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Monday, December 22, 2014

Country Christmas!!

We spent the weekend at my family's country place! We had the whole family there including Nancy's Grandmother who was visiting from Connecticut and Nancy's brother, Richard, who resides in California.  Mrs Kim and my mother have a unique friendship. Both are in their early 80s and somehow feel a bond despite the language barrier. Mrs Kim does not speak English and Mother does not speak Korean.  Their shared faith in God is also a bond between them.  So when we had our family picture made, Mrs Kim was standing right next to Mother!!

My sister, Kristi, had the great idea to get a family picture while everyone was in town. She called our cousin, Scott, and he came over and got some great shots!  When he told us he wanted us to pose on the driveway, I was a bit sceptical but the pictures were great. Then Kristi told me that Scott sometimes uses our farm as a backdrop for some of his professional photographs. He brought a young man to my daddy's barn and took a photo of the fellow sitting in the loft!  We were so glad to get a family photograph where everyone was looking at the camera!!

It was a dreary day but that worked to our advantage as there was no squinting in the sun!!

With some help of parents standing in the distance and getting the kiddos attention we also got this great photo with the grands.  It will be obsolete next May when Baby Girl Grimm makes her appearance....we will have to get Scott to make more pictures of the family then.

The Tankersley Girls..... Arlene, Leta and Kristi.  Pictured on the farm where they were raised and where they have many memories of a fun life surrounded by parents, grandparents and cousins and friends. My mother still lives in the house that my parents brought me home to from the hospital after I was born almost 60 years ago!

It was a good weekend and now the countdown to Christmas Day!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Our Reindeer

Baylor came home from preschool with this ornament he had made with the help of his teachers. We loved it. My sister who has taught first grade for years and who has experience with autistic students told me that two things stood out to her in this photo. First that he was looking at the camera and second that he allowed the teacher to put the reindeer antlers on his head for this picture. Both are big deals in the world of autism. As for Nana and Grandpa, we love our Baylor Reindeer.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Harriet Potter

Our Margaret got a new pair of glasses recently. Mommy let Margaret choose her style and she chose PINK of course but we were surprised that she chose the round frames. Our own little Harriet Potter!!
If you have never read the Harry Potter books, Harry wears black round glasses.
Here she is in her new glasses holding her eye glass case...

And here she is all dressed up for church and wearing her pretty pink glasses.  I am looking forward to January when Margaret will come and spend a few days with Nana.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

High Cotton!

When I moved to Alabama I first heard the phrase, High Cotton. If you asked someone how they were doing they might reply, "I'm in High Cotton!" That means they are doing well. If your cotton crop is high that means more cotton and a better return for your cotton field at harvest.  Now we had cotton in Georgia as well but I had never heard that phrase used there.  A friend of mine gave me a recipe for a little Christmas candy treat and as it had no name, I decided to give it the name High Cotton Candy...because you are in high cotton if you have this treat in your Christmas Kitchen. I would have posted a picture of the candy but it is all GONE! Thanks to my friend, Amy for this new recipe which I will be adding to my list of Christmas Treats.

High Cotton Candy

1 1/2 packages of White Almond Bark. 
1 cup peanut butter
2 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups peanuts
2 cups minature marshmallows

Melt almond bark and peanut butter over low heat on top of stove. Let it cool a bit while you measure out Rice Krispies, Peanuts, Marshmallows and place them in a large bowl. Pour Almond Bark mixtures over ingredients in the bowl and stir to cover. Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper and allow to set. Store in an air tight container.

I had my MOPs ladies over last night and they LOVED it and asked me to put the recipe on our MOPs Facebook Page.  We had such a good time...eating, visiting and laughing were the order of the evening. Moms who have Daddies on Babysitting duty are always happy campers. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tea Time

I do not drink tea, only coffee but I love my tea cart that sits in my dining room. And this Christmas it looks lovely decorated in its' holiday finery. I think I have told the story before about how I found this cart at an antique store in my husband's home town of Savannah, Ga.  I kept going back to look at the tea cart but with no price tag displayed I was afraid it was out of my means. My brother in law, William, hunted down the proprietor and asked the price....$90. What a find!!  There is a little brass tag affixed to the cart that says if is from the Shepheard Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.  Right now this old hotel is closed as it undergoes a complete renovation.  And from Egypt to Alabama! What a trip!!

I am busy getting ready for a Christmas party for my MOPs moms tonight. They are always so much fun to be around! Then Thursday I am having Deborah and Susan here for lunch and opening gifts, later in the day my Titus Ladies will come for a light supper. Most of my Christmas partying will be finished after this week!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Party On

I love this Polar Bear Cookie Jar and being from Georgia I am partial to Coca Cola.( Did you know that the original recipe for Coca Cola had cocaine in it?)  I have always enjoyed Coca Colas Christmas advertisements...with Santa and later with the Polar Bears. I have not seen any Coke commercials this Christmas. Maybe they do not need to advertise this year! I found this polar bear years ago and I purchased it for Mama G. She was a big cookie baker and she always had a stash of chocolate candy hidden in her house! I thought she would enjoy it and she did for many years. When she passed away, this was one thing that I really wanted to take back home with me.  He is a cheery addition to my Christmas kitchen.

We had fun at our Sunday School party Saturday night. Dirty Santa was played with gusto and I came away with some pretty bracelets that my husband "stole" for me and we also ended up with some pretty Alabama Christmas ornaments. Not Alabama as in BAMA but  Alabama as in our state!

Yesterday was a red letter day for our youngest son as he received his Masters Degree in English from the Universtity of Alabama at Huntsville. He chose not to walk as he and Nancy are busy getting ready to move to Atlanta. Their cute home in Harvest, Alabama has sold so they will spend part of the week looking at houses in Northeast Atlanta. While I loved living in Atlanta as a young person, the traffic there makes me glad I live in Decatur, Alabama.  Charles will be looking for a job and he also hopes to enroll in an Atlanta area college PhD program. His goal is to be a college professor.  They have an exciting 2015 ahead of them as they move to a new city, get new jobs and welcome Baby Girl Grimm in May. So far Baby Girl does not have a name. Nancy says they may have to see her to decide on a name. So no monogrammed goodies for this grandbaby until she arrives.

Today I hope to spend most of my time in the kitchen....much Christmas baking to do!! And maybe a little cross stitching as I have almost completed the wedding sampler for nephew, Jeff and his fiancee, Sarah. Lots to look forward to in the Grimm family in 2015.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Angels

I have had these angels for many years. I have always loved angels and I had quite a collection before my sweet husband stepped in to help me get them from the attic and dropped the box that contained my collection. That was years ago and I am not bitter at all!lol...Really I am not. He did it while we were moving one time and he was clearing the attic for me. This was when we lived in a house that had the pull down attic stairs and it was an ordeal to get anything out of the attic! I was not home at the time of the accident and oh how he dreaded telling me about it.  Not all were broken but quite a few did not survive the fall from the attic stairs.   I told him that they were just THINGS....I was glad he did not fall. I love my little collections but if they were all taken away from me tomorrow, I would survive.  I think I bought these angels to start my collection over again!

The little dish is one that I purchased in Franklin, Tennessee when my friend, Diane and I went there to shop back in November.  I have always been drawn to little things.

Tonight Marvin and I are going to our Sunday School Christmas Party. I have my Dirty Santa gifts ready and I must make my Smoked Turkey Cheese Ball to take along to share.  I am looking forward to an evening with my dear friends of 20 years. They know all about me and love me anyway!!