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~Dabbling in Decorating, Remodeling, fruit & vegetable gardening, herbs, flowering anything. Family always has reserved seating with a place set for friends and blog followers.

It's all about Faith, Family, Friends and Fabulous Flowers.








June 30, 2015

Keeping it Simple - At MY HOUSE

Fun Blog Parties You Will Not Want to Miss-

Let's Visit Before the Weekend Crowds In

Heather
 
Theresa
 
Actually we DID DO THAT- 

A Few Ways to Keep it Simple

 
TIPS BUT NO TRICKS
Things That Have Worked For Me
 
 

Housekeeping - Function - Pleasure-

 
Not everything works for everyone in different seasons of  life
Take what will work and Be kind about those you think are
Silly- Foolish- Downright Crazy
 

 

Housekeeping Made Easier Choices

[White Vinegar, Baking soda, Dawn, Lemon Juice, SOS Pads-stack of thin white wash cloths, Old white tees cut for polishing rags]

Everything Has A Story at Gramma's House #7

Another Time - Our Texas Years at The Farm

An Old Story for New Friends ...

 [ The Content Was Written Around 2000 ]
 
 
 
Keep in mind this text is all in retrospect..
None of the content is in real time-today.
Only the post scripts/update notes
It was an accidental 'find' to discover it as I had once put it on the internet & lost track of it.
 
Our Home
[1993 - 2006 ]
It was built in 1906 & replaced an earlier log house structure that burned as I understand from older family connections relaying some of the history -This property was part of a land grant way back then. When I run across our copy of that official paper I'll insert it into this post.

 


1906 Primative Dog Trot Farmhouse

June 23, 2015

Everything Has A Story at Gramma's House #6

Pop Gets the Credit

 [or blame]

 for Rescuing this Relic

 
 
This cast iron heater/stove was manufactured in Columbus Georgia 'Columbus Iron Works company' on the front-J-12-9 on the back with JOVE on both front and back and on the top 'No.12'
 
 
 
I have no idea when or where Ted's parents brought it home-
Thomasville or Jackson, Alabama,
Ted rescued it from the Harrisons' place on Walker Springs Road in Jackson, Alabama around 1978 or not long afterwards.

June 22, 2015

Monday Morning Thoughtful Thoughts ~

Oh no -  don't run off thinking this could be an inspirational devotion that might challenge us beyond our Monday Morning ability to endure..just allow a quiet moment or two and then we can all be on our way...into the fray.  [Well it does rhyme ]
 


I [almost] jumped out of bed this Monday Morning around 6:30 a.m.. Yes, it was that kind of wake up.  Sometimes I am on my feet with something akin to a 'song in my heart' and even in those
wide awake, aware times I can  fail to turn to the Lord and invite Him into my splash of happy.

June 21, 2015

Our Wedding Day- And Father's Day June 21, 1959

Waving the Dad Flag on Father's Day

[quoting David]

Personal note to LGH readers
This is a long post-but keep in mind my first and foremost intended audience is my FAMILY 
 
With that said...I am happy to share with blog followers and will continue my effort to be reasonably transparent...hoping there may be a few crumbs for an extended circle of friends at all levels...local, casual viewers, far away old friends from earlier years, faithful bloggers who 'get' what I am willing to lay out honestly here. I will always try to avoid leaving you on an emotional overload or embarrassing you with 'too much information'.
 
Please, take what you can use and be understanding and accepting of the overflow.
 ----
 
The Harrison House, est. June 21, 1959/also Father's Day.- 56 years ago today.  I could not have dreamed up the Father our four children grew up with..IT WAS A GOD THING!...


 
Steve, David, Johnny & Deanna's  Dad. 
 
 
Jonell Williams Harrison's photo.
 
 
 
 He was a God Fearing man who  embraced  responsibility whole heartedly, never backing away from it. I recall his pointing out to me how one could recognize that a church was a body of God fearing people. He accepted all the statements we claim of God's love but he never ruled out The Sovereignty of God...his all powerful right to do with us as He willed especially in regard to consequences ...disobedience.

June 16, 2015

Everything Has A Story - At Gramma's #5

 
 
Older Than Me 
 
 
 
 
Early 1900s
 Some people can really spot a BARGAIN
 
~Found on a trip from Crossett, Arkansas to Little Rock
 [1975-1978] 
 
A $20. steal of a deal
 
No kidding!
 
Apparently someone had already come to the conclusion it
was worthy of repurposing....little did they know!
 
 
 

June 09, 2015

Everything Has A Story-At Gramma's House #4

And the Stories Just Go On and On

Let's Go Visiting Now-
 
 
Now brace yourself....This was not a freebie or  being in the right place at the right time.
Indeed not! I paid good money for this jewel.
 
During our Texas years, driving from Buna, past Kirbyville to Jasper I saw this [already repurposed]
old Chifferobe [also called a Wardrobe] setting outside a gem of an antique store-
for a long, long time..perhaps several years

 It was what I call the look of BARNWOOD-
Weathered, no sign of paint left. Close examination revealed that someone had made adjustments in the 'design' to make it deeper from front to back- perhaps to use it for an entertainment center- holding a television and providing shelving.
 
My original intent was to make use of it for my line of potpourri products in the Antique store in Jasper, Texas.

I paid a whopping $100.00 for it

June 07, 2015

June's Guest Blogger from Stringtown Home ~

Thoughtful Thoughts Worthy of Sharing-

from

Guest Blogger

 Heather at Stringtown Home

 
 
 
I'm up at 2:30 AM... my eyes are droopy from the exhaustion left from my typical Saturday, filled to the brim with fun. 
 
I love a good estate sale. 
 
We stumbled upon many, one of which I'm sure the little lady was a hoarder.  I kept reminding myself, "One man's trash, Heather... one man's trash."



Perhaps it was the excitement of the day that has me unable to drift into a sleep.
If I am really honest,  it is the worry that tends to find its way into my mind
 after the house is still and quiet. 

 I begin to think about everything that needs to be done.



June 02, 2015

Everything Has A Story - #3

 The Price Was Right





Left:  Dresser base  Far Right: Free Standing Chifferobe

Center:  Another /Oak Dresser Base

*My cousin Beverley Turner-White just reminded me: 

Another name for the chifferobe was Wardrobe





The stories: The primitive oak Dresser base with Vintage/antique glass drawer handles [center photo] was retrieved from a barn on Walker Springs Road in Jackson, Alabama in the mid 1960's.  This was the Harrison family's home .

When we discovered this old piece-our Harrison family treasure,  it appeared to have been discarded for quite some time [years] in the barn and was almost completely black.  We cleaned it up, stripped it down to 'it's beginnings' - the solid wood.
During the mid sixties it was popular to finish old pieces like this with "antiquing" colors...so it soon became a wonderful slightly weathered worn green finish.
This dresser base [could have been a wash stand]. It is considered 'primitive' and I must admit something here.  The first time someone made the observation "Oh, so you like primitive' antiques...I was shall we say very uneducated  [ignorant] about antiques and was offended.  The very idea....primitive!  Now, I embrace it.
By the way, we chose French provincial hardware for the drawers.   It took a few years for us to acquire some semblance of good taste...meaning strip the color off and get back to the real natural wood finish.
Now let's move on to the two white pieces...Treasures that once belonged to my Grandma Mobley in South Georgia.  Grandma died in 1969 and I would have been ecstatic over acquiring anything that had belonged to her &/or Grandpa.  It wasn't until 2009 that this became a reality.
A first cousin once removed - Paula asked me if I would be interested in having two pieces of antique furniture that had been our Grandma Mobley's.
And of course you know what I said!  Basically, Whoopee! Ted and I were going over to south Georgia for my high school reunion and gladly drove all over "kingdom come"  [southern expression] trying to find my relatives and take this off their hands. 

 
As the men loaded the the furniture my husband warned me that the mirrors would be broken by the time we reached south Alabama..Did I care? No!  I had expected to do a little work on them, at the very least replace the hardware.  Small price! Ultimately there was No damage.

It was just as you see in the pictures...it had been painted white.  After settling in with it for a while I discovered the white did not bother me and the  hardware was  never replaced.
0riginal was great!
I am positive my grandparents never bought furniture during my growing up years in the 1940's-50's
We can safely say those two wonderful pieces are without question pre WWII- possibly closer to  1900.   Are they worth much money?  Not ~
The point is
They belonged to my Grandma Mobley
That's All

May 31, 2015

Sunday Surprise Post ~

Whether you are a cheapskate Mom or Gramma
and Proud of it-
Or a Classy Lady Who Simply
Likes to Stretch the Dollars

This is not a high dollar project-nor is it a high energy,

 labor intensive never ending job-

 Peeking Through Gramma's Pantry Door ~


The larger sizes I started this project with are all WM reproductions but the two smaller ones to the right side are at least VINTAGE... 1900's saw things like candies sold in these & maybe coffee too. My Kitchen Cannister size jars
are also fabulously VINTAGE finds that took me quite a long time to accumulate for the simple reason that the old treasures tend to be a little pricey or else I tend to be a bit CHEAP.

