Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Midnight Hour - Happy Halloween

Hello, Dear Ones!! I'm still on my blogging break, but I've preposted this for your enjoyment! :)
With Halloween upon us I thought I would tell you a little story. I haven't told you a little story in sooooo long and you just know how I love to tell you little stories! :) So sit down and grab your teddy bear and I'll start.

I'm going to tell you a story about Galveston! There's lots of interesting facts about our little island...

Galveston has a rich and colorful past. In the 1800s our little town was called "The Wall Street of the Southwest" with lots of wealthy ones living here and rich northern ones buying summer homes and spreading their little money around town. Galveston was the first Texas city to have: electric lights, electric street cars, Post Office, Naval Base, newspaper, public library, and a hospital.

The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and beaches have always drawn folks to Galveston for many years. You've probably heard of the Great Storm of 1900 that devastated the island and close to 9,000 lives were lost. Galveston began to come back slowly but never regained it's previous status.

In the light of day, Dear Ones, Galveston is a lovely place ~ palm trees swaying in the gulf breezes, gulls laughing as they fly over head, shops and the beaches filled with tourists. You can drive past the most lovely Victorian restored homes and mansions you've ever seen. Move over San Fran :) .

One particular place of interest is The Old City Cemetery which covers a few blocks on Broadway and is a history book all by itself. Do you like to visit olden cemeteries and read the headstones? Oh, I do and what stories they can tell. This one is filled with many ornately carved monuments.

In the spring the old cemetery grounds are covered with a blanket of yellow wild flowers. Quite a pretty sight, don't you think?

But in the Fall just about this time of year...
all photos were taken by me and this one was fun using Photoscape - cool, huh?

...things begin to change. The sun doesn't shine as bright and clouds start to roll in. You can see shadows that seem to be following you. Did you hear something, Dear Ones? OOH! It begins to get down right creepy.

Galveston is noted as being one of the most haunted cities in Texas! Yes, ma'am. I said HAUNTED! It's okay, don't be scared.

I took my mother and daughter on a ghost tour of this very cemetery and I have lived to tell about it! :) There are stories of ghostly occurrences all about town but especially in this olden cemetery. Give me your tiny hand and we'll walk through it. Come on, Dear One, I'm with you and it's okay! ;)

Let me tell you, Dear Ones, this olden cemetery is the resting place of many a restless soul!
So go ahead and rest your tiny little bones on that gravestone shaped like a chair and I'll tell you about some of the spookies around town! bwa ha ha ha!! :)

When you get down to it, Galveston is a great place for ghost hunting. Many victims of the 1900 storm are said to be walking the streets looking for their lost homes, yellow fever victims whose lives were cut short before their time are trying to live their lives in another dimension. There's a man's face which appears on the wall of a building and even though it's been sandblasted and cleaned - the face reappears again and again. I've seen this face myself, Dear Ones. There's a headless apparition who walks around the olden rail yard. We have haunted hotels, haunted historical homes and mansions. The civil war Battle of Galveston was fought here and many restless ghost soldiers still wander the streets at night. Are you scared yet? Please don't's really going to be alright. I promise! :)

Which leads me to the main point of my little story...the old cemetery...

See this olden tombstone? Here lies the young Union Officer, Lieutenant-Commander Edward Lea, 2nd in command of the gunship USS Harriet Lane. This young man died in The Battle of Galveston. The words 'My Father Is Here' are carved on his stone.
You can read his story on the Historical Marker below...

Here is the tombstone of Major General James B. Magruder who led a combined island and sea operation that successfully returned the USS Harriet Lane ship and the city of Galveston back to the Confederacy. Young Edward Lea's father served under Magruder and this was how he was able to hold his son in his arms as he died.

You may be wondering, Dear Ones, what happened to the 'spooky'! Now hold your teddy bear tight to you - not because you're gonna be scared but because you love him so! :) You'll be relieved, there's no more spooky but I do have one more tiny little bit of story left to tell you.
Here's a drawing of the USS Harriet Lane doing service in the civil war Battle of Galveston. This ship belonged to the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service and on the outbreak of the civil war became a ship of the Confederate States Navy.

Why in the world would I think this was an important fact to tell you? I do have a point to this, Dear Ones. :)

This man was T. W. House and he bought the Harriet Lane and he converted her into a blockade runner and helped supply the Confederacy with arms. Mr. House was the mayor of Houston in 1862 and he was Mr. Precious' Great Great Grandfather! So Mr. Precious has roots right here in Galveston and only discovered this a few years ago.

Well, that's the end of my little story, Dear Ones. It may seem a little disjointed but ghosts and haunts are really just embellished history. Remember that the next time you get scared.

Now, even if it's Halloween ~ don't be scared, Dear One!


