Thursday, October 30, 2008


Busia called and let me know there were two errors in the Halloween post!!! Aunt Frances's husband's name was George, not Frank as reported.

And the mirror we have above the "bar" is really from Busia's parents house- not from Aunt Frances's house. Though she is pretty sure that all of the sisters: Stella, Frances and Josaphine had the mirrors... I love when all of the sisters have the same things!! Memaw and Big Auntie had several things that they both had- and I think Aunt Iris and Lucille had some of them too and possibly Aunt Velma and Cleo or Queen had some of the "good stuff" too...

I love family names!!!!

Thursday Crazy Thursday

Ten Happy Things- besides it being Halloween Eve- my actual favorite day of the year- because the house is spooky and filled with candy...

1. treating everyone with respect- regardless of who they vote for
2. voting
3. almond tea
4. believing in yourself
5. bake at home pizza
6. dog beds
7. sharp knives
8. the Harry Potter series
9. picnics
10. using the good dishes on non-holidays

Monday, October 27, 2008

Happy Hallowwweeennnn

The Peep and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Halloween! We have been decorating for a couple of weeks; but watching "Martha Stewart's Halloween Special" which aired in 2007 on Fine Living Network for a year. It is sponsored by Krobel. And birth control pills. And the "talk to your kids about sex" campaign. And a winery in California that was giving away a trip for 2 to be winemakers for a day.

Last year.

At any rate- my crazy neighbor loves my mantle and I do too so I thought I'd share a picture.

You can see that it is already a lovely shade of Halloween black so it really needed little adorning.

But you know well enough to know that that did not stop me; I adorned away. And then I took it off and started over and decided to stick with the spooky black understated candles on several footed cake plates and silver and clear glass candlesticks with jet black tapers. I don't think you can see it well, but there is a black garland on the top of the mantle too- you know- like Christmas garland- but in spooky black...

Hope it gets you in the Halloween mood!

The last picture is the top of Slick's bar. It is a lovely piece of black furniture that we keep all of the non-refrigerated adult beverages stored inside. Hanging above it is a 190's mirror that was Slick's Aunt Frances and Uncle Frank's.

I love that mirror.

And in the reflection of the mirror you can catch a glimpse of one of Aunt Frances and Uncle Frank's crystal lamps. They have giant crystals (think Pollyanna) that hang from them but we don't have them on right now... they make the lamp's so heavy I am not sure there is a piece of furniture in the house that could support them!

And by the way- if you live anywhere remotely close to us and can get here by car, this week would be a good one to stop by because Lulu and I are hosting a luncheon on Tuesday and the house looks as good as it ever has... and smells pretty dang good too!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rain, Rain.

When I was sitting in the carpool line today waiting for the Peep, light rain started falling and I was taken by the fact that I could not remember the last time I had just sat and listened to the rain.

It is a lovely sound falling through the leaves where birds and squirrels are snuggled up together against the dots of cool water. It made a nice pattern on my windshield and was cool and refreshing coming through the air vents.

I hope it comes and goes quickly today so that the tailgate party tomorrow will go off well... in the meantime, let us all take a minute to relax and let the rain fall on us.

Friday, October 10, 2008


Who in the world can help me regain my Flash Player ability.

I am willing to pay.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ten Things

My poker friends just left for the month and while I am still up I thought I'd throw out a 10 things to be happy about list since it was so fun to be with them here at the house in the Big City.

1. Drinking from Waterford glasses for no reason at all
2. friends cooking
3. knowing the rules, and following them
4. loving your friends
5. reunions
6. volunteering for a good cause
7. for fun necklaces
8. warm brownies
9. Tito's
10. the babysitters