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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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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Autumn is my favorite season. Autumn is my favorite season, and there is no where else on earth that I would rather be than East Tennessee is... Continue reading
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Last week I had the opportunity to teach a painting class in Knoxville, Tennessee. This class was for the annual Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association Conference for its members, facility directors, coordinators, and more! We had so much fun!! *One of the signatures of my paintings is there is at... Continue reading
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Creative Bliss The Full Immersion Technique with "Joy Starters" In the winter of 1989-90, I learned something very curious. Three friends and I set off on an... Continue reading
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! "Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson." ~ Alan Cohen I hear it all the time. I'll receive a... Continue reading
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It has been such a busy summer! From traveling to Plein Air Invitationals to shopping in Amish Country to volunteering for a Mud Run to entering the 15th Annual Tomato Art Fest to teaching a variety of classes and preparing for new classes, I've really had to make an effort to do all the things I wanted to do this summer so the season wouldn't leave without enjoying its pleasures. And believe me, I made a written bucket list so I wouldn't forget anything. Lately, I've been feeling a little overwhelmed, a little run-down, even thought I might be coming down with a cold, so to nip it in the bud I visited our new butcher shop in town, Tallgrass Meats, and purchased beautiful beef bones to make a soup. Bone Broth 1 Gallon Water 5lbs bones ½ cup apple cider vinegar Carrots, onions, garlic, parsley, peppercorns, leeks Salt, Pickling... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! I Love Big Books and I Can Not Lie I love books. I love the feel of them. I love the smell of them. I love to... Continue reading
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! Unleash Your Creative Genius! Every person on the planet is Creative. It's one of the criteria for Personhood. Yet half the people I meet insist they are... Continue reading
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Periodically the Creative Spirits class takes art-related field trips. This past Saturday was such a day where a few members of the class ventured in the 105* heat index morning to see all the wonderful arts and crafts at The American Artisans Festival in Centennial Park near Vanderbilt in Nashville. The festival was full of talented artists - Wood Carvers, Wood Turners, Glass Blowers, Sculptors, Fiber Artists, Potters, Painters, Photographers, Jewelry makers - the beauty and inspiration was endless. But the heat was BRUTAL. We were zapped from the heat and decided to move our party to the Parthenon Gallery. Here we viewed photos and artifacts from the 1897 Centennial Exhibition celebrating Tennessee's 100th Anniversary. I was especially thrilled to view the Cowen Collection of American Art. Included were paintings by Emile A. Gruppe and William Merritt Chase. The pièce de résistance was the statue of Athena, a replica of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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Periodically the Creative Spirits class takes art-related field trips. This past Saturday was such a day where a few members of the class ventured in the 105* heat index morning to see all the wonderful arts and crafts at The American Artisans Festival in Centennial Park near Vanderbilt in Nashville.... Continue reading
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Last Friday I was walking the property at Rippavilla with a group of ladies when one woman, new to middle Tennessee, asked if privet was honeysuckle. Bless her heart! Both Privet and Honeysuckle smell heavenly, but honeysuckle has an added bonus.... it's delicious and good for you. Since I was a child, my friends in the neighborhood would ride our bikes to the antebellum stone walls lining Berry's Chapel Road that had honeysuckle growing on them. Simply pick a blossom and from the branch end, pull out the long, middle pistil. With it comes a drop of "honey." Or, as I learned this week, you can pick the flowers to brew a tea. Honeysuckle Tea can help as an anti-inflammatory, reducing fever, infections, and as a detox. Honeysuckle Tea benefits…. Reducing Inflammation – honeysuckle is used medicinally for treating inflammation in the body. Reducing inflammation helps: · “hardening of the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! I love America. What is it about summer that makes me even more patriotic? Is it Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day? I love the American flag,... Continue reading
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A former student of mine invited me and other students to enjoy a morning at her farm strolling the commercial peony garden and painting en plein air. What a delight! We took of tour of the 260 acre farm and enjoyed views of the kitchen garden, the Duck River, and... Continue reading
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Saturday we spent the morning painting roses at Rippavilla. I encouraged students to paint magnolia blossoms Or a vintage car But the Roses won out. And the results were beautiful!! Continue reading
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Today I had the pleasure to tour one of many Maury County's beautiful historic homes, Pleasant Grove, whose colorful history dates back to 1795 when the core of the house was built. This “core structure” was a simple two-story log home. The first level of the home featured two rooms built on either side of a central breezeway, commonly known as a dogtrot. This style of home was brought west as settlers came out of the Appalachian Mountains, where this type of home was commonplace. Over the years, several additions and modifications were made to Pleasant Grove, starting with the enclosure of the dogtrot. Then, brick facing and a columned veranda were added to the structure to give it a more sophisticated, plantation appearance. Two notable residents of the home were Buford Moore and his wife Cora. Both were known in their fields—Buford Moore was a renowned architect in Nashville,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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Winter and spring have both been unseasonably cold. We even had a frost yesterday with 33* morning temps. So I had to create my own spring and dream of warmer weather. Specifically I've been working on a new class for all ages.... Illustrated Nature Journaling for Beginners. We'll meet in the garden at Rippavilla Plantation. The side garden, that is. But there are so many wonderful places to observe flora and fauna on the estate. Like in the courtyard... And on the lawn.... And that doesn't even count the back of the property. At Rippavilla, there is even a "Witness" tree, an old tree that was standing during the Battle of Spring Hill.... Illustrated Nature Journaling is fun! What other activity is uses Science, Language Arts, History, Architecture, Poetry, and Art? And shows Gratitude and Appreciation for our planet and conservation, and historic preservation? What other activity can be done... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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Winter and spring have both been unseasonably cold. We even had a frost yesterday with 33* morning temps. So I had to create my own spring and dream of warmer weather. Specifically I've been working on a new class for all ages.... Illustrated Nature Journaling for Beginners. We'll meet in... Continue reading
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! "Anything worth doing is worth doing badly." --G. K. Chesterton I am the first-born child of two achievers. My father was salutatorian of his class and voted... Continue reading
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Easter afternoon 1967 at my grandparents house in Milan, Tennessee. My cousin Karen and I (the only grandchildren at the time) received a duck and two chicks along with our Easter Basket. Bless their little hearts, the chicks were dyed hot pink and turquoise. Wishing you a joyous Easter. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. ~Matthew 28:6 Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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To receive the Wet Paint Monthly Newsletter directly to your inbox, simply email susan@susanejones.com and request to be added to the list. Enjoy! When I was a young teenager, I loved to spend a summer afternoon at the neighborhood pool reading Seventeen magazine, listening to the sounds of kids splashing... Continue reading
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Continuing my research of Irish recipes I ran across this interesting one for Colcannon. I've never heard of it before, but it doesn't look too difficult or fancy. It's made from hearty, stick-to-your-ribs potatoes, cabbage, leeks or onions and a bit of bacon. Colcannon can be a main entrée or a side dish. Colcannon Ingredients 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 slices bacon 1/2 small head cabbage, chopped 1 large leek white, chopped 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup butter, melted salt and pepper to taste Place potatoes in a saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, reserving drippings, crumble and set aside. In the reserved drippings, sauté the cabbage and onion until soft and translucent. Putting a lid on the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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I've really enjoyed working on my family's genealogy and learning about our Scots-Irish roots. I wish I had known this when my grandparents were living to learn any history or stories or recipes that come from that region. As it is I'm left to do my own research. Last week I made Corned Beef and Cabbage. Today I tried my hand at Irish Soda Bread. It was much easier than I anticipated. From Wikipedia, I learned, "Soda bread is a variety of quick bread traditionally made in a variety of cuisines in which sodium bicarbonate is used as a leavening agent instead of the traditional yeast. The ingredients of traditional soda bread are flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk. The buttermilk in the dough contains lactic acid, which reacts with the baking soda to form tiny bubbles of carbon dioxide. Other ingredients can be added such as butter, egg, raisins,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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In graduate school I had a "Graduate Assistantship" whereby I worked 20 hours a week in the International Student Services office and was paid minimum wage, however all of my tuition was waived. It was worth it! Not only did I take the required courses for an MBA, but I also took German, Vegetable Gardening, and a variety of other fun classes. Furthermore I worked for Handicapped Student Services taking notes for two students, one a quadriplegic junior and the other visually impaired freshman. So not only did I have my classes, but I sat in their classes taking notes. I love classes. I love to learn. It was a fun gig. In Vegetable Gardening I learned that a tomato is biologically a fruit but legally a veggie. Who knew? I also learned that in middle Tennessee April 15 is the 50% mark for a hard freeze. Meaning you have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
Hello Michael, thanks for writing. The photo you asked about was loaned to me by a family friend.
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March has never been my favorite month. My friend Carol challenged me to find at least one thing every day in March that I love. She says God loves March, that's why he created it. I just need to look harder. I'm enjoying my search. In the 1970s my Dad researched his genealogy and gave his research to me. I've spent the last year researching my Mom's side. Additionally I purchased the DNA kit from Ancestry.com and was thrilled to see the DNA corroborated the research. Although we have ancestors from all over western Europe and Scandinavia, a large number are Scots-Irish. It may not be St. Patrick's Day yet, but I'm excited about celebrating my Irish roots this year and have gotten a jump on the celebrations by making Corned Beef and Cabbage. Corned Beef and Cabbage is not hard to make. I never even attempted it before last... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines
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My beautiful friend Judy is a loving and dutiful wife to her husband who is feeling quite under the weather. What started as an aching back turned out to be "the disease which shall not be named" after several doctors visits. Words are powerful. So I will never give the disease more power by speaking its name aloud. But Love is more powerful. Comfort food made by the loving hands of caring friends is powerful. Prayer is Powerful. And God Almighty is Omnipotent and is Pure Light and Pure Love. He's got this. All I have to do is say the prayer and bake the comfort food. So Tuesday evening, Judy and her sweetie will be dining on homemade Turnip Greens Soup, French Baguette, and a special dessert for her Decatur-born husband, Bodacious Alabama Boy Bait. r Bodacious Alabama Boy Bait To be completely transparent, my recipe was strongly inspired... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Charm of the Carolines