Sunday, April 22, 2018


This post will probably not interest anyone (other than maybe family or a close friend)….so be forewarned!  When I started back writing my blog, I decided I wanted to use it at least partly as a journal so that one day my grandkids, as well as myself, could look back and see the memories we have made.  Therefore, this post will catch up my “journal” with some things that have been going on in our lives here in our neck of the woods.

*Mr. Chatter (my traveling-salesman husband) RETIRED at the end of 2017.  I was somewhat concerned about how I would adjust to his being home every night; after all, there were only a few nights per month when I didn’t have to cook and when I got to have control of the remote!  But we have adjusted!            

*Back in January we actually had a little tiny bit of SNOW!  That is a rare occurrence in our part of the country.

*Also in January we had a nice weekend visit with our niece, her husband, and little baby.  He is absolutely the happiest baby I’ve ever seen…smiles all the time!

*In Feb. Granddaughter M’s class did a WAX MUSEUM  presentation.  She was COCO CHANEL!  I helped her with part of her costume & she did a fabulous job.  This was right up her creative alley!😊

*Grandson R was on the middle school soccer team.

*In March we attended our annual WILD CHICKEN FESTIVAL.  It brings many people to our little town, and this year the weather for it was perfect.  Granddaughter M always likes to do this activity…she loves to tumble!

*Also that same week we attended an Aaron Tippin concert; we weren’t impressed.  I like some of his music but he talked more than he sang!  I didn’t spend that much money on a ticket for a music concert to hear someone talk!

*Granddaughter M had cheerleader tryouts and made it once again for both the football team and for competitive cheer.  I prayed all week!

*But the most important thing in March was that we celebrated Grandson R’s 15th birthday!  It seems almost impossible that the past 15 years have gone by this quickly! 

 Of course, he got his Learner's License and is enjoying “Driving Miss Cheri” every chance I give him!

*The month of March brought a LOT of wind….it came in like a lion and went out like a….lion!!!  What happened to that lamb???  We have continued to have lots of wind in April as well but it hasn’t kept us from working in the yards and doing our yearly spring planting.  Neither of us are great at gardening but we sure work at it hard!

*During Spring Holidays we took the kids to 
amusement park.  Sure glad I wore comfortable shoes that day!

So that’s what’s been going on in our little part of the world.  Time spent with family making memories is the best part of life!

Monday, April 16, 2018

CHECK This Out

I love me some gingham check…always have.  It’s one of those patterns that seems to pop up every spring and this year is no exception.  In fact, I think gingham is really “in” for 2018…or at least I sure have seen a lot of it in the stores and online.   And that makes me HAPPY HAPPY!  I really prefer winter clothes…love my sweaters, leggings, & boots…but I could probably wear gingham every day of spring & summer and be happy.

I did a little research and found out some interesting things about this type of fabric.  It seems that it was actually a “striped” fabric that originated in India and was eventually exported to England in the 17th century and later to colonial America.  The word “gingham” was first used in England in 1615, but it actually came from the Malaysian word genggang meaning ‘striped’.  (That’s probably more information than you wanted to know!)

Gingham is a woven cotton or linen cloth that has been described as “inexpensive to produce, easy to wash, durable and simple in design.”  It was interesting to learn that gingham actually has no right or wrong side due to something about the “warp” and the “weft” going against each other.  (Those of you into fabric may understand that but I don’t.)

Gingham is a lightweight, durable fabric that makes it perfect for our hot southern weather.  It has been known to be incorporated into simple kitchen aprons as well as Hollywood movies.  Remember Dorothy in THE WIZARD OF OZ?  Those red slippers were the perfect accessory for that blue gingham dress😊 

 For decades movie stars have sported gingham across the big screen….
Katherine Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe

And even the designer Ralph Lauren has used the simple gingham check in many of his preppy male fashions.  
My husband has this shirt & looks so handsome in it:) 

It was even sung about in a 1944 song My Heart’s Wrapped Up in Gingham.  (I bet that’s a catchy tune!) 

