Christmas gatherings

Christmas gatherings

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks

I have recipes in these six Gooseberry Patch cookbooks
I have recipes in these six "Gooseberry Patch" cookbooks

farmhouse Jan.

wrap around portch

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Wonderful Celebration

My husband and I celebrated our 37th. year wedding anniversary. He took me to Pa. for the weekend, we stayed in Lancaster and went to some shops in that area. We watched a Christmas play and ate
wonderful Pa. Dutch cooking.
 My husband also took me to Alechia's House of Country in Williamsport, Pa.
It was such a refreshing time for both of us.
I know my husband doesn't enjoy prim crafts like I do, but he took me to these places,
so I could enjoy myself.
 It has been so hard on me since my mom's passing three weeks ago, I still cry everyday, but
I actually was able to enjoy myself and even laugh a little.
I will share some photo's of our trip, sorry I didn't get any pictures of the amish. The weekend
just went too fast.

Me at Alechia's


My soul mate

Christmas show we went to see
My beautiful anniversary flowers
Some of my treasures from our trip

Yummy Christmas candle
Wonderful Arnett Santa

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How do I say goodbye and go on!!!

My mother passed away Oct. 26, 2016 after a long illness with her family surrounded by her side.
My mom never complained through her illness, she always said, "It will be alright", I can almost handle her death, because I know she is in Heaven and in peace with no more suffering.
 But I keep thinking of the suffering, it is almost like I have post tramatic stress or something.
I do good one minute and can burst out crying the next. I guess this is all normal.
 I already miss my mom so much and can't even bear to think of the holidays.
I know I need to go on for my dad, husband, kids and grandkids, but right now I don't think
I can bear putting up a Christmas tree or decorating, and I usually love the holidays.
 My mom came from a family of 11 children, she grew up in proverty, but made sure her
children had a better life. I think of all the wonderful things that she taught me about life.
My mom enjoyed helping people in need, she was always gathering up a bag of groceries or clothing
to take to someone she knew was in need.
 She taught me never to make fun of anyone and she could always make me laugh, no matter
how bad things were. She was a big sender of cards, get well, encouragement, Birthday, Christmas, Sympathy, she loved sending cards to others.
 She loved her family so much and adored her grandchildren. If you came to visit mom,
you better expect not to leave the house without eating something.
 I know life goes on and I have to go back to work, but my life will never be the same, my heart
has a big hole in it. Please pray for my family and that I can get joy and creativity back into my life.
Mom would want me to go on, but it is so hard.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Wonderful Road Trip

Yesterday my friend Jean and I made a trip to Amherst Va. to the craft show at

"Notforgotten Farm"  . It was such a beautiful drive. I just love where Lori lives,

it reminds me so much of our farmhouse in WV. I just loved her shop and loved

her donkeys. I will share a few pictures of our day of fun. I am tickled  with

the treasures that I found. I am already looking forward to next year.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

So much going on

Summer just flew by and now I am back at school as a school nurse. I still work in my hair salon a few eve. and some Sat.
   My mom has really had a rough year, she broke her hip in Feb. we found out in May that she has Nash non alcoholic fatty liver disease, chirrosis, and is having symptoms from that. Then two weeks ago she fell and broke her ankle in two places. She has had two surgeries on her ankle and will require another surgery. Last week when they got her up for therapy, she told the therapist she couldn't stand on her other leg, that is the one she had a broken hip and a broken femur 3 years ago. When she stood it cracked. They are hoping with a brace that that leg heals.She has been in the hospital over 2 weeks, we are hoping sometime next week that she will be transferred to rehab.
Please pray for my mom, it is so hard working when all of this is going on.
 But I did want to show you a photo of some heirloom sunflowers that a wonderful friend Trish from
Arizona had sent me in the spring. She used to have a blog but doesn't anymore. We have remained friends and I cherish her friendship.
 I also want to show you my new bedroom quilt and curtains. It is amazing how something new can
make a person feel so good. Wishing everyone a beautiful Labor Day Weekend.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Beautiful Country Wedding

Yesterday my niece got married at our Farmhouse in WV, it was a simple country wedding, but so beautiful.
 It is so peaceful at the farmhouse and such a beautiful place for a wedding.
I will share some photo's.
  They also had a bluegrass band there, so it was a perfect day. Enjoyed seeing
family and friends and celebrating with Angel and Austin on their special day.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Wonderful Trip

Me and two of my sisters went to Lancaster, Pa. last week for two days. We had so much fun
and packed in as much fun as we could in those two days. We did a lot of driving in the country, ate lots of  Pa. Dutch cooking, did some shopping and went to see a play "Josiah for President", which was awesome and I recommend highly if you are in that area.
 I was driving so my one sister was taking pictures, so I don't have any pictures of the amish. She
is supposed to send them to me.
  But I will share a few photo's from our trip that I have.
 First I will show some of the goodies that I purchased.

New Pumpkin doll with a gourd around her neck

Winter star for my porch

Lighted fall Indian Corn picture

T-towels to make aprons

New Americana bunting flag for my porch

Fall lighted berries for my crock

Winter berries, they are lighted

Lighted burlap pumpkin

Lighted pumpkin

Fall slate

Beautiful fall garden flags

  Can't leave Pa. without buying Whoopie pies, here is a variety pack, Yummy
Beautiful sunrise at our little cottage

Booklet from the play that we saw
Me and my twin sisters Lena and Lina

Some of my Favorite Things>>>

Some pictures taken on a week-end drive in the country in West Virginia

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Riley's Birthday Party

Riley's Birthday Party
Me, Ron, Riley and Cole

Me and baby Jake

Me and baby Jake
"Just what I ordered"! Rem. everytime a baby is born so is a Grandma!!


Mom, dad and my three beautiful sisters

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole

Daughter Steph, Mat, Riley and Cole
What a beautiful family!

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary

Celebrating parents 50th. Wedding anniversary
Me and my favorite granddaugher ( I only have one granddaughter!)]

Son with Applachian trail blanket

Son with Applachian trail blanket
Luke hiked the entire AT 2007, he's the man!

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I have been married to my sweetheart Ronnie for 30 years.We live in the beautiful shenandoah valley of Va. We have 2 beautiful children and 3 beautiful grandchildren. I am a christian, and am blessed with two wonderful jobs. I am a hairdresser and also a nurse, I am proud of my nursing degree which I got at age 47. I give the Lord much praise for this. I also enjoy primitive crafts, antiquing, cooking, reading and gardening. My husband and I bought an old farmhouse in WV five years ago and it was ancient, floor rotted out in the kitchen, no bathroom, bats flying around, mice. Scary, well now five years later we have most of it completed, working now on a roof for the wrap around porch.We sand blasted some of the walls so they would be original, we also took all the old weatherboarding off of the outside of the house, planed it and put it back on some of the inside walls. We also have added a wrap around porch. Since we have remodled the old farmhouse, that is how I came up with my blog name.