Monday, January 28, 2019

movin' on up


help from the boys next door (kids/grandkids!)

Keith, Kyle, Matt, Curren

and... it works! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

laundry progress

out with the shelves (Melissa's old closet)

Hey there's our original orange shag carpet from 1977!

the laundry chute (went from upstairs through Melissa's closet on main floor to basement laundry


Demo Day done!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

laundry plans

the bedroom closet / a.k.a. future Laundry!

how it will fit

the Plan

gathering ideas from Pinterest

I submitted these plans back in August 2018 to the Superintendent of Operations and got a "We'll see... maybe someday." Well sometimes you just have to plant the (idea) seeds and watch them grow, sometimes it is a slow process - 6 months not too bad :)

Tuesday, January 8, 2019


passing through small towns we often have to stop and take it all in, 
the little quilt shop, the murals, and of course the quilt squares! 
Lavonia, Georgia

Monday, January 7, 2019

Watson Mill Bridge

One of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River. Built in 1885 by Washington (W.W.) King, son of freed slave and famous covered-bridge builder Horace King, the bridge is supported by a town lattice truss system held firmly together with tree nails. At one time, Georgia had more than 200 covered bridges; today, less than 20 remain.

Built by W.W. King in 1885, Watson Mill Bridge is Georgia’s longest existing covered bridge. Of the Town lattice type it has four spans and is 236 feet long.
Covered primarily to protect the structural timbers, the bridge served local traffic, the workers of the now missing grist mill and saw mill and even for picnics and square dances. The bridge was restored in 1973, by the Georgia Department of Transportation to serve as a nucleus for the surrounding state park.

We were here on a late Sunday afternoon, the visitor center was closed. Hiking trails and a nice campground make this park one to come back to in the future. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Cromer's Mill Covered Bridge

Covered bridge near Royston, Georgia

Historic Marker erected in 2000:

The Cromers settled on Nails Creek in Franklin County in 1845. Prior to the Civil War, the family operated a woolen mill near this site. Subsequently, the area maintained a cotton gin, flour mill and saw mill, though all operations had ceased by 1943. In 1907, the county contracted with James M. Hunt to build the present 110-foot bridge. Constructed in the Town lattice design, the bridge’s web of planks crisscrossing at 45-to 60-degree angles are fastened with wooden pegs, or trunnels, at each intersection. Will Cromer, a descendant of the original family, built the stone abutments.

Thursday, January 3, 2019


the view out our front windows, clouds, fog, distant mountains

it is that time of year, all the colors and lights of the holidays are packed away in boxes, all that is left is gray

it is a gray winter day, lack of any color, gray trees, gray sky, thousands of gray branches intertwined to make a gray canopy overhead, wind whistling through them, a few drab brown leaves skittering across the dead grass

the clouds surround us like a cocoon and feel at times claustrophobic, but for the occasional glimpse of mountains in the distance and the hope and faith that spring will come once again

it will be this way for at least two months until the March flowers have had enough and pop up and look around

Saturday, December 29, 2018

santa Buddy

Grandpa Buddy a.k.a. Santa was busy in the work shop for a few days before Christmas. We were all banned from going inside, and even when he left for a few hours he put a sign on the door.

He had googled wooden quilt designs and came across this beautiful Tumblin Blocks pattern made with different colors of wood (no stain), the light is pine (the knotty pine from our recent bedroom redo), there is oak, cedar, and walnut. The pieces all fit together perfectly, much better than if I made this pattern with fabric!  It is an optical illusion - do you see the 3-D tumbling blocks or do you see the star?