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Susan
middle Tennessee
You are an extraordinary woman, how can you expect to live an ordinary life? ~Louisa May Alcott
Interests: when asked if the glass is half full or half empty, i always respond "my glass overflows!, " blending all my passions into a balanced and harmonious life of family-friends-furbabies-travel-photography-good food-and wordsmithing. Oh yeah, and I love Doris Day. The first words I ever strung together were, "By the light" as in "By the light of the Silvery Moon." Mom sang it to me when I was a baby.
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The clothesline painting sold before it was dry, but I welcome the opportunity to paint a commission for you. www.susanejones.com. Thank you!! Susan
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Good Morning Creative Spirits! “Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. They appear so while they are passing; they seem to have been so when we look back on them; and they take up more room in our memory than... Continue reading
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Steven Tyler says he can't fully explain Nashville's influence on musicians – but he is 100% confident in its power. "I came to Nashville. I rented a house. Now I just bought a house, so I’m living here full-on. It’s a musical Mecca. I co-wrote with everyone down here, and I think I’ve done some of my best work through this country head. “This town still has the passion for music. It hasn’t lost it through business and money, which may be big here but the music aspect still has the passion. Artists come here come from all over the world to be part of it, and there’s so much music dripping out of the honeycomb of this town that I’m in it. "I’m in it neck-deep. I’m going to stay here, I’m going to live here. I love it here.” Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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The Chestnut Group sold more than $20,000 in paintings which means the Harpeth River Watershed Assoc will receive a check close to $10,000. What a wonderful way to help non-profits in our community and promote art at the same time !! Continue reading
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We had a wonderful afternoon yesterday sipping Mimosas and painting our beloved furbabies. I teach this workshop twice a year and we always have a good time and beautiful paintings. See for yourself.... Continue reading
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I was trying to describe you to someone a few days ago. You don’t look like any girl I've ever seen before. I couldn't say “Well she looks just like Jane Fonda, except that she’s got red hair, and her mouth is different and of course, she’s not a movie star…” I couldn't say that because you don’t look like Jane Fonda at all. I finally ended up describing you as a movie I saw when I was a child in Tacoma Washington. I guess I saw it in 1941 or 42, somewhere in there. I think I was seven, or eight, or six. It was a movie about rural electrification, a perfect 1930’s New Deal morality kind of movie to show kids. The movie was about farmers living in the country without electricity. They had to use lanterns to see by at night, for sewing and reading, and they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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How did you celebrate National Watermelon Day?? Learn about its origin here... Trentloos_2016-08-08T21_09_23-07_00 Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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I love this time of year. The Farmers Market is a simple bike ride away. Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Happy Watermelon Day!! How do you celebrate?? Delicious, nutritious and in season, visit your local Farmers Market and pick up one today. Great recipes can be found .... National Watermelon Day ~ August 3 Watermelon Board Pinterest 10 Random Facts: Watermelon contributes to conditions like asthma prevention, blood pressure, cancer, hydration, inflammation, digestion and muscle soreness. Watermelon is considered a fruit and vegetable. You can eat all parts of the watermelon, even the rind and the seeds. Watermelon is the official state vegetable in Oklahoma. China is the worlds largest producer of watermelon with 71,754,604 tonnes produced, compared with 4,052,386 tonnes from the second highest producer, Turkey. According to the Guinness World Record, the heaviest watermelon weighs 159 kg (350.5 lbs) and was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee. Watermelon boosts brain power – has a source of Vitamin B6, that is necessary for normal brain function. Watermelon comes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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For a year now several friends have been telling me how much I need to see the Starz series Outlander. I love the 1940's era, Scotland, time travel, homeopathy, wine, fashion, castles, dogs and I'll admit it... I love men in kilts. So finally I sat down to watch. What I didn't like about Outlander was the brutal, gory, gratuitous violence. At least I thought it was gratuitous until, curious about my own Scotch-Irish roots, began to do research. I learned one ancestor was not only hanged, but also burned at the stake. As if hanging wouldn't make him dead enough. Another ancestor Matilda suspected her husband of having an affair and ordered the mistress to be dragged by her hair from a running horse until death. Yikes! What I didn't expect to find fascinating in Outlander was the food and beverages. What is Rhenish? Bannocks? Skirlie? With a little... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Good Morning Sunshine! "The easeful days, the dreamless nights; The homely round of plain delights; The calm, unambitioned mind, The simple stuff of summer time." ~Aster Austin Dobson Images of Summer time around Windy Acre Cottage.... Old dogs on the front porch, kitty napping close by. White Lilacs in bloom.... Continue reading
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Hello Sugar Lump! Are you enjoying a harvest yet?? Even without a garden this year, I'm enjoying the fruits (and veggies) of the season. The Columbia Farmer's Market is only 2 blocks away, and with a little change in my pocket and a basket on my bike, I have access... Continue reading
