Friday, September 18, 2015

African American Masonic Hall

African Americans were Masons? 
Did you know that? 
I didn't.

In doing a little local history searching, I ran across this tidbit, 
The Beulah Grove Lodge, No. 371, Free and Accepted York Masons.  

Here is the article written by Lynn Speno, Survey and Register Specialist. 
She explains it so much better than I could.

"What do a church, a cemetery, a lodge meeting hall, and a school have in common?   They are all part of a small, rural, historic African American community in Douglas County.  In this community of Pleasant Grove, a church and Masonic lodge were founded around 1881 and a church building was constructed.  About 20 years later, around 1910, a dual-purpose lodge/school building was constructed, at which time classes for children began. This lodge/school building, the Beulah Grove Lodge No.372, Free and Accepted York Masons/Pleasant Grove School, was recently listed in the National Register of Historic Places for the role it played in the education and social history of the community. 

Masonic lodges played an important role in African American communities. They provided venues for social gatherings.  Masons were commonly the community leaders, such as preachers, teachers, and businessmen. Many of the lodges were small independent organizations that functioned largely as mutual aid societies and originated in churches.  Their headquarters were generally two-story frame structures, unpainted, without a ceiling, and with unfinished interior walls.  If the Masons had no building, they met in churches, other lodges, or abandoned buildings. Women’s groups such as the Order of the Eastern Star often used the lodge building for their meetings.

Many African American Masonic lodges also used their buildings for classroom space on the first floor, while they met on the second floor.  From the end of the Civil War until the 1930s, most of the African-American children in the South attended a church or lodge-affiliated school constructed by volunteer labor and maintained by the local African American community.  By 1915, less than 40 percent of buildings used for the education of African American children were publicly owned in Georgia. 

These historic lodge buildings can be found throughout the state and are important for the role they played in African American life.  The Historic Preservation Division has identified some of these resources in surveys or in National Register-listed historic districts including those in Claxton, Vidalia, Waynesboro, Chickamauga, Eulonia, Rochelle, Lincolnton, Dalton, Jeffersonville, Atlanta, Carrollton, Sapelo Island, Alapaha, Douglasville, and Columbus."

Sometime soon, I am going to go out and check out this interesting building. 

Perhaps you know of others in your community? 


Friday, September 4, 2015

Life Outside Atlanta?

If you live in the Atlanta area, you know there are two type of people -- the ITPs and OTPs. 

Translation: Inside the Perimeter and Outside the Perimeter

And basically neither the twain shall meet.
Or at least without geographical prejudice. But that is another story...

But today I wanted to share something I have discovered OTP -- in fact wayyyyy  OTP.

A Lavendar Farm in Georgia

Yes, out in Eatonton.....Eatonton? Well, that is SE of Atlanta in Putnan County.

The farm’s name is Ooh La La Lavender Farm. I haven't been but I have read about them on several blogs. 

There is a Lavender Festival that they have in June. I am going in to check it out next year. A blogger,, posted these beautiful pictures on her blog:

I just love the smell of Lavender. I will definitely be stocking up on these:

A few pictures from their FB page: 

I can't wait until next year. I will be there. 
Y'all consider visiting as well to help promote this Georgia -grown small business.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Fun: Eye Candy

Over the past for years, I have really enjoyed some gorgeous pictures on Tumblr. Even though it is a blog, I have connected with like minded people and we just share pictures of pretty things -- no words needed.

I thought I would share some with you today -- in no particular order.

Have a great weekend


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Selfies - Look at Me! Look at Me!

Have you ever noticed the trend of the way people take selfies? To some, the selfie has become the ultimate symbol of the narcissistic age. Is it degrading or a simple means of self-expression?

First, there was the “hold the camera up in front of mirror and snap” trend. Karen Cheng, an Australian fashion blogger I have read since before her second child was born, made the selfie a standard.  She takes an almost daily picture of what she is wearing.  I think she still uses the mirror trick. I don't care she is a beautiful girl.

With front facing cameras on iPhones and others, people could ditch the mirror. You can see the picture you're taking and frame it perfectly to show yourself off as best as possible.

Now with the selfie stick people to take pictures of their whole outfit even if it is a strange angle.

Then we had the “I will take a picture of my shoes” selfie. Not sure what this one is all about...

Selfies have become so popular that even CNN has a Look at Me! site with the top 25 selfies of the week.

I have determined that selfies are a personal art form or at least something to be practiced. Here are a few of my own -- I think I need practice.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

9 Things to do on Weekend to Reset for Week

Getting ready for the workweek has become satisfying weekend ritual. A few things I do to make sure upcoming week goes smoothly.

What are nine things you should do to help you prep and prepare for the week ahead? Only you can decide, but here are my nine.

1. Plan work clothes for week

When I plan my clothes for the week, I avoid the early morning stare at closet pondering the eternal question, “what will I wear?” Only to cease on an outfit and discover that there is a stain on the top. If I check over the weekend, I still have time to throw the offending piece into the washer. 


2. Saturday Chores

I always have something that needs doing. Because I really dislike doing heavy housework on the weeknights, I usually reserve Saturday morning as “chore time.” This can include anything from mopping floors, to cleaning baths, to cutting grass – just whatever needs doing. The chore list changes every week. And, once it is done, I reward myself with a flop on the sofa with a book.

3. Change sheets

I love fresh, clean sheets. I usually change my sheets on Sunday so my Sunday night sleep is fresh and relaxed. Helps me better prepare for the week ahead.


4. Catch up on Laundry

For many women, laundry can be a daunting task.  I knew a woman once who said she was doing laundry, but did nothing else while the washer and dryer did their thing. She was also the biggest complainer about never having enough time. I am a firm believer in intermittent laundering.  Start on Friday night or first thing Saturday morning and as you think about it, run into the laundry room and switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer and so on. Be sure and fold/hang up clothes before clothes leave the laundry room. You never have huge loads of folding to do.


5. Take a Nap

Sunday afternoons are the perfect times for a quick snoozette. I often combine my weekend snoozes with reading. It goes like this, read, nap, read, nap, read, nap.

6. Fix table for week

Since we use place mats and cloth napkins, the weekend is a good time to freshen the table with a new look for the week. And, I always try to have some sort of flowers on my table. They make me happy.

7. Wind the clock 

I love my clocks. The sound of chimes fills the house and makes me feel content.

8. Sunday Night Tidy up

Not a big clean, but go around and pick up the weekend mess. Clean the weekend’s accumulation off the kitchen counter – you know the one. It is where everyone in the house dumps. Pick up the shoes/socks/towels/glasses etc that can get left. 

9. Reflect and Give Thanks