Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Kreative Blog Award

Thanks so much to The Santa Maker for this award. I will be glad to tell you the 6 things I value most and 6 things I least value.

1. I value the freedom I enjoy to spend time with friends.

2. I value worshiping in a free country.

3. I love my two children and granddaughter and value their love for me.

4. I am thankful for my parents and all they taught me and loved me.

5. I value the goodness of the people in my community.

6. I value the opportunity to travel.

The Six Things I Least Value

1. Having to weigh-in at the doctor's office!( copied from Santamaker)

2. Oh darn, I don't value housework a'tall!

3. I don't value of labels in clothes, purses, shoes etc.

4. I don't value the opinions of snobbish folks.

5. I dislike stealing, lying and cheating.

6. I don't value driving a new car. Mine is 13 years old and just fine!

7. Whining...can't stand it!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Weekend Fun with the Girls

My camera is on the blink so I missed some great pictures this weekend. Several of us "girls" get together and play Dominoes and have a sleep over about once a month. This weekend we went down to Lay Lake and enjoyed sitting out on the porch talking and visiting. We never got around to playing Mexican Train Dominoes. We ate grilled burgers, potato salad and homemade coconut pie with coffee! This morning, we had the "OLE" breakfast casserole, cheese grits and fresh mixed fruit. It is so nice to just hang out with friends and talk and bond. After breakfast we all hit yard sales and the Big Antique Mall in Chelsea had it's fall yard sale. What Fun! Speaking of Fall..Check out this Giveaway at Cupcakes & Sunshine.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Farming ~ Harvesting Memories~Sub Teaching

I used to pass this cotton field daily before I retired in May. I took this picture last spring as they farmers were preparing the fields to plant cotton seed. I am now working a substitute teaching job for a few weeks for a teacher friend that had surgery. I'm glad to see this field in full bloom of lovely white cotton.Sue wrote a great blog with pictures of our cotton fields. I know you will enjoy reading it.
Now, back to THE JOB at hand. It has been fun since I have five of the children that I taught last year... except one year older. I now know what teacher's are referring to when they say a student doesn't know certain skills or facts. I KNOW that I taught those skills to 5 students in this class. However, they are having a difficult time convincing me they were NEVER taught that. I keep saying, "remember when we...yada.yada..." They look at me clueless! Oh well, I will never blame a teacher for not teaching some child needed skills previously! LOL Children also like to go back to the previous grade and visit their "OLD" teacher. I have tried to send mine back to their "OLD" teacher several times to be bragged on. It is so funny to watch them go out the door then come back in with their hands on their hips and say, " MS. ARLEDGE, you are my Old Teacher!" LOL Today, I tried to send them back to second grade hall to show their school pictures to their last year's teacher! It worked on two of them!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Pink Saturday ~ October 4,2006

Happy Pink Saturday once again. Thanks to BEVERLY for hosting this pink party. Today I thought I would share my feminine pink ladies items. I have a vintage pair of pink satin house shoes with rabbit fur trim. They have a square 2 inch heel. Now, how could you be comfortable in your night clothes and heels? I also have a pink vintage box of ladies "stockings," or hosiery. They are silk and in great shape. Along with them, of course I have the pink garters to hold them up. Displayed with the feminine items is a pink stacked hatbox candle. When we have silly shoes day at school, I take the shoes just to show off...I wear a size 10 and can not even get my big toe in these vintage house shoes.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sitting~ HA, Ha, HA, At a B&B

