Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pardon Me, I'm Behind

Hello, Dear Ones and Happy New Year! Thank you all for your comments and prayers for me about my accident and recovery. If you don't know what I'm talking about you can scroll down to my previous post. If you're not hearing from me, as I'm just on my computer a couple of hours a day, know I do read all of your comments from my phone. It's not too easy for me to reply on my phone but I do go to town on FaceBook.

Anyway...I know it's a little late but I wanted to show you my living room all decked out for Christmas. You know, God knew exactly what was going to happen and I think that's why I decorated my home earlier this year. So I'll just let you look and I'll be quiet.











Blessings to you all and know I'll pop in when I can and I'm looking forward to a wonderful 2016 with all of you, my sweeties. 

You are a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

I'll Be Seeing You

I'll be seeing you
In all the old familiar places
That this heart of mine embraces
All day through.

In that small cafe;
The park across the way;
The children's carousel;
The chestnut trees;
The wishin' well.

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day;
In every thing that's light and gay.
I'll always think of you that way.

I'll find you
In the morning sun
And when the night is new.
I'll be looking at the moon,
But I'll be seeing you.

I'll be seeing you
In every lovely summer's day;
In every thing that's light and gay.
I'll always think of you that way.

I'll find you
In the morning sun
And when the night is new.
I'll be looking at the moon,
But I'll be seeing you. 
~ sung by Liberace




Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Did You Miss Me?

Hello, Dear Ones! I pray you all had a wonderful Christmas and we're speeding toward 2016. Have you missed me in Blogland? Well, if you follow me on Facebook you know what happened to me. 
But those of you who didn't know I'll tell you about my ordeal. 

On the night of December 14th we stopped into the grocery store to pick up a few things. On the way back to our car I slipped on something and fell on my knee and knew at once something was wrong. Mr. Precious managed to get me into the car and we came home. I was praying that maybe I had just jammed my knee but after a little while knew I was really hurt. 

Long story short: went to the ER, broke my kneecap in three places, had surgery with pins and wires in my kneecap, stayed in the hospital for four days or so and then to a nursing home for rehab. I just got home yesterday and this is the first time to get on my computer.
 Of course I wasn't able to join the family for Christmas morning but insisted that Mr. Precious go and watch the grandbabies open their Christmas presents. They took pictures for me. Later that day they all came to see me and brought me presents. The little oldies got a kick out of seeing our little ones.

Now you may not want to see the next snap so close your eyes, it's pretty icky!
 My poor poor swollen chopped up stapled up knee. Dear Ones, this has been so very painful. I thought I was pretty tough. Shoot, I had both my children by natural childbirth, and I think this topped that! Ouch. I was on pretty strong pain meds for a while and I'm still a little fuzzy trying to think back on the first few days. But I'm so much better now. They took out the staples before I left the nursing home and they said, oh, it won't hurt. Liar, liar, pants on fire! Hurt like the dickens! 
On to a more pleasant note...the food here was really very good though. They put me on a salt restricted diet I guess because of the swelling. So what does a gal do that wants just a tad of salt on my groceries? Tell her Mr. Precious to bring up a little salt shaker. So he grabs one of my little hand painted pieces from a friend. Worked like a charm! ;)

The nursing staff and therapy workers were so nice to me. I prayed that Jesus would use me while I was there and I believe He did. My daughter called me while a worker was in my room and I was saying, "praise the Lord, that's answered prayer" and the lady said - you're a believer, aren't you? Then she told me how she had been living her life and realized she needed Jesus and gave her heart to Him and how He had changed her life! Hallelujah!
The little lady who swept and mopped the floors and cleaned the bathrooms told me I had been so nice to her. She said no one ever talked to her and I had talked to her and she was grateful.
One of the nurses told me I had been the nicest patient they had ever had.
I would wave and say hello to the little oldies as we poodled down the hall in our wheelchairs. 
I'm not bragging on myself, just wanted to say, we just don't know who needs a smile or a little conversation as we go through this life. We can all be a blessing to someone else.
This is how I look and have looked since my surgery. I have on this immobilizer until I go to the doctor and he'll tell me what's next. I'll have home health folks come and work with me for exercises and stuff. This immobilizer keeps my leg straight so I won't bend it at the knee. I've been walking on a walker and doing pretty well with it. The physical therapist worked with me to climb enough stairs so I could get into my house as we have four stepups from the garage to the house. I did just fine climbing them. My pain is much better but I feel so weak and heavy. I've lost almost 10 pounds and that's always a good thing. So I'll pop in as my energy comes back.

