Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Y'all, I have had the most fun this morning. My son wanted me to take flowers to his girlfriend's school today. I haven't said much about this amazing girl, but I just love her!!! They have officially been an item since just before Thanksgiving. We all just adore her and hope she sticks around, so I happily agreed to deliver flowers this morning.



I was supposed to get them to the front office and have them take them to her room. I hadn't counted on the amount of car riders or the difficulty of getting in this particular school's parking lot, so I had to drive around and wait until the bell rang.

This could never be replicated. I got to the office and opened the door to walk right straight into her. She has PE first. Oh my!!!

I told her this didn't work out quite like we planned and she had not been supposed to see me. Darn it! Anyway, she is the cutest thing ever.

Hubby and I are planning a big event tonight. We are headed to Whataburger. Yep, you heard that right. We have both been dieting for so very long. I don't really call mine dieting anymore, but a lifestyle change. We are giddy about eating at Whataburger tonight.  For me, it will fries and the burger without the bun, and never ever a soft drink to touch these lips again. I am not completely going into those waters again, but I love Whataburger fries. Oh, and then a walk on the beach. He is beginning to see the benefits of taking me on a beach walk.

Have a great Valentine's Day.
Sandy

Monday, February 13, 2017

An Inspiring Book

I read the most adorable book on Friday of last week. It was called The Christmas Club by Barbara Hinske. She has written a series about a town called Rosemont, but I have not read any of those books. I did look on Amazon and the first one has mixed reviews. However, this is one is a winner.


I often share with you what I have read, but I almost never say it is a must read, because I know I have a wide variety or shall we say eclectic taste in reading so I never want to mislead someone.

This one is a must read. It is only a little over 100 pages, so a quick read. It is set in the 1950s and begins with a little lady coming out of the bank with her Christmas savings. Do y'all remember Christmas savings accounts? My mom always had one. Anyway, the little lady falls and it all blows away. It is a rather predictable book, but yet you will find yourself not being able to put it down. Five dollar bills will change Christmas. 

I plan to give this book as a gift to friends and family next Thanksgiving. Maybe it will inspire good things.

The book is inspiring and will give you a warm fuzzy feeling.

In other news, the reason I read it all this Friday is because I was in one of those lackluster moods where I didn't want to do anything. It was the first day I had to myself with no agenda attached to it in such a long time. I was simply motivated to do nothing. I walked into my sewing room and nothing sparked creativity. I didn't even want to cross stitch. I finally gave in and read. I sort of felt like I had blown a day, but I guess we need days like that sometimes.

I am enjoying the weather and doing a few chores today rather slowly. Yikes!

Good news is that I came back all clear for skin cancers from the dermatologist today. 

A picture of my boys on the way to the All Sports Banquet last Friday night.





Good day in the sunshine,
Sandy


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beach Walks, Farm Walks, and Weather

Before I took Mom to the doctor this last Saturday evening, the weekend was going well. Hubby and I got a bite to eat, walked on the beach, and made a Hobby Lobby visit in Destin. What a date night!

Here are a few scenes from our walk. It had been warm all day, but it cooled off so that I needed a jacket, however these days I am bit more cold natured. I seemed to have passed the hot moments for now anyway.






The reason for the Hobby Lobby trip is that since I refreshed the living room with some blue coastal items, and I love many of the other rooms such as the dining room, bedroom, and pool table room with their coastal accents, I have decided that my guest bathroom could use a refresh. I went looking for some new artwork for the walls. I have decided to go with some real artwork from locals rather than the Hobby Lobby looks.

I will keep you posted when I choose the new items and get the bathroom refreshed. Y'all know how doing one room leads to another.

On Saturday, we went to the farm to plant some onions and potatoes. I did get that done. Those were two of the things we planted last year that were used up. I learned a lesson on the zucchini last year.

This is the scene of the getting winded for Mama on our walk. I will take the mule next time to go to the compost bed.

Sweet Lemony wondering why we don't catch up.

That is Mom bundled up. It was cooler on Saturday.
The picture below is going to be a shooting house. I think it is more like the Taj Mahal. It is going to be so big and tall. Anyway, the shooting that will be going on is more likely to be photographs. My husband used to take pictures when we first married ALL THE TIME. He just got busy over the years, but has bought him a new camera and wants to get back into it.

I will share the finished house when it is done if you have no idea what I am talking about with a shooting house. Paul Allen and Tyler probably will use it during hunting season and I have seen lots of deer in the woods and almost every weekend there is one dead on the side of the road from having been hit by a car, so they should have luck. I have no idea when hunting season even is. Not my cup of tea. I am a "Don't kill that sweet little Bambi!"


One last thought for the day then I have to get busy with chores. This has been a crazy winter. We have our share of mild winters here and I love them. I hate the storms that go with them which usually pop up later. Yesterday, it got really windy out on the island here. A car toppled over and lots of stuff being blown around. I haven't looked to see if they determined it to be a tornado yet. Either way, my daughter's office is downtown close to the island and she had everyone hopping. It blew the doors open. She is like me. We take weather very seriously. She had everyone up and moving to the hallways.

