Thursday, June 15, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party
Party with us every Thursday Afternoon and all-day Friday
at Rattlebridge Farm.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wheaten Scotties

When it comes to Scotties, most people imagine a fiesty, short-legged terrier with quizzical eyebrows, a distinctive jaw, and a black coat. Actually, they come in three colors: black, wheaten, and brindle. The advertising industry quickly saw the alluring power of this adorable breed, often depicting a black and white duo on tea towels, whiskey bottles, shortbread boxes, and salt-and-pepper shakers. The white dog on the Black and White blended whiskey bottle is a West Highland Terrier, but the white Scottie myth endured. All-white coats are non-existent in Scotties (though a closely clipped wheaten may appear white). To complicate matters, a third coat color exists, brindle, a sort of grizzled black/brown, sometimes laced with silver hairs; but today, I'm taking a closer look at Scotties with light coats. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lessons from My Garden

And suddenly it's early summer and the hydrangeas are in full bloom. They add color, grace, and a certain playfulness to the yard. They remind me to retain a child-like joy. As I drag the hose around, sprinkling every living thing, I take little sips, feeling the cold water run down my chin.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Grab some pizza and a beverage, and let's party. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tour a Scottie-Themed Camper

Last Saturday, I attended the Scottish Terrier Rescue Picnic and Fun Day, and a delightful feature included a Scottie-themed camper, owned by glamping enthusist and Scottie lover Diane Rawson Hopkins. Shall we take a peek?

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Annual Scottish Terrier Picnic and Fun Day

Every June, an extraordinary event happens in my neck of the woods. The Scottish Terrier Rescue of Tennessee hosts a picnic and silent auction at the local fairground. The magic begins with a Scottie march and bagpipes, followed by a potluck and silent auction.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Happy First Day of June! Bit by bit, I'm working on the yard. The time has come to finally start adding life to the potting shed. Won't you join me in the shade for a glass of lemonade?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

I always look forward to the Memorial Day Weekend edition of Foodie Friday and Everything Else because it's loaded with eye candy and sensory appeal. Who can resist the smell of grilled burgers or the taste of raspberry iced tea? Whether you're going out or staying in, this is the time to dream in blue, white, and red. But this party has no rules -- everything will be a delight.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Eat Cake

Two months ago, after an  unexpected detour, I wondered if I'd ever get back into the kitchen. But time, rest, and an iron-rich diet helped me get back on my feet. Now, I'm doing a little gardening, grateful when sunshine presses against my arms. Bandwidth has been my right-hand man, driving me around town and doing all the heavy lifting. The other day, he brought me a Southern Lady magazine, and when I saw the dessert on the cover, I put it on my "to make" list.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Walk Around the Yard

Rain is on the way, but we have time for a quick walk around the yard.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. So glad you're here. Are you ready to party?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Old Fashioned Lemon Ice Box Pie Trifle

 When May temperatures soar to 80-plus degrees, the soul cries out for a cold, creamy dessert. I remember hot, humid summers in my grandmother's Southern kitchen. I'd climb on a stool and watch her make lemon ice box pies. My heart sped up when she gave me the near-empty bowl. This was the best part: licking every drop of the sweet, tart goodness.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else, where great food and ideas are always on the menu. This week, I've begun to reclaim my flower beds from the weeds. They've just gone wild. In a way, they inspire me to persevere.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wizard of Paws

 A few weekends ago, Bandwidth and I attended another dog show. I'd brought his camera (just in case he decided to try his hand at being a puparazzi, like his mum). He went in one direction; I went in another. At the end of the weekend, he had quite a collection of photos. Hope you enjoy them!

Monday, May 8, 2017


My mother and grandmother always referred to peonies as "funeral flowers. That seemed odd, considering these flowers have a brief, if memorable, blooming season. Surely a mourner would be hard-pressed to find a September peony. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

This week's party offers springtime celebrations and ideas. From Cinco de Mayo to Mother's Day, you'll find plenty of inspiration.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Eat Play Love: Puppy Prepping

How does that song by Carly Simon go? Anticipation . . . . As we wait for our puppy, we feel something greater than lil' ole anticipation. Necessary equipment has been gathered, along with frivilous, too-cute items.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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.  

