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The Thief Called Endometriosis

Bed with monogramed pillow and nightstand with lamp, peonies, and cup of tea

I woke up without an ovary Friday October 25th 2019. It was gray, cloudy, and on the verge of rain, but with the contrasting joyous riot of fall color on every tree across the mountains. I lay in a hospital bed fuzzy, floating, and keenly sad. While the anesthesia claimed me, I gave up something …

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Adventures into the Gloaming

Katherine walking up hill for stress relief

Whirling thoughts… Pressure mounting… The spiral of stress… Sometimes life overloads, and I feel like I’m going to bust out of my skin; hammer my head against a wall or embark on a screaming spree. That’s when a coping strategy is essential! And my cure-all for low spirits or vexation is simple, straightforward, costs practically …

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The Charming Index – September

Southern Living Party Cookbook beside ginger jar vase of dahlias

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 The Southern Living Party Cookbook An updated entertaining guide for modern Southern women with recipes, tablescape ideas, and advice organized by occasion. Author and Southern hostess, Elizabeth Heiskell will charm …

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The Charming Index – July

Sycamore Hill Blueberries

Hello lovely peonies! I know it has been far too quiet hear on P&P, and I do apologize for totally disappearing for almost two months. Honestly, I simply got so caught up in transitioning to farm life that I just haven’t had the energy for anything else. In May, I made the thrilling and scary …

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The Charming Index – April

charming quote from walt whitman

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Pretty Patios Patio season is upon us! I love to be outside enjoying the fresh air, sunshine, and of course all the pretty blooms. I’ve been gathering loads of patio …

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The Charming Index – March

Seersucker dress and pastel scarf - The Charming Index

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Catherine Wiley Paintings at the KMA  Her work is simply incandescent! I love the rich colors and the bold strokes contrasted with the serene scenes of women in intimate settings. …

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Catherine Wiley at the KMA

Blond woman gazes at impressionist painting of woman reading by Catherine Wiley

Wander the galleries of the Knoxville Museum of Art and feel inspired by the incandescent paintings of Catherine Wiley with their vivid colors and serene narratives. While spring time blossoms and warming temps maybe luring us out of doors, use the next dreary day to head to the Knoxville Art Museum and see the incandescent …

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The Charming Index – February

French Toast at The Mockingbird, Nashville - The Charming Index

Charming | ADJ. | The power or quality of giving delight… Your monthly guide to charming things, people, places, reads, eats, and style! No. 1 Antiques & Garden Show, Nashville One of the oldest antique and garden shows in the South, this show mingles over 150 antique, art, and horticulture dealers with beautiful indoor gardens.  Lots …

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10 Novels for the Rosy Romantic

10 novels for the rosy romantic - woman at cafe reading book with latte and peonies in pearls and tweed

Looking for timeless love stories where the heroines are intelligent, capable, and winsome and the heros are strong, irresistible, and kind…where despite trials and tribulations a happy ending is ensured? Well, then you need to check out these 10 novels for the rosy romantic! Love is in the air…with Valentine’s day right around the corner …

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Elegance on the Half Shell – The Oyster Plate

Elegant antique oyster plate - refined dining must have

Entertain in style with the ever elegant oyster plate, delighting refined diners since the 1800’s. Learn more about these charming dishes, their history and how to collect. Candlelight flickers, music stirs the air, and elegant florals cascade across the table as guests saunter into the dining room. Chairs are pulled, napkins unfurled, and delighted chatter …

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