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I LOVE to design and to paint whimsical items that will put a smile on your face. Each day I share my simple life with you as I try to encourage, to inspire and sometimes JUST to make you smile as I recount my life growing up on a dairy farm! I've never had many material items in my life, BUT I have been blessed beyond words with love and encouragement from WONDERFUL Parents who instilled in me WHAT was important. I have had EVERYTHING that I needed and WAY too much of what I wanted. I am slowly learning to be a better person each day through my interactions with my friends on Facebook. Some day I hope to be as good as people seem to THINK I am! I am BLESSED! Welcome to my little corner of the world...Please stop by and visit often!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHAT a FEBRUARY! Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Look at those EARS flying in the wind...
Oh, my furbaby is SO SO HAPPY!!

This is the wheat field that is behind my house...just a few feet from our back door.

What a difference a few days can make...MANY people say that IF you don't like the weather, just wait and it will change...WELL, of COURSE it will, but sometimes it REALLY changes...

Charcaol was having SO MUCH fun running...

This was a BEAUTIFUL Saturday in Middle Tennessee...The weather was 67 degrees and not a cloud was in the sky!

There is ALWAYS time to stop and smell the roses when you are a  puppy...OR at least sniff at the ground!

These pictures were taken on February 6th.  The next day, the temperature FELL to freezing...it remained COLD all week and the ground was frozen...THEN this is what happened on February 15....

This is the back porch...hmmm...I think BIG FOOT came to visit
At about 3 am EARLY on Monday morning, sleet started to fall...Then some ice...then some sleet...then some snow...then....sigh...

Big Foot STRIKES again!
This is the same field...but OH, how beautiful!!  
We ended up getting about 4 inches of STUFF~~ice, sleet, snow!!
This is the BIG Tobacco barn...
I LOVE the look of freshly fallen snow...
everything is so CLEAN and CRISP!
This shows more of the same field...our property goes into the woods...There was a tenant house at the edge of the woods!

That is our road...see it? huh, huh?  Nope, me either...LOL...
I LOVE to see the bird's footprints in the snow...
it is a reminder to BUY birdseed...LOL...

This is day 5...This was after an ENTIRE DAY of weather above freezing!!  It looks like there is NO HOPE!!

I am ONLY about 1 mile from the STATE road that is CLEAR all the way into town, I am sure...but THERE is a BIG curve on a slight hill to get to the end of the road!!  HOLD ON TIGHT!!!
This is the MORNING of Day 6...It looks pretty HOPELESS, still...BUT IT DID melt and I got to go to town that evening!!  It was like seeing a NEW WORLD!  People who didn't SIMPLY TALK TO me...roads with the freedom to go MOST anywhere I wanted...Fast FOOD restaurants...It was WONDERFUL...

I LOVE living in the country and would have it no other way, BUT there is ALWAYS a swap-off!  I get frustrated at those who CHOOSE to live WHERE they want (on big hills, curves, outside the city limits) and THEN complain when things don't go their way...We as humans tend to be that way...We WANT what we WANT when we WANT it...sigh...EVERY choice has a consequence!!

I am SO THANKFUL for all those who worked so hard during this time of inconvenience!  Thank you to the Electric Company who worked to keep my lights on and who got out in this AWFUL weather to repair the problem...I was ONLY without electricity for about 2 hours and I am SO GRATEFUL...

To the Policemen, Firemen, EMTs, Road Crews, Medical Personal, Water Company, and THOSE who had to SACRIFICE their time, sleep and SAFETY because of so many SELFISH people who thought of NO ONE but themselves...THANK YOU...I APPRECIATE YOU!!!

To the Mother/Son who was killed on the interstate when a truck hit them as they were stopping to help someone else, I PRAY God will send someone to stand in the gap for the husband and sister (daughter)...NO GREATER LOVE hath a man than to lay down his life for his fellow man...

I pray for those who are STILL in the path of the storms...
Those who are weary...


LIFE is filled with storms...I HOPE you each KNOW the MASTER of the WIND...Thank You, God, for the BEAUTY of the EARTH...for the SEASONS, and for LOVING ME when I am SO VERY unlovable...I wish...Blessings to YOU...~charlotte♥

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Treats for my Sweet...Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some people JUST don't understand...

He is PITIFUL licking that empty bowl TRYING to get my attention...PITIFUL!
I was in the baby food aisle at Walmart...I was searching HIGH and LOW for the PERFECT treat for Charcoal...

