Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012, Hello 2013

2012 brought me horses, pajama jeans, hydrangeas, wood wick candles, scooters, friends I just met and family that I hadn't seen in years.

I give it  8 out of 10 ********


 





I'd like to wish my Mama a very Happy and full of love Birthday!!!






Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Odd Gift

There's always one gift that strikes a peculiar chord.  Sometimes the item is result of a well thought out plan.  Maybe it's a gesture that serves some great purpose.   Many times the sentiment behind the gift is one of a message between them.  But it can also be a silly, inside joke that continues the good times we done just had:)

Odd gift, you say?  This object is some kind of self-defense aid, and I was delighted (my safety was at stake!) and at the same time I was horrified (will I have to use that?).  


My new stabber should probably come with a video Shanking For Beginners.  Or at least some warning stickers.  This odd gift falls into the weird but not wild category.







A few odd gifts from the past:

4 pack 100 watt light bulbs - they're gonna stop making those, you know

a used bible - it's a family bible, just not our family LOL

Extra large grey felt STETSON - I never grew into that hat

bird bath  - you had to be there for this one


I could probably come up with many more truly odd gifts - if you have a good one, post a comment. 

Take the poll for ODD GIFTS




Sunday, December 16, 2012

local honey

Some folks believe that people who suffer from allergies can find relief in local honey!  The bees incorporate pollen spores in their honey process that can activate your immune system, producing antibodies.  The closer the better!



 Eating honey might improve your allergic reaction to a variety of flowering plants and grasses that cause such issues.



How much honey to take?  2 teaspoons per day

For more details on immunotherapy and local honey, click this link

How Stuff Works;  Local Honey

Saturday, December 08, 2012

let there be Luminaries


Open your home to guests and welcome them with luminaries!   A simple and affordable way to add some beautiful, warm lights to your walkway or driveway.




Only a few supplies needed, and they can be placed and ready to light before your guests arrive.  Afterwards, the cleanup is easy.


How to make LUMINARIES on DoItYourself.com





Come on over and celebrate the holidays with us:)

Friday, December 07, 2012

tree lights to lift your spirits

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is the tree!  I can easily  get lost in fascination at the twinkling lights and trimmings.  And the ornaments can draw my complete attention for long spans of time:)







Our home has a tabletop tree with mini lights and sized-down ornaments.   There are so many benefits of having a smaller tree :  we can move it around, and it only takes a few minutes to decorate!  Besides, my cats leave it alone.  If we had a full sized tree in the house, I don't think they could resist the urge to scale it.




I really love old-fashioned Christmas decorations.  And I can't wait to get the house fully decked out for the holiday!   I know alot of people get stressed about providing gifts, and for me, putting

up Christmas decorations can balance out the hustle and bustle of the shopping activity.




I love to make pomanders with oranges and cloves.  These make sweet gifts that are easy to handout for friends.  Some people like to use the pomander for a tree ornament or it can be used as a room frangrance.

How to make Orange clove pomanders





I also made  my own Advent wreath and  prepared to open my heart to the spirit of the season - it's a wonderful feeling to celebrate the birth of our saviour and to have heart-felt decorations as part of the tradition.


Find out more about Advent Candles

Thursday, December 06, 2012

all mimsy

This little puppy loves to go for a ride! Mimsy is so adorable she attracts attention everywhere she goes.  She got outfitted with this carrying bag that straps onto the bike.


I sent Mimsy a one million dollar bill novelty money and she can't wait to go shopping:)




she probably has a snack tucked in there, too



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

wordless wednesday

Monday, October 29, 2012

bring on the wind

The wind has not always been my friend.  It chills me in the winter and blows up dust in the summer.  But I believe that I have finally made peace with the breezes that come into my life now - thanks to my new windchime!

This handmade (and Made in USA) chime was a birthday gift from my husband.  We mounted it in a spot that sure to catch some air, and it's easy to 'ring' it as you walk onto the porch, too.

I spend many hours sitting on the side porch and this chime adds alot to our enjoyment.




 
I decided to get my husband a windy gift for his birthday too. . . a tower fan with 3 speeds and a BREEZE setting.


