Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Time Just Goes

It's been a while.... Last time we spoke it was the end of 2017! Life is busy and I know yours is as busy as mine. I decided to put these beautiful hat boxes where the Christmas tree once was.

We've had some really cold weather for Florida this year. I've really .. but now I'm enjoying our spring temperatures. Cold weather is hard on Floridians. 

I put away all of the Christmas things right away as I don't like them to linger.

I squeezed in a little antique shopping after the holidays were over. I went with my mom and sister.This was one of the booths.

I found this beautiful old cookie jar....

And this gorgeous doll. 

She's like us with a few cracks and chips that have happened from years of life and love, but she's all the more beautiful because of them.

Today is Valentine's Day... the second Valentine's in Winona Cottage. We do really love our little home. Happy Valentine's!
Amy Jo

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Christmas came and went so quickly. 

It was a very quiet Christmas this year... we didn't host our annual Christmas party. 
We may do it next year... 

But we will wait and see... 
I still did a few decorations and two small trees. 

Now it's time to pack it all away until next time.
My favorite tree 

My husband got me a Jeep for Christmas! It will be perfect for the dirt roads.
Levi got a shotgun for Christmas and he got his 

drivers license . Let's just say I'm on pins and needles. 
Now it's time to get busy and put everything away. 

Amy Jo

Saturday, December 16, 2017

November Blessings

Let me start off by saying Happy Holidays! Since I didn't post for Thanksgiving at all and now we are only nine days away from Christmas! 
It's been a very busy season for us. We haven't even begun our Christmas shopping. I will probably start today. 
We finally have some cold weather that I can enjoy wearing sweaters. We don't like it to cold though, we Floridians are not used to the cold. 
My son went to his first homecoming and got so sick he called us after only being there an hour. He had strep throat! It came back a second time after the first round of antibiotics so I did some research and found that you can cure it naturally. And that is what we did. The second antibiotic had very dangerous side effects. I couldn't believe after only 2 days of natural treatment he was having no throat pain at all. I am very thankful for that.

My husband and son.

This little pot is a recent find. I haven't had a lot of time to go to thrift stores lately.

But I did find this beauty on eBay last month. And for a really cheap price.

I also found this pretty April Cornell dress on EBay. It's really feminine and very light weight. You can really find some great things on eBay!
My daughter came for Thanksgiving! Her visits always brings me great joy. We had so much fun. She won't be home for Christmas so I'm very thankful for the time we had together.
We went to my parents for Thanksgiving and there was a real star of the show. My great nephew Carson. What a happy and sweet boy he is! This is my mom holding him. 
Being a star is exhausting and you have to get your Beauty sleep.

Levi celebrated his 15th birthday 🎉 
Now he will be able to drive 😱 With a parent of course. But it's a little scary on all of these two lane country roads. I'm praying for safety. I'm getting a little long winded, I better close for now. I will do another update soon. 

Love and safety during the holidays 
Amy Jo💕

Friday, October 27, 2017


Autumn has finally arrived in the good old sunshine state! It has been fabulous so far! Cooler temperatures, not so many bugs and a lot more sunshine!

Levi is getting to wear long sleeves which he has always loved to do. Although it's a very short season of this kind of clothing.

I got to go to a really great little antique show and I found this salesman sample dresser already painted the perfect shade of pink.

And it's lined with gorgeous vintage wallpaper....

I added a curtain to the pantry door I couldn't stand to see the unorganized mess any longer. 

We celebrated 25 years of marriage this month! 

Hubby bought me four rockers that I absolutely love.

That motivated me to clean and reorganize the porch. I hope your October has been beautiful and blessed!

Amy Jo

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


September was a whirlwind... It started wonderfully with my daughter and son in law coming for a visit. We went to one of our favorite restaurants that I save going to only when she's home. It's a Cuban restaurant and they have the best! Food! 

She fixed my hair in a braid and then messy bun. I love braids but I'm terrible at braiding hair. 

Everything was going along until hurricane Irma decided to come for a visit. This is the day before the storm. We decided to go to a movie. We were the only ones in the whole auditorium. We saw Dunkirk it was interesting but strange. 

The next day the wind and the rains came down... this was our back yard as water started to rise. 

 Trees snapped and branches fell. 

There was a lot of flooding. This is normally an open field. It looked like a lake. 

This is the lake by our house. Overflowing.

Eventually closing roads. Some of which are still under water. 

There was no power for nine days and massive amounts of cleanup.

But we survived and the power was restored. Praise the good Lord!

Hubbys birthday was the very next day and so I baked him a cake. He requested strawberry cake. ( I didn't torture him with a pink cake) lol 

Lastly my sister and I had a shopping day and I found Fefe.... and life was beautiful and normal. And we were all glad when September ended. 

Amy Jo