Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself;
I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
~Groucho Marx

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Grandma's House

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Last night at bedtime it was 50 degrees and the raining and when I got up it was 25 degrees and snowing.

Ken and Pastor got home safely last night and by the time Ken was back home it was a little after 1:00.  Since I went to bed late I woke up late and though I could have walked we had some things to do and it would have taken too long to walk first so no walk today.  By the time I go to bed tonight though I will have walked my goal of 13,000 steps a day.

I have decided to do my bathroom over.  A new sink, paint the cabinet and walls and just to freshen it all up. The bathroom is yellow and I want to do it over in blue and white.  We were on the way to Lowe's just to look at the different sinks when Ken had a great idea.  We have two small bathrooms.  One off our bedroom which Ken uses and off the hall which I use and they sit next to each other with a wall in between.  Ken suggested we knock down the wall and make one big bathroom out of the two.  Still keep the two doors, one in the bedroom and the one off the hall too.  So that is what we are going to do.  We will do some planning before we begin.  I'll make sure I have before and after pictures.  I can hardly wait to get started.
We have a full bathroom downstairs so we can use that while waiting for our new bathroom to get done. 

Since we didn't have time after bowling yesterday we did our shopping at Walmart today.
Did a little reading in the afternoon.
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I don't have a picture of my grandmothers house (Mom's Mom) but I remember it well.  She only live 1/2 mile from me when I was growing up.  
I spent many days and nights with grandma at her house.
Grandma's House
It was a neat big old house with a big front porch.  A large foyer when you walked in the front door with a stairway to upstairs straight ahead.  To the right was a living room the length of the house with windows all along the side.  Lilac bushes were lined up under the windows and in the spring the house smelled like lilacs.
To the left was the dining room which was big too.  The kitchen was on the other end of the dining room.  Not very big but it had one of those old huge porcelain sinks.  There was a big pantry to the right of the kitchen and a door leading down to the cellar.  A big coal furnace was there and I liked to watch when the coal was delivered right through the cellar window down a chute. 
Every morning grandma would go down there and shovel some coal in to the furnace with one of those big coal shovels.
Upstairs were 4 huge bedrooms and one bathroom that was long and narrow at one end of the hall.  The other end of the hall was rounded with windows that looked out over the yard.  Curtains hung across the hall and I used to go behind them by the windows and sit and look out of the window or read.  I could hide out there. : )
Grandma's house had an attic too with all kinds of stuff in it.  I loved going up there and looking around.  Grandma would go up there with me and tell me not to go up the steep stairs on my own.
I have many happy memories there with my Grandma. 
Years later I would talk about the house with my dad and he said oh that old house.  It needed a lot of work and was in pretty bad shape.  I don't remember any of that. 
I just know I loved it.
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 It's been snowing on and off all day but not much accumulation.
A happy day to you.
happyone : )
Grandma always made you feel 
she had been waiting to see just you all day
and now the day was complete.
~ Marcy Demaree


  1. This crazy weather!! I have wonderful memories of my Grandma's house too. My Grandparents lived right next to us on edge of the farm as long as I can remember, and I LOVED it! Such good memories!

  2. We seem to all be having weird weather!
    What lovely memories of your Grandmothers house!
    Sounds like a great plan for your bathroom.
    Looking forward to the photos.
    Take care.

  3. I loved reading about your grandmother's house. I would think I was in heaven to have lilac bushes along my house! It's wonderful to have such wonderful memories of your grand mother and her house.

  4. You have great memories of your grandmother's home. I also loved visiting my grandma. She was so kind and she was always reading some interesting book and when I got older, I loved to go through her books, that she kept on a closet shelf. She lived in another state, so I didn't see her often, but when I did, it was always a treat! Good luck with your bathroom project. It will be nice to have a little more space! Enjoy your evening.

  5. That is late for Ken and Pastor to arrive home! How exciting to have plans to redo your bathroom! Quite a project! I've memories of being a child staying overnight one time - with my family - at my grandmother's house in the country. It was such fun to me.

  6. Valspar recently came out with a cabinet paint series that you can get in virtually any color. It's an latex/oil based hybrid that combines the best of both worlds. If you try it, I would recommend you lightly sand your cabinets if they currently have any kind of gloss finish on them so the paint has a better bite so it can bond better to it.

  7. Hello, wonderful memories of your Grandmother and her home. I have great memories of visiting my grandmother and staying overnight. We loved baking together. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  8. Funny how memories are selective ... And sometimes faulty. I too remember my grandmothers house as big and they also had a coal stove in the basement. As an adult I was shocked that it wasn't as big as I remembered. Maybe I was just smaller or maybe current houses are bigger dwarfing older homes. But this year I used google earth to 'view' my grandparent home. It has long since passed to other owners, but it appears quite small.

  9. I can remember my grandmothers house. It was old and smelled like fried chicken from Sundays Dinners. She had a big basement full of craft things and we used to love to sneak down there and mess around.

  10. Loved your post about Grandma's house. You described it perfectly. It was so nice just thinking about her and the many good times we had with her. I remember the two rocking chairs that were facing each other that she had next to the windows in the dining room. Also the mint candies that she always had.


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