Blog Photo ..Pohlig Brothers box factory where my Grandmother worked ages ago. Today the building has been turned into apartments. Richmond Va.


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

pretty home

Steve and I stopped by a craft sale at a lovely home in Henrico Va.. A Georgian style home built in 1952 on mountain road.  Mountain road as it is called because it was the main road taken to the mountains of Virginia.
George Washington's military headquarters in Newburg, New York is what this home is modeled after. (info taken from their blog site)
Simple green wreaths adorned with a velvet red fluffy  bows. I think that is what I will put on my wreaths at the windows this year.

I didn't stand back far enough to capture the whole house for a picture.  Ground was wet after some drizzling rain earlier, so I got several pictures up close.






Steve purchased this pretty bluebird painting for his office





Outside vendor selling barbecue, so good.

video shared from  from site

Saturday, November 4, 2017

just a tid bit

I know Halloween is over and I meant to post this picture before but didn't  upload in time.   I think this is just a cute idea I saw while having lunch in Aunt Sarah's pancake house a few days before Halloween.
A giant spider web made from orange mini lights. 
The fall arrangement on top is so cute also.


Oh yes, cousin John's fried chicken is delicious.  Need to get their breading.


Steve had pancakes and eggs for lunch

til next time

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Goblins tonight

Adalyn and Genevieve.  They had a good time for sure.
Miranda did a good job with Adalyns skeleton face and Genevieve is a princess Anna

This the part Adalyn likes to show and she hisses when she spreads her arms. 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Still thriving

Colder weather and mild frost the other night did not do harm to these few plants outside.  Like these few peppers that have been growing in this pot since June.
They like this dirt.  I have picked quite a few off and more to pick I see today.

I let a few turn orange like this one is doing before I pick it.

Lettuce growing in a pot

Nasturtiums that had died back and looked hopeless because they do not like the hot sun.  Well they are back and now that I have a salad thing going on here with the lettuce and peppers,  I guess I will throw these in there also.

few more sprigs of lavender blooming.  I cut the bush back and it took off again.  I will use these few petals for cookies.

Front yard mums that were potted plants two years ago, maybe a little older than that.  The color is just as vibrant.

The dogwoods are not pretty this year as years past.  But still a little color.

That piece of stained glass in my window I made many years ago has the sun shining through in the morning with such pretty color on the wall.

New garage doors made all the difference in the world here.

The old ones had the old glass and were getting so rickety.  Very happy with these.

like that dappled sun showing on the front yard

Back inside are these miniature roses I purchased from Kroger 3 weeks ago.  They were spindly sticks with a few leaves and one dying rose bloom.  Now look at them.  I hope I can keep the going through the winter somehow.  The rose color is a striped Burgundy color.

Thanks for visiting - Betsy

big eyes


Big eyes that I didn't have any idea what to do with but found one.




I took a ride towards Fredericksburg to Deep Creek Vintage to see what I must have.






I found these and I may paint them before I hang them,  but not sure what color.

and this vintage basket that I will tuck some dried lavender and dried roses in


I usually always find something to spend my money on that's for sure.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

A few goblins

Not long before the Bewitching hour and the girls are getting excited. I loved Halloween when I was a child and glad to see they do too.   Steve took Genevieve to pick up a pumpkin from Ashwood Gardens not far from us and came back with 5 and some mulch that Genevieve said we needed.  She will use any excuse to ride in the truck.
Foxy boots for the ride







I put up another wreath with a sparkly pumpkin


Happy goblin - Adalyn loves Halloween and has been talking about it for  a month now.


Another happy goblin,  Genevieve

She thinks she is looking scary

A few mums I planted two years ago from ones purchased in pots.  Still looking good.

Time for chicken and home made flat dumplings.  Comfort food Steve and I both love.  Girls loved it too.

Adalyn and Genevieve being not so scary





Thursday, October 26, 2017

9 Surprising Sources of Radiation in Your Home

I came upon this article while looking up certain items I see in antique stores I may want to purchase.  Just to check and make sure it is safe.

9 Surprising Sources of Radiation in Your Home: Sci-fi fans take note: Some of the materials and products sitting around your house could be emitting low levels of radiation right now...... 

from.... This Old House

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Early Dinner

For my birthday Friday,  Steve and I took a  drive to colonial beach and had early dinner at Wilkerson's.   Seafood is cooked to perfection and since we both love shrimp and fish, this is our go to place for it.
Steve's fish and shrimp with crabmeat was so good as so was my broiled shrimp with mixed vegetables.

fresh steamed vegetables



This takes care of our shrimp craving for a little while.

I like this driftwood piece on mantle in Wilkersons



A short drive to the beach to walk off our meal.

Couldn't ask for a nicer day.



A few of my gifts I have posted and want to say thanks to all.
Love the scent of this pumpkin soap and candle - Donna gave me.  Has a sweet music box attached.


When we got home from our dinner out.  This sweet arrangement left on porch table.   Notice the cupcake - it's coconut,  my very favorite.   Genevieve called to ask me to save a slice for her.  I sure did. 
I guess you can see amazon gift card from children.  Thank you!

With a lovely card and autographs 

Genevieve knows how to write the first letter of her name.

Adalyn and Genevieve both drew on paper for me.



Annette gifted me these cozy p.js. that will be much needed very soon as the weather is getting chillier in the evenings these past few days.

Friend Carolyn gave me this  necklace

Also from Carolyn,  a garden bird with the sweeted saying.
A friend is someone who strengthens
you with prayers.
Blesses you with love
and strengthens you with hope.  Carolyn does just that.

Steve knows I love metal sculptures and these two were placed in the area of the yard where I would see them right away and I like the both of them sitting right where they are.

Oh yes,  a book I have wanted to read for some time.  I put the bug in Steve's ear and he ran with it.  Thank you!!!!!!!!

till next time - Betsy