Monthly Archives: December 2021

Christmas Clementine Cake from Dorothy’s ‘The New Vintage Kitchen’

One of the blogs I follow that I really enjoy–both her delightful style of writing and story-telling about the foods she cooks, as well as the recipes and instructions, is Dorothy’s ‘The New Vintage Kitchen.‘ Earlier in the month of … Continue reading

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Rocking the Christmas red and green party lights

Remember back when I first posted about the color changing lights Rando installed atop the new cabinets…and I said I could not see me using the red ones unless I was throwing a rockin’ Christmas party? Mom always said I … Continue reading

Posted in Acts of Restorative Kindness, Food and Wine, Kitchen Remodel, Mississippi | 7 Comments

The view from the west: It’ll do

The sunsets this week have been particularly orange, once even casting the orange glow onto the sycamore tree. The weather has been perfect for an evening fire just before dark, Beyonce’s favorite time with me. It has been a busy … Continue reading

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Sala’s butterfly

Quilt block textile; hand-sewn and embroidered with vintage materials. Helena Sala, St. Augustine, FL.

Posted in Florida, Historic Downtowns, Textile art | 9 Comments

The 1939 Community Quilt

This quilt recently made a grand reappearance, and is now safely packed ready for transport back to Texas…albeit, not Elbert where it originated. In 1939, a group of women from the Elbert, Texas community pieced this quilt and signed their … Continue reading

Posted in Elbert, Family, New Deal Administration, Texas, Throckmorton, Work Projects Administration, Works Progress Administration | Tagged , , | 18 Comments

Big Lagoon State Park: The name should have been the clue

Yes, cuz and I strong-armed that Aliner to hitch up. Using the old 1-2-3-go method, I lifted and pulled and she lifted and pushed. I may not be the heavy-weight who can still hoist a 50 pound sack of horse … Continue reading

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The Floridian for the last supper

We had dinner on the patio of the Floridian on our first foray into historic St. Augustine, because Rosie the poodle was with us, and besides, it was lovely outside. That was my day 8 of camping you may recall, … Continue reading

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What? Henry Flagler bought another hotel, next door to his first two?

Alongside the Hotel Ponce de Leon and Hotel Alcazar, the Casa Monica Hotel opened in 1888 by Franklin W. Smith. Constructed in the Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival style, it faced the courtyard for Hotel Alcazar, across the street … Continue reading

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Hotel Alcazar: Another Henry Flagler grand hotel

Across the street from the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, developed by East Florida railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, is another of Flagler’s grand hotels built with the vision of enticing wealthy East Coast elites to the “Ancient City” of … Continue reading

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Lunch with the birds of Salt Run

While it was fun watching all the birds dining during our lunch, they were a bit too far away to identify them clearly. The roseate spoonbill was my favorite though.

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