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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.

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



March 03, 2015

In Time for E. A .S .T .E. R. ~

Gardening picture



Plant this NOW for Easter cuteness!


By Carrie Lamont (carrielamontMarch 3, 2015



Read more: http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/4834/#ixzz3TM9ET8Hx



The actual date of Easter varies from year to year.
In 2015, it will be April 5.

If you have time, start this project a few weeks before Easter to have plenty of time for germinating your seeds.

March 02, 2015

I Didn't Forget~

No, I did not forget the #18 mile marker but am just thinking you may be a little weary of my tracking every step along the way of this new and different life since August 18, 2013.

 
I'm trying to focus on life around me and be alert to things of interest  I can share with you.  I have not taken a month long nap and forgotten about Like Gramma's House and the readers. I'm just trying to find ways of breathing new life into this 6+ year long project I'm sharing with the world.
 
Someone reminded me in the past week that I have had many experiences and been involved with lots of interesting things...and as I look far back into all I have written I am reminded of many of those. 
 
Drop by regularly and perhaps you'll spot something to inspire, amuse or perhaps encourage you.

Looking Forward....Again~
Jonell
 
 


February 28, 2015

It's Time To Talk About LOOFAS -It's MARCH

Get those seeds in the ground in March

  'After danger of frost' has passed. 









A picture from my first gourd crop in Alabama 2007

February 27, 2015

Dyl sings for Lincoln



Our oldest Grand Daughter Dylan singing for our one and only Great Grandson Lincoln-Priceless!

February 26, 2015

Stringtown Home: That Awkward Moment, When....

Yippee, Heather's BACK ya'll

at Stringtown Home


Stringtown Home: That Awkward Moment, When.......You return to your blog after 7 months.   I almost feel like I should introduce myself, again.  I'm not gonna lie though...




How about running over there to say

 Welcome Back !!

February 23, 2015

Just Too Good & Too E A S Y

No excuse for not making this ~

 This is a healthy version of ice cream! Four ingredients. This would also make a great dessert to serve up after dinner. Share with your friends - they will love it, too!

 
[ Copied ]
 
 

February 20, 2015

I Cannot Wait [for spring] But Wait I Must~

{ This is not the weather for successful  projects that involve PAINTING }

 
 
 
A last minute insert here- I don't think I mentioned
but just assumed you would know the ANTIQUE
BED is F I N A L L Y get a paint job-No kidding-
that has been my P L A N  since 2006. I chose and
bought the paint S E V E R A L years ago...for real!
Go ahead...you can LOL
 



Well, I need a project and my Spring project has been a while coming..meaning it's been on my to do list for several years..Here's my motivation.  I'm thinking if I get it out there, admit to you all that it's as good as a commitment .  You can call me on it and hold me accountable.  Well, that sounds good don't you think. Here Goes!

For several years I have wanted to put together an all white room. The most logical is the master bedroom. My linens are already there [all white] and three pieces of furniture are a shade of white. That looks like a good beginning.The initial must do is to paint the antique iron bed and it should be relatively easy from there on.

This is not a really large room, only adequate as far as size but I think I can make it work.  What I envision is not all white...but what I call 'shades of white"..Now how soon can I get down to Lowe's and start playing with paint samples?

February 19, 2015

Family Time at SAM'S-For Real~

A scene that would thrill many school teachers- perhaps reading coaches

 
 Okay, so I don't use that Sam's card or even go browsing their  isles often enough to justify having the membership.  But just in case I want that option  I'm renewing the thing.
 

You never know what you'll run into at Sam's.

 
 

 
I am really into familiarizing myself with all the book options at Sam's
making a sharp turnaround just so I don't miss anything
and a sudden "brake for families" ~
No kidding- Possibly a Gramma  with a couple of tweens so totally
engrossed in their book finds.

 They do not even notice me until I speak
Yes, they offered to move for me..just offered but did not move.
 My response was:
Remain where you are...just allow me to take a picture?

"As you were please?"

 


It did not matter if I took ten pictures they didn't skip a line &

 were not a bit distracted by a stranger taking their picture.




So why did I continue snapping photos?

Because I could

And yes I did warn them they might end up in one of my blog posts.

Names?  I don't have their's and they don't have mine...

A slight possibility they may find Like Gramma's House.


We are not likely to ever know!


Jonell

at

Like Gramma's House


 
 

February 17, 2015

Sunrises and Mile Markers ~

Way back when I was a fulltime  Mom  January would find me seriously analyzing myself, my goals, challenges and struggling to come up with plans and changes  to become more organized...structured as a wife but especially as the Mom of four- three boys, one daughter.

Now in this season of life I realize I was more organized and focused than I thought. Why do I think that?  In this season just yesterday passing the Mile Marker #17 [months] I am still awkwardly trying to figure out what to do with my days.  Oh, never fear, at this point I am more focused and stable, less insecure.

 The Challenges Were Real

For the first year alone I was shocked by the realities of this  alone life.  The insecurity was unreal! I had to get things right. I had to have plans. I could not jump and run and without thought, doing things routinely..grab and run without thinking because I had no backup.  If I locked myself out of the house I had no one inside or with another key. Ordinary, daily things
 
*If      this   openness makes you uncomfortable by all means move along and come back to visit LGH next month. By that time Spring will be in full swing and who knows what I'll be into by that time!! We might even have fun!


 
 
The Challenges Are Still Real
 
Those early weeks and months I condensed  these concerns into a brief expression of my needs,  heart cries. It went like this:

 For My Days:  Order-Purpose-Joy

I actually cried out to God: "What do I do with my days?"
 

Early on I knew I should not  make hurried decisions...choices.  I knew I didn't want to get in the "widows" line wearing a label that was uncomfortable to me.

 I was still married.  I am still married. 

I had to learn to be alone.  I'm  still apologizing for taking a table for 4 when there is only one..just me.  How strange.  I always said I enjoyed being alone.  That was then.  This is now..My new life-a different life.

You don't have time for every step and misstep so I'll try to be merciful and do some creative editing so I don't lose you the readers.


Months ago I was  whining, almost desperately  begging: "I want my old confidence back."

In recent weeks I've found myself responding quickly, confidently. "Yes, I can do that.  You can Count me in." at the front door of 2015 headed straight for that  mile marker #24 [two years].  It seems like such a long time getting to this point but I am here and I feel I've actually made progress.
 
 
My husband's Response To that would be:
That's Good. That's Good.

 I don't feel or think that way every day...or every hour of a good day but the fact that I can say that at all, is progress.


 That's Good.
That's Good.
 
Jonell

February 14, 2015

From Winter to Valentine's to Spring ~


 

Okay folks can we move ahead into another season now? 

I know, I know it's 30+ days until the calendar reads
 
 "S P R I N G"
But let's just go with it, okay?
 
 
 We all know I live in the waay waay deep south of the U.S.A.? And we all know the grass in my yard is no shade of green this week...there's still 2014 growth that is yet to be trimmed or cut way back to politely make room for the 2015 garden show . Since we have that out in the open there's no excuse for any of you to even ask if these beautiful things are from my yard.  If you hurry right now You can find some at your local WM super store.  They will work for your house just like mine...just remove all the store packaging  before you display and they look like they just came from your back yard.
 
 

 


As "they say" -
 In the interest of full disclosure loosely translated to mean
 "let's be completely honest here"
We all know I did not grow these roses-
Not at this season in the deep south, but they certainly are
a welcome, happy addition to my environment.
I am not sure I have ever received this many roses
But then, who's counting, right?
 
I look forward to enjoying the dried form for months!
 
 
 
 
Now, about Spring 2015.... 
WE ARE READY...BRING IT ON!!