Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Friday, January 28, 2011

Have A Wonderful Weekend

We have a busy weekend planned. I wish it was going to be a full weekend of planning, building and redecorating around Lillie Mae Acres, but it won't be. We sure have a l-o-n-g list though and we want it all to be done before spring. Doesn't everyone?
We'll be going to a benefit sing Saturday afternoon out of town, but it's for a good cause. Maybe next weekend we can get to that long list of projects. Till then, have yourself a wonderful weekend, I hope you have beautiful weather, and I hope you get a lot done around your home if that's your plans.
Here is a sneak peak at something new in the farmhouse kitchen. You can also see in the background that hubby hasn't had time to prim up my hand pump. It still looks new so I haven't been able to get the look I'm aiming for yet.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Being THAT Age In Life & Giving A Pig A Home

Hubby and I are here! We're here at what is called middle age. He's in his mid 50's, and I'm in my mid 40's. We're THAT age in life, and I'm so glad and blessed that we're here together. We're here through the happy things happening and the sad things. Together we are passing through the middle ages!

Leading up to this! My sweet hubby recently lost his mom. His dad died years ago and his mom just passed earlier this month. The daunting task of having to clean out her home has begun. I know how he feels. My dad passed less than a year ago and I've just found places in my home for what I decided to keep out of my dad's home. My sister and I have just sold his home and finalized almost everything with the 1 year anniversary coming up.

Wayne and Matthew had big grins on their faces when they came home the other day and announced "look what we brought you for the kitchen". Oh my goodness, the BIG beautiful brown pig has always been a favorite of Wayne's. Unfortunately he can't remember if his mom made it or not. She made so many ceramic pieces a long time ago, he can't remember. That's ok though, because we all three love it and will give it a good home. And just look, Lillie Mae has already gone shopping for it and bought it a red gingham bow.

Well, that's it for now. Not much has been going on around Lillie Mae Acres but some redecorating and pre-spring cleaning. How about you, what has been happening around your neck of the woods?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fever has Returned

Well, I've got it. I've got it real bad, and a bad case of it. I think most of us already have it because of this C*O*L*D winter, unthinkable C*O*L*D.

I'm talking about spring fever, but I guess it could have sounded like I was talking about the flu. Praise the Lord I haven't had that!

I'm ready to clean up the backyard and decorate around the pool. Oh it'll be a while yet before I can do that! I've made the mistake of decorating for spring too early one too many times. I've made the mistake of buying new plants one too many times. Spring brings little surprises with her. Cool, frosty, very windy little surprises at the beginning.

Did you notice the beautiful glass milk bottles in the first two pictures? My sweet little niece brought them back from her Christmas vacation in Kansas City, Missouri. That's what their milk is in. Still! I haven't seen glass milk bottles in a long time around this area, but the last of our local dairies has disappeared too. That may have a lot to do with it. She knew my mom and I would go crazy for them so her and her hubby hauled their empty ones all the way back, different sizes. She said chocolate milk came in the real little ones. CUTE! I just love them.

There is some redecorating going on around here, so as something new get's completed I'll be in a hurry to post about it with pictures. But no matter what get's done, I just about now that there is not going to be a cure for my spring fever. I guess since it came on and came on strong very early in the year, I'm really going to have to suffer with it. I'll be ok, I'll try to slow down the wheels spinning in this ole' head of ideas, wants, needs, preparations, etc.

Something that will take my mind off of it is Matthew's birthday at the end of next month. He's wanting me to host a big bluegrass gathering here at home, we'll see. His birthday celebrations have always depended on the weather. Winter/February is not the best time of the year to have a birthday. Too C*O*L*D for outdoor entertaining and activities, yet a crowd indoors is always hard to plan for. We'll see!

Stay warm, dry, and safe. See ya later!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

So Pretty, So Red, So Useful, Great Price

NOPE, I do not get paid by anyone for anything I put in my blog postings. I sure wish I did though.

My new best favorite shopping place right now is World Market. I've looked around in there a few times but never really bought much from them. A little thing here and there. But when I seen this past Sunday's sale ad, I knew what I wanted to go look at Monday before grocery shopping. I spent some time plundering around on the internet Sunday afternoon, doing valuable research and looking over anything similar, reading a lot of reviews.

Here they are! The prettiest red leather storage cube ottomans I could find. I did my research.

For the price, I couldn't get a better deal. I have been fighting the famous electronic cable/cord war for too long. I know when hubby puts the cedar on that wall, he'll be putting all of the cords inside the wall BUT I just can't look at them any longer.

These cube ottomans are so useful! Not only are they hiding ugly black cables and cords, they have storage, and can be used for two extra seats. They are also serving trays. The tops flip over and are a beautiful wood serving tray for those wonderful morning coffees I love to have with my friends. And the BIG thing is they are so pretty and look so good against the brown leather furniture. They are not a true red. They are what I call barnyard red, maybe almost burgundy. The sale ad shows them as a very true red but I was so glad when a lot of the online reviews said they were not.

