Thursday, December 13, 2018

It's That Time of the Year

Hello everyone,
I hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of Christmas. These  are pictures of some of the trees that I usually put up each year. They are all in various stages of  completion this year but they are moving along. 

I added several large pieces of furniture to my house over this past year and I may not have room for them all this year but we will see how that turns out. 

Last Sunday morning we woke to about 6 inches of perfect, fluffy, beautiful snow. It didn't last long but it was wonderful. The fur kids really enjoyed it except for the kitties; they choose to ride it out with no playing and romping. They settled down by the fire and slept through it all. The dogs had a blast romping and rolling in it until they were tired and then they settled down for a nice warm nap as well. Let's see? I was the one that didn't get the nap. 

I never realized how much going back to work full time would interfere with my decorating but it does. The truth is I am just getting old and don't have the energy that I once had. But I still keep trying. I'm still not quite old enough that I want to give up the fun stuff. 
I will be back soon to show you the progress of this years decorating. Stay safe and warm and enjoy this beautiful season of peace on earth.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

October Catching Up

I've just been having a delightful time now once again having terrible luck with uploading new pictures to my computer. Bottom line " I Hate Windows 10".  I never had this problem before; but it's been ongoing for two years now so since I've spent the last two hours trying to get my pictures with little to no progress I will just go with what I have.

The picture above is a huge dough bowl that I was fortunate to find this summer at the 301 endless yard sale.  I really enjoy that sale; we spend two days traveling from one end on NC to the other shopping and looking and discovering so many new things. This dough bowl is four feet long; my plan is to fill it with autumn gourds, flowers and pumpkins. I remember these being used when I was a child. The women would cook large meals for the family and farm workers and these dough bowls could make a lot of biscuits.  

 Another absolutely amazing find was this old firkin.  When I moved to Rocky Mount as a child there was a BBQ restaurant just down the road a few blocks. It was operated by Mr. Bob Melton and though it's been gone for many years it still has the reputation of having the best Eastern NC BBQ. It sat right by the river and you could dine while looking out over the Tar River. This old bucket had belonged to Bob Melton's family;  it came from the family farm and it was used to measure sugar for the sweet iced tea that all we Southerners just can't get enough of. I've brought it home and you can still smell the sugar.  

Another great find at a different sale was a group of stained glass windows from an old local church  that had been torn down many years ago. This isn't a good picture but it's the best windows 10 would let me load.

Finally I was able to down load a couple of pictures of my latest treasure. I've always wanted an old Hoosier Cabinet and here she is. She's in her temporary space in this picture and I've since done some decorating but haven't been able to get those pictures. I learned to cook standing beside my granny in front of one like this.   

I was also able to get one picture of my grand doggie Jasper on his velvet chaise lounge. No; we don't spoil them much.

And finally I want to post this amazing gift. Many years ago my stepfather ran for city council. I can't remember the year but it would have been in the 60's. When mother's house flooded during Floyd so many years ago almost all of our pictures were destroyed. A few weeks ago a dear friend stopped by my work place at lunch time. He owns and operates The Hot Dog Stand, another local landmark and also owns the building that used to be my dad's Barber Shop. He found this poster and brought it to me and I can never say how happy it made me.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and I will be back soon. 

Friday, October 26, 2018

A Tiny Bit of Autumn

It's just a tiny bit of autumn but it has greatly improved my mood. It's a rainy, cold and blustery day here but the colors of the last harvest are soothing. It puts me in the mood for the quiet season to begin.     
I have a lot planned for the weekend which includes decorating, cleaning and rearranging some things to make room for the last two cupboards that bought. I'm hoping to get it all done so I can finally post pictures next week.
                                I've also added a huge new dough bowl and some quilts and linens that I haven't had a chance to arrange and photograph so I'm going to make every effort to to that over this weekend. After I went back to work full time about two years ago I just have been off track and I'm felling like I just want a whole weekend to play house; like when I was a little girl and get all of my toys in order. Of course I don't have the energy that little girl had but I'm still going to play.
I hope everyone has a pleasant and fun weekend; and remember Halloween is coming. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Autumn where are you?

