Monday, January 31, 2011

I apologize for my delay.  I spent last week in Virginia with my family remembering my Grandma who became an angel Saturday, January 22nd.  It was such a heart wrenching week. 

She and my Grandfather were married over 6o years, had 3 children and 5 grandchildren.  We had the most wonderful service in the town where she lived all of her married life in southeast Virgina.  With over 200 attendees we had a tearful memorial with a poem written by my Aunt's childhood friend who grew up across the street and a heartwarming speech by my Uncle.  All of the Grandchildren spoke with the exception of me.  There was NO way I could handle it.  I can't begin to be as poetic as they were that day but as I remember my Grandma the love and patience she put into everything.  Grandma was the most patient, faithful, kind hearted, and compassion person I have and will ever know.  A true southern lady full of grace and style.  Her faith and selflessness are beyond compare.  If only I can be half the women she was I will be in good shape. 

After a beautiful service in Boykins we traveled 6 hours to her home town in the mountains of southwest Virigina.  Abingdon, VA is a beautiful historic town.  Grandma still had a sizable farm just outside of town near a small Presbyterian church where were she was married.  This small chapel is where we had another grateful service and buried her ashes on a snowy Thursday morning along side her mother and father.  

Grandma's farm is sooo beautiful.  I had a peaceful bubbling brook, rolling hills, old barns, cattle, and mountains.  I could spend days taking pictures and can't want to go back this summer for a weekend camp out.  I apologize for the poor quality photos they were taken in the dark and snowy/rain.

Psalms 100 (one of Grandma's favorites)

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Chain Email

I got this from one of those crazy forwarded emails that I typically find a waste of time and energy to bother reading, unless of course it involves pictures of animals.  Anyways this one I received today is very amusing and hope you all enjoy it too.  It's aways nice to have a good chuckle on a Thursday morning.

"Every Saint Has a Past, Every Sinner Has A Future"~ ~Jan Q

1. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

2. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

3. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

4. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

5. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

6. Bad decisions make good stories.

7. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

8. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection ….again.

9. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

10. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

11. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with beer than Kay.

12. I sometimes have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

13. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

14. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

15. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

16. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

17. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.

18. The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

And on another note please today I'm trying to keep God’s plan in mind.  He has a plan for all of us and as long as we stay in his path what is meant to be will be.  Please keep my Grandma in your prayers to keep her comfortable and give her peace.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January Centerpieces

Just because it is winter doesn't mean you have to have a cold white centerpiece.  I'm a southern girl, while I do enjoy the snow and winter season I like it to last too long.  January is a fresh start and I think it's a great idea to have a pop of color and/or fresh flowers to warm up your dining room.  Adding something living always breaths new life into the air.

and you can never go wrong with dramatic candle centerpiece

Monday, January 17, 2011

Grey Monday

It's a beautiful grey Monday.  And coincidentally I've finally picked the color for the guestroom and it's blueish grey.  I love it.  When it is completed this week....and it will be this week, I will share our homes color story.  In the meantime, I'm going to finish spend my Monday off by working on some more painting, doctor visit, and some home cooking.  Enjoy my grey inspirations.

Friday, January 14, 2011

A New Day

One would think that beautiful snow, 2 days of working from home, and having some time off with the Mr. would make for an easy week.  I hasn't been too easy and don't want to use this blog as way to vent about my bad days.  So this morning I want to share 2 of my favorite things after a rough week, an uplifting scripture and pretty pic.  I hope you all have a great Friday, I know I will!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

I've freshened up the blog a bit and hopefully I will have good news and accomplishments to share after a productive weekend!

image from aurevoirparis

Thursday, January 13, 2011

This & That

I'm beginning to think that Atlanta needs to invest in some snow plows.  It's only the second week of January and the second snow of winter 2010-2011.  Crazy but Beautiful! 

If you are in the Atlanta area please take some time and enjoy the snow.  I found this quote from a friend on facebook....

"Snow in the South is wonderful. It has a kind of magic and mystery that it has nowhere else. And the reason for this is that it comes to people in the South not as the grim, unyielding tenant of Winter's keep, but as a strange and wild visitor from the secret North." - Thomas Wolfe

I don't mind being stuck at home for a couple of days working from home and hanging out with the Mr. it has been quite wonderful.   Unfortunately, I can't play in the snow with my foot + we don't have the materials for my January projects = lots of movies and Internet browsing.  I did get the motivation to organize our pantry.  I cleaned it out, reorganized, and labeled the shelves.



Mr. said I did a wonderful job and 'now when we get robbed the thieves will have no problems finding out pasta and beans'.  I don't care I feel more organize and it will be much easier to make our grocery list and that makes me that is what excites me theses days I am definitely getting old.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Snow Day!

We are officially snowed in and it is wonderful.  I only wish I could go out side and play unfortunately I still can get my foot wet or wear shoes.  Nevertheless it is beautiful and I'm enjoying a day of movies, hot cocoa, pj's, onion soup, and hanging out on the couch with the Mr. 

a perfect breakfast to start the day

Hendrix isn't a big fan of the snow.

I got time to do a little experimenting with my new camera...there is a lot to learn.


Hope everyone is safe, warm and enjoyed the beautiful snow day!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Refresh, Restart

It's already Friday and I've almost made it through my first week back at work.  I have to say I miss my naps but it is nice to get back into a routine.  Christmas is packed up and the season has almost completely disappeared from our home.  It's always sad to see it all put away but at the same time refreshing to start a new year.

We have lots of plans for the new year.  This year I'm determined not to get too far ahead of myself and taking it month by month.  Starting this month....January plans....

Finish Bookshelves
Paint Guestroom
Install Microwave
Work Trip to Philly followed my a Weekend in Philly with my man!

Wish me luck hoping to start the year with 4 for 4 this month.

Happy Weekend, hope you enjoy a relaxing bath I plan to tomorrow morning.


Monday, January 3, 2011

Photos from Christmas

Beware photo overload...keep in mind I have a lot to learn to master my new camera.  I'm looking for a good class if anyone in Atlanta has taken any good photography classes please let me know.

As you can see I convinced my brother to model for me....he is a very good sport.