Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
We stopped by Clanton, AL on our way home from south Alabama and I got a half bushel of peaches. I was really discouraged because on Monday they firm and I was sick Tuesday. By Tuesday night I had to throw away four because they were furry. The rest all had soft and some rotten spots. I couldn't believe how fast they were rotting.
So, Wednesday I had to get them canned. I threw away so much cutting off the soft spots. In all I ended up with 17 pints. I saw a recipe for gluten free peach muffins I will have to try.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
This is our house now and we are having it painted next month. I've been trying to figure out what colors I want to use. We will also be working on the front flower beds, removing and replanting some bushes and trees.
I am going a darker tan/creme color on the trim. I then want to paint the shutters and door a medium-dark gray. I debated how to paint the door and door trim out. I'll show some options:
The one above has the sidelights painted out the trim color. As I have driven around that is the option on almost all the newer homes in our area. For a traditional house like mine it makes it look like you have a lot of mill work and presence when I don't have an overhang or any other details.
The one above and below painted out all the mill work in the same color. I love this look, too. So, I've really debated. In the end, I think I have chosen to paint the sidelights and trim in the trim color and just paint the door gray.
My next decision was whether to paint the garage door gray or the trim color. Almost all the garage doors in our area are the trim color. Which is white, beige, tan. Which will show dirt a lot easier. So, I think I like the look of painting ours gray. It will show less dirt.
I plan to order this carriage house door kit. It is the hardware and the "windows" are a panel with black Plexiglas panels that look like glass. I think it really makes the plain door look so much better. Our door is seen as you come down the street so is one of the first views of our home.
This is the back of my home. I've decided to paint it in the gray also pretty much for the same reason of not showing dirt. We have red clay which is awful when it splashes on the wood.
So, there you go.... all my decisions. Now to find the perfect colors.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
We celebrated our 25th anniversary. We have booked a trip to Italy in the fall so I wasn't expecting to go anywhere else bet dinner and when I got my beautiful 25 roses I called to say thank you and he told me to pack an overnight bag. He had hotel points so we got a room in Birmingham, AL. Birmingham is about 90 miles south of us. I've been to Birmingham many times, but always for events or home school activities, not as a tourist.
This is the Vulcan. It is the largest iron statue in the United States. It was made for the World's Fair. It sits on Red Mountain and at the base of the man there is an observation deck. It was so funny because the height didn't bother me at all and there was a guy that stood in the doorway of the stairwell and I was wanting a photo in the doorway and he wouldn't move. He finally tiptoed out, very far away from the railing and I realized he was petrified to be up there. He wouldn't go near the railing at all or around to the front. And he took the stairs four flights because it was a glass elevator. We stood over an hour waiting for the sun to set and every single group that came up had someone in it that was scared to get near the railing. It was so funny to watch them.
The tower overlooks the city. We enjoyed watching the sun go down and reflect in the clouds.
Their botanical gardens were free so we went and walked around.
Downtown is the Alabama Theater. It is amazingly beautiful inside, but it was closed. On the sidewalk they have stars of famous Alabama people.
Last year when I downloaded a free copy to the book While the World Watched by Carolyn Maull. She experienced living in Birmingham during the civil rights times. She was just a few feet away when the bomb went off at 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four of her friends. It was a really great read and taught me so much about what all happened during that time. I am saddened by what our people did to people of color back then.
Across from the church is Kelly Ingram Park. In 1963 the park was the staging ground for the demonstrations. In the park the police chief made the mass arrests, then let loose the dogs and fire hose cannons on the people. Most of them children!
Then we went to Sloss Furnace. It is an old iron furnace.
I've never heard that Birmingham has a replica of the Statue of Liberty. It was commissioned by the founder of Liberty National Life Insurance to sit upon the headquarter building in Birmingham. It was later moved to its current location.