Of course, you can find the checked loveliness not only in clothes, but in shoes, purses, and household items from tablecloths to lamp shades.  If it’s gingham, I like it!

I was able to take off and do a little shopping one day this past week and some gingham found its way into my shopping bag.  I thought I would share my special finds with you. 

I bought these pants at Goody’s but you can find them now at TJMaxx (where they are a little cheaper less expensive).  I love pompoms too!  I just couldn’t resist these.
(Here is a link, but if you want them you better hurry…things online at TJM don’t always stay around for long.)

I got this top by Tommy Hilfiger at TJMaxx .  I don’t like to wear sleeveless too much these days but it will be cool in the hot July weather (and I plan to start using weights to help slim up my “batwings”!)  I couldn’t find this on line but I'm sure you could find something similar.      (I love TJMaxx...their prices are so reasonable...and no, I'm not being compensated by them.)

And these shoes!!!  I love ADORE shoes...add gingham to them, well my heart just flutters.  These are black & white & I got them at Belk…and they were on SALE!!!!  What more could I ask for?

I didn’t see these on line but here is another pair from Belk that may be even cuter!

I actually got these navy & white gingham ones a couple months ago at Stein Mart. 


In case you are as crazy about those cute little checks as I am, here are some other things I found online and REALLY like…

Here are more gingham check shoes from Talbots that I love, BUT….1.  they are much more expensive than the ones I already bought   and   2.  I probably don’t need anymore gingham shoes (although that fact has never stopped me when it comes to shoes!!!)

These are also from Talbot’s…loving the green!  (on sale right now)

                    If the shoe fits, buy it in every color!

I also like these a lot....cute and comfortable!  (Talbots)

And these  orange gingham loafers from TJMaxx also look comfortable and are reasonably priced.

Shorts from TJMaxx in black & white

A crossbody bag….again from TJMaxx
(Black & white is probably my favorite gingham combo…maybe that’s why I like crossword puzzles so much!)

 This is a cute scarf from Talbot's but I wouldn’t buy it because….1.  it’s too hot here in the summer to wrap your neck in a scarf   and   2.  it costs much more than I would pay for a scarf (yes, I’m cheap frugal).

 A cute cold-shoulder top from Belk

And this skirt (also from Belk) is sooo cute…although I don’t think it would look good on me

(I’m not compensated by Belk or TJMaxx…they are just the only two stores nearby!)

Yep!  I love me some gingham check, but some things can be taken a little too far!

How do you feel about gingham checks?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Who is CHERI? Re-Introducing Myself

I decided to try something new for this blog post.  I’m linking up with the Blended Blog girls and they’ve asked everyone doing so to REINTRODUCE THEMSELVES.  I thought since I am re-beginning my blog that this might be a way to reach new friends & readers.  So here goes!!!

I am a 68-year-old retired teacher (after 31 ½ years in the classroom plus 9 more years of mentoring and supervising student teachers), and I live in the deep South with my wonderful husband of almost 48 years.  We have a son who lives with his family only two blocks over and a daughter waiting for us in Heaven.  My son and DIL gifted us with two amazing grandkids…grandson R is 15 and granddaughter M is almost 12.  Those two make all our worlds go round😊

We live in a small, rural southern town. There is very little to do here and we have to go at least 70 miles in one direction to get any real shopping done, but it's a sweet little town with lots of history.  We have lived here since our son was almost two, and we still live in the small farm-style house we built when he was 6.  Sometimes I’ve wanted a bigger, more modern house but I’ve just never been able to leave our little homeplace.  My husband (and I) love our big yard, our big porch, and the small pond behind the house; so we’ll probably be here until we are toted out in a pine box…or too feeble to walk up the stairs!

