Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shades of Brown

Linda at Behind My Red Door shared with her followers different shades of brown. She then challenged her readers to share their shades of brown.

When we think of the color brown, it can seem like a drab color. It is the color of dead leaves, dead grass, dirt, and mud. Brown can also be a wonderful color full of happy memories and fun. It is the color of cookies we make for Christmas, the candy bar we enjoy eating, the desk we used as a child, the pie our grandma used to make for us, and the sand we walked in on vacations. Brown is a warm color that can easily be incorporated into our homes. Brown goes with almost any color, and can look good in any room. So, here are some of the shades of brown I found in my house. I hope you enjoy them.


Child's Sled


Brown Beehive Crocks


Old Grate


Potato Mashers


Round Butter Molds


Ivory Fiesta


Chocolate Fiesta


Brown Crocks


Child's School Bench


Picnic Baskets


Butter Paddles


Old Luggage


Basket


Metal Star


Old Radio


Coffee Grinders


Rectangular Butter Molds

As you can see, brown can be a wonderful color. Everyone has brown in their houses. Look around; I bet you will she shades of brown that you have never seen before.

Yesterday Jeff and I went to some antique shops to look around. I found several different things. I am sure if you are like me, you find something every time you go. I got a couple of quilts, a child's iron, a little gray stool, some old child's blocks, some stocking stretchers, and some vintage Fiesta. We had a good time and it was nice to get out and enjoy the sunny weather.

I will be attending a conference for school on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I will be taking another short break from blogging. I should be posting some time Wednesday evening. I will miss blogging, but I am hoping to hit a few antique shops on the way there and back. I will see you all when I get back.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More and for all the kind comments and e-mails. I appreciate them very much. Always remember that you are a very special person and that there are many people who love, value, admire, and depend on you. Try to always live life to its fullest, and don't sweat the small stuff. I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Take Care!
~Dan~

Friday, February 26, 2010

Gifts My Mom Made Me

I am back!!! I have missed blogging and hearing from all of you. Thank you all for your prayers and concern during this difficult time. Thank you for the prayers that we would have a safe trip. Everything went as well as could be expected. My interview with the newspaper went fine. The article will be in the home section of the paper by the end of the week. The reporter took lots of pictures of the house, barn, and chicken coop. I hope the article turns out okay.

I thought this would be a good time to share pictures of some of the gifts that my mom has made for me over the years. This is just a few of the things she has made. I will share more pictures at a later time. I hope you enjoy looking at everything.

#1 Rag Rug
My mom made this rag rug for me about 10 years ago. I kept telling her I wanted one, so she made one for me for Christmas. I think she did a great job!

#2 Shelf

My mom and dad made this shelf for me for my birthday several years ago. The hooks are old spoons with the top of the spoon removed. They then bent the spoon to make hooks out of them.

#3 Small Cabinet


My mom and dad made this small cabinet for me for my birthday. I have it displayed on top of the kitchen cabinets. It is perfect to display little kitchen items. I love that they painted the inside blue. It makes it so much more interesting.

#4 Samples


My mom made these samplers for me a few years ago for Christmas. She also painted the frames that she put them in.


#5 Place mats


My mom made three identical place mats for me about a month ago. I put them on the island in the basement kitchen.

#6 Table Runner



My mom made this table runner for me for Christmas this year. After Christmas, I asked her to make the place mats above.

#7 Pillow

My mom made this pillow for me this Christmas to match a hook rug that I have.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the items my mom has made me over the years. As I said before, this is just a small sampling of the items. I will post more pictures at a later time. Now, do you see why I keep telling her she needs to sell her items. I really think people will buy them. I feel so blessed to have a mom who can make these types of things, and one who will take the time to make them.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate your visit and all the wonderful comments you leave me. I hope that you are having a wonderful evening, and that you are spending it with someone you love. Always remember how special you are, and live every day like it were your last.

Take Care!
~Dan~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

But She's in Heaven

This is going to be a shorter post today. We are still trying to get ready to travel to my sister-in-law's mother's funeral. It is only about two and a half hours away, but because of the time of the visitation and of the funeral we are going to have to spend the night. We are leaving right after school tomorrow, and will be back sometime on Friday. We have to be back by 4:00. The local paper is coming to interview me about being in Country Sampler Magazine. The trials and tribulations of being a celebrity...lol! The P's are staying home, and Jeff's mom and dad are coming to stay with them. They will be even more spoiled when we get back than they are now. Their Nana and Paw Paw spoil them rotten. Jeff's mom has a way of getting them all cranked up. That's okay, at least we know they will be well taken care of and loved while we are gone. We hate leaving them. We miss them so much. Probably way more than they miss us.

I did want to share a story with you about my niece, Katie. She is going to be 4 on March 10th. Her mom and dad explained to her that her Monga, her word for grandma, had died. When they were going back home, Katie said, "So, Monga is in heaven." My sister-in-law said, "Yes." Then Katie said, "So why are you sad?" My sister-in-law said, "Well, because she was my mommy and I can't be with her anymore, and I will miss her." To which Katie responded, "But she's in heaven!" Then she said, "Look mommy, there is Monga in the clouds going to heaven, and Monga Lou is with her. Monga Lou is my dad's mom who passed away in 1994, but Katie talks about her a lot. She always says, "Monga Lou watches me while I am asleep." It makes me wonder if she sees something we don't. When my mom told me what Katie had said, I thought, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could all have that attitude when someone we love dies?" It is the truth, her Monga is in a better place, and she is happy. It would be nice to think so simplistically. Sometimes I think we do not give kids enough credit. We think they do not understand the complexities of live. Maybe we have it wrong. Maybe we don't understand the simplicity of life. This proves to me that we can all learn from each other, no matter how young or old the other person is.

Thank you all for visiting Yesterday Once More. I really appreciate it. You all make me feel so good about myself with your kind comments. I will have to take a couple of days off from blogging to attend the funeral, but I will be back. I hope all of you have a wonderful evening and a fantastic Thursday. I hope you are inspired to look at life in a more simple way, and appreciate the little things more.

Take Care!
~Dan~

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Love of a Mother

"Mothers are the most instinctive philosophers." ~Harriet Beecher Stowe~

With the death of my sister-in-law's mother, I have been thinking a lot about my mother. I have been thinking about how blessed I am to have her in my life and what a wonderful mother she is. I thought this would be a good time to tell you a little about my mom.

My mom was the youngest of two children. She was born on September 25, 1949. Her childhood was very normal. The only dramatic event in her childhood was her parents divorce in 1960. She met my dad in high school and they were married on September 16, 1967. My mom was only 17 when she got married, but they were afraid my dad would have to go to Vietnam, so they got married. My dad was lucky and was stationed in North Dakota. My mom miscarried her first baby in 1969. She then gave birth to my oldest brother in 1970, me in 1972, and my younger brother in 1978. She always wanted a little girl, but she never did get one until her first grandchild was born in 2006.

My mom was a stay at home mom for most of my childhood. There was a short time when my dad was laid off from his job that my mom worked outside the home. For the most part she was there for us. My mom was a strict mom, but she loved all of us and wanted us to be the best people we could be. My mom raised all three of her boys to know how to take care of themselves. She taught us to cook, do laundry, iron, and clean. She wanted us to be independent and not to have to depend on someone else to take care of us.

She wanted all of us to go to college and helped us all achieve that goal. My older brother is a junior high school social studies teachers, you know what I do, and my younger brother is a lawyer.

My mom always taught us that some one's beauty was inside. She always says, "Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone." She taught us to not to judge people by how they look or what they have or don't have. She always told us to look for the inner beauty in people. She taught us to care for people, to be thoughtful, and to always show appreciation to people.

