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9/28/16

Why I love my job.....


Yesterday was an amazing day. It is the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN and the Dixie Stampede offered a special show for the convention attendees. Since Southern gospel is a favorite of many, especially Baptist Churches, we had several Baptist church groups who attended. Each group starts out with a group photo. We had one church that was waiting on their pastor to park the bus and we talked them into performing I'll Fly Away and we joined in with them. It was really cool.

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But the best part was the standard Dixie Stampede show started 30 minutes earlier than usual so the Tribute Quartet could perform (this video is not from yesterday, just one I like by them). Since I am a greeter on some days, I got to actually attend their performance. It was amazing.


As a greeter, I always get to see the first 20 or 30 minutes of the show. Which means I usually get to see my favorite act....the buffalo. Then I go back into the arena later in the show and pass out survey cards. It is an amazing job and I love the days I'm on schedule as a greeter. This is by far the most fun job I have ever had. After 41 years of office work, this is a very welcome change. I love being around the people and getting to meet them and assist them. If you have never seen the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, you should check it out if you are ever in the area. Here are some highlights.



Guess you can see now why I love my job. Getting to see parts of the show every day and sometimes 2-3 times a day never gets old. It's amazing.


9/27/16

Top 10 Tuesday

My top 10 things I have found lately on Pinterst that I liked. The first was this adorable addition to the lamp with the legs. Talk a bout an easy project.


I love this simple flower arrangement. I need to get me some tiny pine cones somewhere.


I need an old ladder. This is just way too cute for words.


Super simple, super cute. I am going to do this one.


This definitely says fall.


I am not sure if these type of dolls are called primitive or something else, but I definitely love this. My cousin Patty makes stuff like this a lot. I need to show her this.


Now there is a clever idea for laundry pods. I may have to do this.


Another adorable yet easy craft project for my future.


I love, love, love this sweater look.


I like the way they wrapped this gift even if I didn't like what some of the tags say.


9/26/16

Week-end wrap up


I had an amazing weekend. Started out Friday morning heading out to a neighborhood yard sale. First place I went, I found two of the Rudolph characters stuffed. I adore Rudolph and was so happy with them both.


I have been looking for a "skinny" table for my wall in the dining room since May. Finally just gave up. Walked up to the next yard sale and this was the first thing in the driveway. I asked the price and she said "It's 1/2 off day on everything so you can have it for $10.00." she didn't have to tell me twice. I was so happy to get it. 


Then as I was paying, I spotted this for just $1.00. My initial I use a lot and on it was my all time favorite bible verse for the past 15 years or so. You know I had to have it. I like it with my decor for fall.


The next stop had this basket for .50 cents. I am always a sucker for unique baskets. I liked the shape of this one. 


But my heart nearly stopped when I saw my favorite Corelle pattern in a lot of pieces. When I left the house Friday, all I thought was "If I could find my Corelle platter in Indian Summer, I would pay up to $5 to get it." My lips to God's ears. Except instead of $5 for the platter. I got every single piece seem below for the $5.00. I thought the price must be wrong so I even asked the lady if she knew how collectible these were. She said she did and she just wanted rid of it. Score! Big time! For five bucks, I wasn't walking away without it. 


While she was packing, this little Corelle teapot I've been wanting was on the next table for $2.00. It was in excellent shape and the inside has never been used, you could tell. It is spotless. I just love it.


The last thing that caught my eye was the nesting hen for .50 cents so she came home with me as well. 


Friday night the kids came over for dinner. I made homemade spaghetti sauce and everybody said it turned out great. I happen to agree with them. I have only made it one time in a small portion so this was a challenge since Allen always did the cooking. We ate on the new plates. Afterwards, we all vegged out in the living room.


One of the kids put on Zootopia and we all got hooked on it. 


Having all my family under one roof just touches my heart deep inside. But it sure was lonely when they all went back home. 


Saturday morning, my daughter and I had planned a shopping trip. I wanted a brown purse. But first I asked her if she had any brown purses I could just borrow instead of buying a new one. She had a few and I fell in love with this one. My family passes purses around a lot. Mom gave us this one when we went to West Virginia this past spring. I had forgotten Diana had it. So I claimed it and told her she may not get it back. The leather is the softest leather I have ever seen on a purse. I am loving it.


Our first stop was Charming Charlies. I had seen this card holder on line on clearance for $3.99 and couldn't believe our store actually had it. I love the red and black.


I have been looking for a small change purse type thing just for my change for the snack and drink machines at work. This was the perfect size and also on clearance for $3.99. 


I can't seem to find the perfect bag to carry the things I need for work every day. My Thirty-One bags I have just don't work out right for a variety of reasons, so I decided to see what I could find in a light weight tote bag. I found this at Hobby Lobby. It was on sale 1/2 off so I got it for $4.50.


And since our call center we share desks, I carry my pens and pencils back and forth in the my purse but couldn't find a pouch that I liked. The same 50% off section had this for just $1.98.


Their Christmas crafts were on sale for 40% off so I picked up a pack of snowmen you could make with pre-cut pieces. It was less than $2 for the pack. I made them Saturday night and I am in love with them. They had snowmen and gingerbread men. I wanted them for my little tree for the dining room. I think I will go back and get the other two styles.


I wanted something that I can put on my new little table that I could change out every season or holiday. I found this bird case on clearance. I think I ended up paying about five bucks for it. It is just too cute. I put my fall stuff in it for now. May set a witch or ghost in it for Halloween. I'm sure you will see every time I change it.