Although there are things about retirement that I really enjoy (like not having to hear a morning alarm clock…and sleeping late), I do miss my teaching and the educators that I worked with.  I never thought about being a teacher when I was in high school or college, but God closed some doors and shoved me through the window and put me in the classroom where He wanted me….and where I believe I truly belonged.  Teaching & education (next to my family) are my passions!
                               My last class...loved those kids!!

Some things that I enjoy are:  reading, writing, shopping (especially for shoes), going “junquing” (looking for junk), scrapbooking, a little gardening, dancing (when given the chance), surfing the internet for interesting reads & projects, organizing (everything in sight), activities with my grandkids, and going on girlfriend trips with my 8 high school best friends. 

I started my blog Cheri’s Chatter in 2010 and I was definitely out of my comfort zone.  In other words, I had NO idea what I was doing.  I really enjoyed writing my blog for awhile, although I never had a huge following; but then “life” just got in the way, plus I got somewhat disheartened and did not write for about 3 years.  Recently I decided I wanted to renew my blog writing and plan to use it more like a journal….and if anyone reads (and comments) that will be icing on the cake😊  I’ve always loved to write and I needed a new project.  (My childhood name was Cheri & that’s what my grandkids and their friends call me…and I love to chatter with anyone willing to strike up a conversation.)  

Speaking of projects….I always need to have something to do!!!  I’ve begun to wonder if I am ADHD!  I have a really difficult time sitting and doing nothing.  I usually multi-task such as watching a TV program and surfing the internet at the same time.  I have found retirement to be somewhat boring so I’m forever looking for something to do or create.  I describe myself as a young-at-heart grandmother  and I am fighting the aging process as hard as I can go!!!  I don’t wear granny-panties and prefer “not your mama’s jeans”!  And I plan to continue to dance the night away any chance I get (and maybe wearing my red cowboy boots).

So that’s ME….nothing fancy, y’all…just a southern girl who loves her sweet tea, grits, and Jesus…and who is hoping you will drop by CHERI'S CHATTER and sit for a spell.

Be sure to stop by The Blended Blog and meet some other great bloggers. 

Monday, April 9, 2018


I was an early childhood teacher for over 30 years.  Teaching and education have long been my passions, and I miss it even after almost 13 years of retiring from it.  I sometimes wish I hadn’t retired, but I’m not sure I could teach in this day and time.  So many standards, so much testing, so much cramming it down the kids’ throats in order to be ready for the Test…and less arts, music, and time on the playground…that’s just not my style.  I always tried my best to teach the WHOLE CHILD…not just the text books.  Things have just changed so much, and when I think about it my heart really does ache.

I was recently looking through some of the things I have kept all these years and came across what I want to share today.  I hope it’s OK for me to reprint it here.  The words are not my own; they were penned by Pablo Casals, a cellist, composer, and conductor from Spain.  I know nothing more about him, but he sure knew what he was talking about when he wrote this.  These words are for all the teachers, parents, grandparents, guardians, and caregivers of children of all ages out there.  Certainly words to ponder over:

Each second we live is a new and unique moment that never was before and never will be again.  And what do we teach our children?  We teach them that 2 plus 2 makes 4 and Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are?  We should say to each of them:  Do you know what you are?  You are a marvel.  You are unique.  In all the world there is no other child exactly like you.  In the millions of years that have passed there has never been a child like you.

Look at your body---what a wonder it is!  Your legs and arms, your cunning fingers, the way you move.  You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven.  You have the capacity for anything.  Yes, you are a marvel.

And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is like you, a marvel?  You must cherish one another.  You must work---we must work---to make this world worthy of its children.
I have always believed that each and every child is unique…a marvel.  We need to help our children to see themselves this way, and then we need to teach them to see it in others.  When they learn these things, the world will become a much better place.


May God bless all His/our beautiful children…and may we teach them right.

*The pictures are from various sources I found on the internet and pinned to my Pinterest board:  ALL GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN.