Friday, September 23, 2016

Help Me Identify This Bird

Friends, I need some help identifying this bird. He was in the birch trees by my deck where my feeders are handing but he did not come to any of the feeders. He was just flitting around on the branches. He was very small (maybe 3-4 inches) but a little larger than a hummingbird. 

He was terribly hard to photograph plus I didn't have my camera with the zoom at hand. 



Thanks for your help. Remember, I live in Kentucky - Judy


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Biltmore Breakfast Room

When I visited the Biltmore House, the Breakfast Room was one of my favorite rooms.



The lighting was not good so my images aren't the best. 


I read there are three generations of china and crystal stored in Biltmore House, and much of it is more than 100 years old. The china is stored in glass cupboards in the two-story Butler's Pantry. 



The guide said they ate breakfast and some luncheons in this room. Can you imagine sitting down to this gorgeous table. What an honor that must have been. BTW the flowers are all fresh and grown on the estate.



I am sure you are noticing the white linens on the table. I'm not sure what china is used on the table but I doubt it is the fine china from the Biltmore collections. It may stay in the butler's pantry since it is so fragile and old.



I couldn't get a shot of the entire room on my iPhone so I have borrowed an image from Romantic Asheville.com  to share with you.




I did get a pic of the ornate ceiling. There were so many people of the tour, it was difficult to take pics and the lighting made it worse. At least they did allow pictures to be taken. 


There you have the Breakfast Room at the Biltmore House. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


Great parties I am linking to:



Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fall Fireplace - third times a charm


Sometimes it takes a while to get the look you are after. I've been decorating my fireplace and I have three styles I'm sharing with you today. 


For the first style, I used black candleholders and a black lantern. Then added blue jars with a candle and fall berry bushes in each plus. Two quails made by my mom years ago are on the mantel. On the hearth, a Fitz and Floyd vase with a fall arrangement, another lantern placed on a fall wreath were added on the left side. "Bird Girl" and another wreath of fall orange berries were added to the right. 


I kept this design for a few days. 



I recently showed a pic of a fall tablescape with with this fireplace design in the background. You can see more of this post here



For the second design, the black candle holders and the two black lanterns were replaced with Pottery Barn antique mercury glass pillar holders and fall candles. A different fall wreath was added to the center of the mantel but it wouldn't stay in place. I even tried to balance it in a decorative box. But I didn't trust it; I could just see it falling in the fireplace and a possible fire (the pilot light is on). 




I have tried several times to get wreaths and even clocks to hold on the mantel but two clocks have fallen and broken. You can see the clock on the mantel here. I tried Command Hooks and even layers of Velcro industrial strength with no luck. I could try a masonry bit and drill a hole in the brick but I have been leery of that.




The third design just had a few tweaks. I gave up on the wreath in design two. It just wouldn't stay on the mantel. Instead, fall berries and fall pieces that you saw in design one were added to the open lidded box. Two speckled glass pumpkins were then added to the mantel.



I'm still using the quail seen in design one but now the two are down on the hearth plus an acorn candle. 




You may prefer one design over another. What appeals to one viewer may not appeal to another. Tell me what you think. What appeals to you.

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.


Great parties I am linking to:



Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme


Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays


Friday, September 16, 2016

More Birds from The Nature Station at LBL

As I promised a few weeks ago, I am sharing other birds from my visit to The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky. The birds at the station are protected and cared for because of injury, being orphaned, or losing their natural fear of humans. 


The American Bald Eagle. Have you noticed when you see an eagle flying, it rarely flaps its wings but instead soars. It's the only eagle unique to North America.




The American Kestrel is a very small falcon about the size of a mourning dove. Both the male and female have pairs of vertical slashes on the sides of their pale faces. 





The Screech Owl is a stocky bird with a large head and almost no neck. Its wings are rounded its tail is short and square and he does make a spooky screeching sound. He is a small owl about the size of a pint jar. 




The Great Horned Owl has earlike tufts, with intimidating yellow-eyes, and a deep hooting voice. 





The Turkey is a large bird native to the Americas. It is found in all of our states except Alaska. Wild turkeys are very large, plump birds with long legs, wide, rounded tails , and a small head on a long slim neck. 


If you missed by earlier posts on birds at The Nature Station you can find them as follows:


The Barred Owl - click here
The Barn Owl - click here
The Red Tailed Hawk - click here



There were a few birdhouses on display at The Nature Center.



As I did, you can read more about each of these birds at All About Birds

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life In Kentucky - Judy. 

Linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Wednesday Around the World @ Photographing New Zealand

Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern on Tuesday evening

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Share Your Style Link Party @ The Essence of Home on Thursday evening
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme on Wednesday evening
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm on Thursday evening

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings


Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen on Saturday
Camera Critters on Saturday
I'd Rather Be Birdin' on Saturday at noon




Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Kitchen "Scape" - beautiful fall colors

Are you dreaming of Fall or has fall arrived in your area? For me, I'm still dreaming, our heat index was 104 plus lots of humidity. 


I'm featuring a fall "scape" on my peninsula in my kitchen today as I prepare for fall around the house.



Casual entertaining may be in store this evening with some friends who don't mind eating in the kitchen. 



The peninsula is set for two but can easily seat four. I have additional place settings sitting on the hutch ready to add. 


Does your eye go to the candle when you look at the image below?


Mine certainly does, candles do add a warm glow to the setting and this little acorn candle has a light fall scent. 


Our kitchen is open to the family room. It makes transitioning smooth and easy. You can see the fireplace I white washed a couple of months ago, and you can read about it here




I made a change on the fireplace to a different centerpiece. I found a great lidded box in my fall pieces and made an arrangement with stems I already had. Nice and it was free. 




Back in the kitchen, I'm using umber canisters and a special tea towel made by my friend, JoAnn. 



Did you notice the great little speckled glass pumpkin used in the centerpiece? It has survived three moves! 


There you have it.



Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Great parties I am linking to:


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Normandy Life on Sunday evening
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Celebrate Your Story @ Sweet Sensations

Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ Stone Gable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Sizzle into Summer@ DIY by Design


Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style on Tuesday evening

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson on Wed. evenings 
Share Your Style Link Party @ 21 Rosemary Lane on Wed. evenings

Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme

Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday @ Katherine's Corner
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home on Thursday
Inspiration Thursday @ In The New House

Feathered Nest Friday @ The French Country Cottage
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
The Bouquet of Talent Party @ Life on Lakeshore Drive - Saturday
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista - Saturday
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home on Saturday

Table It Link Party @ Life and Linda
Inspiration Monday @ Our Southern Home 

Dishing It and Digging It @ Rustic & Refined on Sundays