Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Back Road Beauty: In Green...










This caused me to hit the brakes...just had to stop and take a shot. 
My telephoto is broke...waiting for the new one.




Friday, January 25, 2013

Let's Go For a Drive...

































I am so glad that some go to great lengths to preserve what was once the 
beauty of rural America. 

So glad it is preserved and many times still very much in use.

Aren't you?







Monday, January 21, 2013

Just Missin' Summer...




It's always about the end of January before I let myself even start to think about it.










But it's months away!!









But at least I have some pictures to remember it by...




Friday, January 18, 2013

Brrrr!!



WINDY & COLD!  Not much snow!



He Loves Me...





Look at what he brought me!

I don't know what this tin was for, do you?

The inside is lined in black, and is pristine inside.

The crackled look and half the missing label just makes me love it more!




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Back Road Beauty: The Blue Hour


The other night I left right when the sun dipped behind the western horizon.

I drove a while out in the country with my camera.










It's the time of day called the "blue hour"...with some of the most beautiful light you've seen in winter, and especially when there is a fresh snow on the ground.









The blue hour makes anything ordinary extraordinary, but I think I've told you that more than enough...








Barns, sunset...the blue hour...all of it, just gorgeous.







And I relaxed, decompressed, and had the best ever mental health therapy just as the sun said good-bye at the end of the daylight.  

I sure do hope you've enjoyed these shots, too.  

And I hope your day is beautiful, too....don't forget to peek out the window at sunset, you never know what you might be missing.





Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Do You Value Your Liberty?







I am upset beyond words today.
To think our Second Amendment rights could be infringed by an Executive Order.
Are we no longer a Constitutional Republic?
(Executive orders are NOT legislation!)
I have to wonder.

And I have to wonder at the sacrifice made of our liberties, all in the name of "safety".

Read this poem, it will make a tear come to the eye, realizing the TRUE sacrifice made so that we can have our freedom.

Let's not cheapen it by not defending it, people.
Let's not become a government 
OF THE CRISIS
BY THE CRISIS
AND
FOR THE CRISIS!




HE WAS A SOLDIER BOY

(author unknown)



It was from his home that made up his mind.
He weighed all the options before he signed.
He loved his country, his family came first.
He could make a difference, but expected the worst.
He was a soldier boy.

Away from his home he would have to be.
There was a farewell with no guarantee.
A plane to somewhere the youngster would fly.
He would train to kill, so others wouldn't die.
He was a soldier boy.

He soon found himself in a far off land, 
A hostile location with shifting sand.
He would write home, guarding his plight.
He didn't want worry in the middle of the night.
He was a soldier boy.

Heading home soon consumed his thought.
He cherished the idea as he lay on his cot.
His mother' cherry pie entered his mind.
He missed them all, they were one of a kind.
He was a soldier boy.

There was a day when a firefight broke out.
"We need a medic," a private would shout.
The enemy was routed, like the day before.
Counting the dead was no easy chore.
He was a soldier boy.

There is a land far off that seldom we see,
An ultimate sacrifice that those may go free.
A tragic loss: what could he have been?
And on his etched marker,"I would do it again."
He was a soldier Boy.




Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Walking Through the Year: Miles Walked in 2012





Evergreen garland draped over the top of a china cabinet.  Love this idea!







I love the way the shutter is turned on its side, and lays on the mantel as a backdrop 
for Christmas decorations!









I took this picture because I LOVE the way the sunlight shows the green glass off.







I am drawn to painted pieces, and loved this white china cabinet.
IF ONLY my husband would let me paint some of our pieces! 
He thinks it's a travesty!









This many cubby-holed piece had me in love.
I love the stool collection underneath it as well.
I cannot start another collection, but I enjoy looking!








Jamie bought Audrey some of this set for 
her first REAL tea set, beautiful and matches her 
bedroom colors.



Now that I am back home, 
and I hung my new calendar...


I finally got my miles for 2012 added up.
I record them on my wall calendar, daily.
I do this now each year as a motivation, 
logging miles each time I walk.

I then total each month.
I keep a running total.
Then, at year's end, I look at my grand total.
Then, I try to compare something geographical 
to the number of miles walked.
This year's grand total was 488.
The Mississippi River is about 500 miles long.

This method, for me, has worked as a great motivator, 
and that is why I am sharing it with you!
HAVE A GREAT DAY!



PS:  Photos from an antique jaunt I took with my iPhone when I was visiting my daughter's family.


Friday, January 4, 2013

The Magic of the Ordinary



















 Peek-a-boo with Papaw!




Puzzles after breakfast.


















Audrey's got her game face on!  
This face CRACKS NINNIE UP!!!










Silly time!










Lots of play time!


























Whenever Papaw leaves, he hides money in each of their rooms.  
This time, I was here when they got to hunt them.  Fun times!






On her little potty.










We started to work on potty training with Levi and look who started to join us!
Little Miss Priss did GREAT this week and she goes potty every time we put her on.
Good thing Mama had two potties!  :)










I had to teach Levi the proper use for training pants...haha!







This is a vintage doll bed Jamie found at an antique store while shopping for
vintage kitten decor for Audrey's 1st birthday.  
Jamie also made her little sheets, pillow, and quilt for a Christmas gift, 
using all reproduction vintage fabrics for them.
I love the little decal and the little "abc blocks" in the headboard.










Levi LOVES the bed his Papaw made for him that I brought down here in the fall.  He calls it his "Papaw bed".  He did make the transition very easily from the baby bed to his "big boy" (toddler) bed.



I have spent the last two weeks immersed in my grand baby's glow.

I just thought I'd share a few images and a few anecdotal stories to tell you what I've been up to. 

It's been pure bliss, I've enjoyed every minute, and tomorrow I head back home....the trail of tears.  Saying good-bye is the worst!

Levi told me today "Ninnie, I will miss all my PEOPLE."  He calls all of us from Michigan who visit him as "his people".  He's right, we are his and his sissie's people, too.

My husband and older son left here a week ago, and myself and my younger son got to stay another week.  After his Papaw left last week with his Uncle Mark, he asked:  "Where did my people go?"  I had to explain to him that they had to get back to Michigan and back to work.

This morning when we all got up, I explained to him:  "Tomorrow I won't be here when you wake up, Luke and I will go back to Papaw and Uncle Mark in Michigan."  He responded "Ninnie, I will miss all my people and I want my Papaw!"  

That is the truth, and we shall miss him and his family, too.  


I have learned this from living so far from my babies:  the time spent immersed in their lives 24/7 is the best part of the separation. It's the silver lining I had to look for.  

The worst part is not being here from day to day, in the small ways, but so much of the enjoyment while we are here is waking up with them and being with them until they close their eyes at night, reading them stories, putting them down for their naps...being present for their meals.  It's all so good.

I will see you next week.


 xoxoxox