Thursday, April 30, 2009

Things that make you smile

I felt industrious this week and made paw pads for the fuzzy guy.
The tulips never get any endeavor on my part yet they bloom as if I were a Master Gardener.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Town Peddler Wednesday

New angel got a front and center spot.
Mother's Day sale this weekend, begins on Thursday this year.
New dining area at the store, special food prepared by a real CHEF this weekend...more info go to I like the clocks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hey, Cupcake

Lots of varieties, our favorite was "The Elvis".

Monday, April 27, 2009

Quilt Show Today

Maxwell enjoys his flower quilt.

A book which was picked for me by my nice librarian. The story of Joanna, just prior to the Civil War, who was recaptured on her way North to freedom, and her quilt that mapped that journey. A good book for anyone who appreciates the significance of quilts in American history, or just likes quilts.

The old quilt in the background was a rescued one, mildewed and ratty, from a sale in Waltz, Mi. Altho the flowers are worn away (and the baskets) you can still see the lovely design outline and the beautiful feather stitching is still perfect. I thought it deserved a life, so here it is and it smiles for me.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It was Free!

I only wanted a typewriter stand, but the typewriter came with the deal.
It has a little metal plate on the front of it that says "Bill Palmer, The Typewriter Man" with his phone number in Toledo, Ohio. I know one thing about Mr. Palmer, he earned his money lugging things like this around, it weighs a ton, must be made of iron.

If you are laughing at my acquisition, go to ebay or etsy and check out the jewelry being made with old typewriter keys. It's anybody's guess what its future will be now that it has a new home. It may just sit somewhere and look.......pretty!

Monday, April 20, 2009

I Have People

My friend Barb is very good at finding resale treasures. And she always remembers her friends when she sees things she knows they would like. These little frames fit right in at my house. (the 60's pictures are my kids).

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jordan's graduation

I know Jordan is in this picture....I am sure....
walking in.....
with Mom.....
with Dad....
with was a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter is Not Over

This is long and is not new, but worth every minute.

GI Jor

The picture is of Jordan's GI Joe collection, now we are off to see his Turning Blue ceremony and graduation from Army Basic Training at Fort Benning. Time flies!
We are hoping for some seventy degree weather while we are there and some good southern food, and we're happy he will have some time to spend at home. See you next week.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

An unexpected surprise

A gift from friends Roger and John who live in my neighborhood. I had to look it up because I have never known about this kind of bread, it is called Lambropsomo, a traditional bread baked to mark the end of Lent. I have really nice neighbors.

Happy Easter

This is a photo made on an Easter Sunday during World War II at Arcadia Methodist Church in Paducah, Kentucky. The pastor in the picture is Warren Phillips.

Come in with me and sit on the old hard pew by the old coal stove....
Listen to the sermon and hear the prayers that they said.....
Think of those who sacrificed during these years, and keep in your heart those who this day are serving and protecting us.
Let us live, as they, humbly but creatively, loving and praying for each other.

He is Risen! Happy Easter, everyone. Love the church you attend today, and cherish the framework given us by the little primitive churches like Arcadia Methodist in Paducah, Kentucky.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Best Day of This Week Award

The best invitation of the week was from Virginia, she said come over and we will sort through some old sewing things...well, we had coffee and peach cobbler and lots of fun going through some old sewing boxes that had been passed to her. Some of the items we couldn't identify but these are some she shared with me, and the coolest thing of all, the big tin box to put them in. Thank you, thank you, Virginia.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Recipe from Lenny Taylor, Keeper of the Golden Ladle

While I was looking for a sock monkey pattern, I happened on this wonderful soup recipe. I have received permission to share it with you, it is called Willy Strange's Good Soup and this is Mr. Taylor's introduction to the recipe.

"Several years ago, our church congregation did a community service project and cleaned up an overgrown cemetary in Rockwall, Texas. The caretaker, an elderly woman, couldn't afford to pay for our services but gave us something much better. This recipe came from her. It was an instant hit with everyone who took a copy, and has continued to be a family favorite which we share with our special friends. I've decided that it's just too good to keep under wraps. So sometime when you need to make a main-dish in just 10-15 minutes, give this a try. You Won't be disappointed."


* 2 cans Campbell's Minestrone soup
* 1 can Ranch Style beans *
* 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes (Mild or hot - you choose) *
* 2 cans water
* ¼ cup catsup
* 1 lb. hamburger
* 1 small diced onion
* * Rotel and Ranch Style are brand name products of ConAgra Foods. Their web site has a search feature to help you find a retailer near you that carries these two products. It's worth your time to find them.


Sauté the diced onion in a dutch oven. Add the hamburger and brown. Drain off the excess fat. Add the remaining ingredients, heat and serve.

A 40s Easter in Arcadia

All the ladies wore corsages at Easter and we always had an Easter lily for the altar at church....and from the FLORIST, Kynda. And we were poor?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Ellie

Ellie also had a birthday on Monday, but I just now got a picture---and she got to eat at Olive Garden. The handsome man is Gordon. Love you guys.

Back to Bears

Once you have made a bear, you never get over it. This is my own pattern, made yesterday during the stinky snowy weather. Her birth verse is same as Jeff's, Phillipians 4:6, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Birthday Jeff

He looks a little puzzled, because his cake says, Happy Birthday Jef. It could be a Greek spelling, but PJ says they just ran out of green icing. We love you, Jeff.

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Into the city I'd follow....the children's band
Waving a branch of the palm tree, high in my hand...
One of His heralds, yes, I would sing....
Loudest hosannahs, Jesus is King....

Do you remember this very old hymn? If so,sing it this week.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Charlie's farm Kitchen

We watched a lot of cooking shows during spring break.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Morning Paper

A Free Press was on my porch for the first time this week. You would have thought it was the Prize Patrol!
For those of you out of the Detroit area, we now can buy a newsstand copy every day but home delivery is only Thursday, Friday and Sunday. We can go online and read the digital version and that would be okay if I could lug my big old computer out to the garden where I have my morning coffee.
Most of us don't like it at all, but things change and I hear other big city newspapers are watching to see how this works out for us.
I don't like being deprived of something I enjoy but if it would create some jobs, I would happily go along. I am afraid it is quite the opposite.
With that in mind, I will shut up and pay the bill, if only for the sake of those who are still employed by the News and Free Press, and I hope my carrier is one of them.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

PJ's New Treasure

Though this little bit of needlework is too large to fit in my purse, it would tuck nicely under my green coat. It was made in 1984 by one unknown-to-us . I bet Kelly from TCC will think it is great. It looks really good with the new paint too.

Spring Break

Walker is so happy that Rebecca and Charlie are visiting over spring break.