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♥ Kim - blogger since 2006

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

~*Bathroom Closet Organization*~

Hello dear blogging friends...I finally got around to organizing our bathroom closet. Even though the closet was pretty well organized and we could find everything we needed, I felt it was too cluttered. I needed to take the time to look through the things we had and discard what should be tossed.
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I used a milk glass flower pot for the hair brushes and a milk glass dish for the hair clips.
I used a sugar bowl for cotton balls and a small glass candy dish for the q-tips.
It feels so good to have things cleaned and organized in our bathroom.
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Thanks for stopping by! I always enjoy your visits....Good Night, my friends!
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Visit my other blog for a link to some free desktop wallpaper by Debbie Mumm...it's sweet!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

~*Happy Thanksgiving*~

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all of my dear blogging friends who are celebrating today!

Love, Kim
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I receive this weekly newsletter and wanted to share what I received today.
FALWELL CONFIDENTIAL
Insider weekly newsletter to The Moral Majority Coalition and The Liberty Alliance http://www.falwell.com
From: Jonathan Falwell
Date: November 26, 2008
The Woman who is Responsible for Thanksgiving
While most Americans probably have no idea who she was, Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879) can be seen as the mother of our modern Thanksgiving celebration. In 1864, the Newport, New Hampshire native had become the “editress” of a respected publication known as Godey's Lady’s Book. In her prominent position, the young widow and mother of five was able to communicate with many American women. She believed that our nation’s first President, George Washington, had gotten it right when he decided that November 26, 1789, should be a day for all countrymen to participate in a day of worship to praise God for His blessings. In her novel, Northwood: A Tale of New England, Sarah proposed that churches use donations collected during a day of Thanksgiving be used to help emancipate the slaves so that all Americans could live free. Later, through a series of petitions to national politicians and a string of editorials, she began to gain some momentum for a national Thanksgiving day. Through her diligent work, Sarah Josepha Hale was able to persuade President Abraham Lincoln to proclaim a national Day of Thanksgiving every fourth Thursday of November, beginning in 1864. Mr. Lincoln’s proclamation is a striking one. It read, in part: “It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with his guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad, and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our Heavenly Father to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their campus, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health … Moreover, He has been pleased to animate and inspire our minds and hearts with fortitude, courage, and resolution sufficient for the great trial of civil war into which we have been brought by our adherence as a nation to the cause of freedom and humanity, and to afford to us reasonable hopes of an ultimate and happy deliverance from all our dangers and afflictions. “Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do hereby appoint and set apart the last Thursday in November next as a day which I desire to be observed by all my fellow-citizens, wherever they may be then, as a day of thanksgiving and praise to Almighty God, the beneficent Creator and Ruler of the Universe.” Today, we continue in this wonderful tradition of honoring God on Thanksgiving Day. However, as I noted last week and have mentioned on several occasions in this column, the effort to purge our nation of its Christian heritage is accelerating. That is why it is important for parents and grandparents to ensure that our children understand the historic significance of people like Sarah Josepha Hale. It is imperative that kids know of Abraham Lincoln’s important 1864 proclamation. And it is crucial that they be reminded of Gov. William Bradford’s 1621 proclamation for the Pilgrims in the New World to “render thanksgiving to ye Almighty God for all His blessings.” This is our heritage whether The Freedom From Religion Foundation or anyone else likes it, or not.Thanksgiving is the perfect time for teaching our children about our nation’s Christian legacy. We really need to ensure that we are countering the intense disinformation campaigns by making certain that our children are equipped with the truth of our nation’s history. I close with the beautiful words of President Ronald Reagan, who reminded us in his November 19, 1988 radio address: “… in America, freedom seems like the air around us: It’s there; it’s sweet, though we rarely give it a thought. Yet as the air fills our lungs, freedom fills our souls. It gives breath to our laughter and joy. It gives voice to our songs. It gives us strength as we race for our dreams. ... Yes, as we gather together this Thanksgiving to ask the Lord’s blessings, as we of whatever faith we are give praises to His name, let us thank Him for our peace, prosperity, and freedom.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

~*Kitchen Tour, Part 3*~

Good morning from snowy Southwestern PA...we really got hit with some snow yesterday! The snow we had last week finally left and then God decided to send more our way...it's pretty, but I've had enough to last me for awhile! We have two ski resorts near us (Seven Springs and Hidden Valley) and I'm sure they are happy with the snow!
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Welcome to part 3 of my kitchen tour...I thought I'd share the signs/words that I have in my kitchen...Enjoy!










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I wanted to share this picture of my Christmas cactus...isn't it pretty? Gretchen from Bird Nest Cottage shared that if you keep your cactus in a dark place it will not bloom...I did not know that...I'm going to have to try that next year.
Thanks for stopping by...I always enjoy your visits!
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Thank you all for your sweet comments on my new curtains...I'm so happy with them...they remind me of something my dear Gram would have had in her kitchen. I really cherish the time I had with her and even though she's been gone 23 years I still miss her so much!
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Monday, November 24, 2008

~*New Curtains*~

Hello dear blogging friends, I hope you all are doing well after the weekend. It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is this week. We will be celebrating at my Brother-in-law's on Saturday so I may start decorating for Christmas on Thursday...we'll have to wait and see. I bought two new trees in urns for my front porch...I can't wait to see what they look like...I found them at Lowe's on sale. I also found new curtains at Kmart this weekend. I've been wanting a change of curtains for awhile, but just never found what I was looking for until now. Kmart had the sweetest red and white gingham curtains. I thought I would share with you the before and after pictures. The curtains that I had up were also from Kmart. Rondell had asked me if they were black gingham...actually they were a deep burgandy and brown. I really like them, but wanted a change.
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Before
After
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Before
After Up close look at the valances.
Up close look at the tiers.
My dd thinks they make the kitchen cozy...that's what I'm after! She also said they are Christmasy. Thank you for taking the time to stop in for a visit...as always I appreciate your visits and comments. I should be doing part three of the kitchen tour this week.
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I appreciate all the the sweet comments so many of you have left about part 2 of my kitchen tour. I am glad you enjoyed seeing my treasures...and that is really how I feel about them. I try to keep only the things I absolutely love in my home...it makes my home more meaningful to me and my family.

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Rondell from Tomatoe Creek Prims tagged me to list 6 random things about myself. Thank you! I was recently tagged on my other blog, so if you'd like to read my list Click Here

If you haven't been tagged and you would like to do this, then consider yourself tagged.
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Have a wonderful day!

Friday, November 21, 2008

~*Kitchen Tour, Part 2*~

Welcome
to the second part of my kitchen tour. I hope you all will bear with me...this post has a lot of pictures.
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The stairs leading to the upstairs...I love the little bannister. The apron belonged to my dear Mom...I have a picture of it on my other blog if you want to see what it looks like up close.
This little toy cookstove was given to me by my dear Gram...she had a real working stove just like this in her kitchen. Just thinking about it makes me feel all warm and cozy...I remember in the winter sitting by it to get warm after I was outside playing in the snow!
A courting candle given to me by my dear friend Josie.
I got this scale at a yard sale several years ago.
I am a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook collector...they are my weakness (that and Vera Bradley purses...lol). The small pitcher belonged to my Gram.
The plate rack (I have two of them) came from Goodwill...I paid $1.00 a piece for them. They were cream and I painted them black, of course! The plates are from Marshall's.
A wreath with pipberries (another of my favorite things).
An old tea kettle found in the attic of my parents home.
I found the old grater at a yard sale...when I came home with it, my dh just looked at me a shook his head...lol! He just doesn't understand about the things I love...I'm glad all of you dear blogging friends do.
This old pie pan belonged to my Gram...she baked many pies in it. I have so many wonderful memories of the time I spent with her. The pictures are framed recipes cards hand written by my Gram and Mom.
I know this pie pan isn't very "pretty", but it is very special to me.
This pitcher and butter dish are thrift store/church sale finds.
Cookie cutters that belonged to my Gram.
My window sill.
A corner of my counter.
A small basket of pipberries and a punched tin night light (I have a black one in our bathroom).
Framed keys that belonged to my dear Dad.
More cookbooks...I love the name Fannie Farmer.
The rest of my Gooseberry Patch collection.
An old Rumsford Complete Cookbook dated 1931. It belonged to my Mom.

A star lamp.
My spice cupboard from Wal-mart filled with Watkins spice tins.
My collection of church sale aprons...I don't wear any of these, but I do like to look at them.
My chalkboard...the picture frame cost me .50 cents at a yard sale. We bought a regular chalkboard at one of the office stores and attached it to the frame.

My old kitchen had a lot of cows in it...I downsized and kept a few of them. The enamel ware pitcher belonged to my Gram.
Enamel ware mug from my parents.
Another of my Gram's pie pans...I attached a star to it since I love stars! The cow was given to me by my Mom. The sheep I found at a thrift store.
An old jar full of rag balls...Ok, looking at this jar I'd have to say half full...lol!
Another of my Gram's pie pans.
Two old bean pots and a pitcher that belonged to my Gram.
An old crock from my Gram with pipberries.
Found these two stitceries at a yard sale...I mean they looked terrible...they were all dusty and dirty and the frames were awful, but I bought them anyways. I washed them up and painted the frames...now they're just like new/old!
If you've made it through all of my pictures I thank you for taking the time to look at them!
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There will be a part 3 of the tour...we'll take a look at my signs so stayed tuned and have a wonderful weekend, my dear blogging friends!
Love, Kim