Friday, December 31, 2010
Every year when December rolls around I find myself musing from time to time about all of the wonderful Cotillion Balls we used to go to through the years and what fun they were. Between Savannah and my teenage years up in Wisconsin, both The Cotillion Club and The Service Club provided a neat reason to attend glamorous galas each December.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
- Expansion of one's Hunter boots "Wellies" collection would never be questioned as purely a "want"...on the farm, they're definitely a need
- Gardening tools and supplies have become so darn cute and can be monogrammed
- More fresh vegetables and flowers for the cutting than we could possibly use n' give away
- Complete privacy: 24/7 and 365 days a year out there
- No makeup, hair in a bandanna, no fuss getting ready each morning- could get used to that
- Pecans, pecans and more pecans...
- Truly living a simplified, off the land self-sufficient kind of life
- Oodles of time for my writing and also USC isn't too far for the future PhD pursuit
- Carrying on the tradition of family members living out on the road named after them
- James would be happy- I kinda' think this would be reason #1 but of course ;)
Things I would miss by being on the farm would take up another listing and may take up more than ten points bien sur! Best of all worlds would be for James and I to have two places and go in between them: one on the farm and one out on the island.... we'll see what happens.
Until then, we'll keep enjoying walking along the farm's fields and woods with one another........
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
- "Merry Christmas Y'all" embroidered linen hand towels surface in guest bathrooms
- Magnolia leaves are gilded with gold paint and used profusely when decorating
- Winter-coats are thin quilted vests by Barbour and Talbots
- Winter boots consist of Wellies, one's riding boots and black dressy-heeled versions
- Tartan, especially family tartans, is the pattern-of-choice in decorating and clothing
- There's a kilt or two being worn to the midnight Christmas Eve church service
- Suburbans and station wagons sport small evergreen wreaths wired onto their front grills
- Potted Amaryllis and Narcissus sit next to vases of freshly cut flowers from the yard
- Every other gift being put under the tree has a monogram somewhere on it
- Guns for sport shooting are being polished-up as much as is the silver
- Needlepoint stockings are being hung up on the mantle or the dining room's sideboard
- A "Tasting Table" is being set up to house whatever small edible gifts come one's way
- The ever-present small bar with cut crystal decanters is being utilized more than usual
- The Christmas Cotillion season is commencing
- One's social schedule also includes oyster roasts as well as in-town cocktail parties
- There are less events planned for the children and much more for adults of all ages
- Babysitters are in high demand during evening after evening and all weekends as well
- Most of the "bling" on women comes from inheriting their greatgrandmother's baubles
- Men dust off their old tux yet once again and try to polish up very well-worn dress shoes
- Bottles of wine or huge bouquets gathered from the garden are hostess gifts
- Heading to the beach or going out to the dock is the way to de-stress during the holidays
- Most shopping is done locally and takes awhile since literally everyone knows one another
- Poinsettias are ordered for church decor and also for placing out in the family graveyard
- Claims of having a fruitcake receipe that actually-tastes-good run rampant
- Chasing a piece of fruitcake with sherry, Madeira or scotch is a well-known survival tool
- Pine cones, greenery and red berries grace interiors of houses however...
- ...scads of sea shells & untreated Spanish Moss with its tiny bugs are only used by tourists n' transplants: bless their "all too eager to blend-in" hearts
- Seafood dishes are as part of the menu as is the more traditionally-considered holiday fare
- Stocking stuffers for adult males include a box of shotgun shells
- Stocking stuffers for adult females include something glittering in a tiny jewelry box
- Stocking stuffers for male children include a small sailor's knots how-to book
- Stocking stuffers for female children include one piece of her sterling flatware's pattern
- Stocking stuffers for the eldest family matriarch are small bottles of her favorite "spirits"
- Adults sit in the dining room for holiday meals and children are relegated to their own children's-table made out of bridge card tables or put into whatever kitchen seating works
- Nativity Pageants and Christmas Morning are when the children are the main attraction, er attention
- After Christmas Day festivities, there's a boat ride, shoot, beach or woods walk scheduled
- Apres' Holiday Season, Father retreats to the family farm, Mother goes on a Girls'-trip somewhere either much colder (skiing) or much warmer (tropical isles) and the children are sent back to school with much relief.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Burgundy...Red...Pink...blended into a color tone mix that's Autumn + Holiday
My own lifestyle color blend grouping of Burgendy-Red-Pink...even the phone!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Here's to the generations after generations of American Veterans and active military keeping our freedoms and American spirit alive and well!
At times within today's world and current culture it seems like actual freedom is rather precious "few and far between" the various losses of privacy, decision making and autonomy of living out our daily lives we're experiencing all around us. However, in comparison to so many countries and cultures around the world, we are in a rare minority of peoples to whom individual and societal freedom finds actual enactment.
My gratitude goes out to those who hold up freedom's bright torch in the fading twilight of what we've known as modern, and post modern, civilization...
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
- The Luggage set is Hartmann tweed, but of course.
- The handbag is both stylish and practical with it being a black Kate Spade backpack.
- Sweater Twin Set has gone tropical in a light cotton sleeveless shell with the cardigan tied at the shoulders. It is in a neutral tone to better wardrobe-Preppily with the silk pants.
- Silk pants are classic Talbots heavy silk, lined and in an elegant tropical print with a black background. There are tropical prints and then there are tropical prints. Choose carefully.
- The black leather sandals are older Bandalino versions with a subtle gold-hardware touch to them rendered in a simple circle where the straps meet. By day, these flat sandals work well and by night, a perfectly turned out Preppy would have them in a higher heel look.
- Jewelry is kept to an elegantly simple white pearl 16" necklace and 8 mm stud earrings. Wedding rings are kept on 24/7... natch... while watches are left back home: when in the tropics, one can ask the poolside waiters serving Mai Tais what the time is if need be.
- Sunglasses: the more old-style movie-star classic the better. No bling here please...
- Hair and nails always neat: when snorkeling or sailing, a ponytail or under-a-hat will do too. If hair is a mess, hopefully it is because one has just caught a fish offshore.
- A simple tropical flower behind the ear is appropriate for this setting but leave the leis to luaus, the cornrow braids in the hair to goofy teenagers and tattoos... completely alone!
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Nice artwork of a traditional koi pond I spotted in a hotel's lobby...
...and the real thing in the midst of the International Marketplace.