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Help!! I’m walking in a nightmare and can’t wake up!

Haha, that was my first reaction years ago when I first experienced this very strange, actually quite common occurrence.

The Eastern Red Cedar (the Tree of Tennessee) grows throughout the eastern US states.

The small brown growths that are normal and expected on all the Eastern Red Cedars can become alarming in the right conditions.

In the spring, when temps, rain, and other elements are just right, it causes the spore/growth to open up and sprout the orange tentacles that form these creepy little things!! ( I really think they are quite cute…in a strange kind of way!  (If it happened at Halloween they would be a huge hit!)

I have seen this many years ago but never in my own trees…you can imagine my surprise when I go out to walk the grounds early AM after a stormy early morning.

Some folks freak and want to cut and burn the trees…however, that would not be the end of the story…the occurrence is caused by the rust in the cedar and is also common to apple and crabapple trees, it can and does transfer among the 3. So, before you start destroying one, be prepared to destroy all…Best advice…chill and let nature take her course. She always has, always will..

Tuesday, April 27, 2021…Yeah!!!  On the road again!

Trip trip

Two sisters made a day trip to spend time with a third sister and pull together some loose ends for our family Decoration Day at the family cemetery…two actually-paternal and maternal, they are only a mile or two apart so no extra traveling…hmmm, extra traveling?  Not a bad thought! Where to go? North, East, South, or West??  (I will come back to that idea)

Meanwhile, we visited our favorite florist

They have been meeting our needs for a lifetime on some level.
They always go the extra step…always. (William, if you happen to see this, we appreciate you more than you may know.)

Back on the road and a long visit with sister #1, many of you know she is healing from the loss of her youngest son and from a stroke a few months after his death. She is a ROCK and she is healing, making great strides, and looks fabulously fashionably!

I am sister #2…
Sister #3 is Lynda…pictured here walking her phone! She may kill me?
Sister #4 is hanging out by her pool in Sarasota, Florida!

The one and only brother is between sister #3 and #4…he hangs in Northport/Tuscaloosa, Alabama….(he is a fabulous gardener and wonderful brother, only 3 hours from me.)

The visit had to end and sister#3 and I headed back to her home in Madison, Alabama/Huntsville…..with a much-needed dinner stop…We opted for…
It was a breezy warm day so we chose the open patio over-looking the lake

We were told all the seafood comes from Louisiana and our wait lady hails from Gonzales, LA…..the food was delicious ( I chose catfish/baked sweet potato and cabbage slaw…NO complaints.

Back on the road, one hour to her home…then one hour to Sage hill!

A wonderful day, we will repeat it!

Thanks for traveling along with us and Happy Spring!

Back to the top for pics…

My desire to pack a bag and roam never wanes!

I won’t bore you with the reasons why not over the past year, we’ve all experienced the same game.

My summer coming up will be quite different from the previous one….ready or not, the choice is mine.

This past Tuesday was a sample run…took me north into the neighboring 3 counties. Saw a lot of spring activity, fields greening, fields plowed under, and fresh, rich dirt gleaming in the sunshine.

Made a special stop at my favorite nursery for things I don’t or can’t grow from seed. River View is located at Thompson Station… a huge place and all the plants are grown there and from Non-GMO seed.

I came home with 12 Azalea shrubs, perennial salvia, and Sea Salt hand-soap!
Oh, and 8 bags of Raised Bed Soil blend…good thing I drive a Jeep!

Mealhouse love Dessert done right!

Saw some old friends and sat on a bench and chatted for a while…a marvelous treat!

By now I was getting hungry, with a late breakfast I had passed on lunch, early dinner was sounding good.

Two choices…come home and cook, or…Marcy Jo’s is 20 minutes from Sage Hill…right on my route….Marcy Jo’s it was.

This quaint little place has an old history, more recent history, and a much bigger story and purpose.

Gifted and gracious people, making it count!





field trees icy ice road me

Wow and Wow…I do believe global warming overslept!

Middle Tennessee can have some testy weather days from time to time-
However, Ice Storms are not on the calendar as a frequent visitor.

I’ve been a little ticked off with so many hurdles slowing me down with my plans for 2021.
Time is so precious, to have it stolen from us for any reason is 100% unacceptable. (and I’m not speaking of the weather!)

Off my Soap Box now and, well…I am now speaking about the weather!

I went to bed last night after a very cold and dreary day knowing the morning would bring something a little more…just wasn’t expecting all we got.

Everywhere I tuned into kept repeating the same words…stay inside, roads are icy, watch your step, don’t venture out and on and on and on!!

I’m really wise enough to know, when ice is in the mix, don’t crank the transportation!

Being the mischievous type I smiled when the thought crossed my mind….the rules don’t apply to boots and home ground!

