Just a quick note to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and to remind all to remember the real reason for the season!! I’m wishing all of you a very blessed 2017 and hope to hear from you through my blog in the coming year!!! Blessings to all and on this joyous day, and throughout the coming year, may your life be filled with good luck and prosperity.
I wanted to share with you the gift that my younger brother made me for Christmas all by himself.
I’m so proud of it that it’ll probably be displayed all year!
My husband always asked me around Thanksgiving what I want for Christmas or he’ll ask our daughter to find out what I want for Christmas, my birthday, anniversary! He won’t forget but he hates figure out what to give me on his own. I think a lot of men are like this! It’s just too hard to listen or use their imagination or worse than that, they’re afraid we won’t like it. I love ALL gifts I receive, I promise, but especially if it’s handmade or took a little thought about what I’m about!!
I November 2014 I was asked the question once again. I was ready!!! I told him I wanted a new bookshelf beside my “spot” in the living room to replace the cheapy I bought from WalMart which was falling apart and I’d only had it about a year. Pressed wood sucks!!! Or, I would like for him to make me a new spice rack for my kitchen and I wanted them made from barnwood or any kind of lumber taken from the farm.
Well, I didn’t get them for Christmas but since then he has made them both and just in time for our anniversary which was in February! Both are made from boards lumbered from the farm. He did such a great job!! Here they are:
While he was working so hard on my wishes he also made our daughter a gift for her new house and made out of wormy chestnut sawed on the farm by her great uncle Holl.
He is so very clever and had no pattern to go by, just my explanation of what I wanted.
Now I have to decide what I want for 2015!!
This says it all!!! I love you Victoria!!!!
She handmade it for me for Mother’s Day!!!
My beautiful daughter knows me so well and knows that in May I’m thinking about my flower gardens and what to hang on the porches, in the gazebo, in my antique wheelbarrow and anywhere else that I can find a hole to put some spring color!! The last couple years it’s red and purple and blue and white. Here’s what she came up with and presented to me for Mother’s Day 2015:
I’m trying to catch up on a lot of posts that I wanted to do and just now finding some time to do it.
On Mother’s Day my children and granddaughter presented me with some awesome gifts.
My son, Shawn, handmade me some new bluebird houses and the best part is he made them with his own hands. Those are my most favorite gifts!! It means they took the time to think about what I like and gathered it for me!
I painted them and hubby hung them for me. The purple martens are using them first but I think next spring the bluebirds will take possession. Eddie hung them all around the garden and in one of the small apple trees and the birds are loving them. My next post will show what my daughter presented me.
Thank you Shawn Edward!!
I work at Virginia Tech and have met some truly wonderful people and made lots of new friends since coming here in April of 2011. There are some truly lovely young ladies that work in my office and I think we’ve become good friends. One is from Oklahoma, one is from Greece, one is from Turkey and one is from Illinois. Today I would like to tell you about the one from Greece. She is/was a graduate student and has just defended for her PHD. She is vibrant, cute as a button, and very lively. She will be leaving us soon and I’m going to miss her very much but will miss her Mom too! Her Mom has come over from Greece on two occasions since I’ve been here and you will never meet a more humble, attractive and sweet lady. She believes that have been her daughter’s second mother and knows how much I love her. On this trip she presented me with this beautiful orchid which now adorns my west kitchen window. I hope that I can keep it alive for a very long time in my very cold area since it’s a tropical plant.
Her daughter brought her mom and two other friends to the farm on Mother’s Day for lunch and a much awaited visit. I had been trying to get them to the farm since I met her daughter. We had a wonderful visit, big lunch in which her mother bought some “to-die-for” cheese pastries and we took a short hike around the farm to meet the babies and enjoy the gorgeous day! Ladies, I will miss you both when “my funny face” graduates this week!! I hope you know that you are always welcome at the farm!
My kitchen has every kind of knife you could possibly ever need or use and a lot of them are handmade by my husbands Uncle Holl. The knives stay sharp but most of them are larger knives so I have to buy smaller paring knives. I usually buy them online at LEM’s and they are a very good quality knife. Here are some photos of the knives that Uncle Holl made:
We have two knives that a friend of ours made and the handle is made from a deer antler and the jaw bone of a black bear. The paring knife fits my hand perfectly and the one from the bear jar will be place in the living room on an easel for everyone to see.
Just goes to show you can re-purpose almost anything.
I have been a fan of iced tea for as long as I can remember and drink it all year long. Not until a couple years ago did I become a hot tea drinker. My son introduced me to hot green teas a while back and I like it almost as much but only in the winter months. Last summer I found an ad in one of my monthly magazines for Fusion Teas and what really drew my eyes to it was the metabolism boosts some of them gave. I sent off for a couple samples and now I’m hooked.
The website is http://www.FusionTeas.com and I order from them about every two months. The selection is huge and you can buy sample packets, 3 oz. packs, 6 oz. packs and 16 oz. packs. The Yerba teas are the ones that boost the metabolism but they also have black tea, white tea, green tea, oolong tea, hibiscus and several other types.
My first order included the Pineapple Paradise, Acai Berry Blend, Carrot Cake, and Cinnamon Roll. Others that I’ve bought and love are Papaya Ginger, Chocolate Fusion, Sensha Supreme, Raspberry Sunset, Pumpkin Spice and Passion Fruit. Pumpkin Spice is to die for!!!
They carry a wonderful assortment of teaware and gift boxes. I hope you go out and try some and enjoy it as much as I do.
Have you ever heard of “Candy Crate”? For the past several years I have been gifting some members of my family with gifts from this company.
Hubby, son, son-in-law and granddaughter can’t wait to break into the boxes when we open gifts during Christmas. The boxes are filled with old time candies and treats such as these:
I also order my daughter a 10-12 pack of teaberry gum because the others won’t share. Next year their Candy Crate box may hold a large lump of coal. The crates come in year priority such as 1940, 1930, 1950, 1960, and so on. My personal favorite is 1950!
Thought we all might need a little whimsy in our posts today. Enjoy! Try Candy Crate online.