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

I'm happy to see you at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. The arrival of spring-like weather caught us by surprise--70 degree temps, watery breezes, a swirl of daffodils--but I'm not complaining. My yard looks bedraggled, full of leaves and debris. The balmy temperatures might not last, so I'm sweeping away the cobwebs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Creative Writing for Bloggers: Power Words

Ask any writer, and they'll name dozens of ways to hone a manuscript or post--weeding adjectives, eliminating unintentional rhyme, varying sentence length (and reducing the number of words that end in "ing"). Before I publish a post, I do a little trick. I tuck a power word at the end of almost every sentence. This is called "backloading."

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tarragon-Apple Chicken Salad

When I look back on my girlhood, I don't remember dances or old beaus--I think about chicken salad. Even then, I was a bit obsessed with food, and my mother didn't have to cajole me to attend teas and luncheons. Nothing could compete with a buffet table: silver platters piled high with petit fours, lemon squares, pecan tassies, pastel mints, and tea sandwiches. An itty bitty chicken salad sandwich could make me swoon. At every event, I stood in line, imagining the first bite: the bread would be soft and barely there, but the salad would be cold, like touching your lips to glacial water, followed by warmth, comfort, and crunch, laced with mayonnaise and sweet bits of meat. One was never enough, but my mother was watching. Only uncouth, unladylike females reached for a second helping, and I tried to restrain myself in front of the chicken salad police. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Ella's Flowers

On a cold, sunless day in January, I took down the festive holiday garlands and tucked away the woodland ornaments. The house looked off-kilter, bare in some places and cluttered in others. I rearranged tabletops and pushed furniture from room to room. An hour later, as I surveyed the scratched floors, I knew what was wrong: I'd lost my decorating mojo. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's a pleasure to see your lovely faces at this week's Foodie Friday and Everything Else. You are a fun, talented group, and I adore playing with you. I'm still testing formats for our party, and I'd love to hear your opinions and ideas!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Heart By Any Other Name

When I think about the heart, I tend to be scientific, worrying about plaque and hardened arteries. But when trouble strikes, I put a steadying hand on my chest. Indeed, the ancients believed this organ was the center of human emotion, and poets wasted no time weaving their magic.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Joy of Winter Flowers

"What a pretty bouquet," the check-out lady said. "Are you having a party?"
No, just brightening the house, I answered. Flowers always have a way of creating a little magic. As I walked out of the grocery, I held the flowers, the paper wrapper crinkling against my coat, feeling happy and festive, as if I were on my way to a wedding or other happy occasion.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome, welcome! It's time for Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I love that we don't have to leave our cozy nests to party. We can sit by the virtual fire and visit. Last week's party was amazing, filled with ideas for Valentine's Day, along with DIY projects, cold-weather recipes, and gorgeous tablescapes.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

And suddenly it's February, a month that's brief but notoriously fierce, the only month with a heart in the middle. I'm happy to see you this week at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. Let me get you a drink, and we'll warm up by the fire and talk about the highlights from last week's party. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Joy Lesson: Tea and Flowers

Each summer my mother sent me away to live with my Southern grandmother. Mimi loved Jesus, lemon pound cake, old fashioned roses, and afternoon tea. As she hummed "In the Garden," she brewed a pot of tea, then made vignettes for us with china and fresh flowers. She also created a world, a little pocket of calmness, a place for a young girl to gather strength. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

January has been dark and shadowy, as if a curtain has been pulled over my neck of the woods. I crave sunlight, but I am learning how to be productive. I'm organizing my basement office, and I have enjoyed quiet teatimes and leisurely breakfasts. After two years of being without my Yorkies, I am finally starting to look for a furry, tail-wagging, loves-you-no-matter-what terrier.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Glad you stopped by Foodie Friday & Everything Else. As I write this post, fog is so dense I can't see the road. The hilltop hasn't been graced with sunlight for 20 days in a row, but I won't let the gloom take hold. I'm making an effort to see, and to create, beauty in everyday life. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Easy Way to Make a Naked Cake

It's all in the wording, of course. I didn't bake anything. However, I had a ball making a four layer naked cake, and it took five minutes.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Come on in and grab a warm drink. You're just in time for Foodie Friday and Everything Else.