Friday, July 21, 2017

A Quiet Cool Memory To Share

There is something about the old photos. They always seem to look so cool and comfortable. This is actually my fathers family from about 1891. My Grandmother is the little girl on the far right.  They sometimes look a bit stern but then again they seem to be so comfortable and safe all together. I especially love that they added the flowers and a  lovely lace tablecloth  long with possibly great grand mother with her needlework in hand.  


I love history, I could dream a story about every old house I see.  I especially love the old Tavern's. I'm sure there is a story and even a secret or two to be told about this one. It's Person's Ordinary in Halifax County N.C.

Who knows it is possible that someone from my own family may have rested there for an evening generations ago. It would be so wonderful to know if they did.  

I've no idea who this lady is but I fell in love with her picture posted on Pinterest and I wanted to share it with you. That garden behind her and that chubby, lovely baby  and a precious kitty. That might even have been  me in another life.

 This is a view of the Mystic Wood and River.  The developing is changing so much and I don't expect to ever see this view again.  Hopefully they will not take my memories. It will remain always wild, simple and beautiful to me in my heart and mind.
And this is me with my (mama Aunt Estelle Boykin and my ( daddy Uncle Paul Boykin.
I must have been five or six. We were sitting on the steps of a cottage at the Rainbow Inn on the causeway between Morehead City and Beaufort N.C. I remember we would visit there once or twice every summer. Don't we look so cool and comfortable?  Oh it's 100 here today and  the heat index is 106. I loved these people and I love that it makes me feel safe and cool and comfortable to visit back in time. Have a wonderful weekend and stay cool.

Bright blessings 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

It s Not Even Mid Summer

 Hello  
Happy Sunday !  I've been wanting to get back to blogging for the longest time. I apologize for being away so long but in January I started back to work full time and needless to say I am still trying to get used to being gone eight hours a day five days a week.  Anyway I'm determined to start back bringing the things that I love into my life and blogging is one of them.

The beautiful ladies in the picture above are my oldest daughter Lisa, with my two Grand Daughters, Kasey and Megan.  About a month ago we enjoyed the 301 Endless Yard Sale here in N.C. It's like visiting a huge fair-festival that goes on and on.      



 I recently started finding some cute as pie vintage dolls and wanted to share a few of them with you. I wish I had taken a better picture of this little girl that was searching for a new homes at the 301 sale. You guessed it she lives with me know and I will get a better picture of the chair she is sitting in. It;s very old and I still love my primitives.




If you can imagine in two days I traveled over 100 miles through yard sales, estate sales, antique sales and flea markets. Needless to say I will be making several posts to share pictures.
 Belle was very happy to see me arrive home and we all took a very nice nap that Saturday. I had taken a vacation day from work so I could get an early start on Friday and boy was I worn out.

Here are a few of my other dolls. I love the China head dolls, these two are from the 1980's as I think the little girl in the chair is.  This little lady below may be a bit older, she's hand made I think she would be called a stump doll. She wears a lovely red petticoat and I adore the way she looks at you from the corners of her eyes as if she's about to tell you a very important secret.

 This little lady below I picked up at a yard sale yesterday.  I think she is precious and I believe she is from the 1950's.





I also found this lovely painting yesterday. Lisa and the girls have a King Charles Spaniel named Jasper that also attended the  301 sales with us and he is precious. When I saw this beauty I knew where it needed to be.
 I hope it's cool and comfortable in your neck of the woods. It has been sweltering here. The heat index has been in the triple digits here all week.   I must be off to finish laundry and yes all of the dolls need their clothing cleaned too. We have the promise of a cooler day tomorrow and the heat sets in for another week but that's OK Autumn is coming! 

Thursday, June 29, 2017


Good morning, I do hope you are having a fine summer day. I am having an amazing day. I just love having a nap in the cool air conditioning. By the way I am the famous Snowball posting for Mom today while she is at work. I've picked through some of her pictures that are favorites of mine and so I'm just gonna share my thoughts about them with you.
 
