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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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For those of you who know me, know how much I love World War II history. Today my dad was telling me of an amazing story he heard about a WWII German Fighter Pilot escorting a heavily damaged American Bomber to safety. The bombing mission targeting a German munitions factory had been a success, but World War II pilot Charlie Brown's attempts to get home safely seemed doomed to failure. His B-17F bomber had been attacked by no fewer than 15 planes - leaving one of his crew dead and six wounded; 2nd Lt Brown himself had been knocked out and regained consciousness just in time to right his plane after it went into a dangerous nose dive. But as he tried to return from the raid on Bremen to the safety of Allied territory after the mission on December 20, 1943, the danger was not over. Brown soon had... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Charm of the Carolines
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What a delight to paint with these beautiful and talented artists at Rippavilla Plantation in Spring Hill, Tennessee. We love our furbabies!! Continue reading
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Saturday we painted at Jerry's Artarama-Nashville. Three students painted "O Tannenbaum" and one young artist painted the Candy Cane. Continue reading
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Beautiful and talented artists. Awesome paintings! Continue reading
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Enjoyed painting snowmen with the artists at Maury County Park last evening. Great job ladies!! Continue reading
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Apres Skate 12 x 16 acrylic on canvas Buy now Continue reading
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The original plan for today was to decorate the house for Christmas and have family over this evening to go out to dinner and then attend the annual Christmas Parade in town. However, a cold front making it's way here from the Arctic changed all that. Cold wind and rain are making thier way to middle Tennessee, so the parade was postponed until next Monday. Today I'm staying in, addressing Christmas cards, and making "homemade" Spinach and Tortellini Soup. It really can't be called homemade because all of the ingredients are packaged and in the pantry and freezer, but I keep these ingredients on hand for days such as this when I want a hearty soup, but don't want to venture into the inclement weather to purchase fresh ingredients. Spinach and Tortellini Soup 3T olive Oil 1 Clove garlic, minced 1 small bag chopped onion and green and red bell... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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This past weekend Rippavilla Plantation commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Spring Hill. According to the Civil War Trust website... The Battle of Spring Hill November 29, 1864 Spring Hill was the prelude to the Battle of Franklin. On the night of November 28, 1864, Gen. John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee marched toward Spring Hill to get astride Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield’s Union army’s line of retreat towards Nashville. Cavalry skirmishing between Brig. Gen. James H. Wilson’s Union cavalry and Maj. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Confederate troopers continued throughout the day as the Confederates advanced. On November 29, Hood’s infantry crossed Duck River and converged on Spring Hill. In the meantime, Maj. Gen. Schofield reinforced the troops holding the crossroads at Spring Hill. In late afternoon, the Federals repulsed a piecemeal Confederate infantry attack. During the night, the rest of Schofield’s command passed from Columbia through... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
With my love for all things from the 1940s, here comes a recipe just in time for Thanksgiving.... Sausage & Prune Dressing reprinted from the November 2014 issue of Yankee Magazine. May have to try this one... Ingredients: 10 ounces pitted prunes, roughly chopped 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for pan 1-1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage, casings removed 1-1/2 large onions, any type, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 3 large cloves garlic, minced 3 to 4 teaspoons kosher or sea salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 10 fresh sage leaves 4 cups chopped Swiss chard (from 1 bunch), large stems removed 1 pound two- or three-day-old crusty white bread, cut into 1-1/2-inch chunks (see "Note," above) 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken stock 1 large egg Instructions: Preheat your oven to 350° and set a rack to the middle position. Lightly oil a 9x13-inch baking dish... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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In my Christmas Movie Marathon waiting out the Cold Virus running its course, I watched Christmas in Connecticut (1945) with Barbara Stanwyck. It's a favorite and a classic! During WWII, Jeffersonson Jones and a fellow sailor float in a liferaft for 18 days after his ship has been torpedoed. While waiting to be rescued Jones dreams about steak and baked potatoes, asparagus with hollandaise sauce, chocolate cake and ice cream. However, the doctors at the Naval hospital have a different idea about the nurishment needed for the shipwrecked survivor: a bowl of milk with a raw egg floating in the center—even though his shipmate dines on steak and chicken Maryland. Still dreaming of that special meal, Jones comes across the menu of the month by Elizabeth Lane, “America’s Best Cook,” in Smart Housekeeping magazine: a Christmas dinner featuring roast goose, bernoise, walnut dressing and giblet gravy, cranberry-orange relish, buttered green... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
