Thank you for visiting Like Gramma's House. It is a HOMEMADE BLOG
Porch scenes & other photos are mine/ our home. I often stage it for you-Grab a chair. Let's visit.

~Dabbling in Decorating, Remodeling, fruit & vegetable gardening, herbs, flowering anything. Family always has reserved seating with a place set for friends and blog followers. My silver fox and I adore each other, we thrive in the outdoors, God's creation and nothing brings us joy like seeing our children, their spouses and the Grands walking through that front door. It's all about Faith, Family, Friends and Fabulous Flowers.

My bio in a nutshell:
1. Born a twin in rural south Georgia
2. Cinderella high school years
3. Married to my Prince Charming [ 6-21-59 ]
4. Mother of three sons & one daughter who honor us by the lives they & their spouses live. We have 9 Grands and our first Great Grandson born September 6, 2013

~ As the years pass we were reminded that God's mercy endures forever - God Blessed us with an amazing 54 years, 57 days and 22 1/2 hours [6-21-59 /5 p.m -8-18-2013 - 10:30 p.m.]

I Now Look Forward to Another Chapter-Life Will Be Different But Still Good.

April 23, 2014

A First For Me ~

Springtime - Easter Weekend-  Asheville, North Carolina

Top Row Center would me me taking in the incredible sights-

This is indeed a first for me. I am almost positive I have never crossed over/or stopped in the state of North Carolina.  The only possible time I might have [but cannot remember] would have been in 1959, driving south to Alabama [ from Virginia Beach Virginia ] after Ted had finished his four year U.S. Navy obligation.  In that case I think I can be forgiven for not remembering since 55 years have passed since that early milestone in our lives.

Top Left:  The Alabama Bunch- Loretta,John & Reagan with Gramma/that would be Me- Church Easter Sunday
Top Right: Susan & Brian our Asheville hosts and part of what I call my extended family
Bottom Left: Sisters -Susan, Mary Kay & Loretta
[ Ooops whatever happened to the Grammas? ]

Last Day Last outing before heading south  The Billy Graham Training Center The Cove/The Chapel here
A leisure go at your own pace tour soaking in Creation and the wonderful Chapel- a short drive from Asheville, N.C.

Inside the Chapel Mrs K enjoys a comfortable pew with great view while others casually make mental notes and take a few photos . Reagan & his Dad were drawn to the pulpit area & made a sweet memory standing in the pulpit, sitting in the "big chairs " and just taking it all in with the huge
window as a background.  The K Sisters could not resist trying out the Baby Grand thinking of all the notable,  memorable musicians who had played in that special place.
Bottom left: While Mrs. K relaxed the rest of us climbed the steep stairway to the PRAYER ROOM- Yes, of course we circled with our volunteer guide and prayed before leaving.

My little group

Yes, It is obvious they are ALL TALLER than Me...even the youngest Grandson

It's time to head south to Alabama & we are leaving with memories of special loved ones, so much fun, stories, tooooo much food !   A sincere heartfelt thank you to our hosts, Sue and Brian  -Such ah-mazing hospitality !  Wishing those who left earlier could have been there too!  [Missing: Don & Trish and  Karla & Greg ]


April 17, 2014


Since I don't expect to be posting tomorrow April 18th I'll leave a note before Good Friday-

Another Mile Marker-#8- What a breathtakingly beautiful Spring morning..the wind just a soft whisper of a breeze but greeted outside by one major unnamed bird that was intent upon getting the attention of the entire world..nothing gentle or timid about the voice of that small feathered creature...he seemed to be calling all of Creation to awake, take note and join in his celebration of the new, fresh, growing Spring scene all around me.

Don't you just love it when all the new green is at least for a while so tender and clean...temporarily free of pollen!!

If my senses will remain focused upon all this then another Mile Marker [ 8 months ] will pass without becoming instead a "Stumbling Block."  With the road ahead showing the 6 lane options I must concentrate on the simple two lane highway ahead.

                           E A S T E R is a time like no other we celebrate..

                                            Yes, without any doubt HE IS RISEN.
                                                    HE IS RISEN INDEED!

I will have to learn to select, plant, prune, root and nurture these on my own

 Looking Forward  - Anyway!

April 14, 2014

Let's Pray:

My wake up early morning thoughts: "Lord thank you for a comfortable home that wraps me in precious memories and even though I am no longer met in the kitchen with a big bear hug from my Silver Fox I am wrapped securely in your arms. [Continue] to help me soak in creation around us as My Love did I believe every day. 

Your handiwork was never wasted on him. He 'got it'. 

No matter what my 'feelings' say to me I have been among all women Blessed..oh so blessed! Keep pointing the way and giving me the heart to see and follow one day at the time! [ make that moment by moment ] Amen."

April 12, 2014

Time For A Front Porch Re-Do ?

the Harrison House- A Fall View as many things are fading-thank heavens for the Peanut Tree that begins to fill the space with yellow, delicate, abundant blooms beginning the first of October
mmmm I could see that on my deck with the butterfly bushes [trees] in the background

 This is the Grand Version of our Harrison House


I am tagging this front porch "Temptation" because it definitely is tempting me to consider a  redo of my front porch


Ahhhhh,  Could this be duplicated on my deck

 So many ideas for sprucing up and making color changes now as Spring is upon us.  It appears I will need at least one more house to be able to use the incredible porch features  tempting me now- mmm paint, sand paper, plants, flowers-Garden centers here I come!



April 08, 2014

Copied - Shared - Soaking In



[ Shared from a fb post by Ann Voscamp ] 


Hey Soul? Deep breath. Whisper it:
I don't have to perform for Him today.

 I am sung over today. 

*He performs His love for me.* 

I am delighted in. 

I am rejoiced over.

 I am loved on. 

Today, I'm listening everywhere for His love song over me.

[ copied from a fb post by Ann Voscamp ]



"The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
*He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing*."
~ Zephaniah 3:17



Ahhhhhhhh, Be Still ~

Soak it all in.

April 06, 2014

- Bridal Wreath, Dogwood, Irises and Wisteria

Spring has to be here for real when I begin to see Bridal Wreath, Camellias,  Dogwood, Irises and Wisteria in bloom.  



Whatever is blooming at this time - 


April 02, 2014

It's That Time Again - Spring Reveal Re-Run

A Great Project is Worth A Second Showing

Just a reminder- This was the last major Labor of Love  from my Silver Fox-It had been on "our" to do list for several years and I always knew it would get done.  He started work on it soon after we got the Cancer diagnosis -A while after it was completed I noticed something red hanging from one end..a small red metal wind chime.  He liked them and so did I.  Then in Sprng of 2013 I spotted a new Double Knockout Rose Bush planted not far from one corner of the structure.  He didn't mention it but I knew what he was doing...he knew it wouldn't be much longer and he was leaving that for me.[ he quietly planted several new one that same day]

I will add another of the same [dbl KO] Rose Bush next to it in a few days.  We both enjoyed Roses but especially these Double Knockout because they have such a long blooming season and are so carefree.

I knew something was up when I noticed the tools and new boards

Of course I helped...One always needs a Supervisor

It was really a Collaboration

Notice anything in one of these semi finished shots that is different from the finished arbor? At first we went with the 3 high boards to back the bench- "I tried it out" and quickly determined that 3 boards high was a bit too much- uncomfortable.  Didn't I tell you I contributed to this project?

We chose to leave the structure unpainted and allow it to change naturally with time

My own idea - it generally covers the grass and is a natural material

This looks like the last rose bush he set in place must have been  April 2013

My Silver Fox
The Wisteria is still in bloom so this would be a March/April photo

March 24, 2014

Just Showing Off ~ For My Weekend Readers

What's So Special About A Stove?
This Okeefe & Merritt Gas Range
and It's Yesteryear Appliance Cousins
Were Designed and Built to Last
-And Last They Have!

Source: The Harrison House  Personal restoration
Photo taken [in the shop] where Ted worked for months sprucing it up

Source:  The Harrison House  Personal Restoration

Not ours but yes I think ours shows well stacked alongside this unique treasure too!

March 22, 2014

A Saturday Offering- For Weekend Readers Only~

What's It Worth?
{Shared Only With Saturday Readers, of Course}

A Roadside Flea Market find from North Arkansas in the post 1975 era-After paying a whopping $20 then moved  from Crossett, Arkansas  to Montgomery,Alabama, Orange, Texas, Buna,Texas then Newton Texas and finally South Alabama   & F I N A L L Y restored for a mere  $50. in Troy, Alabama. I understand one of our children now has permanent claim to it


These wonderful scales were a part of The Old Barn  inventory in Newton, Tx. and don't even try to get me to name a price or swap anything for them.Not!

March 21, 2014

Friend Friday ~

Have you noticed how casually  we use the tag Friend

So many around us we call Friend.

I heard someone repeat a conversation with a mutual acquaintance in which the third party referred to me as a good friend.  Strangely enough I cannot even recall when I last had any sight, sound or contact with this person...either close enough to wave a greeting, a written note, phone call and certainly not an in person pause to visit.  Needless to say I was surprised to be called this person's friend even though it is someone whom I admire personally.
This inspires me to  ponder the question: Who are my friends?  Who's friend am I? What qualifies or removes one from that invisible 'friend list'?
Not all those whom I call friend are here in the same town..or down the street or across town in another neighborhood.  Some are miles and miles away..not having seen for months or even years but I still know and cherish them as  friends.  I would so love to have a face to face visit...a few hours or a few days and that might happen...or might not.  Still I count them on my "list of dear friends."
Our paths have crossed for a time then have taken a different  turn and direction in life.
Some of these lovely special people were work friends, club friends..others shopping & coffee break friends or community activity contacts. I have  My Arkansas friends,  Texas Friends, My Newton Girls & Newton neighbors.
 Some of us were drawn together by personal interests or business choices like the whacky, crazy, wonderful and wonderfully creative bunch of ladies in Southeast Texas. [ Shirley & Brenda & Hattie ].  Being surrounded by such gifted talented people gave me the nudge, the inspiration, the confidence to stretch I began to see the things I did were perhaps worthy of note after all. We shared hard work, so much fun,  unique challenges and some painful experiences -the ties that bind, always!
Then there were others connected by our faith, the churches where we chose to serve. In the beginning it was our Faith that bound the end it is the time we were together & still our Faith that is the bond.  Still others came into our lives because of the job taken, the house bought. Some I identify as being from the Kentucky years, the Arkansas era or the Texas years.
I think I must add this friend category I shall choose to call the Unique Friendship  On this list I may have only one  and that would be the first friend I found as a young   newlywed and then young Mother when my Sweetheart and I moved back to his hometown after he was out of the U.S. Navy.  As we relocated in Clarke County, Alabama this amazing young Christian woman sought me out to be my friend.  Over all these 'soon to be 55 years'  we have continued to connect and reconnect but often with years and years in between and I promise you every single reconnect visit it is just like we have only been apart for months.  We truly pick up like time has stood still.  How can that be? 

 I do know my friend Reba is still there on that Real Friend List and I could never count the times I tell and retell the stories of our friendship.  She sought me out to be my friend.  There has been that mutual bond of Faith  and we have never required much of each other.
There's no need to count or evaluate really..just recognize the joy our friendship has been to each of us and count it a blessing for sure! Taking stock as we are prone to look back over the years - Faith, Family and Friends  that's a constant.