Thursday, June 23, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Is it hot where you live? The temperature reached 96 degrees on my hilltop, and I've been thinking about ways to cool down. I spotted lots of ideas at last week's party.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. It's a beautiful day on the hilltop, sunny and clear,  not too hot. I'm getting ready to plant flowers in the trellis beds (I haven't identified them, so I'm calling them Pink Things). I hope you are enjoying these early days of June.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Five Million Leaves

It was high summer the first time we saw the house. The yard had umpteen trees, but I didn't see any fallen leaves. The patios and yard were pristine. I never really thought what would happen when autumn arrived, seeing as I'd lived on a bald hilltop for a decade. Trees were a novelty. I hadn't raked a leaf in years. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

After the Rain

 After three days of relentless rain, the sun came out, blazing in a peculiar blue-green light. I looked up from my desk, out the window, and saw a rainbow--and the faint etching of a second rainbow. You can see it in the upper left corner. Well, you would have thought I'd won the lottery or an all-expense paid trip to Europe. Nothing could have thrilled me more than a double rainbow. Shoot, even one would make my day!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Rattlebridge in Bloom

 As June begins, I'm celebrating the hydrangeas at Rattlebridge. After two bloomless summers, the shrubs bounced back, surprising me with drifts of pink, blue, and purple. They're plump and gorgeous, adding color (and a bit of magic) to the shake and stone cottage.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's time for Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I hope you had a fun, food-filled holiday. I'm looking forward to seeing your recipes and projects. Last week's party was stellar. Here are a few highlights:

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Underporch: Part I

The underporch has always been an interesting area. At one time, it was a carport, then it became a tidy storage area for previous residents.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. We're looking forward to a long, restorative weekend, and I'm sure you are, too. Bandwidth's giant smoker made an appearance, always a portent of great, Southern-style food.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Gardening in the Cozy Room

If you've followed the ranchburger's adventures, then you know about the curious, little room off the mudroom. It had been a creative space (along with storage) for a Nashville chef. When I saw her vase and dish collection, I knew this house might put up with me, seeing as I liked that sort of thing. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Screened Porch: A Mini-Reveal

All winter, the screened porch stayed empty. Cold temperatures--and snow--kept me indoors; but I never stopped dreaming about the porch. I knew one thing: decorating this space wouldn't happen in one fell swoop. It would take time. Our move hadn't been easy. The spirit was willing to pull things together, but the body refused to cooperate. Not to worry. I would use what I had and hope that when the right pieces came along, I would have funds to buy them.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Memorial Day on the Porch

After too many cold, rainy days, we were blessed with a warm, sunny afternoon, the air laced with birdsong. The screened porch looked so inviting, with a soft breeze stirring the curtains. Memorial Day is coming up--and more rain is in the forecast--why not celebrate now? 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Flowers Served Daily

Here in the mid-South, we've had a string of rainy days, cold and dark, reminiscent of the weather you'd see in early April. The downpour stopped for a minute, and I ran outside to pick a few flowers. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else--so glad you're here.Has it been chilly in your neck of the woods? We've had temps in the 50s, sweater weather, the kind that makes me want to huddle in plaid blankets and drink hot tea. I managed to work on the kitchen a little. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Mid-May in the Garden

 Day by day, the trellis garden is changing. The wisteria blossoms came and went, weeds sprouted, and roses bloomed.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else.  I'm sharing a flashback to May 2013, when I spruced up a store-bought pound cake, and as I recall, the cake was much tastier than anything I've ever baked (or maybe I was hungry?).


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