Monday, October 16, 2017

Stitching Update

I have had these pieces at this point for a full week. Maybe today will be the day I complete them.

One needs a bow and the other needs a decision.

I have mostly stitched on a pair of hunting dogs for my son this week. I decided I might need to make sure I had those done and then I will get back to my Christmas stitching. He requested the dogs. I stitched him this set back when he was in middle school for his bedroom. I think it may have been the last thing I stitched until I retired a few years back. He didn't want to take the other set from his bedroom downstairs, but wanted a new set. He wants his bedroom here to remain the same forever. I did change out the bedspread in his room since his old one was pretty disgusting. He approved that change. I have to say even my daughter hasn't liked the changes in her old room either. Yikes!

I got a new sewing table last Thursday. I had my sewing machine that I bought right before I retired sitting on top of my mom's old sewing machine cabinet. She had my sewing machine from college sitting on her desk. She had actually given my old machine to my daughter when she moved down here saying she wouldn't be sewing.

That all changed as she continually lost weight and basically is skin on bones. She doesn't like to buy petites so she buys regulars and hems all of it. She decided she wanted her old machine back so that meant I needed a table for my machine.

I found this one at Target online. It is absolutely perfect for a little less than a $100. and free shipping. It was extremely easy to put together too.

I hope to try and finish the Christmas pieces this week. I would rather stitch than finish. I can procrastinate for sure on that.

Gus keeps me company in the sewing room. He also seems to like to pull the ribbon out of the basket on the bottom right of the cabinet. I had to find a new for it.

I have explained to him that he has plenty of toys to chew on.

Hoping for a productive week. We will see😊

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Things I Love About Fall and All About Resting

Before I start my list of things I love about fall, I thought I would share a bit of my week.

Mother has been gone on a trip this week and due back tonight. I wasn't sure what I would do with my week, but sometimes the week takes care of you. That was more of the case with this one. I really didn't have a list of things I wanted to go and do, but more a list of things I needed to do around the house. The problem was I have felt sluggish all week.

The sluggish feeling probably is due to two things. One is I do run run run all the time. I am not sure how you get off the treadmill sometimes. Some of it my own doing and some others doing it to me. The second reason is having Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am exceedingly better after my journey back to health, but I do experience fatigue when I have gone too much.

Therefore the week was one where I fought that fatigue until Thursday when I just had to give up and lay around all day. I did nothing important to speak of except put together a sewing table which I will share next week in a post.

Thursday night before I went to bed, I popped over to my friend Leslie Anne's blog to read her column for the newspaper titled, "He makes me lie down in green pastures." I think that is just what this week was all about ---

    Instead of a long list of doing things I don't get time to do with family pressures, I had one of the family members gone and in my mind that meant making the most of the extra time, but I had to lie down in green pastures and just rest. God saw to it that I did by making me just a bit too tired to do anything else.

Either way Leslie Anne's story hit me right where it should and I just rested yesterday as well.

Now, onto the good stuff. Blogging friend Mrs. T from Across My Kitchen Table posted Five Things I Love About Fall last evening. I decided I would do so too.

Things I Love About Fall

#1... I love the cooler weather, which for us has not happened yet. I love it when you can get outside and work in the yard and stroll through the neighborhood. Just time outside makes you feel good. I am READY for it.

#2... I love the colors of fall. The color palette is one of the prettiest period. I don't see much of it my locale, so I have to create it which is fine too. I love going to Auburn in the fall to see a bit of it there.
This picture is of our cabin last year in November. Some friends stayed there the week of Thanksgiving and posted this picture on Instagram.

#3... I love scarves. Even though it is more of late fall and winter item of apparel, I still love seeing them everywhere.

#4... I love college football. Well, maybe just Auburn football.

#5... Last not least, I love the cotton fields seen in our neck of the woods. The prettiest to me are on the way to Brewton where I grew up. Santa Rosa County Florida has some of the prettiest farm land to me. Our cotton is not nearly as tall as the cotton a little further north, but it is still a sight to behold. IT is one of my favorites of any scenes in nature.

You may have noticed I didn't mention anything apple or pumpkins spiced. I love the look of pumpkins and the taste of apples, but all those spiced drinks make me gag. Yep, not a fan.

How about y'all... what are your favorite things about fall?

