Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Clean Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones! Spring is almost here, not quite, but close. It's time to do some Spring cleaning in the house. Mr. Precious has been such a help to me and taken such good care of me through my recovery. But...
As I start to feel better the little messes are really beginning to bug me. Things lined up around the countertops that don't belong, keys and mail laying on the island, pots and pans, clean but not put up. The fridge filled with 'get well' pictures from little Carter. I save them. Wood floors that need really cleaning.
Well, Mr. Precious and I decided this week to go to town with our Spring cleaning. He cleaned and Bona-ed all of the wood floors for me. I spent most of the time in my kitchen. I took everything off the countertops, and scrubbed them and shined up the subway tile backspash. 
 Then it was time to decorate! The funnest part! :) I still had a few Christmas thingys out! Can you believe it? So I held on real tight to the bannister and up and down the stairs to the basement I went. Putting up things and bringing things back up. I have a little basket I use to carry things up and down and this really helps me. I even used this before I got busted up! I'm so talented like that you know! ;)
 When I walked into my little kitchen this morning I just smiled and was so pleased with how it looked and just had to share it with you. My kitchen is kinda small, not fancy, need more cabinets but I like it. I need to find out how to fix the panels on the cabinet doors that have separated during the winter. But I love my little kitchen. It's really put together in a way that works well for me. I didn't like the black fridge the folks let nor the black faced dishwasher, but they are really nice appliances and I've grown to love them.  Black and white, classic right? :)

I've been taking you around the kitchen and here's a busy little work area for me. I always keep Ruby the mixer sitting on a place mat so I can just pull her out when I need her. She's just to heavy for me to pick up and pull forward. Hey, I'm short and the reach with strength just ain't happening. I am so delicate after all! :)
 I'm still jazzed over my mixer decals I got from Kathy who blogs at Kathy's Cottage. The little Pioneer Woman creamer looks so cute standing by Ruby. You do name your appliances, don't you?
 Here's my view when I turn around from the sink area. I do a lot of prepping here on the island by the cooktop. Now I do have a plan. The island on the back side of the island is really made to have bar stools. I don't want bar stools I want a narrow bookshelf that I would paint to match the island and then I'd put all of my cookbooks there. I think this would be so convenient for me. As of now all of my cookbooks are behind the doors of my little hutch over there. I'd really like to free that area up for DISHES! The door to the right goes into the den and the other door in there is to the laundry room. It's needs some more work before I show it to you. Someday.
Still standing in front of the sink with the fridge to the left are my double ovens. The first time I had them was in our Galveston house and I kinda got spoiled to them so I was happy to get them here in our new/old house. The microwave area is kinda handy too and a cute place to decorate for the seasons. The cabinets above are used as a pantry for canned goods and jars. There is a pantry to the right but it's so deep it was hard for me to reach everything so putting the canned things in these cabinets made it so much easier for me to retrieve them.
 Here we are standing by my little kitchen hutch looking back at my clean kitchen. I don't want you to think I'm nasty, but after my surgery I just didn't care how things looked because I was a mess. Now that I'm better and can do things, well I can't do the splits, knell down on my knees or jump up and down, I making up for lost time!
And here we are back at the eating area of my kitchen, which you see a lot, and I'm happy, blessed and fulfilled. Though I'm not going to tell you how sore and stiff my tiny legs are from going up and down the stairs. No, no Nannette, I'm not going to tell you that! :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ Love this song and if you haven't seen the old movie, look for it. It's a complete hoot! You know how I love hoots!

Car Wash

You might not ever get rich
But let me tell you it's better than digging a ditch
There ain't no telling who you might meet
A moviestar or maybe even an Indian chief

Working at the car wash
Working at the car wash, yeah
Come on and sing it with me, car wash
Sing it with the feeling now, car wash yeah

Come some of the work get's kind of hard
This ain't no place to be if you planned on being a star
Let me tell you it's always cool
And the boss don't mind sometimes if you act a fool

At the car wash, woooh
Talking about the car wash, yeah
Come on y'all and sing it for me
Car wash, woh, car wash yeah

(Work and work) Well those cars never seem to stop coming
(Work and work) Keep those waxin' machines humming
(Work and work) My fingers to the bone
(Work and work) Keep up, I can't wait till it's time to go home

