Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Sunday, September 26, 2010


My mom's birthday is this Tuesday, so Saturday night Wayne & I hosted a birthday supper/party here on the farm. Of course as most of you know, we've been praying for rain. And as you also know, when you pray for something, you give the need/problem to God. You leave it in His capable hands, then it never fails that He never fails and the answer is right on time! He answered our prayers and the rains started falling. They fell all afternoon and cooled the air, just for my mom's birthday party. Then came to a stop before family started arriving. Wonderful timing!

The supper was delicious, the party was well worth it for my mom's sake. BUT! Oh yes, there is always a BUT!

In conjunction with the supper invites, we also told everyone that the pool was out there for swimming. Several said yes that they would be swimming. I can't tell you how much money we spent getting it beautiful and blue (we had neglected vacuuming it since Matt's accident) and the rain did not ruin that. I had even spent all morning rounding up old pool toys from storage for the little guys, new ones not even opened yet, and all the towels, furniture cushions, etc. Nothing was ruined by the earlier rains because it was all waiting for the guests in the laundry room. It had stopped raining before everyone arrived, leaving nice and perfect temps for swimming. Guess what, nobody wanted to swim. They all decided for some reason to stay indoors! WHAT? Yep, they decided that they didn't want to swim. Nobody wanted to walk the grounds, look at the garden, flowers, fruit trees, barn, horse, chickens, rock on the front porch, NOTHING! We even have a pool table and darts down in the game room! NOTHING! Ok, so Wayne is right! Now that's off my chest instead of keeping it bottled up. We are still shaking our heads though.

With all that said and done, I am so happy and have no regrets doing something special for my mother. I'm glad I honored her with a celebration of her birthday instead of just letting this special year slip by with just a birthday card and present. I'm glad I'm not too old to learn valuable lessons that will help me in the future (Wayne does try to tell me not to go overboard & expect too much in return). Most of all, I am SO VERY THANKFUL that I have my mother to love, laugh with, cry with, shop with, complain to, etc. I love her so much and truly thank God for her!

On a lighter note, it is going to be a very hectic week for us. We'll be getting Banjo Boy Matt all packed and ready to head off to Nashville, Tennessee with some friends. They are going to the International Bluegrass Music Assoc awards. Yippy for him, and we're thankkful God has sent so many good friends into our lives that travel a lot and invite Banjo Boy along for the fun, experience, learning, etc.

See you next time!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Popular Little Critters

Chickens are very popular little critters all over blog land these days. I've seen all of your rustic, cute, pretty, adorable, cottage like, etc. chicken yards and coops. I'm ashamed to say that the chicken yard and coop here on Lillie Mae Acres is not near as cute and fancy as yours, but here it is.

The chickens seem happy so I guess it doesn't matter that we've let the coop get run down. All of your nice ones did encourage me to tell Matthew that we need to get out there and fix ours up a bit when the weather cools off.

Below are some cute little bizzy beez! We have these fuzzy looking critters enjoying almost everything that still has a bloom on it around here.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Silver Pen & Golden Foliage

Catchy little title, huh? It'll make sense, I promise.

I never remember to get one of these. A silver pen to sign our Christmas cards with. When addressing our cards, I realize it year after year. I always regret not planning it better, then I think that next year I'll get a silver pen. I finally remembered so I wasn't taking any chances. A whopping $1.50, and it brought me great joy.

Now I can't wait to sit down and address Christmas cards. Yes, I already have the beautiful cards for this year. No, I will not be addressing them this early. That would be a major jump on the holidays and take all the fun out of it! I wouldn't do that this early because I love my favorite Christmas music in the background and hot chocolate to sip while addressing the pretty cards to all of our family and friends.

One major thing needs some attention real soon. I need to plan and arrange our Christmas pictures for the cards. Hmmm?

Ok, on to golden foliage. This is Florida, so do not expect too much, especially anytime soon.

The above picture is my favorite. It's my view from my front porch swing.
Our winding private trail out to the road. Walking it is so much more beautiful than the picture above shows.

I'm planning my mom's 70th birthday celebration in conjunction with a "your last chance to swim this year" spaghetti supper Saturday night. Nothing fancy, just a time for family to get together and enjoy Lillie Mae Acres. I'm baking a yummy carrot cake for her and hoping that everyone enjoys an evening in the country. Matthew's back is doing so much better, thank you all for your prayers. He's back to most of his daily activities, just having to take it very careful until we see what new x rays show on the 29th.

I'm glad you stopped back by for a visit to see what's been going on. Come back anytime, sit and browse through what we call our little piece of Heaven on earth. Have a blessed rest of the week and weekend.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Reclaimed Wood becomes Family Heirlooms

We love family heirlooms. And I mean all three of us. Through Wayne and myself, Matthew has a natural respect and love for them too. So far we haven't ran across any ancestors that were rich though, so our family heirlooms are simple and special but not very valuable in dollars. That's just fine with us, we wouldn't want to part with any of them anyways.

A few months back I made a sign out of a piece of wood from my grandmother's home. I posted about it, so really this posting is about two more signs. My two new signs are made from wood off of my dad's home. My childhood homestead, from about age 11 until I married and left home.

In reclaiming these beautiful old pieces of wood, I've created heirlooms. I love decorating primitive/farmhouse but do not want signs hanging everywhere throughout my home like I see in the magazines and catalogs. So I really had to think a while before deciding how to best preserve these valuable boards. The three signs have a very special place in my heart; therefore, bring me comfort by helping to make our home comfortable. They actually have history. They've honestly weathered many storms and if they could talk could tell many wonderful stories about family and friends. Now that they are hanging on the interior of our home, more history is sinking into them. Lovely thought!

Thank you for stopping back by and have a blessed weekend.

I saw something very similar to the large ANTIQUES sign above when I was browsing online. It reminds me of an outdoor sign, maybe off an old barn or warehouse.

AMAZING GRACE is one of my favorite hymns and a lovely (I think) thing to constantly remember, praising God throughout the day.

The above sign was made from my grandmother's home. I blogged about it back in April or May.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Calling All Tomato Lovers

Calling all of you tomato lovers out there! Have you ever eaten a delicious hot tomato pie? Oh my goodness, if you haven't you're really missing out on something good. I love them, but my two favorite guys could eat them all the time I do believe.

The pie in the picture was baked back in the spring. I intended to blog and give ya'll the recipe and just never did. Of course home grown tomatoes or going and picking them yourself are the best flavored ones for all your recipes and eating delights.

Below is the recipe. We are looking forward to the fall tomato crops to come about a month from now. I sure hope you'll give it a try and I hope your family enjoys it as much as we do.


9" deep dish pie shell
1 1/2 c shredded mozz cheese
3 - 4 md. tomatoes (sliced thick & layed on paper towel to help soak up some juice)
2 tsp dried basil
4 cloves fresh garlic (chopped)
1/2 c mayo
1/4 c shredded parm. cheese

Sprinkle 1/2 c mozz cheese on bottom of pie shell, arrange sliced tomatoes, cover with basil and garlic.
In a seperate bowl, mix together mayo and 1 c mozz cheese. Add parm cheese, then spread over tomatoes.

375 DEGREES 35 - 45 MINUTES Until lightly brown

Let cool for a few minutes before trying to slice it. Oh, it's so yummy! Enjoy!

You'll notice that we sprinkle a little more basil on top before baking, just because we love basil and it does look pretty.

Come back to Lillie Mae Acres real soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Musings

I think it's finally happening. Summer is trying to fade away in it's own fashion...which here in Florida means cooler mornings (just to get our blood pumping) and HOT days until sometimes towards late October. The calendar doesn't have too many summer days left on it officially, so we can get excited about that.

I over dressed for church yesterday morning, even wore black hose. I sweated and regretted, but you know how us southern girls are...our mamas taught us to NEVER wear white after Labor Day. That is one rule that a lady can't break. It would have the busy body church ladies shaking their heads, rolling their eyes, and nudging each other instead of listening to the preacher. Oh no, Lillie Mae doesn't ever want to be the reason a nice busy body church lady doesn't get the full message in her heart that the preacher worked so hard to preach! LOL, just a little church humor this morning to give you a Monday morning giggle.

In the mornings when I walk around Lillie Mae Acres talking to God and drinking coffee, I see stuff that might not catch my eye any other time. So when I remember to, I take my camera. Here are some pictures captured within the last month or so.

I hope you all have a very good Monday and thank you for visiting my humble home this morning.

The HUGE mushroom in the pictures above was found under an oak tree. I've never seen such, and when I bent down to get a closer look it had little micro flying bugs flying all over it. YUCK!
YAY, my first pineapple. Actually this is a plant from my dad's and I've taken care of it so I hope the pineapple develops. Who knew they were this beautiful purple color?

I do hope the oranges from this tree are delicious and juicy! The blossoms smell so wonderful and just a few weeks ago the bees were working so hard, I felt bad watering the tree because it disturbed them.
Oh look! Fall foliage above. He he, that's all the beautiful leaves changing colors you'll see right now in my neck of the woods.

Up to the day of Matt's big fall from the tree stand, him and his dad worked so hard mowing. trimming, and bush hogging everything. I love that it's all neat and tidy for a while.
Well folks, that's it for now. Come back soon!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

September Has Had A Busy Beginning

September is here! Well it's already been here for 10 days, but Lillie Mae Acres has been a much too busy place these days. September has had a busy beginning so I wonder if the rest of the month will be more relaxing. I'm NOT complaining! In everything, I do praise my wonderful God.

Lillie Mae Acres looks wonderful, everything freshly bush hogged, mowed, and trimmed. The fall garden is even planted, the greens that is. We may plant more veggies later on as it cools.

We finally got my dad's house on the market, although there's a little more to do to it. That's a huge relief for Wayne and Matt, so in a small way working on our land for 2 or 3 days giving it all a good close "haircut" was a reward. A sign that things are going to be normal again one day soon with only one homestead to maintain.

Then it happened. Right after they were satisfied with their hard work and almost all the day's chores were done on Tuesday afternoon, Wayne and Matt went out to the hunting grounds to get things ready for the upcoming season. They were moving one of the tree stands, Matt half way to the top and it SNAPPED. He fell 15 feet and landed on his back.

A trip to the ER and x rays showed a compression fracture of the lower lumbar and several other questionable areas. The orthopedic doctor visit the next day gave us the news of the fracture with a small portion of broken bone. LOOOONG story short...he is in a very bulky hard brace. He will recover, it's expected to take a good 12 weeks if he does everything he's supposed to and nothing he's not supposed to.

Too bad for him that Florida is still HOT HOT HOT during the days. We haven't had rain in about a week so it's also dry. A bulky thick plastic brace and heat does not mix. He's wearing Under Armour under it which helps but it's still yucky so in 3 weeks if new x rays show enough improvement he'll probably be able to go to a brace about half size.

We certainly do give God all the glory for this accident NOT being worse. It could have been so much worse.

On to more positive news, Matthew has fell in love with the handicap scooters at Walmart. Both days of doctor appointments have made us have to run by Walmart either to kill time or pick up stuff and of course it hurts him to walk. He has been a very bad teenager though, he has been texting and driving the scooter at the same time. I guess that also makes me a bad mom for allowing it. He also has enjoyed honking the little "beep beep" horn at me and trying to embarrass me through the store but it doesn't. I'm not embarrassed by having him follow me on one of those scooters, my feet sometimes hurt so bad I wish that was a reason so I could use one. Don't you dare say you haven't thought of it yourself!

September is here and that does mean that the wonderful holidays are closer than they seem. The stores have such pretty stuff out for fall/Thanksgiving and I'm already seeing Christmas decor being put on the shelves. I have no idea where I'll put our main family Christmas tree this year but you can bet that I'll be finding a place. We have too much furniture in the living room now so I'll have to do some rearranging or something.

Well, no pictures to post with this, I just wanted to explain why I haven't been on.

Thank you so much for dropping by again. I know I haven't been posting as often as I used to. I miss it and want to get back to it, including catching up on reading all of your wonderful blogs. Come back soon sweet friend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

$2.00 Valance...Just What I Wanted

I've never been completely happy with the mustard colored valance that I made a few years back to use for fall, so I decided this was the year to replace it. I knew I wanted green plaid to blend with my tablecloth and napkins and I found the PERFECT fabric a couple of weeks ago at Hobby Lobby. On sale too! All I needed was one yard and can you believe it was just a little more than $2.00? I LUV it too and now I don't know why it took me so long to replace the icky one.

Another little transition from old to new is this adorable little bird cage. It was gold and a dear friend gave it to me so painting it has never crossed my mind...until the other day! I believe she told me that it's a Home Interiors HOMCO piece.
When I received the new COUNTRY STORE of GENEVA catalog in the mail the other day, BINGO. There was my inspiration, right there on page 3. A black metal bird cage for decor, and the cost is $44.00. You know what I did next! Yep, Lillie Mae cleaned up that little gold shiny bird cage, took it outside and painted it black. You know how much I LUV LUV LUV spray paint!

I currently have a vintage Turkey candle figurine in it, it's from the 50's I believe. I decorated it to blend in with my current fall decor. If you don't get THE COUNTRY STORE of GENEVA catalogs, you really ought to go to their website and order one. Beautiful prim stuff for your home.

Well, that's it for now. I just knew I had to show off my inexpensive valance. I am truly a real Thrifty Thelma when I can be. And you know, there's nothing wrong with trying to stretch every dollar God blesses you with.

I'll leave you with a few pictures of my sweet little Lily in her new red dress my mom (her Mema) made for her. Ladybugs!