Monday, December 8, 2014

One Of Our Favorite Traditions

Since my sister and I live in the same town, one of the things we enjoy doing every year is getting together one day before the holidays and making our wreaths for our front doors.  My SH gathers from several sources so we have a wonderful variety of greenery.  Our daughter has a magnolia tree that we "prune" every year.  As always, we forgot to make pictures as we work, so I only have photos of my wreath(and hers is so much prettier).  Enjoy!

This is One of Those "Lord Have Mercy" Posts""

I read a post recently  titled  something like " a blogger that really shouldn't be a blogger" too!  Lord Have Mercy!

Have you ever worn clothes that weren't dry?  Tell the truth.  to church?  me too, yesterday.  It all started Thanksgiving.  I had this new  sweater that is my favorite color, dark chocolate, real pretty with black.  I wore some new black slacks that I love to  a Thanksgiving celebration and was planing to wear my  gorgeous sweater too.  I walked right out of the house without it.  I grieved (to my granddaughters) all day. 

O.K, second chance, at church yesterday.  I had just put a load of darks in the laundry...well, you know the rest.
This was at 9:00 a.m.!  A word about these pants, they are the closet thing this older lady will ever get to leggings (did I say that).  So comfortable!  I don't buy many clothes anymore and when I find something I enjoy, I wear it out.  The pants are wet, Sunday School starts at 9:45, I am going to wear them....and I did.  I get very hot at church normally.  Today I didn't.  I worried that they would stretch. They didn't.  I worried that someone might touch me.  They didn't,

Why I did it ?  I don't know.  Come hell or high water, I knew I was going to. 

Happy Holidays!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Three Days In The Big Easy!

What a "fun" trip!  Our main focus was to see our grandson, Josh, play high-school football.  As a bonus, we saw the rest of their family.  My sister, Sue, went with us which was extra special.  At that friday night game there were 2 grandparents and one aunt who were so proud.

                  I guess you have figured out that Josh is # 54.

He got to play most of the game, got his name called on the PA system twice for making tackles, and an extra bonus, we met his girlfriend, and also, Matthews' girlfriend.  FUN!

Saturday was our day to take "the tour".  Thanks to Rob (our son) it was mostly a driving tour.  I failed to mention that they live on the North shore and we went downtown to the "quarter" and other interesting places in downtown, New Orleans.  We got to cross that long, long bridge (26 miles) called Lake Pontchartrain.  We also made a stop where Rob works, The LSU school of medicine. 

Our plans included lunch in midtown city at a quaint little restaurant called "The Red Slipper".

We had a short wait and did some "people watching" in front of the restaurant.

Rob was the perfect tour director.

Catfish 'St. Peter'....Oh my gosh!  It was incredible.

Pan seared Mississippi farm-raised cat fish over a cheesy grit cake...

Topped with poached eggs,sautéed spinach, tomatoes, a skewer of grilled shrimp,

Finished with a Creole mustard hollandaise...
We licked our plates!

As you might guess, lunch was our favorite part of the day.

I know this is getting long but I really wanted you all to meet Sadie.
She is the sweetest dog.....and she can sing!

This sounds like, "She'll be coming 'round the mountain"

We had such a good time!


Monday, October 20, 2014



I love that word.  As I grow older,  it becomes more real.  Contentment.....The deep, deep sigh that comes every time I walk in my back door.  I'm really not sure where this peace comes from.  I am absolutely sure it's not because I have the most wonderful house or furnishings.  I don't.  I do know that as we (my sweet husband and I) celebrate our 43rd wedding anniversary, It does have much to do with living.  Most of the kinks have been ironed out and it is a wonderful thing to be married to that man!  Our home is truly our haven, our soft place to fall.  I'm ramblin'......
I've decided I am going to give you a tour of our home.  After living in a historic district for about 15 years.....a big old queen anne style house that was built in circa 1889, It was hot in the summertime and freezing in winter!  I loved that house but we just about killed ourselves restoring it.  About 14 years ago, we bought our town home.  It wasn't new by any stretch of the imagination and it took lots of work (and money) to get it like we wanted it.
My goal with this series of blogs is to walk you through our home.  If you are like me, I love to see how other people live.  As we come in the back door from the garage, we are in the kitchen....Oh, I am skipping the laundry room today.  Guess why?  The laundry isn't done!


I almost always have some sort of bouquet on countertop.  (from my garden)



Ta Da!.... My sink!


All the cabinets were dark, ugly, oak.  We had them all painted and I haven't regretted it for one day!


There were no open doors.  I took them to a cabinetmaker and he just cut them out and put glass in.  'Haven't regretted that either.

This gives you a glimpse of the trays around the top of the cabinets.


My range.....sorry about the light.


Our good friend and neighbor gave us the island.  It was in his kitchen and his wife didn't care for it.  It was the
ugly, dark oak too.  It is literally the workhorse of my kitchen!  So handy!


Banana bread for breakfast!



My grandmothers rolling pin.


Bakers rack is behind the island.  Another really functional piece


I think I have showed you everything except the inside of the refrigerator!  No way!

This is the beginning of "where I live".  Looking back over this post before I press "publish", I'm thinking I may just be very tired!
Contentment lives here too.  Where is your soft place to land?

First published on bcp my life