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This week is my spring break (woohoo!), although I don’t really get any sort of break. I am still up to my eyeballs in school and work. Since I’m not really celebrating any break, I can at least celebrate the spring part. Things are beautiful and blooming around the neighborhood.

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I don’t really watch the NFL, but I made an exception a few weeks ago and watched the Super Bowl. Now, I am a college football gal, and we spent most Saturdays this fall eating food and watching games, but I just never got into pro ball. But the Super Bowl provided an excuse to eat badly one more time and catch one last game. So for the game I made hot wings, ricotta dip, and sweet potato fries. I decided to make the wings a little more interesting by baking them with a dry rub first before coating them with wing sauce. They turned out pretty good.

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It haint blue

The porch ceiling is done and ready to keep away any ghosts. Here is a preview of the blue we picked. Two other points: Painting ceilings is messy and rough on the back, and two- we did a hell of alot more to the porch than just paint the ceiling. The post will come soon.

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Spring strikes

Spring strike early in the South. Daffodils and irises are rising and blooming. The Japanese magnolias are in full bloom, littering neighbors yards with pink petals. We took a few photos on our walk yesterday. Enjoy the pretty.

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haint blue

I am excited that things around the casa are getting more Southern. To be more specific, we are planning on painting to screened in porch ceiling haint blue. Now you might be saying to yourself, “What? Who paints a ceiling, especially one on a porch?” Well, superstitious Southerners do it to ward off bad luck and haints. I had a friend in New Orleans who painted every ceiling in her house blue after Katrina figuring she could use all the good luck she could get. Now I am a porch lover, and it would be hard for me to live in a house with no porch. In the spring and fall, my heart would ache with no where to go to relax with a glass of gin and a book to read. Our porch is getting a make over, and I thought it was the perfect time to add a touch of sky to the ceiling. Not only that, but I convinced my poor husband that it would be fun to paint the bathroom ceiling blue too. He loves me. In addition to painting the ceiling (and the trim needs a touch-up as well) we need to re-screen and lattice the porch and install our outdoor ceiling fan. I can picture myself now this autumn laying in the hammock staring at my blue ceiling and being cooled by the nice breeze of the fan. So here are the blues in the running.

Edit: Make sure to click here to see the finished product.

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A few weekends ago, we made the delightful trek to Seale, AL for the folk art festival Doo Nanny. I actually had a dream about it earlier this week and decided I needed to post some of my photos. Now I got rather wrapped up in enjoying myself (dancing, drinking, looking, mad-libbing), so I didn’t take many photos, but I wanted to share the ones I did.

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It’s been a while since a lady banjo player has given us the pleasure of playing in Montgomery. But last Thursday, in the perfect way to encourage a beautiful spring weekend along, I got to see this north Alabama band. They are pretty great, and I would love to be able to check them out again. The singer plays banjo and ukulele (which is almost a sure-fire way to get me to love you) and has a beautiful voice. The entire band is really talented, and puts together some good music.

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