Thursday, May 12, 2022

Things in my House Thursday ~The Little Things that Make Me Smile ~The Teddy Bear Tour

I have a soft spot in my heart for Teddy Bears…

…and it all started with this old guy.
Pretty sure he is older than I am.

I first met him when we’d stop to visit my Mother’s friend, Helen Metz.
They became friends while teaching in a Little Country School, in York, ND.
Helen lived with her mother, Cora, in Maza, ND, population at the last census was 5. 
I loved stopping at their house. Their home was so very interesting. 

As a young woman, Helen had gone on to teach at Missionaries 
in Guatemala, Honduras, and Puebla, Mexico.

Plus it seemed like Cora had always just taken
cookies or cake out of the oven. ๐Ÿ˜‹
Sweet Memories.

Helen Metz
1913-2005

Back to my Teddy Bear Tour.
This girl came home with me from Target.
She comes out of storage every March along other Spring Decor.

This soft Teddy occupies the chair that my Hubby’s
Grandfather constructed. Grandpa Tom was a carpenter.
The Family Pillow is something I created a few years ago.

On to my Sewing Studio. Hubby knows about my love for Teddy Bears.
He brought his sweet bear home when returning from one of his work trips.
She has Angel Wings.

Remember during the Pandemic when folks
displayed Bears in a window for families to look for 
when they went for a walk…Goin’ on a Bear Hunt

I had this Angel Bear perched on the sill to watch
over the sidewalk in front of our house.

Bear in a Basket.

Bear on a Stack of
Vintage Wool Squares and Books.

This soft bear has a spot of honor on our bed. 

And this bear look so handsome in his turtleneck sweater.
He was also a gift from my Hubby.

This is the only Beanie Baby Bear in my Collection.

Sadly, I don’t know the backstory on this Handsome Guy.
Maybe he belonged to one of our daughters and they can enlighten me?

This is my only Working Bear.

Do you all have a chair in your closet to collect clothing?
This is a Vintage Chair from our old Family Farmhouse.
This hard working bear patiently helps me out
when I’m deciding what I’m in the mood to wear.

Then when his lap is overflowing,
it’s time to hang up my clothes.

Here’s one of the most famous Bears of all…
Winnie the Pooh.
He always gives the best advice.

Tell me about some of your collections
that make you smile.

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Happy Mothers Day to all Who Nurture and Care for Others ~Along with Greetings to Two Special Young Women

It has been an honor and privilege to have been chosen to be Mother
to these two Women who are Kind and Caring, Smart and Funny,
and the Best Daughters one could ever hope for.

The goal of parenting is to launch your children into the world…

I guess we accomplished our job, as we have watched them thrive
in communities far from home. 

This Gigi looks forward to meeting a new grand baby
in Georgia later this summer.

She will join her cousins that live in Massachusetts.
And that photo, by the tree…
It’s one of our family traditions.

You’ve seen this photo before.
On Mothers Day, we always posed for a photo
under the “pink tree” in our back yard.

So Amy and her boys did just that very thing!

Sometimes we drove up north to visit Grammy
on our  family farm for Mothers Day.

Here we are…visiting her in the parlor.

And then this… our last Mothers Day visit.

Another family tradition is that Hubby’s sister prepares our Mothers Day meal.
We’d often drop our daughters off when they were young,
to help in the kitchen and with setting the table.
We continued that tradition with our Foreign Exchange Daughters…
This is Line from Norway.

And a few years later, Nellie from Denmark.

This is the year, Norway met Denmark…
She came back to the states for a visit and they both
spent time with Grandma.

My first year as a Gigi.
I was able to spend time with Daughter and Grandson Number One.
“Cheers” to a Happy Mothers Day.

His Mama had been up early to make an Oven Baked Oatmeal
and Cheesy Scrambled Eggs for Brunch.

He’s the one that named me “Gigi” two years later.

Sending Warm Wishes to all who Care for
and Nurture Children.

Happy Mothers Day.

Take Care,
~Natalie



Friday, May 6, 2022

Happy FriYay ~Where the Week Went ~Travel News ~ Grilling News ~Downsizing News ~What’s been Cooking

A week ago, we went out for dinner with our friends
and Wendy asked me, “How did you spend your week?”
Her question took me by surprise…and I couldn’t think of a good answer.

However, I am traveling to spend time with these two at the end of the month.
I couldn’t be more excited.
So I have been busy preparing and packing for my trip.
I don’t know about you, but I also like to leave things tidy.

Don’t even think about breaking in and having a party in our house.
Hubby will be staying home this time…taking care of business.
He’ll be caring for
*himself
*our house
*our cat
*our yard
*his mother
*her garden
*his league golf team

By the way, these are not listed in any order of priority.
But we all know what Lizzie thinks is on the top of the list.

In the Dakotas, we experience extremes in the weather.
The wind went down and it was nice enough to grill our first steak of the season.

For years, our Summer Dinner Menu has consisted of meat for hubby to grill,
while I prepare the sides in the kitchen.
With the steak I prepared Charlotte’s Pasta Carbonara
and a Green Salad.

My very last school bag.
It went out in the garbage this week.
Not sure why I found this emotional, it had nothing to do with the actual bag, 
but what it meant. I started school with my first school bag, Sixty Years Ago.

There was not much inside except for some essentials…
Red pens, lip gloss, and Advil.

I also found this note from a student…
Brandon K. Is this you?

Also a packet of stickers.
Yes, even my High Students were excited to see
a sticker on the top of their worksheet.

Did you see my nail color on that last photo?
My cosmetologist chose that with me in mind.
It is called “I love my Gigi”
I have a manicure once a month. Not just because I love the colors,
but my nails have gotten so brittle.
This helps prevent the cracking and chipping
while I’m doing house chores and crafting.

Lizzie and I run the Roomba three times a week…
for the sawdust that comes in from the woodshop,
for the cat hair and litter on her feet,
And because of the thread and lint that is produced in my sewing studio.

Speaking of downsizing, tomorrow is Hubby’s One Year Anniversary
of his Retirement. He still has Sport Coats and Suits that we need to re-home.

I have listed two Black Sport Coats and this Olive Suit.
If you know someone who is a size Mens 44, let them know.

It was Pizza Friday…one of my favorites
is this Italian Sausage with Caramelized Onions.

It certainly hasn’t been Grilling Weather every day.
But last night we enjoyed Grilled Salmon and Asparagus.
I was in charge of the Vegetable Rice Pilaf.

Last, but certainly not least…
We ran some errands including a grocery run for my MIL.

The week certainly didn’t go by this fast
when we were working!

Take care,
~Natalie

Monday, May 2, 2022

May Day 2022 ~Our Neighbor Boys Made My Day

We live in a great neighborhood…
with plenty of great neighbors.
Never fail, these two handsome boys 
surprise us with a basket every May Day.

The doorbell rang, I was ready with my Nike shoes on,
however they are way too fast for me!

The basket, all by itself is great…
it could have been empty and I would have been pleased.
I already have a plan where I will use it.

The handmade spring Tulips and May Day
card are the most special.
I can tell they put much effort and creativity
into this project.

But there’s more…
Hubby has a Green Thumb and as soon as we get some warmer weather, 
he’ll be out working in the yard and planting these seeds.

Take a closer look at this…a Pollinator Kit.
Save the Bees!

They didn’t forget about his Sweet Tooth.
And I’m claiming the Summer Bottle Koozie for myself.

Thank you, Hayden and Holden, 
for bringing some spring cheer into our home.

Happy May, Y’All.

Take care,
~Natalie