Merry Christmas

Oh what a glorious day

T'was The Night Before Christmas

We have a fairly large family, there were five of us children.   I have some of the fondest memories of Christmas.  One of them is the book, The Night Before Christmas pictured below.  We grew up with this wonderful book and it is torn, tattered, written in, smudged.  It is still very sentimental to me. 

Goodbye Sweet Chewy

Yesterday we said goodbye to our sweet Great Pyrenees. Everyone at the animal hospital fell in love with him also. Not a dry eye was found on anyone. I appreciate their kind and excellent care.  He was stricken with a sickness that he could not come back from. We will miss our dear chicken protector, pet and friend.
Chewy had such a loving, sweet, loyal manner about him, yet that very protective side.
I have never owned such a sweet dog with such a wonderful personality.  He will be missed.

A post in the archives about Chewy to read
click HERE

Goodbye my dear friend.

Also a goodbye to my oldest hen Cora
She left us this week also.
Cora was a wonderful layer and a hen with such a personality, she was one that didn't want
Motley Crow her rooster to have any other hens and never let him forget it....

A post in the archives about Cora and her Motley Crow
click Here to read.

I don't know how my grandparents did this farm animal life. I guess they just took it all in stride and went on. I have a habit of making every animal my pet naming them, singing to them...oh well

We have other hens and will get another dog. It won't be Chewy but just the same I know he will be loved and enjoyed.


Spotlight: Candy Conrad of Lazy J Bar C Farm

 I have been so blessed with meeting the nicest people. This lady is certainly one of them, and I would love for you to meet her and visit her blog: Lazy J Bar C Farm. You will enjoy your visit I assure you.
She has agreed to share with us her bread making tips and I for one am glad, because I love bread!

 Hi! My name is Candy and I have a little home-based business making and selling baked goods at one of our local Farmer's Markets. Dolly was nice enough to ask me if I would be interested in doing a guest post on her blog so I thought I would share some of the tips I have learned over the years for making yeast breads and rolls. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and check it out! Thanks

Bread Making Tips
Click HERE

We also have this up at our Dolly Is Cooking 
on the Country Homemaker Hop, so please check it out and thank you Candy !


Archives: Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits
For Recipe
Click: Here

Hope you enjoy the recipe.  They are delicious!

Walking Through the Cotton Field

They are harvesting the cotton now and I wanted to share this video of my walk.
I hope you all have a wonderful week.
I've ended with a video I like

Retro: The Day the Atomic Bomb Fell In Our County

I have heard about this my entire life but never really looked into it. Everyone around will tell you about the day the Atomic Bomb fell in the Mars Bluff Area in our county.  People have told of the huge hole that it left on that property. All I know is that we are blessed that nothing more happened on that day March 11, 1958.  I would have been 4 years old at the time.

Dot's Fall Garden

I have been spending some time with my precious Mama "Dot".  She has not been feeling well and I cherish every moment with her. It would mean so much to me if you would please pray for a quick recovery for her.
She as you may know is an avid gardener and in the Spring I shared her beautiful flower gardens. I took a walk the other day and took some marvelous shots. If she were well the leaves would be raked but I find her garden to be beautiful anyway. I offered to rake them but she said to me, "No, leave them for the children they love to rake and fall in them."

Part One of Dot's Fall Garden

Our Visit to the Ovis Hill Farm Festival

Look at those faces! 

Every year we go to a sheep farm that is separated from us by a strip of swamp land.  We all like the farm.  It is very beautiful! 

Spotlight: Claudia Colenzo Lamascolo

I would like to introduce you to a pretty special lady.  If you visit her blog you will get very hungry, she has lots of delicious recipes! Today we share a post
Upstate NY Italian Sauce or Gravy? Debate
We would enjoy your comments about the subject.
Claudia Colenzo Lamascolo

His Beauty is Everywhere

When things seem to be so overwhelming it is good to take a step
back and look at this beautiful world God has given us to live in.
Aren't we so lucky and blessed.
The beauty that surrounds us is breathtaking.
I love living out here enjoying all of the peace, quiet and beauty.

