Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pecan Crackin'

Emily's father-in-law gifted us with a bucket full of pecans last week. Can you even imagine how excited I was? Fresh pecans.....yum! But then that means I would have to crack them. 
No problem, it will totally be worth it.

Years ago, Cliff's daddy had 3 or 4 pecan trees and he got bookoodles of pecans from them every year. He then had the arduous task of cracking the pecans. Now, I'm not sure where he got the idea...he may have seen one like it somewhere....but, out of necessity Mr. Clifford got busy and made himself a pecan cracker. It's a vice-like apparatus with a lever that results in a perfect cracked pecan. They almost come out of the shell whole. 


Mr. Clifford passed away a few years ago and his pecan cracker has become a family treasure. 
Cliff's mama let me borrow it, today. 

My Sunday afternoon project.....pecan crackin'. 

Oh Happy Day!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Fake Bird Dilemma

Looks kinda creepy, doesn't it? This could be the reason I haven't had the first visitor, since hanging the feeder beside the fake bluebird. I took this photo last week, before filling the feeder to the rim with birdseed. I thought it was cute, apparently the birds didn't think so. I asked a fellow bird lover, Betsy, about it and she agrees with what I kinda thought......I may be scaring the bejeebies out of them. Ha!  I'm going to take down the fake one to see what happens, before the word gets out that it's too creepy to come around here.

Let you know,

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Mercies and Grace

Let Your Light Shine
Thanksgiving 2015

This will be my last post about Thanksgiving. The big day is favorite! I'm so thankful that mama and Mrs. Wanda were able to come spend Thanksgiving with Cliff and me this year. It has been a year of changes for us and it just feels so good to have something familiar around us for the holidays.

As I sit here and reflect back on this past year, I am amazed at how much I have to be thankful for.  I am thankful, always, for my family and friends and for good health. I am so thankful for my husband and children and thank God for allowing me to be a part of their lives. They are so very special to me! But today, I am even more mindful of what the Thanksgiving Holiday truly means to me.

I wrote something similar a few years ago and I feel that it deserves repeating.....

I am so very thankful for the multitudes of answered prayers, blessings and miracles that have been bestowed on me and my family and for His sweet mercy and grace. To God, I give all the glory, honor and praise.

The words of the following hymn rings so true in my heart....

Some thank the Lord for friends and home, For mercies sure and sweet; 
But I would praise Him for His grace - In prayer I would repeat: 
Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul, 
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole; 
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation so rich and free.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I've Been Waiting All Summer For This

You may remember in this post when we brought home my Adirondack chairs. I love them....Mr. Wilbur's craftsmanship is awesome. The seat fit is so comfortable. 
And, I have been
waiting all summer for this……

.....To be able to sit on the dock on a cool crisp fall day with a good book and a lap quilt. Sunday was that day. It was glorious! The only thing missing was a hot cup of Chai tea.

The quilt was an antique store find a few months ago. I paid $4 for it. The only problem was that one quarter of it had a huge hole in it. No problem. I cut it up into quarters and salvaged three of them. Cute vintage charm, warm and just what this chair needed. 

Talk soon,

Monday, November 23, 2015

It Was A Sherwood Forest Sunday

Sunday was a beautiful day. It was sunny and clear and in the sixties. Just the right kind of day for a little time in Sherwood Forest. Work continues on the tree house. The reveal pictures will, hopefully, be taken on Thanksgiving, when Lidia and Sawyer come back to the lake.

 The stairs and firepit area.

Although Cliff (Papi) did most of the work, he couldn't have done it without his assistants. Right now, the tree house is pretty visible. Once spring and summer come, Sherwood Forest will fill in with leaves and the tree house will be hidden really well.

Sunday was, also, a great day for bike riding.

And finally, I had to show you this little cutie.
Sawyer looks deep in thought. Wonder what he's thinking.

Check back later in the week for the final reveal of Sherwood Forest.

Oh wait, you'll have to come back tomorrow to see what I've been waiting for all summer. 

Til then,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Girls Day Out

Lidia and I had a girls day out, today. She liked it so well that she thinks we should do it at least once a month. I agree!

This is how our day went:
  1. Christmas shopped for Lidia
  2. Visited the quaint little town of Abbeville, SC
  3. Antiqued
  4. Lunch on the square at The Village Grill. I had a roasted veggie (beets, brussels sprouts, carrots and turnips) and farro bowl with a mixed green and walnut salad. Crazy good. Lidia had creamed potato and bacon soup with chives. She loved it and didn't even mind the chives. Normally, she would never try anything so bold. She's growing up, y'all. Dessert was cashew pie...I was told that people will drive in from Atlanta just for that pie.
  5. Stopped in the Amish grocery store and gift shop.
  6. Stopped by the storage unit to store a couple of chairs.
  7. Stopped in Ninety-six to take a few pictures of a ginkgo biloba tree (see below).
As we drove from place to place, Lidia decided that we needed to work on a project. So we decided to make a cake for Christmas. It will have a house on it with graham crackers for the roof. It will have white icing, which will be the snow. There will be trees made from graduated sizes of marshmallows, dipped in green food coloring. There will be gummy bears beneath the trees and presents made from candy. A piece of blue fondant for a creek and candy canes for light poles with wreaths hanging from them made from Twizzlers. We haven't decided yet what to use to make the people, but pretzels may be used. LOL! You've got to respect an 11-year-old's imagination.

And then, when we arrived home......her Papi and Sawyer were building a tree house in a patch of trees they named Sherwood Forest. When they ran out of wood, Lidia made sure they made a trip to Lowe's to get the needed material to finish.

 A girl's day out with Lidia......priceless! And of course, we couldn't end the day without taking a few pictures and picking up a few leaves.



Thursday, November 19, 2015

This Time Of Year

Eeeek....I'm getting so excited. It's almost time for my favorite holiday. Thanksgiving! 
It's the beginning of the holiday seasons, y'all.

The most gorgeous colors are on display. 

There are leaves everywhere, the weather is cool, it's time for fires and sweaters and knitting and Russian Tea. I'm so thankful for this time of year. 

Even though Thanksgiving is so near and I want my house to be all perfect, let's face's a project. I've unpacked all the boxes and now I'm faced with finding space for all the things I've unpacked. I've found that what worked at my house in Andrews will not work here at the lake. I need bookshelves and built-ins and I need a few more cabinets. The painters are coming week after next. It can get overwhelming and I need to keep reminding myself to take it one step at a time. 

So, the first order of business was to replace my old dining chairs. Heck, this is not even the dining table that I used in Andrews. I used this table somewhere else, but now that we've downsized, I think it works well here. The old ladder backs I used for this table had seen better days. So, I bought some new ones. I love them! And I'm starting to play around with the decorations. I'm sure this table decor will change probably a couple of times before I'm satisfied with it. Anyway, just thought I would give you a little peek at the progress. Yes, I know. I'm late getting the fall decor out, but I've been busy. Hopefully, the Christmas decorations won't take so long.

Til Soon,