It's only a story and tomorrow's another day! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

After Midnight

After midnight, were gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, were gonna chug-a-lug and shout.
Were gonna stimulate some action;

Were gonna get some satisfaction.

Were gonna find out what it is all about.

After midnight, were gonna let it all hang down.
After midnight, were gonna shake your tambourine.

After midnight, it's all gonna be peaches and cream.

Were gonna cause talk and suspicion;

Were gonna give an exhibition.

Were gonna find out what it is all about.

After midnight, were gonna let it all hang down.

After midnight, were gonna let it all hang down.

~sung by Eric Clapton

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Amended: The Sweetest Pumpkin and a Break

Go to the bottom of this post for the amended part... :)

Hello, Dear Ones! I know. I'm shameless! Being a first time Grandma I just have to share these snaps of my sweet little pumpkin, Carter!

She's seven months old now and has gotten her tiny little personality.

She is one little happy pumpkin. She smiles constantly and is a complete joy!

Drooling is her job!

She's become very observant of everything ~ even her tiny toes and fingers.

She's sitting up now by her tiny self!

I love this little tiny pumpkin!

What's this? My Halloween outfit?

Thank you, Grandma! I love it! :)

Oh, Dear Ones, I wanted to thank you all again for your participation in the Heart of the Home Party! We had 104 kitchens on display! I left the party open a few more days and a few more kitchens showed up! From all of your comments I've decided we will have this party again next year, God willing and the creek don't rise. :)

I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your comments to me. I really do try to answer them all. Sometimes I get behind, but I really do my best to comment back. I am so honored you would come to see me like you do. When I started blogging a few years ago I never realized any one would really like what I had to say or show. You even put up with all of my silliness! I love you for that, Dear Ones.

With that all said, Dear Ones, I need to take a little break. Since I've been kitchen partying and redoing the bath and trying to get everything back in shape ~ I'm pooped!! I'll be back in a week or so. Love you all and I'll miss you. You know you're really a big wonderful part of my life!!


Simply - Bags

Dear Ones, I was contacted by the owner of the site called Simply - Bags and they have asked if I would mention them on my blog. I'm happy to do so! They also told me they would send me a free monogrammed bag! Woo Hooness!!

Simply - Bags is a wonderful site and they make so many beautiful monogrammed tote bags ~ any kind of bag you could want: beach bags, bridal bags, carpet bags, collectable bags, college bags, cosmetic bags, damask bags, diaper bags, duffle bags, kids bags, laptop bags, lunch bags, patent leather bags, photo bags, quilted bags, sorority bags, theme bags, toile bags, travel totes, wine bags, and even some bags on clearance! Whew! They carry lots of bags and I'm sure you'll have fun looking at all of them.

Oh, and that's not all ~ they have a blog with lots of bag giveaways!!
Click HERE to check it out!! :)

Kisses and hugs...
You are all my sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

That's What Friends Are For

And I never thought I'd feel this way
And as far as I'm concerned
I'm glad I got the chance to say
That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away
Well, then close your eyes and try to feel
The way we do today
And then if you can remember

Keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me
And now there's so much more I see
And so by the way I thank you

Whoa, and then for the times when we're apart
Well, then close your eyes and know
These words are comin' from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
In good times, in bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
Oh, that's what friends are for

Whoa... oh... oh... keep smilin', keep shinin'
Knowin' you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for
~sung by ME

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Redo in the Loo

Hello, Dear Ones! I have an exciting post to share with you today. Well, it's exciting for me anyway. We've just remodeled our master bathroom! Whoopee!! Now I'm going to warn you - you're going to see some pretty scary nasty looking pictures. Turn away now if you're squeamish!

Our home is olden - 1970s olden - disco, mirrors, avocado green and harvest gold - keep those things in mind. Yep, I painted the bathroom red. Actually I painted over some nasty wallpaper which I couldn't get off the wall then I added a border! Don't hate me! :)

Tadah!! No more red walls and floral border and no more wall to wall mirrors. Now this was just finished last week so I have got some decorating to do but I couldn't wait to show you! Are you excited for me?

There's a great big old piece of wall to be decorated. I'm thinking maybe two good sized pieces of art or maybe four? I don't know. The huge mirrors were taken down and we had just two mirrors put up - one for Mr. Precious on the left and me on the right! Actually the mirrors aren't coming off these walls - they're glued down tight and the little tiles were put in as the frames. I wasn't sure I'd like this but I do! Do you realize how hard it was for me to clean these wall to wall to ceiling mirrors? I'd have to get my tiny stool and then climb upon the counters to clean them! No more! Hallelujah!! We also had a new cultured marble counter top made. The sinks are part of the counter. More stuff to love!