The sun coming up this morning, the sky is a work of art

Sun peeking through the trees

   I hope each of you take the time to enjoy
each day, moment, and notice the beauty around you.


Jesus Heals

"For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds, declares the LORD."
Jeremiah 30:17

   Isn't it wonderful to know that God is always with us?

Let's Take a Beautiful Home Tour

Beautiful exterior
(I want to apologize up front for my poor photography, because the home is beautiful and my pictures do not do it justice.)
The family always enjoys our time together at this home.  We do so much in fact that we hate to leave when we visit. I love it here and wanted to share it with you.

Spotlight of the Week: Mrs Hines

Hibiscus House is pleased to present our Spotlight of the Week Sharon Hines. I thoroughly enjoy her blog, I always learn something and have fun while doing so. I know that you will too.  Now in her own words:

Archives Diving

Hibiscus House has had to take a little hiatus but will be back soon. 
"This is the day that the Lord Hath Made.  I will be glad and rejoice in it."
A new Spotlight Story coming soon and I am sure you are going to enjoy reading it.

Soups For A Rainy Day Plus Hoarding Update!

Looking back into the archives for a few soup recipes. These rainy days bring that to mind soup and sandwiches.  An added plus is that you can throw them together and let them simmer all day in crock pot if you have more important things to do such as looking at craft magazines for your next adventure.

Dirty Little Hoarding I Mean "Collecting" Shed

What do you do when you downsize.
You build a smaller home only take from older larger home what you think you will use.
Well you would think that is what one would do.

When Dolly Met Victor

This was a few years back and it was during Sun Fun at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I love our beach! We are so lucky to live within a short distance from our shores. This was held as a part of that festival at Market Commons.
Today I share with you my meeting Eric Braeden aka Victor Newman from The Young & The Restless and numerous other shows.

Family, Rat Patrol and Soap Operas : Part One

Today my post is about memories as a young girl watching television with my family. It would start off with a black and white set of course because in those days that is how it was.

Nancy B. Brewer Spotlight of the Week

Hibiscus House
Spotlight of the Week

 I think you will enjoy a tour of her website. Click: Here
Events and Book Signings. Click Here
Contact Information. Click Here

Nancy is an author and native of Concord, North Carolina with a long time interest in history and genealogy.

Her books are popular in the Carolina's as well as national and international.
She joins Mark Twain as one of the few authors who has been awarded the prestigious "Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal" by The United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Her books have also been on the bestseller lists on Amazon.

As a history reeenactor, she says that writing comes natural to her.  She was often asked questions that led her into countless hours of research and the more she discovered the more she had to share.  She is quoted to say, "History is a never-ending story waiting to be told."
She says it is exciting to receive emails from people all over the world.

She has had people as far away as Australia plan their American holiday around a trip to Stanly County and Concord.

Her Historical fiction books include:


Sandy Ridge

Lizzie After the War

You may purchase Nancy's books. Click Here
Also Amazon, Kindle and Nook.

She is currently in the midst of writing:
A 4th book in the historical series entitled:  Letters from Lizzie

A Dark Fiction Novel entitled Garnet

A mid-evil romance entitled A Noble French Lady

She also writes poetry and writes and illustrates children's books. See Sidebar.

Nancy In Character
Theodosia Elizabeth Sanders 
Straight from the pages of
"Carolina Rain" and "Beyond Sandy Ridge"

Nancy says, " I don't just believe in God. I KNOW him. I have seen him, he talks to me and he comforts me in times of need. I have worked hard, but it was God that gave me the strength, the determination and the talents. Everything that I am, or will be, it is by his grace I have received. If you think this is old fashion, so be it."

 Vernon Brewer (Nancy's husband) on the left and General Lee on the right.
Can be believe the resemblance?  It is amazing.

Nancy I want to thank you for sharing your talent and wonderful photographs with us, and I can't wait to read your books.


Tell Tale Souls The Mother Memoir Winner


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