Babs Just A Babblin' Blog

A bit of Gardening, baking, blogging, knitting, sewing, family, friends and discovering hidden treasures along the way.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Fun Little Question

When you were a child, what age did you think was "OLD"?

My answer would have to be late 40‘s, early 50s. My parents were that age when I was growing middle school age and I thought they were old.

I remember when I was in my 40’s, I'd ask the kids if they saw 'old' when they looked at me. They must have loved me because they always said no!

I'd love for you to share your thoughts. Do you think children today view old differently?

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Monday, May 27, 2013

A Fond Memory

My Daddy

Bruno J. Chmura

May we remember all those that have gone before us!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Happy Birthday

My girl.....Leah Barbara....20 years old today!
Happy Birthday darlin'!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Random 5 Friday

Something new.  I am linking up with A Rural Journal for Nancy's Random 5 Friday.  Simply mentioning 5 random facts about me - that you may not know!

1.  My mother used to tie me into my crib.  When I was a toddler I used to climb out so she tied
     one arm and the opposite leg.  My oldest brother used to come in and tease me and try to
     coax me out by saying "come here Barbie..." when I tried to get out and simply fall and struggle..
     I would start crying and he would laugh hysterically.

2.  In my senior year of high school, I was voted the most mischievous.

 3.  I consider myself to basically be shy.

4.  I am a homebody.  Love being home.  Not a big traveler.

5.  I am pretty spoiled.  I hate to admit it but  my husband would do anything for me!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fun Outing

Last Christmas season, Richard and I went over to Grand Rapids - Eastown for their Holiday Shop Hop.  We were introduced to a few "new to us" antique stores.  I knew I wanted to return sometime when they weren't filled with hundreds of shoppers.

Lynne and I went on our weekly together day to visit these shops yesterday.  Wow, they had some really neat things.  Great ideas!
water faucet handles anyone?

Flower Frogs

Garden ornaments

Loved these silver pedestals with lily of the valley topped with a cloche

Cute idea, milk glass and silver dishes with mirror insets

Lots of architectural goods
Loved these dishes.
We browsed three antique stores...they all had nice things.

We  made a stop at HomeGoods (knew to us - just opened this past winter in Grand Rapids) and visited World Market.  Had a nice lunch at Blue Water Grill - our favorite stop when we drive over!

Wonderful day with a wonderful friend!

Rain has stopped finally - temperature is chilly here - chance of frost tonight - went out and covered all my plants - just to be safe.  Sun predicted for next several days - yes!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Just Like Summer

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  I seized the opportunity and I packed up the car and off I went to the beach.  The temperature was high 70's, very light wind, and plenty of sunshine.

I packed my beach chair, a book, some knitting and stopped and got a sandwich from Subway and had  my water glass full to the brim.

A perfect day....breezes, kids playing, boats, people in the water (brrrr), sunbathers......
and me....getting in some Vitamin D and a good read.
Thanks County Line Road!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

 As you may recall, a month ago I posted that we were going to upgrade our kitchen a bit.  Well, it finally is complete....almost.  The only thing lacking is window treatments.  I will be making roman shades for all the windows but am in search of the fabric.  I ordered a few sample....I may ask for your opinions.

We have been in our house for 13 years.  It was time for a little "upgrade" in the kitchen/dining room area.  Our house, when purchased, was a spec house thus, most of the trims and counters etc we builders grade.


Mustard yellow walls, formica on counter tops

New paint, new Quartz counter tops

Tile behind range

Tile removed, drywall, paint, new countertops

Dining Room;  Cluttered, mustard walls
Wider baseboards in dining room and kitchen, painted, very little furniture
Snack bar area had bad paneling - fake wood.
Panel insets, painted and new barstools

Really like the undermount sink and new faucet with soap dispenser!

New pendant light over sink
Sorry this is sideways.....found wall pockets to hang in kitchen
Basically, it was paint, new baseboards, new countertops (Cambria), and under snack bar improvement.
Oh, removal of the tile.

Last thing for now is window treatments. 

These will be faux roman shades for these windows and by the sink.

Any thoughts?

So there you have it!  I'm happy as it looks much richer and so much larger.

Enjoy this gorgeous day.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

Coming soon!  Like as soon as I find my picture transfer adapter for my ipad.  Sorry!  I was already to do it tonight.  Maybe to hunt!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Morning Walk

It's just a gorgeous morning.  Sunny, cool, peaceful.  Please share my walk......

This was along Mona Lake and then out to Lake Michigan.  The lake pictures were taken atop the dune.
Hey friends, enjoy this glorious day!

Monday, May 13, 2013

It was a good day!

Mother's Day Brunch
Bloody's, Mimosas, Egg Casserole, CoffeeCake, Fruit, Bakes French Toast
Family, Love, Togetherness!

Egg Casserole

Package of shredded potatoes
Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Diced Ham
Green Pepper
Layer in 9x13 pan.
Potatoes,  cheese, ham, green pepper, onion.

7 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste
Pour egg mixture over the above.
Cover with more cheese.
Bake covered in 350 oven for 1 hour.
Uncover. Let bake for 15 more minutes.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers Day

How very blessed I am to still have my mother in my life.  She is always there for me, she is such a strong, caring woman.....I love her dearly.  Thank you Mother for being such a constant in my life.

And I want to thank the other lovely ladies in my family - who are great mothers as well......

Top left:  My sister Maggie; top right: my dear sweet nieces, Jackie (JoJo's Mommie) and JoJo's favorite Aunt, Jess;
Bottom left:  My sister-in-law Marlene - greatest Mom to Stacie and Sarah
Bottom right:  My sister Ginny with her two daughters .
Happy Mother's Day
God Bless you all!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Guess Who's Coming to Visit

Little Miss I can dress myself!
Notice, the hat, scarf, jacket and BAREFEET!