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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Our wee one is baptized

Sunday was damp and chilly, but inside our hearts were warm, as our newest grandson, Todd, was baptized.  Here are a couple pics of the event.  Afterwards, we met at his parent's house and spent the day together, chatting and making delicious food, while the kiddos played.

The three musketeers!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Lord giveth...and He taketh away....

My last post was full of excitement at the birth of our new grandson.  Little Todd is doing well, and he is so soft and cute.  His brothers adore him...well...we all do!

But this week, there is sadness in our family.
Last night, we found out that my husband's sister's husband...our brother-in-law, who lives in Idaho, was killed in an accident.  He's operated a rock quarry for years, and made a lot of good money doing it.  He's always been proficient at driving all the equipment, but yesterday morning something went wrong.  They are still trying to piece things together, but it appears that somehow, Art must have fallen out of the cab of his bulldozer and was crushed.  It could be that he had a heart attack...and we are hoping the autopsy will shed some light on that.  The dozer ran over him and proceeded on down the embankment, flipping over.  Art was left at the top. 

Art was the kind of guy who was big, burly and jovial.  He always had a tale to tell, a football team to complain about, or politics to discuss.  He was a good-natured fellow, you would never get tired of spending time with.  He was kind, generous and will be sorely missed.

He leaves behind my sister-in-law Stephanie, along with 4 grown girls and their large families.
Please pray for Art and his family.  I wish we could go to the funeral on Saturday, but 3,000 miles and money will prevent it.

Rest in Peace Arthur Brand. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

New Grandson!!!

I'd like to introduce you to our newest grandson!

Todd Andrew Dominic Montreuil
born 10/11/2017

Wee little Todd Andrew Dominic

Proud big Brother Peter

Happy big Brother Joey

Friday, September 15, 2017

Fall Friendship Swap with Sandi

I recently received my Fall Friendship Swap from Sandi at the Primitive Skate.

Sandi sent me a sweet stump prairie doll and tiny gourd, a wooden witch hat (hard to see in photo), a little scarecrow, oh so yummy smelling tarts, a cute burlap pumpkin, a great chicken towel, some little prim candles and a packet of pumpkin spice coffee.  The pumpkin and scarecrow are both nestled on my kitchen window sill, and the towel is already in use..  

Love it all Sandi!  Thank you so much.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Happy Birthday Joey!!

It's a special day in our family.

Little Joey is now 3 years old!

It's been three wonderful years of his cute little face and infectious smile!

We Love you!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Some remember....

Good morning dear friends.

I sit with my cup of coffee, check my FB feed, email and shoppe.  I woke up feeling depressed...with an overwhelming desire to tear up.  Not my usual get up and go attitude...and then I remember...what today is....
Every year I feel this way...the sadness is overwhelming...I turned on the news to see  if anyone is feeling as I do.
ABC - a story on animals 
NBC - commerical
CBS - weather report

finally I turn to FOX news...and there is it....

the videos, photos, the memories....

Then, a moment of silence....in honor of when the first plane it.....
The reading of the names begins.....
A wee little girl, not more than six...reads the names of some of the victims, with such eloquence and reverence...and then, with sadness...the name of her grandfather...that she will never know...she bows her head and looks so sad.
It touches me so.

I didn't know any of the victims of that day.  I watched in stunned silence as I sat having my morning coffee on an ordinary day.  The hubs was at work, the boys at school.  There was some commotion on Good Morning America....something about a plane and the World Trade Center.  Everyone assumed it was an accident.  Video rolled in the background as the hosts discussed it.  They were busy talking...and didn't see the video rolling...the live video showing another plane coming into view...I saw it, maybe you did too...and watched in shock as it hit the second tower.  That is when we ALL knew...this was no accident.  We, America, were under attack.

My first impulse was to sob...My second was to call my husband...and oh...how I wanted to jump into the car and go down to the school to get my boys.  Would they be scared?  Would they even know what had happened? What else was going to happen?

More news coverage....a plane hit the Pentagon...Todd Beamer and others, put their lives on the line, to make sure another attack didn't happen, as they struggled to regain control of the plane they were in.  There were so many heros that day.  Some we know about, like Todd Beamer and the priest in NYC who lost his life when he returned yet again to help people.  The fire-fighters and policemen, emergency workers, first responders, and every day men and women, who cared more for others than themselves. Covered in debris, that would later cause major health problems...
The terrorists thought they could crush us, but in fact, at those very moments, these humble souls showed what the people of America are really like.  

I long for a return to the kindness, togetherness and unity America had then.
The division, riots, intolerance caused by few, have driven our country down so far.

So on this day...I pray for those who lost their lives, not just on 9-11, but in all the wars beforehand and after, mostly forgotten now....
I pray for those who lost loved ones
I pray for our President and those who help to lead our country
I pray for those who want to rip our nation in two
I pray for you, for me...for our loved ones....that through unity in our families and love for one another, that we can make a difference, however small, in how our country can be great again.

God Bless America

Friday, September 8, 2017

A sweet gift AND my Fall Friendship Swap with Yvonne

Good afternoon Prim Peeps!

I hope this post finds you happy and healthy.
For those dear friends who are dealing with Hurricane Irma, or the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  We have some very special Prim Friends in those areas, and are very concerned for them.

As you may know, I recently held my Fall Friendship Swap.

My dear friend, Danice, is always so kind.  Whenever I hold a swap, she sends me a little token gift related to the swap.  This time, she sent this adorable Halloween Cat bowl filler.  I love the vintage look!  He's so adorable and he sits on a little prim black cupboard on my kitchen wall.  He makes me smile every time I walk by.
Thank you Danice!

Next, I wanted to show you what I received from one of my swap partner's, Yvonne, of Beth's Raggedy Attic Prims.

A sweet witch, prim hearts, 3 pumpkins in calico fabrics, and one has a nice vintage postcard image on the tag, Werther's caramels (yumm), cinnamon woods melting tarts, a lovely bookmark

 Isn't everything wonderful!?  The painting on the witch's face is so perfect. I know my grand-daughters will love her too.  I love the pumpkins and the vintage looking hearts, which will match our bedroom.  It was hard to get a full photo of all my goodies.

Thank you so much for everything Yvonne!

I'll be back in a few days with another post!  Have a great weekend everyone.
Fall Blessings!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

New Pattern!

I have a new pattern available in my Etsy Shop!

Happy Haunting!

Monday, August 21, 2017


Just a quick note to remind all of you who joined in the 

that your swap packages are due to be mailed by Sept. 1st.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Kentucky Vacation!

Hello dear friends.

Yes, I do realize that it has been a few weeks since I last posted.  You know how life gets in the way.  First we had pre-vacation preparations to attend to...then we were off to Kentucky for a week to see the sights (more about that in a moment)...this past week has been spent catching up on the yard work after taking time off....sometimes I wonder if vacations are worth it!  LOL

We headed off to Kentucky.  I've always wanted to see it, and wanted to knock one more place off of my 'bucket list'.  We tagged along with our oldest son and his family.  This is the first time we have tried using AIR B&B.  We rented a house in Bardstown, KY.  It was a quaint little place, with plenty of room for us all, a nice deck and a lovely screened porch.  Central to everything, with stores nearby, as well as many historic places, it seems like it was a good choice.

We arrived on Saturday evening after 11+ hours of travel.  I hate highways, but sometimes they are the only way to get from here to there quickly, so most of the travel congested.  The weather turned terrible south of Cleveland, with torrential rains...add very heavy traffic and construction to the mix, and it made for a stressful drive.  We were glad to finally arrive and unwind.  I had made a batch of fried chicken at home, so we were all set for dinner.  Every time we go on vacation, it is expected that I will make a batch of my friend chicken - it is always looked forward to.

