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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola: Wisteria

Wisteria

Wisteria

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

The Wisteria in the Tree

It’s Day 117 in the 120 Days of Crayola Challenge and I’ve been looking forward to the color, Wisteria! At the edge of the woods climbing way up to the tippy-top of the branches, is a massive Wisteria! I’ve been waiting for just the right bloom day to take a picture so I could post it for the color in the challenge! Wisteria seems to just look for something to climb on and finds it even in the woods! Enjoy the color of the day!

Wisteria has been part of the Crayola Collection since 1993. It is also known as Coral Purple in the “Discovery” series and Fruited Plains in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

IPhriday Photo Challenge: The Vinson House

The Vinson House

The Vinson House

Vinson House Painted in Waterlogue App

The Vinson House Painted in Waterlogue App

Vinson House Painted in Brushstroke App

The Vinson House Painted in Brushstroke App

In our small town we are very fortunate to have many of the homes, built at the  turn of the century, still being lived in today. I started with two of the cottages in previous posts and now, after taking another stroll through town, I’d like to feature one of the larger homes once lived in by the Vinson family. Notice the azaleas are in full bloom now!

Today, we’re looking at the Vinson House, although the original home was white.

Professor William Vinson came to our town to teach mathematics at the college.  He married Miss Lily Helper, one of H.P. Helpers’ large family of daughters and they settled into the antebellum Blake home, on the curve of Main Street, owned by the college. After teaching for fourteen years he died and his widow moved out of the home owned by the college and built “the Vinson Home” for herself and their two children. Her daughter, Miss Maude, became a teacher of French, Mathematics and Latin at the high school where she was described as, “rather more than plump, her hair long since escaped from whatever contrivance of hair pins held it together at the start of the day, her dress always green or maroon, whitening with chalk dust as the day wore on. She was energetic, good humored and outspoken, setting academic  and moral standards.”

The Vinson House became a boarding house for the college students, providing a living for the genteel Mrs. Vinson and her family.

I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood and post it for the IPhriday Photo Challenge!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Bloomers

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea Up Close and Personal

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Bridal Wreath Spirea

Iris Time

Iris Time

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Waterlogue App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

A Splash of Violas in Brushstroke App

Walking around the neighborhoods the blooms are bloomin’! Here are some of my favorites for the IPhriday Photo Challenge. Bridal wreath spirea produces the loveliest arched boughs of highly scented flowers. In early to mid-spring, this perennial shrub produces clusters of tiny flower head blooms on cascading stems, looking much like a bride’s bouquet! Wouldn’t these color combinations be beautiful for a spring wedding? I’m making quite a collection of notecards with my IPhone Apps, Waterlogue and Brushstroke! If you missed the blog I posted about the easy way to make notecards look Here!  I hope you enjoyed our walk through the village today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood for IPhriday Challenge posts!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Icicle Cottage

 

The Icicle Cottage

The Icicle Cottage

About two weeks ago I featured The Green Cottage and said I would be showing more of my favorite landmarks. This is the Icicle Cottage to everyone in my family. It is one of the best preserved and charming Victorian cottages anywhere. Built by John Eli Brattain around 1883 notice the “gingerbread” trim on this home. My family always called this trim “icicles”. Mr Brattain was a woodworker by trade and the trim was cut by hand, so no two pieces of Icicle trim is the same.

The Icicle Cottage Painted in Waterlogue

Icicle Cottage Painted in the Waterlogue App

 

The Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

 Icicle Cottage Painted in the Brushstroke App

I also love the HUGE tree in the front garden and the yellow climber that has overtaken the tree on its way to the top! This tree is a show stopper in the Spring!

