Saturday, February 28, 2009
You can check out other Pink Saturday participants by visiting Miss Beverly's How Sweet the Sound.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Using things we collected from our own homes, we created a tablescape featuring old linens, mismatched place settings, antique silver flatware and vintage photographs.
This place setting featured red transferware.
Green depression glass compotes were used at each place setting.
The table was covered with a lace tablecloth, and each place setting was set on top of a hand appliqued placemat.
We each brought photographs of our grandmothers to display.
Ecru fabric held in the back with an antique brooch was draped over the chairs, and the chair backs were covered with antique hand embroidered pillow cases. Some of us brought vintage hats, handbags and gloves to to sit in the chairs. After all, our grandmothers would not have been seen without their hats and gloves.
You can find more beautiful tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch. Most of these women spend hours creating their beautiful tables just for Tablescapes Thursday. I'm envious of their creativity. For my first effort, I took the easy way out and used something I had already done.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
So, here are the rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
The Osborne Fam (my niece Mandy has lots of cute pictures of my great nephew Noah)
The Kate Box (cute pictures of Emmitt Doodle and other good stuff from my niece Kate)
The Walkie Talkie (maybe this will inspire my niece J.B. to update her blog. She has lots of wonderful stories to tell)
MarMar Moments (my sister Margie)
Malvie's Musings (I know he's not a "sister" but he's a very good writer)
Bargain Hunting With Laurie (Laurie has been friends with my sister-in-law for years and years and years)
Dining With Debbie (wonderful recipes and stories from my Kappa sister Debbie)
Happy Watching (for all of you TV addicts)
Pearls of Wit (this blogger went to high school with my son. I didn't know that when I first started reading her blog, which was recommended to me by a friend. She's a very clever writer. Be sure to read the Carrie Underwood story.)
Not quite 10, but that's the best I can do for now.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Several years ago I read an article on primitive animal portraits in Southern Accent magazine. Primitive animal portraits depict the animals, pigs, cows, sheep and such, as larger than life, and their bodies are usually proportioned way too big for their legs. I decided I wanted one, but I didn't have the funds to purchase an antique, so I asked Aunt Mary if she would paint one for me. She had previously done another oil painting that hangs in my powder room. I wrote about it in another post that you can read here.
I decided that I would have her paint a black angus cow, since that's what my grandfather raised. The painting used to hang over my sofa and later over my fireplace. It now hangs over my bed. LBeau likes to make fun of it, but I think he secretly likes it. He did, however, once tell me, "No more pictures of farm animals."
Monday, February 16, 2009
I'm a little Dutchman. I drink beer.
My little belly sticks way out here.
I'm a cute little girl
With a cute little figure.
Stand back boys
'Til I get a little bigger.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
You were our first born, and we never got tired of dressing you up and showing you off. This picture was made at Mema's and Papa's house the Sunday you were baptized in Camden. I still have your little white suit hanging in my closet.
When I taught at Fayetteville High School, you called my students "The Boys and Girls." For your third birthday, they decided to throw you a surprise party. This is the invitation that they posted on the chalkboard.
Uncle Bob enjoyed taking his nephews fishing at various lakes and ponds around Camden, so your love of fishing began at an early age. Catch and release didn't apply to bass, crappie or bream, so you and Uncle Bob got to pose with your catch.
During your middle school years we lived in Texarkana. This picture was made at a party following middle school graduation.
In 1996 you graduated from the University of Arkansas, and you've gone on to bigger and better things, but it's always fun to take a trip down memory lane. Have a great day!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Pledge Class Reunion, Spring 2006
Thursday, February 12, 2009
That word "audit" just sets my teeth on edge, so naturally I opened the envelope. After all, you can't ignore an audit. So who was about to come audit me and for what?
"Receipt Verification Audit," read the heading at the top of the enclosed notification. It seems that my FREE subscription to Remodeling Magazine was about to expire, and they needed me to verify that I wanted to continue receiving this free subscription.
So I think I'll just ignore this warning. Since I began receiving their magazine without ever subscribing in the first place, I'm betting they continue sending it to me. And if they don't, I don't think I'll miss it.
This sort of reminds me of messages I've been getting lately on my answer machine.
"We've been trying to reach you, and this is your last chance to respond before your vehicle's warranty expires. To extend your vehicle's warranty, call 1-800-xxx-xxxx to speak to a representative."
We've had both of our vehicles for about 18 months, and they each have about 20,000 miles. The warranties expire at three years or 45,000 miles. At that point, the leases run out. I think I'll pass on returning that call.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Since the adults were having beef stroganoff, the kids could have stroganoff on their noodles if they wanted it. Although a few opted for the stroganoff, by the end of the night, that sauce was covered with a nice film and looked as if it had gelled into a solid mass.
Most of the kids went for the nuggets, probably because they thought they were chicken. However, I was surprised at how many wanted only noodles and a roll. In fact, one girl came back for two more servings of noodles, and a boy who chose noodles and a roll said, "They call me the Starch King."
It reminded me of taking my boys to Morrison's Cafeteria for dinner. Their usual cafeteria meal consisted of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, rolls and chocolate pie.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
While I don't remember their deaths like I do the deaths of John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Elvis Presley or the events of 9/11, these three were important to my youth as they and a few others such as Elvis and Bill Haley and the Comets were some of the first musicians I paid any attention to. Theirs were among the first records I ever bought.
Back in the day, going to the record store to buy a 45 was sort of like downloading a song on iTunes today. You could even take it into a little booth and listen to it first to make sure you liked it. And for the price of a 45, you got two songs, an "A" side and a "B" side, although the "B" side normally was not a big hit. In Camden we had two music stores, South Arkansas Music Company, owned by the Sillimans, and Bensberg's Music Store. Mother and Daddy were in bridge club with the Sillimans, so I bought most of my records at South Arkansas.
If you were lucky, you had a record changer that allowed you to stack a whole bunch of 45's on a spindle. One by one they would drop to the turntable, the arm holding the needle would settle in the grooves, and you could listen to your favorite Rock and Roll songs, scratches and all.
If you had a turntable that played both LP's (33 1/3 rpms) and 45's, you would have to use a plastic adapter for the 45's. The 45's came with a large hole in the middle, so by snapping the adapter into this hole, you could fit the 45 onto the small spindle of your LP record player.