Have a great weekend everyone,

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Weekend Wrap-up

Lindsay and I left late Friday afternoon for the Auburn game. We had a mother / daughter outing as all the guys stayed home. We decided to go even with being unsure about what Nate would do. I had put up everything on the back of the house and with the early game start of 11:00, we felt we could make it home if things weren't faring well for our neck of the woods.

We arrived at our cabin basically in time to go to bed, but that was fine. I had no dogs and really no one to see about. I slept wonderfully as I think she did too. We got up on Saturday morning and headed into Auburn to eat breakfast at Byron's which has an amazing breakfast. It seemed everyone had the same idea, but we managed to get in and eat in time for the game.

It was really a fun trip with my girl. Lots of girl talking. This is the last home game until November so definitely glad we went. We only went through 2 rainstorms on the way home and beat any wind, so all good.

I am married to the most wonderful man. He took my mom out to eat and then to the beach on Friday evening. I know she was on cloud 9. They watched the sunset and saw a baby sea turtle.

Mother is gone with my aunt on one of her bus trips. This is good for her and I have to admit me too. It gives me a little break this week to do some things just for me.

I managed to finish my first Nutcracker that I plan to make into ornaments.

Took it with my iPhone tonight so sorry for the shadow.

Gus is 4 months old today and I realized this is the only picture I made of him today. He and Lemony were playing in the bedroom while I was getting dressed this morning for church. Surprisingly, Lemony looked at the camera. She is usually camera shy. And yes, those are shorts the Gus dragged out of the laundry basket. 

Fortunately, Nate stayed far enough west of us that we got mostly rain and no big winds. 
Our dock is extra high and the only one not covered up in the bayou. I can't remember why Jeff had it built that high, but it works for stormy weather. We always pull the boat out even if there is only a slight chance of it coming to us. No chances taken.

It did come up on the grass about 3 feet in. Thankful that it moved quickly and didn't come here. I never can wish them on anyone else, but I always pray for them to be mild and dissapate.


Friday, October 6, 2017


Did everyone enjoy that harvest moon last night? It was a bit cloudy here in the late evening, but it was huge. I tried to take a picture, but of course, I am horrible at it.

Jeff and I drove out to the beach yesterday evening to walk after supper. I didn't even notice it until we were leaving. I took the picture after we got back on our deck. It was so big and the picture does NOT capture that. I love this time of year.

I have been busy trying to work a bit outside in the mornings as afternoons since it is a tad cooler. I got the garage looking a bit more presentable this week. There is still stuff to do, but at least I am not embarrassed when people come over.

Lindsay and I are headed out this evening and tomorrow for the game. Good friends of ours are using the other two tickets. The men in my life all have a golf game.

We are driving back Saturday after the game for two reasons. One is I hate to be away from my little kiddos at church for two weeks in a row and the other is the storm that is headed into the Gulf.

At one time the path was right over us. It has now moved west so that we would be on the edge. Of course, that edge is the worst side of a storm, so I am watching it closely for how far it moves in our direction. I can't wish it on anyone, so I am PRAYING it dissipates.

I hopefully will back next week with a bit more to share. I have just been on the run lately. Mama heads out on another of her bus trips early Sunday morning. She and another of her sisters are going and should get out of here before the weather arrives. I want them on the other side of rain while traveling the Interstates in a bus.

I ended up stitching on my little Nutcracker mostly this week and one other project. I should finish the Nutcracker this weekend. I am excited to see how these turn out in ornament form.

Have a great weekend everyone,

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Soup Time

I am sharing a recipe that I have promised for quite awhile. I love making soups, and it is about to be soup time. This one was made in the heat of August for the first time. I have made it several more times since.

I found it on this website...

I was looking for spinach soups, but more tomato based. However this one caught my eye, so I gave it a whirl. I am writing the directions and ingredients for it below, because I changed it up with the sausage. If you want to see lots of pictures and directions pop over to the link.

Sausage, Potato, and Spinach Soup

1 tbsp olive oil
1 pound Jimmy Dean hot sausage (the above recipe called for Italian soup)
1 tbsp McCormick's California Style garlic salt (if you have never used this is a must have for your kitchen)
1 onion diced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste
5 cups chicken broth
1 pound potatoes diced
3 cups of baby spinach
1/4 cup heavy cream

Brown sausage in olive oil. Crumble sausage as it cooks.
Stir in spices and onions and cook until onions are transparent.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir in chicken broth and bring to a boil.
Add potatoes and cook until tender.
Stir in spinach until it wilts.
Stir in heavy cream until it is heated through.

