Saturday, December 31, 2016


             Gotta wonder what little hands played with these. I got them at a yard sale a few years ago. This women  had some very old pieces of furniture and lots of other really interesting things. She had just come from New York city on the Hudson. Lots of old estates there. She said it was her aunts house and she had to take everything out of there.  I got these old blocks and a big wood dough bowl. Wish I would have bought more.
     Reading WUTHERING HEIGHTS.  I saw the movie a long time ago but never read the book. Written by Emily Bronte in 1847. Not a fast read because of the way they spoke.
    Also tea staining a few old dollies.  I can always find something to do. I also just had a piece of candy that was very good. Maybe that's one thing I shouldn't have found to do.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


                          These are a few of my old cookbooks. The Westinghouse one looks like it got a lot of use. The Watkins has lots of good things to make. The little ones with the girls on are baking soda.  The cookie cutters are from my Grandma. I have some other books but couldn't fit them in the picture.
   I just ordered one called "FARMHOUSE RULES", she has a cooking show on the food network.
          Made a big pot of ham chowder this morning, the kids all like that so I divide it up and they come get it.
      Just finished the new FANNIE FLAG book. It was different. Not quite sure what I think about it.
         Snow here today, looks so pretty outside.
                                         Nancy Jo

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Staying Home

            As with most of us its been a busy time. So nice to stay home and no shopping, no place to go today. Had a great Christmas.  Once Christmas day has passed, I take all the decorations down. I know, not what most do. I used to have Richard hide the tree outback for a week or so, that way the neighbors wouldn't think I was crazy putting the tree to the road the day after Christmas. Have to cover myself from neighborhood gossip.

Friday, December 23, 2016


    Denise on the Mary Jane site had a drawing for this cute book. I told her if I won I would post a picture with kitty reading the book. As you can see she has only read the cover so far, but I think she is just about to turn the page.   Thank you Denise what a cute book. Also for the little extras that you included in the package. So nice.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Santa and nine Raindeer

                   I get this out every year. My Aunt Glenda made this years ago and had it on her mantle for many years and then gave it to me. She is 101 years old now. She was here yesterday for the day, we had a nice visit, had lunch and dinner, she had a couple of cocktails before dinner, she was all dressed up for the Holidays.  We are not sure how she keeps going.
       Going to see Richards sister today, she is in a nursing home, has been she had a stroke when she was only in her forties. Taking some presents and candy etc. 
         Kitty is running around here this morning like she has had to much coffee. Every toy she has is in the hall, and she had been on the coffee table shooting hard candy out of the dish and unto the floor, and on the back of a chair trying to eat a hanging plant. She should be taking her six hour nap pretty soon.
   Well off to so housework, and pick up kitties toys.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jack and Kitty

                   Jack and kitty in the computer room, they seem to both see something on the rug. I  looked and I couldn't find anything.
                A few more days until Christmas, I have Kitties presents all wrapped, as well as everyone else. Just going shopping later in the week for all the food I will need over the weekend. So like just about everyone this time of year, busy.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

85 million stitches

                                     That's what it felt like by the time I finished this. I think I will just read for awhile. I got three new books this week so I'm good to go. I put this down in the basement sewing room,{I don't really sew} but there is a sewing machine there, plus family room, but we are usually upstairs, plus lots of my finds, so its a pretty room.. Oh KITTY sleeps down there during the day on the couch with a nice quilt. So see it does get used.  I just didn't want to see that pillow again for awhile.
               Cold and snow here, but that's to be expected. I think its 10 out this morning. I'm staying home. Lets see dinner today is going to be, broiled fish, mashed potatoes, some veg. Not sure yet about dessert.  I think that's all the breaking news this morning. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Hand Made Santa

                              A friend of mine made this Wood Santa for me a few years ago. well actually several years ago. Don't know where the time goes, can't keep up with it.  I don't put a lot of decorations out, but this one always makes a Christmas appearance.  The crock with the ivy in I got also awhile back, either thrift store or garage sale.  Can't remember, which is another thing I'm losing track of. I know where Richard is though, he is in the living room watching the news.
        Rain and snow and sleet today, going to the stores tomorrow to pick up what I will be needing for my youngest daughters Birthday party here tomorrow evening. Not to worry I wrote everything down.  She is not so young anymore, 46 this year. Yippes,   Well I think all is well, I still don't take naps during the day. Not that theirs anything wrong with that. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sunday Sampler

                  Not a very good picture, but it is Sunday today. Made this a few years ago, thought it was cute because its so simple. I have made many samplers that have taken me months but this one a few hours. It reminded me of years ago when Sunday came around it was a good idea to sit and be quiet.
          Cold here today, making chicken biscuits and Gravy for dinner. Keeping busy with Christmas events and getting ready for Christmas Eve, when the animals can all talk  and Christmas day.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Santa and a Jug

                        Christmas is coming soon, I'm almost done with shopping, I even have the wrapping under control. I used to do the wrapping all at once, now I do it as I get the present. Kitty is a real big help with the wrapping.  Looks like some really cold weather  and snow coming our way. Now that's if you can believe the weather people. We shall see.  Making meat loaf and mashed potatoes for dinner, in case anyone needed to know that.  Lets see, Oh, the Santa was from my Mom, its very heavy, The jug I got at a garage sale years ago.  Unless you want to know what I had for Breakfast I guess that's it for now.

Monday, December 5, 2016

My Favorite Basket

                 Richard's Dad gave me this basket years ago, Said it was always at the farm and belonged to his Great Grandma.  As you can see I keep cards and letters in it. Not Christmas cards they go in another place. And as I have shown before all the Mary Jane girl mail goes in a hat box. Anyway wouldn't it be fun to know how the Women of the past used this basket?
        Windy and cold today, we had company last night, that was fun. I started a needlework that Debbie sent me "MARY JANE GIRL". Doing it in red work.  Probably go for Groceries later today.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Surprise Box from Debbie

                   This was really a surprise. The box came in the mail yesterday and I couldn't guess what it was. Well its a Birthday Box from Debbie. A Mary Jane Farmgirl. A beautiful Amish cookbook, several packs of needle work. An Afghan book, a coloring book. A lace hankie and dolie, Pretty sure I spelled that wrong. Some note cards and a Birthday card and a nice hand written letter. always like those, you don't get to many hand written letters these days. So thank you to Debbie!!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Today at home.

                  Kitty took a rag Ball out of my Basket and put it in hers.  Its lot like having a toddler around here. She likes to eat every few minutes as you can tell, she wakes me up around five in the morning for an early breakfast, and except for her long afternoon nap she goes where I go.
          Really windy and cold here today, I have a pot roast in the crock pot, and a cherry crisp, which is not in the crock pot.