Love to you all and for those of you who knew about me, thank you for your precious thoughts and prayers. I cherish you all.

You are all my sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Haven't Got Time For The Pain

 All those crazy nights when I cried myself to sleep
Now melodrama never makes me weep anymore
'cause I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you

You showed me how, how to leave myself behind
How to turn down the noise in my mind
Now I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you

Suffering was the only thing that made me feel I was alive
Though that's just how much it cost to survive in this world
'til you showed me how, how to fill my heart with love
How to open up and drink in all that white light
Pouring down from the heaven
I haven't got time for the pain
I haven't got room for the pain
I haven't the need for the pain
Not since I've known you
~ sung by Carly Simon


Monday, December 21, 2015

My Traveling Christmas Tree

Hello again, Dear Ones. Some of you commented on my white tree in the dining room so I wanted to show it to you a little closer.
 I'm calling this my Traveling Christmas tree because it holds my painted on the inside Christmas balls that we pick up on our travels. The balls are all special to me. I bought this tree last year and put these balls on it and when I looked back at my snaps - the tree looked plumb nekked (Texan talk from someone who's recently moved to upstate New York). So this year I was going to do something about the nekkedness. :)
I did add a few more strands of lights and a pretty garland of silver beads. Then I saw this marvelous little decoration on Pinterest and I knew it would be just perfect for my Traveling Christmas Tree.
What do you think? My paper pine cones! Don't you just love them? And I used an old atlas and tore out the pages. These were so easy and fun to make. I bought some egg shaped Styrofoam balls and lots and lots of straight pins with flat heads. Then I went to town cutting out strips about 1" wide., using my paper cutter of course. Next I started cutting out little squares from the strips, approximately 1 inch squares. I wasn't too careful and just winged it. Next, take your 1 inch squares and fold in the two edges of one side to create a triangle. There should be about a half inch on the opposite side not folded. I should have taken a snap for you but I forgot. I folded and folded until my most dainty talented fingers almost fell off. You start at the bottom end of the Styrofoam egg and pin two of the folded strips so the pointed ends touch. I just kept layering and pinning my little folded pieces until I got to the top! I made about eight large ones and six of so smaller ones. I had to go back and buy more pins. I could have used my low temp glue gun, but I never like to make it easy on myself! :) I did glue on some ribbon as hangers and made pretty bows for the top of each pine cone. I think this was the perfect touch for my Traveling Christmas Tree.
 And of course at night my Traveling Christmas Tree is most beautiful I think! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

We Three Kings of Orient Are

 We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy Perfect Light

Born a King on Bethlehem's plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever, ceasing never
Over us all to reign

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising, all men raising
Worship Him, God most high

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Myrrh is mine, its bitter perfume
Breathes of life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying
Sealed in the stone-cold tomb

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and Sacrifice
Alleluia, Alleluia
Earth to heav'n replies

O Star of wonder, star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

~ sung by Perry Como


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Oh, Christmas Tree

Hello, Dear Ones! I have almost forgotten to show you my Christmas tree! Oh, yes, I have a Christmas tree in the living room in front of the windows so all of our neighbors can see the twinkly little lights! I just love lights at Christmas time, don't you?
 Here she is! We love this tree. She is big and fat and full of branches. And...she's fake. But she holds another secret...
 She has a flat top. Yes, ma'am, she does. We have had her so long and love her so much that when we moved here she wouldn't fit. She was just too too tall. So Mr. Precious got his hack saw and sawed off two or three feet from the top! So she really does have a flat top!
 So I had to make her explosion a lot bigger. I added more ribbon, more bows till she looked just right!
 Unfortunately, a beautiful angel or a shiny twinkly star will never grace the top of her head because it's flat! Well, we still love her and believe she'll be around for many more Christmases, God willing.
 She's filled with an array of Christmas ornaments. No themes here, just lots of ornies. I love color and color is what you'll find at my house, especially at Christmas. Oh, I found some narrow decco mesh and twirled that around my tree. It's wider than a ribbon but not as wide as the regular mesh and I loved how it turned out!
 It's almost dark and you can see the twinkly lights making a sweet glow on everything.
 Now the tree is at it's most beautiful now! I could sit in here all evening just looking at it and the way the living room looks in Christmas lights.
We've been keeping a little two year old quite a bit lately and he is very interested in all of the Christmas balls. I think this is my favorite snap, although a little blurry, of all! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Kitchen Window Sill