The following day our son came down with a terrible sore throat and cold...needless to say, his vacation was not too enjoyable.  He did tag along when he felt up to it, but couldn't fully enjoy anything.

Our travels led us to the National Parks for Lincoln's birthplace and Lincoln's boyhood home.  

We toured the beautiful old mansion at My Old Kentucky Home State Park

...went antiquing, and visited the Makers Mark distillery, which was very neat!  They give a wonderful tour and the grounds are gorgeous.  We ended with a whiskey tasting...not too much to my liking, but the guys enjoyed it.

We attended Mass at the Basilica of St Joseph, First Catholic Cathedral west of the Allegany Mountains.  This historic church contains some very fine and huge paintings, gifts of Francis (King of the two Sicilies) and Pope Leo XII. The area has many more museums and sites to see, but we simply ran out of time.  

We also visited Mammoth Caves National Park.  Now, be it known that I am not a fan of enclosed places, so it was with some hesitation that I allowed DH to buy me a ticket to go along with them into the cave.  But, I was determined to give it a whirl.  I got in line, rode the bus to the cave we were to tour, listened to the talk given by the cave guide...and looked at the entrance....it looked like a tomb vault...I am still determined to be brave....then the guide asks for a volunteer to be at the end of the group to 'bolt the door shut behind us'....OK...I AM GOING TO STILL BE BRAVE...get towards the back of the line I tell my husband..just so I don't have a ton of people pushing me into the cave...I get into the cave entrance...the last people are just behind us...our son and his family are further ahead...I'm lagging behind with DH, who is trying his best to reassure me...they bolt the door...and I turn to Chris and say...I can't do this...sorry honey...but I am unbolting that door and waiting outside...you can rebolt it....A #1 Chicken....out the 'tomb' door and into the sunshine.  I felt rather foolish, but I never could have done it....but at least I tried.
Would you?
 The last night we enjoyed a dinner out at a local "southern' eatery, where I had country fried steak for the first time - ooooh...so good!  I came home and made some from a recipe by the Pioneer Woman.  It was very good.   We finished the evening by taking little Allie on a guided carriage ride around town. DIL Steph and I thought it would be a fun treat for her.  She was so excited!

We could have easily spent another few days visiting more for the sights, but we were headed towards home, with a stop in Dayton, OH for the night, and a tour of the awesome National Air Force Museum.  We were awe-struck by all the real airplanes within the museum...it was just stunning.  Humbling too, as we looked on the history of the air plane, from it's humble beginning at Kitty Hawk, NC (which, by the way, we visited last year), to the modern day aircraft.  There was a special display on the Holocaust, which I found especially moving.  We spent nearly 1/2 a day there, but could have easily spent an entire weekend.  There is so much to see...and it is FREE!  I left the museum feeling very overwhelmed with emotion...seeing the Holocaust display, the actual bomber that dropped 'the bomb', the actual Air Force One that carried the casket of John F Kennedy, and where Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in. So much history, so much destruction...humbling indeed....

Our son Scott is below the plane. I wanted you to see how huge some of them are.  They are all full size, retired planes.

Air Force One - the one mentioned above.  They also had two older AFOs on display.

Before we arrived in Dayton, we did take a small side trip to the gorgeous horse race track at Keeneland, Kentucky.  Oh my.  It was simply stunning there!   Beautiful grounds, and we even had a chance to watch some of the horses training.  Well worth the stop!  Just don't go into the store on the grounds, unless you are comfortable spending $129 for a tie or $250 for a polo shirt!  LOL.

All in all, it was a nice vacation, but it is always good to get back home!

I hope the last few weeks have been good to you.
I'll be back again next week!

I'll leave you with a wheelbarrow full of smiling faces from our family get together on Sunday, well...except for Elena, who was turned the wrong way.  
Allie, Elena, Peter & Joey

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