It's almost the Forth of July and Mom as promised that she will be spending the whole day with me and the other fur-kids. She really loves us you know. And we will get to help her do some redecorating. Around here we celebrate all holidays and we kids are always included in the celebration. As a matter of fact I think she celebrates everyday, she loves to be happy and making us happy.
 This is Belle my hound dog sister, she's a hoot.  below you will  she see her when she poses so lady like with her paws crossed in front of her. This was taken at Christmas, Belle was focused on the little cheese ball  treat  she was about to get.



                                                 Now she's being Miss Lady Belle Star.

This is one of Mom's favorite pictures, It was taken last autumn. Did you know autumn is her favorite time of year? We have pumpkins, gourds and brooms all around the house all year long. Mom has lots of brooms and she just got a new one a couple of weeks ago. She's going to post some pictures of it after we decorate this weekend. It's the strangest broom I'v ever seen; it looks like it was designed to ride??? Yep that is what it looks like you will see when she posts the pictures.

           It will soon be pumpkin time again  and we will have a Halloween party with treats that she makes especially for us. It's so exciting but it's time to nap, Mom will check on us at noon and I have to have time to practice my heart broken pout   before she gets here. That way I get a treat and lots of hugs and kisses before she   returns to work.  Take care everyone and remember  if it is too hot outside for you it's too hot for us. And please never leave us in a hot care.

                                                                 Love and hugs to all from

                                                           Snowball AKA The fine pony Diva Dog 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Solstice



I hope everyone is having a beautiful day and celebrating the beginning of summer.


She arrived just after a long week of heat and storms and rain and more rain but she arrived in her finest colors of pink, lavender, and blue.

This weekend I attended the annual 301 Endless Yard Sale and I will post again with some pictures of the fantastic treasures that  came home with me.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy your family, friends and all the sweet seasons have to offer.   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January Beauty

It's an amazing January day here. After several days of ice, snow and way lower than normal temperatures we have finally begun to thaw. I hope that all of my blogger friends had a very happy and amazing holiday season.
                                                                           
We had a a wonderful Christmas and the time spent with family was so precious and wonderful.
 
  This morning it has been gently raining and cool but compared to the last few days it has felt like spring and I've done my best to enjoy it like a spring day. I've taken several walks this morning. Accompanying me was a very gentle yellow fluffy kitty that I'm calling Short Britches. He is a refugee from the effects of the developers. It seems that a lady a few blocks away was feeding a number of feral cats when the house she rented was purchased by the developers. Renters have had a difficult time as some of them were given only 10 days to vacate their homes. That being said the pets sometimes get left behind and the neighborhood now has a rather large gathering of homeless, hungry kitties. Some have found temporary shelter with neighbors but little Short Britches is most often on my porch and absolutely loves to follow me wherever I go.  I'll post a picture of him soon, I'm trying to find him a forever home as we have only a kill shelter here.  
                                                                           
      I had been quite concerned about my Rosemary bush. I planted it four years ago and lost half of it to ice the first winter. It's waist high now and the bitter cold did no harm to it that I can tell.  I enjoy it so much, it's a fantastic herb to cook with and I use it in crafts and cleaning projects as well. Britches and I payed a visit to the bees today as well and found that while they seemed a bit sluggish they were leaving the hive to search for pollen  just as they should bee. They are such a joy to be near and they gift us with the sweetest honey. My holiday ham was glazed  with their rich honey, fresh orange juice and brown sugar. I have so much that I would like to post but I'd like one more short outing before I start the late afternoon chores. Bee Blessed friends.                                                                        

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

December Etsy Sale

  Hello and Happy December. It's been such a busy time here at Mysticwood that I just haven't had a minute to post. I just wanted to pop in to announce that we have an amazing sale going on in our Etsy  shop. I'll be back on Friday with a proper post. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week.





A Quiet Cool Memory To Share

There is something about the old photos. They always seem to look so cool and comfortable. This is actually my fathers family from about...