Welcome to my little corner of the world...I will be sharing a variety of things from recipes to craft projects to memories of my life being raised on a small dairy farm in Middle Tennessee! I have had a WONDERFUL life and can't wait to get to know YOU...Blessings to you...Charlotte
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!
Glory Be…IF there is a mosquito carrying Zika or West Nile
in my yard, then, I am certain to have it!!
Man, this white flesh just fed the mosquitoes WELL, and I was only
outside for less than 5 minutes~~probably less than 3 minutes.
I just went out to turn the antennae around~~again, so I
could get the Channel 2 morning news~~I have developed a tolerance for them,
but can’t hang with the other 3 stations…LOL
I should have doused myself in mosquito spray. I know better.
BUT during this mad dash, I made a pretty awesome
discovery. I would go take a picture,
but I might be a quart low of blood already this morning! HA HA HA HA
In my yard, we have always had a couple of small peach trees
that My Aunt Jenny used to make pickled peaches. They are TINY little things, and the worms
LOVE them. I don’t like to spray stuff
because of the danger it causes to the food chain, so we have just enjoyed
their beautiful flowers in the spring and their shade in the summer.
I saw one behind the cabin, but I left it instead of cutting
it down, because it was pretty. Today,
as I made the mad dash to the back, I saw a rotting peach on the ground and it
was a regular sized peach. I wondered where
in the world it came from, and so I looked up to see several, not tons, but a
few REGULAR sized peaches. I grabbed one
and popped that beauty open and took a bite of a REAL PEACH…
God provides for us, in so many ways. Even when I don’t feel I can afford the
“luxury” of buying fresh peaches, God placed one right in front of my face…HOW
blessed I am, again.
Speaking of Blessed, again, I knew that I was getting a
surprise in the mail, and I was so excited to find this awesome bowl that my
friend, Crystal, painted. There were
treats for me and treats for Charcoal and this beautiful bowl that has great
I know, being redundant, I share that Mother hardly ever
(and never on purpose) left the house without a butterfly pinned to her left
shoulder. I remember her with each glace
of those beautiful creatures. This bowl
will hold many memories for me…
Thank you, Crystal…if we all spent HALF the time trying to
make others smile, the way that Crystal does, our world WOULD be different.
Charcoal took the treat and said he didn't need help getting it out of the plastic.
That package was expected and was surely enough to make my
little corner of the world a bright place…
Charlie! Do NOT put Chester in the box!!
BUT, there was another note in my PO Box from the Postie Man
that said I had a package TOO BIG to fit…well, it could be 6 inches and be too
big to fit~~ROFL…
This however, was no exaggeration…it was TOO big to fit!
Yowzers…I gathered it and went on my way to the car when I
had to see who sent me this TOO BIG package and WAS it a mistake…Yep, mistakes
happen sometimes, as I handed the envelop belonging to “Mr. Willie” to the
postie person…not a big issue (and yes, that letter appeared right back in my
Charcoal wanted in on the action
WHY was I not surprised to see that Miss Lynnie POO POO,
aka, Lynn Barbadora, had sent the package~~that GIRL!(oh, my word, I just heard my MOTHER coming
out of that statement!)
I am posting this on my blog, because I know that Miss
Ramona doesn’t read this, and I am SAFE from her yelling to “SEND IT TO ME”!!
The boys love boxes!
Inside were several gifts, all generous in their own right,
and the BIG show piece was a sweet girl holding a pot of flowers~~ another reminder
This had been painted for her daughter’s room that was
garden themed and had remained in their “other home” until it sold. She wanted ME to have it…ME!
Charlie, let Chester out of the box!!
How thankful I am to receive this from a beautiful
lady~~gorgeous actions/thoughts and a lovely face that radiates JOY~~when on so
many days, I know she just wants to crawl in the corner and cry, but who
charges ONWARD planting seed of happiness, kindness and HOPE.
I am so glad to have people like this in my life and it has
NOTHING to do with WHAT I have done to deserve it, but has everything to do
with them BEING those kind of people who have a desire to make the world a
I smile as I remember Lynn sending me requests to LIKE her
facebook page, and I KNEW I had, so I ignored them, until ONE day, I went and
there was NO LIKE…we laughed…
Lynn is the reason I have Prince Charlie, the fairest in all
the land, and Chester the Jester Elf…she was the reason we all wanted to have
fun with our mischievous elves…
Lynn taught me to say POSTIE…
Lynn has NO clue that I am NOT the reason that Santa has a
Naughty List and that I am one of the VERY FEW on FB that NEEDS to choose the
NICE button, and it does not work!! (her
solution was simply to remove it!! Hey,
that is how I FIX stuff, these days…)
I seldom eat a peanut butter M&M without thinking of
SO what that we have never met in person…she is a friend~~as
real as any friend I have ever had!
Thank you, Lynnie Poo-Poo…thanks for allowing me to be me
and NOT having to pretend that I am something better than I am…and for not
taking me too seriously, but instead, looking to see the REAL me, and liking me
anyway…I keep HOPE that one day, your story will have a happily ever after and
all the chairs will be filled, as they should…
Well, now, enough SAP for one day…
I know we need to TREAT THE WORLD WITH KINDNESS…do what YOU
can to make ONE PERSON smile…
We all think we need LOTS of money…need to make GRAND
gestures…need to do GREAT productions of HEY~~look what I sacrificed…
For some reason, we discount the SMALL ways we EACH can make
this world better…
I am amazed at how others have embraced BLOOM this year…I
think we were all needing a gentle reminder to turn our faces to the sun and to
show our beauty…
We are ALL beautiful…We ALL have something BEAUTIFUL to
share, but with that, comes the realization that the seeds we plant must be
seeds to grow KINDNESS, POSITIVE THOUGHTS and messages of encouragement....We
have to leave those comments of complaint behind us and to work so much harder
on improving things and realizing that WE are the CHANGE and that change can be
negative or positive. It is a lesson
that I struggle to learn DAILY…
So, as you can see, I have had several serendipitous moments
this week. Shame racks my body when I
fail to recognize that in my struggles, I STILL am blessed beyond measure. THANK YOU all who make my world a kinder,
gentler place…I am blessed to create~~charlotte♡