Yes, I know who holds tomorrow
And I know He holds my hand
~ sung by us

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Spiffing Up The Laundry Room

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited today to share with you what I've done in my little laundry room. When I say little, I mean little. But it's proportioned just right and meets our needs. 
This has been one of the last rooms in our little home for me to spiff up so far. When we bought this house the previous owners left and machines and we were grateful as we left our machines for the new owners of our house in New York. They are older but work just fine. You're looking at the right side of the laundry room...
...now you're looking at the left side. Duh! :) You can see how narrow it is but it has a door I can close and a window for light. 
These cabinets were the orange oak like the kitchen. I knew I wanted them painted but went with a sweet soft blue from Sherwin Williams called "Little Boy Blue". Don't you love the name of the color? I may have shown you these little knobs I ordered - just the cutest little things ever. I'm sorry I don't remember where I ordered them but how perfect for a laundry room!
This might not be to everyone's liking, but I put up a strip of fabric on a tension rod to cover all of the plugins and water faucets - stuff behind your machines that should have been put much farther down but I'm sure a man decided on all of this and he wasn't thinking right! You gals get what I mean. So, I didn't want to look at it and covered it up. The fabric is about 5 inches away from the wall so it's not close to the plugins or anything. I like it and this is one of my favorite Waverly fabrics - left over from my kitchen curtains.  
Okie dokie! Now this little lamp named "Birdie" sat on my counter in the kitchen to give a sweet soft light at night but I thought she would be perfect in here so she flew on in. I just had to spiff her up too so I glued down the blue ribbon and made some rolled fabric roses and glued down buttons for centers and now she is as cute as a bug even though she's a bird! I'm so talented like that you know!
This is exciting for me! When we knew we were going to buy this house I knew I wanted a cross stitched piece to hang on the wall right here. So I went to town searching for patterns and found three! So my dainty talented fingers went to work and I stitched these three little laundry pieces. I chopped them down and put them together and added some cream rick rack to hide the seams and I was done. Aren't these sweet? I just amaze myself sometimes! You know I'm kidding.
Then on to the little window. There was no blind so I put up a blind, curtain rod and a valance out of  my favorite Waverly fabric. It just makes me smile.
Then I had this nekked wall (that's Texan for naked) and added a little shelf. I hung up the little hello sign I found at Joann's Fabric and poked my birdhouses on the shelves. They were just too sweet to put outside in the weather so I just poked them in the closet and now they've found their new home. I'm not sure about that doily but I'll live with it a while and see. Maybe I should just have a runner up there?
Now I found this little plastic shelf at Walmart for around $12 and it is perfect in here. It's probably not even 12" deep and has plenty of room for me to poke my laundry stuff on as well as my boxes of Swiffer sheets. I schooched it a little away from the corner of the wall so rolls of paper towels could hide there. I see those little booger peeping around!
There was no rod to hang up clothes to dry. So we went to the Container Store and found this perfect little laundry cart! It has a generous rod to hang clothes and an attached basket at the top (I'm hiding my dirty clothes that go in that basket). Then the bottom has a shelf and it is the perfect size for me to poke in a plastic laundry basket and I use it for dirty towels! Perfect! It fits in this little small area just perfectly with a couple of inches to spare!

One last snap to show you. Now when you have a small house and not a lot of storage it forces you to get creative with your organization. I'm such a genius! I found this over the door multi hooked rack and it's just perfect to hold my brooms, mops and Swiffer. Oops I see my big old duster needs its cover washed! But don't you see how nice this is and it's hung on the back side of the door and no one ever sees it! I even have Willow's leash hung up there.
Well, there is my little laundry room all spiffed up and ready to tackle my dirty laundry! Hope you've enjoyed seeing my little laundry room today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'm Gonna Wash That Man Out Of My Hair

I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
Nellie and Girls:
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
I'm gonna wave that man right outa my arms,
And send him on his way.
Don't try to patch it up
Tear it up, tear it up!
Wash him out, dry him out,
Push him out, fly him out,
Cancel him and let him go!
Yea, sister!
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair,
And send him on his way.
If a man don't understand you,
If you fly on separate beams,
Waste no time, make a change,
Ride that man right off your range.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
Oho! If you laugh at different comics,
If you root for different teams,
Waste no time, weep no more,
Show him what the door is for.
Rub him out of the roll call
And drum him out of your dreams.
You can't light a fire when the woods are wet,
No!
You can't make a butterfly strong,
Hmm, hmm!
You can't fix an egg when it ain't quite good,
And you can't fix a man when he's wrong!
You can't put back a petal when it falls from a flower,
Or sweeten up a fellow when he starts turnin' sour
Oh no! Oh no!
Nellie and Girls:
If his eyes get dull and fishy,
When you look for glints and gleams,
Waste no time,
Make a switch,
Drop him in the nearest ditch!
Rub him out of the roll call,
And drum him out of your dreams
Oho! Oho!
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
I went to wash that man right outa my hair,
And sent him on his way.
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
She went to wash that man right outa my hair,
Nellie and Girls:
And send him on his way!

~Sung by Mitzi Ganer





 





Saturday, February 29, 2020

No Bunnies Yet But We Got Cow Creamers

Hello, Dear Ones! Thank you all for your kind and sweet remarks about the passing of our blog friend Jan who blogged at Just Jan. Her blog is still up and if you haven't I hope you'll go and see what a sweet talented blogger she was.

