Sunday, August 29, 2010

~Prayers Needed~

Jeff's family needs your thoughts and prayers.




His grandma, everyone calls her Nanny, aspirated on a bagel Thursday night and they are not giving her any hope of survival.

The doctors said Thursday night that she would not make it through the night. So far, she is still with us. She is in a lot of pain and having a lot of trouble breathing. They are giving her morphine to help with the pain and that is helping some. She is alert and we are able to talk to her.

Nanny says that she is ready to go and that she knows when she wakes up she will be in heaven. Please pray for comfort and peace for Nanny and her entire family during this difficult time.





Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Always remember "A grandmother is a person with too much wisdom to let that stop her from making a fool of herself over her grandchildren."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

~A Candle to LIght the Way~

I have recently discovered a new love! Yes, I did it again...I have found something else to collect. I am really starting to think I may have a problem...LOL!

I have been collecting electric candles with silicone bulbs. I love how they look setting on a table. They also make wonderful nightlights! They add such a warm glow to the room and I really like how they look when all the lights are turned out. Every time I go to a craft store, I pick at least one up. So far, they have been fairly inexpensive and worth every penny.


















What do you think???

I also wanted to share a little trivia with you that my good friend Linda sent to me in an e-mail. This August has 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, and 5 Tuesdays, all in one month. It happens ONCE in 823 years! So we should try to enjoy this August it is one in 823.

I also wanted to apologize for not visiting many of your blogs more often. This is a very busy time of the year for me. When things calm down at school you will be seeing much more of me.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back when you can. Always remember "There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

~Colleen's Salt Dough Bowl Fillers~

I recently made Colleen's salt dough bowl fillers. It was a lot of fun creating them. I think it is something that I could easily get addicted to. I made stars, hearts, and evergreen trees. Mine are not as cute as Colleen's, but for a first try I think they turned out okay. I have started making some Christmas ones, but they are not ready to be unveiled. I think if I keep practicing they will get better and better. To visit Colleen's blog and get the recipe, click ~Here~. You can also check out her recipe in the Fall, 2010 issue of A Primitive Place Magazine.


























So...what do you think?

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, August 19, 2010

~Back to School~

Well, it is back to school time in my neck of the woods! I do not know where the summer went. One of the best things about being a teacher is that I get to have back to school time over and over.




I know that many of you have fond memories of this time of year. It is a time of great anticipation. It marks the beginning of a new chapter and signifies the passing of time. I remember being very excited about going to get my school supplies every year. I always had to have just the right ones. I always vowed to myself that I would keep them in their pristine condition all year. I tried really hard every year, but never seemed to achieve my goal.




The world has changed a lot since I was a kid, but one thing that continues to stay the same is the excitement kids feel when they enter the school for the first time since the spring. They are always excited to see their friends and to find out who their teacher is going to be.




The school year is always busy, but it is almost always good. It will fly by...they always do. I cannot believe that I am starting my 16th year of teaching. I must be getting old...LOL!




Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember, "The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy!"

My Best Always,

~Dan~

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The SIgn of a Winner!

Well, I have had another couple of big days here at Yesterday Once More. Some of you may remember a post a few weeks ago that was titled "Who Are All These Dogs and Why Are They Calling Us Dad?". I said at the end of the post that I would like to have a sign made of the saying. I contacted Lisa of Prims From Above and she made this sign for me. I think it is wonderful and she did it so quickly!










To visit Lisa's blog, click ~Here~. She also has a selling blog called Londonberry Primitives that you are going to want to check out. You can do that ~Here~. I still have a few other things to do to go with the sign before I hang it. When I get it hung, I will be sure to post some pictures. I would like to thank Lisa for doing such a terrific job. I really appreciate it!

Some of you may know that I won Primfills' Blog giveaway! I was very excited to discover the box on my front porch today. Little Erma packed up all of her wonderful items with the help of Jobeth. Everything looked wonderful. Every item was wrapped individually with a personalized note on it explaining what the item was. It was like Christmas...I just kept opening and opening. Take a look at what I won.
















Sorry about these two pictures. They were facing the correct way on the camera and on my computer, but when I downloaded them to my blog this is how they came out!







Jobeth also sent me an extra item that I was not expecting! This is the note that was with the item.




Here it is!!!




Is that not the most creative and special Halloween ornament you have ever seen? I love the title too...a play on Yesterday Once More! I cannot thank Jobeth and Little Erma enough for their generousity. You both have made my day. To visit Jobeth's blog, click ~Here~.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Never forget how very important you are to so many people. God has a plan for you!