If you are close to a World Market, go in and take a look around ever now and then. One of these days you just might find something you can't live without. Something you need to complete a wall in your home. Something that SCREAMS at you "take me home"! Now if I only had a HomeGoods near me!

When you read that I am redecorating a room, you've got to understand that redecorating and or remodeling around Lillie Mae Acres DOES NOT happen over night or quickly. We do almost everything on a cash basis so it's usually a slow process. I have a beautiful area rug ordered and a matching entry way rug but they will not be used until those wonderful talented guys of mine close in the back porch for the long awaited mud room. You'll just have to have patience along with me to see the rugs. I'll tell you this though, they are designed for a cabin/lodge decor.

Well that's it folks! That's what I've been up to besides fighting the crud. I haven't been sick sick with it, but oh boy has it been trying to jump me.

What have you been up to? Have you been doing some redecorating around your homes?

Thank you for stopping by, see ya later!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So Warm and Blessed

It's C*O*L*D everywhere these days. We personally haven't seen snow or sleet or flurries here on Lillie Mae Acres, and that's just fine with me at this point. It happens every year. When the holidays are over and I get our home cleaned up and back to it's regular decor, I'm done with winter. That's funny, because really it's just begun! I am so warm (inside) and so blessed. I'm really not complaining because I have no right to, God is GREAT and in total control of every aspect of my life.

I'm not miserable with all this cold, the excitement of possible snow is just no longer thrilling to me. If it does snow this far south, I will go outside and play though! I'll take advantage of it. I am very glad we didn't go to the mountains for a Christmas vacation, the news reports are showing people snowed in rental cabins (some of the very ones we were considering)and newcomers are told when they book to bring chains, extra food just in case, etc. We DO NOT own chains and do not know how to use them, LOL! We'll just wait thank you.

So how's it going around your neck of the woods? I've enjoyed two early morning coffee get togethers here since Christmas, enjoying good Christian fellowship along with good food. A few days after Christmas my mom, sister, and neighbor came over and we just lounged around and talked after eating delicious homemade sausage gravy and biscuits. I usually make something sweet for morning coffees but decided everyone had probably had enough sweets and would like a warm comforting breakfast. I was right, they loved it. Then last week I invited a small group of church ladies/friends for morning coffee and lunch. We did the same thing, we enjoyed coffee and cream cheese pound cake, then I cooked up a delicious lunch for us all. I cooked sausage & onions to put over rice and baby Lima beans. We do eat good out here on Lillie Mae Acres.

The other big deal happening around here is that I'm getting used to bifocals. I was prescribed bifocals over a year ago and actually had a pair made. I decided that I didn't like the frame I chose, so I never wore them. The other day, I had a new exam and picked out two pairs of frames, had them made, and am very happy with them. I'm having to make myself keep them on when I'm reading and on the computer because out of habit I want to take them off. I've also been getting other doctor appointments and tests out of the way earlier this month and later this week I have another appointment. Starting the new year off right!

I've worn wire frames and frameless for years so this time I decided to go with the latest fad and go PLASTIC.

Here's the brown ones.

And here's the black ones. Of course my two favorite guys are calling me the professor.

We have so many home improvement jobs that we were going to start right before and after the holidays but nothing yet other than new ceiling fans hung. As always, we'll get to the projects when we get to them. We are do-it-yourselfers around here! It's nice having Lowes and Home Depot within driving distance so that they are handy when we have the money and time to do building projects. Lack of spare time has kept us from starting on the ones we are fixing to. No biggy, there is always tomorrow.

Wherever you are, stay safe and warm. Thank you for dropping by Lillie Mae Acres. Come back soon!

I have two new loves in my life. I'm madly in love with lotion, almost any scent from Victoria Secret since all of her stuff smells delicious! I've raided the BIG semi-annual sale twice now and thre's a lotion in almost every room of the house for me to lather in when I please. This could turn into an addiction!
I'm also in love with red and black buffalo checks. I'm thinking about finding me some of the fabric and making throw pillow covers for the living room for next Christmas.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fresh New and Uncluttered

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Lillie Mae Acres to your neck of the woods. It's a fresh, new, uncluttered year. I hope your holiday celebrations were all wonderful and you've rang in this beautiful new year of 2011 with happiness in your heart.

The Christmas decorations are put away until spring, summer, and fall come and go again. This ole' homestead is being redecorated and cleaned, getting back to the regular everyday look and feel.

We rang in the New Year on Saturday with family. We had a Low Country Boil, and since it was raining and trying to storm we cooked it on the front porch. Of course my mom made yummy black eyed peas and brought them, we also had fried collards, cornbread, ambrosia salad, and dessert. We lost electricity after we ate so coffee and dessert was canceled. The temps warmed up between the Christmas and New Year weekends, but are trying to cool off again now. All in all, Florida has been very pleasant.

I do hope this year is a wonderful year for you and your families. Happiness, health, good finances, love, and peace. See ya later!