Friday, October 24, 2014


It is Friday again and I have a busy day in store. I have a coffee cake in the oven as it is a MOPs morning and I have to take a sweet snack. If you have never tried the Krusteaz Crumb Cake then you are missing a treat!

A friend of mine shared this mix with me years ago and I think it is one of the best coffee cake mixes on the market.  I use two packages to make a 9 by 13 coffee cake. I also add a powdered sugar glaze to the top for some extra flavor and prettiness! My friend, Susan B, said that her mom made this up in the 9 by 13 pan for a church bake sale and EVERYONE wanted her recipe!!  I hope my MOPs moms will enjoy it.

And I have errands to run as usual. I have several gifts to purchase so I will be off to TJ Maxx after MOPs to search out something special.  Then to the grocery store!

Over the weekend I hope to work on some Christmas projects. I will also make a trip to the Cross Stitch shop as one of my nephews is getting married and I need to get started on a project for him and his bride.

Before I leave you, I had to share this cute picture of Landon that was taken at the Pumpkin Patch. His kindergarten class had a fun time at Tate Farms last week. He and Mommy took in all the fun things to do at this famous NoAla fall travel destination.

I just LOVE this scarecrow!!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Laugh Lines

As I approach my 60th birthday next year, I have been thinking a lot about getting older. One Bible verse that stands out in my mind is Proverbs 31:30  Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  How we seem to value "looks" in this society. Some baby boomers want to stay flower children forever and even the younger generations are looking for the fountain of youth. While I think we should try to look our best, I think we should embrace aging gracefully. One thing that really bothers me is all the Botox that is being used to take away wrinkles. While it does take away wrinkles, it also takes away expression. When I came across this quote by the beautiful Lauren Bacall, it really expressed my thoughts on this matter.

I hope my life shows in my face, every line has been earned by living the life that God has given me.  I am thankful for each year that I have been blessed with as it is truly a gift!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Here Come the Turtles!

The Ninja Turtles that is!!

Landon had an early celebration of his Sixth Birthday here at Nana's house on Saturday. He is Leonardo!

Ninja Turtle family!

That Grandpa thinks he is funny...putting bunny ears on Nana and Landon.

Baylor does not like masks so we got a picture of him in his nice fall shirt with Grandpa and Landon.

Yum, that cookie cake looks good!!

Best Buds!!

Uncle Ben and Baby Elliott who will turn one in December!!

Love this photo of Elliott checking out Uncle Charles! What kind of family do I have? he seems to say!
Aunt Nancy had a cold so she stayed home to avoid spreading germs to the rest of the family.

These younguns are just growing up too fast! So glad I get to be their Nana!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Points of Light

My nursing school days were long ago but I am grateful for the experiences I had, the fellow nursing students who are still friends and the great eduation I received in my Diploma Nursing Program. Diploma Nurses are a thing of the past now. We went to school for three years, non stop and we learned so much as we were put through our paces! When we graduated we were ready to give skilled nursing care in many areas. Today most nurses have a Bachelor of Science degree but not so much clinical experience. They get that on the job these days. ( Doesn't that make you feel safe and secure?) Of course I am biased on this subject! My nursing school room mate, Karen, had a physician say to her, "Where did you go to school and get out with two years of experience?" She was happy to tell him, Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing. Now the school is a BS program that is a part of Mercer University and the old hospital is Atlanta Medical Center. Our dormitory is now a flashy apartment building for students who go to school in Atlanta colleges and universities.  But I still have my memories and I can always beat my husband when the medical categories come up on Jeopardy!  I am glad to be one of the 5081 points of light that Georgia Baptist sent out into the world!

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Life Well Lived

I am back home after a quick trip to Georgia. My dad's younger sister, Jannelle, passed away on Thursday and her funeral was yesterday. It is hard to say good bye to someone you have known all your life and loves you and prays for you.

This is a picture of my aunt with three of her six children.  Aunt Jannelle got married as a teenager and had five children. She thought her family was complete but God surprised her with a baby who was born in the early 1970s...Chris. Chris was a Down's baby who required a lot of care but my aunt was up for it. She cared for him in her home until he was able to go and live in a group home where he lived happily until his death. Aunt Jannelle's oldest daughter and my favorite cousin, Carolyn, died of complications from Lupus.  In addition to burying two children she  lost two husbands and was a fortunate lady to have found three good husbands. Al, who she had been married to for almost six years at the time of her death, lost a precious wife.  She was truly the matriarch of her family. She was loved by all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She not only took care of her family but cared deeply for her extended family and friends. Her funeral was a celebration of her life and both of the preachers who spoke at her funeral were quick to point out that her resiliency came from her faith in God. She certainly had a life that had many trials but she was a happy person and did not allow herself to have a pity party. I have always admired her sweet spirit.  I would like to ask all my blog friends if they would remember this family in prayer this week as they grieve the loss of their Mama and Grandmama.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Steve Bones

My friend, Susan, who happens to live up the street from me put out an interesting Halloween display this year. Steve Bones is his name.

I just love his party hat!!

I told the children we were going to stop and see Steve Bones after school.

Even Steve looks a bit scared in this picture!! Now we will have to wave to Steve on our way to and from school until Halloween.

Yesterday was also team spirit day in Landon's Kindergarten class....

He made a Tiger hat to wear along with his Auburn shirt. Here in Alabama you are either for Auburn or Alabama. As a citizen of this state, you must pick a side!:)  At Nanaland we are Alabama fans but to each his own.

And today we will be celebrating Landon's 6th birthday. His actual birthday is on October 27th but this was the best day for the Grimm side of the family to celebrate.

It looks like it is going to be a beautiful fall day here...the sun is shining and the sky is October blue.  Have a blessed weekend blog friends.

Friday, October 17, 2014

On the Farm

My niece, Laura, took this photo from the car on the way up the hill at my parents farm. I thought it was a pretty shot of the hills and mountains. I love the fact that you can see a patch of sunshine on Grassy Mountain.  And the blue sky is shining through after days of rain! It is good to take time to notice these little gifts from God that surround us. I know I am often "too busy" to stop and enjoy them.