The Not So Pretty Hurricane Laura

Hurricane Laura lived up to her pre-storm warnings and then some.

No matter the type of storm or danger forecast for your part of the world, it is crucial to heed the warnings.


You can’t believe how loud and how terrifying the winds and squalls of a hurricane are when they get to going.

My teeth chattered in fear, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.

Questions asked and answered swirled in the wind and in my mind.


Would the tree in the front yard fall on the roof and seriously injure or kill one of us?

Thank God it stood.

What would our area and Louisiana look like in the light of day after this furious and ferocious witch cast her destructive spell?



Where would we shelter Covid-19 safe if we lost the roof?

If we were hit bad I knew family, friends, and neighbors would be as well.

My sweet hour of prayer stretched into hours of prayers for the safety of all involved and affected both during and after the storm.

We lost power Thursday at 4:07 am CST.

Central Louisiana has never experienced a city wide-parish wide total power outage.

Dave the Builder took post storm shelter in the car with the A/C on arctic blast.

Cold washcloths placed on my face dried out in less than an hour. I went through three spray bottles of rose water trying to keep cool.

Six days later when power was restored I cried tears of joy.  I cried even harder when it went back down again for several hours.

Dave the Builder cried when telling me about the linemen and utility workers sitting under trees in our neighborhood eating their lunch and sweating bullets.

There’s hundreds of workers and crews here from all over the United States working tirelessly to restore power.

Dave just told me there’s five bucket trucks from Florida Power & Light working one street over from us.


The combination of still air, boiling heat, and oppressive humidity deals a hellish hand to all.

May God bless and keep them all safe.


Phone (landline and cellular), cable, and internet is spotty if working at all.

Many residents, residences, and businesses depend on these services in their daily business operations and especially in emergency situations.

In fact, many service organizations, financial institutions, restaurants, etc… strictly handle operations, payment, and orders online.


First day of no power what was cold in the refrigerator was cold, and what was in the freezer was nice and frozen.

Fourth day in the defrosting began.

refrigerator freezer defrosting

On the sixth day of no power my true love gave to me,
A helping hand and a Hefty.

Bagged up and to the street it went.


The restocking of fridge and freezer to full capacity is a work in progress.


City wide boil advisories until further notice means when ice drops it goes.

Locating food is not as difficult as locating ice.

I called the local Super 1 Foods to inquire if the commercial ice machines were producing ice.

Unbeknownst to me, Super 1 Foods (Brookshire’s) was giving out boxes of free ice on a first come, first served basis.

It is a wonderful thing to see firsthand the coming together of corporations, local businesses, churches, agencies, politicians, schools, athletic teams, and simply good citizens to help, aid, and assist the many in need.

Don’t buy into the nonsense and the narrative some broadcast as truth.

Great people with good hearts are the majority.

clean freezer

My brother lives roughly ten miles west of us.

His property got the flip knocked out of it.

LB damage

He and several neighbors immediately jumped into action rounding up his horses and dealing with downed power lines, poles, and timber.

LB downed utility poles

On the left in the image below is my brother’s Black Lab Sadie taking her daily dip in the pool the day before Hurricane Laura hit.

On the right is Sadie doing laps in the pool on the afternoon after Hurricane Laura left her mark that morning.

What a difference a day, a hurricane, and a generous amount of chlorine makes.


Our nephew and his wife sent an Amazon care package filled with battery operated fans, batteries, car phone chargers, granola bars, sports drinks and assorted snacks.

Clothes and towels continue to pile up due to the extremely low water pressure and please don’t do laundry if at all possible pleas from City officials.

Tide’s Loads of Hope will be in our area tomorrow morning.

We’re going to have some good clean fun!

Dave the Builder and I both look a sight.

My brother came by today, and when I opened the front door to let him in I warned him at present ugly lives here.

Hurricane Laura

Debris removal at Places In The Home is complete, and the new fence to replace the one blown down by the winds of Hurricane Laura will be installed next week.

