Feel free to pin photo's from this blog...I'm not one of those blogger's that will flip out and go on a rant about you "stealing" my photo's because you liked it enough to share it, lol. I am not a "professional decorator, cook, gardener" or "professional" anything else....I BLOG FOR FUN. Nope....not one of the perfect blogger's here. My house is not perfect, and you will never be led to believe it is. I simply cannot offer you "how-to's", nor will I leave comment's on your blog offering decorating advice...sorry. If you are one of the "professional blogger's" as I refer to so many of them these days, I simply am not interested in your invite to your linky parties...with YOUR strict instructions to follow YOUR rules, lol, in order to increase YOUR traffic. If your not here for enjoyment, then this simply isn't the blog for you.


Comparing life in my rural area to the bright lights of a big city

A few days back, I received an e mail from the talented Kendra Thornton, requesting me to write an article about my home town. Well, I immediately e mailed her back and told her there was no reason to do an article because we live in a very rural area, and there is absolutely nothing here. Well, she e mailed me back again and asked me to reconsider, because she wanted to do an article and compare our area's of living. So many of you bloggers already know that I will ask you where you bought something, and then I will say, "oh, we don't have one of those stores within 120 miles", and I am honestly telling the truth.

Here is the comparison of my "town" and Kendra's.

My Home Town

I live in Mathiston, Ms and chances are, you have never heard of it. Actually, I live outside of the city limits of Mathiston, so technically, I am not a “city” girl. Depending on which map you have access to, our little town of 700 may not even show up. Yes, that is a population of 700 people. I know, most of you may have more than that residing in your “neighborhood” or “subdivision”.

What is there to do in Mathiston, you may ask….well, actually nothing.  It is a very rural area, and you travel elsewhere for any major shopping and most all activities. Our nearest “real” mall is sixty miles away, in Tupelo, Ms, so when you go, you make a day of it. We hit the mall, Sam’s club, and whichever restaurant we choose to dine at since we had to travel so far.  Our nearest wal-mart is approximately 20 miles away, so that is not that inconvenient, and it is a super-center at that. There are no grocery store chains to shop from. We do have a family owned/operated grocery store in our little town, and a post office. There are also a couple of little quick stops with gas pumps. There are no “chain” style restaurants here of any kind, but there are a couple of family owned/operated restaurants, so eating out is very limited in our little town of 700. Oh, did I mention that our little town doesn’t even have a red light? That’s right, no red light at all.

We do have a beautiful landmark here…..Wood Jr. College. It is an old college campus that had sat vacant for many years until the tornadoes of 2011 destroyed our local high school. The beautiful landmark now houses our local high school, and looks more beautiful than ever with a campus full of students.

Am I complaining about our “lack of’s” in our little town? Am I sorry that I can’t get to the mall in five minutes, or eat out at my choice of restaurant any night of the week? Oh, it would be nice occasionally to be just a stone’s throw to all of these little luxuries. As much as we enjoy our visits/vacations to larger areas, I would not be willing to trade the peacefulness/serenity of my rural living for the hustle and bustle of big city living.

Now, we have Kendra Thornton here to discuss why, though it is not for all people, she loves life in the big city. Her hometown is Chicago, and she has written about some of her favorite places there…

My Favorite Things About My Hometown

Of all the cities I’ve been lucky enough to visit in my life, Chicago is definitely my favorite. Call it a hometown bias, but I think we all feel a certain sense of endearment for the place we call home. And just like we have this sense of love for the city, we have our favorite places to frequent. I've picked some of my favorites below.

I love to go shopping, and downtown Chicago has some of the best areas for me to utilize this urge. I recommend you try some areas besides just North Michigan Avenue scene. It's probably the most popular place to shop, but that doesn’t mean it's the only place! You can find hip stores by heading to the Ukrainian Village. Just a few miles from downtown, you'll find plenty of vintage stores and shops. The best thing about this type of shopping is you're never quite sure what you'll find, and always end up with something great!

One of the “tourist” spots in Chicago that I frequent even though I live here is Shedd Aquarium. It's located right on Lake Michigan, making for a beautiful setup. If you visit, you'll have the chance to see over 30,000 animals! With over a thousand different species of animals, just about the only thing you won’t see is a mermaid! I have always been fascinated by the aquatic life, and the Shedd Aquarium is a chance to feel like you are living amidst the sea creatures. Also, this last week of September is sea otter awareness week, and the otters sure are enjoying it!

