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HELLO AND WELCOME TO HIBISCUS HOUSE


 I'm glad you stopped by.
 I'm Dolly and I'd like to introduce you to our simple Southern Lifestyle.
The inspiration for writing The Hibiscus House Blog is the wonderful location.


Chuck and I live in the rural South

Our state is famous for beautiful sunny beaches, the Lowcountry, many cities and towns full of history. I can't forget the many ponds and lakes for fishing and swimming. Oh, and don't let me forget the foothills and the mountains that are close enough to enjoy.



Our home, Hibiscus House is a little Southern Colonial Farmhouse situated on family farmland. The location is fairly secluded and offers peace and the beauty of the nature that surrounds us. 




The family and I love the fact that there are no street lights to take away from the glorious night sky.  The moon and stars do shine brightly!  In the daylight, the pristine blue sky and fluffy white clouds are a sight to behold. It doesn't take long to realize that the Lord surrounds us with such beauty.




One hazy bright moon cloudy night sky


No matter what the season we are blessed with beautiful sights
 

This is a wonderful location for rest, relaxation, and the feeling of a constant vacation. Hey, that may be the reason I've become quite a happy hermit.  

I do write about what I know and have learned from my wonderful parents, grandparents, and even way back to the great grandparents!  Friends, now I can't forget what I've learned from friends in the past and hope to learn more from new ones!

I had a younger guy friend once who said this about me, " She sure talks about the old times".  He's right I do and besides great memories, they are learning experiences always.  

The past teaches you a lot about what to expect in the future.  Some things can be improved upon and some can not.  Live, Learn, & enjoy!


TOPICS


HOME

Everything Home:  Decorating, Cleaning, TIPs, Organization, Homemade Mixtures, Money-Saving Ideas - Sometimes downright Frugal yet not life-altering

*note* 😃 I didn't say I always have the house clean neat orderly but I know how to do it. Knowing it and doing it are two different things.



RECIPES

Simple Southern Recipes made with things most of us have on hand, some healthy some not-so-healthy, all delicious! Good food from Southern Time-Tested Recipes. 

By the time I was old enough to reach the sink and the stove I was taught to cook and clean. 

Saving money, buying delicious food, preserving foods for future use are very important steps in preparing meals.  When you live in rural areas it isn't always cost conscience to run on the spur of the moment to pick things up, so be sure to stock up on the items you need.  I have many posts on this subject.

Let's Eat!


GARDENING

Gardening and a love of it was instilled in me by my sweet Mama. If I could hold a hoe rake or shovel I was taught to garden. Mama put me to work at an early age. At the time I may not have been happy about it, but now am very grateful she did. 

The total enjoyment of the great outdoors! Our gardens are a blank slate and we are the designers. Isn't that a wonderful way to think about it? 



Get in touch with the soil and enjoy some of the endorphins. 
Go out and create your own landscape and gardens. They bring you joy! 

 


BACKYARD ANIMALS

Backyard Animals:  Chickens, Dogs, Cats so far, but would love other animals like horses, goats, llamas. We do from time to time have lots of wildlife animals visit as well. 

We've seen Dingoes in the front field, had coyotes frolicking on the front porch, had an otter hopping across the side yard, and a peacock in all his glory enjoying the yard. 

At one time I had a pet bobcat, or at least he thought he was. He somehow would get into my garden cabin and sleep at night. Then in the morning he would greet me brush against my legs and run around me.  He began to stand and look in chicken pen.  He was liking that too much so we had to run him off.  I hated it and had grown to really like him, but it had to be done. I really liked him but couldn't have him eating the chickens.  I'm told they can jump a 6 foot fence and get into a pen. I am glad he never did that.

I almost forgot the graceful deer that seem to dance across and the wild turkeys come up regularly. 

The bluebirds, hummingbirds, songbirds and I don't want to forget the woodpeckers and ever-present mockingbirds visit daily. Occasionally the painted buntings appear which are always a joy to see. I almost forgot the rabbits and cute bunnies, even though they like to chow down on our wood railings.

They bring such happiness to your life and are quite entertaining!  It's kind of busy out here actually.




CRAFTING  & IN THE SEWING ROOM

Crafts: Sewing, Quilting, Sculpting, Painting, Floral Designing, numerous arts & crafts

God has given me great talents and for that, I am truly grateful. I know each of you has one or have many God-given talents as well. Those are some of our many blessings.

SOUTHERN TRADITIONS

Southern hospitality manners and traditions were passed down through the generations. Mama and Daddy both taught me the value of taking care of one's self, but not at the expense of others. They taught me to be respectful, kind, loving, welcoming, and most of all genuine with others. I will carry things taught by them and my grandparents for a lifetime.

SPOTLIGHT STORIES

Sharing about others in Spotlight Stories. Interesting stories most teach us ideas and new ways of doing things. Chuck and I love to talk to others about their lives talents and interests. Everyone has a story and all think they don't. You can read some in that section to find out more about people from numerous walks of life.


.....Even more to cover if you wish to read on


I love the Lord, family, friends, and the simple things in life. Those are truly the best!  I've been asked many times if this is a bed and breakfast.  It must show, the dream I once had of owning one. But, hey family keeps me busy and my life fulfilled enough and that's what counts  

Guess I wrote a book didn't I?  

Relax, grab yourself a cold glass of ice tea, take a comfortable seat. 

Read to your heart's content!


  
I'm pondering what to do next?
Thankful to the good Lord for all His blessings.

I'll leave you with this and I do believe it to be true:

Be who you were meant to be, no other
Do not worry about the things you can not change
Be the same always so people will know who you are
Make the world a better place where you stand
It will make a difference



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