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I’m Coming Back…

Life got a hold of me like a Kansas Storm, but I am coming back.

I've been a little busy, but I am coming back with lots of fun stuff!
I’ve been a little busy, but I am coming back with lots of fun stuff!

Writing is still my passion, and with my husband’s retirement, our life will shift again, and the plan is for me to write.

As a mother of 7 and now a grandmother of 15, life is what I know best… survival of life.

My heart in the near future is to share about…

Our business:  Welcome Home Girlfriend

Our home:  Decor and heirlooms

Our family:  Traditions

Our history:  Back to the 1600’s

Our dreams:  Never stop dreaming!

Our sorrows:  No life is without tribulation… it is what makes us strong

Our beloveds:  People that have influenced our lives

Our love:  Married almost 43 years and still love each other deeply

So if you followed us before, I am sorry I got ‘caught up’… and if you are new, please join in capturing life… “A moment in time” ~

Jubilee Vintage Shelf Paper ~ “Thank you, Grandma!”

My Grandmother Mable Clark Stevens passed away in 1985.
We started the long process of sorting and distributing
a lifetime of treasures, memories and just stuff.
Nostalgia, of course, dominated the time, along with memories of childhood we would exchange while sorting.
Like so many houses from the war era and before, there lived a monster with octopus arms at the bottom of the stairs in the basement.
And right next to the octopus was the monster’s room AKA…
“The Fruit Room”

The musty “Fruit Room” was a scary place with a huge heavy door and the strange aroma of who knows what?
(I now know it is the distinct smell
that a mouse has been here.)
As an adult,
I understand the door was a custom design and insulated
to help balance humidity and preserve produce.
But as a child, it was the “ginormous” door to keep monsters from escaping and entering the house!
Sometimes, even though it took the strength of my whole body,
I would open and close the door because when you did,
a light came on all by itself!  Was it the monster that lived in the fruit room?
We were never sure…
I wasn’t smart enough (at the time) to realize that a string was attached to the door that made it ‘automatic’!
My sisters and I would dare each other to stay in the haunted fruit room and see if the light really went off,
but none of us had the courage to take the dare.
There were jars of jam and jelly, applesauce, salmon, string beans, peaches…
all dated in the era when Grandma was in the mind set of canning.
Yes! Indeed, I saved a jar of her ‘Huckleberry Preserves”.
The tiny aged label, in her own handwriting, identified the contents of her busy canning day,
and to me, it was another treasure.
Today, the preserves sit with nostalgic pride in my vintage kitchen.
Amongst the empty canning jars,
a granite speckled cannery,
wire racks and picnic baskets
I discovered…

“The Prize”


An unopened package of vintage shelf paper from the 40’s!
I literally held it to my heart, because it was SOOOO ME!!!
My favorite colors of Red, Yellow, Green and Black on a background of delicate cream.
It was especially a surprise,
because Grandma did not have these colors anywhere in her house.
Red was too bold and she leaned more to the pastels
(as did my mother).
In the 1980’s, I was in the thick of raising a multitude of children.
Part of raising children is the continual path of destruction that just happens.
Somehow, in the youth of adulthood, I knew to put the vintage shelf paper away and wait.
To display the baskets of flowers with the scalloped edge at that time,
would be sure to mean a short life span of this delicate treasure.
So, it went to its new home.  A box.
A storage box of treasures, marked “Heirlooms” to be used in “THE House”.
From 1985 to 2005
the baskets of red and yellow flowers waited their debut.
It was twenty years until the dream of using the shelf paper came to fruition.
We, unexpectedly, were going to build our dream house
and all the treasures were going to be released back into life.
It was time for the vintage shelf liner to serve the purpose for which it was created.
I wanted a place for it to be easily seen, but not readily used;
a place to add to the nostalgic feeling of entering into another era.
After all, it held the title and high honor of …
“The Inspiration Piece”
for my new kitchen…
the item to which all the rest of the kitchen would defer.
In the process of creating the kitchen house plan,
I chose to place shelves to the right, as you entered the kitchen.
It was a natural focal point even though I would forgo upper kitchen cabinets.
A decision I have never regretted.
The aged paper,  lining the shelves is the perfect support for the other kitchen heirlooms…
an angel food cake pan,
antique spice cans,
‘cake tape’,
Crisco in the box,
and of course, Spam!
(That would be related to meat, not computers.)


