Sunday, March 26, 2017

Friday Evening Fun with Family

Hello friends! I am so happy to have you drop by to visit. I trust you had a lovely weekend and are preparing for a new week ahead. Today I wanted to share a few photos taken Friday evening in a tiny neighboring town on the Gulf of Mexico named Horseshoe. There isn't much in this tiny town except homes, a post office, a couple small grocery/bait and tackle stores, & a campground. There have been  a few restaurants come and go over the years. The big storm we had last year destroyed the restaurant that was there. I'm not entirely sure if there is another one now or not. 

We went to a dinner thrown by a few of my mother-in-law's friends to celebrate her finishing her cancer treatments. Such a blessing! Before we went to the dinner, we rode down to the point to snap a few photos. 

Like I said, there isn't much to do here but if you want some downtime and peace and quiet, this is the place for you. It is a lovely little tiny town. I had a long, somewhat stressful week last week and wasn't feeling very well for much of it, so this peaceful evening was just what I needed.

Here I am with my handsome hubby...I love this man so much. He truly is my best friend!

Miranda was able to come meet us and go to the dinner with us since she got off work early that day. Dakota wasn't able to attend but he had just went to visit his grandma a couple days prior. We had an absolutely delicious dinner. I wish I had snapped a picture. I can't believe I didn't remember to do that. You could have seen a true southern dinner. After we ate, the hubby, Miranda, Joyce (my MIL), and I walked down to the boat ramp to watch the sunset.

Of course, it was obstructed by a cloud, but beautiful none the less.

This pretty little wildflower caught my eye.

There are some gorgeous homes in Horseshoe. And, if you are willing to drop a million or two, you can own one yourself. Oh how I! I would settle for a tiny lot to park an RV on. One of the homes for sale looks like a ship. I didn't notice it in time to take a picture but I will go back someday and take one when I do. 

It's not white sandy beaches like you might expect, but there is a beach area a few miles away. People who enjoy fishing and kayaking or just a slow pace of life live in or visit Horseshoe. Many of the residents have lived there for their entire lives. One of my dad's sisters and her husband own an island not too far from here. I have never been to it, but how cool...imagine owning your own island!

I took the next two photos from Miranda's Facebook. Here she is with her grandma. I love this picture. Two beautiful ladies and two of the biggest blessings in my life. :)

Here's grandma being silly! Miranda was her first grandchild...she was the first on both sides actually. And, she was the only one Joyce had until I had Dakota nearly six years later. She loves her grandbabies so very much...even though they aren't babies anymore. She has been an amazing grandma to my children and second mom to me. She is a sweet spirited lady with a positive outlook who enjoys life so much. Thank you all who have kept her in your thoguhts and prayers. We have three long months to wait  before we know if the treatments did their job. 

I have faith that they did. Thank you so much for visiting Horseshoe with us. 

Until next time.....

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekend Recap

Hello friends! Welcome back to Willie Mae Lane. I am so glad I have gotten back to blogging. I missed it so much but maybe the break was what I needed. Anywho, I just got home from my first day back to work after my spring break. It was a very good day...Mondays usually are though. I think attitude determines how your day will flow so I try to start each one with a positive attitude. Today I want to share my weekend with you.

Saturday began with my 8:00 AM workout. After that, I dashed home to shower and get ready to head to Gainesville. When I posted last, I mentioned that I was going to see Beauty and the Beast on Saturday with some of my family. I picked  up my sister Nancy and my Aunt Loretta and we headed to Gainesville to meet my daughter Miranda and my sister's girls, Shelby and Taylor. They all live there. 

We met at Square 1, which is a great place to eat. They have wonderful, unique burgers which is what I usually get, but this time I tried something different. I had the Aloha Chicken sandwich and sweet potato fries. The sandwich was a grilled ground chicken patty with applewood smoked bacon, grilled pineapple, and a terryaki & ginger sauce on it. Oh my was it delicious!

After lunch, we went to see Beauty and the Beast. I had pre-ordered our tickets because we didn't want to risk not getting them. The movie was outstanding! It is my favorite Disney movie of all time and I didn't think they could do anything to improve it, but they did. They added some parts that gave a little more history of both Belle and the Beasts lives. It was so very good and I will definitely purchase this one when it is released.

I picked up an order from Pier 1 while I was in Gainesville. I had to put my blinders on when I went in the store because they had all their spring decor out and oh my...everything was so gorgeous!

I loved this sweet place setting!

I went in for this though! I had mentioned here a couple months ago that I really wanted this tiered tray for my coffee cart but I thought it would be too big. Well, I decided I just had to have it so I ordered it online while there was a 15% off sale going on and just picked it up in the store. I do not regret my decision to purchase this piece. This piece is so versatile and can be used for many things over the years. 

I LOVE it! Galvanized and copper...does it get any better?

Here it is styled for spring.

After I got home Saturday evening, the hubby and I went to visit his mom and her boyfriend. She is doing very well with her treatments. She is finished with chemo and will finish radiation this week. She has tolerated the treatments so well. The only issue she had was a blood clot where her port was placed so they removed it. She hasn't lost her hair yet either and the doctors told her she probably won't at this point. She will have to wait three months for another scan to see if the treatments worked and I'm sure waiting won't be easy. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. They mean so much!

Sunday I piddled around the house finishing little projects, tweaking my decor and so on. I was itching to paint something else with the milk glass paint I purchased last week. This lamp was already painted white, but as you can see in the picture, it was quite dingy. The paint had a flat finish and dust was hard to get off. 