A week ago I was asking this question as the days were so hot and humid. It seemed that summer was never ending.  BUT to my surprise it did end; the only problem being that it seemed to skip Autumn all together and go straight to winter.
This time of year I am all a twitter about getting the Autumn and Halloween decorations out and in place but this year there has been little decorating done at all. I started early getting  things together and even added  a wicker love seat to the porch with beautiful autumn cushions and a few pumpkins came out but it all had to go right back in because of the hurricane. So it took days to load everything inside to safety and we were extremely blessed that we only got some light rain and barely any wind at all, Other areas of N.C. were devastated and so I am feeling very blessed. However I no more than started the whole decorating the porch again thing; when another hurricane decided to fly by so I pretty much have given up on the normal autumn decorating bit. Instead I am going to do only a few things and move on to Christmas.       


The weather went from hot and muggy to cold so fast and I am hoping we will at least get a bit of an Indian Summer but there's nothing in sight but chilly days and cold evenings so we may not even get the lovely fall colors this year. 

I really don't mean to complain but I do love my autumn and I am missing the decorations. That doesn't keep me from enjoying the comforts of home and the cozy evenings warming by the hearth. 
That reminds me I have neglected my blog and my writing and I have some wondefulr things that I want to share with you so I will be back soon.          

Blessed Be   

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cooler days are coming. I'm really worn out with the heat and humidity. It's so good to start Autumn decorating and to see the first sweet changes of the season arrive.

There have been so many changes this year. I am more than ready for the quiet steadiness of fall and

When I start a bit of autumn crafting it seems to calm me, I can center myself again.
Perhaps the new year should start in Autumn for me. 
I will be posting again soon with some new pictures of an amazing primitive antique Jelly Cupboard and a Hoosier Cabinet that I found in the last few weeks.  I'm still amazed at those pieces and  working hard to get them in just the right place and decorated. I learned to cook standing by Grandmothers side in front of a Hoosier Cabinet. So I will leave you to welcome the new season and be back soon with some new pictures.

We had no damage and only a little rain during Florence but please send prayers and blessings to the people of NC and SC that did and too the Fur Babies as well. There are so many that are homeless now; people and pets.

Blessed be

Monday, September 10, 2018

Autumn Winds

It looks like the Autumn winds are going to blow in before the weekend gets here. Having survived several hurricanes in my life I should be used to it but I'm a little more than respectful of these storms now than I used to be. After the devastation a Floyd, Isabelle, Irene and Mathew I get quite concerned so please offer a prayer or positive thoughts for our area and all that may be affected by the approaching storm.

I'm so looking forward to cooler and dryer days to come but we have to sit this storm out first. I've been getting ready for Autumn slower than usual this year. It's just been so hot and humid. Anyway if you are in the path of this storm please take care. Me and the Fur-kids are going to nestle inside of the old house rest quietly until she passes.   

Blessed be everyone.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018


This has been one busy and long summer. I'm anxious for Autumn to arrive. 

Today I'm taking a few moments to share some things I love.  

Old crocks, jars and lighting. Things so simple yet so necessary in times past.

My white ironstone collection, simple white dishes of every sort that were used for generations by other families and have now been used for years at our Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners. 

                                                                           History, old cemeteries and old houses. Each memory and place with a spirit attached to keep the past living in colorful thoughts and tales. 

Pictures of my fur baby Imma Bivis, my friend and my baby for 17 years. I miss her still.  

The colors of Autumn and harvest. Sweet cool memories on a hot humid day late in Summer. 

 My hearth, sweet with memories and whispering stories from long ago.

 Pumpkins and gourds in every shape and color. They are friends and a welcomed site at the end of a long hot summer.

The rustle of leaves and the squirrels that rattle about filling their nests with acorns to keep them through the winter to come.  

Witches to fly about and cats to peek in through the key holes on frosty autumn evenings. 

Old wooden boxes to stash paper treasures.  

                                                                        And yellow ware, beautiful yellow and orange bowls and even some in pumpkin arranged and waiting for the cool nesting days to come. A few of my blessings.

Blessed Be Friends, 

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