By this time it was sleeting, rain with a ping.
I ventured out the back door and was delighted to feel “no wind!”

With my all-weather gear and my colorful umbrella, I walked the outside perimeter of the house grounds, discovering some of the beautiful cedars and white pines were heavy with ice and a few had broken limbs.

The Bay Laurel is bare and thousands of frozen droplets hung on every branch….reminding me of a Christmas tree.

We have many evergreens and the mix with the hardwoods that are all bare this time of year made for one amazing site.

I was outside about an hour, with much of that being under the shelter of the front porch……the treelined road was a winter wonderland of mixed mediums.

8:32 PM Monday night, February 15, 2021…20* with a prediction of 12* overnight-the morning will be …whatever it will be!

All county roads were officially closed at 6:00 PM/some talk of power outages…please and thank you…NO…

I know much of the country is experiencing some form of what we have, and many are so much more!

I won’t tell you to stay inside, I will say…use common sense!

Baby, it’s cold outside!



A very British Affair…

A lovely invitation arrived in my inbox a few days ago.

Brunch at noon
Poppy And Parliament

(History of Twickenham)


Just let me say…we are all good food critics/cooks in this family…so dining out can be a challenge!

I could not have been more pleased, the welcome, the service, the food, the coffee, and the atmosphere was spot on!

Smoked Salmon on dark Soda bread with Chive scrambled eggs…perfection!

Randy and Michelle shared breakfast for two….sausage, bacon, potato rounds, baked beans, Black & White puddings, sauced mushrooms, (amazing!)

Now, the trip from home to the location was only about 45 minutes, however, it takes me through a section of Huntsville I have not visited in 2 years…..through the A&M Campus/ parts of Old Town that still has vintage charm.

I was disappointed to see one of my favorite Farm Market Retail stores had closed the doors.

But, an old and popular Meat and Seafood spot is still thriving. Rockets-Meat and Seafood Market.

A lovely outing with my family…what could be better!

Blessed and Grateful~


My chosen color for 2021….  A vivid purplish red color named after the color of the flower of the fuchsia plant, which was named so by a botanist, Charles Plumier after the 16th century German botanist Leonhart Fuchs.

The color fuchsia was first introduced as the color of a new aniline dye called fuchsine, patented in 1859 by the French chemist François-Emmanuel Verguin. The dye was renamed magenta later in the same year, to celebrate a victory of the French army at the Battle of Magenta on June 4, 1859, near the Italian city of that name.

The first recorded use of fuchsia as a color name in English was in 1892.

Some lagniappe to consider.

Fuchsia symbolizes–uniqueness, certainty, maturity and confidence.
Fuchsia effects are–nurtures, soothes, inspires…and displeases some.

Positive traits are–levelheaded, dependable, loving and fun-loving.
Negative traits are–Controlling, obstinate and uppity. (uppity is often applied to people with a lot of confidence.)

Sage Hill Gardens and the Stylish Gardner can now be found at MeWe. Please connect if you are also there.


A cold but sunny day at Sage Hill, the sky was so blue and full of energy- I did not want the day to end-tomorrow follows…….faith is stronger than fear….miracles play out among us every day!

History in the making…why I must see every movement, hear every word-so that in the coming days I may better identify evil as it moves among us.

I read this a few days ago and it plays in my head non-stop.
Psalm 7:9
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.

America The Beautiful

Today I felt the need to cook food with seasonal energy.

Grass-fed and finished- beef, seared till golden brown then cooked for 1.5 hours in a 375* oven in a black iron cooker/seasoned with onion, bell pepper, and red wine…the gravy is a mix of those ingredients…no thickening agent such as flour or arrowroot.
Fresh green butter-beans and roasted sweet potato.

High in nutrition and fats are all good.
Wish you were here!😋❤️


Cooking is a therapy for me…and Lord knows therapy is embraced right now…

Baked pasta with my version of red sauce… Gloria D’ElisoMount, you would be proud!
Fruit Cobbler (peaches/blueberries)

Comfort food of the finest…I did not over-indulge, I did however enjoy!!

To family…..Wish you were here.

MAGA–Trump–as American as Apple and Blueberry Cobbler!


Christmas, New Year’s…come and gone, the anticipation, festive plays and replays, excess on many levels, ribbons, bows, pretty paper, treats to die for and because of!! Well, hopefully not…
The house and grounds look and feel so ……bare…I’m actually a fan of bare, except at Christmas time.
So, after it all is lovingly packed away for another year, what am I left with?
Laundry!!!! Things to reflect on…that could last forever! Gingersnaps and one gift I forgot to deliver…ouch!

Now, back to the laundry……so much red.


Old Glory is forever…Red White and Blue~

Donald J. Trump–forever–Our President!