Monday, September 15, 2014

Family versus Progress

Hope you had a nice weekend! We did. I wanted to get some painting done, but spent Saturday at the Georgia Tech game watching my daughter cheer....

And then Sunday was church and dinner with the in-laws.  Not a bad weekend and we need more time with family, but I certainly was not productive on the home front. 

I hope to finish up these little guys, today....

Have a great day!

"This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


"Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits"
Psalm 103:2

Blessings come in all sizes, shapes, and colors.

One giant blessing I had this past week was the sale of these 9 paintings....

Just God sending a little affirmation regarding my art! How blessed I am.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done

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Monday, September 8, 2014


I have a Pinterest board entitled "Inspiration for my Art." I typically pin color combinations that I need to remember when I paint. This morning, I glanced through the board and saw these magnolias that I pinned a while back....

That picture was my inspiration for this..


Have a great day!

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Little Church in the Country

Little country church on a patchwork field.

On the mantle in my guest bedroom.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Southwest Alabama on Backroads

Sometimes the interstate makes more sense, but I 
the interstate,

Do you know what I mean? Driving northeast across Alabama, earlier this week, I decided to hop off I-59/I-20 in Toomsuba, Mississippi (just east of Meridian), and I took US 11 for a while. US 11 parallels the interstate for several miles in this area. 

I stopped in this country store just after crossing the interstate at the Kewanee exit , but was too late for the daily lunch. 

Authentic, for sure.

When I got to Cuba, Alabama, I snapped a few pics of the deteriorating downtown ....

This shot was through the rainy windshield, can you tell?

Next stop, Livingston.

I simply adored the little town of Livingston. A lot of the rural South is drying up, with very few places for residents to work and make an income. However, Livingston seems to be doing okay - I am guessing because the University of Western Alabama is there. I called my sister while driving and asked her to look up the college (she's a history nerd, too) and the college was originally a female college founded in 1835. I was surprised at how old this area of Alabama is.

Here are two almost identical federal style homes side by side on the same street...

Several homes of this style are located in Livingston. While researching the area, I read where some men from Connecticut and New Hampshire came to the area and helped construct a dozen federal style homes.  

This little greek revival I shared on my Instagram page, earlier this week .....

That is one of my favorite styles. That home was next door to those other two. The black sign next to the front sidewalk is an award for preservation.

Both of these white churches are in Livingston...

 Episcopal c. 1840

Methodist c. 1890

After leaving Livingston, I crossed the Tombigbee River and did not expect the white cliffs ! 

I had to research that, too. Apparently, the white cliffs are part of the rock strata known as "Selma Chalk" formations.  Here are some photos I found on the internet taken on a prettier day (and not from an iphone out the car window travelling at 55 mph)....

Just past the river, I came upon the small town of Boligee. Almost a ghost town, but not quite, this is one of those areas where you can tell there was once a thriving community and now it is just sort of sad. There were three pretty white churches in this small ghost town... 

St. Mark's Episcopal Church c. 1854 

This church was constructed in 1854, but was moved to this location in 1880. An old cemetery is located in the back.  This church still has an active Episcopal congregation. I found this photo of the inside of this church (I did not go in)....

And just around the corner is Friendship Baptist....

Friendship Baptist Church in Boligee c 1835

The side wing is obviously an addition. 

Note the two front doors - one for men and one for women. 

Just down the street from this church I saw an old school....

It was once the local high school. Here is a photo from the 1930's...

The first church I saw in Boligee, the one that made me turn the car around, was this Presbyterian Church ...

Boligee Presbyterian

I'll bet locals consider that to be the "new" church in town.

And from there, I hopped back on the interstate and headed north towards home. As I researched my route, I realized I missed a couple of historic homes, a covered bridge, and some cool old churches here and there.  Saving a little for next time!  

I also found a great website for historical information and old structures in this area of Alabama. 

After researching a little, I would love to see Selma, Demapolis, Eutaw, and Gainesville, some day. 

Enjoy your day!

joining Frugal Friday

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Historic Hattiesburg Snapshots

One perk of my consulting job is getting to travel across the South. It is not always pleasant to drive 5 or 6 hours to Mississippi, or Florida, especially when I am really busy with kids and things at home. But every now and then I will take the time to enjoy my travels. 

Earlier this week I worked in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The people of Hattiesburg should be commended, as Hattiesburg has recovered nicely from Hurricane Katrina. I can only imagine the historic buildings that were lost. I ran across a few pretty homes on my walk one morning, if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen a couple of these...

There were several Mediterranean revival style homes like that one. And a few cobblestone streets. 

Many homes from the late 1800's and early 1900's - Hattiesburg's heyday, before the Great Depression hit.

Love the yellow front door on this next one...

Here is a four square...

a brick Italianate....

c. 1890

Isn't this walkway intriguing - with the boxwoods and magnolia? ...

 I had to walk past that home and look back at this view...

Tatum House c 1929

Now, that's a stunner.

Short Bay Street, had some pretty homes, including this majestic one...

Great Oaks c. 1906

That particular home was recently for sale and you can see the interior pics at Old House Dreams.

This Mission style elementary school is now condos and an event facility....

Walthall School

Here is a view of downtown Hattiesburg, taken from near the train station....

I worry that if some of the vacant storefronts aren't occupied, soon, they may not stand much longer. 

Some have been renovated nicely, but are vacant...

That wood paneling looks wonderful.

This 1927 bakery has been revitalized and has great curb appeal....

Hattiesburg has the nickname "the hub city" and has lots and lots of train tracks crossing in downtown. The Italian Renaissance Revival train depot is gorgeous...

It was hot and I needed to get to meetings, but I did not even THINK to go inside this gorgeous depot.  Always have to save something for the next trip, right?

Tomorrow, I will share my jaunt on backroads through southwest Alabama.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day Weekend

I hope you had a great Labor Day weekend!

We had fun. 
My daughter cheered her first college game...

We were so proud...

I will not show you the other 156 photos and the 22 videos (we will save those for tomorrow). Those of you who follow me on Instagram have already seen a few of these pictures! 

As you can tell from last week's posts, I am thankful to be painting, again...

We were able to spend time together as a family. 

This was my view trying to watch television the other night...

I am on the sofa - with no room for my feet.  The television is to the right, but they are content to watch out the dark window and wait for a burglar to walk up and knock.

Hey, girls, could you scoot over just a little?

I also made these this weekend....

The kids and I like them!

And, I want to live here for the fall....

Wow. Someone is quite fortunate.

Have a great day!

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