So, I sprayed it with the milk glass paint and it is so pretty now! It will be easier to clean now as well.

I added one of my old ladders to the end of the sofa to hold blankets. I am enjoying this addition to the living room. I also moved the tulips from the dining table to the coffee table. 

They look so pretty..... I wish I could keep fresh tulips here all the time!

I purchased this adorable frame at Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and printed a picture of the hubby and I to clip in it for now. This is an old picture but one of my favorites. 

I purchased this piece at Hobby Lobby after the movie on Saturday to put in the new tiered tray from Pier 1. I decided to paint it since it was the same color as the tray. 

So, I used the new jade paint I purchased at the same time as the milk glass paint. It looks so pretty. I also picked up the sweet little white egg at Hobby Lobby.

The hubby and I had an awful craving for some warm home baked cookies, so I whipped up a batch. I hardly ever bake anymore since we are eating healthier most of the time. Every now and then though, you have to have a really good treat.

I was craving chocolate chip cookies but had none on hand, so I improvised. I had some Wilton Candy Melts left over in the freezer from Christmas. I substituted the buttered toffee flavored ones for chocolate chips in my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I also added chopped pecans to half the batch and oh my, were they delicious! I think they were better than chocolate chip!

We both love chewy cookies and these fit the bill! Here's the hubby's plate with his milk. I'm not a milk drinker! I still have some of the candy melts in the freezer as well as some salted caramel ones for when we get a craving again. 

I picked this little box up at Harbor Freight on Friday when the hubby and I went to town. I wanted it for an organization project in my craft room.

I have been picking up sequins in the Target Dollar Spot each season when they get new colors. The containers they come in will not stay together after you pull the tape off, so I thought these little boxes would be perfect to store them in.

Lots of room to grow! There are 24 boxes and I only filled 9 of them.

I labeled the box with my handy dandy label maker...still one of my favorite thrifting finds of all time!

I enjoyed my spring break so much. I didn't do much away from home, but it was nice to have the time off from the stress of work. Teaching is fun and rewarding in many ways, but we teachers have an incredible amount of stress on us too. So much is expected of us and our students and when you teach in a high poverty area like I do, the stress is even greater. I do love my job and am not complaining, but these breaks help me get through the year. This school year is fast coming to an end...I can't believe we only have about 10 weeks of school left!

Thank you so much for visiting. 
I hope you all have a lovely week.  I hope to keep posting on a fairly regular basis so I will see you again soon!

Until then.....

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Spring Break Projects

Hello there and happy weekend! I can't believe my spring break is almost over...the days flew by! I can't complain though because I had a little fun, got lots of rest, and was very productive as well. It always makes going back to work easier when I have checked off lots of things on my To Do list! I'm sharing a few little projects from yesterday afternoon.

I shared this clock several months ago here on the blog. I got it on clearance at Hobby Lobby for I believe it was $15. It was originally around $60 I think. The hubby and I had been wanting a clock like this for quite some time but just were not willing to pay too much for one. So, when I found this one, I could not pass it up. The only problem was the color. I didn't hate it but I certainly didn't love it either. I knew it would be an easy paint job though so it came home with me. 

Well, I finally decided to go with white paint and found the perfect one at Lowe's yesterday. I had never seen this before so I of course had to try it

And I love it! It looks so pretty against the dark stained wood wall in the living room. I can't decide if I want to distress it a little. I love the effect of this paint. It truly does have a milk glass look to it which makes me want to just leave it alone. We'll see!

The next project is a little one. I needed something to hang some glass wind chime pieces from for the porch. I found this in my stash and thought it would work well. I had painted it white a while back for another project but wanted something different.

So...I painted it copper instead. Perfect!

Here it is...sorry you can't really see it well but you get the idea.

Here is the wind chime. It sounds so pretty!

While I was decorating the porch, this caught my eye. 

It's so pretty lit up by the sun.

I bought some hooks yesterday so the hubby put them up for me and I hung the wind chime and a few other things, including this cast iron planter I have had forever! I put an aloe plant in it for now.

I also hung the birdhouse I purchased a few weeks ago.

And this adorable little wind chime someone gave me a couple years ago.

The little bird is so cute!

I bought some little plants for the cute planter box I bought at Target last weekend.

It looks cute sitting by the kitchen sink.

I wanted to show you this other paint I bought yesterday with the milk glass paint. I can't wait to find a project for this color. It's so gorgeous!

It's called jade and I love jadeite dishes, even though I only own a piece or two. I am hoping to find something to redo over the weekend.

I also love how the milk glass white, jade, and copper colors look together. So pretty!

And, that's it for today. Maybe I will have time for one more post tomorrow before I head back to work Monday. Yesterday, the hubby took the day off to spend with me. We went to Beall's Outlet, Texas Roadhouse, Wal Mart, Lowe's, and Publix. Then we came home and he started building the new steps for the porch and I worked on the projects I just shared. It was a great day with my best friend. Today, Miranda and I, along with my sister Nancy, her daughters Shelby and Taylor, and my Aunt Loretta are going to see Beauty and the Beast! I can't's my favorite Disney movie! We are going to lunch before that and I am also picking up something I ordered from Pier One and will share that with you tomorrow. Maybe we will run into Hobby Lobby after the movie if we have time. Anywho, I will share tomorrow. Have a blessed and beautiful Saturday!

Until next time.....

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