Tuesday, December 26, 2017

More Christmas Tour


Happy Boxing Day and Kwanza. For
those who celebrated Christmas I hope
it was great!

Today we will finish our tour. We will 
continue with the dining room.



This is the entry to the pantry. A definite
baking theme here.

Now we go up the grand staircase to
the second floor.

The military theme was prevent in this

The little girl's room.

Such a cute dollhouse. When it was
purchased for the little girl. It cost
$ 5.00. Back then that was a lot. The
furnishings have been collected
over the years by a variety of people.

Marriage license of the homeowners.

Master bedroom.

A hanky tree hangs on the door of the
sewing nook. So cute!

Yours truly, Wanda--our AWESOME tour
guide and my tour buddy Nancy.

I hope you enjoyed the tour. We had so
much fun. As I said, Wanda was awesome,
so knowledgeable and fun!
A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon
during the holidays.

~Keep on Dreaming~

Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Week Fun Part 2


Welcome to the Bingham Waggoner
Estate in Independence, Missouri.
My hometown.
In early December my friend Nancy
and I toured this beautiful home.
The home known for it's colorful
owners and the historical significance
of the area that the home was plotted
in in 1827. The home resides on 19.2

Come on up.

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was the
theme for the home this Christmas
season. The beautiful tree above is in
the entryway.
Each area and room were decorated
by different volunteer groups.

As you enter the front door off  to your
left is the Ladies' Parlor. Pretty and

Off to your right is the Men's study.
More of a masculine feel in here.

We are now in the Music room.
There was a variety of musical
pieces here. A Piano, Organ, a
Victrola and record player.

This is the beautiful record player.
When it was found, they opened
 the cabinet doors to find sets and
sets of 78 albums. Remember 78

I didn't catch the name of this piece but
I know that the men in the back move
when the piece is turned on.

Here is the organ.

Moving into the hall now.
Beautiful side tables on each side.

Hope you enjoyed this part of the
tour. We will see more next time. 
There are more pretties on the way!

~Keep n Dreaming~

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Week Fun Part 1


Hello Everyone!

My goal is to post ALL this week.

Today we are starting with some Trivia
because you wouldn't be at "Country
Dreaming" at Christmas with some

Here we go!

1.  "Christmas Towns"

North Pole, NY
Bethlehem, PA
Santa Claus, IN
Christmas, FL
Noel, MO
Elf, NC
Humbug, AZ
Shepherd, TX
Rudolph, WI

2. Glaedelig, jul
means "Merry Christmas"
in Danish.

3. Sinterklaas comes with
gifts on December 5th in the

4. According to tradition, in Greece
the "Great Log" burns in the fireplace
for 12 days between December 25-
January 6th.

5. Alabama became the first state
in 1836 to recognize Christmas as
a legal holiday.

6. The needles of the Eastern
White Pine are edible and a
good source of Vitamin C.
They have five times the
amount of  Vitamin C content
of lemons.

7. The Salvation Army has been
taking donations in the iconic
red kettles for over 125 years.
The Christmas season in 1891
was the first collection season.

8. AND last but NOT least.
Mistletoe means dung plant.
Ho! Ho! Ho!

Come back tomorrow for a
Christmas Home Tour.

~Keep Dreaming~

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ribbon, Ribbon, Ribbon


Good day!

Tis the season for ribbon...
What happens to all the ribbon you
have left after Christmas?

Today I am going to offer you several
uses for ribbon.

1. Hang pictures with it. By using it as
the hanger on the back of a lightweight
frame or loop the ribbon on your nail.

2. Add bling to a zipper by looping the
ribbon through the zipper as a pull.

3. Use it as a measuring tool. Need to
know the circumference of an object?
Wrap the ribbon around the object,
mark the ribbon then stretch over a
ruler or yardstick.

4. Tie a ribbon around sheet sets and
place in your linen closet.

5. Organize your keys. Pick a different
color of ribbon for each spare set you
may have, so that you will know where
each set goes.
If you are like me you will have to make
a list noting each color and what they go
to.  : )

Did you know?

If every family reused just two feet of
ribbon, the cloth saved could tie a bow
around the Earth!!

See you Wednesday!!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday Write Up


Hi Everyone, I hope you are still with
me! As you will see by the next few pictures
we have been some busy  bees here!
Some of this has been posted on Facebook
so if it is a repeat, sorry.

As you can see we had a dumpster in our
driveway. We spent a couple days over
Thanksgiving filling THAT puppy to the
brim! It is amazing all the stuff that
accumulates over the years!

We had dinner with friends, Dan is out
of town a lot so we don't get together as
a foursome as often as we would like.

Had to get a rental over Thanksgiving
break. I was able to find time to get mine
into the shop from when it got hit at school.
Not fond of rentals. :(

The lights are up and we are going to
add more off to the other side of the
front door.
Ours are the "Traditional" bulbs--ie:
the big fat ones like when I was growing
up. Love them!

Last Saturday we started celebrating our
18th wedding anniversary by going to a
Brazilian Steakhouse!!!
It was awesome.

Complimentary dessert too! New York

Monday was our actual anniversary.
Ready for 18 more!

THE BIG PROJECT---Painting our
I am too old for this but it is going to
look so good when (if) it gets done.
We have been painting each evening .
OH BOY! More pics later!!

Hopefully I will see you Monday!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, November 27, 2017

What to do with Cinnamon



Look who is actually posting on a Monday!

Tonight we are going to look at other uses
for Cinnamon.

1. Hair Booster--
Mix a 1/4 c each of cinnamon and honey,
apply to the scalp for 15 minutes and rinse.
Cinnamon increase blood flow and could
stimulate hair growth.

2. Moth Repellant--
Combine 2 T cinnamon with 1/2 c
each black peppercorns and whole cloves,
pour into sachet bags for closets and

3. Soothe athletes food--
Cinnamon is an antimicrobial.
Boil 10 sticks in 4 cups of water and
let cool. Soak feet for 20 minutes
and dry completely.

4. Perk up your drive--
Use a cinnamon scented air freshener
in your car. Research states: that the
smell decreases anxiety and improves
alertness when driving.

5. Hide scuffs--
Use a Q-Tip to rub ground cinnamon
 into scratch marks on wooden floors
and furniture.

Did you know?

Cinnamon was used as an embalming
agent in ancient Egypt.

Hope everyone's holiday was great!

See you Wednesday!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wednedsay Write up


Good Morning!
It is Thanksgiving Eve. Are you ready
for the big day?

Hopefully we are. Lot's going on
around here.

Thanksgiving this year will just be
Mr. Ken and I. The rest of the family a
re doing their own thing.
I am not making a big turkey, we ordered
smoked turkey and ham from our local
BBQ stop and I will make some sides for

We are getting ready to transform our
bedroom ie: paint and new bedding.
That will occur after the holiday but
ALOT of prep work will take place
first. A big dumpster lands in our
driveway today! need to get rid of the
old mattress and box springs plus a lot
of other junk we have to get rid of. Might
as well do it in one fell swoop.

My car is in the shop from when it
was hit at school, I don't like driving
rental cars. I should get my car back
today. Hopefully that will restore some
normalcy to my life.

During your thanksgiving prayers,
please say a little prayer for Mr. Ken
he is dealing with another medical
issue, one that can be resolved with
a little work, he just needs some
prayers right now. Thank you!

We would like to wish you and your
family a blessed Thanksgiving. Enjoy
your time with family and friends.
Think of us as we paint. (not my
favorite activity for Thanksgiving
break) :)

See you next week!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

~Keep on Dreaming~

Monday, November 13, 2017

What to Do?



Well friends, we have little over a
week to go till Thanksgiving!
Are you ready? Guest list? Menu?
Are you traveling? Lots of questions
at this time of year. If you are home
with a boatload of guests, have you
thought about how to entertain
Never fear! I have ideas for you.

Note these ideas are for the holiday
plus weekend.

1. Play a board game or card game.
Always fun to bring out the old

2. Go for a walk after the big Thanks-
iving meal. Fresh and exercise is good
for everyone. Have the kids look for
specific things along the way.

3. If the weather is not cooperating
build a blanket fort (s). Take a nap,
read books, watch a movie etc.

4. Make Christmas cards or gifts for
friends and family.

5. For dinner on the Big Day have a
"leftover potluck" having leftovers
is part of Thanksgiving so enjoy!

For Friday, Saturday and or Sunday:

1. Go to the Zoo, park or any outdoor
venue weather permitting. Helps with
the boredom factor.

2. I know some of you go "Black Friday
Shopping--have fun. I'll be in my warm
cozy bed.

3. Does your city have a Rec Center?
Head over there. They have something
for everyone.

4. If you have extra hands available,
dig out the Christmas tree and get
an early start on your decorating.

5. For  those still hanging around, go
out to breakfast. This gives every-
one a chance to visit and no one has
to do the cooking.

Hope these lists give you some fun
ideas for those overnight guests.

See you Wednesday!

~Keep on Dreaming~

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