Thank you for visiting. 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.

~ about Faith, Family, Friends and of course Flowers

August 31, 2015

It's The Little Things- by Heather Graham

Monday Morning Coffee with Heather

I know you can't wait to mark things off your week's 'to do list'but let's just put on the brakes, pick up your fav coffee mug or pretty cup & hang on to your 'reserved seat' while my Blogger friend Heather at   gets her re-fill and Gramma at settles in for her 1 1/2 cups of medium brew with cream of course and we'll see 'What's She Thinking'..[Heather]

August 27, 2015


Can we start with freshly ground Coffee Beans?
How About Half/Half Creamer
(choose your FLAVOR)

Hot Tea Works for Me
I tend to prefer Coffee in the Morning
and Hot Tea in the afternoon or evening-
Don't ask me why!

August 24, 2015

Time for Change-Again~

Real World-

August is still very much


Summertime scene in Italy taken and shared by Kaylee Jones and Meredith Grammly  2015

Blog World-


Online Blogger Home Tours- Spring-Summertime Setting

August is GET READY-

Time for Change

(Fall D├ęcor- Seasonal Tablescapes-Theme displays)

 Looking Forward -

August 2015
(but not for much longer)

August 23, 2015

Thoughtful Thoughts - Jonell

Isaiah 33:6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.

Even on the most unsettling day, when it seems that our world has been turned upside down and shaken, there is (can be) a place of stability.

When it seems there is no where steady or certain where we can stand, His Word assures us that the Lord himself is that sure and steady place.
If it seems there is nothing to depend on in your life, nothing faithful or trustworthy, the Lord knows where you are and wherever that is he offers himself as a foundation on which you can rebuild.

Try to wrap your mind around the depths of His love, mercy, and grace in your life and then stand back in awe and amazement at who He really is, in your life, on this day and begin to open up that treasure

We might call that one of those gifts that keep on giving.

August 19, 2015

Drought Tolerant Plants

Just a few examples to whet your appetite


August 18, 2015

Tough Truths ~ Mine Are Different From Yours

August  18, 2013

His last major project for me

Comments/in A Widow's Might, faith, finally healing, purpose in brokeness /by Katie -

My soul, oh Lord, is still! It’s still with real awareness that You made me for more than this mess. Than the mess of …. (uncertainties) of weariness and restlessness.

My soul is still, oh Lord, because I’m making my mess of a life matter.

No, Lord, it’s not me. YOU ARE making my mess meaningful! -

August 16, 2015

Who Am I? - Heather

 Remember my last post at LGH-

  about how Good Life is....

Today's post may feel a bit redundant, perhaps because it is what God is working out in my own life, but I am back to talk about how good life is.

You see, I don't necessarily think that life is only going well for me.

I think life is going well for the majority of the people who are in my social class (middle class... perhaps even middle to low and above)

in  A m e r i c a.

The atrocities  happening in the world around us are pure evil....
I recently read that approximately one baby is aborted every two seconds.

Pure. evil.

Christians are imprisoned and killed daily for their faith.
A religious war is being waged against families who have chosen to follow Jesus.
I don't know how you feel about those statistics.  We could debate these issues for days.

That's not even what I am here to talk about.

I am so thankful, (by the Grace and Hand of God) I am removed from those things.

I did nothing to deserve my birthright.  He knit me together in my mother's womb.

He placed me there out of providence.....

Who am I?

As I checked things off of my "To Do List" this morning, I became overwhelmed
with everything I have on my plate.
How do I get in these situations?
Why do I bite off more than I can chew?

Once again, I am reminded mamas in the bush of Africa would give anything
 just to be able to feed their children. 

 Selling a house, getting their classroom ready for the school year, and dealing
with chores are issues that have not been bestowed on them.
They were created by the same God who made me.
They are loved unconditionally by the same Jehovah Jireh.

Who am I.....

That I would complain about a busy schedule.

Who am I?...

That I would fuss over a messy house.

Who. am. I?

I am so very thankful- He has blessed me beyond measure....
 it is nothing that I have done. 

 To HIM be the glory!

 ((I heard a song recently that says, "I'm drinking from my saucer, cause my cup has overflowed..."))

Well, y'all.... I'm definitely drinking from my saucer, and I didn't do anything

 to deserve this sweet life I've been given....

((Hugs and blessings!))


Stringtown Home

August 10, 2015

Now THIS is a Shield!

