Grand ‘Ole Flags in Blue and White

Hi there! I am back from a little vacation adventure

celebrating our anniversary in the beautiful countryside of Kentucky.

I have lots of photos and stories (a haunted one too) of our trip

to share with you next week.

In the meantime, when I got home, in-between many loads of laundry and those chores

that need to be done after being away for 5 days, I adorned by coffee table with

the Grand ‘Ole flags.

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Happy Independence Day!

As we all prepare for our 4th of July festivities . . .

~ ~ I want to wish you all a very safe and glorious 4th of July.

Today is the day that we count our blessings to live in the most wonderful country in the world.

There is nothing like hearing our National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner . . .

~ ~ singing along, whether it be at a ball park or national event . . I always draw a tear.

Yes, I am a “sappy person” . . . as I get overwhelmed by how proud I am to be an American.

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Americana in the Media Room

God Bless America!!!

Reflections of Memorial Day {Honor Flight}

I would like to wish you all a most wonderful Memorial Day . . .

Some of us will be traveling . . . and some of us will be enjoying the long weekend at home.

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As for me, I will be enjoying the weekend at home . .

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I will be very busy working on a large project. .

~ ~ and enjoying a visit from my sister and family from Florida.

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And also preparing for another round of company on Monday!

But most of all . . .

~ ~ I will be honoring and reflecting on the ones who served our country . . .

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I must, at this time, give another shout out to my sister Betty Ann.

She was chosen to escort a 94 year old World War II Vet to Washington D.C. today. . .

~ ~ to the World War II Veterans Memorial…

It is under the program called “Honor Flight” . . .

She is so very honored to escort this wonderful 94 year old Veteran of the Navy.

Again, I am proud of her.

My Dad/World War II Veteran

Betty is also honored to be a part of this program to honor our father . . .

~ ~ A world War II (and Korean War) Veteran of the Army.

We miss him every day. . . he was a man of courage and integrity.

I encourage you all to look up the program, “Honor Flight”

It is an extremely wonderful program and deserves attention and our generosity.

May you all have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend . .

~ ~ honoring the brave men who served our country.

Americana in the Media Room

I added some Americana touches in the media room.

I have seller’s remorse as I sold many Americana themed items before our last move…

…..but I still kept enough pieces to decorate this room.

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The flag pillow is from Pottery Barn…

…..and the two red and white pillows that flank it are also from Pottery Barn (outdoor collection).

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Added a book and an antique iron star..

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Added a vase of flowers, an antique Atlas (dated 1915), and a basket to the vignette.

I have had this Americana/flag throw for many years.

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Not much “Americana” here, but had to show you the Big Ben clock I scored for $5.00..

…..why just $5.00??? because it does not work..but you can move the hands.

I set it at 5 o’clock, as you know, it is always 5 o’clock somewhere!

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I decided to add this lamp to the media room…

…..I painted the lamp red as I use red for one of my accent colors in the room.

I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint/Emperor’s Silk.

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I am thinking that I may distress this lamp a bit with some antiquing wax and possibly add a burlap shade..

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Today was very dreary…raining on and off…will be like this for at least a couple more days….

…..so I had to really make adjustments on my camera, as this room did not have much natural light today.

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I will be showing the dinette area of this room on Friday, as it will be a part of my Friday Series.

Across this seating area is the bookcases and TV…no Americana decor there..

You will see more of this room when I finally get around to updating my home tour..

….as my “home tour” is in dire need of being updated!

I wish you all a very safe and wonderful 4th..enjoying the celebration of our nation’s Independence Day!

To Honor The Best….

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My Dad…he was the best….

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He taught us kids…to respect…to love…to honor…

……OUR COUNTRY!

For, this country IS the best……

……and this week we honor….the best of the best.

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We honor those who fought for our freedoms….

……and sacrificed their lives….lives that could have been…the lives that should have been…..

……SO WE CAN LIVE OUR LIVES AND RAISE OUR FAMILIES, IN TRUTH…WITH NOTHING TO FEAR….

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BUT FEAR ITSELF….

To walk in the comfort of knowing that we can be the best we can be….

……to make our dreams a reality…..to hitch a wagon to a star.

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We thank you….our service men and women….we thank you for your service to our country…..

…..We thank your families for their sacrifice…..their loss…our loss,

…………of wonderful unselfish men and women

…………………….who gave their lives, so that we can live….in peace.

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To live in this great land of beauty and magnificence…..

…..of bountiful farms….of bustling cities….of majestic mountains soaring toward the skies….

…..of rivers flowing…..and lakes that sparkle in the morning sun…..

…..of babies taking their first breath..

…………….. as the beginning of their journey of a wonderful life.

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For this….we thank you….thank you for your sacrifice.

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I hope that my dad is looking down at me…from the beautiful heavens…and saying that he is proud…..

……of how I treasure my freedom….my country…that I live my life, to love, and respect, and honor….

……they way that he taught me…with the utmost integrity.

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So on this Memorial Day….I thank our men and women who sacrificed their lives…..

…….so we can “hitch a wagon to a star”….(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I am joining:

A Bowl Full of Lemons — One Project At A Time

Janes Adventure in Dinner — Front Planter Fun

Mrs Hines Class — Show and Tell

The Tablescaper — Seasonal Sundays