Friday, February 5, 2016

What Happens When You Don't Eat Black Eyed Peas And Greens

On New Years day you will find many southerners eating black eyed peas and greens. The tradition is that the peas are suppose to bring good luck, or coins and the greens bring wealth in the new year .  Being raised in a southern home this was always a tradition and one I continued with my own family and friends. 

This January 1st we were out of town and missed eating our normal New Years meal.  Now,  I don't consider myself a superstitious person at all but after everything that happened in January I am beginning to think there is something to all of this.  LOL

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We were stranded for two hours waiting for a tow truck.  Major car repairs were needed. $$$$

Our credit card number was stolen.  Let's just say that the thief has very expensive taste.  

My camera lens broke and has to be replaced

We hired a company to clean rust stains from our salt water pool.  The chemical he used caused  four leaks which now will require draining the pool, chiseling out the area around pipes and doing repairs.  Oh,  the rust stains are still there.  $$$

Wheel bearing on Steve's car needed to be replaced.  This is the 2nd one in two months.

Florida Blue cancelled my health insurance "per my request".  WHAT?   Many,  many phone calls later (average hold time 1 hour + per call)  I thought it was finally resolved.  A few days later I received a letter with my new premium amount which was four times higher than my prior cost!  Finally corrected after another round of phone calls. 

I accidentally deleted the Project Page on my blog,  including a couple hundred pictures and links.  It will take me weeks to rebuild the page. 

My cousin and I had a garage sale that was a BIG flop.  Friday the weather was suppose to be 72 degrees and chance of rain late afternoon.  We barely got everything set up by 8:00 am and it started to rain.  We took everything down and waited the rain out.  About an hour later we were able to set everything up again only to have it start pouring down rain a couple of hours later.  Same thing happened on Saturday with rain, high winds and temps that dropped to 50 degree.  About the only things we sold were the items we bought from each other!

I found out I have an ulcer....I wonder why? 

Is all of this a coincidence or should I get a rabbits foot, four leaf clover, lucky penny, a horseshoe and stay in bed on Friday the 13th just in case?  Either way you can bet I'll be eating black eyed peas and greens next New Years. 


Here is a little info on how the tradition of eating black eyed peas and greens started.....

"The story of THE BLACK EYED PEA being considered good luck relates directly back to Sherman's Bloody March to the Sea in late 1864. It was called The Savannah Campaign and was lead by Major General William T. Sherman. The Civil War campaign began on 11/15/64 when Sherman 's troops marched from the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, and ended at the port of Savannah on 12/22/1864. 

When the smoke cleared, the southerners who had survived the onslaught came out of hiding. They found that the aggressors had looted and stolen everything of value and everything you could eat including all livestock, death and destruction were everywhere. While in hiding, few had enough to eat, and starvation was now upon the survivors. 

The Northern army had taken everything they could carry and eaten everything they could eat. But they couldn’t take it all. The devastated people of the south found for some unknown reason that Sherman ’s troops had left silos full of black eyed peas. 

At the time in the north, the lowly black eyed pea was only used to feed stock. The northern troops saw it as the thing of least value. Taking grain for their horses and livestock and other crops to feed themselves, they just couldn’t take everything. So they left the black eyed peas in great quantities assuming it would be of no use to the survivors, since all the livestock it could feed had either been taken or eaten. 

Southerners awoke to face a new year in this devastation and were facing massive starvation if not for the good luck of having the black eyed peas to eat. From New Years Day 1866 forward, the tradition grew to eat black eyed peas on New Year’s Day for good luck.   

Are you superstitious or are there traditions you follow?

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Staying Warm And Cozy

This Morning we had to turn on the heater for the first time this year.  Actually, it only stayed on a couple of hours until it started warming up outside.  This is one of the benefits of living in Florida. Of course if you visit us any time after March you will see our air conditioner running at top speed.

For those of you that don't live in warm temps here are ways to stay warm and cozy this Winter,  I had to add some really cute pictures of pets too.

5 Ways to Stay Comfortable and Warm This Winter

As temperatures drop and people yearn for comfy days at home, you likely have your eye on the thermostat and wait with trepidation for your energy bill to arrive. There usually is no escaping higher heating costs, but that doesn’t mean they have to skyrocket during the cold months. Here are some ways to help your family have a comfortable Winter

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Savvy Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans in your home, you probably don’t turn them on too much during the winter time. It doesn’t seem to make sense that blowing air is conducive to creating warm spaces. However, with a simple adjustment you can harness the power of the fan in your favor. Adjust the fan’s blades so that the leading edge is tipped down, then make sure it is running in the clockwise direction as viewed from below. This will move the warmer air near the ceiling down into the room you are using. Keep the fan on low speed.

Gather Around

You can use colder weather as a reason to gather family members into a few rooms, which will boost the cozy feel while you turn down the thermostat. By closing the vents in rooms you don’t need to use a lot, you can shift more warm air into the spaces you love to live life in. Get some board games, movies, or art supplies together and keep your home’s occupants in one or two rooms. The body heat will warm the space, and the camaraderie can warm your heart.