May 26, 2015

Everything Has A Story - At Gramma's House [Week #2]


Floor Model Record Player/ Radio

 [turn table inside the top where you see the open door]
 
It would be so easy to have both the turn table and the radio in working order- [ it is electric not battery]

 
Shame on me-I really should get that done but honestly I hardly think I would enjoy having it any more...
 
 Come Along With Me to Visit At
A Return to Loveliness

http://adelightsomelife.com/

 



May 23, 2015

May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites - Stringtown Home

Heather is expecting  us:

 


Stringtown Home

Friday Favorites



What are your plans for Monday (Memorial Day)?

What is the one thing you wish you knew how to do?

What made you smile this week?

What is on your nightstand?

What tune is stuck in your head?

 
 
 
 
#1.  Most of my family will  be at work or winding down with school activities- No Special plans here. 
But I promise you will see our U.S.A.  Flag flying from the front porch. Don'tcha love it!!!!
 
 
#2.  I wish I could SING WELL- but I cannot.
Several members of my family have amazing voices but that came from their Dad's DNA. I shall be content with enjoying theirs.
 
 

#3.  S.M.I.L.E.......The enthusiastic  ladies at the fitness center on Tuesday & Thursday mornings made me smile.  Having a sense of humor is of the utmost importance...basically being willing to laugh at our selves. We did~Now we get to do it again [laugh at ourselves] Saturday morning for the whole world to see out in the parking lot.

 


 


















 

#5.  On my night stand [table beside my bed]  There is a vintage silver teapot with dried blue hydrangeas, a stack of books- 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan and three Richard Paul Evans Novels and a wonderful  Candle given to me by 'one of the girls'..

 
 
 
 

#6. A song stuck in my head ....well that changes from time to time..I love a really sweet  praise chorus that goes like this:

"I love you Lord and I lift my voice to worship you....Oh my soul rejoice..Take joy my King in what you hear, may it be a sweet, sweet sound in your ear."

When I start singing it ...oh well it just goes on and on.

 







 

May 20, 2015

Introducing A Weekly Series - "Everything Has A Story" at the Gramma's House

Yes,  Everything Has A Story -

At Gramma's House anyway ! Call me a cheapskate or just a good shopper-Take the House Tour~ Every thing has a Story!

This is the Post for sharing some of those stories from our stops along the way in flea markets, antique or junk shops and sometimes just being in the right place at the right time or no money changed hands- many times a treasure was an outright gift from someone who knew how much it would be appreciated.

 There are times when we buy with the head [buying smart] but oftentimes it's with the heart [paying too much].  Most of my 'bragging' is about being a cheap...and paying very little for the things we think of as treasures. And yes I usually do remember the actual amount paid.

May 19, 2015

H. O. M. E.

Don't you love when your children & Grands enjoy  

COMING HOME!



 

 He went immediately to the front porch swing!

May 17, 2015

My Calendar ~ #21




I really like wonderful CALENDARS
My choice calendar each year hangs on the pantry door
and usually has lots of notes, names, dates and special occasions marked on it.
May 18, 2015
- the notation on my calendar
reads 21 months.
 
My husband thought it total foolishness to spend time visiting a cemetery where
 loved ones are buried.  His thinking was perfectly valid-

"I won't be THERE."

Understood.


May 15, 2015

Friday Favorites


Friday Favorites

Heather at Stringtownhome is the instigator of this weekend activity!

 



#1. What is happening around you right now?

You mean RIGHT NOW...as we speak ???

Okay, it's about to be school's out and time to get off work time for many people.
The atmosphere is kinda overcast, dark clouds gathering, rumbling thunder in the distance...
A promise of things [weather] to come?
Who knows..but that's allright.
I have been planted in my big rocker on the front porch HERE

For quite a while-[ a Southern phrase ]


Reading another John Grisham Book-

kinda sorta got lost in the mysterious activities of

the characters in  THE BROKER.

May 11, 2015

While We Wait ~

While we wait....for the next burst of blooms here and there let's take a peek at a few that get an early start.



Coming Soon  - Crepe Myrtle- Front Yard and in My favorite color....

YOU GUESSED IT-

 RED!