Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spring On The Windowsill

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm still in the breakfast room decorating for Spring and thought I would show you what else I've been doing.
 I just adore this windowsill and have so much fun decorating it whenever I like. I do tend to go a bit overboard sometimes and I think this time is one of the overboard times! :) You know I'm so talented like that. I felt all villagey and went to town setting one up on the windowsill.
First I tossed down an old runner I made years ago and it's the same fabric as the chair seats in here. It also has all of the same colors as my curtains do. See, I'm talented like that! :)
 I've had these little pieces for a very long time now. I don't have the dishes that go with them but if you visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, she usually has her little porch hutch set up with these. Here sits a big cookie jar and little creamer, both poked upon a little chest topped with a Battenburg lacey.
 See? Cuter than a pumpkin's ear is this large pitcher. I'm supposing this is the local Starbucks!
 Then the salt and peppers. They make wonderful bushes for my little village. I don't believer the little tray goes with these but I'm using it anyway. Hey, it's a flower bed!
 Here is another cookie jar I've had even longer. My daughter gave me this many years ago. Alas, there are no cookies in either cookie jar. I didn't eat them though, just sayin'. :)
Every village needs a pink cake stand with a pretty white pitcher filled with flowers too. Nothing like a neighborhood community flower garden.
 There is also a little pink cake stand with another little house sugar bowl on it. It's covered with flowers and this is where the 'flower lady' lives. Do you see the two little white houses with blue roofs? Well, we flew KLM one year back from Italy and they gave each of us a little house. For years I just thought they were cute and picked one up to dust it one day and heard some liquid swishing around in it. Well, what do I know? These little houses were filled with some sort of liquor. Since I don't drink, the liquid is still in there! :) There is some wax on the chimney that has it sealed in. I'm guessing the town drunk lives in one of these houses.
 Just a sweet little village street filled with darling little houses and blooms and a little liquor.
 Lots to see on this village street with flowering cottages, bushes and a village flower garden. Not to mention a Starbucks.
You just never know when you're poodling around town and driving through neighborhoods what you're going to find. 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Our House

 I'll light the fire
You put 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 cosy room
The windows are illuminated
By the sunshine through them
Fiery gems for you
Only for you

Our house is a 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, la,la, la, la, la, la, la, la.....

Our house is a 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
And you place the flowers in the vase
That you bought today

~ sung by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fruit Stand in the Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, I went and did it ~ I put up a fruit and vegetable stand in my kitchen! Of course I did!
 Of course no fruit and veggie stand would be complete without Milk Glass. You do agree, don't you?
 I grabbed these triplets of Milk Glass and went to town poking in fruits and veggies, faux of course! These large Milk Glass fruit bowls are of the Grape Leaf pattern. I just love them. I also have some small candy dishes of this pattern with lids.
 Every fruit stand must have apples and these red beauties look so pretty in my Milk Glass.
 Next up are the artichokes, also very pretty in my pedestaled Milk Glass fruit bowl.
 Then for some variety, I poked my pedestaled Milk Glass fruit bowl up on the bottom of a cupcake stand and filled it with sunny yellow lemons! 
 Since we're at the fruit stand you know there are always yard birds poking about so I put my olden, beat up and bruised green Rooster on a stick among the yummies.
There now! An olden table cloth, painted wooden tray covered with a green and white checked tea towel adorned with my fruit and vegetable stand. Now what would you like? Artichoke dip? Lemon or apple pie? 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Tutti Frutti

Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Wop bop a loo bop a lop ba ba!
I got a girl, named Sue, she knows just what to do,
I got a girl, named Sue, she knows just what to do,
She rock to the East, she rock to the West,
But she is the girl that I love best,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooo
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!
I got a girl, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy,
Got a girl, named Daisy, she almost drives me crazy,
She knows how to love me, yes indeed,
Boy you don't know what she do to me,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooo
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Wop bop a loo bop!
Oh tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti, ooo
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bom bom!
I got a girl, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy,
Got a girl, named Daisy, she almost drive me crazy,
She knows how to love me, yes indeed,
Boy you don't know what she do to me,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Tutti frutti, oh rutti,
Wop bop a loo bop a lop bam boom!
~ sung by Little Richard


Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Fresh Look

Hello, Dear Ones! I want to thank you all who visited and wished me well as I recover from getting all of the hardware out of my knee. I'm laying pretty low for the couple of weeks until they take out the staples. Yes, staples! There are 15 - I counted and the incision is about an inch shorter than the original. I am afraid to bend my knee very much until these boogers have been taken out but I'm sure I'll pop back pretty quick. That said, if you don't hear from me, I'm here resting and trying to become normal again.
I knew I wouldn't be able to do a lot after I got chopped up so I tried really hard to get some decorating done that would last for some time. All of my pretties are in the basement and I had just gotten brave enough to go up and down the stairs. So I'll live with this a while.    
 I love cloches and brought up these two and my trio of white birds.
 Books can be used so much in decorating and I used these as a 'lift' for this cloche. I poked the birdie upon a cupcake stand and then added a little bit of greens just because.
 I grabbed a handful of Fostoria dinner plates and a little Fostoria compote (I guess) for this little bird. Had to add a touch of the greens again.
 Then I used my modge podged platter that I made a zillion years ago, I love it, as a backdrop for this little birdie. The platter has fabric on the back and I really think it turned out so pretty and of course it looks like spring!
 What's spring without a bird's nest with a couple of eggs? I also added lots of crocheted pieces. I love crocheted doilies and runners, do you?
That's my little vignette on Little Richard. He gets a little neglected since he doesn't sit in the dining room any more. One day I'll paint him and he'll fell special.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The White Cliffs of Dover