I moved my McCoy pitcher on the table for now. I don't know exactly how I am going to decorate the table but I'm still trying to decide if I want to put a lamp on one end. instead of the flowers.


While we were out Saturday, I found my two favorite movies on DVD at Target on the $4.00 section. Now I am sit for October. I usually watch them on TV but might miss them the way I work. So I just went ahead and bought them. Knowing me, I will probably watch them 2 or 3 times before Halloween.


You gotta admit I got some really good bargains. Time to start saving up for my next shopping spree. Sunday was amazing. Our homecoming had a great turnout. One of our historians, Debbie Cline, told the history of the church for the past 133 years and talked about some of the older folks who have gone on before. It was so good. She is an excellent speaker. I got to visit with people I haven't visited with in awhile. And Ms. Bonnie Keck made her famous chocolate peanut butter cake so I ate too much as usual. It was an awesome day.


After church Sunday, I decided to just lay on the couch and rest all day. Four and 1/2 hours later, I woke up. I must have been exhausted. I felt so refreshed but the down side was I didn't get sleepy until later and then had a hard time going to sleep. But all in all it was a fabulous weekend. Now time to head back to work to see what this week brings. 



9/25/16

Homecoming Sunday

First off, Happy 7th blogaversary to me. Can't believe I have had some to say almost every day for 7 years. Those who know me, know I love to talk so I guess I should be surprised. I looked to see what keywords brought in the most readers. They were: 1. Different, 2. Heaven, 3. Prayer. I have had visitors from 10 different countries which I find very interesting. 

On another note, today is homecoming at our church. It is a celebration of a church that is 133 years old. We've had 3 or 4 different church buildings over the years as we have grown. But we have always been on the same property except maybe the first church. Can't wait for service today and that wonderful assortment of awesome food you can always find at a Baptist church gathering. 

Here's one of my favorite songs to kick off Sunday. Have a blessed day!

9/24/16

How well do you know me....


My grandson posted this on Facebook the other day and I thought it would make a great blog post.


Contemplate your answers for a few minutes then scroll down to see how you did. Leave a comment and let me know how many you got right.


Now let's see how you did? 

Cat or Dog? I love them both. But if I have to make a choice, it will be a cat. I had a gray and white tabby for 17 years that I loved dearly. If I was going to get another pet, I would get one that looks like this.


Tea or coffee? Neither one. No way, no how. Not in this lifetime. I don't like either one of them. The correct answer would be hot chocolate or Pepsi.



Sports or Music? Well, considering I love singing along with the radio and have been known to just watch You Tube music videos more than I do TV, it's music. I am not into sports although if nothing is on, I have been known to switched channels briefly when the Vols play.

Books or Movies? No brainer. I always have a book lying around that I am reading and can somtimes finish 1 or two a week. I've been known to start a John Grisham at 8:30 a.m. in the morning and veg out all day, completing a 381 page book at 1:30 a.m. the next morning.Yet, I think the last time I went to a movie was over 8 years ago.


Sun or Rain? I do like a good rainy on a Sunday afternoon or late evening, but my main love is the sun (just in case the above pic wasn't a hint). Nothing better than spending time outside in the beautiful sunshine. 


So how did you do on our little quiz?



9/23/16

Yard Sale Time



It is very rare that I'm off on a Friday and it has happened two weeks in a

row. You just gotta love it. Lots planned for the day and family coming over this evening. I'm sure I will have a lot to update you on. 

I am going to try to head to a neighborhood yard sale today. Here was the ad...

SHADY GROVE NEIGHBORHOOD SALE. We have EVERYTHING you have been looking for like furniture, tools, name brand men's, woman's and kid's clothes and shoes, beautiful decor and signed wall art by artisans, books, cds, dvds, vintage/retro items, antiques, handmade art, pottery tools and glazing chemicals. If you are a treasure seeker or just moving into a new place.....we have what you need....so come on over to our Fall Neighborhood sale.

They had me at vintage/retro and antiques. Hoping to find something Corelle...


Happy hunting to me.




9/22/16

Happy Fall Y'all...


Happy fall y'all! 

In the middle of this picture is a fall fabric I picked up to make a runner for my kitchen bakers rack. As the lady was cutting the fabric, she said that earlier that day she had put out some dishtowels in housewares that matched this exactly. So I went over and picked up a couple of the dishtowels....and they did match exactly! I was so excited about that and especially since the fabric and all of it was around $4.00.


My dining room table has blue carpet and has blue in the wallpaper border, which I plan to replace this winter. So in the meantime, I was trying to figure  out my table for fall. I cannot find a tablecloth I like, so I am using blue and orange to tie in the blue in the dining room, but add the orange for fall. These are just the cheapy plastic placemats, but they will serve the purpose till I find what I want.


Then I put my fall flowers in Mamaw Eden's McCoy pitcher and put it on my tray I use for decorating the middle of the table. I added the pumpkin dishtowel Mom or Rachel one made for me. I also found these cute little hours for a dollar each and my new little toothpick holder with blue. 


It tied it in okay, but I still think my dining room is bland. I am going to have my daughter and daughter-in-law help me figure out a new theme for it when they come over tomorrow night.


I got my fall stuff on my coffee table with my no sew runner I made a few years ago.


And my little harvest angel is out for the fall months. She will stay out till Christmas.


I still have a few more things to put out, but this is a start. A few weeks ago, I did some shopping on my day off. I can't remember what I posted and what I didn't. Here's an update. I did get this cute tea candle holder for Halloween. I'll be sitting it out in October.


And I picked up some more material to makes some friends the no-sew runners they wanted. I love the little costs.


Have a great Thursday.