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



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Just a little Vacay - with some Genealogy Thrown In

Over the 4th weekend, we had just a little vacation. But for someone interested in Family History, adding some genealogy into the mix makes the perfect vacation.

First stop, Cross Creek Cemetery to see the grave of my 5th great grandfather, Lewis Barge. He owned a tavern called Barge's Tavern and he and several of his buddies would meet there to "discuss the British problem." Out of that came the Liberty Point Resolves. A fore runner to the Declaration of Independence.

Barge's Tavern

Lewis Barge - Cross Creek Cemetery

Closer with DAR marker

Can barely read, but inscription is still there

Monument to the signers of the Liberty Point Resolves

Me checking out my ancestor's signature on facimile document

From the website:

The Liberty Point Resolves, formally called the Cumberland Association, was a document signed by 55 Cumberland County patriots on June 20, 1775 in Fayetteville, N.C.

The men had formed themselves into a group, known simply as The Association and met at Lewis Barge’s tavern in the village of Cross Creek, now part of Fayetteville. The document they signed was the same pledge made earlier that year by patriots in Wilmington to protest the British actions that precipitated the battles of Lexington and Concord. It also followed a similar resolution passed by Mecklenburg patriots, The Charlotte Town Resolves.

Although a monument that stands in Fayetteville commemorating the signing calls it a declaration of independence it was not; the signers expressed the hope that Great Britain and the colonies would be reconciled, but vowed that, if necessary, they would “go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure her freedom and safety.”

Text of The Liberty Point Resolves

Resolved, That the following Association stand as the Association of this Committee, and that it be recommended to the inhabitants of this District to sign the same as speedily as possible.


The actual commencement of hostilities against the Continent by the British Troops, in the bloody scene on the nineteenth of April last, near Boston; the increase of arbitrary impositions, from a wicked and despotick Ministry; and the dread of instigated insurrections in the Colonies, are causes sufficient to drive an oppressed People to the use of arms: We, therefore, the subscribers of Cumberland County, holding ourselves bound by that most sacred of all obligations, the duty of good citizens towards an injured Country, and thoroughly convinced that under our distressed circumstances we shall be justified before you in resisting force by force; do unite ourselves under every tie of religion and honour, and associate as a band in her defence against every foe; hereby solemnly engaging, that whenever our Continental or Provincial Councils shall decree it necessary, we will go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure her freedom and safety. This obligation to continue in full force until, a reconciliation shall take place between Great Britain and America, upon constitutional principles, an event we most ardently desire. And we will hold all those persons inimical to the liberty of the Colonies who shall refuse to subscribe to this Association; and we will in all things follow the advice of our General Committee, respecting the purposes aforesaid, the preservation of peace and good order, and the safety of individual and private property.

Robert Rowan, who apparently organized the group, signed first. The names of other signers include those of families who made a deep imprint on the Cape Fear region, from colonial times onward: Barge, Powell, Evans, Elwell, Green, Carver, Council, Gee, Blocker, Hollingsworth.

I am proud of all my Revolutionary War Patriots and visiting Lewis Barge was the perfect thing to do on the weekend of the 4th of July.