Sunday, March 18, 2012

So long, farewell.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehn, good night. Have I gotten you singing along with the song from Sound of Music? 

Well, my time has indeed come. I have enjoyed blogging so much, but it's time for me to stop. I wanted to see if I could do it and I did. But now, my folks will be home from Florida soon, and I will be spending more time with them. Plus, I have two grandchildren to share fun times with.

I want you to know that you are wonderful people. I never would have thought that I would be "blogging friends" with young people like Liesl and Megan and Alex or international bloggers like Lindy Lou and Diane and Mongs.

Here are some of the things I've learned from you:
  1. You are so creative. You can paint, sew, and use power tools.
  2. You are generous and share tutorials so others can make the projects you have created.
  3. You care about each other and support each other.
  4. Anything can be spray painted ~ furniture, couches, even shoes.
  5. Stripes are very popular on walls. Or maybe that's been replaced by chevron.
  6. Repurpose is a word and many of you are doing it! You're also weathering stuff.
  7. Pillows are seasonal accessories. They can be made using napkins, place mats, and old clothes.
  8. Mantels should be decorated. If you don't have a mantel, a shelf or hutch will do.
  9. Banners are necessary for every holiday. 
  10. Plates aren't just for food. They look great on a wall.
  11. Makeovers don't involve mascara and lipstick anymore.
  12. Pottery Barn and IKEA are like crack to bloggers. "Like crack to bloggers" is a popular thing to write in blogs and it means something is popular.

Goals you've given me:
  1. Take a photography class. Or at least read the manual that came with my camera. I know it's here somewhere.
  2. Learn to sew. (This has been a goal for about 45 years. It's not looking so good.)

My confessions:
  1. I'm still not sure what Expedit is but I do know how to use a cloche.
  2. I never mastered Linky following.

Thank you for all the giveaways I've been lucky enough to win.
Thank you for following me and commenting on my posts.

I will still be stalking reading blogs. (I love this feature that marks out the real words we want to use.)

Adieu, adieu, to you, and you, and you.

~Grammy Goodwill~


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

God spoke to me at Goodwill.

On my way to Goodwill today, I passed a young man walking down the street. I idly wondered where he was going.

I found a few treasures in the store and went to check-out. That same young man was also checking out. Of course I don't have a picture of him, but he was dressed as so many young men are today. He had his cap on backwards with a baggy shirt and pants around his hips. He had tattoos on his neck and forehead.

As he paid for his white oxford shirt and khaki pants, he commented that he needed some clothes for church. He said last week he wore his "street clothes" ~ his words, not mine ~ and he felt uncomfortable.

I told him how uncomfortable I feel when I wear pants on Sunday. We agreed that the other church people don't care what we wear, but we still felt uncomfortable.

He then said to me, "Some people don't believe I go to church, but I do."

Judge not, that ye be not judged.   Matthew 7:1

Does God ever speak to you  in unusual places?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sound Sleeper

Yep! We slept through this tree (limb) falling on our roof. Our bedroom is at the other end of the house, plus the bedroom door was closed and the fan was on. It was quite a surprise to walk through the house and see branches outside of each window.

This is the tree. It's on the hill behind our house, but it's still on our property. (Maybe I should check those property lines. Nyah, I'll take my neighbor's word for it.)

If you're trying to figure out how the limb changed direction so the end landed on our roof, it actually landed on our stone wall. Then it bounced upward. This could only happen to us.

We're just lucky that the tree didn't come all the way through the dining room ceiling.

We're waiting for the insurance claim. I'll let you know how that turns out.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

How many do you have?

One of my lovely cousins

One of my cousins asked on Facebook if anyone knew how many grandchildren our grandparents had. There were eleven children in Mom's family, and I was able to count all of the grandchildren. There were a total of 34! One died in infancy and one died several years ago. That means I have 31 living first cousins - and that's only on Mom's side.

That made me curious enough to count the grandchildren on Dad's side. There were ten children. I think there were 28 grandchildren. Two have died as adults. That means I have 25 living first cousins on Dad's side.

Do the math and I have 56 first cousins!

Family is wonderful.