Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Little Bit of Christmas At The Old Company Store


OUR OLD COMPANY STORE as seen in COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE
"Ninety-seven. . .ninety-eight. . .ninety-nine. . .one dollar." I was thrilled! With the four dollars I managed to save from my allowance, I had enough money to buy the little plastic cowboys and Indians for my brother, the red suspenders and bow tie for my Dad, and the  sweet-smelling Lily of the Valley cologne for my Mom.  I gathered up the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and walked alone to the company store with excitement and anticipation in my every step. Even now as I transform that same mercantile into an enchanting Christmas past, it thrills the very depths of my soul. . ."
OUR OLD COMPANY STORE as seen in COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE 
And so begins my latest article written for COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE. .which has just hit the stands!!!!   Watch for it. . .because. . .there are some fantastic articles and Christmas ideas for your own traditional Christmas plans. . .Check out these article titles as seen on the Winter Issue cover. . .

We have become a family at the magazine thanks to D J Williams, our editor, who works so very hard to ensure that each magazine issue feels like home to the reader. . .and the best way to do that is to encourage the writers to write more personable themselves. . .to open up and tell their story. . .It's been a wonderful experience. . .and the good news is. . .I'll be writing for them again in 2019!!! and. . .beginning with the Fall Issue 2019, the COUNTRY FARM HOME will be featured each season for a year. . .John and I are so excited about this and I look forward to working with D J once again. . .
So. . .That's the BIG NEWS. . .that and I noticed on the calendar that it's almost Christmas. . .Time for me to start baking. . .and wrapping gifts. . .Where DID this year go?
 



Thursday, November 8, 2018

Another Plain and Simple Home


Simply put. . .We have a second home. . .and I have a new decorating challenge. . .but one I will totally enjoy.
It was back in April when John and I took a few days off to visit Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. . .a town steeped in history, dating back to the early 1700s. . .But, it wasn’t English history that we found. . .It was the history of the French and French Canadians who came to this land west of the Mississippi River to hunt, trap, and later to plant crops. . .The houses were different. . .The culture was different. . .New France was the other Colonial settlement. . .and we fell in love with the town, the countryside, and most of all the people. . .
In June we returned. . .When an opportunity came our way to actually buy one of the early 19th century homes, right in the middle of the historic town, we did not hesitate. . .We signed the papers that day. . .It’s our place to get away and enjoy history again. . .to dress up and play if we want, as we did in Colonial Williamsburg. . .
So. . .I have another home to decorate. . .and to share along the way. . .somewhat different in style. . .but still Plain and Simple. . .

And. . .I have a new blog where you can follow our progress. . .and see a little of the town we’ve grown to love. . .Hope you’ll join me in this newest phase of our lives. . .

By-the-way. . .I have a new companion, too. . .You know how much I loved my Boo, whom I lost back in February. . .I didn’t think I wanted another animal. . .but then. . .this little guy showed up online. . .and I was hooked. . .He is the spitting image of Boo. . .but has his own personality. . .
His name is Mr. B. J. LaShae. . .and you can bet he’ll be a big part of our journey. . .
Hope you’ll join us. . .at  STE. GENEVIEVE JOURNAL

Of course. . .I will continue to share our life at THE COUNTRY FARM HOME. . .There will be plenty to write about there, too. . .We are so blessed to be able to have both places. . .Isn’t LIFE EXCITING?



Friday, October 19, 2018

Lard. . .Lard


A little play on words. . .true. . .but I love this little sign I picked up in Missouri for only $7. . .It is perfect for my FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .I remember Grandmother swore by lard for her biscuits and her special recipe for tea cookies. . .Of course, the lard was processed outdoors in a big black 'witche's' pot over an open fire. . .FALL was hog killing time and making lard was just one of the activities surrounding this event. . .Only MEMORIES today. . .






Monday, October 8, 2018

New Floor--Big Difference


We've been planning this floor for months now. . .hoping we could find someone to put it down for us. . .In this part of the country, there's a waiting list for up to two years with the few contractors around. . .This year alone we finished the breezeway porch by ourselves. . .We repainted the checkerboard floor in the keeping room by ourselves. . .We repainted the kitchen cabinets, hung new fans and chandeliers in the kitchen. . .by ourselves. . .We painted and hung new curtains in the bedroom. . .New windows throughout the house. . .plus all the maintenance required for the twelve buildings on our farmstead. . .all by ourselves. . .So you would think we'd get a break and not have to tackle the bathroom floor. . .


Life just doesn't work that way for us. . .but now that it's down, we are very proud of it. . .My goodness. . .just look at how much it added to the bath. . .I absolutely love it. ..


This is the last of this year's big projects. . .I think we ended the list with the best of all. . .AND we can SMILE and say. . .'WE DID IT!. . .Who needs a contractor anyway? . .(grin)


Friday, October 5, 2018

Bringing Out the Woodenware For Fall

 

WOODENWARE and FALL just go together. . .at least for me. . .Their beautiful patina from years and years of use seem to add to the golden browns of the season. . .Not to mention the colors of our cotton fields that reflect the same woodsy feeling. . .and you all know how I love my cotton. . .


Just a couple more shots of our PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE STYLE. . .gearing up for two photo shoots coming soon. . .We finally finished the heavy work. . .and put down a new floor for the bath. . .I'll share later. . .Still so much to do and so little time. . .but I suppose each one of you could say the same. . .Life just gets busier and busier. . .doesn't it?



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