It is very tasty and quite easy to do, so it is very easily a night meal. It would be hearty with a salad and bread.

I worked in my garage today. It was the first day I have ventured outside to work. The true awful heat is gone I think?!

I changed out my table to more of an October table.

I added a little more Halloween stuff which is little since I don't have kids or grandkids. I have a couple of Jack-o-lantern votives in the living room. That is the extent of my Halloween stuff.

I have been stitching, but nothing big to show right now. I am rotating each day with something new until something screams at me, "Finish Now!"

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Week Wrap-up

I have no clue where last week went. It had wings on it for sure.

Mother was sickly at the beginning of the week. We ended up going to the doctor, but that really didn't accomplish anything. She has had trouble with her sinuses for awhile, but that is usual for her in the spring and fall. I think the thing that got her was our visit to the neurologist last week.  It is a long story and I will spare you the details, but she got her worked up and stress got her so much that her blood pressure was all out of whack. A visit to the doctor was mostly to calm her down. That was really my first 2 and half days of this past week.

She was much better at the end of the week, or I would never have gone to the Auburn game this weekend. My son was on call to make sure he checked on her regularly. She came over this evening to eat. I am always trying to get her to eat more. She is skin on bones.

Onto other things...I took a little while Thursday afternoon to order my sewing room and line up my stitching project bags. I have 12 things all bagged up. I will rotate until something really grabs me and has me stay on it until finishing.

I did stitch on a Nutcracker on the ride to Auburn because I am doing it on Aida cloth and can see it without a magnifier. I am planning to do some ornaments for my son.

Jeff and I met up with our really good friends who have moved away:( We had a nice visit with them on Saturday before the game. For the game this weekend, Jeff and I went and my daughter and son-in-law. It was a great game with a solid victory over Mississippi State.

I am so excited about the cooler temperatures this week. It will time to get my yard in order. It is finally less than 90's for the high. Yippie!!!

I leave you with some snapshots of the doggies and try to blog a bit more this week.


Sunday, September 24, 2017

A Random Post

Last weekend, Mother and I went to Auburn for the game. Just the two of us. We just rested Friday evening and took our time Saturday morning preparing to leave the cabin for Auburn. We strolled around town for a little while to get me a new orange shirt. Then we tailgated with our picnic lunch. The game didn't start until 3:30 so we had a very slow and leisurely day. Those are real good sometimes. It was a bit hot, but tolerable in the shade.

Tuesday, I met Arlene, my wonderful blogging friend from north Alabama. This is our second year meeting in Pensacola for lunch. She comes each September for a week in Gulf Shores, so Pensacola is our midpoint location to meet. Arlene and I both have a love of cross stitching. Of course, she brought me goodies. She is sweet like that. We have swapped cross stitching patterns for some time now. I had been away from stitching for a very long time when my kids reached middle school and then teaching, so when I retired she taught me about all the new things out there. I have wanted one of the pie tarts for such a long time. I can't wait to stitch this.

In fact, this afternoon I plan to head into my sewing room and get all my want to do projects lined up and ready to start some new stitching.

I went back to Pensacola on Wednesday to take my mom and my aunt for a doctor's appointment and some lunch out. My aunt came to stay with her for about three days this week. She enjoyed that, but has been sickly with her sinuses since Friday.

I went to the farm yesterday. Two of the cows have had calves. They are quite cute. These are Lowline cows, so one of the babies is smaller than Lemony. Gus was shocked to see them and just spent most of his time barking. I have to watch Lemony because she wants to play with them. She ran under the fence one day before I knew what she was up to.

I spent yesterday afternoon trying to do some yard work. I did the back and must tackle the front this week.

That is my life this past week. Throw in some laundry, cleaning, and cooking and you have Sandy's life in a nutshell.

Not a bad gig,

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Welcome Fall

I have been ready for this day for quite a while. WELCOME Autumn. Let's get this last day of summer over.

There are not really any cooler temperatures to go with it, so I have to make the season begin. I put out my fall decor this week and decided it would make me feel festive. Mindset. I am actually hoping that October and November will be pleasant months with a little cool in the mornings and evenings so I can get outside.

I am sharing the fall decor some new (mostly cross stitching pieces) and some old. You will recognize them if you have been here awhile. Gus has decided where some things go because he is beginning to notice things to get into😊

The entry table is something that has all old stuff.

My bunny just inside the door has his orange ribbon and is guarding Gus's toy.

My desk in the pool table room has some old items on it.

The dining room buffet needs a little work. I wanted to place my pumpkins that I love in the family room. Gus had other ideas though. I placed them on the coffee table and came back into the room and all three were sitting precariously near the edge of the table. He loved the little metal leaves and stems. I quickly moved them in the dining room where they look a little plain. I will see what I can do one day.

I had planned to do something for the table, but I haven't done it yet. So plain Jane it is .

Onto the family room where I put out some new pillow covers. The doggie pillow was a gift for my birthday from the kids.

Those pumpkins would have been so cute on the table. Little bunny has had to be moved as well.

Now for a few new things. I made a couple of places on the bookcases for my new cross stitched pieces.

I added a few fall flowers and a pumpkin to the bookcase as well.

I took all my photos in the early morning, so sorry for the poor lighting.

Onto the kitchen with another of the fall smalls I stitched.

I changed out the table linens and added my Toomer's Corner Collection candlesticks. Football fans in the south will know what Toomer's Corner is even if you don't know much about Auburn. Crazy man got his name in the headlines for being an idiot. 

I have some fall candles in the guest bathroom, but forgot those. Oh well, I think I have kept you long enough.

I am hoping to get some yard work done today. Hoping...

WE will see where the day takes me after my hair appointment this morning.

Just happy for fall,

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Trip Around the Sun

I redid the bow on the fall piece of acorns. My photo does it no justice, but the silver ribbon idea was a winner. I think this could even flow into Christmas.

I started thinking about putting fall out today in the house. I had quite a few interruptions and did not finish, so I will save sharing that for next week. I learned something about doing the fall pieces into pillows. They are harder to decorate with than flat things that I can frame or put on an easel. I have worked on incorporating them into vignettes today. I have several cute ideas, but finding a location for them has been tricky. Right now my little vignettes are sitting in my dining room on the table while I try to dream up a place to put them. All of which may run into next week, since I am going to be doing a football weekend.

I was doing well at not buying anything until today. I have no need of anything new as I have more than I even want to pull out and shared with my daughter last year. Oh, but I dropped into Target today and the dollar area had the absolute cutest little pumpkins in the subtle colors, so I bought three of them.

I worked outside today on my flower beds and potted flowers. I have to say my flowers look the worst they have ever looked at the end of the summer. I still need to spend some more time to get all nice again. Next week I need to devote a day to yard work.

Then, I dressed up and went to eat lunch with my hubby. It is my birthday today. We celebrated as a family this past weekend. Paul Allen has class tonight and Tyler would have had difficulty getting here from his job.

57 - that is what I am. There are ages where you notice the changes in your body. Now, I have had silver hair forever. That runs in my family. At 55, I noticed the wrinkles started really showing. I refuse to view birthdays as anything other than positive. I am glad to have made it for another trip around the sun - wrinkles, white hair, and curled fingers are just part of it.

I hate sharing photos of myself, but today for my birthday I took a picture to note 57.

I will be back next week to maybe show some fall decor.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Blackberry Crumble Recipe

I am sharing a quick and pretty easy dessert today. Dessert and really more. I came across the recipe for blackberry crumble on one of the blogs in my sidebar.

Heirloomed Collection shared the recipe here.

It looked simple, so I made it a couple of weeks ago. It was tasty, easy, and had oats. Jeff and I both have loved it. He eats his at night with ice cream. I eat my for breakfast warmed up.

I made it twice with blackberries. The other night I had peaches and decided to try it with peaches. Both are great. I would probably give the nod to blackberries.

It will be a good one to keep on hand for next summer when those fruits are in season.

You can go to Heirloomed Collection's  site to see her detailed pictures and recipe.

Without further talk...

Blackberry Crumble

Fruit Layer

4 cups blackberries
4 tablespoons sugar

Mix the fruit and sugar together in a bowl and place in the bottom of a baking dish.

Oatmeal Crumble 

2 cups oats (I used gluten free of course.)
1 cup of cold butter
1 cup of light brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

*I made it with a full teaspoon of cinnamon the first two times. The third time I made it I used 1/2 teaspoon and liked a bit better. Just me:)

Use a pastry blender to cut up butter and mix with dry ingredients. After doing this awhile, I then used my hands to get it all mixed well.

Layer this on top of the fruit.

Bake approximately 45 minutes on 350 or until golden brown.

Here are a few pictures of the progress.

This was not four cups of peaches as I was short, but craving the crumble, so I went with it.

I am about to go have a small dish of some right now.