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

A Side View of Icicle Cottage

 

THE Tree

THE Tree

 

The Climbers' Blossom

The Climbers’ Blossom

I hope you have enjoyed our stroll around the village today! Get out and enjoy your spot and take a Photo with your phone (or Photos, I can’t help myself) for The IPhriday Photo Challenge!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shocking Pink

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

 

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree

Shocking Pink Eastern Redbud Tree painted in Brushstroke App

Ultra Pink was the name of a bright pink color in the Crayola Collection. Then it all went decidedly down hill from there, if you ask me!  From 1972 until 1990 Ultra Pink was known as Shocking Pink. Then it was known as Plug & Play Pink in the “Techno Brite” series!  What in the world is that?

So I’m sticking to a nice Ultra Pink color that looks on the purpley side in nature, and that may be shocking. But the Eastern Redbud Tree, as it is named, is actually a pinky-purpley color! Shocking to say the least, but oh so beautiful to look at! It is one of the first trees to flower in early spring, blooming huge pink flowers in large clusters right on the bark of the limbs of the tree!  A Shocking Pink that is such a boost to any garden!

During this period of ultra, shocking, and plug and play pinks, Crayola also decided to buy the Silly Putty Company. I’d say that fits right in! Do you remember copying the funny paper onto your Silly Putty? Now those were the days! The Silly Putty history was so fascinating look for a full blog post to come!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 94!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shamrock

 

Irish Shamrock Plant

Irish Shamrock Plant

You know the old saying, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Well so are the Shamrocks, so to speak! I love this green colored Irish Shamrock plant along my neighbors fence line. They remind me of the real deal Shamrock.

In my garden they look like this! I have the Purple Shamrock Plant!

My Purple Shamrock Plant

My Purple Shamrock Plant

Shamrock has been in the Crayola Collection since 1993. It is known as Circuit Board Green in the Techno Brite series and US Mint in the “Colors of Washington, DC” series.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 93!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Shadow

Green and My Boo!

Green and My Boo!

 

Baby Bella Boo

Baby Bella Boo

 

Grown Up Bella Boo

Grown Up Bella Boo

Shadow, is a greeny- brown-tan color that was introduced in the Crayola lineup in 1998. I think they just ran out of names for colors myself! So I picked a photo that had green, brown, and tan! My dog, an Akita named Isabella Boo, or sometimes called Bella Boo, or sometimes just Boo, journeys with me on our walks around the neighborhood. You could say I’m HER shadow!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola ChallengeDay 92!

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: YOU r LOVED!

YOU r LOVED

YOU r LOVED

A couple of weeks ago, when I was out walking my dog, I saw the neighbor boys, I’d say around ten to twelve in age, hovering along on their boards. They said hey and I said hey and we went on our merry way.  Returning to my house, which is a little off the beaten path, I saw the boys scurrying around the corner of the way (I have a Way to my house you see) going to their house.  Heads down, no more waves.  Hmmmmm………

When I got to my door there was a note on it. YOU r LOVED.

My first reaction was, Did they just leave me a note?

Then I thought, Do they leave all old ladies a note?

Then I thought, Do they carry sticky notes and pens around with them when Hovering?

Then I thought,  Was the note a church project, or something like that?

Then I thought, I AM THINKING TOO MUCH! Simply enjoy the Note! YOU R LOVED!  I saved the note. I think a lot of people could use the note this week! I think many of us need the message on Good Friday! Thank You!

PS If the boys didn’t leave the note, then I have a secret admirer, and that’s a good thing for an old lady too! It’s good to let your husband know somebody else loves you too!

Enjoy the IPhriday Photo Challenge! Post a photo taken with your Phone on Fridays! It is great fun getting outside to see what is going on!

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Radical Red

America Canna_

I used to have a lot of Radical Reds in my garden, like this brilliant America Radica Red canna, but as I have aged I find my garden leaning toward the passive purple colors! This year I will be adding more silver colored plants to blend in and bring out the purples! The silver plants will go with my hair color! You know the old saying, “the longer you are married the more you and your spouse look alike”? Well I think that applies to my garden too!

Radical Red is a fluorescent red color introduced to the Crayola Line in 1990.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge 

“My Thoughts Exactly, Maeve!”