Louisiana strong coffee and people

Community Coffee

I’m slowly coming back online, and will be back fully operational with a fall is in the air (better than a hurricane!) post to get us all in the mood for better days.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

Love y’all!



Spring Break

Spring break is not canceled on the beaches of Places In The Home.  Reality of late is some serious stuff, which brings us to the necessity of taking a spring break to calm these choppy seas.

The wall to wall pandemic coverage is informative and needed, but my goodness can it be overwhelming.

As it is in design and decorating, balance is key.

spring break

To keep the windmills of the mind turning in a positive manner, give yourself permission to take a daily spring break.

Something so simple as wildflowers blowing in a virtual breeze cancels the noise better than a pair of Bose headphones.

Bessie Potter Vonnoh statue 1Flickr

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Truer words, Lord Byron.


At home and on demand music stations and smooth jazz concerts inspire the inner DJ in all of us to create live in-house concerts and dance parties to beat the band.


Cooking, baking, discovering new recipes and brushing off old cookbooks combats boredom in the most delicious way.

white chocolate bread pudding recipe

vanilla bread pudding with vanilla sauce

For every evening I indulge in my famous vanilla bread pudding with vanilla sauce, there is a day of slim fasting.


It’s amazing what you can learn in breakfast round table coffee talks.


Architectural Digest – Photo by Luke Wilson 

Reading a good book and the Good Book transports the mind and eases the soul.



Spring is a time of renewal- a season of reminding.

Nature awakens in color and bloom reminding us dark and barren times never last forever.

Now more than ever it is vital to our overall well being to see the good, the beauty, and the best in our every day.

how-to-brew-teaSugar and Charm

Taking a spring break from the everyday, if only for the time it takes to brew and enjoy a cup of tea, is a relaxing and renewing indulgence.

Floral "Love" Decorative Pillow


Just a Friendly October Reminder

Today’s just a friendly October reminder post inspiration comes from the beloved L. M. Montgomery  Anne of Green Gables quote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers

Most of you know the role music plays in my daily as it is constant company while I write, cook, source, develop- you get the idea.

I posted the following image into the post, being sure to take thoughtful note of the weight and meaning of the words.

Although in a degree of deep thought, the public service announcement caught my ear.

Turning my full attention to the PSA, the subject of the spot made me think of yet another famous quote and how its meaning serves to further the message.

“An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth A Pound of Cure.”
– Ben Franklin


October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the week of October 9 is Fire Prevention Week.

Take the time this month to put safety measures into place to help prevent a fire in your home as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Discuss and devise a fire escape plan with all members of your household.

Around the house tips for preventing a house fire include:

Changing furnace filters regularly will cut down on a buildup of dust and lint that can catch fire.

Inspect space heaters before and after each use, making sure to place heaters a minimum of three feet away from anything combustible.

Never place items close to the heating element or pilot light of a water heater.

Clean out the dryer lint filter after each drying cycle.

Give the area behind and around the dryer a quick check for lint build up or laundry items that have fallen under or behind the dryer.

Kitchens are hot spots for a house fires to originate in.  Never leave anything flammable near the stove or oven or on stovetop.

Be mindful of kitchen towels and oven mitts when using around heating elements.



Never leave the kitchen area with pots and pans in use on the stovetop.

It’s so easy to become distracted by something else.

I know how easy it is because I did just that a couple of weeks ago and burned up a saucepan.

UPS knocked on the front door, I got into a conversation with the delivery guy, and totally forgot about the brown sugar onions cooking away on the stovetop burner.

Crisp autumn nights tap the shoulder with an October reminder.

When using a fireplace, give the ashes ample time to cool down before disposing of them.

Always place fireplace ash in a metal container used only for this purpose.

Never mix ash with any other trash or product.

Ginger Barber Design

Ginger Barber Design

Creosote buildup is the lead cause of chimney fires.

Hiring a professional chimney sweep to clean your chimney at least once a year is the way to go.

Our chimney sweep even wears the traditional outfit and top hat.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths result from fires in homes without smoke alarms or with non-working smoke alarms.

Carbon monoxide, better known as the silent killer, is:

  • Invisible
  • Odorless
  • Tasteless
  • Flammable
  • Deadly

Common household sources of carbon monoxide (CO) include fuel-burning appliances such as:

  • HVAC systems boilers
  • Water heaters
  • Gas and wood fireplaces
  • Gas ovens
  • Washers and dryers

Carbon monoxide alarms/detectors is the only way to detect carbon monoxide.  

Combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms equipped with a 10-year battery cover the spectrum of both smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

The Kidde Worry Free 10-Year Sealed battery smoke and carbon monoxide combination detector  with voice alarm is a battery-operated (no hardwire required) smoke detector that comes with a 10-year lithium battery lasting the life of the alarm.

Kidde Worry Free 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide DetectorKidde Worry Free 10-Year Sealed Battery Smoke & Carbon Monoxide  Detector

Smart safety and smart home protection is found in the Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector.

It has an industrial-grade smoke sensor, detects both fast and slow burning fires, can be silenced from your phone, detects carbon monoxide, and lasts for up to 10 years.

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Nest Protect Battery Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

A working fire extinguisher is as vital a piece of kitchen equipment as a stove or cookware.

Places In The Home is equipped with both two  recreational fire extinguishers for the washroom and bedroom area and one kitchen fire extinguisher for the kitchen/breakfast room area.

1-A:10-B:C Recreation and 10-BC Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack)

1-A:10-B:C Recreation and 10-BC Kitchen Fire Extinguisher (2-Pack)

Having a working fire extinguisher is one thing.

Knowing how to use one is another.

Remember the acronym PASS when using a fire extinguisher.

Pull the pin on the extinguisher.

Aim the nozzle low toward the base of the fire.

Squeeze  trigger.

Sweep nozzle from side-to-side.

Make time this October to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home, and if your home is already equipped with them now is a good time to replace the batteries.

October reminderHarvard Medical School

Just a friendly October reminder to roll up your sleeve and get your flu shot.

Getting a flu shot helps to reduce the risk of getting the flu and the complications that come with it.

The one and only time I had the flu it liked to have killed me.  I was down for almost eight weeks, with one week of that spent in the hospital.

No, thank you.

October reminder

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk of breast cancer begin having a yearly mammogram at age 45, and a mammogram every other year beginning at age 55.

Getting your mammogram is a pressing matter in terms of procedure and prevention.

Mammography is a fast procedure (about 20 minutes).

Discomfort is minimal for most women.

The procedure is safe.

Early detection through a routine mammogram is one of the attributing factors in my mother’s breast cancer being caught in the early stages which contributed to her survival.

It made a believer out of me, so every October a mammogram it is.

Housekeeping goes beyond the everyday of all things house that make a home.

Prevention and wellness drives this well-oiled machine we call home and family.

Just a friendly October reminder to embrace the beauty of the season, and to do what it takes to keep you, your family, and your home safe and healthy.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Let the Sunshine In

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday opens up the window to let the sunshine in.

A glorious spring day sun kissed by nature and seasonally blessed with pleasant temperatures is made for open windows and a let the sunshine in attitude.







French farmhouse Vivi et Margot

Vivi et Margot


open kitchen window panes

Tara Hurst Design

open windows bedroom

Elle Decor

Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911Henri Matisse, Fenêtre, 1911

Taylor & Taylor bay windows

Taylor & Taylor

open window sunrise


blue and white cottage bedroomCountry Living

open casement windows

Traditional Home


El Mueble

I hope your weekend captures the essence of spring, the comfort of home, and a little let the sunshine in time.

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Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

The Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 guide features gifts that run the gift giving gamut from color, pattern, texture, all in good taste, in the garden, kitchen or spa to spring to summer chic footwear, treats for the sweet and all things house that make a home accessories.

Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2018

A thoughtful, gracious or funny Mother’s Day card shows and tells your  mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends how much she is loved, admired and appreciated.


Mother's Day Gift Ideas 2018



Paper Source

Let’s begin with an across the miles video from HGTV offering 3 Mailable Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 for your In the Garden, In the Kitchen, and In the Spa gift giving consideration.

In the Herb Garden Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018



Hearth & Hand™ With Magnolia

Metal Watering Can - Cream - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

Metal Watering Can – Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia

H&M Scented Candle in Glass Holder

H&M Scented Garden Herbs Ambiance Candle in Glass Holder

In the Kitchen Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

home is where your mom is cardPaper Source

My eye zeroed in on the In the Kitchen goodie box so that will be the source of Mother’s Day kitchen gifts sourcing.

The Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel  puts truth to beautiful words.

Jasmine Jones Mother's Day Dish Towel

Jasmine Jones Mother’s Day Dish Towel

Roots, memories, tastes and traditions traced to and from the place we call home.


Draper James For the Love of the South

Recipes from the kitchen of …


Kate Spade New York Lemon Recipe Cards   ||   Lemon Measuring Spoons  Kate Spade New York Strawberry Recipe Cards


Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print ApronSouthern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron

The Southern Living Trinity Vegetable-Print Apron features a celery, onion and pepper motif– the home sweet home taste of Louisiana.



Our Family Recipes Journal

In the Spa Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018



A&G Floral Bath Salts Boxed Gift Set


sugar-rose-scrub  Love Beauty And Planet Sugar & Rose Scrub Creamy Body Scrub Peace and Glow


Philosophy philosophy - Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme

Philosophy philosophy – Amazing Grace Whipped Body Creme



Set of 4 Cynthia Rowley Hello Gorgeous Makeup Towels

cotton-night-shirtLight Pink Striped Cotton Night Shirt 

A Picture Is Worth a Number of Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018

I do like the Mother’s Day gift giving ideas inspiration offered in this image.


Pink mirrored aviators sunglasses.

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Kate Spade New York Avaline Mirrored Aviator Sunglasses

Chic shoes.

dv Women's Elaine espadrille mule

dv Women’s Elaine espadrille mule

Tassel style.

Natural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with TasselNatural Straw Circle Crossbody Bag with Tassel

April showers bring May flowers oil painting on canvas for lasting Mother’s Day gifting.


‘Rose Society’ Oil Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas

Sweets for the sweet.


Godiva Patisserie Dessert Truffles Gift Box

100% Strictly for Fun Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 Suggestion

Fun is an excellent theme to work with, and this set of Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws is one for Mom and one for her to share on trend rose gold disco ball fun.


Argento SC 2pk Disco Cups with Straws

Mama Places In The Home became a great-grandmother this year, and the amount of photos she has collected over the last few months is mounting.

She is one proud Grand Meme, and rises to every occasion to conduct her own “let me show you a picture of my great-grandson” show and tell.

Special moments and milestones make up our this is the life snapshots.


kate spade new york Large This Is The Life Photo Album

Our mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, like a mother to me, sister moms, and best friends deserve a token of gratitude for all she is, means, and does to and for her loved ones.

I hope the suggestions of the Places In The Home Mother’s Day Gift Ideas 2018 gift you with ideas and inspiration for selecting the perfect Mother’s Day gift.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Spring Forward

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday moves the hands of time and the clock ahead one hour as we spring forward this Sunday.

Spring daylight saving time taketh away one hour, but the spring forward trade-off is worth it as spring and summer days giveth extra sunlight.












Clock Tower on Emerson Chambers

antique Mora clock

House Beautiful

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset light

The Tower of Big Ben in the Sunset Light 




 Donald Lococo Architects

Donald Lococo Architects


Just Wait for Summer

spring forward


Nine Thirty Five

I hope you have a most fetching Friday and a lovely spring forward weekend.

