Monday, September 26, 2016

It's Good To Be Home

Hello, dear ones! Oh, my heart is just breaking, as most of yours are, as I found out our dear sweet Pat from Back Porch Musing passed away! Her blog was one of the very first I ever visited before I started blogging. She will be missed so much. My prayers go out to J and her family. Please join me as we lift them up in prayer.
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It's so good to be home. Some of you may know that Mr. Precious and I took a very long trip and were gone for three weeks! We drove 5,000 miles in Kiki and then another 1,000 in Itsy! We drove through 20 states, yes we did.
Are you ready?
New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Whew!
 We thought we would be gone even longer but our little grandson, Campie's birthday was September 18 and we just had to get back to celebrate with him.
 Here is our little birthday boy! I'm sure all grandmas think this, but he really is the most loving, sweet little boy. There will probably come a day when he won't be so free with his kisses.
 He loves firetrucks and his mommy made him a special cake. She's really good at this!



Then there were presents! Carter was so helpful!
 Then over to our house for a special toy! Mr. Precious bought Campie a remote controlled car!
 Needless to say, it was a great big hit with both kids.
 Watch out, Campie, here comes the green car!
 I've been trying to get around to visit you all and I've got a lot of catching up to do, but I'm seeing so much beautiful fall appearing at your homes so I went out and bought some pumpkins and tried to fall up the porch. Oh, here's a tidbit ~ speaking of home, when we got home there were a slew of little gnats in the kitchen! I thought maybe I had left out a banana or something but no! Anyway, I looked on Pinterest and found a solution and it works! I poured a little bit of apple cider vinegar into a little bowl and then added one squirt of Dawn dish washing liquid and stirred it up. I put a cover of plastic wrap over the top and then with a sharp knife made a little slit in the top of the wrap. Let me tell you those little gnats were diving into this stuff! I've done this for about four days and this morning there were only three little boogers in this concoction! I didn't want to use a spray so this is safe and it really works. Just thought I'd share that with you.


 Little pumpkins are marching up the front steps and I'm hoping the squirrels aren't seeing these because they'll start chewing on them very quickly! One of you told me to put Vaseline on them and I did that last year and it worked until the little boogers rubbed it off!
 Here's a little spot by the front door.
 I want to get a 'real' mum to poke up here but didn't see any I liked when I bought my pumpkins so I made a faux arrangement and it will do for a while.
 It doesn't show up very well, but I wanted to add a fall leaf garland above the door. Can you even see it?


I'm embarrassed, I'm lazy because I'm using the same fall wreath I've had for a million years. I bring it out each year thinking I'm going to make another one, but I don't! We'll, I like it I guess.
 A little fallen sign to great folks when they walk up to the house.
 Then I bought a new fallen flag and you can tell it's new because it's full of fold lines! Hopefully they'll fall out soon.
I'll try to get my fall decorating on in the house soon but for now we're really enjoying our time with our babies! Did I tell you it's good to be home? Yes, ma'am, it is!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Back Home Again

 There's a storm across the valley, clouds are rolling in,
the afternoon is heavy on your shoulders.
There's a truck out on the four lane, a mile or more away,
the whining of his wheels just makes it colder.

He's an hour away from riding on your prayers up in the sky
and ten days on the road are barely gone.
There's a fire softly burning, supper's on the stove,
but it's the light in your eyes that makes him warm.

Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again.

There's all the news to tell him, how's you spend your time,
and what's the latest thing the neighbors say?
And your mother called last Friday, "Sunshine" made her cry
and you felt the baby move just yesterday.

Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again.

Oh, the time that I can lay this tired old body down,
and feel your fingers feather soft upon me.
The kisses that I live for, the love that lights my way,
the happiness that living with you brings me.

It's the sweetest thing I know of, just spending time with you.
It's the little things that make a house a home.
Like a fire softly burning and supper on the stove,
the light in your eyes that makes me warm.

Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again.

Hey, it's good to be back home again.
Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend.
Yes, and hey, it's good to be back home again.
I said hey, it's good to be back home again. 
~ sung by John Denver


35 comments:

  1. Welcome home! As good as it is to travel, it's always good to come home. And speaking of home, your decorations are just lovely. It's so inviting. Happy birthday to your cute little grandson! He's just adorable. And three is a great age.

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  2. Three year olds are adorable! They are big enough to tell you their deep thoughts, yet little enough to still be your baby! So glad you had a great trip. It sounds wonderful. Can't wait to hear more about it!

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  3. Good morning, I'm sorry to hear about the passing of a fellow blogger, Pat. May her family have the comfort of the Lord.
    Wow! That's alot of states you all visited! What a road trip! I think every state has its own special places to see.
    Your wreath looks full of Autumnal goodness and I'm very happy you made it home in time for your Grandsons third birthday:).
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. I know, Kathleen, my heart is breaking as Pat was one of the first people I met in blogland.
      Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great week.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia :)

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  4. It's always fun to take a trip but even better to go back home! Especially when you have Grands waiting. Hugs to you!

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  5. Yes, it is so very sad about sweet Pat. It sounds like you had a wonderful adventure. Your porch looks perfect for fall!

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  6. Welcome home, Sheila! No matter how much we've traveled, or how long we're gone, or how wonderful the trip, coming home is the best feeling. Thanks for that tip about the gnats. I hope to remember it should I ever encounter the problem.

    Oh, those grandbabies are just precious! The birthday boy with his cake just melted my heart.

    That John Denver song is a favorite.

    P.S. So sorry to hear about Pat's death.

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  7. Home is always the best after a long trip. Glad you had fun, but glad you are home with those grand babies.

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  8. That is sad news about Pat, our fellow blogger. You sure visited a lot of states and had fun celebrating your grandson's birthday.

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  9. Welcome home Sheila. So glad you got to do so much traveling. That is a lot of territory to cover in 3 weeks though. I know you had fun. Looks like the birthday boy had a grand time. Your babies are adorable. Thanks for the tip on the gnats. So far I've not had that problem in the house but I sat in a tree stand recently hunting in Ga. and I thought those suckers was going to tote me off! I am so very sorry to hear about your friend Pat. We never ever know when today may be our last. So glad that I know where I will spend eternity though. So glad to have you home sweet Sheila. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  10. Shelia, I am so sorry to read about Pat. Prayers for her family. No wonder you wanted to be home for the children. How very precious. You can almost tell by looking at them that they are yours. :):) Oh those gnats invaders. We had them also...I know it's not from bananas...cause I refuse to buy them now. I did that very same trap. LOL. It works well. I think you may have to have more than one. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  11. Whew!! What a trip. My hubby and I rode 5500 miles in a little over a week while were dating, and went out to Colorado, and all the way back through Branson for a George Jones show, Memphis to see Graceland, all the states on the way there and back. We were so tired when we got home, I couldn't drive the other 100 miles to my house. I was missing my grandkids and daughter so much, but we had been rolling so long. His son told him he tried to kill me. He was a long distance trucker for over 40 years, and I guess he was checking to see if I could hang!! So glad to see you back home, and your sweet babies are adorable. Have a good week!

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  12. You guys are so adventurous! Hew! Glad you saw all those states and places and had a blast! Your kiddos are all cute, you are definitely blessed with such a lovely family Sheila! Love your front porch and thank you for the tip on gnats, I will try that!

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  13. I've felt very sad to hear we've lost our blog friend, Pat. She was such a beautiful lady and one of the first ones I met too. Glad you got home safe and sound. I know you're having fun looking over your photos! Hugs!

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  14. Happy Birthday to Campie! Great to have you back again. Glad you got rid of the mini beasties, very rude of them to move in while you were away. Your porch looks beautifully autumnified - I just made that word up! - and if you love your wreath just keep using it no matter how old it is! xx

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  15. Glad you're home, can't wait to hear about your trip.
    Mary

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  16. Sorry to hear about your friends passing, Shelia.
    It looks like you've just right into home life again!
    The grands are so sweet. And thank you for the gnat tips, I've been going crazy trying to slap them senseless. They always slip right through my hands!