Hey, get your car washed today
Be in our band, you don't have to pay
Come on and give us a play
Car wash
Talking about the car wash yeah
Car wash yeah
Come on y'all and sing it with me
Car wash
Sing it with feeling
Car wash yeah

Those cars never seem to stop coming
Keeps those rags and machines coming
Let me tell you it's always cool,
And the boss don't mind sometimes if you, act the fool 
~ sung by  Rose Royce

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Wedding Anniversary

Hello, Dear Ones! Mr. Precious and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary last Wednesday and Mr. Precious had put together a trip for us to surprise me. Since I've been busted up since before Christmas, I was so excited to get to go somewhere for an over night stay.
 I have posted about this place before but it is just our most favorite place so far ~ Stockbridge, Massachusetts, New England and is only 60 miles from us! Woo Hoo! I couldn't hobble to the car fast enough. We stayed at The Red Lion Inn right on the little main street of Stockbridge. We had eaten lunch here the week before. Yeah, we like this place.
 It's such a beautiful place, built in 1773! And it's wonderful any time of year you want to visit.
 Now over the door of each room is a hand painted scene. We seemed to get a Native American painting. Now let's go in.
When Mr. Precious made the reservations, he told them it was our wedding anniversary and the inn left us a little gift. Wine, chocolates, a little bitty flower and a $50 gift certificate for a meal!
 So sweet!
Wasn't the canopy bed so pretty and it was really comfy too.
 Just had to share with you the pretty canopy. It was like sleeping under a cloud, at night, with no stars! :) We brought our own pillows but left them in the car because the pillows were so perfect. Do you ever have trouble with pillows when you travel? I do. I'm short and have a little short neck and some pillows are so high, I get a crick in my neck. Okay, I got a tad off track! :)
 Here I am sitting in one of the slipcovered chairs. Notice my leg is bent! Yay! As you can see I've let all of the coloring grow off my hair and I have lots of grays mingling with my natural color. I have been enjoying the new look but Mr Precious has told me he doesn't like it so I'll color it again sometime this week. I'm so submissive you know! ;)
 On with the room tour. The wallpaper was darling and it had some little Roosters in some of the diamonds. Love me some yard birds.
 We kept the fire going through the night. Oops, there's my cane.
Peeping into the little bathroom.
Where there is a bathroom, a mirror and a camera, I will snap for you! Remember, you can always snap for me too! I haven't had a Bathroom Diva in sometime. If you're interested, look at the top of my blog and read about Bathroom Beauty Snapping.
 This was fascinating to me ~ the doorknobs were wooden!
 Now right down the hall from our room was the flagship Country Curtains shop.
 Here's a little info:
In 1968, Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick had a burgeoning mail-order enterprise, Country Curtains, operating out of what was referred to as “The Curtain Shed” behind Main Street in Stockbridge, Mass. Before that, they worked from their own dining room table. They were quickly outgrowing their cozy quarters, and Jane and Jack wanted to find a unique and charming space to showcase their beautiful window treatments.
At the same time, the historic Red Lion Inn was in danger of demolition.  Jane and Jack rescued the Inn, and when it re-opened to guests in 1969, the Fitzpatricks had transformed part of the original lobby and main dining room into the Country Curtains flagship store.
 All down the little hallway, with the uneven floor, are Country Curtains curtains all hung up for you to gaze upon with your gorgeous peepers, along with little tables and lamps. I also learned that Norman Rockwell had a studio at one time in the Red Lion Inn! Lots of history at this place.

That evening we had a marvelous dinner in the beautiful dining room, ate just like a couple of little pigs! ;) Slept well and ate a delicious breakfast the next morning. Man, do we love to eat!
After breakfast we hopped into the car, well I hobbled, and poked up my pitiful tag. Boy, how I love my pitiful tag! You think my doctor would renew it just a little while longer after he releases me in July?  :) We were on a mission.

