Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
These little mincemeat pies are the perfect treat, for three reasons.
1. They are easy to make with a store bought crust and a jar of mincemeat.
2. My kids don't really like mincemeat, which leads us to number three....
3. I can eat them all.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Collecting old coloring books...just because.
We keep a stack of copied pages for long trips (I can't let them actually color in the books!)
This one was my mother's when she was a child.
Go to the Betsy McCall website for adorable printable paper dolls for several different years.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Wee Boy and his cat.
This is Rosebud. She brought all her friends. But they all look the same so ironically they are all named Rosebud.
Peter, he is old and acts like a dog.
Red...he is my friend. He ate some apple pieces and some hay. Then he walked away and passed gas. That's how he acts. We still love him.
Thank you blue sky for inviting us. You are welcome at my home anytime. Come back tomorrow and bring your friend the sun...he is HOT!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I rearranged my sewing corner to look out a window instead of a wall. It makes me happy.
This is the Nicey Jane collection from her. This is what inspired me to feel in love and talk all the way home. Though in my head I call it Pricey Jane.
I really liked your comments on my last post. Isn't it in the Untrained Mother's Rule Book that if the crib is packed up and the maternity clothes given away, then pregnancy is immediate? The truth is I would love to have more children. But sometimes it's easier said than done! I feel very blessed to have the five I have and truly can't believe I have that many.
In other Freckled Hen news, I have done seven loads of laundry today and really don't feel like making dinner. What does the Untrained Mother's Rule Book say about that????
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I suppose it is on days like today I find comfort hiding in my home. The same home I roam around and think thoughts about how dusty everything is or how I should vacuum. It is on these gloomy days when I most miss my family back home. When I miss the sound of a familiar car rumbling into the driveway.
My Gram's dolls--and my husband looking on as a boy.
Enough remnants for a bright scrappy quilt--that I might not make. Ever. But I might. Someday. Do you think like this, too?
A wallpaper book called "Garden Pleasures". It smells like mothballs. I love old flowery wallpaper, especially when it smells like mothballs. But usually because we move so often I settle on painted taupe walls and white trim. Someday I will wallpaper, this I am certain about. This is my favorite from this book:
And last but not least I find comfort in my family... my lovely husband and five kooky kids.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Several years ago in Mary Engelbriet's Home Companion I read about the store Cloverleaf in Ardmore, Oklahoma. It looked ecletic and glittery and cowboyish. Little did I know that soon enough we would be living in Northern Texas and there would be no excuses for a mini road trip.
Yes, he likes cowboy stuff. No, he doesn't like pink glittery cowboy stuff. Or antique stores (that have vintage tricycles with signs that say NO TOUCHING). Or riding in the car. Or used book stores that smell like old ladies perfume.
While we were looking for Cloverleaf (we drove by it twice, duh) we were sidetracked by an antiques store. If you live in an isolated community and go to the same antique/thrift store every month and nothing changes--not even the clerks same plaid shirt-- you will know how exciting it is to look at some new junk.
It's really exciting.
Anyhow we followed the pink bicycle path to Cloverleaf. We weren't disappointed, it was really neat. Lots of out of the ordinary stuff.
And pretty jewels and dresses.
It was a nice day, even nicer because Hadley was with me!
Are you asking me what we bought?
1. A Texas drinking glass for the boss
2. vintagey looking posters for Margaret Rose Pickleberry
3. aqua beaded bracelets for the wee girl
4. four packs of 1990 baseballs cards for 12 yr old McStinky
5. books, duh.
Then we drove home eating Braum's burgers and talked about college and boys and what kind of business we would like to own.
While we were driving the principal called and said McStinky didn't go to his basketball game because he wasn't feeling well and could I come get him? But um... I know his uniform has been sitting in the dryer all weekend as I asked him to fold his own clothes on Saturday (insert applause here). So if I could guess why someone doesn't feel well it would be because someone is afraid their coach will be upset at someone's forgetfulness.
Then we really did rush back like Thelma and Louise. Mom is a little upset with McStinky.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Every year I try and convince myself not to make resolutions. I tell myself to be better about stuff all year and not walk into January with my head held high as I trot on the elliptical and pass up a decadent, fluffy, frosted cupcake (oh the insanity). Seeing as I like lists and am gifted at disappointing myself....I make resolutions. Lots of them.
Friday, January 8, 2010
I spent a few minutes today admiring the Flickr Group: Corners of my Home. This was a recommendation from SouleMama, and indeed it was a good one. It is bitter cold here and after I scrolled through many photos, I was warm. In my heart. Not my hands, they are still cold.
This is the corner near the computer where the Golden books are. What started as a thrifty way to collect books during my young mothering days turned magically into a collection. When it's naptime the wee boy usually picks from this shelf. Today was "Hiram's Red Shirt".
My favorite Golden Book would have to be among the very first few I bought. It's called "Baby Dear". Have you heard of it?
These are Golden Guides, I like them as they are small and colorful. I like to pick a couple for road trips as we are trivia junkies and will take turns asking questions. I received one as gift when I was seven from my aunt and uncle. They are nice aren't they? I'm talking about my aunt and uncle--not the Golden Guides, though they are nice, too. UJ do you remember it? It was this one:
I hope when I was seven I said thank you, as you can see I think it has been a terrific gift. Maybe every thirty years there should be a thank you renewal?
Thank You AJ and UJ. I love you!
With love from,
your favorite niece
Sharing corners is fun...you should try it. If you do let me know so I can visit!