New House Challenge

My favorite thing to do in the entire world is work on my house or for that matter any house belonging to friends, family, or stranger. Lol!  I feel it very rewarding to take an ugly duckling and give it love and attention to give it back some dignity.  My latest project is on a quiet street in the historic district downtown.  I have been working very hard on giving the home its dignity back, thus neglecting my blog.  I hope you will enjoy the transforming pictures I have taken during the project.  I am still not finished, but well on my way.

The door originally was white with the panes painted black.  I painted the door a solid color called Tempe Star by Sherwin Williams.  The historic plaque was added in bronze stating that it is listed in historical society as being the Preston Lane House.  I was happier with the look after I painted the screen door the same as the door color and added oil rubbed bronze hardware.  I know there is still a lot to do, but it is looking happier and cozier.

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A Common Trait with the Sanderling Calidris alba

Last week I was at my favorite beach, Oak Island Beach in North Carolina.  My husband and I  enjoyed long walks and just relaxing on the warm sand listening to the ocean.  We enjoyed watching these shorebirds called Sanderlings.  They are also commonly called sand pipers.  My husband and I had a good laugh as we both thought these funny little birds reminded us of me.  It was because of their swift little legs moving so fast, hardly stopping for a break.  I do have a hard time stopping myself for a break, especially when on a mission or having a project to finish.  Sometimes I feel convicted of being a Martha, when I should be more like Mary.  This story is located in Luke 10:38.

The beach is just the place to make me slow down and meditate on things that are important and get refreshed.  I am so grateful for the beauty providing much needed moments of peace.Oak Island 010  Oak Island 041 Oak Island 006Oak Island 055 Oak Island 004

Blueberry Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This is a delicious cake that is easy and is company worthy. It would also make a great addition to a holiday brunch.

3/4 C Butter, softened             1-1/2 C. Sugar

4 Eggs                                         1 t. Vanilla Extract

3 C. All-Purpose Flour              1-1/2 t. Baking Powder

3/4 t. Baking Soda                     1/4 t. Salt

1 C. Sour Cream


1/4 C. Brown Sugar, packed    1 T. All-Purpose Flour

1/2 t. Cinnamon                        2 C. Blueberries, Fresh or Frozen


1 C. Confectioner’s Sugar         2 – 3 T. Milk


In large bowl, cream butter and sugar til light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  Add this to the creamed mixture alternately with the sour cream, beating well after each addition.

Spoon a third of the batter into a greased and floured 10″ tube pan.  Combine the brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; sprinkle half over the batter and top with half of the blueberries.  Repeat the layer, and top will be the remaining batter.

Bake at 350 for 55-65 min. using toothpick test.  Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely.  Make the glaze and drizzle onto cake while it is still warm.