Thursday, August 31, 2023

Waiting for Idalia

 Hurricane season is upon us. And waiting to see where the next one will go is sometimes pretty nerve wracking.


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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Long hot summer

 Summer will soon be over and winter will bring it's chill. But I love the deep south. I enjoy the long summer days even though it has been brutal this year.  So before the warm colors of fall make their appearance, here is a cheery summery table to enjoy.

Every piece of china, glassware, and silverware except for the fruit bowl, were thrift store finds.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

My corner of the world

 Whenever we travel, the best part is coming home.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Table for one

 A nice quiet spot to enjoy the loveliness of the afternoon.

I found this sweet mug at Goodwill. The leaf plates were a perfect companion. Also a Goodwilll find.
 The wall of Jasmines offer privacy and fragrance.

A  perfect spot for afternoon tea.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Letters from My Sister - a review


Letters from My Sister is a coming of age story around the post civil war era. Daughters of a priviledged cotton farmer set the stage of the life of Callie and Emmy.

The social expectations for women during that time were quite heavy. Emmy being the more practical sister, and Callie free spirited made for dramatic untold secrets. The story unravels slowly about family, blossoming romance and loyalty. The book is clean and the characters are well written.

 I received a complimentary an e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Sunset over the bay


Chesapeake Bay Bridge

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Little lighthouse

 At the end of the dock......

 A cute little lighthouse!
Lighthouse Landing at Land Between the Lakes, Grand Rivers KY.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Pink Roses

Who could resist.....

I found this container of china at my local thrift store.  I could not wait to bring it home and set a pretty table.
W. H. Grindley & Co Pink Roses (Conway pattern)

 I have featured my tea set before.  They were painted by my late mother in love.

 27 pieces including two serving pieces.

Yes, this china took my breath away.  I would be delighted to serve tea or lunch on these beautiful dishes.  

Saturday, August 5, 2023

On Moonberry Lake


On Moonberry Lake by Holly Varni is a charming heartwarming story, 

Cora Matthews moved away at age seven with her mother. She never knew why her mother never went back to visit her grandparents. Which caused a separation between Cora and her mother. And a mystery she could not solve.

After her mothers death, she inherits the lodge and comes back to a new beginning. But will she stay? Meeting her neighbors of this small town, she is drawn in, and is accepted like family.

I loved the characters in this story. Widgy, the handywoman who takes on the lodge renovation. Kitty, the elderly widow who cares for the cemetery. Joseph, the neighbor who lavishes Cora with homegrown vegetables. And so many more. A bit of a mystery with a budding romance, disasters, and friendships. The story is clean and well written. 

 I received a complimentary an e-copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

New Bern - Home of Pepsi Cola

 Founded in 1710 by Baron Christopher de Graffenried of Bern, Switzerland, New Bern is the second oldest town in North Carolina and the first state capital.

A big fire during the Civil War burned a number of homes in what is the historic downtown. Since the town of New Bern was occupied very early in the war by the "Federals" (Union Army forces), many of the old houses were saved. When the residents returned to town after the war, many of their homes were occupied by freedmen and squatters, and it took many years for the ravages of the war to disappear. The First Presbyterian Church, however, had been used as a Union hospital during the war and had sustained significant damage during the Battle of New Bern and its subsequent medical use.

Pepsi Cola was invented in New Bern in 1898. It was originally called "Brad's Drink" after Caleb Bradham, the pharmacist who invented it.

Birthplace of Pepsi

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