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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Monday, September 8, 2014


Let's face it, after posting on Blogger for a few years I got complacent about posting. My life seems very ordinary to me because it's my daily life. So many things goes on in the run of a day that if I wrote about everything I could have my own reality show, lol... just kidding... but I've heard from many people that I live a very interesting life. I'm never bored, that's for sure, I don't know how to be bored...

Today another shipment of my ceramic molds was picked up from my messy garage and I have to get another pile ready for tomorrow. This will be the third shipment. My prayers are being answered...

This pile filled up a pick up truck and a car and I have an appointment for another pick up tomorrow.

My great grandson Cyprus. He such a little boy and cute to boot.

He's being very good and quiet. Don't you just love that little smirk.

My grand daughter Jordyn, her baby Cyprus, James and my daughter Christine. Three generations sitting on the sofa. I think Daniel was napping at the time. This was taken when my daughter was home in August.

Jordyn and Cyprus

And this cutie pie is a jerkin in a curtain,  a la Dr Seuss, non other than James. I recognize those socks any where...

He's having fun. I had another photo of Daniel standing on the register looking at me mowing the lawn but I can't find it for some reason... It  was cute too.

Sins of gluttony for sure...
I caved in today and made a sinful pecan pie. Oh but it's so yummy I don't need the whipped cream topping. My husband and I have been cutting slivers after slivers from it because it's less sinful that way. I'm finally getting my sugar fix... Sorry Carolyn, the devil made me do it...

Today I prepared a batch of Million Dollar relish and I only had half of a red pepper instead of two so it won't be as colorful but I'm OK with that.It makes a delicious hot dog relish.

My little stash of Lady Ashburnham pickles I made last week and I just put them in the bottom cupboard today. Two darker jars on the left are pickles made last year with a different mustard but equally good.

That's it for today,
Thanks for leaving comments.


  1. cyprus - what a cute name! and a cute boy. pecan pie is one i do not care for. glad you're enjoying it, though!

    getting rid of former pottery/ceramic materials?

  2. So that's how you eat pecan pie without the sin! LOL!! I must try that if I can ever get me little hands on some! It was my Dad's favorite.
    I am coming out of a blogging slump right now too Julia.... you do such a great job at blogging and the kids are the cutest subjects!! Well I better go work on a new post...
    Cathy G

  3. You certainly keep busy. I am worn out just reading your blog..

  4. Whoa. That's a lot of ceramic molds! Congratulations on all your success. Cyprus is adorable.

  5. I just love his chubby little legs, so cute. And you do live an interesting and certainly a very full life, Julia.

  6. Your Grandkiddos are adorable! I do love that smirk! Your jars of relish look so pretty! To me the best thing about canning isn't really how much better it tastes than store's how pretty the jars look in the cupboard! I understand about the blogging issue. I've met some really great people during my almost 7yrs of blogging but I'm thinking about not doing it after the first of this year. My posts seem to be getting repetitive year to year. It's a hard decision because I wanted my blog to be my journal and I'm sure I wouldn't do a regular journal without blogging....I guess time will tell! I hope you have a good week and I do enjoy your stories of your life!

  7. oh how adorable, Julia! I don't recall meeting little Cyprus ~ what an unusual and pretty name! HAHaaa he's really hiding … your house is soooooo spic and span!

    And, as you know, I'm down to about one post a week…. all I write about these days is Gramma stuff and well … he's exciting to me but not an everyday type post situation … lol

    Keeping up with you is necessary! I love reading all your stuff about your family and the farm …

    that rascal devil! Jeeeeeeez I love pecan pie and that one of yours looks outrageously like the ones my Mother used to make… her pecan pies were legendary …

    … if you eat just a sliver at a time to keep the pie even? and stand up while doing so… the calories are dissipated and don't count.

    million dollar relish? and the Lady pickles? never heard of such but look beautiful! MY gosh what a lot of ceramic stuff you had!

    you have pictures of anything you made?

  8. I understand when you say your life is of not interest to others, I often feel the same but I think it is, I know I love reading all of the posts, mundane or other.
    Cyrus is adorable.

  9. I haven't made relish in years. May have to think about making some after seeing yours!
    Pecan pie! One of our favorites. If you eat slivers that doesn't count as calories - right?

  10. Your life is never boring for sure. Glad you found someone to take your molds. Your grandbabies are so darling. Pie I am always up for pie and
    pecan is the best.

  11. Great pictures of those cute little boys! Love the three generations.
    The pickles and relishes look wonderful.
    I have a basement full of doll molds. Please send that person with the truck down my way!

  12. Such cute little guys! Oooooh...pecan pie is my very favorite!

  13. What a lovely family you have, and your grandchildren are adorable. I don't have any, so really appreciate seeing pictures and hearing about other friends' grandchildren. Since I'm a newcomer to your blog, I'm anxious to hear the story on the ceramic molds. I'm thinking that maybe you make them?

  14. Sweet Julia all those little ones are just adorable. What a beautiful family you have. That is a lot of ceramic molds! Hope you are feeling rested. Thank you so much for thinking of us during this sad time of having to say goodbye to our sweet Patches. Your warm and comforting words are much appreciated. Love and hugs

  15. I just love your posts, your family, and you...oh...and pecan pie! Hugs!

  16. All your food makes my mouth water. :) I always enjoy your posts because they are so filled with life.
    I bet you have so much fun with all of those little boys.
    I always love visiting with you. Someday I am going to come in person. :)

  17. Love all the photos of your family and food...yum!

  18. Pics of grands and great grands always steal the show! So cute all wrapped up in the curtain! lol! Congrats on another shipment of molds going out! You really do have a lot of them!

  19. I've been blogging daily for years. I've found that for me it's sometimes easier to blog about a moment or particular thing I do during the day. Also,
    I love canned relish.

  20. I love reading about your life it is so interesting and such a lot of hard work. You are lucky to live a life that is filled to the brim with non stop activities . I loved the pictures of the grandbabies . Such cute little boys, hugs from heat wave California cheri

  21. I love the juicy slices of your life you serve up fresh over here really is art, friend:) thank you for letting us along for the ride.

  22. Hi Julia! My name is Heather and I was wondering if you would be willing to answer my question about your blog! My email is Lifesabanquet1 AT gmail DOT com :-) I greatly appreciate it!

  23. How did I miss this post? You have been very busy, Julia. I don't know how you do it!

    Thank you for your comment today on my blog. I think this week-end trip may have been a bit much. I had the removal of a cataract on my left eye just last Wednesday, and Friday was the first day I was able to drive. Going over the mountain to Lake Junaluska probably wouldn't be considered "easing" back into driving.:-) I was totally wiped out on Friday night, and it is just a two-hour drive!

    Take care!