View from Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

View from Ashford Castle, Cong, Ireland

Today I thought I would post something for my favorite author ever, Maeve Binchy. She was the most popular Irish woman writer of all time and wrote books about the interactions of everyday people; just real people in real life. Maeve had advice about writing that I never forgot. Maeve passed away on July 30, 2012, but every year on St Patrick’s Day I write her a little something. 

Maeve’s advice on writing.

Write like you talk, it is your voice.

She also wrote scenes in her books that were conversations she had overheard. One day she was so engulfed in a conversation by two women on a bus that she actually got off the bus, where they did, and followed them so she could hear the end of the conversation!

She was an excellent listener.

I have been going through my emails and letters to file for family history and came across this email I sent to my sister on Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 at 5:31pm. I thought Maeve would enjoy it too.

J, the November date is good.  Will you be here a week? 

This weekend I made hamburger and hotdog buns, because we grilled out, cooked 21 servings of chili to put up and made two batches of pizza dough, because we ate pizza on Monday, and put up 20 more pounds of tomatoes.  I am trying to get ready for winter.

I slaved over the chili, soaking beans all night before hand and I have come to the conclusion that I don’t know beans about beans.  After soaking all night they were still hard, but I thought no problem because the six pounds of meat, with onions, green peppers, chili powder, paprika, tomato sauce and tomatoes will all cook down in the pressure cooker and the beans will soften up too. Wrong, I pressured the chili and it smelled so good, then when that was done I added the beans and just cooked them down like the recipe said.  For some reason because of the gas from the beans the recipe stated NOT to put them in the pressure cooker with the other ingredients.  The chili cooked down to nothing and those beans were as hard as ever.  SO then SB and I spent the rest of the day picking 3 pounds of cooked hard beans out of the chili!!!!!!!!!!!

I guess from now on I will use CANNED BEANS.  BUMMER!!!!!!,

The news of the day: Ghost hunters every year on the anniversary of a train accident in the 1860’s near Statesville, NC meet up at 430am on the train trestle where the train went over the trestle and killed 35 people.  Supposedly after the train accident a train conductor could be found on the track at this time of morning on the anniversary day, waving his lantern looking for the derailed train.  So ghost hunters have been showing up for years to see the train’s conductor.

This year was no exception.  A group of ghost hunters started walking the track one day last week at 430am.  Suddenly a real train came around the bend and since there is not a stop or anything else there, the conductor did not blow a whistle that the train was coming, nor was he looking for people on the track.  The ghost hunters were caught off guard and were running for their lives on the trestle.  Several jumped off the trestle when the train caught up to them and one man was run over by the train. He pushed his girlfriend off the trestle telling her “he loved her”  and then was ran over.  The others that jumped from the trestle are in intensive care with critical injuries, including the girl.  Now for several days there have been stories in the newspaper about how this episode will now become one of the ghost hunters legends too and they will be looking for the guy that got ran over.  Can you believe it? !!!!!!!!! 

The book for our book club meeting this month is “Serena” and I have never read a book that from the first page git-go, I disliked the main character. A new first!

The relationship among the characters is not believable either.  I am learning about the Smoky Mountain National Park developers versus the timber industry. The mountain families were run off their land or became lumber jacks making little to no money to timber the trees.  The depression was going on and they lived horrible lives because they could so easily be replaced.  I hope it gets better, although I am half way through it and so far I am not impressed.  It is a chore to read and I have to have it read by next Wednesday.

How is K feeling?  S’s wrist/arm has held up in the cast. Today was the back surgery on SB’s mom.  She is in intensive care and in pain, following the surgery and he is on his way to see her.  HMMMM…..  If you are in pain in intensive care when you are so doped up I say you are in a pickle.  Just my two cents worth.  More later. c

Well Maeve, I hope this email has given you a good laugh and something to write about today, because I know you are still writing and the stories up there might be a little too goodie-two-shoes for you! And, you might have a buzz in your head trying to strain to hear all the conversations down here! So I am making it easy for you!

PS I also am sending you a photo I took at Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland. It is still the greenest country in the world!

Sincerely, Cady

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