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~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 of course Flowers

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.

 I no doubt found them all in the same place but I do not recall  exactly but based on the date I will venture to say they came from southeast Texas during 1985-1993.

 An interesting aside about these is that they were calendars belonging to someone who worked as a beautician or did this kind of work maybe in her home.  Now it's easy to figure out this because the owner/user of the calendars made notes each day [in pencil] regarding the weather, temperature, etc. and HAIR APPOINTMENTS...noting that Maude was scheduled for a perm on Wednesday at 1p.m...
Each calendar was filled with this and beauty shop appointments. Some of these were especially interesting to me because the calendar year coincided with the birth year of one of my children or other loved ones.

Remember, there was a COLLECTION-

a BASKET FULL of the calendars.

When we were in transition moving into the farmhouse at one point during much chaos I asked my husband to 'take note' of that basket of old calendars and to BE SURE those are NOT DISCARDED.
I AM NOT SAYING that he was not listening to me. ..only that he didn't hear what I meant for him to hear.  The basket full of VINTAGE CALENDARS disappeared. 

One of Two Survivors

A 1965 St Joseph Light & Power Company Calendar


I have two that had escaped the basket...thus missed extinction.
This paper treasure [to me] survived and hangs in my den primarily for one reason

It's My Mama's birth year 1912

August 2, 1912

1912 Inter-state Dale's [Shell] Service
South Bend, Indiana

So There Is Your Story

p.s. I have had a few visitors ask cautiously why I have a 1912 calendar displayed

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'm  feeling  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.