Here you can see the before and the after. The walls are painted a new creaminess of color - oops I've forgotten what it's called, but it's one of the historic Valspar colors from Lowe's. Crown molding was added at the ceiling and I love how it looks. Am I missing that border? No, no Nannette! Now we did keep this floor to ceiling mirror on the opposite side of the bathroom. It sits between these two closets. I've always kinda liked this mirror! I just have to get out my ladder to clean this one! :)

The doors and drawers fronts were pretty banged up, being so olden and all, so we had them resurfaced and now they look brand new. Well, the fronts are! :)

We changed out the yucky olden goldishness for the cleaner looking brushed nickel. hardware.

We installed, well "WE" didn't do it, but the little workmen did, these three vanity lights. Now they are an antique bronzy gold that I thought looked nice with the tiny tiles and they have little raised curlies that look like the brushed nickel.

Another before and after. You can see how the bathroom is a looooooooooooooong galley style. Chloe Dawn was sniffing the carpet for the last time. Why do people put carpet in bathrooms! I hate that! Now we have some nice tiles. You can see how the bathroom flows into the bedroom.

Oh, now here's the part that gets scary again. You can cover your tiny eyes if you want to. Beware, you've been warned!! You're looking at Mr. Precious' old shower. It was avocado green and was a fiberglass install. Nasty, nasty, nasty! I won't even go into it. Just feel sorry for me.

SCREAM! YIKES! OH, MY LORD, HAVE MERCY! I warned you - the tear out!! It does get better, I promise! :)

SIGH...Mr. Precious' new shower. Hallelujah! No more fiberglass, but nice tile work and a new shower head with motions! We've been in the dark ages for quite some time! :)

I just have to show you all the little pretty parts. Straight tile, tile on the diagonal, little tiny tile trim, new fixtures, nice bottom, No, No, Nannette, not mine, :) but the showers! Nice new glass doors!

Okay, again, feast your most gorgeous peepers on my bathing spot! I'm a soaking kind of gal and I've soaked for 13 years in that green tub and if you can see, the tub is surrounded on all three sides to the ceiling with MIRRORS! Oh, my goodness, I just didn't need to see my tiny little fatness multiplied 700 plus times each time I took my soak! Nasty little floor too. You do feel sorry for me, don't you? :( You don't see that lid cover either, do you? No, no Nannette, you do not!

Again, it's horror time! Mr. Precious and I came in to inspect after the workers left and I had to take photos so we wouldn't forget the horrific sight! I should have posed for you, but I was a little in shock! I'm sure you understand.

TADAH! Look, I know, I know, there's that darned avocado green tub. I wanted a new white one! But the contractor said 'this is a very good cast iron tub that's covered with great porcelain and to replace it would cost way over $1,000!' Mr. Precious said - keep it! So...what can I say? It does fit my most short little body and it is ever so easy to clean and it doesn't look too bad with the tiles, does it? Mr. Precious told me it's like we're preserving a little of the past...uh hum.

I did get a new white toilet though with a little fancy lid that doesn't slam but just drifts ever so softly down to meet the seat. You all probably have these. I guess I don't get out to bathroom shops often.

Then look at this little chandy. We've had it in here for years. It doesn't match the new brushed nickel but we love it so it's staying! It has sweet little stained glass and it has some 'green' so maybe it pulls in the tub color a bit? Please tell me it does. But it's a cute little chandy and it clings to that ceiling medallion. I think I should glaze the medallion don't you? It's very olden but just got a new paint job.

Well, there's our new master bath. Like I said I need to get something to hang on the wall between our mirrors and do something with the wall above the toilet, hang some little hand towel rings and poke something appropriate on the counter tops. I did buy some new Laura Ashley towns from Home Goods - they're fabulous! But I don't have to climb upon the counters any more, I don't have to close my most gorgeous baby blues any more because of the border, I don't have to think about all of the germies in the carpet any more and even though I wish I were soaking in a nice white tub, I don't have to see my tiny fatness multiplied in the tub to ceiling surround mirrors as I soak in my olden avocado green one!

See that door with the frosted glass? Well, we'll go in that area another day. :) I'm a little tease, huh? :)

I'm joining Our Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday,

Cielo at The House in the Roses for Show Off Your Cottage Monday,

Our Dear Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

She Came in Through the Bathroom Window

She came in through the bathroom window
Protected by a silver spoon
But now she sucks her thumb and wanders
By the banks of her own lagoon

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me

She said she'd always been a dancer
She worked at 15 clubs a day
And though she thought I knew the answer
Well I knew what I could not say.

And so I quit the police department
And got myself a steady job
And though she tried her best to help me
She could steal but she could not rob

Didn't anybody tell her?
Didn't anybody see?
Sunday's on the phone to Monday,
Tuesday's on the phone to me
Oh yeah.
~ sung by The Beatles