When I am looking to change up my usual eating pattern, I love to enjoy a Chicago diner. This classic American food spot is a common sight all over Chicago, but one of Chicago’s truest is Lou Mitchell’s. This has been frequented by everyone from presidents to famous actors, making it feel like you are part of history when eating there! You can order breakfast at any hour, from classic eggs and bacon to cereal and fruit. Also, you don’t have to eat greasy; they have plenty of healthy options! I always go for the cantaloupe!

If you have several nights in Chicago, make sure to watch the sun set on at least one evening. Chicago has a notably beautiful skyline and you won't regret finding a spot to watch day become night. You can be right up in the skyline if you choose a hotel downtown. When visiting Chicago, choose a hotel room on a high floor so that you can look out over the town; the site gogobot is great for finding the best places to stay.

We all have our favorite places in our hometowns, and these are just a few of mine. If you ever choose to visit, for just a few days or for a few weeks, there is so much to do in this great city that your time will be full of fun!

Now that we have compared our area's, which one would you choose?? 


Fall at 1800Farmhouserd with Farmer and Mrs P

Well, I didin't know if Mrs P would be able to be here for the fall photo session this year, she has had a really rough summer......but she made it!!

Farmer and Mrs. P are greeting everyone from their rocking chairs this year. Mrs P is recovering from a few "mishaps" that resulted in some broken ribs, so she has not gotten all done that she would like to have, and of coarse farmer P.......well, just don't get Mrs. P started on him! Look at him, just laid back in that rocker like there is nothing to be done.
See, here is a better picture of him..... Mrs P made some big soft pillows for the rockers on the porch, and farmer P hasn't done a thing but sit around since.

Can ya'll tell how stiff Mrs P is, sitting in her rocker. Every little move hurts her. These were the first broken bones she has ever had, and she didn't handle it well at all, nor did she follow Dr's orders, which only made it worse....but she got her fall decorating done!

Mrs P is not real sure who this fellow is. She found him in a box in the attic and he kinda favor's her side of the family with the blonde hair and all. When she was trying to hang him on the wreath, she realized he must have a steel plate in his head, so it could possibly be one of her brothers.

How do ya'll like the rug? Mrs P had really wanted to paint the black/white diamonds on the concrete in front of the newly painted entrance, but she hasn't been able since her "mishaps" and broken bones and such, so she just bought a cheap rug and painted the diamonds on it for now.

Ya'll do notice the rooster's, don't ya? Everyone knows that Mrs. P is going to have rooster's in what ever seasonal decor that she does. That is the farm girl coming out in her.

 Mrs. P has always done a fall tree, but this year she took all of the decorations that she normally puts on it, and applied them to a garland around the entry way of the farmhouse. She didn't buy anything except for some ribbon, and of coarse it will be used again.

 If your out and about, stop and visit Farmer and Mrs P on the porch, they would be happy to have you visit.

There will be a few more pictures of fall on the farm later on. We finally had a rain last night, and the grass is "greening" up a bit. I love to look back on our previous fall pics and compare the weather and the decor.

I am linking up with Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday


Bacon wrapped jalapeno/cream cheese chicken popper's

Ok, I "happened" upon this recipe on pinterest one day, and thankfully read it and remembered it, because the recipe that I used has since "disappeared" and there is only a picture showing up, so I have no idea who to give credit to, and I truly do believe in giving credit where it is due. Anyhoo, regardless of who came up with this recipe, it is fabulous!! I took pics to show ya'll, I only wish you could taste it.

 This is hubby's plate. They can be "kinda" low calorie if you choose for them to be, but obviously he didn't.

First, take chicken (I use tenderloin) and tenderize with mallot, and salt and pepper it really good. Take one serving of cream cheese and place on top of chicken. Take washed, de-seeded, halved jalapeno and place on top of cream cheese.
 Use two pieces of bacon per chicken, criss-cross like above, and put chicken on top of bacon.

 Fold bacon across chicken, and it should look like this. Spray baking dish, and place in oven, covered with aluminum foil, bake on 375 for at least 45 minutes. Remove from oven and take foil off, bake for another 15 minutes, or until bacon is golden brown and crisp.
This is the end product.

 This is my plate, you have already seen hubby's above. I had a salad with mine. It is also good served over rice, topped with that awesome gravy form the cream cheese.

This is it cut open, with a bit of the gravy on it. Oh, ok,  after I took this pic, I piled the gravy on!! Really, all  I had with it was a little bitty salad!

 This is for Sophie's Aunt Sharon tomorrow. She loves them, but she doesn't like to cook!