My mom is one of the most thoughtful people I know. When she buys a gift for someone she doesn't go out and buy something. Everything she does for people has thought behind it. She makes all of us a "special gift" at Christmas. She has done this for years and everything she made has a special meaning to its recipient. She is also very talented. She draws, she quilts, and she sews. She has made me things over the years that are unbelievable. I keep telling her she could sell the things she makes, but she hasn't done it. I guess I will have to open a craft store to encourage her to sell some of her creations. In a later post, I will post pictures of all the items that my mother has made me. You will be impressed.

Most of all my mother loves me and accepts me. We love doing the same things and love spending time together. As I have gotten older, and have my own life, it has become harder for us to do things together. When we do, we always have a wonderful time. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful mother, and I could never thank her enough for all that she has done for me.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all your wonderful comments and e-mails concerning the death of my sister-in-law's mother. You prayers and concern are very much appreciated. I hope that all of you are having a wonderful evening, and that you are spending it with the people you love the most!

Take Care!
~Dan~

Monday, February 22, 2010

How Are You Going To Live?

"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how your going to live. Now." ~Joan Baez~

I come to you with the question, why. Why do bad things happen to the people we love? Why do people have to deal with the death of a loved one? Why?

I guess I should back up a little bit. My sister-in-law texted me last night and said that her mother had fallen down her basement steps and they didn't think she was going to make it. At first, I looked at the text in disbelief. This can't be right, people don't die from falling down their steps. Do they? My sister-in-law's mother did pass away today at 1:00 p.m. She fell down her basement stairs and died. She was 58 years old. She leaves behind a husband, two daughters, parents, and two grandchildren. Her grandchildren are 3 years old and 5 months old. They are my nephew and niece. My heart breaks for my sister-in-law. I feel at a loss. I don't know what to think or to say. I truly believe that God has a master plan for all of us. He knows what is best, and we should never doubt His wisdom. When something like this happens all you can ask yourself is why.

I have been thinking, "How can I turn this into a positive?" I don't know that I can. I do know this; we are only given this one life on Earth. None of us knows what our future holds or when we will leave this world. All we can do is live. How much wasted time have we spent worry about things that are not important, disagreeing with the people we love, or refusing to see some one's point of view? How many opportunities have we wasted making excuses. "I can never do that; I am not good enough." "I can't follow my dream. I am too scared." We have all done and said things like this for most of our lives. We put things off over and over again, and say, "I will think about that tomorrow." It seems like we forget that one day, there will be no tomorrow.

This is how I think we can turn this tragedy into a positive. As soon as you finish reading this post, tell someone you love them. When you wake up tomorrow the first thing I want you to say is, "Thank you for giving me another day to live my life." We all should live each day like it is our last. If you have been dreaming of doing something, do it. Forget the excuses and try your hardest to achieve your dream. Do not take people for grated. Recognize them for the gift they are, and tell them how much you appreciate them. Try to forget petty disagreements and agree to love each other in sprite of our differences. Make it your goal that when your final day comes, you have no regrets,and you can say to yourself, "I had a wonderful life." "I lived everyday to its fullest."
I apologize that this post may not have been as uplifting as others, but I felt like I needed to say these things. I hope in some way it helped someone. Please remember my sister-in-law and her entire family in the days and weeks ahead.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all you kind comments and e-mails. I hope you have a relaxing evening and you are spending it with the people you love.

Take Care!
~Dan~

This post is dedicated in memory of my sister-in-law's mother. May her death inspire all of us to live.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Our Barn & Chicken Coop

Since the weather has started to warm up here, I thought this would be a good time to show some more pictures of the barn and the chicken coop. I sent Jeff out armed with the camera to take some pictures. I think he did a pretty good job.

