Monday, November 23, 2015

Time for A Fall Mantel

I'm just now getting my fall mantel decorated and just in time for Thanksgiving. You must remember we have recently moved to Kentucky, then there was the mold issue with our furniture in climate control so my mantel was a bit slow coming. 


Just yesterday, I was able to get to the containers marked Fall. I try to keep my decor in containers marked with the season or holiday I plan to use them. It seems to make it so much easier. 






The lanterns are new, I bought them from Michaels for the mantel when we purchased the house in Kentucky. They are battery operated so give off a nice glow. 


The two quail were made by my Mom years ago as a gift to my Dad who was a quail hunter years ago. I always use them in my fall decor either on a mantel or on a tablescape. 



The batteries last about 30 days if you burn them 24 / 7 like I do. I don't mind replacing them; it's nice to get up in the night and have a little glow in the living room.


The fall foliage stem and pieces are all pulled from my fall tub. See, it makes it easy to keep it all organized in a container. 


So glad I have my mantel done. I have made a list for each day this week in order to be ready for Thanksgiving. Actually, I've had lists going for days and days trying to get moved in and the house all put together. 


Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Uptown Acorn
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening



So Many Boxes and No Place to Put Things - MOLD

My move to Murray, KY,  hasn't gone as smoothly as I planned. We sold our house and all of our belongings were put in storage for months in Kansas City . We thought we would buy a home in Kansas City last spring or summer but when my Dad had a fall and needed me there with him in Southern Illinois, buying a  home got put on the back burner.

Then our daughter and family decided to move to Murray, KY; we knew we wanted to go too and be close to them and our grandsons; we were so glad we hadn't purchased a home in Kansas City. We were free to move wherever we wanted. All we needed to do was find a home in Kentucky, hire movers and all would be just rosy.

It just didn't go like I planned. We bought a home in Kentucky, hired painters to get it ready. The movers came to pick up all of our furniture and other things from storage, then the story goes down hill quick.  Even though we had our furniture in climate control storage, there was MOLD. Yes, ugly mold on all of my wooden pieces of furniture plus on the mattresses, a fabric couch, fabric chairs, even on a leather couch.



Who would have thought that even with our furniture in climate control storage, we would have gotten mold. What a shock for me! I called my insurance and no coverage for mold; then checked with the storage facility and no coverage there either. Looks like we were on our own to take care of this mess. The movers did bring the furniture to Kentucky and unloaded everything into the shop building behind our house. Nothing came in the house. We threw the mattresses away;  I just couldn't stand the thought of sleeping on a mattress with possible mold spores on the inside. The worse wooden pieces of furniture were also disposed of. I'm working with cleanup and restoration specialists now so I'll give you an update soon.

Hating mold but loving Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Uptown Acorn
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 

Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Curing the Tobacco - where did the moisture go?

Since I have been living in Kentucky (only a few weeks now), I have certainly noticed the tobacco barns. Even though I don't smoke, I have been fascinated by these barns and the process. It was the tobacco barns with their special venting systems that first caught my eye. Remember, I thought the barns were on fire (click here for that post.)

There must be so much history for each of these dilapidated barns, if only "barns could talk." Many of the barns have similar looks but I would think each farmer has his favorite venting system. They must consider efficiency and the winds for their systems.

The tobacco barn below is just a few miles from my house. I love the red color of this decaying barn. Even though it looks in bad shape it must get the job done for the curing process of the tobacco.


The boards used to hold the doors shut are almost all removed and the barn doors are open. You can see the tobacco hanging in the barn. In the picture below, I have circled the hanging tobacco so you don't miss it. 



The leaves are no longer green but are light to dark brown in color. According to Wikipedia, each leaf loses approximately eighty percent of its own weight by the time the curing process has successfully finished. In the first two weeks of the curing process, about an acre of hanging tobacco loses about five tons of water. 

The farmers cure the tobacco at specific temperatures and humidities, according to the desired taste of the tobacco.

There you have it, another day of "life in Kentucky."

Judy

Linking to:
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Fall into Fall @ DIY by Design

Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
What Is It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Uptown Acorn
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday

Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life 
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays