Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Before the Hydrangeas Fade

Hello, Dear Ones. I thought I would show you some of my hydrangeas that are quickly fading.

 The flowers look a little spent but trust me they were beautiful! So when they were fresh I made a little vignette on my breakfast table!
 I found this lovely vase at Hobby Lobby! It was priced at about $60! Who would pay that for a vase even being so cute. Anyway, I payed $6! Sold!
 I poked in my little cute olden Rooster bowl filled with some faux apples. Love my fauxs and my fauxs love me!
I'm a sucker for a pretty cow creamer and have this one in about five colors. Oh, she's a beaut!

Hope you all have a lovely day and remember...

You're all my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Paper Roses

I realise the way your eyes deceive me
With tender looks that I mistook for love
So take away the flowers that you gave me
And send the kind that you remind me of
Paper roses, paper roses,
Oh how real those roses seem to me
But they're only imitation
Like your imitation love for me
I thought that you would be a perfect lover
You seemed so full of sweetness at the start
But like a big red rose that's made of paper
There isn't any sweetness in your heart
~ sung by Marie Osmond


Sunday, August 20, 2017

In Our World of Turmoil

Hello, Dear Ones! I know you are all frightened, discouraged and maybe a little bit scared by all that is happening in our world. I know I am. But regardless, I know my God is bigger than anything that's going on in this world and I trust in Him to take care of me.

Now, being the silly whom (?) I am, I always believe we can 'escape' to a fairy tale world and make believe. So I wanted to bring a tiny smile to your most gorgeous face today.

 Once upon a time there was a lovely little farm outside of the village called Peaceful. Oh, what a perfectly kept farm it was too. You rarely saw Daddy because he traveled with his job so Mommy had to keep everything running by herself, her children and occasionally a hired hand.
There was always much to do. Little Sister was so helpful and loved to carry the freshly washed clothes to the clothes line so Mommy could hang them out to dry in the cool crisp breezes. There were chickens to feed, eggs to collect and hay to toss to Claribel the cow. Oh, and how could we forget to draw the cold water from the well every morning at 6:30 am??
 Now Mommy had to really keep her eye on Brother because he would hide from doing his chores and run off to fly his kite whenever he could. He was a good boy but 'playing' always came first in his mind.
 Every day was a busy day but in the evening after supper all of the family would gather round the fireplace and Mommy would read from her Bible and then all of the children would tell what they were thankful for that day. They always prayed for Daddy who was far from home. On this one particular night Mommy realized she hadn't seen Teenaged Sister since dinner. Hmm...wonder where she could be?
 Well, that gal had sneaked off to stroll down to the village called Peaceful with her beau, Handsome Johnny. She had stars in her eyes and so did Handsome Johnny. Lord, have mercy! She had better hurry home soon or Mommy, Brother and Little Sister will be out looking for her and she'll get grounded for a month! A month without Handsome Johnny!
In the end Teenaged Sister came home early because she now had her eyes on Tall Browneyed Paul! Each day rolled along. The sun would shine and there was always a cool breeze. Lemonade was always ready to be poured into thrifted glasses filled with ice. Daddy would return home and he would be greeted with hugs and kisses from his family.

The End
Isn't this just about the cutest little plate you've ever seen? I know nothing about the make of it but saw two of these little plates at my local thrift shop and brought them home. This little plate really does tell a story, don't you think? Thanks for putting up with my silliness.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Our House

 I'll light the fire, you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you
Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me.

Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good.
Such a cozy room,
The windows are illuminated by the evening sunshine through them,
Fiery gems for you, only for you.

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy 'cause of you and our—

La, la, la

Our house is a very, very, very fine house with two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard,
Now everything is easy 'cause of you and our—

I'll light the fire, while you place the flowers in the vase that you bought today.
~ sung by Crosby, Stills and Nash


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Anyone Remember Me?

Hello, Dear Ones! Is anyone out there? Do you remember me? I sure do hope so. I've taken a very loooooooooooong break from Blogland but I did want to get back as this really is my life. Sometimes we just have to step aside for a bit. So I thought I would let you all know what I've been up to.
Isn't this the sweetest snap? My daughter and her family rented a house in Maine for a couple of weeks and they had a wonderful time. That's my granddog, Finley, in the front with Carter and Camp collecting shells. We have had such a great summer with our babies.
 
Then...
We had a long over due garage sale! I kept meaning  to get everything ready but kept procrastinating. So Mr. Precious has a way of lighting a fire under me. He started setting up tables in the garage and bringing things up so I had to get on board and sort and price things. In a couple of days our basement was clean! We did pretty well on our sale but still ended up taking quite a bit to Goodwill.

