Friday, June 27, 2014

I Finally Got a Hoosier

You know that moment when you're just walking through the Antique Shop, enjoying looking at old stuff and enjoying the "smell" of antiques?
Am I the only one who loves the smells in an antique shop?
And then right in the middle of it all......something speaks to you.....
It draws you in.
It wants to come home with you...

I have always wanted a Hoosier cabinet.
I just never knew where I would put it.
But when I saw this simple beauty....with its white cabinets that would match my kitchen
It's red accents that would coordinate perfectly,
I knew.
I just knew.
I went home and started walking around with the measuring tape.
I usually know it's pretty much going to happen when I start walking around with the measuring tape.
I am a woman.  I can make it fit.
I went back 3 times and measured.
The only thing that really discouraged me, was that it was missing the little knob and the crank of the sifter.
The lady at the shop said, "You're not really going to use it anyway, what does it matter?"
"It's a conversation piece.  I must have it.  How can I explain how it works to my kids, without it?"
I googled.  I found some on ebay.
I found places that sold Hoosier parts.
I knew I could get another one.

My friends laughed when I said I just had to convince my husband that we didn't need the dining set anymore.
I thought about how I could display my antique things on the Hoosier.
How I could put my rooster collection on top.
Or my old milk bottles.
How I could use it for a coffee bar when I have big parties.  (don't laugh kids).
Or how I could move my big Kitchen Aid mixer over there to save counter space.
A baking center.
And I thought about how cute it would be to decorate for Christmas.
My Jadite dishes.  Christmas lights.........swoon........
So, I got the nerve to present it to my husband.
He said what he always says, "Whatever you think, Sweetheart."
I don't know why I even ask........
I'm one lucky girl.

I knew we would be just fine without that extra leaf and 2 chairs.
99% of the time, there are only 3 of us here anyway.
And there are those other 3 barstools at the counter...
and a dining table with 10 chairs at the other end of the kitchen.
We will be just fine...

So....we basically remade her.
We are both perfectionist.
It was dirty.  We sanded.  We caulked.
We spackled.  We painted.
We installed cabinet latches because the doors wouldn't stay closed.
We installed a drawer track because the drawer was hard to pull.
We stabilized, shimmed, and secured.
She's as good as new now.

I had fun moving some of my "old stuff" over there.

My jar of old cookie cutters and biscuit cutters.
That old timer that belonged to my parents.
I remember my Dad taking a nap and setting this timer.
Can you imagine sleeping with a tick, tick, tick..and waiting for it to ding?

Some of my old baking things.
And yes, I use all of my old kitchen utensils.

I love using them and imagining the hands that held them years ago for the same purpose.
I'm strange like that.

The top cabinets hold some of my baking supplies.
Red, of course.

The drawer holds some of my old things that I love to use.
The old enamel top is dated 1942 on the back side.

The bottom cabinets hold some of my enamel ware and other old stuff.

The sifter is the middle top cabinet and still works.

And that little crank I was so worried about on the sifter?
When we loaded this cabinet, we laid the top shelf unit down in the truck bed.
When we got home and unloaded it, we discovered that someone had just put the sifter on facing the back.
The little crank with the old wooden handle was just facing the back side.
I did the happy dance.

I do love old stuff.
She's simple, nothing fancy.
She is perfect.
The lady that owned the booth that I bought this in, told me she bought it in Kentucky.
That is always important to me.  I love knowing where my old stuff came from.
A little country kitchen in Kentucky.......sigh...
I blog to try to make my children understand.
I blog to remind them not to put all of my old stuff in one big pile
and sell it for 25 cents each at a Yard Sale one day.
Just don't. 
If you're interested, you can read more about Hoosier cabinets  here.

The truly observant reader will notice, I removed the tassels on the curtains.
They were too busy.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Images of Father's Day

We had a great day celebrating Father's Day yesterday.

I did something completely different this of the few times
 I have allowed paper plates.
We did a soul food /country theme, so I thought the paper plates would work well with
 bandana place mats and mason jar glasses.

We drank lots of sweet tea and lemonade.

My husband and boys requested good ole' southern soul food
 and I even served right out of the pots;
Collard greens, cornbread, mac & cheese, green beans and potatoes, lima beans, creamed corn,
 potato salad, ham & turkey.  It was some mighty good eatin' y'all.
The kids made desserts, which made preparing dinner so much easier.
We had Cherry Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie & the old faithful Dirt Cake.

  I can't help inner Marie Barone  loves to cook for my family and loves to see them eat.

I read a quote this week....
"Be kind to the people at your table...they are the most important people in your life."

The best time is always after a meal.  We always spend a lot of time just talking at the table.
I always wonder what the in-laws and girlfriends think as we just sit and talk..and talk...and talk.
It is the absolute best part of being together.

Dad got his traditional jar of jellybeans.

He also received a canopy he wanted.  The guys ran out and quickly put it up.
We stood under it and enjoyed the shade for a few minutes and then headed back inside to the AC.
Pinterest outside eating and games don't happen much in Florida, especially in the middle
of the day.

Later, our younger son re-enacted his recent wedding proposal for us.
We love our sweet daughter to be.

I am thankful for my wonderful husband.  He has always been a wonderful father to our children.
He has been a daily example of a faithful, God loving husband and father.
We are blessed!

"He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge."
~Proverbs 14:26

My blog simply depicts our regular life.  It's nothing great to most.  It is to us.  I blog as a way to preserve my thoughts and our family memories for our children.  "Because one day, you will look back and realize the little things were the big things"...... Thank you for taking the time to read.

