Thursday, December 12, 2013


My mother bought this Santa in 1957 from the Coca Cola Company. She let me have him quite a few years ago.
He hangs out with these guys every year at this time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

High Chair

With our first 3 children, we used a hand-me-down Jenny Lind high chair.Through the years, it had to be painted several times. After the 3rd child outgrew it, I gave it away or maybe I gave it back to my sister-in-law?? Actually I was pretty glad to get rid of it with all the constant chipping of paint, although it was a classic! Then we brought our first little home from China and I wished I had the old classic back. Instead, I bought the cheapest thing Wal Mart had. It served its purpose through the then two littles and then came grandchildren. Slowly but surely the plastic cover started tearing.

 When we moved to the cottage, I decided it was time to get rid of it.

I put it through 3 garage sales and it didn't sell. When sweet Peach came to visit this fall, I pulled it out of the storage space. The best I could do at that point was to put a towel in the seat.

I decided I needed to reinstate it or get a lovely antique one. While I certainly would choose an antique high chair over the old plastic thing, the antique ones really don't work well. The littles slide down and if your not careful slide out, or climb out when they get a little older.
So what was left of the old pad, I used as a pattern to make a new one.
Since I lined it with quilting cotton, I'm quilting it now so the lining won't bunch up when I wash it.
A few more rows and I will be all ready for this sweet girl's visit at Christmas. I can't wait!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Doc B rarely runs errands for me. Last time he did, he brought these home...and they weren't even on the list. Maybe I should send him more often :)


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall in the Foothills of the Ozarks


Tarantulas can crawl up your leg! Ask me how I know :)



When the leaves from this tree fall,
the ground becomes a golden glow.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Lovely Laundering and Ironing

In the first 20 years of our marriage, I sadly never used a clothesline. In the last 13 or so, I have discovered my love of a clothesline. When we moved to the cottage, that was one of my first concerns...where to hang the clothesline. Hanging clothes outside makes them so fresh and crisp. It also helps get the stains out that didn't come out in the wash. As a fan off all things natural, I detest those store bought stain removers. I much prefer the sun. It does a great job! My dear online friend, made these clothespin aprons. They make the job much easier and prettier I might add. As you can see, there is one for me and one for each of the girls.
At the beginning of our marriage, my mother gave me her old ironing board.
I used it until just recently. My dear friend made me an ironing board cover that at least made it a little prettier. Still, it was the clunkiest thing ever. I thought about painting it turquoise and trying to make a cover for it myself. I still may try it as it has been through 3, yes THREE yard sales and has not sold! HAHA
When I finally decided I had used that thing long enough, I found this one at an antique store.

The cover I had on the old clunker fit this one perfectly.
I guess I went from vintage to antique :)

The little purple spray bottle holds my lavender water. I don't use starch. I just mist the clothes and iron. Between the fresh air and the lavender water, my laundry smells so good.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pumpkin Carving

The girls carved their own pumpkins yesterday evening for the first time ever. Our bigs never even did that. I thought Doc B would be excited when he came home. I was wrong. I think he was sad that they did it all by themselves and didn't need him. haha
(hearts I think :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sunday Afternoon Polaris Ride

A stop at the big old pecan tree was of course a must :)

Eagle's nest
Now then, much better!

Back home to the cottage.