Welcome to my little world! My name is Donna and I'm the mother of one very spoiled kitty named Clarice. I was a banker for over 20 years but now I'm a SAHM and loving every minute of it. I'm a super, huge Bon Jovi fan and an avid cross stitcher. I love decorating my home with flea market finds, primitive style items and vintage items. My hubby says if the last three generations threw it out as trash it'll end up in our house as a decoration.

Monday, November 11, 2013

No title because I've lost my mind!

I can't believe it's been over a month since I last posted but I just haven't been able to get back into a routine since I got back from Arkansas.  My trip was extended an additional week in order to help my MIL and FIL get settled into their new routines.  Jack's really in a great place with caring people and he seems to be slowly adjusting to his new environment.  It's been probably harder on Kay than it is on Jack.  She's been caring for him every day for the last 54 years so she's having to get used to only seeing him a few times a week instead of every day, all day long.  I'm hoping that her ladies group will keep her busy and she will take up some of her hobbies again like painting, flower arrangements and sewing.  It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do but I'm so thankful that I'm not working now so I could be there to help them.  I decorated Jack's room to make it feel more like home and the pictures aren't the greatest but here they are:
Back Wall with metal wall art

Family photos

Snack table
His hat rack with his military ball caps

And lastly his new quilt

I just got back from another vacation as Mark likes to call my time in Arkansas a vacation (NOT) but my parents took me to Asheville, NC and the Biltmore House.  My Mom had a convention to attend so I got to go and keep my daddy company during the day.  It's such a special time of laughter, tears, family stories and just enjoying time alone with my parents.  I always come away from our trips with a new appreciation of just how amazing my parents are as people as well as parents and grandparents.  The Biltmore was just beautiful and is decorated for Christmas already.  Of course, the house is very grand and elegant and as usual I was more interested in the servants quarters and the kitchen.  The house did not disappoint any of us but I do have to say the kitchen was one of my dreams!  The copper pots and pans are original to the home!
And this is how Clarice reacted when she saw my suitcase come out again when I was packing for my NC trip.  I think she misses her momma a lot when I'm gone. I looked for her in every room until I finally saw her little white chin 'cause with her eyes closed she blended right into the suitcase.
I have lost my stitching mojo right now and haven't picked up a needle since the first of Oct.  I unfortunately I had joined Vickie from
A Stitcher's Story but I just didn't get anything more than part of the tree trunk stitched.  There was just so much going on in Arkansas and then again in Georgia and Tennessee when I finally got back home.  I hate that I just couldn't finish or really even get a good start on this SAL because it was Vickie's first and as you know, I don't do WIPs so this is a first for me as well.  I will finish it but think I'll wait until after the new year. 
While I was home I got to see my wonderful, smart, gorgeous, witty nieces (yes, I could go on and on about these special girls forever!) Rachel is a senior in HS so it was extra special that I got to be there to see her.

And this was Josi's first homecoming so I was thrilled to be a part of it with her as well.  But an even more special time was that I got to see her baptized into the Christian faith and I have to tell you that I was just so touched to get to be a witness to that event in her life.  I get all teared up just thinking back on it now. 

No new news on the home in Atlanta but we are still praying that the right family comes along really soon.  I would love to be in Tennessee before winter really sets in and then I could "nest" in our new home which we haven't even started looking for yet....LOL!  I just don't really want to look until I have a contract on our home because I just refuse to carry 2 mortgages at all. 
Hope everyone has a wonderful week and do something today that makes you smile!  I did because I had a starbucks pumpkin spice latte and snuggled with Clarice this morning so it's been a special day already.


  1. hahaha! I JUST finished my pumpkin spice latte!!
    Your nieces are just lovely. So glad they are Christian young ladies. =)
    No worries about the SAL. It was a fun experience.

  2. Well hello there! I haven't been keeping up either - I'm so happy your FIL is coming around to settling in - it has to be the hardest adjustment for both in-laws. Bless your heart.
    My you have had a whir-wind couple of years have you not with moving over seas, now back and hoping to sell your home to be able to move permanently....praying for you that it sells quickly.
    What pretty nieces you have - I see why you are proud of them.

    1. Thanks Karen and I'm sure hoping things will settle down for us in 2014.

  3. Glad you had a good time helping out the folks, and visiting Biltmore. It's only a few hours from me, and I've never been. One of those, one day, events. Hope the mojo returns sooner than later. Maybe winter will bring it on. Be well.

    1. Thanks Charlene and it really is a great place to see at least once

  4. I just read about the Biltmore a few weeks ago. The kitchen is lovely as well as your nieces too.

    I don't think you've lost your mind, however....LOL you may want to change your header it says you've just moved to Germany so people may wonder if you are in Germany or Tennessee.


    1. Felicia thanks for reminding me to change all that info. I can't even keep up with where I'm living much less anyone else. LOL!

  5. First I love the servants quarters at Biltmore too. I have found I always like those quarters best in whatever ritzy mansions I am exploring. Second what beautiful nieces you have. Those dresses are gorgeous. I loved the picture of the cat hiding. I could never get my suitcase down until Dasko was safe in doggy camp. He would pout! Thirdly, I know you have said, but I have forgotten,(imagine that) where in Tn are you moving? I am close to Knoxville. Thanks you for the kind words about my boy I sure miss him. LIked the room you did for your f-i-l. When my husband went into the NH we wanted pictures of him, so the caregivers would know what he once was and that he had a familywho loved him.

    1. Hi Betty, we are moving to Cookeville which seems to be a really nice area. I already have plans to visit The Speckled Hen as soon as we get settled

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