The Norman Rockwell museum was just wonderful. He lived here in Stockbridge for many years and most of the people in his paintings were real folks from Stockbridge. He used live models for years until around the '30s when he got a camera and just took snaps of the folks. Then he would tweak them, hairstyles, clothes, whatever for his illustrations. He also put himself in lots of the illustrations and he almost always had a pipe in his mouth. The above snap was a room with over 300 covers from the Saturday Evening Post which Mr. Rockwell painted. Folks, this wasn't a monthly magazine but a weekly magazine! Can you imagine how organized you'd have to be, not to mention the talent to crank out a painting for the cover each week? Do you remember how huge these old magazines were? I do, they were really BIG!
 I snapped this cover for you as it was dated the day after I was born! I'm just as old as dirt, y'all!
 Mr. Rockwell painted the Red Lion Inn in the snow! He loved that place too.
 Then the very day we were here, I was checking out some blogs and my friend Jeanie at The Marmalade Gypsy posted about being in this area and traveling to the little town of Lenox to visit The Mount, the home of the author, Edith Wharton. Pop on over to her blog to see some beautiful snaps and a little history. Well, say no more, we headed out there!
 The grounds are supposed to be lovely in the spring and summer. I thought they looked pretty nice now too.
Mr. Precious, my chauffeur. Ain't he cute? But he is a stinker. A real stinker.
See what a stinker he is? Here I go, poor busted up, chopped up, pitiful me, trying to walk up the hill and he was just snapping away. Stinker! Sorry I don't have many pretty snaps to show you. I tried my best to walk up and take a snap of the front of the house but there was a little hedge and crooked ground preventing me. I could not get around it! I was afraid I would fall. I'm pretty stubborn and was bound and determined to get around it. But I gave in and just hobbled on back to the car with the pitiful tag hanging from the rear view mirror. Poor, poor, pitiful me!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Poor Poor Pitiful Me

Well I lay my head on the railroad track
Waiting on the Double E
But the train don't run by here no more
Poor poor pitiful me

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a man out in Hollywood
Now I ain't naming names
Well he really worked me over good
Just like Jesse James
Yes he really worked me over good
He was a credit to his gender
Put me through some changes Lord
Sort of like a Waring blender

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Well I met a boy in the Vieux Carres
Down in Yokohama
He picked me up and he threw me down
He said "Please don't hurt me Mama"

Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor pitiful me
Oh these boys won't let me be
Lord have mercy on me
Woe woe is me

Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
Poor poor poor me
Poor poor pitiful me
~ sung by Linda Ronstadt

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Hello, Dear Ones! Our little Carter turned six years old a week ago and had a family birthday party! She'll have a bowling party the Saturday after Easter. Yes, bowling! :) Anyway, I wanted to share with you our fun time.
Gotta have balloons.
Mr. Precious hauling in presents. Love that guy.
Here's our little birthday girl dressed up in heals, her Halloween cape I made for her, a crown and a scepter! 
Bless her sweet heart. She's been through so much and has finally gotten her energy back and her spunk. She's still got a way to go but we're so thankful for the progree she's made. Thank you, Lord.
Little Campie was looking on in amazement. I guess that's the look on his little face! ;)
But he was not left out. Have to give our little boy a few gifts too.
My daughter and son-in-law got both of them harmonicas and they loved them. Campie always had this big eyed expression on his face as he played his music. My daddy is in heaven but he would have been so proud to know his great grandchildren had these harmonicas because he could play the socks off one.
You know how I've been sewing my head off with clothes for Babbette, well, here she is and Carter loved her. The first thing she did was take off her clothes and put her gown on her.
We got her this little swing and you can see, Babbette has already gone to sleep. There was a little bed too and I made all the linens for it and forgot to take a snap of it. Trust me, it looked wonderful!
 How I love this little darling. She's my heart.
 Here was the cute little cake my daughter made, colorful and tasty. Inside it was chocolate applesause - so good!
 Blowing out the candles.
 Remember this? One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. to grown on!
After all of the opening of presents, blowing out candles and eating meatballs we went outside so Carter could practice her hoola hooping. She did good. Just wanted to share with you our celebration. Thank you all again for your thoughts and prayers for Carter. She seems to be doing well and we're praising God!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Happy Birthday To You
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday dear Carter
Happy birthday to you

How old are you now?
How old are you now?
How old are you Carter?
How old are you now?

I’m six today
I’m six today
Because it’s my birthday
I’m six today

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Now blow out the candles
Happy birthday to you
~ sung to Carter