Thursday, April 20, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

One of the many things I enjoy about Foodie Friday and Everything Else is finding like-minded women. We share a love of home--decorating, cooking, remodeling, setting the table, photography, gardening, and finding ways to improve the quality of life.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

No matter if you are a newcomer or an old-timer at Foodie Friday and Everything Else, it's always fun to see your projects. This week, we are pleased to share a sampling of Easter inspiration from last week's party.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else, hosted by Bandwidth, Michael Lee's son.
I'll be hosting the party until my mom returns. Thanks to everyone who participated last week and left well wishes. Mom will write each of you when she's back at her desk.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

No Place Like Home

Last week began with so much promise. I had the pleasure of visiting with my darling granddaughter, Annabel, and it was clear that we shared a love of gardens and old watering cans.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Dog Days Diary

"And suddenly you know:
 it's time to start something new
and trust in the magic of beginnings."
    -- Meister Eckhart

February - March 2017
All journeys have a beginning. After two years of mourning, I was finally ready to share my life with a four-legged companion. I adore all breeds, but the terrier group is my favorite--I'm enchanted by their pluck, vibrant personalities, and comical expressions. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

For the Love of Dogs

Last weekend, I attended a dog show in West Tennessee with my family. Bandwidth and my husband went in one direction; I went in another. By the time we reconnected, we couldn't stop smiling. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Our work shines when we engage in activities that we truly enjoy. The project seems effortless, infused with magic--and it's contagious. This joy is transferred to our readers.  The opposite happens when we're facing deadlines or if we're plodding along cheerlessly, forcing ourselves to complete a project. Smart readers pick up on that negativity.
We do our best work when enthusiasm and talent collide. But how can we maintain the State of Enchantment?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

I'm glad you stopped by Foodie Friday and Everything Else. The sun is streaming through the windows, but the wind is nippy, the kind that makes me want to drink hot, lemony tea and burrow under flannel blankets. Me, I don't like cold snaps. I have to continually remind myself about the Temperature of Happiness, so I'll throw off those blankets and step outside. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Best in Show

We're dog people. 
My mother says that I was co-raised by a dog--Cindy, a blue Weimerainer. This 60 pound beauty would gently prop her nose into my crib and make sure I was breathing. If I cried, Cindy would race out of my nursery and find my mother, who was usually hanging clothes on the line. Cindy would bite a corner of Mom's blouse and pull her into the house. I had Cindy on my mind when I drove over to Franklin, Tennessee, to see an AKC dog show. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

I've set a place just for you at this week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else. On this spring-like day, we'll enjoy a light lunch, then wander out to the Adirondack chairs and wait for dusk.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A Simple Spring Table

I need no prodding to enjoy an afternoon on the porch. In early March, the trees are still bare, and the view shows a wide sweep of sky and mountains. It's a view with an expiration date: soon we'll look into greenery, and one end of the porch will resemble a tree house.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

In my mind, I see you walking up the gravel path to the Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party. Under the string lights, food is set out on a long farm table. Red checkered napkins cover pans of lasagna, buttermilk fried chicken, salads, homemade rolls. Further down, bright bandanas are tied around Crock Pots, steam rising beneath the glass lids. At the far end of the table, on tiered plates, you'll find cupcakes, cake balls, and brownies. This talented group of ladies have also brought sewing projects, DIY ideas, printables, fashion, Easter and St. Patrick's Day ideas, homemade soap, decorating tips, greenery and fresh flowers, and food for thought. Beneath the starry sky, I hear girl talk and laughter: the music of our tribe.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February Weather Journal

February Weather Journal
2/1/17-- The month begins with 58 degrees and clouds. Is it too much to hope for sun? The temperature is supposed to drop tonight, and rain is on the way. I am leery about this month, afraid it will be like January, nothing but a cold dungeon. I shouldn't complain because, so far, we haven't seen the pipe shattering temps of a polar vortex. I am determined to take at least one photograph a day, but a dark house creates challenges.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Old Fashioned Cornbread Salad

Winter's hearty stews and casseroles left me with a desire to lighten the menu...but not too much. With more spring-like weather on the way, I need a transitional dish, something that straddles the seasons. Nothing is more perfect than an old fashioned cornbread salad.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

February Frost

February gave a taste of simple, sweet, slow living, yet it broke all the rules. Warm, sunny days awoke the garden, setting off a premature blooming season. As I walked around the yard, white petals broke loose from the spirea and rose into the wind. Life was stirring in the butterfly bushes, too, dotting the branches with round green leaves--last year they hadn't sprouted until the end of April.