Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Barns, Blooms, and Birds - Wk 9

Continuing my series . . . 


Barns . . . 


Wow, do I have a tobacco barn for you this week. My husband and I were driving around Calloway County in Kentucky looking for a specific address of a boat marine to possibly get out boat serviced. As we were driving on Pottertown Road, I saw an unusual tobacco barn just off the road. It was not the typical shaped tobacco barn that I have shared with you over the weeks. It wasn't like any of these below.



We ventured on and found the marine and as we started back, I told my husband I wanted to stop and take a few pics of the unusual tobacco barn. Take a look:



It was like an old log cabin at first glance and was right in the owner's backyard. It had no extensions or extra rooms, it just went straight up. There were probably rows or levels to hang the tobacco on the inside.



Although it was unusual, it had barn doors, with a log keeping the doors shut just like other tobacco barns. 


I saw a small window at the top and an open ventilation system on the side also at the top. 

Traffic was coming up and down this narrow county road with no shoulder and there I was trying to get pics with my iPhone. 

OK, it was time to move on before I got hit by a car. But what do you think about this tobacco barn?


On to blooms now . . .


I have a pot of beautiful begonias blooming by my porch. I must admit, I haven't done much for these begonias other than give them water. They do sit in a shady area of my front yard.


Overlooking the begonias is a cherub sitting on the edge of the porch.  I have had her for several years and several house moves. That's a holly branch you see in the pic. 


You may remember the "Little Lime" that I shared last week.



Take a look at the changes the gorgeous flowers have made in just a week. Amazing! It started to "pink up." 







Now for birds . . .


The small downy woodpecker let me take a few pics of him this week. He comes to my upside-down suet feeder daily.




The finches are always fun to watch at the feeders.




That's a goldfinch, the male house finch, and the female house finch below.



I took these pics of the Red-Tailed Hawk at The Nature Station of Land Between the Lakes where birds are protected and cared for because of injury, being orphaned, or losing their natural fear of humans. 


I read that the Red-Tailed Hawk is the most common hawk in North America. 



You may see one circling in an open field with his eyes fixed on the ground looking for a vole or rabbit for lunch. 

There you have it, another week of Barns, Blooms, and Birds. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday
ABC Wednesday on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Floyd Family Homestead on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays




Monday, August 29, 2016

The Water Gardens at Biltmore Estates

In late June, my friend, JoAnn, and I visited Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, N.C. where we did a two day tour. It was fabulous, I'm so happy we visited America's largest home. 



Before we go in, I'm sharing my pics from the reflecting pools where we saw koi and goldfish swimming in the pools.  These pools are part of the Italian Gardens. 





Not only were the fish interesting to watch, the water lilies and Lotus flowers were just gorgeous.










Be sure to stop back by for our visit to the Conservatory at Biltmore and see the exotic orchids, ferns, and palms (picture overload) - Judy 

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

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


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

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
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays



Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ice Cream Sundae Topped With Fresh Berries

We've had a few days of a tiny bit cooler weather. Sitting on the deck has been tolerable and this evening, we enjoyed an ice cream sundae topped with fresh fruit.


These darling purple glasses were a gift from my friend, Phyllis. They belonged to her Mom and she thought I could use them in a blog post.  They reminded me of ice cream sundae glasses that were used at a local soda fountain shop when I was growing up. 



I'm so happy Phyllis thought of me and send them my way. Thank you Phyllis


Did you notice the sweet little ice bucket that came with the glasses? I'm using it as a vase for the centerpiece of fresh flowers. 




The ice cream did start to melt quickly.


We ate fast and enjoyed every bite. You can see the moisture forming on the glass.




If you sit quietly on the deck, you can watch the hummingbirds darting back and forth. I started making my own nectar and they are at my feeders all day. 



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
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

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


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

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
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays




Monday, August 22, 2016

Barns, Birds and Bloom - Wk 8

Here's another week of barns, birds, and blooms for you to enjoy.


The featured barn, this time, is a metal barn with lots of rust. 



It looks like most of the pieces of metal are original to the barn. The front does seem to have more rust than the side so who knows if some pieces have been replaced or if it is just the direction that the barn faces and the exposure to wind and moisture.



I kind of like the rust, it shows the barn has weathered the storms, humidity, and moisture in our area of Kentucky. The collage below shows this barn has more windows and roof ventilation.


For blooms, the crepe myrtles in my yard have been putting on a show and I just love it. This crepe is on the edge of our property line and has been covered in blooms.



We have two crepe myrtles in our front bed next to the road. Did you know that Japanese Beetles just love crepes. 



We saw them flying around our crepes then eating on them. It is just an invasion! We started spraying immediately with Sevin. I sprayed it right on the beetles.



It took several sprayings and then again after raining. You can see the damage in the image below. 



I pretty much spray everything with Sevin to help keep the bugs away. 

Are you familiar with Limelight Hydrangea? I have been seeing their gorgeous blooms all around my area so I know they do well here. While I was at a local nursery, I saw some "Little Limes" and decided to purchase one and give it a try. I took a few pics before I planted it to share with you.



Don't you just love every little petal! It only gets about 4-5 feet high so it should be very manageable. 




It's pretty small this year so we will see how it does over the winter and hope for gorgeous blooms next summer. The nursery said it blooms on new growth. I've got to get it mulched very soon.



I've planted two mophead hydrangea this year too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


On to birds now. I'm sharing another owl that I photographed in the backyard area of The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes. You may remember from a previous post, these animals have either been injured, orphaned, or have lost their natural fear of humans. This owl is the Barred Owl



Isn't it just breathtaking?  Those eyes!! His hooting call is "Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all? Now check out his brown-and-white stripped plumage. 



Wasn't the Barred Owl just amazing?


That's about it for this post, so 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
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday
ABC Wednesday on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Floyd Family Homestead on Wednesday

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings
Skywatch Friday @ Skyley


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Tom's Barn Collective @ The Backroad Traveler on Sunday
Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays







Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School Tablescape - Give It OWL You Got

We are having a light lunch on the deck to celebrate the start of school. Our grandsons are eager for school to start, and of course, we are encouraging them to "Give It OWL You Got."


I'm using a new settee I purchased half-price 



and paying tribute to the wise old owl with some owl salad plates. 



I am a retired educator (retired twice) and happy that I'm not starting back to school. 



My husband is a Superintendent of Schools (retired once from Missouri and this will be his last year in another state). 


Our grandsons are eager to return to school; one is in 3rd grade and the other in kindergarten. 


We hope they use this old poem and listen to their teachers:



A wise old owl sat in an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;

The less he spoke the more he heard;

Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

I recently took this pic of the Screech Owl while visiting 
The Nature Center at Land Between the Lakes. 

For our light lunch, we are having Sauteed Zucchini (recipe at the end). It's very easy and super fast to make. 



and fresh tomatoes from the local farmer's market.


The black-eyes susans are blooming in many yards around Murray. They are so colorful!




Sauteed Zucchini

Heating 2 tsps of extra-virgin oil and 1 clove of smashed garlic and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes in a skillet, stir constantly for about 30 seconds then remove the garlic.

Add 1 lb of zucchini that has been cut into 2-by-1/4-inch matchsticks, cook undisturbed for about a minute on each side until golden brown.

Sprinkle some breadcrumbs and stir lightly.

Remove from the heat, and salt and pepper to taste. 

Transfer to a serving dish and top with 2 lbs. finely ground Parmesan Cheese. 

I didn't use garlic but it's optional. I also tried a little dill weed to vary the flavor.





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
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

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


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening
Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane

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
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 
Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays