Thursday, July 28, 2011

Oh My! So ReTrO!

Tucked away on a bottom shelf 
in the very back of the flea market booth
 in an old cardboard box .....

was this beautifully ViNtAgE and ReTrO

Mid-Century Melamine Melmac Oneida Deluxe Dinnerware Set!!

for a delightfully low price!

Reminds me of the Flower Party 
I had for my 12 year-old birthday party back in 1968.
(Everyone had to dress like a flower, and I dressed as a Daisy:) 
These dishes would have been perfect!

It IS true that 
One man's trash is another man's treasure :)

Have a LoVeLy day,

P.S.  This treasure will be in my new ViNtAgE shop in a few days
    along with some more delightful "finds"!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Oh, for Heaven's Sake ....Not . Another . Dog . !

Well, Dear Reader,  
The furthermost thing from my mind when I left home today was a new dog ....
so ... how . did . this . happen . ?... arrgghh!  

I was minding my own business when I walked into Chapman's Thrift Mall.
But right there in the entrance were a small crowd of people, a mama dachshund, and three puppies.
They were GIVING the puppies away.
This one chose me, and, well, 
need I say more?

Once Puppy and I were in the car and on our way to Hatchechubbee (after a quick detour to PetSmart to get the Royal Canin food he had been eating), Husband called.  The puppy was whining and husband heard ...
Is that a dog?
Where are you?
In the car.
Dead Silence ... then
You didn't get another dog, did you?
Well, yes, you see, they had these puppies at Chapman's ....
The lady said if it didn't work out I could bring him back to her.

do you think it's going to work out?

Have a lovely day!

P.s. Looks like his name is going to be Buster Brown ....but you can call him Buster:)

Saturday, July 23, 2011


Dear Reader,
      Your Pie is a pizza place based on the Subway concept of making pizza to order as you watch.
They specialize in FrEsH ingredients, 
and they make it easy for those with gluten and dairy allergies.   

Each pizza is 10 inches (a good personal size)

Your first choice is the hand-tossed dough...
 whole wheat

Next you choose your homemade sauce ....
Traditional Marinara
 Fresh Basil Pesto 
Sun-dried Tomato Basil 
Zesty BBQ
 Our Hot Sauce
 Ranchy Marinara (dairy)
Roasted Garlic Olive Oil
 Spicy Thai

Next you choose an all-natural cheese ....
(Shredded or Fresh or Low-Fat) 
Soy Cheese

Then, on to the FrEsH toppings ....
... of which there are too many to list ...

And the Premium toppings ...
a variety of meats in addition to 
pine nuts, green apples, sun-dried tomatoes, 
artchoke hearts,anchovies, and roasted red pepper
(They star the ones that contain gluten)

This is what I ordered:

Whole wheat dough, 
a mixture of the Sun-dried Tomato Basil & Roasted Garlic olive Oil sauces
Fresh Mozzarella & Feta cheese
Fresh spinach, mushrooms, basil, oregano, & tomatoes
 and ... only $6.95!

Hubby ordered the same dough and sauce:

with Fresh Mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, oregano,
and the Premium Topping ($1 extra for these)
His was also Dee-LISH 
and cost only $7.95!!

oh,  Husband also purchased a Stella Artois draft beer (which was also very good) to go with his pizza

Husband is doing a build-out for a YOUR PIE Pizza
in Columbus, GA so we went to visit this one in Roswell, GA to check it out:)
I can not wait  until it opens in September!!

Have a lovely day!
P.S.  I know it has been awhile, but I have been busy setting up a new Etsy Shoppe (This one is Vintage)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

This Little Puggle Came to Visit....

Dear Reader,
This little puggle named Chloe came to visit ....
(A Puggle is half Pug, half poodle (Oops!  Beagle) .. or so they tell me:)

She came for an overnight visit with her country cousins. 
(She herself is a city dog.)
So, of course, we all had to go for a good ol' country walk, but... first, Bud must inspect this odd little cousin attached to a red strap:)

...And the odd little country cousin must acclimate herself

to her new surroundings:) ...

O.K....I think we're ready ....

And off we go!

Oh, my, the things these country cousins will do!
Not I, says the Puggle.

Ahhh...home is in sight!

Plumb tuckered out ....
Night night, Cuz ...

Have a lovely day, My Friends,
and try to stay cool!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

To Be or Not to Be .......

Dear Reader,

Just about every morning I sit outside sipping on a large cup of fresh-brewed coffee ...
slowly waking up as I absorb the world around me.  

Sometimes I talk to God and read my morning devotions ... 

Sometimes I marvel anew at God's creation

Many times I ask Him to order my day as he sees fit
and to help me to keep my eyes on Him ... 

but sometimes I just sit :)

Sometimes it's good to "just be" ...

Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sheer CrEaTiViTy! !

Oops!, Dear Reader, I left out an important character trait of the men (and women) who built this country (probably one of the MoSt important) that Hubby exhibited in "the bushhog feat" of my previous post.....

sheer CrEaTiViTy!!!

as he pondered how his 55-year-old self could get that big ol' heavy bushhog up off of the ground with only his wimpy 55-yr-old wife to help...(Actually, I doubt seriously that I really entered into the equation as he figured this out:-)

Have a lovely day!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Men like this .....

Dear Reader,

As I watched my husband walk around the bushhog this morning 
(for you city folk, this is a large, heavy, metal attachment for a tractor that is used to bushhog, or cut, rough pasture land) 
that has  been lying in the same spot for quite a while under the pine trees surrounding our country home ....
..... as I watched him poke and prod that large piece of machinery with shovel in hand ....
.... as I watched him gather several bricks, 1/2 cement block, two 8-ft 4x4 pieces of lumber, and a long-handled axe ....
.... as I watched him grunt and groan in his sheer determination to lift that bushhog up off the ground and lean it against the pine tree under which it sat, I realized ....
Men like this built our country .....
Men (and women) like this, who used the talents, ...

clear thinking
physical strength
.... the strengths God gave them, and just did what had to be done!

When the bushhog was finally leaning upright against the tree, Husband wiped the sweat off his brow, looked at me with a grin, and said, 

Where there's a will, there's a way ... :)

Happy Independence Day, My Friends, and Happy Birthday, America!


P.S.  Just for the record, Husband couldn't have done it, without Wife standing by to slide the bricks & cement block under the bushhog as he pried it up off the ground little by little .. :)
Thank you, Lord, that it didn't fall on him or our dogs ...

P.S. (again) In case you are wondering why it was so important to pick this bushhog up ....Husband wanted to sharpen the blades so that he could bushhog the overgrown meandering "walking paths" he has created through the pine forest around our pond ...


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Inspired by my mother.....

Dear Reader,

These quirky ladies were inspired by my mother who lives in the Land of Pittsview.

     I gave my mother and her bridge club ladies each a print of this painting, and, according to Mama, the first lady to arrive for that day's bridge game, decided who was who!  Mama, according to Ms. Teddy, is the one with the purple feather and shoes because she is the second shortest:)

Mama and 3 of her old friends have begun meeting for lunch the last Tuesday of every month.  Two of the ladies have macular degeneration (gradually going blind) and one can't walk without a walker, but they have the best time!  Mama makes the rounds picking them all up (or at least 2 of them), and off they go to the restaurant of their choice for that month!:)
Different group of ladies.... Mama may still be the one with the purple feather...although I would choose the little lady in the pink pillbox hat for her:)

Have a lovely day!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Playing Catch-Up ... A Recipe and a Loss

Dear Reader,
I can hardly believe I have been "away" from the blogging world for almost 2 months!
I have been busy

....working....baking....growing things...watering...organizing....spending more time with family....painting....creating notecards from my paintings....napping....walking....trying to grow in my walk with my entourage (not sure I spelled that correctly) of Parading Chicks to the Saturday morning market in downtown Columbus, GA....

but didn't realize I had been "away" quite this long.

On a sad note,
those of you who have been "visiting" my blog for a while may remember

Harry is no longer with us....
He was run over by a speeding car on the country back road on which we live.
Hubby found him .
Knowing Harry, he was probably completely absorbed in some strange small bug
or smell that he found in the middle of the road and never saw what hit him.
We had him for 6 years.
He is buried in the pine forest behind our home
with Bear, Blue, Sir Francis, Kate One, and Hamp...

 Our other dogs (Sapp, Kate Two, Bud, and Maggie)
 acted sad for several days after he if they knew.

We all miss him very much...

Hmm...I didn't intend to "talk" about Harry when I started this post. 
I had every intention of giving you a wonderful recipe I found in Better Homes and Gardens magazine for fancy baked beans ...I took it to a family gathering at my sister's home ... It was quite a hit:)
Not sure how I deviated to Harry.....

Oh's the recipe ....
might be just the thing to go with your Fourth of July Barbeque!


Serves a crowd.

1 (15-oz) can green lima beans
1 (15-oz) can large lima beans (or butter beans)
1 (15-oz) can black beans
1 (15-oz) can red beans
1 (15-oz) can great northern beans
1 (28-oz) can pork and beans
½ lb. bacon (cut into 1-inch pieces)
2 medium onions(chopped) (I used one large)
¾ cup brn sugar (I only used about ½ cup)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry mustard
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup vinegar
½ cup ketchup

Fry bacon pieces.  Just as bacon begins to crisp, add the onions and fry together.  Then add all the other ingredients (except for the beans) and simmer for about 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, drain the cans of beans, reserving the liquid, and put them in a large casserole dish.

Pour the frying pan mixture over the beans and mix thoroughly. 
Add enough of the reserved liquid to barely cover the beans

and bake uncovered at 325 degrees for 1 ½  hours,
checking periodically and adding more liquid as needed to keep the beans from drying out.


Have a lovely day!

P.S.  It's good to be "back"....I'll be visiting all my blog friends over the next few days:)
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