Welcome to our old farmhouse. Over the past year I have learned so much history of this house and the people who lived here. Ninety six years of love, loss, hopes and dreams. Preservation continues and there is always a repair to be done. We are trying to be purest in our preservation as much as we possibly can. I hope you follow along and each week I will try to give you a little history of the house as well as the first owners of the house. I've been lucky enough to find a journal from a Granddaughter who talks about the house as well as her Grandparents. So come follow along and learn about this old house as well as the occupants, old and new.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

First Fertilizer Fridy

This is my first time participating in Fertilizer Friday,
so I hope I'm doing this right!!!
Thanks Tootsie for hosting this event.
Now everyone be sure to stop by and see all the
beautiful plantings and great ideals waiting on you
I confess, I did no plantings from seed this year other than
a few herbs. We had a terrible winter just like everyone
else and it just doesn't want to let up. The last two nights
we have been under a frost and freeze warning. So most of
my flowers to this point are the ones I have saved year
after year, or plantings from the nursery.
This is my newest acquisition this week, I have decided
use allot of white in my garden this year!!
This is my day lily bed.
I made this flower bed shortly after we moved into
this house. The previous owner already had several
of the lily's planted in other parts of the yard,
so I started digging them up and transplanting them!
Carried each and every one of the stones to make the
bed toooo! I Am Woman Hear Me Roar!!!!! They are beautiful when they all start to bloom,
a sea of yellow!!!!!
These two little beauties I bought this spring, they were small starter plantings. I love the ivy and I am trying to get it to climb the little trellis I made (from a tripod), recycle, recycle. The other little grassy bush, well I have no ideal what it is, I just loved the texture (if anyone knows what it is please let me know). Well I hope I didn't bore you tooo much. I look forward to seeing all your beautiful plants and gardens. Bye For Now,

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Outdoors For Lunch

It's Thursday and that means it's time
to get the dishes out and play.
Thanks Susan for hosting this event.
Be sure to stop by
and take a peak at all of today's
beautiful Tablescapes.
Now lets go outdoors for lunch!
Yes I'm selfish, this is just for me
We have baked chicken strips on a bed of spinach, sweet tea, fresh ground pepper in the wine bottle pepper mill. My flatware is in the napkin tied with ribbonand a wine cork as the napkin ring holder.
Time to eat, hope you enjoyed your visit.
Bye Foe Now,

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


A huge "Thank You" to Susan at
for hosting this event. Be sure to stop
by Susan's for all the wonderful
outdoor spaces you are sure to find.
It's been a long time since I have posted
to Outdoor Wednesday, but since I was
stuck indoors for so long during the winter
I have found myself outdoors as much as I
possibly can this spring. I don't have allot
going on in my yard yet, the weather is
still not that great here, in fact we are
under a freeze warning tonight.
This is one of my white Iris I brought
with me from South Carolina.
I belonged to the Iris Society there
so needless to say I had several Iris
beds in my yard.
Some of these were brought from my old house, others were given to me by my Mother In Law. Had to show this one. This is from Last year, but as I type she is back in this exact spot sitting on her eggs. I expect to see the babies any day now. I have a gold fish pond in the back yard and that is where she introduces them to the water. Thanks for stopping by. Bye For Now,

Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Sidewalk Cafe?

Thanks to Marty at "A Stroll Thru Life"
for hosting this event!
It's been a while since I've posted to
Table Top Tuesday and I really
haven't made allot of changes to my
inside tablescapes, but I have been
working a little on the outside spaces.
For some reason I have really been into
French decor lately. So for my exterior
decorating this year I decided to use
this as my theme.
Here is my little version of my
sidewalk cafe on my deck. I love this
little space, and although I haven't had
the opportunity to use it allot, the few
times I have sat here I have been in my
own little world.
The candle holder and globes are thrift store
finds painted black (sorry not all the candles are
burning, the wind was blowing them out faster
than I could light them).
I hope to use this space for my Tablescape Thursday post, so stay tuned. Be sure to visit next week and I will show the prep table we have on the deck that also doubles as a buffet table when needed. All dressed for a French dinner. dinner. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!

Is Summer Here?

Thanks to Susan at
its time once again for
Metamorphosis Monday.
Be sure to stop by and see all the
wonderful and creative ideals that
are waiting for you there.
If you saw or remember my post from last
week, I showed the coat closet in my
mudroom ,turned into a food pantry.
I also said that the flowered wall paper
boarder would be coming down this summer!
The boarder and the wall paper below the
chair rail were here when we bought the
house and I don't know about you, but I hate
stripping wallpaper, but I was soooo pleased
the previous owners primed and painted
before they put the paper up, so it was toooo
easy to take down!!!
It was driving me crazy, so I took it down this
week and also added a fresh coat of paint, a
darker more rich tone of gold that I picked
from the stripped wallpaper.
So onto the results.... Last week...
A picture of my breakfast area before with
the boarder and the lighter yellow paint.
No boarder and gold paint.
Now onto a small self that is over my sink.
This was here when we bought the house.
The after with a little molding!!
This made a great little plate rack and now I
don't have to worry about them falling off.
I already had the piece, all I needed was
to add the black stain.
I hope you stop by next week for another
installment of my kitchen update. We did a
little work to the center island and a few
other little things to perk up the space.
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to
let me know what you think.
Oh and before I forget my one year
anniversary will be coming up!!! I will
soon have a preview of the giveaway
for all my followers.
So stay tuned!!!!!!
Bye for Now,

Friday, April 16, 2010

From Coat Closet To Pantry

Thank you Susan for hosting this event.
It's been a few weeks since I have posted
so it's a little rough getting back in to the
grove of things.
During my down time we did get several
little projects finished. One happened to
be turning a coat closet in my mud room
into another pantry. Since I already have
hooks and selves for all the hats, gloves,
coats, etc. this was just wasted space (in
my opinion).
The inspiration for this came from Susan
She gave a wonderful tutorial on turning
a closet into storage space for all her beautiful
tables accessories. So be sure to pay her a visit!
I couldn't just make changes to the inside,
so here is the before of the outside, plain little
white wooden knob.
The powder room door will be next! That is an awful looking door handle.
Now, after a trip to Hobby Lobby, we have a little contrast with the black. One goal for summer, remove the flower boarder!!!!
Remnants from the seventies.
Nothing fabulous about the selves, but I have
wire baskets to hang for storage of produce.
I just need to get them put up!
These selves work much better for the
heaver canned food and large containers of
baking supplies.
Now for one of my favorite touch.....
The addition of this small refrigerator, its
wonderful for extra drinks, condiments or
maybe that extra food that has been cooked!
This addition was the brainstorm of DH.
Thanks everyone for stopping by.
Time to go and see all your wonderful ideals!
Be sure to stop by Susan's and see all the wonderful
creations you are sure to find there.
Bye for now,

I'm Back, I Hope!!!!!

Well I hope I'm back.
After having my computer die on me and the repairs not working, picking
up what seemed to be thousands of
tree limbs and branches from the yard
after all the terrible snow we had during
the winter, the start up of track season
for my daughter, and getting ready for
the prom, the premature birth of one of
my oldest and dearest friends grandsons
and terrible death of another friends son,
I hope to be back posting on a regular basis.
I know I'm a fickle blogger!
I have been able to take a peak every once in a while.
I have such admiration for all of you, for
all that you do.
During my break I did get to take a little
mini vacation. My daughter ran the
Copper River Bridge Run in Charleston, SC
in March so need lees to say I had the
chance to see and feel the sun after
such a long hard winter!
I hope to see everyone for Met Monday.
Have a safe and Blessed weekend.

Please Pray For The Families

I suppose anyone who has saw the news in the last
two weeks knows about about the loss of the twenty
nine wonderful men who lost their lives in the
catastrophic mine explosion, here in WV.
One of those brave men happened to be the
21 year old son of a friend of mine.
Why is it when you need the words the most,
nothing comes, all you can say is
"I'm So Sorry".
Please everyone pray for the families!
Coal Miners Prayer
Bright white lamps illume their way,
So far removed from the light of day.
One hundred tests they face each week,
Down in the mines the coal to seek.
Trained to live beneath the soil,
In dark and damp they had to toil.
To wrest the minerals from the land,
By strength of mind and back of hand.
Courage is a must they say,
To work as miners day by day.
So far removed from child and wife,
And face the rigors of a miners life.
Now high above in the light of sun,
A child at play enjoys his fun.
Fun at times concealing fear,
That the mines will claim his Dad so dear.
And as they work beneath the clay,
With hands bowed down these miners pray,
That God will hear them up above
And send them safely to the ones they love.
Now if this cannot come to pass,
And he must pay the price at last.
The miner leaves his last demand
Keep my child safe above the land.