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I’d Hate to Meet Him in a Dark Alley….just sayin’!

17 Nov


Menu Planning — Thank Goodness, Back Again!!!

25 May
Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday

After two weeks off from Menu Planning, I couldn’t stand not having a “plan” written out (I did have a plan, but it wasn’t published).  With the 3 day weekend and holiday, I decided I really needed to plan on paper & online. 

Memorial Day has never been a holiday that we really “celebrated” except for getting a day off of  work and having the church members who have passed away in the past year names read during the Sunday service.  This year really won’t be any different, except that we have many friends, past and present, who serve our wonderful country…and I want to personally and publicly let them all know how much I appreciate their service.  It is a sacrifice for them to give their time and sometimes their lives to our lifestyle and beliefs.  As much as I appreciate their service, I appreciate the spouses and children who support them every day. 


Thank You!!

Thank You!!

Now, onto the Menu Plan!

Thursday — Mojo’s Gallbladder surgery….Kiddos stayed with their grandparents, Mojo had peanut butter sandwiches, & I had leftover casserole

Friday — Mojo’s request, ordered pizza

Saturday — Mojo and I fended for ourselves, I wasn’t feeling well

Sunday —  KFC combo — both fried and grilled with 11 herbs & spices!  I love the new grilled chicken!

Monday — Memorial Day — grilling out at my parent’s Pork Baby Back Ribs with “Elba Sauce”, Grilled Potato Salad (Southern Living, June 2009), baked beans

Tuesday — Kiddos sleeping over with grandparents

Wednesday — church for Mojo, recovering from an outpatient procedure for EmmyJMommy

Thursday — Bruschetta ‘N Cheese Chicken and roasted red potatoes

Fly Cleaning

21 Jan


I am a semi-convert.  Convert to cleaning.  I have been reading FlyLady and her suggestions on how to add certain habits to your routines.  One of the suggestions that I am finding most sensible is the fact that instead of creating another schedule or plan we should add new items to our routines very slowly and make them habits.  Make it a part of going to bed…you know, getting on your pjs, brushing your teeth, taking your sleeping pills <ha!  that is to see if Mojo is reading!>. 

FlyLady has Baby Steps, 31 days of them.  Now most of the days are simple tasks…that is what makes her plan a good one.

I finally got it together and began with Baby Step #1…Shine Your Sink!  See my picture below.  I got my sink nice and shiny Saturday, and amazingly it spread to the rest of my cooking area! — uh, except the floor….that will come when I get the breakfast nook done….anyway.


Oh How It SHINES!!

Oh How It SHINES!!

Check out FlyLady, take a look at the Baby Steps…

The Family Business

17 Sep
Doors by Decora in Gaylord Opryland Resort

Doors by Decora in Gaylord Opryland Resort

In my family we have a tradition….especially during the Christmas holidays, we love to go drive around neighborhoods and look.  Look at houses.  At Christmas, look at the decorations.  We have always done this, as long as I can remember.  We really do have a reason for driving around looking at houses.  My family owns and operates a small business in Montgomery, AL, that designs, manufactures, artistically creates, lovingly handcrafts and painstakingly stains and finishes entryways

My father is, in my eyes, a mathematical genius.  When I was growing up he was who I went to with problems in math, algebra or geometry.  He began creating stained glass windows when I was in the 2nd grade.  He had a workshop in the basement of the house we were living in at the time, and he would spend most of his Saturday and Sunday every week in there creating.  He did beautiful work.  When we moved to Montgomery, he had a building placed in our back yard in which he built a custom workspace to build his stained glass.  During the next few years he and my mother began traveling to local area craft shows to sell his creations.  He won ribbons and had a lot of faithful customers that he made through the craft shows.  My brother and I enjoyed spending the weekends at the craft shows, too!  We enjoyed spending the time with my parents, walking around looking and touching everything…and the FOOD!