Furnace Maintenance

Homeowners looking to cut down on repair and energy costs would do well to get a routine checkup on their furnace if they want to have a comfortable winter. Maximizing airflow, changing filters, and dealing with problems before they get worse will lengthen the life of your furnace and stretch your energy dollars. Plus, you won’t risk allowing harmful gases such as carbon monoxide enter your home.

Daylight Diligence

When you are preparing your home for winter weather, take a close look at your baseboards and around doors and windows. If you can see daylight through any cracks or places where weather stripping is missing, you likely are losing heat without even realizing it. You can also feel around doors and windows with your hands to check for small drafts or cold spots. Address any voids or cracked caulking right away to prevent further heat loss.

Bundle Up

No one likes to walk around their home with five layers of clothing on, but adding just a sweater can allow you to turn down the thermostat two degrees, which will add up in energy savings over several months. Wear socks and long-sleeve shirts every day to help you resist the urge to turn up the heat. You can look at it as an opportunity to wear that wool sweater your aunt knitted for you two years ago.

Creating a comfortable winter setting in your home doesn’t have to require a great deal of sacrifice.  These simple changes can help you maximize your home’s coziness factor this winter while also helping you save money.

Please also remember to bring your pets inside.  

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Protecting My New Floors

Hi everyone.

First,  I want to thank everyone for the kind comments you left on my Christmas Home Tour.  A big Thank You to Marty at a A Stroll Thru Life for hosting and all the time and work she put into making the tour a success.

Do you remember that large Pottery Barn jute rug I found on Craigslist for a steal?  Well,  I love the look of the rug but I don't like that it sheds or that sand, dirt and everything else seeps right through. I vacuum the rug several times a week but I was still concerned that our new floor would be scratched.  Also,  if you have a jute rug then you already know that it doesn't have padding to give it a little cushion.

I was trying to decide if I should replace the rug when Rug Pad USA (affiliate link) contacted me about reviewing one of their rug pads.

Our grand kids play games, and even occasionally nap on the rug so it was important that any rug pad not be made with chemicals that could be toxic.  Most rug pads that are made with PVC or plastic are ridden with chemicals that could be toxic, and harmful for your floors. Some of the cheaper rug pads can actually ruin your wood floors.   Rug Pad USA offer a sustainable alternative to all the cheap and toxic PVC rug pads traditionally available in big box stores while offering better grip and quality.

The pad was cut to my specification and I received it within days of ordering.  I couldn't be happier with the product and now no worries about our floor being scratched.   The extra plushness is a nice bonus too.

Rug Pad USA is offering a 15% discount to my readers with promo code PR15OFF.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

2015 Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to our 2015 Christmas Home Tour.

A very special thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for inviting me to participate in this years Christmas Home Tour.  Make sure you stop by Marty's blog to see her home beautifully decorated for Christmas.

You'll be able to share your Christmas d├ęcor at any of the participating blogs, including right here. I would love for you to come back on Friday and link up at the bottom of this page.

If you are coming from Decorating Delirium, Welcome!

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This year I decided to put our small flocked tree in the antique olive jar.

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The large ammo basket will hold gifts if I ever get time to go shopping.  Can you believe I haven't bought a single gift yet?  The little ammo basket was a gift from my husband several years ago.  The small ones are rarer and hard to find.

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I couldn't decorate for Christmas without adding a touch of coastal decor.

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 I drew the deer (which I have been told looks a lot like a dog with horns) on the chalk board and added this pretty garland to the chandelier.  The garland was a recent giveaway win from Kathryn at The Dedicated House .

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Dining Room

At Christmas time this red transferware replaces the blue and white normally displayed in the kitchen eat in area.

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Here is a teaser shot of the range hood in our nearly updated kitchen.   A small amount of trim on the built in microwave is all that remains to do.  I am in love with the kitchen transformation and can't wait to share it with you. I'll be posting pictures and details shortly.

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It was a lot of fun making a skirt for my antique dress form.  I first added lights to some cheap garland and wrapped it around the dress form.  Fresh greenery was added to help cover the garland and then fifty two peacock feathers were added that I picked up while thrifting for just a few dollars.

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Thanks for visiting and make sure to visit all 30 wonderful blogs participating in the 2015 Christmas Tour.    Life Love Larson  kicks off the tour tomorrow.

Monday - Dec 7th

Tuesday - Dec 8th

Wednesday - Dec 9th

Thursday - Dec 10th

Fri - Dec 11th

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Link up your holiday decor here starting on Friday.   I can't wait to see what you have to share.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Out Of Room? Look UP

I found a grungy, beat up shelf at the thrift store.  The shelf was in need of some repair but the size was right and it was only five dollars!  I removed the ugly spindles, filled in the holes and dents, sanded it to prepare for the paint.  Once painted white she was no longer a ugly duckling.

 My antique bread boards and some vintage copper were added to take these pictures.  Later, that same day everything came down and the shelf was decorated for Christmas.

Sorry about the dark pictures.  It's been gloomy and raining here for days.

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Please check back on December 10 to see our home decorated for the Christmas Home Tour.

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