 Thoughtful Thoughts


But you o Lord are a shield about me, my glory and the one who lifts my head. I was crying to the Lord with my voice, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Psalm 3:3-4

I like to break scripture down word by word sometimes. I usually end up coming away from that with a much clearer picture of what the scripture is really saying, sometimes a completely different point than what I'd always thought. I'm not a Bible scholar, I don't know Hebrew or Greek – I just use a Strong's Concordance with Greek/Hebrew references. Usually I use the online version at (in case you want to check up on me or dig in yourself). I also use Packer & Tenney Illustrated Manners & Customs of the Bible for some background information. I chose that particular reference for one very important reason – it was the only book of that type on my bookshelf and over the years I've grown comfortable with it.

August 05, 2015

FALL DECORATING Does Not Have to Break the Budget~



Tips- Hints- Ideas- Reminders

To Be Kind to Your Budget

"Use Whatcha Got Ladies"

And Still Indulge Your Passion for Seasonal & Theme Decorating

This Bridal Wreath is DONE
It must be cut down and dug up
Replaced with another
Bridal Wreath
Fall is the absolute BEST SEASON for fabulous decorating
and without Devouring  the BUDGET

August 03, 2015

Good Morning Lord- It's Me!

Thoughtful Thoughts for Monday Morning

I am A W A K E
Thank YOU

My feet touch the's soft & clean 
Priority:  Clean Teeth- Thank You I have MY OWN
For HAIR to brush-Some people don't have much left and adjusting to a NEW look

Routine:  One Rx-What a blessing I don't have a handful of medicines to take

July 29, 2015

Everything Has a Story #11

Another Story -


Once Upon A Time


 Once upon a time...about the summer of 1993 I had a small 'collection' of old Calendars all in great condition. I call it a collection because it was more than 3 and actually all together was a basket full of old calendars.  While they didn't qualify as antique by any means they could be tagged with very, very genuine VINTAGE.

July 26, 2015

Thoughtful Thoughts from Guest Blogger Cindy Conner



Don't you just love sunflowers? When I think about sunflowers I think of two things. My motherinlove who loved sunflowers and Fall.

I came across a devotional written by Julia Bettencourt on sunflowers and thought it so appropriate for today as I wanted to share my sunflowers with you.
Here's a few lessons we can learn from the sunflower. 

July 21, 2015

Everything Has A Story #10

There was a time when families gathered in the same room around the same table for meals. This was our custom during these years still...1975 - 1982 with three teenagers and the youngest not far behind.

I never protected the beautiful finish with a pad and we used the table daily...the entire family of six ate at the table for regular meals..Breakfast, lunch and Dinner and homework was done around this table. Imagine the conversations, disagreements, problems created, discussed, and settled here.

July 19, 2015

Zinnias & Life... Guest Post by Heather at Stringtownhome

Thoughtful Thoughts

Zinnias & Life...

Life is good.... extremely busy, but good.

I  feel  like I am spending more of life on the road, than anywhere else.

July 14, 2015

Everything Has A Story #9

This One Is Short & Sweet

The  20th Century Handcrafted Medicine Cabinet

is Primitive Style

and Antique STYLE

It Is Not An Antique


 but built from reclaimed wood that might be that old.

Did you spot the old LIFEBUOY SOAP?
It's truly a survivor to last so long in the original packaging.

July 13, 2015

Don't Throw That Away!


Thoughtful Thoughts


Therefore, do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what was promised.
                                                                                                                                 Hebrews 10:35-36

July 08, 2015

Pinterest Inspired Bedroom Makeover ~

   - Part One-  

Learning - Changes - Keepers - Discoveries
Shades - of - White

 Warning: This is my longest post ever-

Solution: Read in parts, like chapters.  Take a break and come back to it.

Yes, that sounds like a good idea.



Let's Call It Makeover #1

Sign Up at Gramma's House

July 07, 2015

Everything Has A Story -#8

Does Anyone  Remember What This is?

Well, yes that is it's purpose at the moment in my house.

While it serves the purpose of an unusual DOOR STOP
in my house it was not intended or used for that purpose
during pre WWII

July 06, 2015

- Introducing Two Guest Writers - One A Daughter-Both Friends

Monday Morning Thoughtful Thoughts

 Heather Fillyaw-Graham
Deanna Harrison-Glass

I am aiming  for 3 Mondays each month-featuring Heather & Deanna with 'yours truly' thrown in for filler until we can cover perhaps 4 Thoughtful Thoughts posts each month-

-It  is  a  work   in  progress-

As the Gramma on my blog my morning routine takes me, yellow Coffee Mug  in hand, to our deck with Nature Surround Sound. Soon I amble over  &  snoop around.
Heather may be having a party!

First Things First~


Thoughtful Thoughts


[In the interest of full disclosure:  I am not a Bible scholar nor do I have anything framed and hanging on my wall to suggest that.]
Matthew 6: 33 KJV
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.