Thursday, March 7, 2019

Bon Soir Sweet Girl

My little dog Daisy had not been well 
since this past holiday season.
At that time she was diagnosed with 
congestive heart failure.
And although she had many good days since then,
the bad days seemed to come 
more and more frequently lately.
Yesterday I made the decision it was 
time to let her go.
I was with her until the end
and she went very peacefully.

Today has been a day of remembering. 
I am remembering my 
constant walking companion of many years. 
 I cannot begin to tell you how many acquaintance 
I made on our walks because of Daisy. 

 I am remembering her love for her toys 
and how she lived for me to toss them
 into the next room 
so she could chase them down.

  I am remembering my constant evening companion, 
on her pillow snoozing and snoring 
at my feet as I knitted. 
    Most of all I am remembering 
her absolute favorite thing 
of lying on her back 
so I could give her long belly rubs.

Daisy keeping me company while I stripped wallpaper.

Let me be completely honest, 
Daisy was a high maintenance girl 
and could drive me absolutely nuts.  
She was a barker from the very beginning 
and I tried EVERYTHING to train her to not bark.  
It was a real compulsion with her. 
Once she started she could not stop.  
We did the training sessions at Pet Smart.  
We tried the ultrasonic anti barking device 
that emitted high frequency sounds 
only Daisy could hear.  
She wore an anti-bark collar for a while. 
She was on anti anxiety meds for a while.
  We got a calming pheromone atomizer.  
But still... she... barked.  
And she drove me crazy.

Daisy and her cousin, Chaos

But still…
she was my “Daisy-Doodle,
the Brown Noodle."

Daisy and her newest cousin, Cooper

She was my "Baby Girl." 
She was my "Pretty Girl." 
She was my “Sweet Girl.” 

But most of all 
she was my dog
and she will be missed.
Sweet dreams Sweet Girl.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Spring Has Sprung...

...according to the calendar at 
Buttermilk Cottage:
 December/January/February (Winter)
March/April/May (Spring)
June/July/August (Summer)
September/October/November (Fall)

So, we are in the midst of Spring!!!
All the pretty things popping out in
my yard and neighborhood
proves me right.

In another day or two 
I will be rich in daffodils,
my all time favorite flower.
I hit the jackpot when I bought
this house!

It has been a long while since I have blogged.
I have just come through the busiest time
for my business.
November through February
are always the most active months for me.
After doing a quick tally I see I managed 
to send out 379 orders during those months.
Many of those orders were for multiple items.
So, there has been a LOT of 
sewing and knitting 
going on around here.
With March has come a little
slow down, so I am using that time
to restock and make new things.
Yesterday was the first time in about
six months that I did no sewing at all.

Instead, I spent the day giving
Buttermilk Cottage
a bit of Spring cleaning.

Off came the slipcovers,
which were a bit on the grimy side.

I sprayed the worst spots
with stain remover and after
three loads of laundry...

...they were ready to be put back in place.

A rug at the front door also
got shampooed.

It's nice to get everything back in order
and know it's not only neat,
but CLEAN!

Did you notice my new chair,
or "the knitting chair"?
(I feel a little like Archie Bunker.)

All this cleaning reminds me
of another new purchase.
I just bought myself a 
faux Roomba.

Have you gotten on board with these yet?
Because of all the fiber work I do,
constant clumps of fuzz and
the ever shedding Daisy,
I have been wanting one
just for my office, kitchen
and the hallway that connects the two,
where the laundry is done,
(more lint).
I call the one I got
the "faux roomba"
because it is an off brand,
and I was not going to spend the
$300-$1000 you can spend on these things.
I only intend to use it for spot cleaning
in the rooms mentioned.
After doing a bit of investigating
and review reading
I found the one above.
I did not expect any bells and whistles,
especially since I only paid $100.00 for it.
But it does talk to me,
has a remote control 
and will even mop the floor,
although I probably will not be 
using it for that.
I have only had it for a few days,
but I think I am going to like it.

I have begun anticipating my 
spring and summer house project.
This year I hope to rework the front entry a bit.
I have already ordered a new front door.
I hope to have the porch covering
and railing redone and add 
new outdoor lights.

Something else I am anticipating
in the next couple of weeks
is a visit from my college roommate, Virginia
and another college friend, Marie, 
whom I've known since high school.
(Probably the motivation for all 
the cleaning this weekend!)
The three of us were part of a 
tight group of five 
during college, 
one of whom we have lost track of
and another who is not able to join us.
They will be here in mid March and 
I can promise there will be good times happening at
Buttermilk Cottage!

Happy Spring everyone!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Lunch at Miss Bobo's and Bob Dylan...

...all in one week!

Last week was my "favorite" sister's birthday.
On Monday, Nancy and I 
made the half hour trip from my parents' house
to Lynchburg, Tennessee for lunch.
Lunching at Miss Bobo's has been on my 
TO DO list for quite a while.

