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Sunday, December 2, 2018

Catching up

Haven't been posting much since the painting in the house and other things to be taken care of. 
Will start posting soon to my Christmas blog as I have some pictures to share of my tree and a few decorations. I put not many out this year as I just didn't feel like going through them.  I even put up the skinny tree in the living room instead of the larger tree I purchased last year.  Oh well, maybe next year I will feel like it.
A picture of Mom at the Nursing Home on her birthday.  She so enjoyed visiting with us and opening her presents.

 A story she loves to tell is of me when we lived on Church hill when I was way young and how I used to sneak out the door and run down the street to the fire station.  Mom said a fireman was always bringing me back.  I remember walking with my grandmother and looking in the windows to watch Nolde's bread being baked.  I was brought out a small loaf a few times by one of the workers wrapped to take home.  Love those memories.

 Donna brought Mom a lemon cake as that is her favorite kind..  Sister Lynn that lives in Maine sent her pretty flowers that are in her room with a balloon.  Mama loves getting flowers. She had many a flower garden and tended them daily too.

Smiling  for the camera.

Steve and I  visited Adalyn at her school where the children made pictures of pilgrims etc.. and they all sang a song about being proud and thankful for this land.

Here she is with an award and picture she held up while they all sang.
She has a great teacher and one thing I like among many is the fact that she reminds them to be mannerly and show consideration for one another.

On our way to the car we stopped and admired artwork of the students.  Adalyn made this one.  She traced  her hands for the tree and tore pieces of paper for the leaves.  I also noticed right away how she kept  the colors of her leaves separated by color as she glued them to the tree.

Now onto Thanksgiving.  Steve and I had a quiet dinner at home.  Missing from this plate is the cranberry sauce we did have also, love that stuff.   I always have to make mac n cheese and the best part about that is when it's a day or two old, add tomato sauce,   mix well and bake in the oven.  Love it this way.  At elementary school when I was a little girl,  canned tomatoes were mixed in and baked as a side dish the next day.  So good it was.
 Not all could get together in one place for Thanksgiving.  Some years are like this.  Everyone is well and safe, can't ask for more than that.   Much to be grateful for.

Finally the truck was able to get the mule out to put the lavender house in it's final place in the yard.    Would have been nice if I had taken a picture of it in the yard.  Will do that soon.

This is what it's been looking like around here.  The ugly off white is what's being painted over.  The finished color you can see beyond that is  Sherwin Williams Repose  gray, a color I am very pleased with.

My nephew Karl is moving on to the entry way.  He does a fantastic job.

Well that's it for right now.   On to getting my decorations finished.  I haven't even put the wreath on the door yet.  Worse than that, I have hardly done any shopping, only a few things.


  1. Beautiful photo of your Mum and the tree. How lovely that the house is now in place, the children will love it.

  2. Love the pink house. We also have quiet Thanksgiving.

  3. Dearest Betsy,
    So you have been around painting for the past weeks, just like us.
    Our painter did such a great job in the bathroom, after they took off all the wall paper, that I let him do some more work in our bedroom. He filled a crack above the door to the bathroom and painted that wall section. He also did the shutters that Pieter made for our French doors to the balcony and the inserts for the doors, making it look like smaller windows. The other window he did and the shutters, plus insets for the windows.
    The closet bi-folding doors and the door to the hallway. In the hallway he did more doors and also the loft staircase to the attic. It had gotten some nicks when I'd hand up the boards for Pieter to lay the wooden floor in the attic. So glad all of this got taken care of and also in our office.
    Still not caught up with deep cleaning everywhere as you get dust all over the house. But it is done and when the rain will one day stop, we will be very grateful!
    It is wonderful for having your Mom nearby. We are living now the 35th Christmas without any relatives... Except one year in 2004, our foster daughter from Indonesia stayed with us.
    Sending you hugs,

  4. Happy birthday to your mom! I know she was glad you could visit.
    The lavender house is cute!

  5. The gray paint looks very nice. Interesting name and I'm wondering what the repurpose part refers to! So nice you could enjoy her birthday with your mom. Mine will be 92 in January.

    1. oh my heavens, it's Repose Gray, I just corrected it. Thank you for mentioning that.
      So good we both have our Moms and able to celebrate their birthdays.


  6. Christmas is coming...
    beautiful photos....have a great day

  7. Happy Birthday to your Mom and love the new paint color!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!

  8. Betsy, you have been busy. Love that play house. Maybe I the girls know about it or is it a Christmas surprise? Your mom is so cute and looks like she had a good time. Don't you love how I said she is cute. Why does that seem appropriate to say about someone when they grow older? Lord, how many are saying that about me?? Your paint color is beautiful and I bet you are glad that it is getting finished. After all that I don't blame you for being tired..Merry Christmas..xxoJudy

  9. Oh my....glad you have someone to paint that spot for you. That is really high. Mine in the stairway is pretty high and I have painted it 3 times in 26 yrs. NEVER again. I will hire that done when it needs painting again. Just way to high for me these days. Your mom looks happy. Hope she enjoyed the bday. Nice...


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