Hi, I'm Dolly.  Welcome to Hibiscus House.  I've been asked many times if this is a bed and breakfast.  It must show, the love I once had in really opening one, but this is our home. 

I love the Lord, family, and friends with all my heart.

Our Story: 

Chuck and I built our home out here in the country, on his family farmland.  I can't tell you how very peaceful it is. It took some getting used to.  The almost complete silence, with the occasional bird or wild animal sound.

The first thing people say, when visiting, is how peaceful and content they feel while here.  We have to agree with them.

The absence of street lights makes for wonderful night sky viewing. The environment is so serene and a perfect place to write.

I write about what I know, and that does include simple living with a few southern traditions thrown in.  Our interests are varied and numerous.  We have a love of design, albeit simple.  He and I both love simple, clean lines in decor.

You will see simple recipes with ingredients most have on hand.  I share low-cost tips and lots of homemade DIYs.

I absolutely love gardening and have a love for arts and crafts as well.  

We've seen lots of wonderful wildlife here, such as Dingoes Coyote, Otters, Groundhogs, rabbits, snakes of all kinds, Bobcats, Raccoon, Opossum, to name a few!  Never a dull moment.  One Bobcat thought he was my pet and lived in the garden cabin. We have backyard chickens with a beautiful Great Pyrenees for a watchdog.

This website/blog has enabled me to meet many nice, friends from all walks of life. That has been a true blessing to me. Chuck and I both have a knack for talking with others.  That must be the Spotlight Story interest.  Everyone truly has a story to tell, and none ever think they do, no matter how famous they become.  That is the one true singular thing they all say.

Simple Southern Living:  This comes from living in the South my entire life, it is our home always has been and probably is the reason behind the Southern ways and traditions!


  • Everything Home:  Decor, Cleaning, TIPs, Organization
  • Homemade Mixtures, Money Saving Ideas - Sometimes downright Frugal yet not life-altering
  • Simple Southern Recipes made with things most have on hand, some healthy some not-so-healthy, all delicious! 
  • Gardening and enjoying the great outdoors 
  • Backyard Animals:  Chickens, Dogs, Cats (so far, but would love other animals like horses, goats, llamas.)
  • Crafts: Sewing, Quilting, Sculpting, Floral Designing, numerous arts & crafts
  • Southern Hospitality, Manners and Traditions
  • Sharing Others in Spotlight Stories

I inherited my love of gardening and cooking from my mama 'Dot'.  She inspired and taught me both from a very young age.  I do believe from the time I could reach the stove and sink, or handle a rake hoe or shovel.  She put me to work. At the time I wasn't happy, now I'm so very glad she did these things.

She and daddy 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.

God has given me great talents and for that, I am truly grateful.  I confess I don't use them nearly enough.  I need to rectify that and soon!

I am a "What you see is what you get." kind of person.  Genuine is the word I would use, no pretense here

Thank you for visiting,  please feel free to comment and please come again.  


I'll leave you with my personal quote.

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