Tuesday, January 21


I always like to have a sunflower growing in my garden to remind me of my mom. 
The State Flower of Kansas!
That's where I'm from and that's where my mom lives.
The bowl you see below is the one we would put potatoes in for supper.
Just cut up, boiled potatoes. 
Most of the time, we had gravy, but sometimes we didn't.

My mom is turning 73.  She was the oldest of four kids. 
 Her dad was a plumber and her mom was a house-wife. 
My mom married young, had my sister and then me.
So, you could say, I'm from a small family.

I had a wonderful childhood. 
We didn't have new cars, go on fancy vacations or have snazzy clothes.....
but we did have lots of other things.
Like table-cloths on the table, then on the line.

We had order.  My mom kept everything in order.
Our laundry was always done and we never threw towels on the floor of the bathroom.
When I moved to Texas, I was rather shocked that some people DO throw
towels on the bathroom floor.

My mom loves calendars, birthdays, stationary, stamps, letters, and reasons to send cards.
She sometimes sends us 4? Christmas cards and writes a letter on each of them!
She loves coupons, newspaper clippings, frugal facts and address books!

The yellow pot-holder you see behind the little clothes-pin bag is a gift from my mom, to me.
If she had it 50 years ago, chances are she has it now.
She had an uncanny ability to take care of things and make them last forever.

My mom also loves house plants.  Especially this cactus plant.
She gave it to me a few years back because it was getting too heavy for her to lug in and
out of the house because of cold Kansas winters.
It got watered too much.......and is no longer with us.

My mom always had our hair fixed, cut, curled, cleaned, combed, brushed, pony-tailed.
Just for the record, not everybody knows how to put curlers in their hair.
Or anybody else's for that matter.
These little plastic space-ship rollers were used on my hair often.

My Great-Grandmother in Colorado, gave some Shamrock plants to my Granma, Granma gave
some to my mom, my mom gave some to me, and they are very happy here in Texas.
I wish mom could see how well they grow in my flower garden.

The above house is the first house I remember living in.
I contacted the lady that lives in the house now....and she graciously let us come
in and look around.
Nothing is like I remembered.
Except the long closet in the front bed-room.
That's a different blog post.........

This is my mom with my sister.
The little baby announcement is the very card my
Granma sent out to announce mom's birth.

This is the house on the *by-pass* ,
my Granny lived a few houses down
and my Granma lived a couple blocks away.
I had a wonderful child-hood.
(did I already say that?)
I grew up with gardens, swing-sets, cats, dogs, chickens, music,
sprinklers, sunflower seeds, money for bottles of pop,
trips to the city swimming pool, Avon perfume, Lake Wilson,
pretty pillowcases, firecrackers, Dairy Queen, bikes, mulberry trees, cousins,
libraries and library books, games, records, Girls Scouts and Brownies,
 doilies, and lots and lots of friends.

My mom was not a fancy cook..........but she was the *best* Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy.
We ate cherry jello, pork chops, macaroni and cheese,
 meat-potatoes-gravy-canned vegetables,
cinnamon toast, rice with cinnamon, pancakes with sugar instead of syrup,
 canned ham, glazed donuts, cans of hominy and beets,
gizzard gravy ..... but not much ice cream.
I was brought up to be early to any occasion, on time wasn't good enough.
We did dishes every night and didn't leave them in the sink.
We cleaned up everything from a camp-out before we went to bed.
My mom made lists and stuck to them.
Our cars always had gas and the salt shaker was always full.
Now, my mom is old.
I can't imagine life without a mom.
She is also now a Christian.
When she dies, she will go to heaven.

Wednesday, January 8

Sewing Room

You know how the book goes....if you give a mouse a cookie......
It happens more than you think, to real people.
I bought an old kitchen cabinet
to use in my sewing room,
so I sold the dresser that I've been using for my *stuff*,
then I had to clean the sewing room.
(this is the topic of the post btw)
With the money I made from the dresser, I bought a
Lazy Boy recliner.
Then I bought a couch to match the recliner.
I sold the couch AND love-seat so
I could get something to match the recliner
and couch.
So, we're looking at another rocker recliner.
I hope it matches the couch and recliner we do have....
so I can rest.
 So, the top picture shows a middle shelf in my newly fixed
up sewing room. 
Scissors, glue gun,
and old clothespins from my
Great Grandmother.
My sister put mint oil on them,
so they smell really good.
The little box in the clothespins
is a prescription from years ago.
I love little boxes. 

This is my button shelf.
Button! Button!
*I've* got the button!
The little silver pan holds large buttons....and spoons.
So, if you feel like stirring buttons,
you can come to my house. 

My mom used to work at
 Fuller Brush in Great Bend,
She would bring home various things from the
store for me.
She gave me enough *mop*
string one time for Olivia and I to crochet a
rug big enough for three dogs to sleep on.
The lunch boxes are all empty.
I put projects in them if I know I'm going to
be on a long road trip,
or waiting,waiting,waiting,
It's how I get things done. 

.....a box of things I will get to....
some day.....

A LONG time ago, somebody gave us
barrels.  I have kept clothes in them for the kids, which
wasn't the best way to store things because they can be mighty deep.....
Now they are flat surfaces in my little sewing room.
I still have old keepsake baby clothes in one of them.
I can never remember which one.
One has pillow stuffing in it.
I have to lift the lid on each one of them every time.
The HUGE green sack is full of t-shirts
that I get for a dime at my favorite thrift store.
I make rugs out of them.
It's really messy, so it isn't a
much looked forward to kind of craft.
The old school desk and barrel under it,
holds fabric ready to be cut up for cloth rag rugs.
It's messy, too.....so conditions have to be just
right for me to start one.
As in, I need to be able to tear or cut the fabric outside.