The azaleas are blooming here and at the farm. I was quite surprised that they were blooming at the farm as that is further north near the Alabama state line. It wasn't just the Pride of Mobile (pink) that always bloom earlier than the others. 


The red orange ones in the background were blooming as well. I haven't seen any white ones in full bloom yet. They will be long gone here by the official start of spring.

I collected some camellias for home. There are four of the biggest camellia bushes that can't be called bushes anymore at the farm. They are gorgeous. White, red, deep pink, and light pink.


Turned around for the other view.


That is all folks for this morning.

Off to get busy,
Sandy






Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Mother is Feeling Better

Mother is home after a few days in the hospital. It all started at the farm on Saturday. We had gone up to work a bit in the garden. I have started a compost bed in the very back of the pasture. We usually take the mule to go and drop off our kitchen gatherings. She decided we should walk and I agreed since I have been after her to walk again.

Let me back track a bit. She used to walk 2 miles a day prior to the fluke fall that happened 3 years ago this May. She got off track with that with the fall, my step dad's subsequent cancer diagnosis, death and then moving here. Right after my step dad's death she had two episodes where her blood pressure shot up to near stroke numbers and she was put on blood pressure medicine.

I have gone over lots of times to find her laying around and believe me when I tell you that is not like her. She has a severe case of hyperactivity. I am the complete opposite of her. She does nothing whether it is mopping or walking across the room in slow gear.

A couple of times I have taken her to walk and she has gotten winded after what doesn't seem to be like much time.

This Saturday we were coming back from the back pasture up a little hill when she got really winded, but didn't tell me how bad it was or I would have called Hubby to come with the mule. She just kept on trying to make it. 

She sat around and watched as I planted onions and potatoes. When we got home, she called me several hours later and told me she felt tight in the chest and was still having shortness of breath.

With those 2 symptoms we drove to the ER, and just like that she was admitted to the hospital. 

She has had a full dose of tests and the conclusion at this point is that the medicine is not needed as she had a blood pressure of 100 over 57 this morning. We will be monitoring the situation and checking in with the regular doctor.

So that is how I have spent the last 2 and 1/2 days. 

The upside is I am more than rested ---I think?!---not mentally rested--- because by last night she was venting with what she was going to tell everyone. When I started trying to calm her down her reply was, "Well, I am not really going to say all that!" My return was, "Well, that stresses me out." 

Trust me the nurses got to know her spunkiness. As soon as they told her she could go home this morning, she asked me if she could take off all the heart monitor stickers. I told her she should probably wait. She went to the bathroom and promptly took them off. They came to check why it wasn't reading pretty quickly. Took me by surprise!

Anyway, I hope they are right that she doesn't need blood pressure medicine. I have decided that I am going to quit telling her what she should do, because she doesn't listen to me anyway.

She will be 82 next month and for the most part is healthy as a horse. Doesn't eat right and won't give up her cokes. She has informed me that she will eat Kisses and drink her coke. I will let it go.

Now, for the other part of the news. While I was spending the day at the hospital yesterday, Lucy, the Springer had a seizure at home by herself. She made quite a mess in the bedroom, but she seemed fine by the time I go there. Bless her heart! I honestly can't remember if I skipped her medicine which could have been the reason.

Life!!!

All that said, I chose joy for my fruit of the Spirit to work on this year. I got a real test yesterday. I probably failed, but I was trying. Surely the Lord will cut me some slack😀

I chose joy because life's circumstances are probably not going to change, but I have to be joyful in the midst as well. I am still immensely blessed. I will share more of those blessings later.

On a positive note, I got lots of cross stitching done!

Here is my progress this morning on the books of the Bible.


I have all the words done. There is a large border at top and bottom and a small border on the sides.

Glad to be home,
Sandy

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Groundhog Day

I love Groundhog Day...just a little day often overlooked, but I love it.

If Punxsutawney Phil doesn't come up with the correct answer...EARLY SPRING, then we have my personal favorite, General Beauregard Lee. I think he understands the southern climate better😃

This is the prediction this year...


Punxsutawney Phil (PA): Saw shadow, six more weeks of winter
General Beauregard Lee (GA): Did not see shadow, early spring

I am definitely going with General Lee. You can read more about Beau here.

If yesterday was any indicator, spring has arrived. It was simply gorgeous. I walked the dogs down the street and the birds were singing, the temperature was just right. As far as I am concerned it could stay like this for a good while.

I spent the day fluffing the nest and getting ready for my Bible study last night. I loved putting out the February stitching in my kitchen.


I am off to do some work on the outdoor planters at church and then I hope to do some stitching today. I want to finish my books of the Bible this month.

Happy spring,
Sandy

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happiness is.... Sunshiny Days

Do you remember the book Happiness is a Warm Puppy?

Amazon

The book can be yours from the Amazon link above for a mere $2,797.00. Yep, I might should have kept my copy.

I was thinking of it yesterday when looking out at a  sunny day. It was cool outside and probably similar temperatures to this past Saturday, but the sunshine makes all the difference. 

