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.

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!

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!

Welcome to Wise Manor

Dear guests and potential guests,
 
Thanks for taking a look at my brand new web site.  It was designed by a former student of mine who now lives several states away, but who re-connected with me on Facebook.  If we have left off any bells or whistles, or there is something you would like to see on the site, please let us know.  We’d be very grateful for your feedback.  We like it very much and hope you do, too!
 
Wise Manor is undergoing a restoration/facelift!  Since October, 2010, a fantastic carpenter/contractor has been working on the house with his small crew.  It appears to be a labor of love, as he takes each new project I present to him as a new adventure.  So far he and his crew have re-built rotten window frames, inserted insulation all around the house and in the attic, re-built attic vents, repaired squirrel holes, re-built crumbling piers underneath the house and repaired others, replaced bad wooden siding with Hardie Plank, and other-wise repaired or replaced everything on the exterior that needed replacing or repairing…and painting.  We are planning to replace a window over the staircase that was removed sixty years ago as it continually leaked.  The stained and etched glass has been ordered from Glass Castles in Nacogdoches.  Meanwhile Glenn has found, repaired, and refinished a door to match the others throughout the house, and has inserted it as a second sound baffle between the adjoining upstairs rooms.  Today he was taking measurement for a dumb waiter so I can haul sheets and towels upstairs without carrying them in my arms.  He is amazing!  I am thinking seriously of adopting him.


for Wise Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
312 Houston Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-4500
wisemanor.com