Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Concert with our Banjo Boy

We had a great time Saturday evening at a local concert.  One of our favorite Bluegrass bands were performing and invited our son Matt (Banjo Boy) to practice up with them and be their special guest on several songs.  We've been looking forward to this for a long time now and we weren't disappointed! 

These people are good friends and even more good friends turned out to watch and be a part of this night of some wonderful talent and entertainment.  Here are a few pictures. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as well.  And by the way, I've been praying about a certain private matter in my life and hope to have some great news to share soon. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Do you remember your great grandparent's homes?  I do.  As a child, both of my mother's grandmother's (my great grandmothers) were still living.  What a blessing to have great grandmothers still living.  So many people miss out on that.  I was young when both passed away, but old enough to have visited and played around their homes with sisters and cousins.  Old enough to have some memories.

I was old enough to remember that bodies were brought out and placed in front rooms of these homes instead of being left in the funeral home for viewing.  That truly disgusted me but I don't think I knew how to relate that to my parents.  I remember it being scary and almost making me sick.  I really remember thinking that it was wrong, weird, different.  I've recently just started thinking about that from way back then and that may be the reason I prefer cremation over the huge ceremonies of showing the body.  Even the disgust and sickness of it didn't stop me from taking a dare from my older sister to touch one between the eyes.  I did it, and the second I did she ran yelling it through the much too quiet house of whispering people and putrid smell of flowers everywhere.  I got a lecture of how her eyes could have popped open, you don't ever touch the dead!  Isn't that funny, can you imagine scaring a little girl like that?  I laugh now of course.    

I can almost smell the musty smell at one of the homes.  I specifically remember the moth ball smell of one of them and the rat traps.  The other one didn't even have an indoor bathroom, someone had built one on the back porch so I guess that's kind of like having an indoor bathroom. Isn't that funny?  And it was scary and nasty to me!

But something else that I have remembered recently is the objects, the things sitting around that made their home home to them.  I honestly can't remember the things like couches and beds, that didn't matter to a little girl.  I remember the other things, the things I would touch and look at even if I wasn't supposed to.  Glass things, pictures, door knobs, chippy paint that I could secretly chip off the door facings and make look worse than it already did.  Probably lead paint of course. 

I remember running around outside, playing in their yards.  One of them had a cement gold fish pond that initially had marbles poked into the cement but they were falling out.  Maybe we pried a few more out.  I remember playing with kittens from under the house and the mom wanting her kittens back.  But as little girls, kittens were meant to be toted around all day and played with like dolls. 

Now why did I wake up with all this on my mind this morning?  I think this blog posting was going to be about me wanting people to remember the little special touches in my home that I put a lot of love and thought into.  The things I like and have sitting around that will add to someones memories.  The fact that our home is small and comfortable, crowded with what we call treasures, and peaceful.. That's how I would like Matt and others to remember our home. I promise not to make them have memories of bodies laying in the front room and that putrid smell of flowers.  I still laugh at that one. 

I'm blessed to have these memories of great grandmother's homes.  I actually remember their homes more than I do them.  I guess I was so young I never really hung around inside with the actual great grandmothers much, too many adults piled into the small houses so us kids hung around outside.  You know the good old days?  Outside was way better than inside anywhere you went!  I wish kids today hung around outside more than inside. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

House Rules Family Rules

You know how everyone is going crazy for the Family Rules signs?  Well me too, except I knew I didn't want that look.  The ones in Hobby Lobby and all over Etsy are stenciled or painted on boards or canvas.  I wanted ours to be a little different.  I like different, surely you know that about me by now.   

I found the metal signs that would work, and I like what they say.  I told that sweet Builder Man of mine what I wanted and he made it. 

I have the sign leaned against a wall in our mud room, which is our main entrance and I love it.  I'm completely happy with the way it turned out.

Builder Man also finally got the mirrors in the window from my grandmother's house.  He salvaged several of the nicest windows from her home, the sweet little home I have so many fond memories of.  Now it is a mirror above my Singer Sewing machine just inside the entrance, across from my Home Rules sign in our mud room.  I'm happy happy happy, and oh so blessed. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Just Had to Decorate

Happy Happy Happy 4th of July.  God bless America.

I said I wasn't going to decorate but I just couldn't help myself.  I bet you decorated too. 

We plan on grilling burgers and hot dogs if the weather will let us.  It would be nice to get in the pool.  There's a lot of rain and storms in the forecast though.  I still just couldn't see us having to eat burgers and hot dogs in an undecorated kitchen.     

I just love my Amish dolls.  My beautiful mother made these for me years ago.  I had seen a set somewhere in the Smoky Mountains while there and could not afford them.  Or maybe I just didn't want to pay what they wanted.  Anyway, I knew my mother could make me a set.   

I'm loving the huge Lance jar.  Builder Man used to actually get crackers out of it in his grandmother's store, then it was also in his childhood kitchen for years.  He plans to remove the yucky gold looking paint someone put on the metal lid and return it to it's original red.   

My sweet niece sent this milk bottle to me from Missouri just after she moved there.  We don't have a milk service anywhere near us but they still do.  My mom helped me find an aluminum cover for my grandmother's beautiful glass cake plate.  Now it's complete. 

Don't you just love little flags?

I hope each of you have a wonderful day with family and friends, enjoying the holiday and staying safe. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Aaahhh Summer is here

I love it, I've only been in the pool once but I don't usually get in too much anyways.  It was a test, I needed to see if Rufus was going to let us swim without him jumping in.  He did, he's such a good boy. 

I do love my two favorite guys. 
How about you?  Are you enjoying summer?  Have you been crossing off some of those projects on your to-do list? 
I have.  Below is our master bedroom dresser, minus the huge mirror with lights and shelves that we have already gotten rid of.  Yes, it's a late 80s early 90s bedroom suite, complete with ceramic knobs and pulls.  And frosted painted glass inserts.  Blue! 
Well you know Lillie Mae,  this ole' girl is going to change it if she can!  Look below at what I did, and we love it. 

That's burlap in the middle of the painted glass.  I changed the hardware, which is kind of expensive to do but of course not as costly as new furniture would have been.  I painted the glass inserts Espresso and glued a strip of burlap in the middle.  I'm happy for right now, but that sweet Builder Man hubby of mine needs to hurry and start building the new headboard.  Stay tuned for that, but I doubt it'll be anytime soon.  I am wanting two barn doors complete with rustic hardware for the headboard.  We'll see.
And I have had this little precious suitcase for a very long time.  We picked it up one day at an antique store and I never was happy with it.  It's been tucked here and there, never really on display until now.  I added vintage travel stickers to it and it's sitting in the mud room.  I love it.

Thanks for stopping by.  I sure hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July.