 Hello, Dear Ones! Well, since we've been in the kitchen I thought I would go ahead and show you my window sill all Christmased up in the breakfast room! I love to decorate this little spot each season.
Here she is... 
 Just a bunch of olden things I've had forever but things that make me smile.
 I made this little wreath last Christmas time just for this spot. I didn't have the half shears up or my curtains made at that time, so this area really looked nekked! That's Texan talk from someone who has moved to upstate New York! ;) Sort of a baking theme going on with the gingerbread men, kitchen utensil and cookie cutters. You can't see them in this snap but the ribbon on the right has three little copper cookie cutters hanging down.
 I love my olden tins so I grabbed them and poked a couple of sparkly little Christmas trees on them. I also poked one Christmas tree right down on my runner. I'm so talented like that you know! ;)
 Then a couple of Santies. Twins. Did you know Santie had a twin? :) I've had these little boogers forever and they just make me smile. The one on the left is standing on some Goose Berry Patch cookbooks. I love those too.
 Then I have another little tree just for the breakfast room. This little tree does have lights but they're on a timer and don't come on til later in the day. Now you'll see all kinds of baking things and sweets hanging on this little tree along with some cute little bitty red pine cones!
I love to look at this and then I just smile and remember my mixer bowl is filled with Christmas balls and I am not gonna take them out or nuttin'! ;) Well, I might, but not today! 

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

Fum, Fum, Fum

 On this joyful Christmas Day
Sing fum, fum, fum
On this joyful Christmas Day
Sing fum, fum, fum
For a blessed Babe was born
Upon this day at the break of morn
In a manger poor and lowly
Lay the Son of God most holy
Fum, Fum, Fum!

Thanks to God for holidays
Sing fum, fum, fum
Now we all our voices raise
And sing a song of grateful praise
Celebrate in song and story
All the wonders of His glory
Fum, fum, fum
~ sung by my tiny Christmas Tree




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Getting Ready For A Party In The Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones! Come on in to my kitchen while I prepare for a party. Yes, you can help me!
 I know it looks a bit messy, but it's party central ya know!
 There's peach tea on the table and the bucket is filled with ice. Got some soft drinks chilling in the fridge.
I've tossed down a red checked runner on the island and it fits perfectly in this space. I've poked down all my Christmas cups and there is hot Wassail in the red pot! Yum, how I love Wassail 
 Also on the island is my little scale I found while we were in England this fall. She's got lots of shiny Christmas balls placed in her scoop! Smile, sweetie!
 I cleaned off the top of my fridge. That's a big deal for me since this fridge is so tall and I'm so short. I had to drag out the big ladder and climb up and stand on one of the top steps, y'all! Well, I just poked down my big Rooster and gave him some Christmas cheer! :) He loves it that he is center stage up here!
 I'm sure y'all have been all over Pinterest like me looking for inspiration. Well, I saw something like this and copied catted it! Will I bake something for Christmas? If I do I'll just pour these balls out into a big bowl if I decide to. I'm not pinning myself down or anything! ;) Ha ha! Just a little Pineterest humor.
 This is what I look at as I'm washing my dishes each day. The little angel on the left is from my little Carter last year. The JOY needlework was done by my talented dainty little fingers back in the 70s! :) Money was tight in those days and I found this little needlework design with all of the yarn included on sale after Christmas! I bought it immediately and went to work on it right away. I bring it out each Christmas.
 Here are the little Rooster hooks that hang on the cabinets on either side of my sink and I hung a couple of little Santie decorations on them. This just makes me smile as I clean up my kitchen messes.
 If you have a vintage scale you just have to Christmas it up a bit! ;)
 I've shown you my little ceramic tree before and here she sits by her neighbors on the microwave, the Nutcrackers!
Okie dokie. I have some nicer cuter Christmas towels but I've brought out this old simple one and I know it even has a few little Christmas stains on the other side but that makes it all the more dear!
Well, I've got the kitchen ready for my party! Sit down and I'll pour you some Wassail! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yule-tide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos
Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight
They know that Santa's on his way
He's loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh
And every mother's child is gonna spy
To see if reindeer really know how to fly
And so I'm offering this simple phrase
To kids from one to ninety-two
Although it's been said many times, many ways
Merry Christmas to you
~ sung by Nat King Cole