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One hundred years ago, in 1916, Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of June 14 as Flag Day. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. “On what rests the hope of the republic? One country, one language, one flag!” ~ Alexander Henry Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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My dear friend Dianne gave me a beautiful, metal "Tulip" chair full of potential. I love vintage lawn furniture!! According to Skip Torrams, author of "A History of the Metal Lawn Chair," the rise of the lawn chair is attributed to the growth of the suburbs after WWII, when the 1944 GI bill afforded a single family home with a backyard to MANY middle-class Americans. And with the increase of suburb lawns came an increase in demand for lawn furniture. Into that gap stepped the first major player in the world of metal lawn chairs. The Warmack Company, founded by sheet metal fabricator and Arkansas manufacturer Ed Warmack, began making steel gliders, tables, and lawn chairs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and swiftly turned into the largest metal outdoor furniture manufacturer in the USA, with some of their lines carried exclusively by Sears. And Skip Torrans should know.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Forever grateful to all who served and sacrificed to guarantee the freedoms we enjoy every day in the greatest country on earth. May we forever remember and honor these men, women, and their families and never forget the price of Freedom. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Beautiful! Have you transitioned into the lazy days of summer? Windy Acre Cottage is dressed in its Patriotic Finest waiting for Memorial Day, and Flag Day, and Independence Day. America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the... Continue reading
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The past few days have been glorious, visiting with my friend Christy in her happy place.... the Forgotten Coast of Florida....St. George Island, Carrabelle, and Apalachicola. It's quickly becoming my happy place, too, with the addition of the Forgotten Coast Plein Air Invitational. Now in it's 11th year, but was... Continue reading
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This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Atlanta and the the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational. On Friday the painters were at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was beautiful!! The first painter I encountered was Nancy Tankersley. And then there were so many others! It was a lovely day! Continue reading
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This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit Atlanta and the the Olmstead Plein Air Invitational. On Friday the painters were at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. It was beautiful!! The first painter I encountered was Nancy Tankersley. And then there were so many others! It was a lovely day! Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello My Sunshine, Quite the colorful spring this year at Windy Acre Cottage! "A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world." ~Leo Buscaglia So far the yellow and purple iris have bloomed. I'm still waiting on the white and blue ones. The white dogwood and red... Continue reading
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Just say the word "Vintage" and my heart skips a beat. Add the word "Book" and it skips two beats. Add delicious food and well, are you surprised I love to collect vintage cookbooks? This adorable cookbook from 1948 arrived today. I've already read it from cover to cover and can't wait to try some of the recipes. Honeycomb Pudding For the honeycomb pudding: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon each: ground cloves and allspice 1/4 teaspoon table salt 1/2 cup salted butter, melted 1/2 cup warm milk 4 large eggs, beaten 1 teaspoons baking soda 1 cup Brer Rabbit molasses For the honeycomb pudding sauce: 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup salted butter, softened Juice of 1 lemon 1 large egg, beaten 1/4 teaspoon table salt 3 teaspoons cornstarch 1 cup boiling water Garnish: lemon slices Preheat the oven to 350˚. Butter and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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So we turn the page on another Mule Day here in Columbia, Tenn. What started at "Breeders Day" in 1840 is now the official first day of Spring celebrated with a Mule Train Parade, a Mule Queen and her court, a Liars contest, bands playing Rocky Top and Lynard Skynard and Elvis songs, parties all over town, and silly cowboy hats with mule ears. Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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One of my favorite restaurants in Columbia, Tennessee, is Square Market Cafe. And one of my favorite menu items is their Grilled Salmon Salad with Dill Dressing. I was lucky enough to get their Dill Dressing recipe and last night I made this dish at home with a few changes. The Square Market meal includes strips of grilled red bell pepper. For my version at home I substituted sauteed spring asparagus. Delish!!! And I've also modified the dill dressing. I make it to taste, so there is no real recipe to share, but this is how I make it: Equal amounts of Hellman's Mayonnaise and sour cream Capers Lemon juice Dried Dill Weed Fresh Pressed Garlic Salt & Pepper I mix it really good and serve on Grilled Salmon on a bed of fresh spring greens. Square Market adds a little bit of buttermilk and purees in a food processor.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines
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Beautiful carpets of yellow were blooming all over Harpeth Westover Farm today where I was painting en plein air with a dozen other members of the Chestnut Group. I referred to the flowers as Buttercups, but learned what I was looking at were Daffodils. So what is a buttercup? In middle Tennessee a master gardener resides on every corner so it didn't take long to find the answer. Daffodils, Jonquils and Paperwhites are all spring bulb flowers in the Narcissus family. Buttercups are a totally different flower.... wild growing five-petaled weeds... short, small and more like a ground cover that blooms in the spring, but can bloom all summer. They don't even have a trumpet. Who knew? Here in Mid-TN we call all Daffodils and Jonquils Buttercups. She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2016 at Charm of the Carolines