Sunday, October 21, 2012

It’s Fall Festival Time

Before I begin this post I would remind you that I was raised in the heart of Texas, where there is not ever a true Autumn.  The leaves on the trees simply turn brown and drop to the ground.

With that as my background, I was totally unprepared for the beauty of an Autumn season in Georgia.  Many years ago (1992 to be exact), my youngest was starting to school and I decided that it was time to get fit, so I started walking every day.  I was totally enamored as I walked, watching the leaves do their dance from green to orange to brown and then twirl and swirl their way to the ground.  As a matter of fact, this quilt was designed during many of these walks…..P4211084 (2)

But, I have strayed from the purpose of this post…..  one of the best things about Autumn in Georgia are the many Festivals that exist.  You can travel thru a maze made of corn, pick Pumpkins right out of the patch and many other wonders.  But, our favorite event is the Oconee County Fall Festival.DSC07049

Michael and I love walking past the 200+ booths and shopping for fun things, big and small.  You can….

……buy “art” for your yard……DSC07050

….buy every sort of Jam or Pickle……DSC07055

…..get your face painted (this little girl was standing SO still)……DSC07056

…..pick up some locally made pottery…….

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……take home a- basket……

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…..have fun with a balloon character…….

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…..and even buy a chance to win your very own John Deere…..

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For the children there were…..

…..train rides…..

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….pony rides…..DSC07047

……a corn box to play in (picture a sand box but filled with dried corn kernels)……DSC07048

BUT, one of our favorite things about the Festival is the FOOD!!!   You can get fried Oreos, fried Pickles,  Kettle Popcorn, Kebabs, Hamburgers, Lemonade, and many other Southern specialties. 

My favorite is…..drum roll…….DSC07064

……a Funnel Cake.    I eat one per year because they can’t be good for you!!!  The dough batter is dropped by strings into hot oil and fried until crisp.  The better ones are then covered in powdered sugar, as was I after I finished eating!!  The wind was blowing some and there was a puffy trail of sugar following me as I walked.  And, yes, I ate all of it……

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Michael chose a Pulled Pork Sandwich which was served with a slice of cheese and a messy amount of BBQ sauce…..

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We finished our morning with a walk around the Oconee Farmer’s Market and visiting a few antique stores along the Main Street of Watkinsville.  Here was the best shot of the day…..Michael and his special friend……

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You would only find this on Main Street of a small town and I am happy to say that it is OUR small town and OUR Fall Festival.

Hope you are enjoying your Autumn season (or Spring Season depending on which side of the world you are on)!!!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

It arrived!!!

On Thursday, our beautiful antique Bookcase arrived and we are so enjoying having it in our home. 

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We found this at a local antique store, just a few days before we left for China.  We debated about buying it on the spot but finally decided to wait until we had returned from our trip and were actually moving into our new house.  It was a hard, hard wait!!

We sent it to a friend who refinishes furniture and he made a few cosmetic corrections to it, but it was in really good shape so there wasn’t much to be done.

He told us that it was made in the 1880’s, in the Victorian style, with the primary wood being Walnut and the secondary being Poplar.  He also said that the glass is in remarkable condition!!

He pointed out the handcrafted drawers, showing us the “scratch line” that was used to mark how far to dovetail the joints…..

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As I was polishing and cleaning it, I was intrigued with the construction of the shelf units.  The edges are notched and specially made slats are inserted for the shelves to sit on….

DSC06945 The shelves are also notched in each corner to allow them to fit perfectly…..

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It was fun to polish the unit and think of who else might have enjoyed it in the past 130 years!!

The plan is to bring some old dish sets home from my Mother’s house and use this as a display case for them.

But, even empty, it is a wonderful addition to our dining room!!!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Finally moved!!

Well, it has been almost 3 weeks since my last update, but I can finally say that we are moved!!

By the 22nd of September, we had most of the smaller things over at the new house and unpacked and we were ready for the movers.   Welcome “Two Men and a Truck”….well, actually 4 men in our case.

It was interesting to watch them pack and load each of our precious items.  The coolest thing was how they carried many of the items on a strap that was connected to a harness on their backs.

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The weight was distributed evenly between them and they just had to use their hands to balance the item.

It only took about 1-1/2 hours to load everything up and then we were off to the new house…..

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It only took another hour to move everything in and we were ready to roll.

The next week was spent organizing and cleaning and trying to catch up a bit on the normal things of life.

Then, before we knew it, “Two Men and a Truck” were back again, this time with our daughter’s furniture that we are storing while she is living in Chicago.

She drove up  last Sunday….DSC06750

and our son, Brian, drove her U-Haul up on Monday.  She is now happily ensconced in a new city, a new apartment and a new job!!!!

As of yesterday, we declared that the moving is complete, so here are a few photos of the finished rooms…..

Starting with the heart of any home….the kitchen….DSC06758

This is officially called a keeping room, but in reality it is a relaxing place where I can sit while my sweet husband cooks dinner!!!…..

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This covered deck area has become our favorite place to sit just after dinner.  We will continue to enjoy this as long as the weather will allow…..DSC06756

This is our bright and sunny den…….DSC06787

This is my wonderful office.  In the old house, I worked at a desk in my kitchen and had client meetings at my dining table.  Here, I can even close the French doors into the room and have complete privacy…..DSC06762

Our dining room that also holds my piano.  We have purchased an 1880’s Glass Fronted Bookcase that will sit along the long wall on the left…..DSC06763

The entry way and stairs gives me a place to display a quilt.  I will change this quilt through out the year.  By the way, I have found a wonderful hanging system….more about that in another post…….DSC06764

Our bedroom……

DSC06765It is such fun to wake up early in the morning and be able to see the stars out of that arched window.

This is my husband’s office, complete with a Western, hunting theme and decorated with items that he has gathered in many of his travels……DSC06774

I wasn’t sure about the color scheme for this bathroom until I remembered the small quilt that brought all of the colors together…..

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The house has a guest “suite” that has a small bedroom……DSC06785

and a sitting room…..DSC06782My Mother-In-Law is very excited to be our first visitor in about 6 weeks.

Everyone gave me a hard time that the first things moved were for my studio, but unfortunately, it is the only room that still needs work.  I did a bit of sewing, but only to make storage bags for some of my floral stems.

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I have purchased the boards to make my design wall and will hopefully get that finished and mounted in the next week.DSC06780

Finally, both cars fit comfortably in the garage which truly signaled the end of the moving process……

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Now to catch up on some accounting work and make a trip to Texas to visit my mother.  Maybe, just maybe I can get a bit of creative time in too….

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