Thursday, September 18, 2014

Florida Farm Fences

We love driving by the beautiful horse farms that are everywhere in this part of North Central Florida.


The horses are beautiful, too.


This was a pretty view from the window of the car.


And if you look closer, you’ll notice there are cattle egret lined up on the fence.


You just never know what you’ll see in Florida!


I’m trying to peek through the fence here!

I see them…do you?

I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What do these have in common?

I love jars…

and jars with red lids are even better.


I think of craft projects or a nice heavy jar for seashells.

And this one had a name across the red lid so it was easy to ‘google’.


So what do they have in common?

SAMAE was considered a miracle cleaner back in the ‘40s and ‘50s.


(image from google search)

It was a powder like Bon Ami. I ‘swear’ by Bon Ami. It’s the cleaner I’ve used for almost 50 years! “Hasn’t scratched yet”

Have you ever seen one of these jars?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

She shelvvves Seashells by the Seashore

Hey, did you notice?

I misspelled a word in my title!

(Never say Never! haha!)

When I get back home after being gone for over a month, I clean. I go crazy cleaning and organizing and finding a place for my ‘latest acquisitions’!


I saved the printer’s tray for my ‘reward’. I love getting my seashells out to sort. So I had fun putting some into the printer’s tray I bought at New Visions…HERE!


We have a really big coffee table in our living room because we needed something to balance the space between 2 red sofas.


So this large printer’s tray is perfect! And I have to keep things low because we use remotes for all of the electronics below the tv.


I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

Ivy and Elephants HERE

Vintage Bliss Tuesdays HERE

and Tweak it Tuesday!


I mixed in some sea glass AND some of the tiny ‘found’ objects from our walks on Canaveral National Seashore.

We could make a game of this!

Can you find the…

  • beer bottle caps
  • the ice cream spoon
  • the Army man
  • Lincoln head penny
  • glass bottle
  • or other interesting objects?

Monday, September 15, 2014

I’m sorry!!!

I hate to do this but I’m going to have to put word verification on my blog for a few days. I’m getting 20 to 30 anonymous comments EVERY day and hubby thinks if I do the word verification it might help eliminate them. Hopefully it will only have to be for a couple of posts! I HOPE!

I hate it but it’s taking me WAY too much time to delete these spam posts.

I could be visiting YOU!

We had a wonderful weekend. We took a drive on Saturday and saw these beautiful yellow flowers.


I think it’s Woolly Mullein according to the ID book.


And isn’t this church pretty in the distance!


Thanks for understanding!

I’ll take it off just as quick as I can!

I hope you are not having the same problem!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

‘Dessert’ No Sugar needed!

I don’t eat sugar. I can’t eat sugar.

It makes me feel bad (as in ILL!)

And I don’t eat artificial sweeteners like Splenda anymore either. I use Truvia which is a better alternative but I use it in moderation, too.



I was so hungry for something good that I made an old stand by, Peach Fried Pies.


You can use your favorite biscuit recipe. Don’t over work your dough or it will be tough.

I make buttermilk biscuits and made a half recipe of dough.

1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, dash of salt with about 1/3 cup of Crisco cut in. Then add enough buttermilk to get a soft dough. Divide into 5 balls. Roll out 4 of the balls in 4 circles to put your fruit mixture inside.

For the fruit mixture, I sliced a ripe peach into a glass bowl, added a little water and microwaved for about a minute. (use a fork to check for tenderness). Add a tablespoon of flour, one package of Truvia, shake shake shake the cinnamon and stir to thicken.

Spoon the fruit onto each circle of dough, fold over and pinch the edges together. Fry in Crisco at medium to medium high in a large skillet.


OH MY! They were GOOD!

And what did I do with the 5th ball of dough? I made strips of fried dough to sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for hubby of course! I’m Southern and love my fried pies. He’s not…and not so much! haha!


(peach trees in South Carolina)

I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.


Do you like Fried Pies?

What fruit do you like best?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Photo Challenge : Movement

This was a fun challenge! I thought of a couple of photos that I’ve taken that would work perfectly. (I hope!!!)

This first one is a view of the cotton fields that we drive by when we travel between Florida and North Carolina. This photo was taken through the car window with hubby driving 60 mph! So the movement was from US! The cotton is blurry but I think it looks neat that way.


Now we’ll switch over to taking photos of nature ‘in movement’!

Sholom Park is a fabulous place to walk carrying a camera.


This heron flew right in front of me with the ‘catch of the day’ in his beak.

I couldn’t believe my luck with this shot!


And these KOI are beautiful in the pond. But it takes more than luck to get a good photo of them. I took a few (a few dozen probably) to get one good one. This big guy is my favorite fish in the pond!

I’m taking part in Donna’s photo challenge.

Why don’t you join us?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One more walk at the park

We sure enjoyed being so close to Fletcher Park while we were in NC.


The trails are beautiful and nature abounds.


The last time we went, we saw this Great Egret on the pond.


We had some bread for the ducks and it came right over.


Kerplunk !!!


We fed it big chunks of bread!

How special is that?!


I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party!

(back in Florida but still trying to catch up!)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rock-a-bye Baby

We are back in Florida and I’ve been working hard.


Oh…well….I might have played a little too!


Peek inside the precious little cradle that I bought in NC a couple of weeks ago. I posted more pics of it HERE.


Now that we are back home, Emma Marie has claimed it for her bed. And I used all kinds of vintage finds for her pretty bed.


A vintage Chenille bedspread for the mattress, an old chenille sham for her pillow (half of the tassels are gone but don’t tell!), and a vintage baby blanket.

She’s even holding a vintage bear and one old lamb….and one newer one are keeping her company.


The lighting wasn’t good for these photos.


But doesn’t it give a nice soft effect.


I love finding vintage things for my dollies and the cradle is special!

I’m joining the Vintage Inspiration Link party HERE,

Ivy and Elephants HERE

and Tweak it Tuesday!

Monday, September 8, 2014

‘Looking Back’

No, this isn’t a post on looking back at our past.


Well, in a way it is.

We enjoyed a little over a month in the mountains of NC.


(pretend you’ve turned around in your seat to see this!)

And now we’ve made the trip South to enjoy the summer time weather here.


It’s always fun to see how other people navigate this beautiful country.


Not sure who rode in this.


It was parked at the motel and we never saw anyone in it. (I thought it looked neat and took photos! lol)


This was one of our favorite sights. Really makes you wonder how it would be to experience the back roads of America in a horse drawn wagon.


Do you think you would like it?


I’ve missed a lot of ‘visitin’. So please, give me a chance to catch up on all of my favorite blogs! I can’t wait to find out what’s new with you!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Photo Effects for Fun

I thought about misspelling all of the words in my title but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it! hahaha!


I wanted to share some of the photos that I played with on the IPAD.


Some I used a watercolor effect


and this one I made for Tex using Halftone.


I’m joining Beautiful Sunday

Amaze me Monday and

Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.


I love taking photos of the beauty that surrounds us

and it’s fun to ‘play’ with effects, too!

But why can’t I misspell words? lol