I began blogging in 2008. At the time, I was caretaker to my mother who had been diagnosed with dementia. I discovered that blogging allowed me to make friends and visit interesting places without leaving home. God has truly blessed me with prayerful, loving and supportive blog friends from all over the country.
One of the very first blogs I read was 'Spot On Cedar Pond' by KathyB. Kathy was very supportive/encouraging of my desire to start a blog and she and her family hold a very special place in my heart. Kathy lives in Washington and spins the wool from her very own sheep.
I came up with the blog name, Maple Lane, because Autumn is my favorite season and maples are so colorful in the fall of the year.
Most often, I blog about family members; beloved pets; Georgia places of interest or restaurants we visit; gardening; and favorite old hymn lyrics.
My husband, John, and I have been married for twenty years. I am 55 and John is 60.
We are blessed with several nieces and nephews and 4 great nieces!
|John with great niece, Ellie.|
During my college years, I was a church pianist and taught children's Sunday School. I also worked as an Administrative Assistant before staying home to be a full-time caretaker to my parents and husband.
I love many styles of decorating and enjoy when blog friends share their home interior photos. I would describe my decorating style as traditional. I am blessed to enjoy many vintage keepsakes from family members and I try to showcase them in our home.
|This maple china cabinet belong to my mother and displays her china, Wembley Harmony House. Both the cabinet and the china are from 1947.|
|Inside our last home, Nalley Valley|
My favorite color is purple. I especially love brilliant hues of purple in the garden: azaleas, lilacs, roses, irises and glads. I spent many happy hours with my grandmother in her garden when I was a child. I developed a love of flowers from her.
I collect vintage china and Italian porcelain. I have tea sets, coffee sets, lemonade sets and chocolate sets! John and I also have collected cookbooks from places we've visited over the years.
When I was younger, I enjoyed baking; counted cross stitch; hiking in the north Georgia mountains; and gardening. These days, I enjoy reading; blogging; browsing antique and thrift stores; watching home and garden television; and playing with our pets. John was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, so I am learning to plan healthier menus. I receive helpful advice via email from the American Diabetes Association.
I especially enjoyed the serenity of our last home, Nalley Valley. We were surrounded by woods and the screened-in porch overlooked the creek below. We had a wide variety of plants and wildlife to enjoy year round.
I do not like to travel. I've always had a tendency to get motion sickness. If I could blink my eyes and land any where, it would be New England in Autumn.
11) Would you share with us a favorite homemaking/organizing tip or recipe, etc..?
My helpful tip is for organization and maintenance of daily medication. As we have grown older, the number of prescription medicines we take has increased. We were constantly dropping or turning pill bottles over when filling our weekly reminder boxes. I bought a plastic storage drawer to store pill bottles in and we fill up the weekly reminder box inside the drawer. The drawer "catches" any pills that we drop and we don't have to crawl around on the floor looking for pills that could potentially harm our pets.
I am afraid of water and never learned to swim.
Our last home had lots of steps that were difficult for both of us. We made the decision to search for a smaller home all on one level. John and I gifted some sentimental treasures to friends that we knew would cherish them. We had a couple of yard sales and we also donated a lot of household items to our local Humane Society Thrift Store. The proceeds from the thrift store help buy food/medicine for homeless pets.
14) Would you share with us your furry family members? I know how dear they are to you as they make frequent appearances on your blog. :)
We have 5 cats (Kaboodle, Ditto, Magic, Trixie and Blue) and a wire-haired mini dachshund, Harriet. Four of the cats are rescues. Physical limitations keep us home much of the time and our pets provide us with entertainment and laughter.
15) Tell us a way God has blessed you and/or your family.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
God has blessed us in so many ways. We are so thankful that the Lord led us to a compassionate and skilled surgeon to operate on John last summer. We are thankful for the earnest prayers of our blog friends and appreciate the opportunity to pray for each of you and your family's needs.
We thank God for the new home He has led us to near the north Georgia mountains. We are thankful that our present home is a perfect fit for the family moving in and their special needs child. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers.
I love this quote by Helen Keller:
Words from Tammy: Thank you so much Mildred for joining me today! One of the things that I've always loved about my visits to your blog is your sweet close relationship with your hubby. I love all the outings you two share and make a date of. :) We also share the common bond of being church pianists. I was for years also! Thanks for sharing your life and home with us! And may God richly bless you two as well! :)
Thank you to all who joined us today on the sunporch! Of course, I love your comments here, but be sure and stop by Mildred at Maple Lane for a visit too.
Ya'll come back anytime! And God bless you all richly too! :)
♥ Tammy ♥