Try it sometime, and let me know how you like it! 


Fall at the farm.......in the past

I'm not quite ready to reveal our fall farm decor just yet, so I thought I would share some of the old decor that I have used on the farm in the past. Oh, did I mention it is so hot here in Mississippi that you can hardly breath, so it is not feeling much like fall. 

 Some of you may remember Farmer and Mrs. P from last year?? They were dressed in their finest for this photo, surrounded by mums and pumpkins. Farmer P doesn't really care about all of this, but this is Mrs. P's  favorite time of year, and she usually goes all out.

Mrs. P had the "less is more" attitude last year, but things will be quite different this year. She is not quite finished decorating, but she has already had folks stopping and taking pictures, and one lady asked her just today if she could dress all of her kiddo's and bring them over for a picture on the porch. Of coarse that tickled Mrs. P. 

Ya'll know there will be roo's in most all of the fall decor, well, probably all of the decor that Mrs. P does. 

Roo's inside and out!

The mantle is quite different this year....you'll see soon enough. 

Just a closer up of the mantle. 

Ok, so this is not exactly a fall photo, but isn't she just a doll??

Oh, and do ya'll remember this from year before last, I think it was a southern living recipe?? Maybe a cream cheese apple bundt cake with praline icing?? I'll betcha there may be one at the farm this year because ya'll know how Mrs. P just loves to cook!

Looking forward to getting back into the swing of blogging and visiting now that summer is almost over with. Can't wait to see everyone's fall decor. 


Oh, how I long for this....

For those of you that know me, then you already know that I LOVE fall. It is my favorite season, all the way up to Thanksgiving (which is my favorite holiday). Since I am longing for my favorite season, I have been going thru old pictures of fall on our farm. Take a look.....

Are you ready for fall, or do you prefer to hang on to summer-time as long as you can?? 


I am 4 today

Yes, today is my birthday. It was four years ago tonight that my mama found me in the road and brought me home with her. She was just going to feed me, and find me a good home ........and that is exactly what she did! Do you remember what I looked like when she found me?? Remember, my daddy said I was really ugly? He kept saying that I had a face that only a mother could love!

This is me snuggling with my daddy when they first found me. I started immediately winning him over.

Look at us here. I have him wrapped around my little paw. I even let him take naps on the couch with me. He is so glad he talked my mama into letting me stay with them forever.

As soon as my daddy gets home from work, I am gonna open my presents. Oh, I hope I get lots of new toys, and some tootsie rolls.


She is here!!

If you recall, we ordered a new fifth wheel a while back.  She is beautiful! (yes, it is a she). She arrived about two weeks early, so when the phone call came yesterday saying she was here, it was a huge surprise, but a pleasant one.

This is the third camper we have bought in three years from this dealer, and this salesman, so he had a surprise for me when I got there.
This is the fifth wheel that they had waiting for me when I rounded the corner,  with my camera in hand, to see our new "forever" camper. Our salesman was doubled over from laughing so hard at this prank! He thought it was really cute, because he knew we were so excited about seeing the new camper.
Needless to say, this wasn't it!

They had her pulled around  back so that she could be plugged in and the air on. It was so cool and comfortable inside. This is Mr. Easley, our prankster salesman, and of coarse Sophie, in her new recliner.

She has a rear kitchen, with lots of counter space (for a small camper), and fun decor. I cannot wait to add some personal touches and make her feel "homey" and cozy.

I finally have a sink large enough to wash dishes in whenever needed, and a counter top with enough space to put them to dry. Ya'll know it is the little things that make me happy.

This is hubby scratching his head because he can't find anything to complain about :)

This is a view from the stairs.

Hubby checking out some of the new toys.

Hubby trying to decide where the bedroom tv will be installed. Oh surely you don't think you can go camping unless you have a tv in each room, do ya??

Hubby and Sophie trying to decide if they like the new couch, or their matching recliner's the best?? The couch really is quite comfortable for a "camper" couch. It also lets out into a queen bed :)

Sophie has room to get in the floor and play in this one. See those cabinet doors open under the tv?? It was being measured for the fireplace (big smile).

A queen bed in the bedroom, and I love the fact that the bedroom is off to itself . It can be totally shut off if one of us wants to sleep late :)

Can we please go now??

Unfortunately, we won't get to camp for a while because hubby's truck has not yet been equipped to pull her, so she is still at the dealership. That will all be taken care of Wednesday, and we will bring her home next week-end. She will be stocked immediately with all of her belongings, and hopefully taken out for her first camping trip really soon.