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A Most Fetching Friday First Day of Fall Autumn Home Tour

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.


I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating.  Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all.  Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.


Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.


Working with what you have extends to lawn, garden and pantry.  Fall is nowhere in sight in Louisiana, presenting a canvas devoid of traditional fall colors and foliage.


Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.


This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme.  I’ll share the recipe with you next week.  I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.



If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…


My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans.  It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.


A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.



Fall Autumn Home Tour

Welcome home, fall!  Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.

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A Dream Home, Weddings and a New Baby Boy: Love is Blue

Love is Blue wedding week officially kicked off yesterday when the bride and groom to be dropped by to put a bow on last minute it’s all in the details wedding planning.

They love the wedding week themed accents and decorations on the dining room table and sideboard- save the date cards for both weddings (local and Canada), photos from family weddings past, and custom wrapped wedding gifts.

custom gift wrap

Vintage ivory and wedding white lead the color palette, and a subtle hint of light blue celebrates the baby boy coming into our oldest nephew’s family this August.

learn laugh love happiness

Light blue ruled the color scheme of the 1960s and 1970s wedding.

As I primped and prettied the wedding themed vignettes, the phrase love is blue popped into my head.

Boy, does that bring back a fabulous memory!

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Howard ~ June, 1975
These Happy Wedding Days are Yours and Mine

What a difference four decades make!

navy blue tuxedo

Elle Decor ~ Chaz Cruz Photographers

I have always loved the song “Love is Blue” by Paul Mauriat.

The beautiful instrumental was a favorite song of a childhood friend.

Each time I heard the song over the years my thoughts immediately went back to times spent at her house- one of my favorites in our neighborhood and one I spent countless hours in when growing up.

I had no idea a come full circle moment was in my future.

love is blue

Who knows why I was coming over to my parents house on this particular late Tuesday afternoon in the summer of 1986, but it turned out to be a fabulous decision to do so.

As I was getting close to my parent’s house (now our home) I noticed a U-Haul truck backed up to the garage of the house referenced above.

Flippers can spot a potential flip property a mile away.

This time I spotted a property a block away that maybe, just maybe we could buy, remodel, and call home.

I hit the back door heading straight to the kitchen Trimline telephone (no cell phones at the time) to place a call to Dave the Builder.

The Trimline telephone was about to put a new home in our remodeling hands.

trimline telephone

That phone call was a life changer for us, and the call to action fished out the information I was hoping to hear.

The owner (the father of my childhood friend) retained ownership of the house when the parents divorced.

He lived in the house a few years, eventually turning the house into rental property.

ranch house

Financial issues caused the one and only family to rent the property to vacate without notice (the owner learned of their departure when Dave called to inquire about the property).

Being in the right place at the right time opened the door for us to put in an offer to purchase the property.

house becomes a homeStyle at Home

Be careful what you ask for, because you might just get it.

Don’t get me wrong, we were thrilled with the house however, disrepair is the best way to describe the interior of the house when we purchased it.

A state of disrepair proves a powerful bargaining chip in real estate negotiations, and being seasoned flippers we were unfazed.

The ink wasn’t dry on the closing papers when Dave and the crew got down and dirty with the demo.

Once the nasty carpet, outdated parquet floors, tacky paneling and biting fleas went bye bye, it was time to make things pretty again.

Working, measuring and consulting demands concentration, and I concentrate so much better when music is playing.

Standing deep in color fan deck thought, the sound of music pulled my attention toward the Nutone intercom upon the wall.

As if on cue from an afternoon in 1967, “Love is Blue” began to play on the radio.



navy blue wedding utensilsElle Decor ~ Amanda MacDonald Photography

Whatever it was, the impact of this love is blue very special moment stopped me in my tracks of joyous tears.

Special milestones such as realizing your dream of home ownership, celebrating the weddings of a son and a nephew, and the arrival of a new baby have a way of doing that.

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