So what better way to experience it than with Nancy?
It was an excellent afternoon.
Miss Bobo's, at one time was a boarding house.
It is now owned by Jack Daniels
and operated as a southern style,
family style restaurant.
The food is plentiful and excellent.
The day we were there the menu was
fried chicken, meatloaf, buttered potatoes,
okra (*****), green beans,
rice and broccoli casserole,
red pepper relish,
tipsy apples 
(baked apples GENEROUSLY doused with Jack),
and for dessert chocolate pie
with Jack flavored whipped cream.
Need I say more? 

(we DID need to walk off a few calories)
we walked around the town a bit,
and found some cute shops.

These guys came home with me.

Many of the shops in Lynchburg are
Jack Daniels theme related.

On Tuesday evening,
M had tickets for 
a Bob Dylan concert 
in Huntsville, Alabama.

Bob Dylan is an icon
and what a treat to see him!
Remember how in the past,
you couldn't always understand
all the lyrics to his songs?
Well, things have not changed.
One difference now though,
is that often you cannot easily
catch the melody of the song
he is singing.
Not complaining here, though.
As someone said,
"he wrote the damn songs,
he can sing them anyway he wants."

To finish up my lovely few days away,
M took me by 
It's the floral shop that has been 
doing all the gorgeous flowers
M has been bringing to me.
I met the floral designer, Tamra,
who is the genius behind all the beauty.

Back home now,
and back into my normal routine.
I love getting away,
but Buttermilk Cottage
 is always nice too!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Putting Summer Away...

As I sit here today 
contemplating bringing in my
plants from the porch
because we might, possibly
have a frost later this week,
I realize summer is over.
Of course it is!!!
It's mid October after all!
It's just that it has sped by SO quickly,
even though the warm weather has
lasted way longer this year
than we have any right to expect.

One summer event I should have ended weeks ago
is my family's 
I've shared everyone's cake except my own.
So here it is.

recipe from DELISH.
The main difference between my cake
and those of everyone else
 is that the recipe 
called for the addition of 
unsweetened applesauce and less oil.
A healthier cake....

 ...probably not because of the 
Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting,
which was the BEST thing about the cake.

The cake was a bit too dense.
Probably because my recipe did not specify
what size can or how much 
crushed pineapple to use.
I used a large can and did not drain it.
So, although the frosting was first rate,
I wasn't too impressed with my cake.

After living here for almost fifteen months,
my violets finallllllly
began to bloom this summer.
I had wonderful luck with them
But for some reason, no blooms here.
Don't they like this house???
Are they mad I moved them???
After feeding them a bloom boost for several months
and moving them to some direct sunlight,
I am seeing flowers again.
(Thank you for your advise M.)

I have "read"
or listened to some outstanding
audible books this summer.
These were two of my favorites.

And finally,
as I say goodbye to summer,
here's a little round up of
the gorgeous flowers M has kept
me supplied with over the past few months.

Come on Fall.
I'm ready for you.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Stormy Weather...Soon...

It's a perfect, sunshiny, blue sky day in
East Tennessee today.
Hard to believe we will probably
be dealing with the remains of 
Hurricane Florence
on Sunday and Monday.
Our local forecast is rain,
some wind, rain and more rain.

I have now lived in my little
cape cod for fifteen months.
I have a huge basement,
which has not flooded since I have
been here.
But my neighbor Sue tells me
it did once flood several years ago.
I am enough worrier to worry about that.
I know what dealing with a 
My big concern is that I am storing 
all my sister Nancy's 
furniture and home goods 
while she is a care giver of our parents.
So I have a very full basement.
On my To Do list today or tomorrow
is to get everything I can 
raised a bit off the floor.
Just in case...

Fun road trip last weekend.
M was visiting and we drove
to Wise, Virginia and visited

Located about a hour away,
the vineyard is located
atop a mountain.
The drive was twisty and curvy.

But once we arrived we were rewarded
with a bucolic and pretty winery.

We had a tasting of several wines
and explored their small shop.

The vines for the concord grapes 
were open for "cutting your own."

Since I have never cut grapes,
I had to give it a try.

After a very short while
I had a nice bucket full 
to take home.

They taste as good as they look!

Godspeed for everyone 
who has already been, or will be affected
by the hurricane.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Porch is Finished!

I have actually been enjoying it
since mid July.

All the work was completed then,
except for the arrival
of a new door from the living room
onto the porch.

That got installed last Monday.

 So nice to see this summer's project
come to completion.

 This stone kitty, 
who actually belongs to my sister Nancy,
has found a corner for herself
for the time being.

I brought my porch furniture
up from the basement, 
where it has been waiting patiently. 
It used to grace the front porch 

I made new cushion covers
from an outdoor fabric
with a fun and colorful bird motif.

I love this sheep, but until the porch,
could not find a place for it inside the house.
So, it's very nice to now be
able to find a home for it.

What would a porch be without
a swing?

As I said earlier, I've been enjoying
the porch since mid July.
My favorite time is early in
the morning, watching my street
come to life as I have my first cup of coffee.

I think it almost looks as though it has always been there!
Now, time to start planning
for next year's
home improvement project...
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