This is the day tha tthe Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.

Salmon Falls Prims

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thankful for those who serve and those that have served; Americana~

Memorial Day~ or Decoration Day as my grandfather would call it. A day to reflect, remember and to decorate the graves of those that have passed on before us.




O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,


For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!


America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!












Some gave much,

some gave all….



We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As taps began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.


They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.




Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.(unknown)



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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Feeling Blessed~

“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that the things that are truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. Courage and kindness, loyalty, truth, and helpfulness are always the same and always needed.”
Laura Ingalls Wilder


I wanted to share this wonderful~ Random Act of Kindness ~that I received this week from my dear friend Lecia. I had had a busy week of getting ready for a show and filling orders and I had also had a few giveaways that I was getting packed up. So when I received this large box in the mail I was so surprised. I so appreciate Lecia and her friendship and her thoughtfulness!  Thank you for your friendship Lecia, I truly appreciate it ~ hugs



My husband was asked to be the music entertainment for  a few fund raining events for the Homes of Hop for Victims in Domestic Abuse. This group provides homes and furnishes them to provide safe places for women and children.


They were having a craft fair as part of the event so we brought a few of our creations. We haven’t found it profitable to do many of these shows but we figured is we were going to be there all day we might as well. We sure like being on the giving end as it is such a blessing.



It sure feels like the seasons are rushing through this year. I guess that’s what happens when you are busy, time just passes you by. I have moved on to creating more Americana items (I will have more of those in the next post) as we just passed Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day is coming right along, then there is flag day and The 4th of July.







Life gets busy~ We have had birthday parties, celebrations, new job changes for my son, and we also have 2 new daughter in-laws to be now, so we are in wedding planning mode.


Oh ya and I can’t forget baby planning~ we will have a new grandbaby in the next 2 months as well. Lots of fun times ahead.


With so much going on I need to constantly remind myself and get my perspectives in order or I will overwhelm myself. I don’t know if you are like that but most things that I post on my Facebook page are reminders to myself. I have had people ask, were you mentioning that because of me, etc. It is usually that I am reminding myself of who I am and who I am striving to be. With that being said I will leave you with this prayer that I found from Joyce Meyer Ministries~

A prayer for those desiring a new attitude: "God, I'm tired of going around with a negative attitude. I want to be a blessing to people, and I know I can if I'll just surrender my pride to You. Lord, I am humbled by your grace and I praise you for it. I know You're able to change my circumstances at any time. I want to prove to You that whether or not You do, I will still serve You. Help me to keep my heart humble and my mind focused on You. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Sunday, May 11, 2014



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A Mother's Walk

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?" she asked.

The guide said, "Yes, and the way is hard. You will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning."

But the young mother was happy, and she could not believe that anything could be better than these years.

So she played with her children, gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams. As the sun shone on them, the young mother cried, "Nothing could ever be lovelier than this."

Then the night came ... and the storm ... and the path became dark. The children shook with fear and cold. The mother drew them close to her and covered them with her mantle.

The children said, "Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near. No harm can come to us."

Then morning came. There was a hill ahead, and the mother and her children climbed it and grew weary. She would frequently tell the children, "Keep your patience because we are almost there."

So the children continued to climb. When they reached the top, they said, "Mother, we would not have done it without you."

When the mother laid down at night, she looked up at the stars and thought, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday I gave them courage. Today I have given them strength."

The next day, strange clouds appeared which darkened the earth ... clouds of war, hate, and evil. As the children groped and stumbled, the mother said, "Look up! Lift your eyes to the light!"

The children looked. They saw above the clouds, an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness.

That night, the mother said, " This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God."

The days went on, and the weeks, and the months, and the years. The mother grew old and she was little and bent over. But her children were tall and strong, and walked with courage.

When the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather. At last they came to the top of a hill. They could see a shining road with a golden gate that opened wide.

The mother said, "I have reached the end of my journey. I now know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them."

The children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.

They stood and watched her as she went on alone. The gates closed after her. The children said, "We cannot see her, but she is still with us. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence."

Our mother is always with us. She's the whisper of the leaves as we walk down the street. She's the smell of bleach in our freshly laundered socks. She's the cool hand on our brow when we're not feeling well.

Our Mother lives inside our laughter. She's crystallized in every tear drop we shed.

She's the place we came from ... our first home. She's the map we follow with every step we take.

She's our first love and our first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate us from her ...Not time ... not space ... not even death!

~ Temple Bailey ~

Written for Good Housekeeping Magazine in 1933


Happy Mother’s Day!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ball Jars~




There is something about these jars that just give a homey welcoming feeling.


You can drink your sweet tea from them, use them to catch fireflies, keep your collections in them or you can use them as intended.  ( When my boys were little I would even carry one with a tightly screwed on top with me in the car for potty training- sshhh secrets.)I can remember when  I was growing up we would go to my grandparents home and I would follow my grandfather down to the garden with his basket to pick vegetables. They had a large span that sloped down the hill to the river. He would tell us children-“stay in the rows and off the hills”. He would bring the basket of vegetables into the kitchen for my grandmother and she would prepare them for the huge canning pan that was on the stove already boiling. She would can green beans, pickles, tomatoes, and so many other delicious fruits and vegetable, but my absolute favorite was her green tomato sweet piccalilli. I can remember as we were leaving her home sometimes she would hand my Dad a couple of jars of it to bring home, and I can here her say- “make sure you bring back my jars”. I sure wish that I had her recipe.


In all of the years that I have cared for a garden and fed my family from it I have never canned anything myself. I used to freeze some things but never learned to can.


My grandparents went through the depression and so they had one room that was just filled with all of the staples that they would need if something were to happen. They were prepared! She also had a cellar that was packed with all of her wonderful canned fruits an vegetables.

looked just like this below~

grandmas pantry

OOhhh “the good ole days”~



I am having a giveaway on my business page on Facebook for this Ball jar Garland if you are interested. Go on over and like and share my business page~  you can find it if you are on Facebook by clicking on the pic above.




Wishing you a joyful day of singing and reminiscing.


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fancy Hats and Mint Juleps

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Well I have been known to wear some funky hats~  you know the early 80’s …..

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…..and then there are the grandchildren’s requests… well you know!



Today was the 140th running of the Kentucky derby~ Did you wear your fancy hat? And did you have a Mint Julep? Well it was won by California Chrome~ owned by a couple from Yuba City, California. Yuba city is about 2 hours south of us.


I have never been much into horses, but lately they are intriguing.

Our daughter in law to be loves horses. She is a barrel racer and  she also  trains them.


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She has about 5 or 6 now and she trains them and gets them in shape for barrel racing.

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This is one she is selling~ so beautiful!


Today was also a special day~ Our oldest daughter and son in law have been married 6 years already!

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We had the girls today so they could go out for a little bit. So much fun with them. aaahhhh another reason we moved across country.


Well- hope that you are all enjoying the beautiful spring weather. Things are in full bloom here IMG_3968IMG_4050

and the weather has been quite hot already.


I have started to get some plants for the patio.


and starting to get out my Americana!!!


I have some Americana out all year round! I also fly the flag year round as well.


Have a great Sunday!