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August Garden Journal


There's a change in the air... The morning air is getting crisper and mellow. This is one of my favorite times of the day. The humidity levels have been lower too - which is quite unusual for a late southern summer. This is going down in the book of records for my August Garden Journal. And just a week later - as I update this to publish, this … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness  These August days are certainly passing quickly! It has been a rather mild summer so far. This week we're slated to have days in the high 90's with pop up thunderstorm. One just passed by - it is amazing! It got so dark and then a white out - the rain was so hard. I took a quick picture for Instagram and … [Read More...]

On Depression

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The Silent Battle In recent news, the topic of depression has come to the forefront of discussion in the tragic story of actor, Robin William's death. My heart hurt when I heard that he often battled depression and ultimately made the decision to end his life. Deep depression is something you completely understand or can't fathom at all. … [Read More...]

International Can It Forward Day

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I am joining the good folks at Jardin Home Brands maker of the Ball brand this summer in celebrating alternative uses for Ball jars as well as their fourth annual   International Can-It-Forward Day.  source On Saturday, August 16 you can watch a wonderful live webcast featuring Bravo's Top Chef Judge, Hugh Atcheson as … [Read More...]

Silver Painted Chest


It was not on my 'Six Most Important Things To Do List" As I was cleaning this morning before beginning my next project, this little chest began to squeak. It became the squeaking wheel demanding attention. This little ugly duckling is functional and has potential to be beautiful- to become a lovely silver painted chest. Music Chest She … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday

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Welcome to Home and Garden Thursday I am always so delighted by your posts! It has been quite a week here! First of all, I was thrilled to finally be able to hang the creamware platters I've envisioned decorating my dining room! Then on Monday morning my daughter called me asking whether I'd heard about or Hancock County courthouse - … [Read More...]

Peaceful Morning


Good News When I was a teen, one of my favorite music artists was Anne Murray. One of her songs resonates with me right now, 'A Little Good News'. The lyrics from the '80's could have been written today. Not much has changed and we know more and more because of instant news. Morning Habit My morning habit, once I've gotten ready for the … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness  Hello all. This morning I feel like all of the stuffing has been taken out of me. I received a phone call early sharing that our beautiful Hancock County, Georgia courthouse had burned down. We only live a few blocks from the courthouse and we did not hear a thing! We're very saddened and shocked. My … [Read More...]

Hanging Creamware Platters


Adding to the Dining Room Decor The first time I saw these marvelous platters from Decor Steals, I knew they'd be a perfect addition to my dining room redecorating plans. I just had to wait! There were many things to accomplish first: paint the walls, ceiling and trim, paint some furniture, reupholster chairs, and now, the walls.  I love … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday

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Welcome to Home and Garden Thursday "Whilst August yet wears her golden crown, Ripening fields lush- bright with promise; Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn." - Michelle L. Thieme, August's Crown   August - the last few days of summer are upon us. Here in Georgia summer has … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Simplify Your Life

10 ways to simplify your life

Make It Easy On Yourself It is about time for many children and teachers to go back to school. The easier schedule of summer - for some- is about to pass. I say for some, because it seems to me we're always busy, always have things to do - even when we plan our vacations and leisure times! Grandma Was Right A man works from sun to sun, … [Read More...]

Dining Room Chairs and Habitat Restore

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Habitat Restore and More... I try to visit the Habitat Restore as often as I can - it is a good half hour drive - well, most everything from our country home is a good half hour drive! I have found many wonderful things at the Habitat Restore and love supporting this marvelous place. I found these two chairs there and knew they'd have a place … [Read More...]

Blueberry Peach Pound Cake

Blueberry Peach Pound Cake

I love the freshness of summer fruit! My daughter and I both were wanting something sweet and I knew whatever we came up with, Dearest would love too! I searched for recipes and decided to tweak a recipe I'd found to create my Blueberry Peach Pound Cake. Peaches and Blueberries My Darling Daughter brought home these blueberries from a … [Read More...]

A Return to Loveliness #204

Louis Ritman Tea in the Garden

Welcome to A Return to Loveliness  Hello all! First of all I wanted to thank you all for generously visiting one another! I was quite delighted to see the number of visits each post received! I'm running a little behind on my tea post and working backwards this week. My co-workers have so graciously switched working days with me so I … [Read More...]

Home and Garden Thursday #131


Welcome  to Home and Garden Thursday This has been quite a busy week at our home! Dearest and I spent all day Saturday cleaning the garden and tweaking rooms in our house. I'm doing more projects in our dining room - it's developing into one of my favorite rooms. I've been thinking how my style and taste has evolved over the last 10 years … [Read More...]