Our house was built on the site of an old farm. The farm had orchards and greenhouses. Many years ago, the entire area that is now our neighborhood was the farm. As the years went by, the family started selling off parts of the land. The land our house sits on was one of the
last to be sold. The couple who built our house bought the land and built the house about five years ago. The land that the barn and chicken coop was on was still owned by the family who once had the farm. The lady who owned the land was very old by this time, but she still did not want to sell the land where the barn was located. About a year before we bought the house, the lady finally agreed to sell this final parcel of land to the couple who built our house. Sadly, she passed away this past May. It would have been so interesting to hear her stories about the barn and what the land was like before it was divided up and sold. They were going to have the chicken coop torn down, but didn't get to it before we bought the house. I am so glad they didn't. One day, I would love to have a craft/antique store in the barn. I think that would be a lot of fun! So, here are some pictures of the barn and chicken coop:

These are some exterior shots of the barn. I love the porch on the right side of the barn. I would love to sit some chairs there this summer and rock the days away. Just Jeff, me, and the P's!


This is a picture of the beams in the barn. I love the wooden pegs that hold everything together. Does anyone know how old the barn is? Since it has wooden pegs, I think it must be at least 100 years old. Am I correct?


This is an old bed that I found in the barn. One day, I hope to refinish it and use it in the house. I am thinking about turning into a bench.


Jeff's dad built stairs to the barn loft this summer and reinforced the floor so that Jeff could use the barn to store his Christmas trees. There must be a hole in the roof to allow rain into the loft, because the trees keep sprouting up...lol! His dad also put floors in the first level of the barn. Before he did, it had a dirt floor.


This is the exterior of the chicken coop. It is in bad shape, but I am hoping to restore it some to give it a longer life.

These are some interior shots of the chicken coop. Inside I found a couple of old windows that I cleaned up and now use inside the house as accents. There is also an old door out there that I would like to do something with. Right now, I am thinking about making it some kind of screen. I sure am glad I have summers off. I have made quite a list for myself today...lol!

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More! I hope you enjoyed the tour of our barn and chicken coop. I appreciate all of your wonderful comments and e-mails. They always brighten my day and make me feel very special. I hope that all of you are having a relaxing Sunday, and are spending it with the people that you love. Do your best to use this day to refresh yourself to face the world this week. Always remember that you are a very special, valued, and loved person.

Take Care!
~Dan~

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sharing Your Cookies

"The miracle is this~the more we share, the more we have." ~Leonard Nimoy~


A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a busy airport. Since she would have to wait for a long time, she decided to by a book to read to pass the time. She also bought a package of cookies.

She sat down in an armchair in the VIP room of the airport to relax and read in peace. Beside the armchair next to where the cookies lay, a man sat down and started reading a magazine.

When she took out the first cookie, the man reached down and took a cookie too. She felt irritated, but said nothing. She thought, "Imagine the nerve! If I were in the mood, I would punch him for daring." For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her, but she didn't want to cause a scene.

When only one cookie remained she thought, "What will this abusive man do now?" Then the man, taking the last cookie, divided it in half and gave half of the cookie to her. That was way too much! In a huff, she gathered her things and angrily boarded the plane.

When she sat down in her seat, she reached in her purse to take out her eyeglasses and to her surprise there were her cookies, untouched and unopened!

She felt so ashamed. She had been wrong. She had forgotten that she had placed her cookies in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her without feeling angry or bitter. While she had been angry thinking she had divided her cookies with him. It was too late she would never get a chance to explain or apologize.

This story made me think. We have been taught to share from an early age. This is one thing that most parents feel like they should teach their kids. Most of us mastered this skill as a child. Why is it that as we get older, we are not as willing to share as much as we did as children? You may be saying to yourself, "I share all the time." The type of sharing I am talking about, though, is not the sharing of tangible objects. We should share ourselves with others.

I think as we get older we find it harder to share ourselves with people due to years of being hurt or rejected. Many of us may think we have nothing to share with people. I have heard people say, "I am emotionally bankrupt, I have nothing more to give." I think we have all felt this way at some time or another. Sharing ourselves with others doesn't cost us anything. It is completely free. We can share love, our time, our talents, our hearts, and our ears with others.