I am back from 9 days of Inn Sitting. That is a joke...there was very little sitting. Can you even imagine washing, drying and folding towels, bath rugs, sheets and bedding for 12 guest? The washer and dryer ran non stop all day long! Thank goodness a maid came in to go upstairs and change out the beds and bring down the laundry, trash and freshen up the rooms. My friend Glenda and I have always hated to leave a Bed and Breakfast after a visit. Well, Sunday night, we couldn't get away fast enough! LOL. We loved, loved, loved meeting the guest and talking to everyone, as well as the 2 tea parties we set up. Cooking breakfast wasn't all that bad either. But the best story of all involves the Innkeepers pets, Barney the cat and Amelia the beautiful blue parolett. Barney is a orange tabby cat that is a big hunter. He proudly presented us with a little chipmunk, that we rescued and released, as well as two moles...DOA! BUT, let me tell you about Sunday's breakfast and Barney. We had a house full of Auburn football guest as well as two couples down to play golf at Stillwater. They were all coming down about 8:30 for their breakfast of ham, biscuits, fluffy eggs, fried pears and banana bread. The weather was so wonderful outside that we opened the two sets of french doors off of the breakfast dining room. Some guest had wandered out to the deck with their breakfast and on one lady remained upstairs still in bed. Barney decided to slip into the house through the French doors. I hear guest saying, "No Barney, go back out." I went back into the owner's quarters for a minute when suddenly Glenda came in just screaming."Where is Amelia?" "She's in her cage, why?" I said. Barney has a squirrel caught under the buffet of the formal dining room, and I was so afraid that it was Amelia out. OMG! I went straight to the formal dining room only to hear cat and squirrel just a going at it! The guest were excited as well! The ladies were running, screaming, jumping in chairs as well as the men on the HUNT! Some guest were grabbing their cameras. The men were wanting a flashlight so I ran and got a couple. The squirrel was moving from room to room so I closed all doors leading to all parts of the house in an attempt to persuade the squirrel to go out the front door. The husband of the lady still in bed ran upstairs and told her he thought a squirrel had ran up the stairs and I mean she got up quicker than greased lightening! She came down those stairs all wild eyed and ready for a cup of strong coffee! Well, I continued to try to round up the squirrel by closing the massive pocket doors to the gentlemen and ladies parlors. Finally, Glenda got Barney and took him to the screened in porch. All guest were convinced that the squirrel had exited the front door. Of course, breakfast was stone cold at this point. After we checked the guest out, we went to the owner's quarters and sat down in the recliners to eat our breakfast. We were exhausted and beginning to dose off. All of a sudden we heard the squirrel in the gentleman's parlor that is back to back of the owner's quarters. I went in there and opened the parlor pocket doors, but no squirrel. So, our answer to is the house haunted is now...NO, only a squirrel in the gentleman's parlor. Now, if you have ever heard Ray Stevens' take off on the squirrel at church, this is even more funnier. All in all, we loved Inn Sitting and would do it again. However, Barney will need to stay at a kennel next time. Oh, should read the comments in the journals! AND, A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL!

Friday, September 19, 2008

PINK SATURDAY. September 20th~ Poodles

This is my guest bathroom. It is a pink lovers delight! The pink metal laundry pail and tissue holder were bought at different times but they are a set.

As you can see, I will never run out of Pink Items for Pink Saturday. Thanks ,BEVERLY
for hosting another fun Pink Day.

I collect poodles and have a LOT!

Notice the vintage poodle towels..You better not use them!

They still have the original tag on them. I rag rolled the walls of this bathroom with the same pink paint used in the bedroom.

This wall is above the potty. It has several Plaster of Paris poodles on it. The one on top is a temperature gauge and it turns colors as the humidity changes in the bathroom. Some of my poodles have"spaghetti hair." Some have white rabbit fur on them too! One of my first poodles was the powder container. I like it a lot. It's the squatty pink one.

Not shown are Poodle banks,
poodle bubble bath containers,

and other plaster poodle items.

Do you recognize the Avon bottles? I have a pair of them.

Of course I have salt and pepper poodles...but that's another post.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Inn Sitter for Mistletoe Bough Bed and Breakfast

I told you about Mistletoe Bough about a month ago. I didn't tell you about the wonderful opportunity Glenda and I were offered. While we were talking to the Inn Keeper, I told her my girlfriend and I are so in love with B&B's that we took a course and became certified Inn Sitters. The Inn Keeper immediately asked if we would consider sitting with Mistletoe Bough the week of 21st-27th! She and her husband are going on their first vacation since they purchased the Inn 3 years ago. We answered without hesitation "YES!" We didn't even care how much they offered to pay us! SO-o-o-o I will be gone next week living a fantasy dream. We will have 12 guest Saturday night and feed them breakfast Sunday morning. They had rented the house for 2 days for their daughter's wedding. On Tuesday, we will host a little tea party for 12 older ladies. They will meet in the ladies parlor. Then on Friday and Saturday, we will check in guest for the weekend. These guest will be attending the Auburn-Tennessee game. We will feed them breakfast both mornings. There is a maid that comes in daily to change the beds and clean rooms. Then mid week, another lady comes in a does "deep cleaning." We will book reservations, run the credit card machine and be available for any needs. We will stay in the inn keepers apartment downstairs and also take care of Amelia, their parakeet and Barney, the mouser that lives outside. Glenda (my friend) and I plan to do a whole lot of porch sitting, rocking and coffee drinking. We'll smoke cigars in the gents parlor (NOT) and have afternoon tea and scones in the ladies parlor. Come by and join us. You're always welcome at Mistletoe Bough! Click on the link and take a tour.