Okie dokie! I hope you don't get tired of seeing my little breakfast room hutch. She is truly one of my favorite toys to play with. I love to change her up with the seasons. Spring is almost here so she's got her spring dress on for you to see!

As my title says - no bunnies yet! I guess her spring dress won't stay on too long.

 I wanted to share with you what I got recently on our trip to California (that'll be a post for another day). Isn't this the sweetest little welcome sign? Of course it was meant for me with that darling Rooster painted on the front. I found this at Split Pea Anderson's near Solvang, California.
 The contents...
I'm not a minimalist and never claimed to be so most of the time when you come to see me you're going to see lots of snaps. Lots and lots and lots! :) Look up on the top and you'll see my trio of Roosters who are always somewhere in the kitchen and I poked up my little Arthur Court bunny tray behind them. I guess I was subconsciously thinking "Easter Bunnies".



I love these Pioneer Woman dishes and the bright colors. I found these a couple of years ago and mixed in a few other plates and platters. See those cute little cow creamers? Oh how they make me smile.
Moo moo...moo moo...
Here's another shot of these little white creamers. They are just so cute!! See my red cabbage plate hiding back there and balancing the shelf?
Moo moo...tweet! Moo moo...tweet! More colorful cow creamers and one little pie bird sitting up so high. There is a yellow vintage platter in the back to add her cuteness.
Here's the bottom shelf. I just love doilies and lace runners so I have one here so the cow creamers have a nice place to sit or stand. The two Pioneer Woman pitchers are filled with Pioneer Woman tea towels! I'm so talented like that you know to poke towels into pitchers!

I truly hope you've enjoyed seeing my little breakfast room hutch today. My kitchen is filled with joy, my heart is filled with joy and I pray you are filled with joy too.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

"Joy To The World"


Jeremiah was a bull frog
Was a good friend of mine
I never understood a single word he said
But I helped him drink his wine
And he always had some mighty fine wine

Singin'
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

If I were the king of the world
Tell you what I'd do
I'd throw away the cars and the bars and the wars
Make sweet love to you

Singin' now
Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

You know I love the ladies
Love to have my fun
I'm a high night flier and a rainbow rider
A straight-shootin' son of a gun
I said a straight shootin' son of a gun

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the world
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me

Joy to the world
All the boys and girls
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me 
~ sung by Three Dog Night




Sunday, February 23, 2020

Heaven Gained Another Dear One


Dear Ones! I'm so sorry but I wanted to share with you all that another one of our bloggers has passed away.

Our dear Jan from Just Jan blog has left us. She hasn't blogged in a couple of years or so. Her daughter posted on Jan's Facebook page about her passing.
 Here is Jan's daughter's words:

This is April, Jan's daughter, posting on my mother's Facebook. My beloved mama and best friend passed away last night. Her suffering is over. Her obituary is below, which I wrote.
Funeral services for Mrs. Janet “Jan” Lea Morris Garon will be on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at Brookhaven Funeral Home (894 Natchez Drive) in Brookhaven, MS, at 11:00 AM with burial to follow in the Easthaven Cemetery. Bro. Wendell Davis will be officiating the services with Brookhaven Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be at Brookhaven Funeral Home on Monday, February 24, 2020, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM and on Tuesday, February 25, from 9:00 AM until the time of the service.
Mrs. Garon, 58, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Miss., after a long battle with cancer. She was born on Feb. 9, 1962, in Brookhaven, to Fred Barry Jr. and Ruthlyn (Case) Morris. She was a 1980 graduate of Brookhaven High School. She married Michael “Mickey” Joseph Garon on May 18, 1985, in Brookhaven. Jan fiercely loved her family, friends and her dogs. She had a lifelong passion for interior design and decorating. Flowers gave her especially great joy, whether arranging them, photographing them or just appreciating them in nature. She poured her efforts into blogging to showcase her passions and talent in photography. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her because she was one of a kind.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Mickey; daughter, April; sister, Melinda Morris; sister, Susan Calhoun and her husband, Carey; niece, Summer Calhoun; niece, Maegan (Calhoun) McCabe and husband Tyler and son Thomas Penn.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Fred Barry Morris III.
“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”- Henri Matisse
https://www.brookhavenfuneralhome.net/obitu…/janet-jan-garon

 Jan had been a long time blogging friend to me and I will always keep her dear to my heart.
If you ever visited her you know she was a big romantic kind of gal in her decorating.  She was a true Southern gal from Mississippi.
 She shared her living room very often with pretty layers of pillows, throws and of course flowers.
Jan loved flowers and she grew roses and many other flowers in her garden. All during the growing season she would always have fresh flowers to share with us.
As you can see, she was a great photographer too. Her blog is still up and I pray her family will leave it there so we can pop in from time to time. I know she was a christian and Heaven is rejoicing with her coming home but I would like to ask you to say a prayer for her family whose hearts are breaking.

We become close to each other in Blogland and I will miss my sweet friend Jan.

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


"Friends"

Packing up the dreams God planted
In the fertile soil of you
I can't believe the hopes He's granted
Means a chapter of your life is through

But we'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

And with the faith and love God's given
Springing from the hope we know
We will pray the joy you live in
Is the strength that now you show

We'll keep you close as always
It won't even seem you've gone
'Cause our hearts in big and small ways
Will keep the love that keeps us strong

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

And friends are friends forever
If the Lord's the Lord of them
And a friend will not say never
'Cause the welcome will not end
Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

To live as friends

Though it's hard to let you go
In the Father's hands we know
That a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends

No a lifetime's not too long
To live as friends 
~ sung by Michael W. Smith