My daughter had brought over lots of things from the babies - clothes, toys and such. I was setting her things up and look what I found!! 
 A preemie Cabbage Patch Baby I bought her in the 80s!! She had some other ones and kept them for Carter and was getting rid of this one. Well, uh uh. I pulled this little baby out of the pile and decided I would keep her! Memories, y'all! So I'll have to give her a bath and make her some new clothes and she can take up residence in my sewing room. Now I feel so much better.

If you follow me on FB or Instagram you may have seen this. Stitchings! Y'all I can't stop. I just keep making one piece after the other. I have tried to talk myself into stopping until I get some of these framed! Well, I stitched another one after my talk to myself! I'm a mess! :)
Mr. Precious and I decided we would tour our state capital building in Albany. It's so beautiful inside. Did you know our governor doesn't even live in Albany? He lives in the city. Albany has some gorgeous olden buildings but it's a rather run down city. Too bad.
Here I am doing my thing - drive by shooting! We have been doing some little short trips this summer and I'll be posting them soon on my travel blog.

Hope you've enjoyed catching up with me. I've missed you and will be coming to see you soon.

You're all my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Homeward Bound

I'm sitting in the railway station.
Got a ticket to my destination.
On a tour of one-night stands my suitcase and guitar in hand.
And every stop is neatly planned for a poet and a one-man band.
Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound,
Home where my thought's escaping,
Home where my music's playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.

Every day's an endless stream
Of cigarettes and magazines.
And each town looks the same to me, the movies and the factories
And every stranger's face I see reminds me that I long to be,
Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound,
Home where my thought's escaping,
Home where my music's playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.

Tonight I'll sing my songs again,
I'll play the game and pretend.
But all my words come back to me in shades of mediocrity
Like emptiness in harmony I need someone to comfort me.
Homeward bound,
I wish I was,
Homeward bound,
Home where my thought's escaping,
Home where my music's playing,
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me.
Silently for me.
~ sung by Simon and Garfunkle



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wanna Travel With Me?

Hello, Dear Ones. You may remember that Mr. Precious and I took a very long trip trip in Kiki last year through about 20 states. I started putting together my posts on my other blog - You, Me and Little Kiki, but didn't publish them yet. Well, I got busy this morning and published about 26 of those posts and that's a little over halfway through our trip. So if you'd like to see our trip you can start HERE and just keep going. I'll try to get my other posts done. 
       You, Me and Little Kiki
Just click on my traveling blog's logo.

Be a bunch of sweeties and happy trails,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Happy Trails To You

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.
~ sung by Roy and Dale Rogers

Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Can't Leave!!

Dear Ones, I just can't leave you and blogland! I have decided I'll just post when I post and hopefully you'll still come visit me. I just care for you all so much and you all have become such a big part of my life. So...for now I'll share with you what has been going on around here.
Well...
Mr. Precious and I took Sybbie and we were in our little town's yearly parade. That's me taking a snap of my family standing on the side of the street taking a picture of us!


 Of course we are loving spending time with our super hero grand children!
 I just wanted to show you Carter's hair and how it's grown. Hard to believe she was bald till she was two!
My little pun'kins.


Oh, we finally got carpet for our stairs. That was going to be the first thing we were going to do when we bought this house, but somehow it took three years! :) I have to tell you, when we went to pick out the carpet I was just drawn to this pattern and said, "This is it!" So we came home and I remembered that this was the same carpet we had picked out for our stairs in our Galveston home! Ha ha! Oh, well, I love it and it's a lot easier on my tootsies than the wooden steps.


 Then we traveled to Maryland to attend the Confederate Memorial Day in Baltimore. My sister in law is in many ancestry groups and she emceed this nice event and Mr. Precious spoke and represented one of his groups.


 Sybbie attended a car show in Saratoga. I always think of that song by Carly Simon "You're So Vain" when we go to Saratoga.
 Sybbie got a new trunk that sits behind the rumble seat.
She is a beauty. In case you have just met Sybbiie, she is a 1930 Model A Ford. We're members of the Adirondack A Model Club so we gather and do fun things with other folks who own these old cars. 


 This past week was the end of school programs and we attended Campies and Carters. Campie was so funny. As his little group stood up front to sing their songs, he would look over at his teacher and say - I know all the songs! Then he'd ask - can we go home now? He's a hoot!
Carter's program was almost like a production. The theme was "Friends". They sang and recited what they had written about what it means to be a friend. Carter has a singing part. I tried taking some snaps but there were too many mommy and daddy heads, not to mention cameras, in the way! But she sang so sweetly.


Then I can't leave you without showing you our little baby Willow. She is doing so well and growing like a weed. We're working on potty training and she's doing good!
 She loves me so much that I have become her chew toy! I ank anked her! Even bought some of the bitter apple spray for my hands and arms so she won't bite. She's getting better but I look pretty ragged right now.
But just look at that little face! Is she not darling or what? She has really brought back a doggy joy to our hearts. 
I'm still stitching too but I haven't framed any of my pieces. I just keep stitching, one after the other! I know, I'm a bit crazy. The weather has been so crazy. It's been in the 50s and we would turn on our fireplace in the mornings and at night and it's rained for almost a month! Finally today it got up to about 75' and hopefully our summer is here now. I know this was a long post and if you've stayed with me - thank you.
Hope you're all doing well and your summer is off to a good start!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

You're So Vain

You walked into the party
Like you were walking on a yacht
Your hat strategically dipped below one eye
Your scarf, it was apricot
You had one eye on the mirror
And watched yourself gavotte
And all the girls dreamed that they'd be your partner
They'd be your partner, and

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain,
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you?
Don't you?

Oh, you had me several years ago
When I was still naive
Well, you said that we made such a pretty pair
And that you would never leave
But you gave away the things you loved
And one of them was me
I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee
Clouds in my coffee, and

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, you're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you?
Don't you?

Well I hear you went to Saratoga
And your horse, naturally, won
Then you flew your Learjet up to Nova Scotia
To see the total eclipse of the sun
Well, you're where you should be all the time
And when you're not, you're with some underworld spy
Or the wife of a close friend,
Wife of a close friend, and

You're so vain
You probably think this song is about you
You're so vain, you're so vain
I'll bet you think this song is about you
Don't you?
Don't you?

~ sung by Carly Simon


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Trying To Come To A Decision

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe I haven't blogged in two months! I have been so busy and have to admit I've enjoyed my long blog break and have almost decided to say goodbye to Note Songs blog. I've been blogging for a very long time since June of 2008. Can you believe it? I appreciate all of you who have followed along with me on my little blog. I have never wanted to set the world on fire or become a famous blogger or do it yourselfer, but just to put a little smile on your face occasionally. I am not into having ads or all of those annoying pop ups on my blog. I guess I really don't have a certain 'theme' for my blog as I'm always all over the place with my posts and you if you follow much you know I go crazy on my crafts and the stop a while and then start something else. You know how I love my family, like you all do, and love showing you my grandbabies. So, I'm praying about what to do for now but since you've all been so sweet and some of you have emailed and asked about me I certainly didn't want to leave you all hanging. Just know how I love blogland although so much has changed from when I started, but life, or blogging goes on.



I'll fill you in on a lot that has been happening around here. The weather was perfect on Easter afternoon to fly a kite with our babies!
 We had our little bunch over for Easter lunch after church! There is our little miracle Carter. She is strong and healthy and how we praise God for her and she loves her grandma! :)
 It's really hard to get a snap of my little Campie as he is always on the move! He is such a little comedian and keeps us laughing most of the time. He loves his grandma too!
 The babies taking a ride in Sybbie with Mr. Precious. He is doing wonderfully. Most of his doctors have said they don't need to see him anymore, just the endocrinologist for his thyroid. Praising God! He is back to running his four miles every other day and is now on the Elder board at our church. Thank you all again for your prayers for him.


Our little man flying the kite with big sister running up in the background.
 I have been stitching. And stitching. And stitching! I can't top. This was Easter on the dining room buffet.
 Here's just a quick cute little stitch for spring.
 Another one.
This is a more detailed stitch from Prairie Schooler Designs. I just love this style. You can see when I mounted my piece on some foam board, I just left in the pins as the heads looked a little like colored eggs. Yes, I'm so talented like that! :)
Then one more positive decision...
We're getting a new puppy in a couple of weeks! Can you believe it!! We're so excited. Meet little Willow Dawn (all of our girl dogs have had the middle name of Dawn as that is our daughter's middle name). She is a miniature Schnauzer and her coloring should be the salt and pepper look. We picked her out a week ago and she was only five weeks old so in a couple of weeks we'll see if she is ready to come home with us. I know our little Chloe Dawn, who is in heaven, would be happy for us. 

So there you have it. I'm still not sure if I'll continue blogging yet or if I'll just post occasionally. I just need to make the right decision for me at this stage of my life.  Just know how I love you all and you've made an impact on my life all through these years. 

You're all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

How Can I Be Sure 

 How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changin'?
How can I be sure
Where I stand with you?


Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
I wanna die
'cause you know I wanna stay with you

How do I know?
Maybe you're trying to use me
Flying too high can confuse me
Touch me but don't take me down

Whenever I
Whenever I am away from you
My alibi is tellin' people I don't care for you
Maybe I'm just hanging around
With my head up, upside down
It's a pity
I can't seem to find someone
Who's as pretty 'n' lovely as you

How can I be sure
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow
I really, really, really, wanna kno-o-ow

(Oh oh oh ...)
How's the weather?
Weather or not, we're together
Together we'll see it much better
I love you, I love you forever
You know where I can be found

How can I be sure
In a world that's constantly changing?
How can I be sure?
I'll be sure with you.

~ sung by The Rascals