Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Birthday Present of My Own

Yesterday was my birthday and one of the things I wanted was just to spend time with my mother. So, we went for a manicure! The very best thing about this manicure is the fact that it is the first manicure my 97 year old mother has ever had!

She smiled the entire time....

... look at happy she seems!

She was pampered with paraffin wax and a nice massage too!

I thought she'd just put on a clear coat of polish, but she surprised me and went with light pink.

Aren't those the most beautiful hands!?

It was a wonderful day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A True Love Story

You all have probably heard similar love stories, but this love story is so touching (just like the Notebook)!

Have a blessed day,

'Like The Notebook': Couple married for 73 years dies just minutes apart

Story by Scott Stump (

A love story that lasted nearly three-quarters of a century ended only minutes apart last week when a Kentucky couple married for 73 years died at nearly the exact same time.
William Wilson, 93, and his wife, Lillian, 89, had been together since they were high school sweethearts in the late 1930s. On April 7, the couple's son, Doug, 66, got a call at 3:52 a.m. from the Thomas Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky, telling him his father had died. Five minutes later, he received a call from Richmond Place, a retirement community in Lexington where his mother lived, informing him that she, who suffered from Alzheimer's disease like his father, had also passed away.
"I told the nurse, you're not going to believe this, but my father just passed away a couple minutes ago,'' Doug Wilson told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "She said, 'Oh my God.' She said that's like, 'The Notebook,' the movie, that they went together. It shocked me, and I just stayed numb for a while, not knowing what to do.''
Once the shock wore off, Doug was able to cherish his parents' enduring love story, reflecting on a romance that persevered through his father's time fighting in the Army in World War II and various job changes, including a radio show in which William was known as "Wild Bill" Wilson.
"They were a really loved couple,'' he told the Herald-Leader. "Wherever they went, they made lots of friends."
In February of 2014, a couple that had been married for 72 years died while holding hands, while in August of last year a couple that had been together 60 years died only hours apart.
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Filet Crochet is Gifted

Remember the Filet Crochet a made as a favor for a friend? It was one of my 'snowy days' projects. 

Well, it has been gifted it to the bride-to-be and by the looks of this picture, I have to say she likes it!

Meet Nancy

Meet Nancy...

Nancy is  a long time friend whom is also part of my knitting group. Last night she arrived at knitting showing us her completed version of Stephen West's Dotted Rays shawl.  

Isn't it beautiful? I love the colors she chose to use for this shawl; so springy!

Nancy is one of those gals who can do it all; she spins, dyes, knits and crochets. The funny thing is that a few years back, Nancy threw away her knitting needles away proclaiming she just couldn't knit!! Well, finally, years later she got the hang of it, and she has surpassed everyone in our little knitting circle. We love seeing her creations.

Now, check out these gorgeous shawl pins Nancy discovered...

Do they look familiar in any way? They are made from heirloom silver spoons. Yes, Nancy find a lady making shawl pins from spoons. I love them!

If you want to see more of Nancy's fiber art projects and read stories about her many cats and birds, visit her blog  Cats 'N Knits

* If interested in the shawl pins:  Kari Malone Moldenhauer is on Facebook in the Artisans Marketplace;her email is

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Easter Follow-up

For those of you who have asked for the links to the recipes I prepared for Easter, they can now be found here!

Photo from Bing Images

Those of you curious about the the Entrechat Shrug I knit for Miss A.....


Sorry I can't share a photo of her wearing it, but she did wear it to church with her Easter dress on Sunday and it looked beautiful on her.

Photo from Bing Images

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

From early times, the egg was a symbol of re-birth.  The exchange of eggs was a springtime custom in some cultures. They were sometimes wrapped in gold leaf.  Peasants would color eggs by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. (taken from The Little Black Book)

Well, Until 2:00 PM today we did not have any colored Easter eggs!  I had debated if I really wanted to take the time to dye eggs since our  children and granddaughter would not be with us this year. However, my dear husband was looking for an egg and I just had to do something. So, in less than 30 minutes, I hardboiled a dozen eggs and dyed them!

Drops of food coloring on a napkin......

... rub onto cooked eggs, and....

...viola' dyed, marbleized Easter eggs!

No mess, no muss, it could not be simpler. If you want to give it a try sometime, here is the link: Dying Easter Eggs (of course I found it on Pinterest!  It says to shine the eggs with oil but I skipped that step.) 

Do you know what else is easy?  Cooking the entire Easter meal in crock pots!

Easter Dinner Menu

Mustard Glazed Ham
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Bacon Mustard Green Beans
Scalloped Pineapple
Honey Carrots
Acini De Pepe Fruit Salad
Lemon Pie Bars

Details and recipes to follow......Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cynthia Lennon - In Loving Memory

John Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, died yesterday. Their son Julian wrote a beautiful song in memory to his mother, and I thought I would share it here in case you missed it!


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