Jan 31, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
About 6 or 7 years ago my daughter and her husband started a Limited Edition collection for me from the National Heritage Gallery called the Cades Cove Winter Series. Each hand crafted piece is signed and numbered. I only have three pieces but I definitely want more! Of course, the first building they bought me was the John Oliver cabin. Next, they gave me the Primitive Baptist Church, where my great great grandfather was a minister. Lastly, they gave me the Blacksmith Shop which is part of the Cable Mill Community area. The next building I want to add to my collection is the Cable Grist Mill. Below are some pictures of the three buildings in my collection so far. The Appalachian heritage is rich in arts, music, folklore. There is a wonderful Native American, English, and Irish history in the Smokies. My family heritage is rich in all three. Thanks for stopping by Mimi's Garden today to see my Show & Tell Heritage post!
Pam at Gray Like Snuffie is hosting A B C's of the Word. Today's letter is "Y".
Jan 28, 2009
Jan 26, 2009
I'm not sure of the original source of this video since I got it in an e-mail (it may have been on You Tube). I would love to give credit where it is due, but I can't be sure, so we'll just have to enjoy it for what it is - proof that age is no excuse for choosing the armchair! This delightful woman is 80 years old and can dance like nobody's business. I would end up in a wheelchair if I attempted this! She masters it. Enjoy the Salsa Queen!
Jan 24, 2009
A friend sent me this cute story -i f you've ever dressed a child you'll enjoy it!
The Cowboy Boots
Have you heard about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots just didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.
He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.' She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?' like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.
No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em.' Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots onto his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your mittens?' He said, 'I stuffed 'em into the toes of my boots.'
...the teacher will be eligible for parole in three years.
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
Some of you know about the real life drama of Nate and Tricia Lawrenson. You may follow their blogs, Confessions of A CF Husband and 65 Roses For Patty Sue. I first posted about Nate and Tricia's struggle on 04/03/08 after my daughter shared their story with me. Whether you have or have not read their story before, you will be blessed by this recent news footage focused on the young family. It is a very uplifting piece about a faithful young couple who have overcome incredible odds. It just makes you want to jump up and down with glee that wonderful things DO happen! Check out their blogs and the news footage - you'll be touched and encouraged.
Here's the link to the news footage:
Pam at Gray Like Snuffie is hosting 'The A B C's of the Word'. Today's letter is "X".
Pam suggested this week we use a verse which has extra meaningful to us at this particular time in our lives since verses with x are far and few between. I had already prepared this post using
II Peter 1:4:
"exceeding great and precious promises are given to us. "
Jan 21, 2009
Jan 19, 2009
Jan 17, 2009
Ro, A Hint of Home, tagged me this week with these five simple questions:
Name five things in your purse:
wallet, reading glasses, lipstick, cell phone, notebook
Name five things in your work room:
computer, port-a-crib, twin sofa sleeper, art supplies, sewing machine
Name five things you've always wanted to do:
live on the beach, go to Italy, see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, throw a pot, create a mosaic table
Name five things you're into: painting, blogging, reading my Bible (The Message) from Genesis to Revelation, family/my grandbabies, my son's wedding
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
Jan 14, 2009
Jan 13, 2009
As a subscriber to his web site, I received an e-mail this evening from the author Max Lucado. He is seeking those willing to commit to pray for President Elect Obama during these final days before taking office and during what is sure to be difficult days during his presidency. I thought some of you might be interested in this ministry whether you voted for him or not. I can't imagine a more difficult or stressful job in the world than to be President of the United States!
Jan 12, 2009
In December my husband bought me some gorgeous new Christmas china! I was so excited to set the table with them on Christmas morning for dinner with our children and granddaughters. The dishes are white with a green holly and red berry border. I used a red tablecloth and green napkins. Then I placed small dark green velvet stockings on each napkin to slide the fork into. The red and green plaid fold at the top of the little stockings looked really cute with the tablecloth and napkins. I was thrilled to discover the identical holly border on my Christmas goblets! Also, I already had salt and pepper shakers and a cream and sugar which matched the china pattern perfectly. For a centerpiece, I used a large wooden box with a wooden handle, painted red. I placed a glass cylinder inside and inside that I placed a candle in a jeweled silver glass mosaic bowl. I still thought it looked a little plain so I encircled the glass cylinder with a thin green holly wreath. A similar holly garland wrapped its way around the handle of the red wooden box. I think pictures rarely look as pretty as the real thing and that is definitely the case in this picture. I thought the pictures I took on Christmas Day of the table were quite disappointing. The table actually did look gorgeous in red and green! The white china looked pretty with the white chairs and the linens.
Don't you just love setting a special table?!
Jan 10, 2009
As I was placing my demented friend back on her dresser perch, I spotted the once pink rose bouquet my daughter carried in her wedding. I remember well the day we found the florist. We had been to visit many florists, but none of them could perfectly match the exact rose Julie had found in a brides magazine. After being told by an aggravated florist at a previous appointment that the roses do not exist but were merely the result of an editor's clever touch ups, I was beginning to think we might have to settle. But the lovely lady immediately say, "Of course. You would like semi forced Bridal Pinks." Hallelujah, ring 'em up! The barely blush pink bridal bouquet was spectacular, wrapped in white organza to match Julie's gorgeous white organza dress.
Finally, nothing nostalgic at all! But I do love these fluffy, frilly slippers my sweet husband gave me for Christmas. I love the pink satin ribbon trim. I did need slippers so everywhere we shopped together I would point out any cute slippers I saw. The sweet man bought me THREE pairs of slippers. Every time I pointed a pair out, he bought them!
For more Pink Saturday posts visit Beverly at How Sweet The Sound! You'll be glad you did!