My Best Always,
~Dan~

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Here a Tweak, There a Tweak, Everywhere a Tweak Tweak!

I decided to do a little tweaking this weekend. We have been talking about needing some additional seating in the basement family room. We only had the couch and when we had company, people had to sit on the floor. The way the family room is laid out, it is hard to arrange it. The family room is one of the smallest rooms in the house.

We had two chairs and ottomans in Jeff's office. We never used them, so I decided to try to think of a way to put them in the family room. I think I came up with a pretty good way to use them.

I like the chairs and they are comfortable, but I have always worried about the fabric. Jeff picked them out and since they were for his office, I didn't want to persuade him one way or the other. I have worried that the fabric is too modern for the rest of the house. The colors are perfect and the size is great, but I do not know about the fabric. So, take a look and let me know what you think.
















Here is a closeup of the fabric.




















I do like it, and it is a lot more functional. With the exception of a few items, I was able to find a place for all of my decorations. I am going to live with it a while and see what I think.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Always remember, "Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to stay the same but get better."

All My Best,
~Dan~

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Did I Watch Too Much Television as a Child?

There is so much talk today about the amount of television children watch. We all hear about parents who limit the amount of television their children watch. Everyone is afraid that too much television can be bad for children. People say that violent people watched violent shows when they were growing up.

I do not know if any of that is true, but I do know this. The television shows I watched as a child had an effect on me. I know that I am the decorator I am today because of the television shows I was addicted to as a child.

You may be asking yourself, "What shows are responsible for this? Who can we blame?" Well, here are the culprits. They all look a little suspicious to me.




The first one was Little House on the Prairie. Oh how I wanted to have loft bedroom! It looked so warm and cozy and how fun it would be to climb a ladder every night to go to bed. Remember when they added on the little kitchen for Ma? I loved that kitchen! I loved all the things in that house. If it hadn't been for the Ingalls maybe I wouldn't like some of the primitive items I like today.




The second shifting characters were the Waltons. They made living through the depression with too many kids to feed fun. I loved their long farmhouse table and all the wonderful kitchen items they had. The Hoosier was one of my favorite items. I know that when I look at many of the kitchen items that I collect, I can not help but think, "Goodnight, John Boy."





So, I guess to answer my own question, television does have an effect on children. I am just thankful that I was a child during the time when television was safe to watch and could make a child a better person and a fair decorator!





Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will come back as often as you can. Never forget, "If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all."

Goodnight Jeff...Goodnight Dan...Goodnight Parker...Goodnight Peyton...Goodnight Paycee Girl...Goodnight everybody!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Big Weekend!

Sorry I have been gone for so long! I have been really busy writing for the Holiday 2010 issue A Primitive Place Magazine.

Speaking of A Primitive Place Magazine, my issue came this past weekend! I was so excited when I saw it! It is wonderful! Everyone has done a wonderful job and I think it is going to be a huge success. I think the editor, Kristine Berg Doss, deserves a big pat on the back for a job well done. I think she has a hit on her hands.





It has been a dream of mine for quite some time to be part of a magazine. I can not express how grateful I am for this opportunity. It is truly a dream come true. I have waited a long time to see this page.





Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? If you haven't order your subscription yet, be sure you do. The Holiday issue is going to be wonderful! To order your subscription, click ~Here~.

Speaking of beautiful. I received my salt dough bowl fillers from Colleen this weekend. They are wonderful! She is so generous! She sent me some Halloween bowl fillers and some chocolate chip cookie scented tarts in addition to the items I won. Thank you so much Colleen! She wraps her bowl fillers so nicely. I had to show you how they arrived. To visit Colleen's blog, click ~Here~.




Speaking of generous. I don't know about you, but I am starting to see a pattern in this post...LOL! I received these gifts from a very sweet lady who follows my blog. Her name is Linda and she is so generous and spoils me by sending me gifts and cards. I really appreciate her friendship and all the nice e-mails that she sends me. These are the items that she sent me.





Finally, this weekend I found this sink board. I placed it over the sink in the basement kitchen. I think it looks great. I am going to tweak what I have on it, but for now this is how it looks.





Now you see why the title of this post is "A Big Weekend!" It was a big weekend for me.

Thank you for visiting Yesterday Once More. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope that you will continue to come back as often as you can. Always remember "Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." So, I thank all of you for everything you do for me and all the people you love everyday!

All My Best,
~Dan~