Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Monday!

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday so far. With the cooler weather I had been sleeping so good but last night it really warmed up and it is no fun sleeping in heat. Anyway enough with my rant. Let's catch up on the things I am thankful for.

20. I am thankful for Homecooking. My Mine is whipping up some delicious, completely from scratch banana pudding for my boyfriend, Charlie. Banana pudding is his favorite dessert. That night we had pig picking style BBQ, baked beans, salad, cottage fries, and yummy banana pudding. In the picture the ma-rang hadn't been baked yet.

21. I am thankful for good reading. I usually don't read books but I got a fabulous book from Barnes and Noble this weekend and I am so excited to start reading it. I have seen the movie and it is wonderful. I love to read magazines and such but usually don't have time to read books. This book I will have to make time for. 

22. I am thankful for my many cups. This may seem like a funny thing to be thankful for but I love my tumblers and mugs. I love always having something different to drink out of and carry to school with me.

23. I am thankful for waders. My waders keep me warm and dry while hunting. I can wade out to get the ducks when they fall and not worry about getting wet. They are a very important thing to have when we go duck hunting.

24. I am thankful for being taught how to set the table. I was taught many different things growing up about how things should be done, many of them frivolous but I am so glad I know how to set a table. I consider this act a dying art, nobody cares anymore but I think a set table is so pretty and I hope others continue out this tradition as well. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of their monday!

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter." 2 Thessalonians 2:15

~ Miss Nikki

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Whereabouts.

With exams and school around I haven't had any time to check the blog. I apologize about that. Lets play a quick game of catch up. 

10. I am thankful my Jesus. He is the one constant I know has always been walking with me. 

11. I am thankful for Heat. Last night it was 19 degrees here in Washington, NC and I am o thankful we had a heater that worked so i could sleep all warm and cozy.

12. I am thankful for a place to go home to. I am in school away from where I have lived my whole life and am getting pretty homesick. I want so bad for the semester to be over so I can go home to Manteo. I miss my little island. 

13. I am thankful for the first respondents. I have witnessed two terrible wrecks right by where I am living right now, one fatal. I know the people who show up first helped save many peoples lives in those two wrecks. I pray every day for people in car accidents. Since my accident in October cars are terrifying, you never know what is going to happen.

14. I am thankful for good food. I am surrounded with all kinds of food when people in other countries are starving. My dilemma is picking what I want to eat when they have to take anything they can get just to survive. 

15. I am thankful for kind people. When a stranger is kind to you it is a rare thing these days. If I can be kind to someone and make their day maybe they will pass on the kindness. 

16. I am thankful for good shoes. I have a show obsession and I believe they make an outfit. I am so glad I am blessed to have so many even though I don't need so many.

17. I am thankful for southern traditions. I am very grateful to have two lovely southern women for my grandmothers. They have tough me so much that I will always treasure in my heart and be able to pass it down to my own children today. Here are a few southern traditions you can keep alive.

18.  I am thankful for North Carolina.  I am so blessed to have grown up in the land of the pines. I believe my beautiful state has molded me into the lady I am today. 

19. Today I am thankful for my life. Most people are only thankful for things in their lives but my life is precious to me. I was given a gist by not only my parents but from Jesus. He gave me a life to live through him and to show people his story and his love. 

I hope has a blessed rest of this chilly Wednesday. I hope I will be able to post again tomorrow sometime. 

~Miss Nikki

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Life on the water


I hope everyone is having a fabulous sunday. I'l kick it off today with my thanks.
8. I am thankful for Arvin Skiffs. Arvin skiffs are the homemade skiffs my Grandpork makes still, even though he is 77 years old. He shares his secrets with my boyfriend Charlie because he only has three grand daughters. Yet another reason I have to be thankful for my Charlie is he has taken such an interest in my grandporks well being. Arvin skiffs have tremendously influenced my life. I have lived on the water my whole life. Fishing, duck hunting, and just loving the water as much as I do wouldn't be as possible if he hadn't made these boats.
9. I am thankful for Nature. I love being outside and seeing all the beautiful things in nature god has given us.
 Nature lets us have the privilege of being outdoorsman and woman.
Some think the woods are ugly and are just leaves and dirt, but I know every leave was touched by Jesus and was set right where it lies for us to see.

Every tree is different not a single one is the same. Just like people.
"He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not whither;  And in whatever He does He prospers" Psalm 1:3
~ Miss Nikki

Friday, November 7, 2014

Finally Friday

What a beautiful Friday today has turned into. Last night was windy and rainy and just yuck, when we woke up though it was cool feeling and sunny and just all around wonderful. I missed my 30 days of thankfulness yesterday so i'll start by catching up.
6. I am thankful for my Mine! My grandmother is such an influence in my life and an inspiration in he lives of so many others.

7. I am thankful for passed down recipes. I was given a fabulous recipe for peanut butter cookies from Mine and they are the best I have ever tried.
Peanut Butter Cookies
1/2 Cup Butter or Margarine (Butter makes them much better)
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Brown sugar- Packed
1 Egg
1 1/4 cup All-Purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Mix butter, peanut butter, sugars, and egg thoroughly. Measure flour, blend all dry ingredients together - stir into butter mixture and chill covered for 1 hour.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/4" balls. Place 3" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Flatten crisscross with fork. Bake 10 t 12 minutes. Will make about 3 dozen cookies. Enjoy!
"This morning with her having coffee." Johnny Cash, when asked his definition of paradise. Love this quote so dearly. I want a love like Johnny and June with my whole heart. But this morning my paradise was with my lovely grandmother, Mine.
Her flower arrangement is beautiful. All the flowers came from her bountiful yard.
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever" Isaiah 40:8
~ Miss Nikki

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

30 Days of Thankfulness

I know I am a few days late starting this but i''l bring my thanks up to speed. I will be posting something I am thankful for the whole month of November. This will be an activity for everyone to do themselves as well. You can all dig deeply and figure out lots of different things in your lives you are thankful for.
1. I am thankful for my Charlie Granger. I love him with all my heart! He isn't much of a picture person so I have to take what I can get.
2. I am thankful for my Maggie Girl. She is my fur child.
3. I am thankful for my baby sister Caroline! She is my best friend and I am also thankful we are so close.
4. I am thankful for my middle sister Kate. We don't see much of each other these days but I still love her dearly and keep her in my prayers.
5. I am thankful for my Daddy! He treats my sisters and I so good and I love him so much. He has done so much for me growing up and if I could be half the parent my Daddy has been to me I will have accomplished a lot.
Those are the things I am thankful for in my catch up of 30 days od thankfulness. I hope to be able to post every day of thanksgiving but if not I will of course catch up and make there be 30 thanks.
"Give thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" Ephesians 5:20
~ Miss Nikki

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy (Late) Halloween!

Happy Late Halloween everyone! This week has been terribly hectic for me. With school work, a Halloween party with my family, taking the younger kids trick or treating and all the car problems I have been having. I have been having a time! Last night Charlie and I took my step sister to Golden Corral because she wanted to have an "Charlie, Nikki, and Sophie day" which is absolutely fine with me. She went and filled up on plenty of food and then came home and ate chili with my dad and her mom. That child can eat!

Here is her ice cram she decorated herself. The bear climbed to the top of the mountain and the candy corn are trees. Sweet Sophia. After supper we went to Tractor Supply to find Charlie some Carhartt pants and Sophie picked out a toy set she wanted for Christmas. It was little hunter figurines and tree stands, bows, ground stands, tripods, deer, bears. elk, a bot, a fisherman, some fish and she was so excited about it. She likes to talk in a little country accent to sound like Charlie. She is so silly. We love her so good.

This is my LL Bean sweater I purchased from Goodwill. I love it so much. Please excuse my old yucky Uggs. They look pitiful. Miss Maggie laying down has her eye on the ducks over at the pond. She wants so badly to go get them.
Here's another picture of me sipping my hot tea. This chilly weather starting to appear in North Carolina is making me want it every morning. I'm not much on coffee and I love hot chocolate but too much of it isn't too good for my waste band.
"He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless" Isaiah 40:29
~Miss Nikki