Wednesday, February 29, 2012


As y'all may have read on this blog before, I work as a guide in the Mary Washington House.  The house belonged to the Mother of George Washington.
Well sometimes I just sit in there and wonder what it was like in 1772 when Mary moved to town from her farm a few miles away.  I was also thinking how peaceful it is without the sound of the heat kicking on or the refrigerator ice falling down.
Today is is a cold rainy day!  I love these rainy days, but today I turned off all of the lights just to see how it would be without electricity!  It was so dark that the camera would not take the picture with the flash off! I didn't get very good pictures but here are the ones I took.

I couldn't get a good representation of how dark and rainy it is.

Even with candles and some flash on the camera it is still pretty dark but not as dark as it really was.
I suppose the next time I complain about the electric bill I will remember what it might be like without electricity!   AND THE PLUMBING of that time!!!  We all know about privies but did you know that in that time, at least here in VA, the only months they bathed were June, July, and August!!!  That includes their hair as well!!  They were very afraid of catching the consumption (bad cold) that they felt it was only safe to immerse yourself into a bath tub in those hot months!  I may have mentioned this before, but I have to say it again:)
SOOOOOOO as I sit here and wait for my left over pizza to heat up, the one that was delivered to our door last night, I have decided that I was meant to LIVE in an old home WITH electricity, plumbing, internet, cable...... well you get the picture:)
I will go now and turn on a few lights and get out the electric vacuum cleaner and get to work!
I hope you have a great day today!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I thought that I would share some of my favorite things.  I love to walk around the house and just look at my favorite things!  Then I realized that most of them remind me of friends.  Here are some pictures!
I love a warm cozy fireplace also the dog toys:)

I love pie safes!! This was from one of my favorite antique stores owned by Becky!!

The lamp I bought from my friend Bobbi and the little chest of drawers from Sandra.  Every time I see these I think of them and all of the fun times we spent together!

I love wooden bowls and Arnold Cats!

I love Gaudy Welsh!! My friend Barbara introduced me to that!!  Some of these I have purchased from her! She has  great antiques!!

I love dried hydrangeas !!!

I love shiny pewter!

love old baskets!

My favorite ironstone has a little or a lot of that great brownish color of age!!

I have had this papier mache reindeer since high school!! 

Love the ironstone and staffordshire dogs!

Cute baby dogs!

AHHHH..... TIN!!

These are real blue birds eggs that we found in our blue bird box, the mother was killed and the father cried and cried!!!  When he didn't come back I took them!  They are so sweet and sad at the same time!!  I love them so much!

Easter bunnies are soooo fun!!!

I love cows!! I probably won't ever get to have my own so these have to do!!

 I miss my friends, but I am so blessed with these things to remind me of them every day!!

Take time to go "shopping" in your home, you may be surprised what you find!!:)