Sunday, August 5, 2018

45 Years of Marriage

45 years ago, on August 4th, Jimmy and I were married in the St Rose church where I was a primary school teacher. It has been quite the journey. It is hard to believe....45 years.
As I was thinking I would get back into blogging...I was wrong again. I ended up with two emergency surgeries the end of July and I am still recovering.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine brought up the topic of marriage vows. She said her husband would never do anything against the vows he took when they married. It seems so old fashioned now, as I don't think people even think about vows. My Jimmy has always kept his vows to God and to me. He certainly learned the part about in sickness and in health this past month. How do you thank your partner for sitting the ER and holding your hand and never leaving as you wait to find out what is really wrong with you? He was always there, right there. It is so scary to be in a hospital all alone. It does force you to come to grips with things in your life, your relationship with God, your relationships with your family and friends and your faith. In the quiet, you have to face many things. I am thankful for good doctors and very kind nurses.
So now, I am recovering. That's not easy for me  either....I am not very patient. Rest rest rest.....
Yesterday, we actually went on a little outing to get me out of the house. It felt good. I did get tired and had to rest along the way, but it was grand to just be out of the house.
So thank you dear Jimmy for taking care of me all these years. I am blessed with a good husband.
Happy Anniversary Jimmy. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

The Mary Engelbreit House

It's been so long since I have blogged. In April, my dad had some terrible falls that resulted in a 3 month ordeal for him. This included 3 hospital trips, time back and forth to rehab, moving him out of independent living to assisted living and lots of changes. A great deal of the coordination and planning fell on me. We did it and survived and it really drew our family together. As you can imagine, it was really exhausting and did not allow for anything! The end of April, I was able to sneak away for a day to the Portland Dollshow. We had only arrived when my Jimmy spotted this charming Mary Engelbreit dollhouse that someone had almost finished. She sold it to him for $35. I still can't believe it, but oh, how I love it. As I have shared many times, my sewing and crafting cottage is decorated with ME things, so this was so exciting to find. I have never had a dollhouse like this. All the work was done and it does have lights. I had to furnish part of the bedroom and most of the living room. I was so lucky to find a couch and chair for the living room done in ME fabric. I do think the kitchen is my favorite room in the whole house. I made a place for it in my large wall shelves. Thanks to my Jimmy for spotting it and buying it for me. I will treasure it always.
I keep saying that I am trying to get back to's been almost 2 years since my health issues were discovered. I had a new scare this week and am waiting for test results. It just seems to go on and on. I was always so healthy with NO problems most of my life, so this has been difficult. I am thankful for good doctors and good care. I should get some test results back on Tuesday, so we shall see. Meanwhile, I get great happiness from my doll world. Enjoy.

A look into the furnished house!

The kitchen has to be my favorite room. The first owner put so much detail into this sweet kitchen.

Everyone needs a bathroom!.

The bedroom was fun to finish. I added the dresser , the little doll and doll bed plus some smalls and accessories. I like all the pink and green in this room...a nice little change up from the ME bright primary colors.

This was the room that needed the most additions. I added the couch, chair, lamps, table, little shelf, rug and basket. I had some of the minis and ordered a few items to complete the room.

I wanted to show the outside of the cute window in the kitchen. All so cute.
So hello to all my old blogger friends...not sure you even remember me! Sending lots of love out there to you all. I do miss you.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Stephanie's Lovely Tea Cup Exchange Reveal Day!

What fun to participate in another fun tea cup exchange by my sweet friend Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose. This is # 12 and I have been blessed to participate in each and every one. They are just so much fun and a great way to meet new tea time friends.  Look at all my precious and thoughtful goodies sent to me by Carol. Carol actually lives in the Pacific NW, so we have another thing in common. She lives in the city where my daughter teaches, so someday, we may have a chance to meet!

It is so fun to get you package and open the box...anticipation!

Lots of tea and yummy cookies and a sweet fabric tea tag.

My hubby calls these things....smelly nice! The lemon wax melts are heavenly and I have the cutest burner for them How did Carol know? Plus, my hubby likes the scent of this one. Yeah.

Such a sweet variety of little fun paper goods to keep or share with others.

And the.....the tea cup! Isn't this just the most beautiful cup and saucer? WOW!!! I love roses and it's set on a black background that Carol really too.

So THANK YOU so very much dear Carol. I love it all and it has been such an encouragement to me at this difficult time. You are so sweet and you have great tea time taste! Much love to you.

Be sure to pop over to Stephanie's blog to see what other's have received and share the fun.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


Happy Mother's Day to all my family and friends...especially my blogger friends. Thank you to so many of you who have stayed in touch with me through my health issues and busy times with my family. I think of you all so often, even though I haven't always had time to spend blogging. I think bloggers are very special people and I have been blessed by so many of you. Enjoy this beautiful day. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

May Day Exchange

It's May....and well into the lovely month! I have been a bit distracted with my dad, but wanted to post some fun things going on in my ife. My Tasha Tudor group....Take Peace....had a May Day exchange. Oh what fun. I just love exchanges. The gifts are just delightful, but it's nice to personally connect with people, esp on large groups.

I was paired up with Salina. Isn't that such a pretty name? I get excited when I open up the box and find sweet goodies inside. It's so neat to see what a person chooses for you.

She put together a very special box for me and I am so thankful for it all. Joy Joy Joy!

She made a darling May Day Basket from a little parasol. Isn't that clever!

Here's the back so you can see the handle which makes it easy to hang.

Salina discovered that I am a quilter. She even took the book and had a plastic binder put on the side for easy use. I have never had a quilting journal!

Yummy new tea and sweet candies!

We like to add little dolly or teddy bear treats in our boxes too, so Miss Annabelle got some goodies too.

A new wind chime for my garden too. Thanks you soooo much Salina!

Happy May to all!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

My Dad

A week ago, we were sitting in the hospital, waiting to have my dad transported to a rehab center. He took some really bad falls in his independent apartment and found himself hurt and in such bad shape, we had to rush him to the hospital, via an ambulance. It was really scary. This is my brother John, trying to make dad laugh.

Here we are getting him settled in his next home for awhile. He will be in rehab for 2-3 weeks. Hopefully, he will gain enough strength to be able to go into an assisted living apartment back at his retirement home community.  My sweet hubby Jimmy has been such a help...what a blessing he is to me and to my family.

Dad is at the Marquis at Mill Park. It's a beautiful facility and the staff is great.

My brother John and my his wife Ginger....I don't know how we would have gotten through everything without them.

So, we are waiting and praying now. I'm not sure what's ahead. We have good days and bad days. I just feel bad for my sweet dad. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tea Time Tuesday....#176 Tea Linens

I love vintage linens, especially tea time napkins. I have been collecting them since I was a new bride. I always went to the room with the linens at the estate sales first and spent the most time there.
I often found little linen tea time napkins pinned together for 25 cents a dozen. I still have many that I found almost 45 years ago!

I decided to share a small sample of my little treasures today on my Tasha Tudor Take Peace site.
We share tea related things and stories on Tuesdays.

I have been doing a bit of spring cleaning and was sorting through my drawer of tea linens. They just make me smile.  I didn't have time for tea today...busy day. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Quilt Show... Bed Turning

My friend Nancy's quilt guild put on a wonderful quilt show last week. One of my favorite things at local quilt shows is the "bed turning"! The ladies from the Latimer Quilt Museum love to bring vintage quilts for show and tell. I always just enjoy them so much and I also learn a great deal about quilting in our country. They put about a dozen quilts on a bed and then one by one, they show them and give you any history they might have on the quilt or the type of quilt. Enjoy the quilts...I think I was able to get a photo of most of them.