Doors by Decora Victorian Flowers

Doors by Decora Victorian Flowers

As the years went on, my dad’s backyard business grew.  He was becoming well known in the state of Alabama for his artistry and great rapport with his customers.  My dad has been in sales for years.  He was known to his customers, to whom he sold computer systems, as someone who listened and solved any issues they may encounter.  This service is what he founded his sales of his stained glass on.  During this time, my mom began doing sales from our home…this was really turning into a full-time business, not just a weekend hobby!

Over the years my dad instilled a desire in my brother and me to be a part of the Doors by Decora family.  My brother, J.K., began working with Doors by Decora when he was in high school.  He began in the stained glass area, and during his college years also worked in installation and sales.  He has practically done everything there is to do when building one of our doors. 

Bill, a close friend of mine in high school, began working with my mother and father right out of high school.  Next to my dad, he knows more about the business than anyone else.  He now oversees the day-to-day operations of the business, every aspect.


Doors by Decora Custom Gothic Arch

Doors by Decora Custom Gothic Arch

The work that is done at Doors by Decora is second to none!  I know that I am the daughter of the business, but I also know the standards that we meet.  We look at every piece of wood, every piece of glass, and every piece of hardware.

Because our product is custom made, we have had customers from all over the USA, and all over the world!  Many of these customers are second and third time customers, too!  One repeat customer is Mr. James Hammond.  Mr. Hammond came to Doors by Decora in April 1999 to have doors customized to his home here in Alabama.  Since 1999 and his original order, we have done his beach house at the Gulf of Mexico, a cabin retreat for his wife, his guest house on his property, multiple jobs for his church, and our latest job has been a house he built in Auburn, AL, to use before and after Auburn University football games!  Mr. Hammond is just one example of many customers who have bought from Doors by Decora, and then sold and rebuild or built another home, and returned to us for their entryway, customized glass, hardware or other intricate work we can do.


In 2000, Doors by Decorawas nominated by AUM for Small Business of the Year for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.  We were pleased to win for the entire city, even though our small business employs less than 30 employees.  We have a tradition of family, craftsmanship and customer care, and it will continue for many years to come!

Third Generation of Doors By Decora

Third Generation of Doors By Decora

We are now training the third generation of the Doors by Decora family!

American Idol, Season 7

19 Feb

Dreads Dude, Season 7

Okay, so tonight the fellas performed…and needless to say I wasn’t stunned by many of them.  I have chosen two favorites, one to the cringing of my fellow “E” bud and adopted daughter, and the other because he is totally amazing!

I’d love to hear others who follow this show and where your opinions lie.

I truly felt inspired by Jason’s singing and talent with his instrument….Michael had the entire package in my opinion.

Aussie Dude

Please respond and let us know your opinions, this season is gonna get good…the gals are tomorrow!!!!

Losing a Friend…

11 Jan

Blacksmith working

Being in the family of a family owned business is wonderful.  There are perks to it and there is more stress than can be imagined.  We have a close knit family at our business…my daddy is the owner, my brother is the sales manager, my dh is the CAD designer, a very close friend from high school is the general manager….then we get into some more extended relationships….the general manager is married to the office manager…the office manager’s mother and sister both work in our finishing department…their cousin works in our glass room….the cousin is working with her sister-in-law whose husband is our plant manager.  Let’s see…are there any more???  I’m sure there are, and I just don’t know about the relations!  We are southern in our business, we greet you with a smile that can be heard on the phone hundreds of miles away…we call our customers “Honey” or “Darlin'”.

Yesterday we got news that was very disturbing to us, especially since we truly consider ourselves a family.  We lost one of our own….Billy Hollon, the owner of the Forgery.  He was our blacksmith that made all of our ironwork for our beautiful entryways.  He was from Troy, AL….and we even took our kids down to visit him so he could show them how he made the art that he did.  He was truly an artist…and like some artists, he had his demons….it is my fear that he decided he could no longer battle his demons.

I will miss Mr. Billy.  He was my friend, and I am grieving over the loss of him.