Monday, January 1, 2018

When One Door Closes

Note: If you are looking for Foodie Friday and Everything Else, the link party has been permanently retired. Thanks for all of your support over the years.

I've been dancing around this door for years, wishing it would close on its own, sparing me from making a hard decision. But the time has come to put my big girl panties on and close the gate at Rattlebridge Farm and Foodie Friday/Everything Else. I'd planned to do this last week, but I was derailed by a flu-like illness. During that time, I was plagued with doubts. Maybe I could opt for slow blogging? No, I'd already done that since late 2015, and a relaxed approach had not helped. 

It was time to let go. I couldn't leave this door open another year. Reaching this decision was unbearably hard, mainly because the blog has been a huge part of my life for a decade, bringing joy, friendships, and merry adventures. Thank you for enriching my world. I will miss you all like crazy.
You know what they say about doors. If one closes, a window flies open. That's the nature of doors and windows. They need closure. 
Until then, you can always find me on Instagram and Pinterest


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to the party, ladies! Grab a cup of cheer and find a warm spot beside the fire. The elves will finish our Christmas shopping and gift wrapping. The kitchen elf will bake and clean up the mess.
Well, we can enjoy the idea of an elf army while we sip eggnog and eat pie.

Monday, December 18, 2017

A Small Change in the Dining Room

In this house, small changes can take longer than a massive overhaul. Around Thanksgiving, I decided to work on the dining room. I removed heavy, green-gold draperies that had come with the house and replaced them with airy, store-bought blue-and-white curtains. The plan was to recover the chair cushions in 2018.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 Is it just me or is December moving at a breathtaking pace? Today, we'll slow down just a bit and enjoy the beauty of the holidays--and you are a big part of this beauty.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Comfort

Christmas is a season of magic.
Time moves in all directions--past, present, future. 

I stood on my tiptoes, hanging a wreath on the tall mirror, and glimpsed my reflection. I didn't see a 64-year old woman. Looking back at me was a brown-eyed girl with curly hair and a snub nose, a kid who loved pecan pralines and make-believe. And I remembered that Christmas makes us all time travelers, pulling us backward into childhood.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas in the Breakfast Room

Last Christmas, the house was completely decorated by early December. I'm taking an unhurried approach this year, and I'm enjoying the process. Over the weekend, I drank hot cocoa and watched Season 2 of "The Crown," which I highly recommend. Then I puttered around the breakfast room.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gone to the Dogs

My 90-year old mother claims that I was raised by a dog--a Weimaraner named Cindy. Mom wasn't kidding. During my childhood, Cindy was my protector and companion, and if I whimpered, she'd dash off and find my mom. Dear Cindy bestowed a life-long love of anything with four paws (even three--in the 70s, we adopted a Chihuahua who'd lost her leg in an accident). So it's no wonder that I chose a dog theme for my Christmas tablescape.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Notebook

 I'm way behind on decking the halls. Tyler and I couldn't agree how to hang the live garlands on the windows, so we looked at last year's photos. We decided to wire two garlands together for a fuller look, then we set up the tree. 
So far, that's our progress. We "only" have 2-1/2 trees to go.

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Dining Room: Two Years Later

I've lived in the ranch house for two years, and I've just now started working on the dining room. In my old age, it takes me forever to pull the trigger. I'm less willing to start over with new furniture, mainly because of the memories associated with certain pieces. Yet the fallow interim can seem like a big, fat stall. We all know that stalling can lead to self doubt, and self doubt can make you question every idea.
Despite the caveats, I'm glad I waited.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Happy Thanksgiving to you from Rattlebridge Farm.
May your tables be full, your conversations merry, and your hearts filled with gratitude and joy.

Monday, November 20, 2017

InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round

The editors of InStyle Magazine are celebrating the publication of their beautiful guide to chic, effortless gatherings--Instyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round. The 192 page book includes menus, signature cocktails, tabletop inspiration, hostess tips, wine pairings, a moment-by-moment timeline, and more. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else, where good recipes and great ideas are always on the menu. I'm pleased to share highlights from last week's party.