"...it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all..."~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Sunday, July 27, 2014

collections & vignettes..........

.......collections & vignettes......seems collections are ever changing




at my house........collect items for years,  then sell them and start a new collection......here are a few items I am enjoying........

Thursday, July 24, 2014

now you know..........

........I get a lot of questions and comments about my husband and I watching our 5 grandchildren everyday........this started 12 years ago when the first was born.....now there are 5....their ages are: 12, 9, 7, 5, and 4........I worked for 25 years outside the home, until the grands came, now I "work" taking care of them, while their parents work.......yes it is hard & stressful at times.....when they were babies, sick, potty training, there was a child in diapers around here for 11 years.....pick-up from pre-school..... anyway......I do it because I know they will be well cared for, always a pillow, blanket, bed....never hungry, they want it, I made it.........if needed, I took them to the doctor, because mom's can't always leave work......farm animals, tractor & gator rides........trips to the park.....riding bikes...or just watching, Dora, Paw Patrol, Sophia, & Olivia......and the important hugs, kisses, and rocking in the recliner.......yes, I do it for them and their parents.....not for glory or praise.....and, you see, I need them as much or more then they need me........so now, when the last little one tells me "bye Grandma" with a hug and kiss......the door closes and then there is silence.......my kitchen is clean, nothing on the stove.......toys are in their totes.......dollies in the cradle.......bikes & basketballs in the garage.......a lonely tractor on the porch..........my quiet spot on the sofa....quiet.......no laughter, smiles, silliness, or fighting & crying........no "Grandma"...."Papaw".......we have a lite supper, watch the news, take a walk........do whatever needs done before the next "work" day......you know, sometimes when we are young, we long for the days when those kids grow up and we have all that free time.....well it will be here before you know it, then what!!!! ..... even with caring for our grands on a daily basis...we still  have time to take an occasional trip if we want, go out to eat, see a movie....or whatever we choose......wow, I didn't mean to write a book.....but, I feel strongly about this......you see, I am a first generation American, so I never had the opportunity to meet my extended family.......no cousins, aunts, uncles, Grandma or Papaw.........when other children talked about going to Grandma's house, I always wondered what that was like...especially at Christmas....so I want to make Grandma and Papaw's house special for my grands....and, I realize it isn't always possible to be around your grands due to distance, jobs etc......but, since I can, I will....gladly......now you know..........
 flowers pick for me by Lily (age 4)...........
 toys at the ready...........
 dollies waiting to be played with...........
 one lonely tractor...........
 no cooking........
 quiet spot....this is where Addison (age5) naps when she is here..........
this is more like it !!! Papaw made the kids a tire swing...........

Thursday, July 3, 2014

......fair ribbons...........

......first of all, sorry about being away, it is a busy time of year with all my grandchildren here.......but, we are getting close to fair season, which made me think of antique fair ribbons......I have only 3, but that seems like a good start to a new collection.......


till next time.........Linda

Thursday, May 15, 2014

....mellowing in the golden years.........

....my husband has always let me buy antique smalls, such as, quilts, crocks, graniteware, advertisement signs, old benches, antique clothing...... anything A-Z....and we do have some antique furniture....but he use to draw the line on antique painted furniture or anything that looked like it came from the barn....he grew up with oak from his grandma and that is what he liked....which is fine, I love the oak pieces I have from his family......but, I love primitive furniture....I recently purchased this antique blue cabinet and he was ok with it...what??? he liked it??? !!!!! I think he is finally mellowing out in his retirement....and I am glad...we love to go to auctions, when we can and he even encourages yard sales.....what is next??? 

 I love old dishes that are crazed, stained and chipped..........
 I fell in love with these vintage strawberries..........
 ...old tins & chickens..........
till next time......smiles, Linda

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

....tomatoes.......

...........gotten love faux flowers, fruits and veggies that look real........smiles Linda


Sunday, May 11, 2014

love...........

......first of all, sorry I haven't been posting much, been busy in the yard.........one of my all time favorite things to do !!!!!!!!!!!  but, I did not want to miss today, Mother's Day, a post about my mom........I could probably write a book about mom, but I will share the things that are special to me and bring back some wonderful memories......let me start out by saying she always put her family first, always.......she was an awesome cook,   home made meals, 3 times a day.....junk food not allowed......when the weather permitted and she had the kitchen window open, we would be outside helping dad in the yard, she would call us, "time to eat"........when we came home from school, a snack  was always waiting and hugs from mom........holidays, meant even more home made goodies, served at the dining room table........another talent...my mom the artist and "nest builder".....not only could she paint, she could sew, crochet, knit, quilt, cross stitch, embroider....she would take a scrap of wood, sketch a bird or landscape, sometimes wood burn it and then paint it.....she could knit and crochet at the age of 5, yes I said 5 !!!!! she always made our clothes, knitted sweaters, crocheted blankets, made doll clothes, made all the kids a quilt and then some, knitted socks....she could knit and crochet without a pattern.......mom the nest builder...our home was ALWAYS, clean (that German blood I think), she made her own curtains, pillows, bed covers, painted the house......outside she loved to garden.......she loved to plant flowers, parsley and dill (to use in cooking), geraniums, zinnia's and marigolds were some of her favorite's....she would bring cut flowers in whenever she could to place on the kitchen table...no vase, just a drinking glass........she would wash windows & wash the porches....funny at how washing the porches would stick out in my mind, but it was always so fresh with the porch clean, lawn chairs out and geraniums around the porch !!!  Sunday's meant, after a big lunch, the Sunday drive, omg, I loved that !!!! road trips meant, coffee in the thermos and snacks in the car........we didn't take a lot of vacations, but always managed one big on in the summer.....historical stops were always on the list, camping, hikes in the mountains, whatever & whenever it was always fun!!  pictures were always taken, many made into slides, which I have today...and once in awhile we have a slide show for the grands........now I will say.....mom (and dad) were strict, which I will admit got harder as we got older...but, we knew better than to rebel, and of course when I got older and had kids of my own (well, maybe it didn't take that long, lol), but, I was so glad they raised us to have respect, the importance of an education, hard work,  manners, know right from wrong and to love.........so mom, I wish you could hear me....I love you and miss you..........
 ..here are my 2 favorite pictures of my mom, beautiful inside and out........

Monday, April 21, 2014

Antique Sheep Pull Toy.........

.........I have this sheep currently listed on ebay, if anyone is interested........my seller name is rememberwhenfarm