Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Place to Rest

This is where Mrs. Roy goes to rest.  This back porch piece of heaven is where Mrs. Roy entertains friends and family and sips coffee in the evening.  Mrs. Roy can prop her feet up and read a good book or work on a quilt or just enjoy the frogs croaking and the birds chirping.  And since we live in south Georgia, Mrs. Roy can enjoy this spot about 10 months out of the year!

Life is definitely good.

Saturday, February 19, 2011


This is Mrs. Roy's finger with a big bandaid on it because Mrs. Roy busted her knuckle trying to be being cheap.  See, there was just a tiny bit of makeup left in the bottom of Mrs. Roy's container and I was trying to pry the lid off to get to it.  Unfortunately, Mrs. Roy's hand slipped and an injury resulted.

Mrs. Roy is really mad because (1) I had more make-up in the drawer since I bought two bottles on sale with a coupon a couple of weeks ago; (2) I've tried to get those containers apart before I know how hard it is; and (3) it was make-up!  Purely a vanity item; it's not like I was trying to get the last drop of gold or medicine out of that silly container.

Sometimes being frugal is a good thing.  Most of the time it's a good thing.  But Mrs. Roy crossed the line today and I ended up hurting myself.  Hurting myself to save a nickel is just plain wrong. 

Monday, February 14, 2011


Mrs. Roy made these chocolate heart cupcakes for some friends for Valentine's Day.  Mrs. Roy wishes you were here to enjoy one, too!

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Mrs. Roy recently was given a wonderful gift - this great Brother sewing machine and the two boxes behind it.  What's in the two boxes, you ask?

TWO MORE SEWING MACHINES!  Mrs. Roy is so excited to have received these gifts from a dear friend who likes to encourage my quilting.  The Brother (in the middle) is a much newer model and, like most sewing machines today, is mostly made of plastic parts.  But the other two?  Whoa!  They are so heavy because they are both made of almost completely metal parts.  Even the body is metal. 

This one is a Wizard, model 3Kc 8846.  Best Mrs. Roy can figure out, it was made about 50 years ago and was probably bought at the local Western Auto.  Mrs. Roy hasn't been able to find out a lot about the machine itself but parts are apparently hard to come by so Mrs. Roy will be extra gentle with this wonderful treasure.  This one even has the owner's manual with it with loads of really interesting information about using the machine with different types of cloth, making different stitches, etc.

This is a Dressmaker model, probably made by the same company as the Wizard.   Mrs. Roy loves that the previous owner wrote "FRONT" on the front of the case. 

Both of the older machines are mounted in the boxes you see.  They were designed so that you could unscrew them from the boxes and put them in console sewing tables.  Both of these machines are hinged so that there is a storage area under the sewing machine.  Is that cool or what!

Life is definitely good! 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

More Snail Mail!

Mrs. Roy got this message from a homeschooling mom:

Hi.I found your blog under the 52 letters project and was hoping you could help us in our 2,011 letter project.We are trying to collect 2,011 letters from all around the's not just about getting the letters,but learning about other people and other countries,states,etc. We hope you can join to help us reach our goal...we are getting sign ups everyday,but have a long way to go. :) Please also help us spread the word if you can.Thanks!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Mrs. Roy found this box of carpenter's pencils online at  Mrs. Roy bought them for Mr. Roy to be passed down to our children.  The reason these pencils caught Mrs. Roy's eye is because Mr. Roy's mother retired from Empire Pencil Company in Shelbyville, Tennessee.  She may have helped make this box of pencils.  In fact, chances are pretty good she did.  Mrs. Roy would ask her but Mrs. Roy's mother-in-law joined the angels in heaven a few years ago. 

So now we have a box of pencils to make us smile as we remember the wonderful lady who worked so hard every day making things like this so that we could have a better life.  Her pencil-making bought food and blue jeans and boy scout uniforms and bicycles and cars and paid for college and contributed to the down payment for our first home.  Mrs. Roy is sure making pencils was a difficult way to make a living but Mr. Roy's mom did it with grace and skill.  Mrs. Roy is proud of the work she did.  It's a good thing.