Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Nottoway is for sale???

When I saw the private Facebook message, I had a split second thought that Nottoway could be for sale. Oh, no! What if the new owners get rid of the resort, with the bed & breakfast? What if .......

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Tulip experiment

This GRAND TULIP EXPERIMENT has just started, so I am not sure these tulips will live and if I made a good investment. Yet, they make me smile every time I look through the front windows.

I noticed hundreds of bare bulb, flowering tulips at the local grocery a few days ago. Before I knew it, there were 10 each of red, pink and yellow tulips in my cart. They just jumped in and came along for the ride, I assume. Later, my daughter brought 12 more purple tulips to me.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Television inspiration

Most of us know about HGTV and how much inspiration can be gained from our favorite shows. I remember an episode of HGTV's Fixer Upper that had a cabinet exactly like I wanted. I must have hit rewind a dozen times to get the picture I wanted to save.

It can be helpful to keep a notebook and pencil handy when watching these shows. Even a smart phone with a camera can catch images we want to save. Ideas can be found anywhere and television is a favorite source.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trust your gut instinct

When building a new home you will periodically need to TRUST YOUR GUT!

Your best friend, the man/lady at the store, the designer, the builder, your parents, your children, me, or nobody else knows EXACTLY what YOU want. And your home deserves to be a reflection of your tastes, your style and filled with things you enjoy.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Time to study replacement plants for our "dead" garden

It is time to make a quick study of my heirloom gardening books. When I wrote the previous post on heirloom gardening, I didn't realize I would need to begin studying the books sooner than later.

Anniversary time, my dear!

Today is the 77th anniversary of Gone With The Wind

Incredible movie, my dear! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Antebellum home video tours

Antebellum architecture (meaning "prewar", from the Latin ante, "before", and bellum, "war") is the neoclassical architectural style characteristic of the 19th-century Southern United States, especially the Deep South, from after the birth of the United States with the American Revolution, to the start of the American Civil War.[1] Antebellum architecture is especially characterized by GeorgianNeo-classical, and Greek Revival style plantation homes and mansions. -- Wikipedia

Homes in Natchez

I'm not a big bed & breakfast fan, but one of the few we have stayed at was a historic home in Natchez, Mississippi. Our our first trip to Natchez, we reserved a suite in The Burn, which is a wonderful home to visit.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Virtual walking tours in New Orleans

Years ago, a taxi dropped us in front of a hotel in the famed French Quarter of New Orleans. We strolled the streets, took a carriage ride, and discovered a tiny part of a city that we would return to visit several times. Each visit brought new discovers, new food, and new sites.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Cleaning appliances

Do none of us read anymore?  I searched online before starting to clean my gas range, just to make sure I knew exactly the recommended method. Instead of the product manual I found a video.

I must admit it was easier to watch this video that was provided by the manufacturer than it would be to read instructions. I was simply surprised the video existed.

Maybe I'll look for additional videos about other products. That would be a time saver!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Keeping it together

While roaming through a store 2 or 3 years ago, I noticed a beautiful little journal. The cover is made of cork, with lined pages and a ribbon bookmark inside adding to its charm.

The embossed anchor on the cover made me think of our new home.

I hadn't thought much about the journal until unpacking, but it brought a smile when I discovered it in one of what seemed like millions of boxes. (Thankfully, it wasn't actually a million.) 

"Maybe I should place this in the guest bedroom and ask guests to leave a favorite quote or Bible verse, along with their name and date of visit?"  That idea was quickly ruled out.

We had our first big dinner last Easter Sunday and the next day, I realized how helpful the journal could be.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Discover Savannah

In the 1950s many of Savannah's historic homes were demolished to make way for "progress." Seven local women demanded this destruction stop before losing the 1820 Davenport house, forming the Historic Savannah Foundation and stopping the demolition only a short 24 hours before it was scheduled to begin.
Property of the Davenport house

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Piss poor" & other colloquialisms

Although many of our colloquialisms are understood, we often find ourselves wondering where on earth certain expressions originated.

If there is any truth to the article below, shared on Facebook by Dan Steele, we have all learned a great deal today.