I keep my empty baskets and containers on top of the *new to me* kitchen cabinet.
There's more up there now than is shown.
The baskets and containers come in handy when I'm lugging things around.
Like volley-ball size rag rug balls.

Everything you see, used to be in drawers.
It is going to take a little while to get used to this vertical way
of storing things. 
Top shelf is crochet thread and hooks.
Second shelf is all of my embroidery things.
I have lots of plain towels, table-cloths and doilies waiting
to have a design embroidered on them.
I LOVE to embroider on long road trips.
I guess, short trips, too.
I finished a project the other day
driving to Pearland and back.
Then a few doo-dads.....patches, needles, elastic.
Patterns on the next shelf,
yarn type things and empty bags on the bottom.
I love the new shelf, but it sure did
cause a stir.
A good stir.

This is the top of a huge cabinet I keep old books, Varage-Sale things....
and Bunny in.
Bunny sleeps on the bottom shelf.
The purse you see is full of old hankies and the
old jewelry box has random vintage costume jewelry in it.

This is the drawer on the top of the shelf that holds the purse
that holds the hankies.

Top of mystery barrel!
This is a couple of dishpans full of old aprons.
There's one in here to fit just about anybunny.
The rug you see is one I may never get rid of.
I love the colors. 

Top of another mystery barrel!
The little dresses hanging to the left are my inspiration.
They come in handy, too.
Yesterday Hannah got soaked washing
dishes (and playing),
so now she owns the long sleeve red dress.

This is my sewing table. 
 The pretty color can is full of little scrappy
pieces of fabric.
The picture you see on the wall is my dad.
He is in his back yard leaning against
a tree, that I'm sure has a name.
I just can't remember the names. 
This is my trash can. 
I really don't like plastic trash cans from
Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store.
I can usually do better than that.
Not shown is the huge blue keeper under the table my sewing machine is on,
full of Fisher Price Little People.....
or the Christmas decorations that are in my window
all year long.....
or my music maker/radio on top of the little
Easter Egg color dresser.
I love my little sewing room and am as grateful for it
as I am my nice wash-room.
*This Old House* has it's problems,
but I love it.

Monday, November 11

What I bought one day.....

I have always been afraid to buy pineapples because we didn't have any sharp knives.  Well, now we do have sharp knives.  These were two dollars each....recently then went down to $1.50........then last week they were 99cents.  Do you buy pineapple?

When Lydia and I play Yahtzee, we need Sweetarts.  It just helps.  What games were you brought up playing?

These are effective.......and very nice to have.  Lydia got her braces off recently, but I think I will keep buying them.  It's a green and white luxury.

I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.  A Thursday morning at Kroger.  They had all of these Mrs. Meyer's cleaners marked way down.  I got all but a few.  I thought I might leave some so somebunny else could enjoy the low price.  I LOVE Mrs. Meyer's stuff........my sister got me a bottle of Radish dish washing soap.  It smells peppery.  Lovely.

I am liking empty spray bottles more and more......I have tea-tree oil/water in one, straight vinegar in one, water for ironing and sewing, rubbing alcohol in one..........and  four? other ones have home-made cleaners in them.  One dollar and you're all fixed up.

I used this cut of pasta to make the yummy Pasta Fagioli ala Olive Garden.  I love fun macaroni.  But, I don't think angel hair is fun.  I don't eat the stuff.  I also used many a box of elbow noodles when our kids were little.  Life is too short to use real spaghetti when you have six kids under the age of 14.

I had a coupon for this.  I chose the wrong stuff.  Wish I would have gotten more of the conditioner...instead of shampoo that won't rinse out of my hair.....

When we used to go a'camping with the church........it was fun to see the snacks everbunny brought to hold them over between meals.........that's how I found out about this stuff.  It's just the right mix of chocolate, nuts and cranberries.  I don't care for any other trail mix.......OR granola bars.  Try some.  You don't even have to go camping!

I'm about done trying out random packages of coffee.  I like Chock Full O'Nuts....and Folgers Black Silk.
I don't know why I buy anything else.

Our fan quit. I wrote it on my list.  Box Fan.  The very time we needed one, Wal-Mart was stocking their shelves for school.  I don't know for sure how this is a school need, but it worked for me.  I can't believe I got a purple fan.  It doesn't go with the decor in our bedroom at all.  Oh well.

3cents each.  My gardens have always been on a budget.  I find what I can to plant things in, I buy dollar store seeds, I don't use fertilizer.......only my home-made mulch.........water, sun, red ants.  Nearly free.  I SO enjoy flowers and growing things.  It's a challenge I doubt I will ever tire of.

I'm reading the one on the right........I should have stayed home........just funny stories about trips and vacations and outings.  What are you reading right now?

Monday, November 4

We parked in downtown ABQ.....
so we could walk the scenic mile to
the old downtown to shop.
Considering it was August, the weather was beautiful.
Good walking weather.
Good thing. 

Just some neat houses along the way.....

I haven't seen a water cooler for years.
I remember my Granny had one in her front room.
I would get in front of it and let
it spit water on me.
We can't have them where I live.
Everything would be dripping.
Even in July.

We shopped and shopped.
Then we ate at a place that was an old mansion.

This little shelf and magazine keeper was in a thrift store.
If I worked with wood,
I would make one just like it.

How about this?
A sun in the wind.
I love these two colors together.

This little area was one of the last places we shopped.
I bought a bar of licorice soap.
I keep it out so I can smell it.
I love black licorice.

I always like to have my picture taken in front
of a Ford Flex.

The walk home.....
yes I was tired.
But it was actually windy and cool.
In the summer.
Hard to wrap my head around that.