Saturday, December 3, 2016

Southern Christmas

Hello friends! Are you in Christmas mode? Today I'm sharing a few pics about Christmas in the South.

We are just back from a fast thirty six hours in Tallahassee. Mr. MW was attending a meeting at the Supreme Court while Annie and I spent some time in one of our favorite places....the Tallahassee Nursery. I was so excited to be there in December as I knew it would be decked out for Christmas. 

And it did not disappoint! 

The temperature was in the fifties...perfect for strolling the colorful grounds.

And was there a lot of color! It was so gorgeous! I packed light so I'd have plenty of room to bring a few plants back home. I actually only bought ivy and a few deep red geraniums for my urns at the front door. 

In addition to all the annuals, the nursery was loaded with christmas trees. The scent of pine was extraordinary! We went back in the evening to see all the lights and so that Mr. MW could have a whiff as well.

A trip to Tallahassee is not complete without a visit to this wonderful place. To see...and smell it at Christmas time was a real treat. Can you tell this is one of my favorite places?


I've mentioned before that when in Tallahassee in the past we stayed at a hotel we all called "the cell block". Well, they've renovated the Doubletree so we tried it out.

We use to stay here years ago, but it was in need of some sprucing up. We missed this great view. 

 It's better now...anything is better than the "cellblock" where we use to stay.


Annie and I always head up Plantation Parkway when we are in Tallahassee for a visit to another of our favorite places. This time Mr. MW was able to join us. He even did the driving.

After years of hearing us talk about our trips to Thomasville, Georgia...Mr. MW got to see this little southern town for himself. All decked out for it's big Christmas was even more fun than usual. We hit it just right because next weekend more than thirty thousand people will descend upon Thomasville for all the festivities. 

My favorite shop...Firefly. I  recently was reading about an artist that does paper cutting. The article mentioned that one of her cuttings was being used in the window of Firefly in Thomasville, Georgia for their 20th anniversary celebration. After she cut the design in paper it was enlarged and transferred to metal for the window. Isn't it beautiful? This lovely creation is the work of the talented artist Annie Howe from Baltimore. 

Now that's a Southern snowman...made of cotton!

Annie "bubbles" at Christmas time. She gets so excited and oohs and ahhs at everything. 

Broad Street

Reindeer...all cozy in tartan.

The sweetest little knitting shop...Fuzzy Goat.

We really enjoyed our trip to Tallahassee and Thomasville...quick as it was. It's always fun to see a good old-fashioned small town decked out for the holidays. Hope you enjoyed this glimpse of a Southern Christmas.

Need to work on my header...right after I unpack, do laundry, go grocery shopping, decorate the Christmas tree...

This week we had several hundred salvaged bricks delivered. Mr. MW will be starting work on my Christmas present this very day! I'll keep you posted. This one won't be under the tree.

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Thanks...

Tomorrow our little family will spend the day among friends. With grateful hearts, we will eat well within the safety of a beautiful home. Gathered around the table will be friends of all stripe...different faiths and different races, different occupations and different backgrounds. All of us Americans, celebrating an American holiday together. America...what a great country we are! Thanksgiving...what a great holiday!

Make some memories!

Enjoy the day,

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Hello...remember me? I have been off line for a good while, trying to do a little of this and a lot of that. It is a busy time for all of us...especially those of use that are "makers". Our creative efforts kick into gear mid-summer and reach fever pitch right about now. My hand dids for Halloween and Christmas are finished and have been delivered. Aaah...a sigh of relief. 

I've done a bit of decorating for the season. A new addition to our fall decor is this sweet witch from Angela Hillstrom of Olde Raggs. Angela does such a fabulous job bringing her creations to life. The detail on all of her work is unequaled. And once again, this generous artist sent a special package to adorable mouse ornament. As soon as Annie opened it, with a very big smile on her face, she said he was going on her owl tree. It will be down from the attic and decorated in a few short weeks.

Can you see an original hooked rug by Rebecca Lundquist in the background? What a great hooker and artist!

I did manage to hook a few pumpkins...long and lean.

And I pulled out this pillow I hooked many years ago. I think it is a Maria Barton pattern. I'll try to get myself together and add a few more decorating pics later.


Recently, we spent a week in Tennessee. On our way to a board meeting in Nashville, we stopped in Franklin for four nights and spent our days exploring this beautiful and historic area. The house above is located in downtown Franklin. Isn't it a perfect house...especially for this time of year?

Downtown Franklin is a great little area with beautiful homes, churches, shops and restaurants. Just a little off the main street there is a cluster of antique shops...I did a little damage.

A visit to this cemetery was such a sobering and sad experience. Rows and rows of unidentified souls resting in a field on this plantation. Large obelisks with the name of the state and the number of the fallen from that state mark their graves.

The family who owned the plantation is also buried in a separate section of the cemetery...with many graves being those of the very young.


We went walking in the woods.

And spent a day at Cheekwood Gardens. This is a beautiful mansion, full of art and surrounded by gardens. There is an herb garden, a boxwood garden, a Japanese garden and several more. We ate our lunch in an open area right beside a creek complete with waterfall. Heavenly!


Midweek we moved on to Nashville to meet up with our gang.

We stayed at this magnificent hotel...The Hermitage. It is an historical beauty and our room (which I neglected to get a photo of) was wonderful, with a glorious view of the state house.

