History, Haunts and Legends

Wise Manor has now been a featured home on the History, Haunts and Legends’ evening tour. What? you say!  I thought there were no ghosts at Wise Manor!

Absolutely correct and verified by psychic Teal Green, but Jodi wanted us on the tour because of Wise Manor’s unique location and history; and this round found a family connection to Suzanne Peyton whose book, Virginia’s Diary, details her belief that she is the reincarnation of her great-grandmother, who was sister to my great-grandmother!  Got that?  I’ll tell you all about it at breakfast. See you soon!

History falls

Well, it’s official.  Another 200 year-old pecan tree must come down, the second one to sucumb to the recent drought summers.  However!  My landscaper has plans to replace both trees and fill the yard with azaleas.  I’ve asked for some hydrangeas and day lilies and we might put in a holly or two and some other ornamentals, as well.  Some trash trees will be coming down (have already checked with my neighbor) and a privacy fence will be going up (did not check with this neighbor) and the landscaper suggested a “garden room” outside my back door.  We will probably add a small water feature.  Just keeps getting better!  Now to locate the plat from the last time the property was surveyed–don’t need any back lash!

Retaining wall

Glenn had never laid a brick before, but the new retaining wall is installed and looks beautiful!  What a blessing he is; if he doesn’t know how to do it today, he will know how tomorrow.  The asphalt still needs sealing, but we have the added blessing of a little rain today.  Extremely hot weather seems not to have deterred folks coming to Jefferson.  My business has never been better, and now the house looks great, too!  Lovely folks here for the last two days from West Monroe, celebrating young lady’s 14th birthday.  I remember 14!  Last week folks from Grand Prairie were here for six nights celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary; last week, a couple returned to celebrate their 10th anniversary.  We celebrate life!

Singing in the rain!

Sprinkler system is finished! and comes on zone by zone every morning at 2:00 a.m.  I happened to be on the porch last night when I was shot in the stomach by a stream of water.  Glenn got it adjusted this morning and it is behaving nicely.  What a joy not to have to worry about my lawn drying up again this summer and especially not having to reset the hose and sprinkler repeatedly every evening!  I’m loving this new addition to my lovely home, Wise Manor!  We’ve started on the parking area, just waiting for the asphault man to get the paving done, then will build the brick retaining wall facing the street.  This will be a nice addition and a much more welcoming view of the house.

Wren family

I was taking down my Easter door wreath to put up my patriotic wreath, when I happened to look down to notice that my little wren had made her nest and laid six eggs in the lower curve of the wreath AGAIN this year, soooo my front door still has an Easter wreath on the exterior and the patriotic wreath is currently on the inside of the door.  The tiny bird (or one of her offspring) comes ever year and nests in the same place, but I had overlooked her activities this year although I was constantly picking up moss and debris from my threshold.  I should have remembered that she likes that wreath.  Whenever I attempt to peer into her inner sanctum, she flies out, so I can keep tabs on the progress of the eggs.  She doesn’t seem to be deterred in spite of my intrusions and the opening and closing of the door.  When they hatch, they are quiet as little mice, never peeping or cheeping, even when she comes in to feed them.  Then suddenly one day they are gone and the nest is abandoned until next spring.  I give it a good bug spraying and replace it with the patriotic wreath.  And so it goes…

Landscaping begins!

Glenn and Jackie have begun working on Wise Manor’s landscaping!  Years of neglect, storms, ground shifts, and tree removals have all left their marks on the terrain around the house.  We began by chopping down the boxwood and holly hedges at the front of the house (they are already leafing out again), then removed the old nandina bushes that had thrived but never filled in nicely.  Jackie is cleaning out all the beds and moving the St. Augustine grass into the lawn where it belongs.  Glenn is building a screen at the rear of the house to hide the AC mechanics and other stuff.  Glenn has also planned the layout for the sprinkler system which he described to me while I stared blankly at him.  We have plans to thin the magnificent amaryllis as there are gazillions of them; I’d like to see them all around the house in different beds.  Glenn planted ferns and hostas in the shady moist space between the house and the carport; they should do well there.  We are talking about some evergreens and hydrangeas where the nandinas once were.  Very exciting stuff!

Pilgrimage weekend

What fun my weekend guests had! My sponsorship of the Re-enactors merited a pass to many of the activities so my guests not only toured all the homes, but also attended the parade and the shoot-out afterward, watched the battle out at Tuscumbia Ranch, and loved the reverence of the Illumination of the Confederate and Union graves at Oakwood Cemetery. Some of my guests attended the ball and learned period dances and songs. I was on my way to the tea when I remembered that “period dress REQUIRED”, so changed beds and ironed instead. Jefferson events just keep getting better!

History, Haunts, and Legends

My guests last weekend had a lovely time at Jodie’s event, “Jefferson’s History, Haunts, and Legends.” I thorougly enjoyed the discussion around the breakfast table until they delved into the realm of metaphysics, then I turned on the garbage disposal and sang “Dixie” because my brain was about to be broken…Another new venue in Jefferson is the KnightLight Theatre down on Walnut Street at Lafayette. Coming up are some good comedy and music shows. Lots happening in the big little city on the Bayou!

Unbiased opinion

“What is it about Jefferson, Texas, that makes me not want to come home after I visit there? Could it be the countless amounts of antique stores and shops to visit? Maybe the plethora of lovely, historic hotels and Bed & Breakfasts at which to stay? Ghost hunting after dark? Or maybe it’s peacefulness that overcomes me from just being able to sit on a park bench in the middle of town, in the middle of the day, and relax after a long walking excursion.  Whatever it is, it keeps me going back.” — Angela Thomas, KEEL Radio 710