Thursday, April 14, 2016


It's been several years since we had chicks around here.  Our hens are beginning their fourth laying cycle and are not performing well at all.  Out of 13 ladies, 6 eggs are being produced.  Not so good, girls.  Maybe I shouldn't tell them that their replacements have arrived.

This is always an exciting day.  

Fifteen adorables arrived safely!  

They are now two-weeks old.  This one is a Columbian Wyandotte.  She is so tame that she has picked Sawyer out as her (hopefully a her) special person.  As you can see, she is wearing the grass collar he put on her.

He is an honest-to-goodness chick attracter.

This cutey is a Silver Laced Wyandotte. I'm wondering a bit about this one; possibly a rooster?   We took them outside in two buckets so they could get some fresh air.  

Here is another of my chicks.  Daniel is washing dishes for Grandmama.
You just can start too soon!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sneak Peaks on the Kitchen

I love sharing pictures of my garden.  Many of the plants were left by the Wilsons.  Here are a few.

A wild garden phlox
Angel Wings: Rosa Chinensis
Grown from seed.

Intoxicatingly fragrant Mock Orange

This week I am moving into the new kitchen.  Yay!  It's been fun deciding how to organize things, but I suspect I will have to do a little squeezing as this kitchen is a bit smaller.

We found this vintage light on E-Bay.  Dave cleaned it all up and re-wired it.

I love white kitchens.  I love old things.  


This is my third son, Collin Lane.  He is a deary.  This was taken on Mother's Day.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This is a Construction Zone!

   We've been in our house for 8 years in September.  How we have loved living here. Our house was built in the 1920's as we have been told.  It was very rural here with cotton being grown in this part of South Carolina.  Every town had it's own cotton mill, or at least some form of employment associated with the cotton industry.

Our house was just a small farmhouse, with four rooms.  Maybe an upstairs. We don't know much more except that it was the scene of  two unfortunate murders.  Rather morbid isn't it?  Fortunately, we are not the least superstitious and are not bothered by it.  The past is in the past.

In the 80's and 90's, two master gardeners lived here and updated and improved the house.  They added on three very large rooms onto the back of the house.  They had an herb farm here, all in raised beds.  The Wilsons were very community minded and did much to improve their town.  Mr. Wilson hosted "The Victory Garden" during those years, and they tell me some of the filming took place here.  I have not seen any of the old episodes, but would love to see them.

We got the place in 2007 and hit the ground running!  We haven't slowed down since.  Shortly after we moved in, we added on some more to the back part.  Now it is one good-sized house.  BUT!  the flow of the house was terrible.  It felt like two separate houses.  I became so disturbed by the lack of unity in the place, that something just had to be done!  So we are doing something about it.

We are involved in "phase one" of three phases to convert the house over to a unified whole, and make it what it is crying out to be.  We are changing very little on the outside; it will still look like a little old farm house on the outside, but inside, we hope it to be a place for gracious living from days gone by.

Let me take you on a tour of what we have done so far.

This  is taken from the far door of the dining room looking across the floor to the back entry.
Trevor and Resendo remove the back door.
New double windows are put in the place where the door was.  Here are my eldest and youngest sons.
Now the framing goes up.  This wall divides the old dining room in half.  The new kitchen is on the other side and on this side is the new playroom-central passageway.
This is still from the far dining-room door looking straight ahead.  This is the new wall for the Butler's Pantry.
Outside, you are looking at a new door-opening put into the side of the old pantry.  Where they are all standing is where the new porch will be.  It will extend down to the corner of the house, where you see the gutter and the crepe myrtle.
Unfortunately, we will have to loose this lovely old crepe myrtle.  Trevor cut it so I can still have the trunk for some kind of yard use.  I'll talk to my neighbor because she has lots of great ideas!
Here it is down.
A lot happened at once  The hardwood floors went down over the old heart of pine, trim work was done, painting done in a day and now .......
You can't believe what these four fellows went through to get the sink in place.
Isn't it exciting!???
My son, Trevor is our contractor.  He has been building a good reputation for himself in the Greenville area for a few years now.  We have been so pleased with the sub-contractors he has been using, as they have all been expert and clean with what they do.  The workers have been very nice,  hard-working men.
Trevor's contracting business is Premier Builders SC

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Most Lovely Spring

This has been a gloriously gorgeous Spring.  I always look forward to the blooming of the old pear tree in the front yard.

Lenten Rose

I love Violets!

Pear blossoms.

Fragrant White Violets along with Blue.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Garden

This spring, my husband and I decided we were going to try a "no-till" method on our large summer vegetable garden.  We watched a video called "Back To Eden" and were pretty amazed!
We decided not to plow or till.  He would only mow the cover crop and any grass that was there.  Then he started making trips to the dump to get trailer-full after trailer-full of this wonderful stuff!  I believe her got at lest 6-7 loads and started spreading.

After planting my seedlings which I had started earlier, we put them in the ground and gave them some water.  Nothing much else.
Here is what it looks like today.

We've actually had a hot, dry summer so far, with some rain last week.

Lots and lots of blossoms on the squash.

Patty-pan squash can be eaten as summer squash, or later left on the plant to get big for use as winter squash.

Notice the nice, soft, CLEAN, squishy bed that squash lays on!  

I have yet so see any squash bugs.  That doesn't mean I won't.

My husband has weeded twice.  Each time it took no more that 10 minutes.  Really!  Did I mention we haven't watered? 

See the video here.

The tomato plants look very good, although they have some sort of a leaf curl.  It doesn't seem to have much affect on them, although they are not as pretty.  There is just a tiny bit of blossom end rot on the tomato I picked this morning.  The rest of them look great!
We haven't put any green beans in the ground yet.  Maybe there will be time for a fall crop.  We got it all in very, very late.

I hope you will see the video.  It takes over an hour to view it all, but you will be pretty amazed!  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Orchid Fully Bloomed

Two years ago my husband gave me this beautiful orchid for my birthday.  It was pretty then.  It is spectacular now!  It has been in bloom for a month.

Ashley had great success with orchids when she was home.  She knows lots about them, so I always call her when I have questions.  

"My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever."