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    R is for Romance

    Ah, Romance. Novels, love songs, chick flicks – all can stir those feelings of love and romance. Things that make women and girls hearts go all soft and mushy. The same things that typically make my husband and male friends roll their eyes.

    My Sunday morning started with the usual routine. My husband works night shift, so while he is sleeping in, I complete my Sunday morning activities, and then settle in for a few hours working in my office. As I checked the movie channels, I was pleasantly surprised to find an Outlander marathon playing on Starz. What is more romantic than a love story, set in the Scottish Highlands, with men in kilts? I couldn’t think of anything. After all, it is Valentine’s Day.

    I was not familiar with the Outlander books until a year or so ago when I saw the previews to the upcoming release of the show. I decided I couldn’t wait for the series to find out more. Since I am much more likely to listen to books on tape than to sit down and read a book with several hundred pages, I quickly went through thirty hours of audio learning the story of Clare and Jamie. I was hooked, and anxiously awaited the start of the series which would bring the story to life.

    The episode entitled “The Wedding”, is the epitome of romance. It is a wonderful story, very tastefully done. It makes my heart melt as I watch this episode. It always amazes me how a book or movie with a beautiful story can evoke such powerful emotions. It makes my heart feel warm and happy. I will return to reality soon enough. For now, I am enjoying a few hours of romance on this cold Sunday. I can’t think of anything more fitting for my Valentine’s Day.

    Enjoy the romance.

    A Little Embroidery To Make You Smile

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    Yes, we are old school – we still do our embroidery designs by hand. We love Aunt Martha’s iron-on transfers from Colonial Pattern Company. Each time I see them, I am reminded of life on the farm, sitting at the table in Great Grandma’s kitchen. I am so thankful that these designs are still available. Thank you for the memories.

    We thought the design would be cute on a pillow cover, so we chose reproduction feedsack prints to compliment the pattern.

    Enjoy!

    Great Grandma is watching over us this Christmas Season

    Great Grandma's Christmas Cactus

    Great Grandma's Christmas Cactus

    I have managed to keep Great Grandma’s Christmas Cactus alive and healthy for nearly 30 years. She asked me to look after it when she moved to the nursing home. I don’t claim to have her green thumb. I think I have gotten a little help from her and Plain Grandma over the years in keeping these special plants alive for decades. They are a reminder of those very dear to me who have passed. I like to think that when the plants bloom, those two are smiling down on me. About a year before we moved, I noticed that the plant I had taken home from Plain Grandma’s funeral, (in 1991), was starting to look really bad. It was more than 20 years old, maybe it was finished. I set it outside because I thought it was about done. A few days later, I noticed that it had several new shoots, and actually looked healthier than it had in years. I guess Plain Grandma wasn’t finished with that plant. It is now thriving at our new house.

    I noticed two weeks ago when Mom and Aunt Margie were visiting that Great Grandma’s Christmas Cactus was covered in buds. The plant is now in full bloom, and will continue through Christmas.

    Thank you Great Grandma.