Friday, January 26, 2018


This is the first winter I've use peanut butter for the birds. 
Now we have daily bluebirds, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, cardinals, blue jays and towhees. 

The bluebirds are my favorite.
AND of course the local squirrels can't get enough of the peanut butter. 
Those boogers!! 

I've used the same thistle sock all winter.  Found a hole in the bottom this morning and did some darning.
Refilled the sock and should be
"good to go" for the next
four to five days!! 

Sunday, January 21, 2018


I am watering my orchids with green tea. 
I believe they like it! 

A wonderfully 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

A WINTER WONDERLAND (for 24 hours)

I realize 9" of snow is no big deal for those who live in the north.

But for those who are raised in the south; it's just freaking magical!! 

It's hot chocolate time in front of the fireplace.

The millet for the birds, almost touches the snow below.

In just a few hours, the snow transforms the trees, bushes and anything that happens to be out, takes on a new and wonderful white shape.

There's nothing more awesome than standing outside, especially at night,  
and watching a heavy snowfall on a windless night.

What little light there is, is reflected back, brightening the night with a glow. 

Or standing outside,
looking up and catching huge snowflakes in your mouth!! 
When it's snowing, 
my world slows down. 
There is no other word for it-
 Snow is Magical! 

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Lake Rabun Hotel was built in 1922 and is the last surviving mountain lodge on Lake Rabun, Georgia. 
It features gardens of native plants, rock pillars and walkways. 
I found the hotel in 1974 on a camping trip to the North GA Mountains and vowed to come back some day to stay for a couple of nights!! 
It has changed hands since the 70's and has improved with age! 
Our favorite spot was sitting on this locust log deck with the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Lake Rabun. 
Along with a little Birthday Cheer!

It was strange to be without phones, texting or TVs, though wifi was available. 
In case of an emergency, a telephone is available in the lobby. 

The gourmet breakfast was wonderful!!
The morning menu was different each day 
and there was plenty to prepare you for your day of hiking and exploring waterfalls! 
Make a midweek or weekend visit to- 

Sunday, October 22, 2017


Beautiful day to decorate Pumpkins! 

Sadie couldn't decide if she wanted her Pumpkin to wear the tiara or herself!

After supper Halloween Cupcakes!

Last time for black icing on the cupcakes!! 

Thursday, October 19, 2017


Our Friends won an auction at  

Henry was born and raised in St.Maurice, Louisiana on his family's 1,500 acre farm. 
Henry and his wife started out catering and are now located in Acworth,
North of Atlanta. 

The First Course was Lump Crab Cakes, pan seared with saffron champagne cream sauce.
Ohhh La La!!
The best I have ever had!!

The Second Course
was Greens with Wildflower Honey, Georgia Pecans and Boursin Goat Cheese. Delicious!

Third Course was Trefoil Gardens Shiitake Mushroom Risotto topped with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano. 
Absolutely Wonderful!

Fourth Course was Grilled Petit Filet Mignon, Baby Red Potato Cake and roasted acorn Squash with aged balsamic port paint. 
Amazing Squash!
And the Dessert -- Pineapple Upside Down Cake (made with corn meal),  with High road Ice Cream!! 
To Die for! 
Dress casual!!
Drinks are amazing and you
can't beat the Cajun/Creole,Seafood
and fun atmosphere!
Do make a reservation.  I'd call several days for a week day visit and at least a  week ahead for the weekend! 
They're closed on Sunday.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Took a loaf of bread to the Chattahoochee River to feed the geese. 

Then visited the Chattahoochee Nature Center to check out the Butterfly Gardens and walk the river boardwalk. 

Using sponge paint brushes is a great way to look at a butterfly up close, but not touch the wings.