We had a long sit in the lovely lobby. (No lunch available, but we had a yummy lunch with our group on the veranda).

While we were sitting in the lobby, several city tours came into the hotel and gave the group a run down on all the history that has taken place here. The Suffragettes had their first big meeting here.

Right across the street from the hotel is the Tennessee State Museum. It is full of wonderful artifacts like the portrait above, and lots of great information about famous Tennesseans. We love a good museum and this one was an unexpected delight!

Our Last afternoon...a very tired Annie at the Ryman.

Of course, a trip to Nashville includes a visit to the Ryman. Annie is not a fan of loud music so we passed on the live concert with Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and a few others that our group had tickets to see. 

I have to admit the highlight of the trip for me was Franklin. Although it is a bedroom community to Nashville, it still has that small town feel. The Battle of Franklin was a turning point in the Civil War...the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. This lovely town has risen from the ashes of all that death and destruction and, in my opinion, does it's heritage proud.

Annie continues to talk about Cheekwood Gardens and what a fun day we spent there...just walking around...looking at nature...being together. Indeed, we enjoyed that day!

Hope to get around to visit you all and do some catching up.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, July 18, 2016

Super Summer!

Hello, friends! We've been busy, busy. The heat is miserable. The events taking place in our country and around the world are horrific and so very sad. I've been trying to shield Annie from all the goings on. She has so many questions...and I just don't have any least not any that make sense.

In an effort to lighten my mood I loaded some pics and thought I'd share some of what we've been up to.

In June, we attended the Annual Florida Bar Convention. Always a highlight for Annie, this year did not disappoint. This past year was my husband's last year on the Board of Governors as he chose not to run again...twelve years...six terms...time to move on. However, the incoming president did not want him to guy is a workhorse and they call him the "voice of reason". So, he is now the newly appointed Parliamentarian of the Florida Bar. Annie is thrilled! She was not looking forward to leaving her board family.

So...over the next year we will be continuing our tradition of lunching in the lobby. 

The convention highlights...Daddy got an award for his dedication, integrity and intellectual excellence for his work on the Disciplinary Committee. He made life changing decisions that were right and deserving, but difficult. He did a difficult job with great integrity. 

Annie and I are so proud...he is such a fine and humble man, and so well respected.

Of course, Annie was given a present by the outgoing president Ray Abadin... 

...a cuddly fleece blanket with Florida Bar Board of Governors seal and her name embroidered on it.
Lots of hugs and kisses and clapping followed. What a day!

That evening the festivities culminated in a big ole' party. The theme this year was all about New Orleans.

That's the new president and his wife leading a traditional "Second Line Parade" with a band from New Orleans as they entered the ballroom where the party was held.

Would you believe both the new president and the past president were undergrad classmates at Tulane? One parked cars and the other was a bartender while attending the university. Who would believe they would be back to back presidents of the Florida Bar? So they flew in a band to help celebrate the day! It was grand!!!


On August ninth, Annie will turn thirty. The celebrating has already begun.

Two of Annie's favorite people made a special trip to help her kick off her birthday celebration.

These wonderful friends drove four hours from Ft. bring her balloons, gifts, smiles, and lots of hugs and kisses.

They laughed their way through lunch together. 

They played some games. This is a matching game that is photos of all Annie's friends so they were matching pics of themselves which was kind of fun.

 And then they got back in their rental car (so they could both drive and have insurance coverage) and drove the four hours home.

How very blessed is my girl to have such women in her life. I rest a little easier knowing I have friends like these.  

We are women of different races and different faiths. But to us, we are simply friends. We don't see the differences. 
My friend on the left loves traveling to Israel, and on her last trip she brought me a rosary and a little donkey carved from an olive tree. I carry the rosary with me in my purse, and the donkey stands on my sewing table next to my chair. The little beast of burden is my talisman and reminds me to take slow and steady steps on this journey. We share the same name and were married on the exact same day. My friend on the right and I would probably do a lot of damage to our bank accounts if we lived closer to each other. We both love Brahmin bags...we are confessed "bag ladies". We share the same taste in so many things. This friend lifts me up in so many ways. Her joy is contagious. Her heart is even more beautiful than her face. 

I love these ladies...and I know they love me...and my daughter. 

Recent events have made me so sad. I wish we could all just get along. 

Have a great week...stay cool...and slip in a little prayer for peace.

Enjoy the day,

Friday, July 1, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Stopping in to wish you all a fun and safe 4th of July!

I have been having a battle royal with my computer. It has eaten my photos and will not tell me where they are hiding. Now, it won't even let me load them. I am the first to admit I am not tech savvy so my ability to fix this is limited. I hope to remedy the problem over the long weekend.

A bit of history....I am an avid fan of the AMC series TURN. The visuals are so rich...the clothing, the houses and the interiors. I re-watch every episode so that I can absorb each set detail. I was so sad to see the demise of John Andre on the season finale. Of course, having taught American history and being an avid reader of anything having to do with the Revolution, I knew it was coming. It still was hard to watch...and I would have preferred it to have been ole' Benedict Arnold at the end of the noose. But, some historians say, the whole Arnold mess helped us win the war. Many think his turncoat antics sparked a new fervor to fight within the colonial troops. If you have not watched this ambitious series, treat yourself over the long weekend to a beautiful telling of our fight for liberty.

Have a great 4th...stay safe and make lots of red, white and blue memories!

Enjoy the day,