Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Country Home

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Just Dreaming

Southern Living has GREAT house plans. I have a few saved as my "favorites."
























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Discernment

Chuck Swindoll on Discernment:
Is it a valuable trait? Answer for yourself. When God told Solomon to make a wish---any wish---and it would be granted, the king responded:
"Give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil." (1 Kings 3:9)
And who doesn't know about the wisdom of Solomon to this very day? Paul informed us that discernment is one characteristic that accompanies genuine spirituality (1 Corinthians 2:14-16). The writer of Hebrews 5:14 called it a mark of maturity. Discernment gives one a proper frame of reference, a definite line separating good and evil. It acts as an umpire in life and blows the whistle on the spurious. It's as particular as a pathologist peering into a microscope. Discernment picks and chooses its dates with great care. It doesn't fall for fakes




Two good sources for daily devotions - emailed directly to you for your reading!

http://rightfromtheheart.org/devotions

http://www.insight.org/site/PageServer?pagename=devotional_thank_you&AddInterest=1761


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

I Love to Tour Historic Districts!





My 15 year old needed to practice driving, so we drove over to Washington, Georgia one Saturday. Washington, Georgia is a beautiful small town and was founded in 1780. It was the first town in American named after George Washington. A large number of historic homes have been preserved. Washington is about one hour north of Augusta and 2 hours east of Atlanta. A GREAT PLACE TO RETIRE!

My daughters complained about the site-seeing - so I only grabbed one picture of a home. This federal style home (with greek revival porch and door) is known as Holly Court. http://www.hollycourtinn.com/.




Apparently, Jefferson Davis' wife waited for him, here, when he was 'on the run' after the South lost "The War." (For those of you not in the South, here is a bit of info- "The War" can only mean one war. Also, many older Southerners still refer to The War as, "the War of Northern Aggression.")


Washington has a plethora of Greek Revival homes. Most of the architecture in Washington is Plantation Plain, Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian, and Federal styles.

Quick Southern Architecture Lesson:
Typically, Plantation Plainstyle, Federal, and Greek Revival are all antebellum, which means those houses were standing before and during the war.
Italianate and Victorian were built during and after reconstruction (Italianate -late 1800's, and Victorian around the turn of the century).

If you do not have time to drive deep into the heart of antebellum Georgia, then tour Washington, Georgia via a
virtual tour .

Anyone need a home to restore? There are currently several historic homes for sale in Washington and surrounding Wilkes County, Georgia. (Most of these links have interior photos, as well!)

How about owning the home where the Confederate Gold was last spotted? Chennalt Plantation is currently for sale ($692,000).

Then there is the Helen Hodgson home c.1796 for $275,000.



There were no Civil War battles fought in the Washington area, but there was a Revolutionary War battle that was quite decisive in declaring Georgia a colonial hold.


And THAT is your history lesson for today!



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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My Life is Not a Magazine Cover

My husband called me on his way to Lowe's. "Do you mind if I go ahead and plant the Zinnia seeds?"




I responded, "That would be great, but please do not plant them too close to the jessamine and I would really love a raised bed."

His end of the conversation involved something about the cost of timber these days and how much soil it takes to fill a raised bed.

I told him that it didn't have to actually be raised, just place some boards around the edge to keep the grass out. You know - like a giant sandbox - with no sand.




















This is what I got.



I will post pictures in August, once the tendrils of the jessamine choke out what few zinnias can make it with no sun prior to 2:00 pm. I'll entitle the post something like "I Told You So."


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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dreamy Interiors

Just cruising through Southern Accents.






























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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Teach Me Your Way



But do we always want to follow His way?
Or do we prefer our own way?
Is His way outdated?
Nope.
"The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;
but the word of our God shall stand FOREVER." Isaiah 40:8






I am thinking about making notecards with a few of my paintings.


Need to figure out how to do that.


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Monday, April 13, 2009

My Bedroom and Country Living

Could I actually live in the country? I think so.

I only like to hike on trails where I know no one else is.

I love to be outside.

I like to be alone.




But, then again,

I really like the way my garbage men actually pick up the garbage at my house.

And, I am glad I don't have to worry about the well running dry

when we are in a drought.

(Thank you City services!)


Here are a few cute bedroom pictures from Country Living .



I just love this black bed.



What room wouldn't look good with this woodwork on the walls, windows, and ceiling?!




This fun bedroom just really needs one of my paintings on the bare wall.






Hey! Country Living! Can you hear me? This one would be perfect in that room!



Or maybe this one.....






I like to leave off the bedskirt with my wooden floors, too.








And finally, my own un-skirted bed and bedroom:





No professional photographers in THIS house! Can you tell I like green?


I wish you could see the beautiful white spirea blooming just through that bright window.


I can't believe I have a bulb out and it took a photograph for me to notice.


(My husband's great-grandmother owned this bed and a few "someones" in the family kept it in storage until we bought our 1860's home. How perfect!)




A special Thanks to PolkaDotMom.com for the mention!

Polka Dot Mom - Crafty Moms in Business: Reflection


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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Just as He Said

"He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."
Matthew 28:6


Happy Easter!!!


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Friday, April 10, 2009

My Clone




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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Can you paint the Scenes?.... (by Thursday?)

The 8'x4' panels arrived Sunday night.
I ask my (blonde) 12 year old, "Which era is TheEmporer's New Clothes set in?"
She responds "I think the 80's - I am wearing an 80's prom dress, and mine is the prettiest."
(I went with a general European feel, instead of the 1980's).




Two more Treasuries! Yipee!

(Thanks to my little ducklings/chicks).











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Sunday, April 5, 2009

It is all about Location

We need........
1. two new HVAC units (including duct work);
2. sod, plus an irrigation system to keep the sod alive;
3. a garage, OR a basement, OR an attic (I'll take any of the three - just give me some storage space!);
4. new cabinets in the 1970's kitchen (the thin plywood has long-since served its purpose);
5. another bedroom for the kids who have been so cooperative;
6. another bathroom for the kids who have certainly grown, alot;
7. to replace some boards and coat the entire exterior in new paint;
8. to build a "hang-out" area for the kids so that WE can have some space to ourselves;
9. a new sidewalk and driveway to keep shoes clean as they come in the door;
10. ..........(and a myriad of other "typical" problems with a 150 year old house).
But, WOW, do we have a nice place to take a walk.














Okay, okay - I'll stop the whining.
I have to take at least one walk a day to remind myself to stop
worrying about the money pouring out through the cracks and the windows.
The boards will get replaced and the house WILL get painted,
one day.....
maybe after a few more walks.
For more info on Madison Georgia's historic district: http://www.madisonga.org/
And this article from March 2009, Southern Living.


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