Historic Hotel Bentley Open for Tour to LTHP Conference Registrants

The Hotel Bentley

The Hotel Bentley

The Historical Association of Central Louisiana has organized a tour of local properties which have previously been placed on the Louisiana Trust’s Ten Most Endangered List.  Of the ten properties, Mt. Olivet Chapel and the lobby of the Hotel Bentley are going to be open for tour.  The tour is exclusively for conference registrants.  Please reserve your spot now!  This is a great opportunity!

For information on how to register, click here.

Andrea

Facial Mist Recipe

I know that this is a miscellaneous post, but half of mine are anyway so who cares about another one, right?  Ever since I read that  Martha Stewart uses a hydrating facial mist in between tapings of her show, I have been intrigued.  Since it gets so darn hot here in Louisiana, a hydrating/cooling facial mist sounds very pleasant.  I half-heartedly searched for some at CVS and later on at Target but didn’t find any.  Upon Googling this subject, I found 3-4 recipes for making your own aromatherapy hydrating facial mist.  Here is the one I am going to make.  To all of my southern friends, enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 mineral water or filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons orange flower water
  • 2 tablespoons rose water
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel
  • Shake well in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator.

This recipe courtesy of Qwerty Kitchen.

Some options to the above recipe are adding lavendar, a mint sprig or green tea.

Andrea

Renovation giving building new life for local Red Cross

Reposted from the Town Talk’s website

Renovation work continues on the Cotton Brothers Building — soon to be the new location of the Central Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

The organization began renovations earlier this year to the building located at 425 Bolton Ave. in Alexandria. But just recently workers with Petron tore down an add-on to the original building, said Leann Murphy, CEO of the local Red Cross chapter.

Murphy said removal of the addition from the original art-deco structure helped open up the whole block of Bolton.

Workers now are constructing load-bearing walls inside the 75-year-old structure to allow for roof repairs.

Once the renovations are finished, the building will serve as office space and provide the Red Cross with a warehouse and designated training area. The second floor of the building will be left vacant initially. Read the rest of the story here:

 

Inside Cotton Brothers/Trailways Building -- soon to be American Red Cross Headquarters

Inside Cotton Brothers/Trailways Building -- soon to be American Red Cross Headquarters

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Living Room Curtains

Well guys, after living here for 2 1/2 years, I have finally put some curtains up in the Living Room.  Yay for me!  I brought some fabric home from my missions trip to Manila, Philippines last year and finally got around to turning it into curtain panels.  It was quite humorous trying to convince the sales people that I really wanted 35-40 yards of fabric.  When I told the lady who was going to take me shopping what I wanted, she showed me scarves.  I told her that I wanted to make curtains out of the fabric so then she brought me to the mall and showed me ready made curtains.  The ready made curtains were very small.  It was hard to explain to her and for her to understand that I had 13 foot ceilings and needed a LOT of fabric.  So, I ended up calling off the shopping trip and my husband and I found out that in the basement of the mega mall, they have several fabric stores.  So, off we go and here is the result:

Living room bay before

Living room bay, no curtains

Living room with curtains

I hope you all have a great evening!

Andrea

Pretty in Pink

My daughter and I have been enjoying our Easter holiday off.  We have accomplished many things this week.  One thing, of particular interest to her, we painted her nightstand and hat rack pink to match her room.  Today, hopefully, we will put up her new curtains and she will have a cute little girl room.

Paint it up babe!

Before...

Before...

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vivian-painting-nightstand-2

Fellow Preservationists: save the date, the LTHP Preservation Conference is coming to town!

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April 29 – May 1

To all of my fellow preservationists, old house lovers and historians:

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation’s 30th Annual Preservation Conference.  This conference will be held downtown at the Alexandria Museum of Art.   There will be outstanding national speakers, educational sessions, an awards luncheon, property tours, and tying it all up will be events “On the Bricks” featuring downtown businesses.  The Historical Association of Central Louisiana will have a booth in the reception area on the first floor of the museum displaying and selling one of a kind works of various local artists and authors such as: Jock Scott, Rosalind Berg, Carl Laurent and many more.