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  17. So sad to hear of Pat's passing. She was also one of the first blogs I found and just loved how she decorated. Her photography was always so wonderful. She had been in my prayers since she posted how ill she was. I will miss visiting with her.
    Welcome back! Sounds like you had a very busy time. I'm leaving shortly to spend time with my two sweet girls.
    Your daughter sure did a great job on that cake. My daughter has that same talent. I'm sure it was yummy.
    Have a good day
    Jeannette

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    1. Thank you Jen. I know, I knew she was very sick but was just praying she would get well enough to tackle the cancer treatments. We'll all miss her. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  18. I read about Pat's passing and it just hurt my heart. I loved her graciousness! I am also glad you all are back home and off the road...safely home is always a good destination. Good tip on those gnats. will try to remember! sheila

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  19. Shelia, It's alright in my neck of the woods to reuse wreaths and seasonal decorations until.....well, until we feel like using different ones or the seasonal fairy makes the old ones just disappear. Poof. Gone. Where'd they go? Yes, they disappear with fairy dust. AND I have plenty of that dust around here. Blessings to you. I am very sorry about your friend. God bless,
    d

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  20. Glad you're back - your grands are adorable - great shots of your front porch for fall...

    And I am so so terribly sad about Pat's passing. I loved her blog. She will be sorely missed. It breaks my heart - isn't it odd how much we truly care about people when we don't even see them ever in person?

    May she rest in peace.

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  21. Welcome back, Shelia! You had a long vacation; I hope you had lots of fun. :) Your fall decs look very festive; I'm still working on mine. Those grands are just darling, and I can see you in both their faces! Such a strong family resemblance.

    Thanks for sharing the tip for getting rid of gnats. We've had a bunch this year, too, and so has everyone I've talked to. It must be something about the weather. I had not heard about Pat; I'm very sorry to hear the news.

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  22. So sad about your blogger friend.

    Happy birthday to your grandson.

    Love the fall decorations.

    Did you post on the other blog about where you went in Tennessee and Georgia? It has been so hot here.

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  24. What beautiful grandchildren of course you couldn't miss his birthday, he is a real treasure. Your home is looking lovely adorned for the season, such a delight.

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  25. Thank you for letting us know about Pat. She was just the nicest person. We used to trade some long emails, and one thing that really didn't come across on her blog was her great sense of humor. She was the first one to buy my book, and was always supportive. I had lost touch when she stopped blogging other than a couple of emails. She never mentioned being sick. Someone let me know a few weeks ago when she saw it on FB.

    Glad you are back -- sounds like you had a wonderful trip!

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  26. Whew! That wore me out just keeping up with you on facebook...lol! It sounds like you had tons of fun but as you and John Denver said, "Gee it's good to be back home again" :) There's nothing more important to get back for than a grandchild'd birthday! What li'l cuties they are. I did not know Pat but I have heard of her blog and others mentioning her passing. Yes, it is so very sad, indeed. Take care and welcome back! Hugs!

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  27. Hello Sheila. So glad you are home safe and sound. I am sad to hear of Pat's passing. I too started following her blog when I first started blogging. I wondered what had happened when she was no longer posting regularly. Can I ask,what did she die from? So sad. But happy you are back.

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  28. Glad you're home safe and sound. Where in Tennessee did you visit? I live in Tennessee. :-) Miss Carter looks just like you...so sweet!! Happy 3rd birthday to your sweet boy. We have 3 grandboys and all 3 of them love on their Nannie...well, except for the 10 year old going on 16! LOL

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    1. Debbie, I'm sorry to comment back to you here but I couldn't figure out how to leave you a comment. Do you have a blog? Anyway, thank you so much for popping in to see me and the place we spent the night was Sevierville, Tennessee, in the Great Smokey Mountains. Tennessee is a very beautiful state!

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  29. Hi Shelia, Traveling is so much fun but always nice when we get back home. Love your photos and the kids looks so adorable curled up with grandpa reading a book. Special memories for sure. Happy Birthday to that handsome little guy. Love your fall display on the porch. So inviting. So sorry to read of Pat's passing. Prayers for the family and God's comfort for all.
    Happy Fall dear friend and welcome home!! xoxo

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  30. What a wonderful picture of the birthday boy! Happy Birthday to your dear grandson, Shelia. Your front porch is so charming with all the orange pumpkins. Oh, those mischievous squirrels hehehe. And that last picture is very special and should be framed. Is there anything sweeter than reading to children? What a delightful post this is, I enjoyed it very much.

    love, ~Sheri

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  31. Welcome back to blog land after your trip. And thanks for the gnat remedy. I get those fruit flies more than I wish and that's a perfect one. I'll definitely be using it.

    So sorry to hear about your blog friend. I didn't know Pat's blog but I do know what it is like to have a blog friend leave and it sort of hurts because we build such relationships with each other. Sending hugs.

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  32. wondering if you've posted about that little RV before? We are in the market for something that size and wonder how you like it?

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