What I want all of us to work on in the coming days is sharing ourselves with others. You may feel rejected by some, but for every one person who rejects you, one or more person will accept you. We are all worthy and valuable people. We all have so much to share with others. The trick is finding something to share and not being afraid of rejection. We also have to guard against becoming angry like the lady in the story. Sometimes we give so much and don't feel like we get anything in return. The result of this is bitterness and anger. We have to try to rise above that. None of us knows how many people we touch in our lives. So, reach out and share yourself with someone this weekend. It will do you so much good, give you more confidence, and make you feel like a better person.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More, and for allowing me to share my thoughts with you. I appreciate all of your wonderful comments and e-mails. I hope that you will continue to come back and visit when you get the chance.

Take Care!
~Dan~

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A Family is What You Make It

"The great gift of family life it to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you." ~Kendell Hailey~

I received this story in an e-mail today and it really spoke to me, so I thought I would share it with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

In a zoo in California, a tiger was pregnant with triplet cubs. This is very rare and due to complications the cubs were born prematurely. After the mother recovered from the delivery her health started to decline. She was perfectly healthy, but she was mourning the lose of her cubs.

The veterinarians at the zoo decided that the tiger may get better if she had some orphan cubs to raise. The sad news was that no orphan cubs were found. The only orphans found were some weanling pigs. The veterinarians "dressed" the piglets in tiger skin and placed them next to the mother tiger. They then stepped back to see what would happen! The results are amazing!

This is when the piglets were first put next to the mother tiger.


It didn't take long for everyone to become more comfortable with each other.

This story got me thinking. The days of the Cleavers are gone. The idea of a family being a mom, dad, and 2.5 children is becoming more and more rare. So many times we strive for our idea of a family. Families come in many shapes and sizes. When we were young, we all had an idea of what our family would look like. How many of us have that family? A family is people who love each other and come together with the same goals and dreams. None of our families are perfect, but we should embrace them and accept each member for their differences. A family is the one place we should always find acceptance. Even if we all look and act differently. If animals can do this, I know we can too.

I also wanted to share with you something that happened at school today. One of my students came in this morning with a cross he had made out of Popsicle sticks in Sunday School. He was very proud of it and wanted to show it to me. As I was looking at it, he said, "I tried to draw a picture of Jesus, but I messed up, so I covered the picture up with glitter." I immediately thought, "That is how life should be." We all make mistakes and mess up, but when we do we should cover it up with "glitter." The "glitter" can be many different things. It can be the love of a spouse, family member, or friend who provides the "glitter". "Glitter" can be accepting our mistakes and trying to correct them in the future. So many times when we make a mistake, we think it is the end of the world. From now on what I want us to do is cover it up with "glitter." Every one's "glitter" is different, but the end result can be the same. I don't know about you, but a door-to-door salesman selling glitter could clean up in this house...lol!


Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate all of you wonderful comments and e-mails. They mean so much to me and brighten my day more than I can ever express to you. Always remember that your family may not look like your neighbor's family, but you are blessed to have them. You were placed together not by accident, but for a greater purpose. Embrace your family's uniqueness and never doubt its value and importance. I also want you to remember that if you make a mistake, do not dwell on it. Cover it up with "glitter" and move on! I hope all of you have a wonderful evening. Thank you again for your visit!

Take Care!
~Dan~

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I Have Confidence in Me

"I have confidence in sunshine
I have confidence in rain
I have confidence that spring will come again
Besides which you see I have confidence in me"


In the movie "The Sound of Music", Maria sang about having confidence in herself, and it worked. She was confident enough to stand up to Captain Von Trapp and to help his children discover their musical abilities. I was thinking, wouldn't it be wonderful if that was all we had to do. Sing a song and we would be confident. The only thing I would be confident about if I sang is that people would run screaming, "Make him stop!"...lol!