Together, we are making the most of the wind:)



Friday, October 26, 2012

smoky grill


What luck! my husband recently won this huge grill in a drawing.  He came home (from a technical training session)  with a sparkle in his eye.

Or should I say 'spark'?





It took a few days to get the monster grill delivered, but we are so excited to get it set up and cooking.

This grill has a covered grate, a large smoker, and a side burner.  I really can't wait to have some friends over and christen the new cooker.  So, maybe it's not ideal season for a cookout but I think we'll suffer through it:)




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

wordless wednesday

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

recover my health

After several rounds of yucky antibiotics and various meds, I'm well on my way to a full recovery.  What started as an annoying sinus infection, turned to bronchitis.  Once that battle was won, I thouht I was in the clear.

But then the UTI hit me like a brick in the head!  That particular condition comes with it's own problems.

It's surprising how long these common infections can linger . . . it's been months!

I now feel back to my old self and will be posting more on my beloved blog: Edge of the Wildwood.

Monday, October 22, 2012

122 miles on one gallon of gas

Yep, it's a scooter!  well, one scooter is fine, but two is fantastic. 




 When I visited my family this summer, we took a few jaunts on the matching motorized bikes.



We traveled along the shady lanes and quiet back streets.  We made alot of stops, to take in a view or chat with a neighbor.  It's very liberating and fun in a 'w-e-e-e-e-e-e' kinda way



If you ever get the chance to ride a scooter, you should really try it.





Anytime there's a nice break in the weather, it's scooter -time:)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

CATurday on the go

also good for napping


and for ambush

and for play


so nice of my people to bring this out

Friday, October 19, 2012

we wuv wood wick



I'm a sucker for a candle!  When I saw the new wood wick candles in the stores, I just had to have.  Got one for sis, too.
Wood wick candles last a good long time (in my experience) and they give off a soft crackling sound:)









Same brand, different scent - but the candle I used was really active on the crackling noise.  The one sister used, not so much.


I tried to record the sounds on video with my digital camera, but cannot figure out how to upload the vid.  You'll have to trust me it was not somethng you can ignore.

I'll be getting more wood wick in the future, and enjoy the lovely scents and sounds.



Saturday, August 11, 2012

spotlight on CATurday

Mimi is living the celebrity lifestyle; avoiding the paparazzi and keeping up her beauty and fitness regime. . .


Thursday, August 09, 2012

beauty in bloom

Produced this short time-lapse video that shows the rapid bloom of the hydrangea planters on my front porch.  The photography project took me weeks to compile, and I hope you enjoy it!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

wordless wednesday

Saturday, August 04, 2012

shoppin at my own yard sale

When I saw this headboard in my mama's yard sale - I pulled it out and was hoping it would be sized up for my bed.  The old headboard I was using was klunky and boring.


BEFORE
AFTER















My SUV was so full that I couldn't bring it back to Tennessee; so mama held it for me.



When we visited in July, I was able to get it home and it was really worth the wait!
















 



it appears I now have an old headboard to donate . . .

next yard sale, maybe!




Friday, August 03, 2012

bound for glory

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Summertime Every Day

Friday, June 15, 2012

Storyteller: Nolensville

Union train was captured Dec 1862
This historical marker in my hometown, Nolensville Tennessee
has references to the Civil War






So, I was able to find this detailed account of the
Coleman Scouts
that operated in this area:






STORYTELLERS is a long running series of articles about the rich
history of this area - follow the label below for more articles!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Old Glory



Where was the first 50-star American Flag raised in 1960?
What is the largest American flag ever made?


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

whats on your mind?

I found these large x-ray filmsin storage and wanted to try some tricky photography with them




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

flatlanders flood




Yeah, I call my family the flatlanders because when they come to Tennessee to visit me, they wear silly flip flops 

and can't understand why they can't climb hills!

before the flooding


A record-setting rain came to Pensacola last weekend and they really lived up to the 'flatlander' nickname:



midday Saturday


The water slowly receeded, but they really can't take much more rain just right now

midday Sunday


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