Saturday, December 31, 2016

A dead alligator???

On September 24, I shared about a blow-up alligator that kept the local ducks from making a mess in our pool. Alex did his job well, and made our lives easier. If one can become attached to a plastic toy, I must admit I was fond of the "critter."

Early one morning as my husband and I were listening to some strong wind outside, I thought I heard something strange, almost like a snap. I brushed it aside, not thinking too much about it. Later that morning when we opened the shades I noticed something missing in the pool. Alex was gone.

Heirloom gardening

While growing up, pulling into my grandparents' farm held promises of time with family, wonderful meals, and among other things, enjoying the beautiful plants my grandmother so lovingly grew.

I remember the apple orchard, picking pecans in the fall, but the variety of beautiful flowers hold a special place in my memory.

I once told some friends that my grandmother had 2 green thumbs!  Her flower beds were not filled with manicured scrubs, but with gorgeous flowers of all sorts and colors. If I only had photos of those flower beds, I'd love to "visit" them once again.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Virtual visit to Charleston

One of our favorite resources when building our southern home was to visit actual historic properties, whether living museums or home tours. It simply isn't possible to do such research on a consistent basis if we do not live near a city with historic properties.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas decor from days gone by

I grew up in a home with a few real trees, but mostly artificial trees to keep our allergy problems at bay during the month of December. There was a trend during my childhood where people actually bought aluminum trees and had revolving light wheels that illuminated the tree. Now retro, then trendy!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas at the dormers

While building, we tried to think ahead to how we would use spaces in our home, which allowed us to make some decisions about what was needed in different areas.

In order to place candles in the dormer windows during the Christmas season, we needed a few things:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I am collecting an ever-growing list of vendors/artisans/professionals that are known for their above-average quality of work and customer service. Most of these are people I know and have done business with. I feel comfortable recommending them.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Large front doors and wreaths

Each year in our previous homes I have grabbed a wreath and wreath hook to add to my front door. It was that simple!

Not in this house!  YIKES!  Our new doors are over-sized, both in height and thickness. It is no longer simple, or so I thought.

We have had problems finding a way to hang Christmas decor on the doors.

I tried to find someone who could make an over-sized door hook for me, but had no luck. I purchased some hooks, trying to straighten, then bend again, but didn't have the right tools for the job.

Last year, after Christmas without door decor, I was planning to contact Wreath-Pro about a custom size, but they seem to be closed now. (Hope it's temporary.)

Finally I discovered one gal who used a command hook on the inside of her door to hang wreaths by a ribbon. Worth a thought!  (Thank you, Google!)

Gift to a city

Once there lived a wealthy lady by the name of Ima Hogg. She built a spectacular mansion in Houston, TX on the banks of a bayou.

Friday, December 2, 2016