 The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see

I'll never forget the people I met
Braving those angry skies
I remember well as the shadows fell
The light of hope in their eyes

And though I'm far away
I still can hear them say
Bombs up...
But when the dawn comes up

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see

There'll be love and laughter
And peace ever after
Tomorrow
When the world is free

The shepherd will tend his sheep
The valley will bloom again
And Jimmy will go to sleep
In his own little room again

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see

There'll be bluebirds over
The white cliffs of Dover
Tomorrow
Just you wait and see.
~ sung by Vera Lynn


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

UPDATE Getting Chopped Again!

 Dear Ones I wanted to thank you for your prayers. My procedure went well. The epidural was not scary ( they gave me some 'sleepy juice') and I didn't feel anything. I'm home now and resting. I'm going to take it easy for a few days and then I'll be back. God bless you all and I love you!

Hello, Dear Ones. If you're reading this I'm in the hospital getting chopped up again! So, I come again and ask for your prayers. I'll take you on a quick little journey of my broken patella, my knee cap. 

I fell December 14th last year on the pavement of the grocery store parking lot, went home hoping and praying I had only jammed my knee but after about an hour and in horrible pain, Mr. Precious took me to the ER about 9 pm. After xrays, yep, I'd broken my knee cap in three places. Stayed in the ER hallway until 5:30 am the net morning, then to a room and a couple of hours later, surgery. I stayed in the hospital for four days and then was transferred to a nursing home! Oh, my Lord! But it was for light rehab. Some of you have said you knew of folks who had 3 hours of rehab a day, but because of my break I could only do 30 minutes a day, just to learn to walk on a walker, climb 5 steps and gain strength in my good leg. I stayed there with the oldies for about two weeks. Then I was released to come home. Hallelujah.
This is like the immobilizer that I had to wear day and night and since I'm so short it literally was right below my groin and all the way down to my ankle. I slept on the sofa in the den for about a month because my bedroom is upstairs and I was just too scared to climb that many steps. Couldn't take a real bath so I used the throwaway wash cloths with soap! Lordy! There was a PT sweet young lady who came twice a week and worked with me on my walker and to begin trying to bend my knee.
Then I graduated to this kind of a brace. It was so uncomfortable and hindered me as I tried to bend my knee.  But by now I had gotten the courage and with PT to climb the stairs and sleep in my bed wearing the brace. After a while I got the nerve to take the brace off while I slept! I was so scared the first time. Finally the doctor told me I could be brace free. Woo Hoo! Then I was released to go to a rehabilitation center for therapy and that has helped me so very much. Got to toss the walker and learn to use my pink cane. At my last doctor's visit a couple of weeks ago, he told me I didn't need to go to the rehab any more. But, I have a problem.

The entire time I've been going through this, I've had this pain right on the top of my knee. It feels like a hundred sharp points pricking into my kneecap! I thought it would get better as time went on but it didn't. And then I realized what I was feeling was the pins and wires in my knee! I could feel them when I would touch my knee and then they began to poke out of my skin. I started to take a picture to show you, but it's pretty scary looking. My doctor said that's what it was and he would take them out! Surgery again? After all of the pain this has caused me? I don't mean to be a baby, but this has been the worse pain I've ever had in my life. I won't even go into the difficulty I had when I ran out of the pain meds!! Lord, have mercy! After only a couple of months I had withdrawals from Oxycontin - anxiety and panic attacks. I had a panic attack in the car with Mr. Precious driving and didn't want to get out of the house for weeks because I was so scared. Anyway...

The doctor said the surgery should only last 30 minuets or so and then I can go home. Probably be at the hospital about 5 hours total. I think the thing that is so scary to me is that he is going to give me an epidural and I've never had one. I know it will numb me and he is going to give me something that will help me be out of it, like when you get a colonoscopy, but still. I guess it's the fear of the unknown. He assured me this recovery would be nothing like the knee surgery.

I just want to ask for your prayers that it will go smoothly and I'll have peace. I know the Lord will go before me and help me to be calm. Afterwards I'll have to go back on my walker for a while. I'm hoping it won't be for long. So give me a few days and I'll be back to tell you how it all went. 

I just cherish you all so much and have loved your encouragement for me and little Carter.

You are all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Life Is Good

Hello, Dear Ones! Yes! Life is Good! Very good! First of all I wanted to share with you that Carter's last appointment with her doctor had wonderful results! Her numbers are normal! NORMAL! Praise the Lord and Hallelujah to His name! He told my daughter it was probably a transient something that attacked her and maybe it was but we believe God is healing her! The steroids will completely stop Monday and the rest of the meds she is on will be tapered off! She is acting like her 'old' self again, all of her six years! She has energy again. Her little body is shrinking from the results of the steroids! We're so happy and I just wanted to thank you all who have prayed for her and have kept her in your thoughts. Yes, life is good!
 She spent the night with us Friday. We picked her up from school and it was a beautiful day. I had found her this wonderful doll house and we spread a quilt out on the deck and she played and I sat and watched. We saw a red headed woodpecker in the tree and he was seeming to play 'peek a boo' with us! Life is good!
 She was teaching the kitty to go potty! :) Life is good!
 Then we came inside and baked cookies. Carter was the official 'adder of sprinkles'!
 Mr. Precious has been looking for a fun car to play with and has even joined a Model A car club. Well, the search was on and he found a beauty ~ a 1930 Model A, Ford coupe with a rumble seat. It needs tags so it couldn't be legally driven on the highway and it only goes about 35 miles an hour! So he had it brought in on a wrecker. Of course I was waiting with my camera in hand as they pulled up and started to back it in...



Isn't she beautiful? Meet Sybbie, named after Sybil from Downton Abbey who married Tom the chauffeur. You get it, don't you?
 Mr. Precious is like a kid who has just gotten his most favorite toy at Christmas. Life is good!
 And what a blessing to have our little Carter doing so well so we poked her in the rumble seat for a snap. We had hot dogs for dinner and cookies, played some more and watched a mermaid movie and then it was time for bed. We let her sleep with us in our bed. We have a queen sized bed and it was a little crowded but we didn't mind. I was just thanking God that she was lying next to me asleep. This was the bed where I prayed my heart out to God for her when she was so sick and God's answered prayer was in my arms! Life is good!
The next morning, we had french toast and then Carter was out the door to help Mr. Precious clean up the back yard. Sticks and limbs from the trees were all over the place. We've had some pretty windy weather. I know the yard is nekked but life is still good!
Life is good. Dear Ones, I'm just so thankful and feel so blessed! Thank you again for your concern and prayers for our little granddaughter! Life is very good and I pray God will bless you all so special today.

You are all my bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Bless The Lord

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,

bless His holy name.
He has done great things,
He has done great things,
He has done great thing,
bless His holy name 
~ by Andrae' Crouch

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sunshine

Hello, Dear Ones! I'm so excited to see a little bit of sunshine today as we've been having a lot of rain! I've been trying to take my bunnies and eggs away and just get my home ready for spring.
So I thought I would start springing up my decor so I put a little cuteness on my kitchen table!  Nothing like my faux hydrangeas (I love my fauxs and my fauxs love me) to brighten up a spot. I  found the wooden tray a while back at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I find myself using it all the time. My daughter loves it and is always trying to take it home with her! No, no Nannette, she's not gettin' it! :)
Then the true stars of my little centerpiece are my olden yard birds! They're a little chipped up, that's okay with me, and I guess I should grab a red sharpie and go to town on their combs! ;) Oh, well, we all know those scars have stories. But, these yard bird aren't talking, crowing or chirping. Hope you've got some sunshine today.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

My Girl

I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May
Well I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl)

I've got so much honey the bees envy me
I've got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees
Well I guess you'd say
What can make me feel this way?
My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin' 'bout my girl (my girl ooh)
Hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
Ooh yeah
I don't need no money, fortune, or fame (ooh hey hey hey)
~ sung by the Temptations  


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Bunnies, Jadeite and Milk Glass

Hello, Dear Ones. Come on back into my kitchen and see a little Jadeite and Milk Glass. You all know how I love these pieces of vintage dishes.
 Oh, and bunnies sitting on my Jadeite cake stand. I'm still moving a bit slow and I'm going to enjoy looking at my little bunnies just a little bit longer. I purchased these little sweetnesses at the dollar store a few few ago. Smile sweeties!
 I was just delighted a while back when I found this beautiful pineapple pattern covered butter dish. It's Milk Glass, y'all! Love my Milk Glass



The top is beautiful but even the sides and the bottom are beautiful too! Don't you think so?
 Then, Dear Ones, I found this pretty panedled grape patterned set of salt and peppers! Lord, have mercy, for $5! I was in Milk Glass heaven! These babies are heavy too!
Just another little vignette in my little kitchen to make me smile and hopefully you're smiling too!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Whenever I See Your Smiling Face


Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you, yes, I do
And when you give me that pretty little pout
It turns me inside out
There's something about you, baby
I don't know
Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way
Tell me how much longer
It could grow stronger every day
Oh, how much longer?
I thought I was in love a couple of times
Before with the girl next door
But that was long before I met you
Now I'm sure that I won't forget you
And I thank my lucky stars
That you are who you are
And not just another lovely lady
Set out to break my heart
Isn't it amazing a man like me
Can feel this way
Tell me how much longer
It could grow stronger every day
How much longer?
~ sung by James Taylor