Essentially, I use little jelly jars to hold my herbs and spices.
Other vintage jars contain staples.
The jars easily slide off the shelf for baking and everyday use.
Above the shelves,
I hung kitchen tools with green handles
that were part of traditional cooking
for both my mother and grandmother.
The “Layered Look” is a way I create dimension in a “Themed Room”.
I use wallpaper that is chosen for its support to the theme,
not necessarily by my favorite design.
In my vintage country kitchen,
I found wallpaper picturing antique recipe cards and this wall paper I loved!!!  It was…
Perfect!



To create the next layer,
I took old handwritten recipe cards from my mother and grandmother
and pinned them to the wall,
along with single pages from recipe books of antiquity.
All of this brings me closer to a heritage I embrace with gratefulness,
while giving another facet of vintage to MY Children and Grandchildren.
I am surrounded by the nurturing that comes in a kitchen filled with warm scents,
warm ovens, warm conversations all warmed with love.
I feel the love of my Mother and Grandmother around me.
In turn, I want to extend love to the many beloveds that enter my Vintage County Kitchen.
Sometimes I look around and wonder…
“Will any of my Grandchildren find treasures in my home, after I am gone?  Will they hold them to their heart?”
“Will any of my descendants place an heirloom in their home and boast… ‘This was my Grandmothers and her Grandmother’s before that…’ ?”
I hope they do.
I pray they will remember…
“A Moment in Time”
Thank you , Grandma, for the Jubilee Vintage Shelf Paper… I LOVE it!
“Cookies & milk anyone?”

“This Kiss ~ This Kiss”

INCREDIBLE!

Forty one years ago, today, marks the moment when
“this kiss ~ this kiss”
sealed our commitment to each other for a lifetime.

Darrell & Linda
Incredible!

In the current era, even though the words are spoken traditionally, many marriages dissolve before the blending has even begun.

Incredible!

For me, Darrell IS MY ‘knight in shining armor’ but much more than that,
he is my husband who totally committed himself to marriage; our marriage ~ a lifespan of marriage.

Incredible!

The blending of our lives has been a waltz of twirls, dips with countless quick steps of recovery.

iNcReDiBLE!

Our twirls have been circles of forgiveness,
our dips have been times of complicated communication… or the lack thereof,
but our steps have always been ordered by the Lord.

Incredible!

We have spent our early years learning what God’s plan is for the man and
what His plan is for the woman giving a direction to the pathway we chose to take.
As we learned, we worked to implement the design and purpose in our daily walk.

Incredible!

We learned the art of communication ~ how to talk, how to listen.
We learned how to respect and how to love.

Incredible!

We learned how to compromise sometimes without compromising.
We learned how to let go.
We learned how to hold on.
We learned contentment.
Contentment with each other…

Incredible!

contentment in situations… contentment even with painful circumstances… and we’ve kept dancing.

INCREDIBLE!

Today, this kiss is truly incredible, 41 plus years and it’s still incredible!

The Clock Won

"The Clock Won"

I have to say, I didn’t want to let the year 2012 go…
I like even numbers.
2013?
We all know what 13 means.  Or at least, what we have been groomed to think it means.
Time has won.
2013 is here~
I couldn’t stop it.
So now what will I do with this year?
What do I want to do to make my life count?
I want to organize pictures and family history…
I want to create music play lists of my favorite melodies…
I want to quilt… all different kinds of quilting…
I want to write… blogs, letters, stories, books…
But most of all, I want to get to know someone better… the one who knows me best and loves me most… Jesus.
What are you going to do?