One highlight in being sick for three days has been the opportunity to pull out all my favorite Christmas DVDs and to get a jump on watching them before the Holidays begin. Holiday Inn, White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, A Christmas Story, and The Holiday are my favorites. What I didn't know was a short film from 1945 also resides on the DVD of Christmas in Connecticut. It won an Oscar in 1946 for best Short Film. Why have I never heard of it?? Now there is another title on the list of favorites, Star in the Night. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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I"m feeling much better today, thank you. But for the past three days I've felt under the weather and haven't left the house, changed out of my jammies, or consumed anything beyond hot tea and tiny little Vitamin C -packed citrus fruits. (With the exception of yesterday afternoon when my parent dropped off a care package on my front steps containing soups, Gaterade, turnip greens and other comfort food essentials.) Severe cold? Flu? I don't know. It's cold and rainy and I feel miserable. I'm just ready to feel like my old self and get back to work painting, teaching, decorating the display window downtown for Christmas, preparing for my upcoming Studio Sale. I'm even excited about our family's non-traditional Thanksgiving Pizza plans later this week and spending next weekend volunteering at the 150th reenactment of the Battle of Spring Hill. And then the Columbia Christmas Parade which is always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
Happy Holidays! The Holidays are upon us. It seems like the time between Halloween and New Years speeds by in a blur. One minute you are trick-or-treating with the kids and next you're packing up the Christmas decorations to store away for next year. So my wish for you this... Continue reading
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Creating a new collection of small paintings titled Puddles & Play. Red Wellingtons 6 x 8 acrylics on archival-quality panel, $140 Continue reading
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November 2, 1966- A rare, early-season snowstorm strikes the mid state, as Nashville ties its record for greatest one-day snowfall for November, measuring 7.2" Two year old Susan loves the early season snowfall. My cousin Karen was visiting and had to stay longer than planned due to the heavy snowfall. The meteorologists are excited to be predicting flurries this evening. I hope we see a few this far south in Columbia, but it won't be the earliest flurries by far. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Friday evening we painted with palette knives at the Family Center in Columbia. I love how different each painting looks, each artist making their mark with unique brushstrokes and color choices. Beautiful job ladies!! Continue reading
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We painted Christmas presents, literally, at Rippavilla this week. Continue reading
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Yesterday I spent a lovely day painting with several talented artists at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN. We painted portraits of our own homes. After a lecture on shapes, values, atmospheric perspective and linear perspective, it was time to begin. I always recommend starting as far back as possible... Continue reading
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Missing my sweet friend Kitty Bray this weekend. After teaching a Pet Portrait Workshop at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN, yesterday, I drove up I-40 to McKays Used Books. I love this store. I always arrive with a box of used books and get a credit large enough to purchase more. Yesterday I found a book titled Southern Grace, Recipes and Remembrances from The W. My first memory of The W was in the late 1980s when a young man I was dating from Columbus, Mississippi, invited me to visit his family for the weekend. Columbus, Mississippi, is a beautiful southern town full of antebellum homes and this impressive university. I remember Jim driving by the front of the school and pointing out the sign to the school that he said he and his dad donated. Today, Kitty's daughter attends The W. I haven't cooked any of the recipes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Charm of the Carolines
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Ladies of Robertson Fork Church painting barns and lighthouses this evening. Sweet ladies. Continue reading
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Enjoyed painting with the talented students at The Art Attic. We painted our own versions of a simplified seascape inspired by an E. H. Potthast work. Continue reading