31 January 2014

$1.99 worth of joy



This may sound silly, but as y'all will see in previous posts, we have been iced in and I have hurt now 2 fingers on my right hand that do not function. With having use of my index finger I have been making monogram app on my new iPad. If you have time on your hands then for $1.99 you can make these fun wallpapers for your tablet and smartphone. 


You can use your full name or initials. 


Have fun!



29 January 2014

Snowmageddon

I don't know if you've heard, but us in the Deep South are enveloped in a vast sheet of ice with a few inches of snow on top. We are safe and sound, unlike many. If you know of someone out in the elements stranded in their cars, or if you live in Atlanta and are able to get out and about, please follow Snowed Out Atlanta. The National Guard is trying to get those that are stranded home and bring medicine to the elderly.

For our house we are all safe and sound in our warm home. We currently have electricity and plenty of food. Our birds are well fed too. Our parking lot is a sheet of ice so we are not able to back out of the space. Tomorrow our highs will be 43 so I think we will be able to leave on Friday. Yay!

We have spent many hours reading, watching movies, doing homeschool, and working. What do you do when you're snowed in? 






22 January 2014

Not again

I have managed to slice my thumb, quite deeply, on my mandolin while, also, slicing onions. PSA: Use the cover that it comes with even for placing the onion, or whatever you may be slicing, on the blade. So, I'm typing this with my index finger. I'll be back in a few days. 

18 January 2014

Happy Birthday Mr. Milne

 "Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called." 

16 January 2014

Dinner Shortcut

Now that I'm back to cooking all of our meals, I've begun cooking larger quantities in order to reduce the duration of my cooking. For instance, for lunches I may make a bunch of quinoa or pasta to use for salads or even supper. I will put a large (thawed) bag of chicken in a crockpot with chicken broth and bay leaves, bake, then shred. I make chicken noodle soup, BBQ, and/or chicken salad croissants. Or, I will make 3-4 pounds of taco meat. I'll make tacos, taco salad, taco soup, or on a cheese dip. Buy pre-chopped salad and a baguette, and your meal is done!

What are your kitchen shortcuts?

15 January 2014

Snowflakes

Snow-flakes

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
Out of the bosom of the Air,
      Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,
Over the woodlands brown and bare,
      Over the harvest-fields forsaken,
            Silent, and soft, and slow
            Descends the snow.

Even as our cloudy fancies take
      Suddenly shape in some divine expression,
Even as the troubled heart doth make
      In the white countenance confession,
            The troubled sky reveals
            The grief it feels.

This is the poem of the air,
      Slowly in silent syllables recorded;
This is the secret of despair,
      Long in its cloudy bosom hoarded,
            Now whispered and revealed
            To wood and field.

***Photo taken in Monteagle, TN***

13 January 2014

A New Chapter


 This year has been a roller coaster. We are only 13 days in. If you recall, my grandfather passed away last week. We returned from my home state on Saturday. It was a beautiful service. Then, today, my oldest left home for Army basic training. He will be gone for 4 months. I'm both proud of him and scared for him. He has been interested in the military since he was in elementary school. He was ready to go...more than I am ready for him to go. My youngest son has his older brother's mobile phone so now he feels like he's arrived. :)

06 January 2014

Papaw Y.

J.  

For some reason, the first week of January has lead to several deaths in my family over the years. This now includes my grandfather, Papaw Y., that passed away on January 4th after suffering a massive heart attack.

On the morning of December 10th, he was driving my aunt to the hospital for some testing. On the way, he felt extremely hot and his chest hurt where his pacemaker is located. They immediately went to the ER. With the cardiologist was standing next to him, he coded. It was amazing how this took place. When I saw him a few days after Christmas in the hospital, he was so miserable. His body had filled with fluid, he couldn't breathe, and could barely talk. Still, he talked enough to tell me that he didn't want to live that way. The doctors said he could live in a hospital hooked up to machines for up to a year. Papaw told me that he was ready to see Jesus. I told him there was a reason that all of this happened in this manner and it was God's decision on when he was going to die. Papaw said that he didn't know why. Afterwards, I realized why. He wanted everyone that was out of town to be able to say goodbye. My aunt in Seattle, cousin in California, and me. I live 400 miles away and because of my surgeries I haven't been to Kentucky in a year. I was able to talk to him, have him confide in me, and tell him I love him one more time.