A lady ASKED me IF I knew if they STILL made some kind of contraption that pushed the baby food UP because the SPOON just was NOT working!

I laughed and said, I don't know anything about babies...I'm buying this for my puppy...sigh...

She laughed BUT I don't think she REALLY understood, but in all fairness, neither did I!!  ROFL...

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour and 2/3 cup Rolled Oats
I was laughing with my friend tonight AS she was making a PIE to put on her blog...I was making Dog treats to GO on my blog and I said, YOU KNOW, Charcoal is coming out PRETTY good because of my blogging and I pointed out that HER husband was pretty lucky too...

You see, I MADE Mindy BLOG two days ago and I THINK I have started the CREATIVE juices flowing!  She is having fun trying to get her blog back up and in shape...HECK, it has ONLY been four years since she made the FIRST attempt!  

She needs some FOLLOWERS, so Go FOLLOWER her blog at
The Woodshop in WV  One follower is DEAD and 2 more are inactive and for the life of me I don't know why but, she took down her google plus...sigh...BUT I KNOW she has FOLLOW by email...LOL...oh Min Min!  Why ya gotta be so difficult!! 

Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I need to remind you to MAKE some gifts for those you LOVE...SO Here is the recipe:

2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2/3 cups Rolled Oats
2 4 oz. jars of Baby Food (your choice of flavors)

Mix together...it will be REALLY stiff...I just mashed it out on a plate and didn't worry so much about them being even, but TRY to get them similar in thickness so the thin ones won't burn.  Cut out with a cookie cutter OR just cut them into strips with a knife or pizza cutter...Bake for 35 minutes at 350...

The first batch I made was TOO stiff and couldn't absorb all the flour, so I just added another 2 ounce jar of Chicken and all was well!

I looked at the ingredients for Oats and they are ALL ROLLED oats and YES, it is the SAME for the QUICK ones and for the Old Fashioned ones, SO I just used the Quick ones that I had in my pantry!  If you have old fashioned oats, then use those.

I used Sweet Potatoes and Chicken for my first batch (the heart shapes) and I used Apple/Blueberry for the second batch  (flowers)...Charcoal LOVES them all...NOW, to be fair, I think 
Charcoal just loves FOOD!!

Charcoal's TREAT will be the BAG with one or two in there...the BOY LOVES to CHEW!!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL time getting ready for those you love...YEP, it is a COMMERCIAL holiday, but isn't EVERY holiday??  And to be fair, I think the world could USE MORE DAYS to CELEBRATE LOVE instead of bashing those you supposedly love...Blessings to YOU...~charlotte♥

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Let the CELEBRATION Begin! Sunday, February 1, 2015

Let's have a SHOW OF HANDS for those who are TIRED of WINTER already...


My Etsy Team, The Folkart and Primitive Team is CELEBRATING TWO YEARS in existence...You KNOW what people say about the TERRIBLE TWOS!  WE MIGHT just do SOMETHING CRAZY!!

And YES, we ARE...We are having a GIVEAWAY...
Go to our our TEAM BLOG, The Folkart and Primitives  
and sign up to WIN...
Do NOT comment on MY blog, but on the TEAM BLOG, please!!

We have 23 gifts to give away!
There will be 7 (seven) winners 
On February 9th all 7 winning names will be selected
Then all prizes will be written on a paper put in a basket
and drawn out to go with the winner

First place will win a total of 7 prizes
second place will win 5 prizes
third place will win 3 prizes
and 4th thru 7th place will each win 2 prizes

To Enter you must follow our Team blog, 
and leave a comment on the post that shows all the Prizes...
*New followers are always welcome! *

For an extra chances, 
you can share this giveaway on your blog sidebar 
or do a blog post
Or Share on Facebook, Twitter etc.
just mention it in your comment

REMEMBER to include a contact email if you do not have it
for us to easily get hold of you

These are just SOME of the prizes we are giving away

This is donated by Kim of Valley Primitive Stitches
Cynthia of Cynzplace

Donated by Joann of Painted Panache

Leeann of Charmed Confections

Mindy of The Woodshop in WV

 Be sure to go to our TEAM BLOG to sign up NOW

Also, be sure to go to the etsy shops of the individual members...MANY are offering discounts!

I am giving a 20% discount on ALL SALES this week OVER $10 
Type in SPRING20 at checkout 

My goodness...what TALENT we have on our team...I HOPE that YOU are using the GIFTS you have...Thanks for your support...Blessings to YOU...~charlotte♥