Happiness is definitely a sunny day.


I kind of had to make myself stay out in the cold on Saturday to work at the farm, but yesterday I wanted to be outside. 

I worked most of the day, but did go out with the dogs several times to enjoy it.

We celebrated my son-in-law's birthday last night. I almost forgot to snap any pictures. By the time I remembered everyone had gathered in the living room for dessert and the lighting was dark. 😞

I used to be so much better at pictures. I have just gotten lazy in my old age.

Birthday boy and Mama


Hubby

Son and Daughter with my cute pillow on the floor and the old quilt for the dogs. REAL LIFE!


Oh, and I almost forgot to share one of the cool things that happened yesterday. I went out the front door and standing on the fence just a few feet away was a hawk. I thought he would fly away and soon as saw me, so I backed up into the garage and tried to take his picture. OF course, I think my hands were shaking so he is blurry. He kept me in his sights, and then finally he flew downward into the neighbor's yard. Must have been hunting something good. 

I have seen him a few times on the water side, but never on the front. Nature is always cool to me.


Off to take Mama to the eye doctor this morning.

With joy,
Sandy


Monday, January 30, 2017

A Little Bit of Everything on My Mind

This is going to be a week of thoughts and goings on. I really try not to wait a week to post, but this week just flew by and well... I just didn't stop to write anything.

The Everyday Life - I would say that "everyday life" kept me from checking in last week. The appointments for yourself and your mom and your husband. Things that eat away the moments in the day. I chose the fruit of the Spirit -JOY- to work on this year. I am determined to live with JOY each day. It is a daily decision when things start getting busy each day and you see the moments getting chipped away.
I actually think I did pretty good last week even though it was busy. I looked at the calendar and kept the mindset that every week is not like last.
I also reminded myself that I am so happy to be able to take care of those things and not be working at the same time.


Dogs - Y'all know my Springer, Lucy has been having seizures for sometime now. 95% of the time she is happy, energetic, and her usual stubborn self. She will be 12 in April and Springers generally live up to 15 years. My first one lived to be 15 and my second to 13 and a half. Lucy is health other than the seizures.
The baby has to take some seizure medicine and it makes her ravenous and THIRSTY. She would be fat if she weren't so energetic. Lately, I have had to add peeing to her list. The water drinking has increased and I feel awful sometimes removing the water bowl from her. We have had to add diapers to the list of issues. She will go two weeks and have no accidents and then bam she will have two days of leaking all day.
Dog lovers will understand why I put with it all. Others will think I am nuts.
They are my babies.


Gardening - The winter has been a mild one, thus making me want to go and plant lots of flowers. I am working on keeping my geraniums alive through all of this. Some are blooming and some are puny. I did purchase some geraniums this weekend. I will be babying these through any cold nights we have the remainder of the winter. I have my tulip and daffodil bulbs in the bottom of my refrigerator ready to go this spring. I don't dare plant them now with the warm winter we are having. I plan to put a bunch in the ground this year on my side yard. I am looking for that wow factor. Last year was the first year I had ever used tulips. I fell in love!


The Farm - We spent Saturday at the farm. We did a little prep on the garden for the spring garden. I dug up some stuff. Hubby has to till soon. I learned so much last year, so this year should be a little better. Potatoes have to be in the ground by Valentine's Day.
I also want to do this raised bed we have with some wildflowers or zinnias.
I am also needing to continue with my in the house ideas.

Salt Lamps - Salt lamps are simply amazing. I know some would think I am nuts, but they are wonderful for cutting down on dust. I have 4 of them. One in my bedroom, one in the living room, one in my sewing room, and my latest purchase in a hall closet.
You read it right. The hallway coming in from my garage is well traveled by humans and dogs. I have a louver door closet for storage in the hallway. I decided to try one in the closet to see if it would help there. I will keep you posted.
My daughter got one for her bedroom. She is now convinced as well.

My Children - Love them. They went to an Alan Jackson concert this weekend together. Lindsay had planned to go for Tyler's birthday. It would be his Christmas present. I could not possibly let them go without Paul Allen as he loves Alan Jackson. Lindsay ordered four together and Tyler and Paul Allen had to open them at the same time on Christmas. Paul Allen took the girlfriend who we are all loving. They had a blast together. Made this mama very happy.

Last but not least...I am going there. - I have tried to be mum about the goings on in the country, but this weekend got me. It wasn't even the topic that got me. It was pulling up Bloglovin on my phone after church and seeing a big ad for donating money to the ACLU. The day I give money to that organization y'all can know I have lost my mind.

I immediately went to my blog and took the Bloglovin button off of my blog and redid my BLOG LIST of favorite blogs. I had some on Bloglovin that weren't on the list on my blog. Either they didn't blog often LIKE ME or I just hadn't added them. Either way, I am OVER it being put in my face. I have tried to remain neutral and keep my mouth closed, but the other side just ain't having it, but I draw the line at requesting I send money to things that go way past my core beliefs.

With that, I will get busy planning a birthday party today and finding Joy. I wish that people could all get along, but we never have.

Joyfully living,
Sandy