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October 28, 2016

This and That This Week #11

Hello everybody!  I fell off my own wagon and stopped doing my This and That This Week posts around the time my Grandson was born.  He's already a month old- hard to believe!  More about him in a bit.

Last Sunday I posted by "Halloween Extravaganza" tablescape- I hope you visited it and if not here is the "link".   I'm a big kid at heart and though no one is here to share it with us I enjoyed creating it.

Fall has hit us full force and we even had a brief bout of snow a couple of days ago. Thank goodness it didn't stick!

I did a post called "Fall Benefits" about fall colors and a little shopping fun as seen "here"

We stopped in Gaylord and visited one of my favorite spots.  It's called The Old Spud Warehouse and it offers a collection of small deco items for the home, some humorous items like funny books and little signs, a custom furniture line and some unusual lamps and fixtures they make in-house.  Dan jumped in the chair so I snapped a shot!
Okay I hid behind the chair so I could hide me a bit!

I have to tell you I've been in a sad mood for a while because both my mother and Dan's are going down hill fast.  Both are plagued with dementia. Unfortunately Dan's mother recently took a turn for the worse and is now in a nursing home.  The very days we were there for our Grandson's birth in September his mom was admitted to the hospital and further testing was done to determine her level of needs.  
My Mom is 94 years old and while she still knows who we are and pretty much understands what's going on she just can't keep track of things any longer.  She sleeps most of the time these days and I feel her drifting away.

Dan's Mom, Norma who is 91 now was always an active woman on the farm.  When I met her in 1973, I was so impressed with her drive.  She canned her own vegetables, kept a large vegetable and flower garden, still raising her last child that was 8 at that time.  

                                              Dairy farmers that did their best to make it.
I did a post about the farm and you can see it "here"
I  made this in the early 90's
My husband and his sister drove down to see her at the nursing home yesterday.  It was a difficult visit especially since she's just not herself anymore.  One of the sisters who lives closest to Norma had some things of their mom's that she sent home with Dan thinking we may went them.

Tea died lace on the neck, hearts on the lace along the shirt placket, rosebuds on the skirt fabric, buttons for eyes and hand sewn nose and whiskers.
I never expected to have this back but she's come home to me after 25+ years since I made her.  Back in the early 90's I was making soft sculptured animals and dolls and this rabbit is one I made for her.  Norma always decorated in a country / farmhouse way and the blue and mauve colors were the rage.

The rabbit's hands are a knot because it was designed to hang on a door knob.   She never was hung on a door knob but was the center of their bed with pillows for a long time. 

On a much brighter and happier note…

 I found the little booties (they rattle too!) and the bib at Cracker Barrel which says Baby's 1st Halloween.  I know it's silly but I couldn't resist!  I came across the orange "fox eared" hat on my last trip to Petoskey.  They can use it anytime but the orange coloring caught my attention for his outfit.  He's doing very well, gaining weight and growing all the time so we are grateful and blessed for that! 
We do FaceTime with them so we get to see and hear him.  It's the next best thing to holding him!  I'll see him later in November- can't wait!

 Isn't the cutest!  It's a card I bought at Cracker Barrel a couple of years ago and I just found it again.  I bought it because I loved the image!

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Wishing you all a Happy Halloween!  I will be watching the creepy silly movies and probably eat a bunch of popcorn while I'm at it!  


  1. Oh your grand is so cute - and I did the same thing for my grand daughter, haha. My daughter has a few pink socks like that - her favs b/c they stay on nicely and the rattle is just too fun!

    I am so sorry about both your mothers - so sad. I can't imagine someone in our family living to be in their 90s, as far as we know it's never happened. My mom died in her 50s, and dad was 63.

    Anyway, saying some prayers for you, sweet friend. November will be here in no time. I am so happy for you.

    Hugs. Have a wonderful weekend. xxoo

  2. Liz, your grandson looks adorable in his little Halloween outfit! I know you are looking forward to visiting with that little angel.
    We've been where you are with your mothers. It's so sad to see our loved ones slipping away. I'll be thinking of you and your families during this time.
    Have a big bowl of popcorn and enjoy Halloween, my friend. ♥

  3. It is so hard to see our parents go downhill. My mother had dementia, too, and it is a terrible thing to witness. You just feel helpless because you know it will only get worse-not better.

    Your little grandson is just darling-I love the outfit-including the FOX hat. How cute is that!?! It really is the cycle of life, isn't it? Aging parents and newborns.

    Hope you have a wonderful Halloween weekend. xo Diana

  4. Your grandson is absolutely precious, so cute.

  5. Liz, I love seeing your grandson in that adorable fox hat and booties! The cat card is so cute too.

    It's so hard to see your parents or in-laws on the decline. My MIL passed away in August and it's hard to believe she's gone.

    You really are in full fall mode! Our leaves are still green for the most part except for the maples and we're back in the 80s this weekend...ugh. I don't think it's ever going to be sweater weather, a snowflake or two sounds good right about now :)

    Enjoy your weekend and grandson when you see him!

  6. The rabbit you made is so sweet. I am sure it gave her many days of smiles along the way and many comforting memories for you as you have this little treasure back with you. Your sweet little grandson is precious and so cute all dressed up. Thanks for sharing this touching post and trust as you are going through this season with aging mothers you will have strength.

  7. Aaaahhh. I like reading your post. Life is sure a mix of joy and sadness. It is wonderful that you shared your thoughts. Sorry about the Mom's. My Mother has been gone over 30 years. Dementia is so sad and it is hard to know what to do. You new grandchild is adorable and that cute little outfit is amazing. I loved the bunny. I made soft sculpture dolls around the same time you did. They were cows and when I think back about them, I think they were sooo cute with their sweet sculpted faces. I sure remember that blue and mauve combination as being the popular colors. I swear I had that all through my house. What was I thinking! Thank you Liz for sharing.

  8. The cat with the witches hat is hilarious! Love it.


  9. We are going through the same thing with my husbands mother and she is in a nursing home also. It breaks my heart because we can no longer communicate with her.
    I'm glad your handmade rabbit has returned to you. That was a labor of love.
    Your grandson is adorable. Cute outfit.
    I like your tablescape and outdoor decorations for fall. Nice collection of pumpkin, gourds and mums.

  10. Liz, you have everything dressed for fall and it is beautiful! I am so sorry to read about your Mother and MIL..,so sad and difficult! Your grandson is adorable! Pam @'Everyday Living

  11. Hi Liz,

    So sorry to hear about the ailing health of your mother and mother-in-law. I sincerely hope that they are doing the best that they can.

    Your grand is TOO cute, and the kitty card is adorable! It's always wonderful to see a photo of you having fun!

    Have a lovely Sunday, my friend.

    Sending prayers,


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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