Most of us have spent our lives dealing with confidence issues. We tell ourselves, "I am too fat, or I am too skinny. My hair is too straight, or my hair is too curly. I am not smart enough, pretty enough, or graceful enough." I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. We have been conditioned to put ourselves down, sometimes as a defense mechanism, or as a self fulfilling prophecy. Whatever the reason, we wear ourselves down and begin to believe what we tell ourselves. We all have a tendency to believe the "Grass is greener on the other side." If we could be just like so-and-so our lives would be so much better.

God made us exactly how he wanted us to be. Not that we can not improve ourselves, but we are all unique. We are all one of a kind. There is no one else on this Earth who is just like us. When we really think about that, it can be freeing. We are who we are. We all need to embrace our uniqueness and be proud of it. We all have unique talents that no one else possesses. The time has come for all of us to pull ourselves up and say, "I may not be as _____________ as so-and so, but I am good at _____________!"

So what I want you to do is make a list of at least five things that you feel confident about. The list needs to be things that you know you are good at. When you feel down and feel like you can not achieve something, I want you to look at the list and remind yourself that you have many, many talents and you are good at so many different things. Here is my list:

1. I am a caring, compassionate person.
2. I am a good decorator.
3. I am a good teacher.
4. I am a good partner, puppy daddy, son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend.
5. I am good at seeing other people's point of view and trying to apply it to my life.

Now it is your turn. Never forget that you are unique and you have been placed on this Earth for a reason. You have a purpose and you have the ability to touch so many people's lives with your talents. All you need is confidence!

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. You all inspire me and give me confidence with the wonderful comments that you leave. I hope that after your visit you can feel more confident in yourself, and hold you head up a little higher. I hope all of you have a relaxing evening! Continue to strive to be the best you can be!

Take Care!
~Dan~






Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What Makes Me Smile

I have told you a lot about myself in several of my posts. I have written about my love of decorating, my family, my job, my home, my collections, and my house being in Country Sampler Magazine. I thought it might be interesting, and help you to get to know me a little better if I shared with you five things that make me smile when ever I think about them. So here they are :

#1 Doris Day


Who doesn't like Doris Day??? She is so sweet and cute. She has a great voice and she made some wonderful movies. Her movies depict a simpler time. I love all of the Doris Day and Rock Hudson movies. We have several of her records, and I listen to them over and over again. She is also on my ipod. I fall asleep listening to her every night.

#2 The Wizard of Oz


I first saw The Wizard of Oz when I was very young. Remember when it was only on once a year? It was an event. It makes me sad that kids today do not have that type of anticipated event in their lives. They can watch the movie any time they want. I remember being so excited when the commercials would start coming on, and counting the days until it was on. I would spend the weeks leading up to the airing drawing pictures and playing Wizard of Oz. I got the Wizard of Oz dolls when I was about three. I loved those dolls and played with them all the time. Over the years, the dolls became worn out, broke, or were lost. I always wished I could have them back. A few years ago, Jeff found them for me on ebay. It was like being a kid again and I will cherish them always.

#3 All My Children


I have been a huge All My Children fan since I was five years old. I have watched it on and off for 32 years now. There is something comforting about watching a soap for that long. You feel like you know the characters, and you are invested in the lives. I Tivo it everyday. I am not as bad a my great-grandma was. She used to pray for her soap characters...lol!

#4 White Christmas


I love all old movies, but one of my favorites is White Christmas. I could watch it all year long. I love the dancing and the singing. This past Christmas we saw the Broadway musical of White Christmas. It was very good and I enjoyed it very much

#5 The book A Thousand Acres


I love to read and one of my favorite books is A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley. It is about a family who lives on a farm. The subject matter is depressing, but the idea of living on a farm in Iowa has always appealed to me, so thinking about that makes me smile.

I hope you enjoyed reading about what makes me smile. I enjoyed thinking about all of them. I hope that you have things in your life that make you smile and remember an event from your childhood. Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate it more than I can say. I hope you are all having a relaxing evening, and that you have discovered your "warm puppy" today.

Take Care!
~Dan~