Saturday, November 25, 2017

Last Minute Fall Pictures









I've decided to wait until the first weekend of December to decorate for Christmas. Trying to decide whether to use our regular large tree in the den, or to buy this Target tree.



The kids are grown now, things change. Either way, it's about family and being together ... and the birth of the Savior.

Mary

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nature Photography Challenge

A friend invited me to join her in a seven-day nature photo challenge. It's been fun -  when you start looking for picture opportunities, it really opens your eyes to the beauty surrounding you.




















Mary


Friday, September 8, 2017

Irma - and Prayers

We have quite a few family and friends all over Florida. Please join me in praying for the safety of everyone there. Also for those evacuating to be able to get out without the dreaded gridlocks we are hearing so much about.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Let's Call It Fall



Even if it’s not technically fall, when school opens I think fall and I’m ready to decorate.

So down came fall tub from the attic. It had less to choose from this year as I’d gotten rid of a lot,  always thinking “simplicity,” one of my favorite words and ways to live.

I decided to put together a vignette on the dining room table – the only new item is the cute sign. I saw it on my way out of Hobby Lobby and knew it would make the perfect completion to the items I’d already put in my wooden box. 


 I love this vignette so much, I keep the light on in the dining room, even when I’m not in there. I enjoy it as I walk by on my way to the stairs or front door.  It brings a smile to my face.


 This scarecrow has been in the family for decades; he's a keeper.


The only other decorating we’ll have for fall is the mantel, and for some reason I had a hard time putting this together. And I’m still not crazy about it. So I tweak …

Idea No. 1:



Idea No. 2:




Which do you prefer, or do you think it needs something else altogether? 

We enjoy these cooler days in Virginia, but wishing Hurricane Irma would head out to sea. Family and friends are in its current path, and I’m emailing them to come to Richmond for safe housing with us. Our country is having so many natural disasters, sending prayers for Houston, California (wild fires), and the southeast U.S.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Fabulous Summer

What a great summer this has been. I thought I'd share pictures to tell most of the story.

A beautiful park on the James River ~ 






My daughter and I took a quick trip north to the Poconos in Pennsylvania to visit cousins. We packed a lot of fun into three days. 

This is the original 120 Spring Street in Scranton, PA, the house my dad and his four brothers grew up in. We hadn't planned to go by it, but when I got up Sunday morning and insisted on driving miles out of our way to get sweet tea from Chick-Fil-A ... and nearly there remembered they're not open on Sundays (lol), but then realized we were on Main Street - well, of course I got excited and kept on Main Street until I found Spring Street and the rest is - a photo op! Such fun.




My cousin Ryan happened to be having a graduation/going away to college party for his son on the Saturday evening I was in his town, Waymart. I saw cousins I hadn't seen in 15 years, and met cousins I'd never met before - I loved every minute of it! 

New (to me) cousins (aren't they the cutest, they recently became engaged!):



And already known cousins (the older guy is my first cousin Jim): 



(Ryan, the party host, and me)

The next day my daughter, Ryan, and I visited nearby cemeteries where our ancestors are buried. Since we've been working this past year on our Roberts family genealogy, it was wonderful to gather dates from the stones in each cemetery.


For our family vacation, we returned to our favorite spot on Lake Gaston, NC. The weather was great and we had a wonderful week with our little boat. The highlight for me was when one of my high school classmates invited us to her cottage and took us on boat rides with rafts behind - so much fun for everyone. 




Kathy and I on her front porch. I have to tell you about my hat, I thought I was really something in that hat ... until it blew off into the lake! Someone turned the boat around really fast as I watched my new hat sinking, sinking ... and then my son reached way out and grabbed it - victory! Of course it was drenched, but even if it hadn't been, I was afraid to put it on again, lest it blow into the water. 

Note to self: next year a buy straw hat with strings! lol

Til next time  ~ 
Mary


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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Happy Easter

Remembering the Lord's death and resurrection. Thankful that He washed away my sins. Blessed to look forward to heaven someday. Hallelujah!



Mary

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Old Oak Table

Most of you probably have one furniture item in your home that you love the most. Mine is this table which belonged to my parents. They bought it second hand soon after they moved into the new house Dad built in 1950.


Our family of five ate all our meals at this table ... well, except when we had the preachers come for dinner during revival week - they earned seats in the dining room :)

Mom was an amazing cook - homemade yeast rolls, pies, 
cakes were always available at this table. Fried chicken, 
pot roast, beef stew.


Back then, the table was painted white. Funny, Mom had it white, but when I got it, I couldn't wait to get it back to its natural oak. (Mom decided she'd rather have a chrome and formica one.)



And instead of using it as our family table, it's always been my desk. No drawers, but there are lots of ways to get around that.



I'd love to hear about your favorite piece of furniture - and the history behind it.

Mary


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