 I hope you were able to enjoy some time with your family.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Camping at General Coffee State Park

We recently camped at General Coffee State Park, near Douglas, Georgia.
It is a beautiful 1,511 acre park, named after politician, farmer, and military leader 
General John E. Coffee.
I knew from the name, it had to be good.

It was a hidden treasure that I wondered why I had never heard about.

We enjoyed walking around the Heritage Farm and discussing days gone by.

I always have a weakness for a log cabin with a stone chimney and fireplace.

I loved the sun shinning through this window.  It looks like a place for school work!

The garden area was a work in progress. 
 This is the idea I have for my garden area, on a smaller scale.

The corn crib

and lots of old farm equipment to look at.

A cane mill

and an outside kitchen to boil some cane syrup.

The tobacco barn.

 I enjoyed hearing my husband explain how the tobacco process worked
at his Grandmother's farm years ago and how the tobacco is hung from these sticks to dry out.

It reminded me how important places like this are to preserve history and how much our lives have changed.
I wondered if my daughter would one day be able to explain this process to her children?

There were plenty of farm animals to see and pet.

There is also a small lake that we kayaked around.
I must say, it was the most relaxed kayaking we've ever done.

The small island in the middle of the lake is home to a large male goat.
We got quite a laugh at his reaction to seeing a kayak pull up.

And this..... this was my daughter's kayak version of Anne Shirley floating down the river...

pretending to be The Lady of Shalott.

It really doesn't matter what you're doing when you are camping.  It is just great family fun.  We rode bikes around the trails, skateboarded (not me) through the campground and spent a lot of time just talking and laughing around the campfire.  In the heat of the day, we were also close enough to town to drive to get the best Blizzard at DQ one day and the best ICEE at BK on another day.  Truly, the best I've ever had!

Make time to make some great memories with your family.

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Spending A Day at Big Talbot Island

Last weekend we visited nearby Big Talbot Island. 
 It has been years since we last visited this serene natural preserve.
 After learning of their new bike trail and knowing how much I love to ride my bike, 
we loaded up the bikes and packed a picnic lunch to head out to enjoy a beautiful Saturday.

It is a nice shaded 3 mile bike trail.  I was the only one that rode a total of 12 miles that know, the ole there and back, there and back....It was a nice easy ride, especially since my son bought me the  I always seem to be able to outlast the rest of the family now.

We enjoyed a nice picnic.

It wouldn't be a real picnic without a few ants.

After our bike ride and picnic, it was a nice 1/4 mile walk to get to the beach area.

The lush vegetation and close shaded trees up next to the beach area on this path, 
reminded me of LOST.
I fully expected to see Jack and Freckles running through this area,
 with Hurley calling for them.
I was hoping to find Sawyer on the beach...... reading a book.
I thought I saw a VW bus in the backround know, the Dharma Initiative and all..
 Push the button....push the button..........

My husband just walks along never knowing what's going on in my mind.

The century old trees in this area fall onto the beach as the dunes erode into the sea.
Their skeletal remains lie on the beach weathered by the natural elements.

It is a strange sight, one I've always found a little "creepy."

So, I'm walking around with my camera just looking at these creatures, when a lady comes walking briskly down the beach.  She seemed like someone who walked in this area a lot.  She stopped for a few seconds to talk to me, because.......that's just what strangers do...they talk to me.  I don't know why, they just do.

  We talk quickly about these strange trees and she says,
 "yeah, I like to talk to them, I think they all have their own personalities."  
Alrighty then..........that's nice.......
After she walked on, I got to thinking......maybe she was an angel sent by God to help my simple mind see what it needed to see.

But I am sure if she had been an angel, 
she would have announced in her best Roma Downey voice and accent,
......"I am an angel...sent by God."

Because........ well, that's just how my family has always said it and believed it to be.

I had already seen this mini Stonehenge and was quite amused by it.

 Maybe I should try to interpret these creations.
I see a mom and dad here.  The dad on the left is trying to assure the mom that it is ok.
Don't get all bent out of sorts....the kids will not be teenagers forever, they will grow out of it.
The teen is on the ground in the background screaming, "you just don't understand!"

This one says, always tell the truth.  If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything, but if you tell a lie, you will have to tell another and another to cover your tracks.

I see a young mother here with young children.  She is battered and tired.
She has many demands on her life.
She doesn't even know that these are the best years of her life.
Live in the moment and stop looking for what's ahead!

So...she's on another planet & she needs to brush her hair...

Don't party and drink with your friends.  It's not worth it.
 You'll throw up like the guy on the left.

Eat healthy.  Use sunscreen and moisturizer.

Always wear flip flops in public showers.

"For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone." 
                                                                      ~Romans 14:7

You will have heart breaks....or holes in your heart.
Life is hard.
God heals broken hearts.

And this.......this is my absolute favorite.  I saw this right off.  
This is a FAMILY; 
individually standing on their own but roots entwined together forever.
A family is always there for each other.  They bend over backwards to help each the guy on the left.  They pray for each other.  They weather the storms together.
  They are stronger when they stand together.
 They cannot be separated.  Their roots are strong from beginning to end.
They are one.

When our oldest daughter moved out years ago, I tried to think of something to say that would always be remembered.  I found this quote days before,

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family."
                                                                            ~Anthony Brandt 

How true.  A good family is there for you in the beginning and in the end.
It is what matters most in life.
It is sad that we sometimes waste so much time in the middle.

"The family is one of natures masterpieces."   ~George Santayana

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
                                                                               ~I Corinthians 13:13

Personally, I thought the father -daughter walk back to the car was the best sight there.