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.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A Natural Air Freshener and the Best Little Mother

Don't you just love Spring and all the fresh air you get when you throw open the doors and windows?
And then there are those special scents that just kind of flow into the house when a little breeze comes along. You can't resist going out and cutting a few branches. So get everything ready, an old mason jar and a frog made from a mason lid.

 I found this last fall and had to bring it home!

The jar and lid are a natural fit for the house.

And now for the natural smell good!
 Every time we got a little breeze I could smell the wisteria in our back yard, so naturally I had to bring some in for the kitchen.

 And now for the best little Mother around.
Two little fertilized eggs, just waiting for a Mother

  And here she is!
She's a silkie and her name is Penelope!
These are not her eggs, a wonder friend donated them to the cause after she went broody.

And after twenty one days, I found this cute little thing hiding under her.
I think it's a little camera shy.

OK, I know I'm cute!
My Mom's not happy with this camera thing!
Time to go back under that wing.
Unfortunately the second egg didn't hatch, but I think this might be all she can handle,
 since the little thing is already about a quarter the size of  her already, at a week old.

So until next time.....


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Vintage or Just Old

When the my kids were younger and the grandchildren were smaller I decorated the whole house for Easter. Now that the grandchildren are older and we are empty nesters, I've gotten a little lazy, so I do a couple little areas in the house with some of my favorites. To be honest, I've given lots of Easter decorations to the girls or donated to charity. But here are a few of my favorites.

My old wooden high chair.

The little Easter basket was my first Easter basket.
I hope this doesn't make me a Hoarder!

The smaller silver spoon to the left belonged to a dear friend who has since passed and is over one hundred years old. The other silver spoons as well as the little dish are just collections I've picked up here and there. I also have a little fancy tea towel and the cup belonged to daughter number 2. She would sit and drink her coffee with her Dad and me in her little wicker rocking chair I still have on the porch,
Again I hope that doesn't make me a hoarder!
Lets call it good memories! 

A favorite little primitive bunny.

So Happy Easter Everyone,

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pulling The Eye Up

Not much happening here, the weather has gotten a little colder and the pollen is vicious! All the regular irritations that go along with allergies and pollen itchy eyes, sneezing, you know all the fun stuff.
 We did manage to get one project finished last week, putting a window back in the house that was taken out many years ago. So now the attic has saw the light of day again. I feel safe in saying the window had been gone for about 50 plus years and I really think it makes a big impact on the look of the house.



The octagon window works perfectly with the roof line of the house and the black frame pulls the eye up. Now I'm just waiting on the flowers to bloom and the grass to get greener. I hope to get a good night shot, yes I did put a light in the window. 
Now back to work, vegetable, flower gardens and pond to clean out and a new baby chick to add to the flock.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Waste Not Want Not

We inherited a large stack of windows a few weeks ago. One was suppose to be the door to a primitive cabinet for Daughter # 2. The contractor (husband) decided the windows were a little large and would make the cabinet to heavy for her to manage. So I had a smaller window that worked perfect for her project, but what to do with all those old windows. Now he would have gladly taken them to the recycling center and never given it a second thought but not the hoarder, I mean the frugal one, (me). 

My Dad grew up during the depression and I can always remember him saving everything. Small pieces of lumber, metal, even old broken glass that he would save, use for picture frames, etc. Now he was very meticulous about storage, EVERYTHING was in order and had its place. I haven't gotten that organized yet but I'm working on it.

Our latest project!

I know you've saw these a hundred times.

I am so excited to see all the plants in it, when they are all larger and the whole thing is full of color.

 And one more good thing!
 It takes up a little of the dead space on this end of the porch.

Be sure to come back next week, not only did we finish the green house, I had one more project I wanted to do this summer.
Guess what?
 It's already finished and I think besides the blue on the porch ceiling,
 it has made the biggest difference in the appearance of the "old girl".

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Easter On The Porch

I normally don't make allot of changes inside the house for every Holiday, but I do tend to play with my porches. I suppose the reason is that, we spend so much time outdoors. I spent the better part of last week painting the ceiling on the porch, then gave the wicker furniture a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. With the large overhang on the porch, the furniture rarely gets wet, more moisture from the humility than anything. I've started to bring out my plants from indoors and the greenhouse, hope to get my banana trees out today, they really make a big impact.

So here's my Easter Porch

I'm changing things up a bit this year, using several shades of yellow to accessorize. It's not blooming now but framing the sidewalk is yellow lantana, so I think everything will work well together and draw the eye to the porch.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

No Haints At This House

Lots of activity or should I say hard work here this week. You know living in the South we have to ward off those ole Haints. So after about twelve hours, (give or take), our front porch will ward off those pesky spirits and I will always see blue sky when I look up at the porch.


And the after

I added a couple new candelabras to the porch, one over the dining table and one over the sitting area.

Always blue skies for me!

Now to make sure all bases are covered, lets not forget the back door.
My bottle tree.