Let me tell you a little about my grandfather. First of all, he was technically my step-grandfather, but you wouldn't know that. He loved me as if I was one of his blood grandchildren like Brandi, Meagon, Brandon... My biological grandfather died when my father was 4 years old. Papaw was kind to us though he and my grandmother, Muzzie, did not always get along, okay, they never got along outside of their faith. He had five children from his previous marriage (she died-48 years and 2 days before he died-after giving birth to my aunt) and my grandmother had 5 as well (only 2 were still living at home at the time of their marriage) so they had 10 children! I'm sure that was not easy for either of them. Blended families are not easy at all, especially when one of the parents is gone all week .Papaw was a truck driver at Overnight for several years. He loved it! He continued with another company making local runs for a few years after retirement from Overnight. It was so difficult for him when he had to finally retire.

Still, Papaw was my Papaw. I knew no different. He gave me the best bear hugs. That is honestly what I'll miss the most. He would spend time with me like when he would take his boat fishing I would sometimes go with him and swim near the boat, but not near his hook ;). He gave me advice on boys (they're horn dogs so stay away). Once when I was at Dairy Queen in their town (15 minutes from my house), I locked my keys in my car with the car running and he came and rescued me. Papaw loved to watch movies and if they weren't violent I would watch them with him. Papaw usually had a smile on his face, and he said it was because I made him happy, but that was just his nature. He was an overall good guy.

Both Muzzie and Papaw are devout in their love of the Lord. When he went into the hospital he told my aunts to call The 700 Club and their church, Southeast Christian, so they would pray for him. They both adore The Gaither's and Billy Graham. I gave them both as they were in separate places (he in the hospital, she in a nursing home) Nearing Home by Billy Graham. I had actually ordered it before his heart attack, not knowing how close he was to going home to heaven. I hope it brought him comfort in his last days.

To say that this man will be missed is a gross understatement. This man is cherished by so many. He's where he wanted to be...

I love you Papaw and will miss you so much. Heaven is a brighter place because of you. I look forward to seeing you again and the first thing you must do is give me a huge hug.

03 January 2014

who am i?

This month is my two year anniversary for this blog. I've been blogging for about a decade, but for various reasons those blogs have been shut down. I'm excited that this blog has been going on this long. I've had several identity crisises on here. For instance, the title has changed three times just for this site! I've recently returned to my favorite title, which is The Old-Fashioned Homekeeper. I still like Vintage WASP, but that is just a small part of who I am. TOFH is truly who I am, but in WASP typed clothing.

My husband and I are embarking upon the possibilities of us both being in school this year. He is probably going to go to PA school and I'm deciding upon paralegal and teaching. We've been doing Meyers-Briggs tests (B has also completed IDAK) to find out what is best suited for us. I am an ENFP. Fashion is still perfect for me, but because of health reasons I'm not able to stand on my feet. We've been talking about other ways of utilizing my fashion marketing degree. He mentioned owning a store and an online shop. B asked what kind of store I would want, thinking the obvious would be Lilly Pulitzer, but I said an old-fashioned general store
I love the thought of having vintage clothes, antiques, a soda fountain, old fashioned wooden toys, aprons, transfer ware dishes, Southern cookbooks, etc. We live in a town that has an historic area and I think it would work out perfectly there. I just don't know about spending tons of time in a store; my youngest is still a teenager.

Where is this leading to? I'm thrilled to take this blog back into the old-fashioned direction as before. I plan on spending more time on how to dress modestly while looking cute, grandmothers recipes, wisdom of the old, and there will still be some preppy items. Maybe this will help me figure out what I want to do when I grow up!


01 January 2014

in with the new...

2013 was one of the worst year's of my life, yet I learned so much about what truly matters in life. Six surgeries (4 for me, and 2 children got their wisdom teeth out) for this year, job losses, MIL passing, one child moved out then moved back in after getting into some trouble, one child graduating from high school, homeschooling another, and so much more. This year isn't starting out much better as my grandfather is in hospice hospital in KY and will pass soon. He's a wonderful man that loved me like I was his own grandchild. I'll tell more later as I'm just a bit to sad at it all. My oldest leaves in a few weeks for basic training in the Army. So many changes.

Still, after this insane year, I can honestly say that I have three things that I know. 1. My husband is solid. He is a rock. Yes, he has his vulnerable side and has spent many hours crying over his losses this year. Yet he and I are stronger than ever. 2. God is there even when you doubt. 3. Life is always worse for someone else.

This year's goals are very simple:

  • Read the bible every day.
  • Spend time on myself. After 4 surgeries, I've neglected my hair, nails, skin, and clothing.
  • Write my grandmothers every week.
  • Continue to make sure my husband knows we are on the same team.
  • Be as good a mother as possible.
  • Read every day.
  • Laugh as much as possible!
  • Learn to embroider and knit.
  • Go off social media on weekends. 

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