Saturday, March 8, 2014

Who's a good listener?

Who's a good listener?  Charlie is, and apparently Violet too.  

Although, Charlie's attention span might be a tad longer than Violet's. haha. I had just charged the battery on our camera and was going to put it in it's case.  Charlie was following me as he does 24/7.  I heard something on the T.V. and repeated it.  JP, was watching the three stooges, so it might have been something like "wise guy huh!"  I don't really remember what I said, just that sweet expression on his face.  It's one I see all day because Charlie is truly devoted to me and listens to my every word and follows my moves and expressions.  What a blessing he is, although sometimes I turn around and he runs into me because I put the brakes on and he doesn't. haha. That gets on my nerves!  But then I see this look and I can't stay upset for a minute.

In other news from the holler, JP made a delicious Paella.  It was our first and it was delicious.

I pray you are well and staying close to The Lord of all.  Blessings from the holler...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Some regular visits from the locals and a favorite recipe...

I find life here in the holler a constant blessing.  I know God put us here because He knows where we need to be and He chose to bless us with what delights us.  For instance, the deer that come by our yard each day to graze.  You would think that after seeing them every day for so long it would become common place.  It never gets old.  I am just like the dogs, who bark at them, I get excited everytime I see them.

Today, I slipped out the back door and walked into the front yard to take these pictures.  We have many pictures just like these, but hey, it's the thrill of being out there with them.  My hands still get a little shakey as I try to get the best and closest picture without the deer running off.  So, I'm sorry these pictures aren't better.  I did have my long range zoom lens in but it was almost dark and I was in a hurry and freezing!

What fascinated me anew yesterday was how God made them perfectly camoflaged for their environment.  

Earlier this year we had Redneck Tacos.  A local bar-b-q restaurant named this dish and we started making them at home because I love them.  It's easy.  It's a cornbread pancake (johnny cake or hoe cake) on the bottom, pulled pork w/ our homemade sauce next, followed by cole slaw.  Oh, it's so good.  It's so good, I forgot to take a picture until I was half way through eating mine!

Well, that's all.  Blessings from the holler...

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year adventure...

Hello to all!  We are expecting some rainy/snowy weather so I decided to let a few of the dogs out to play or lay in the sun.  As you can see Scrappy decided to have her first adventure of 2014!  Therefore, she has had her first bath.  I wouldn't mind if it snowed some and I know that Speedbump is anxious for the white stuff.  At any rate, I have my towels washed and we're ready for whatever.

God's richests blessings to you all and Happy New Year from all of us in the holler...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas in the holler...

I have missed yall.  I haven't posted in a long time because my Dad had a stroke.  He's doing much better now.  God is our Faithful Healer.  I wanted to show you that even though we've been busy with hospitals and doctors and rehab places we did decorate to celebrate the Advent of our Lord Jesus.

Scrappy decided to get in on this picture and say hello. 

This is one of my favorite manger scenes.  I collect them and they're everywhere but I have this one separate and simple.  I like it that way.

Here's the other side of the room.  I didn't put up the large tree this year, just a small one but it's just right.

On my kitchen window sill I have some of my little favorites.  Here are some egg manger scenes.

These are just my favorite pretties.  The center piece has been in our family for years.  It holds tiny candles, like birthday size.  I just love it.

So, I'm off to visit your blogs. At least in the next few days hopefully I'll catch up on what's been happening in your life.  As always we are blessed far more than we deserve and send you Christmas blessings from the holler...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Fall in the holler...

Last week, before we had a really windy storm I got out and took a few pictures of our fall colors.  The morning that the rains came I ran out and gathered what I thought to be "the perfect" specimens that I could find.  I had fun standing under our big Sycamore tree while the rain misted.  Then, with my treasures, I put my head down and made my way up the hill to the house (hairdo trashed for the day, haha, but who cares)

The day before the storm.

My beautiful leaves spread out over the backside of two placemats.

  Isn't amazing how they differ in in size and color?  Our Creator didn't leave a boring place for us to live but beauty for us to enjoy and friends to share it with.  

You know, after all that, those trees didn't lose all their leaves.  Some trees did, sure. But the ones that are left are all the more beautiful for hanging on; at least, I think so!  Blessings to you all from the holler...