Please make plans to attend!  Click here for more detailed conference information and to download the registration information.  Hope to see you guys there!  I will be……

Andrea

“What you think of me is none of my business”

Goofy Me

Goofy Me

That is probably the most interesting thought I have heard so far this year.  It is extremely true and a very fresh and fascinating concept.  Actually, I guess it is not THAT fresh.  A book with this title was published in 1988 by Terry Whitaker.  I have not read this book and am not endorsing it, but I definitely admire the title.  We, especially Americans, worry more about what people MAY be thinking about us than enjoying the life and opportunities we have been given.  If you ponder it, this is a very logical concept.  My thoughts are not public domain and I am entitled to them.  So, why are people so worried about my private musings which may or may not include them as a subject?

I guess I have never been one who really worries about what other people think or say about me, I mean, come on… I live in an old house, in an old neighborhood, don’t have caller id, am using folding chairs in my dining room, googled a recipe tonight on how to make your own laundry soap… do you really think status bothers me?  Nope.  But, I hope that by posting this, all my friends, family and acquaintances will know that I like you just the way you are.  You don’t have to be ‘SOMEBODY’ to be a somebody to me.  You don’t have to impress me, you don’t have to lie, you don’t have to aggrandize your comings and goings, you don’t have to worry what I think…I love you just the way God made you.

Andrea

***On a side note, what would have happened if she cared what people thought about her?  Check out the audience frowning and laughing…they all judged a book by its cover: Susan Boyle, Britain’s Got Talent 2009.  This also reminds me of another story where a man was judged by his looks and meekness, Paul Potts sings Nessun Dorma, yet he blew the audience away.***

Q: What happens when you paint latex paint over oil base paint?

A: Simple.  This happens:

(This is the Craftsman style bungalow next door we purchased in January.  For other related posts, click on the tag Bungalow)

Door bungalow

Kitchen Door

And this:

Bedroom Door

Bedroom Door

 It appears that someone found a sale on green oil base paint and painted every door and baseboard in this house.  Then, later, a super smart person painted flat latex paint over the oil base paint.  Result?  A house full of peeling paint for me to scrape off and start over! 🙂  YAY!

Kitchen Wall

Kitchen Wall

Dining Room Arch

Dining Room Arch

Butler's Pantry

Butler's Pantry

I am scraping, sanding and peeling off the paint at present.  When I am finished, I will cover the lovely green with white oil base paint.

Yay for me!

Andrea

TruthAttack.org – Promotion of Nonpayment of Taxes

Reposted from my Myspace blog.

Ok, so this is my second blog today.  If you haven’t figured it out yet, I have a lot on my mind.  I have passed by these signs that said “TruthAttack.Org” for a long time now and I finally decided to check out what exactly “truth attack” was all about.  Some of you may know this, but Truthattack.org is a group, not sure if it is a nonprofit…(that raises another interesting question…what is their Federal status as an entity?) couldn’t find that information on their website, that promotes nonpayment of Federal taxes.  They believe that everything they earn is theirs to keep and that the government is stealing all of our money.  They also purport to have law on their side showing that they do not have to pay any income taxes.

Now, I was quite interested by this, working in the law profession and all, and decided to check out the law that they cited.  The law that they cited they were trying to misconstrue the meaning for which the law was written or find a loophole to fit their situation.  It was a bunch of rubbish.   This theory has been shot down in highest of courts.  I would like to say, that I am an avid believer in taxes — I don’t want to be overly taxed, but I do believe that every U.S. citizen SHOULD pay taxes.  Why, you ask?  If you think about it, just about every U.S. citizen (if not all) partake and enjoy some type of federal or state government subsidized program.  For example, police, fire department, 911, public school, public parks, public transporation, all branches of the military, Homeland security, highways, Corps of Engineers, FEMA…the list could go on and on.  Do you know how many federal dollars subsidize programs in our area?  Numerous! 

So, to all the people who do not want to, or stopped paying taxes all together (most of the ones who stopped paying all together are in jail for tax evasion.  That is something they don’t tell you on their website) this is what I have to say to you:  I hope that your house is never burglarized, it would be a shame if you called the police as you don’t help pay their salaries.  Never send your child to a public school, never call the fire department if your house catches on fire; don’t go swing on the swings at the public park, do not go visit a public library, please don’t go vote; and hope and pray that the U.S. is not attacked, because since you don’t believe you should pay taxes, we would not be able to pay the military and if we cannot pay the military, then the U.S. is completely defenseless.

If you want to exercise your rights, then exercise your right to vote.  We as U.S. citizens have the right to vote for or against a tax.  If you don’t vote, then sit down and shaddup!  🙂

Andrea