Putting My Money on General Beauregard Lee

Welcome to the 262nd Metamorphosis Monday!

How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

I don’t have a big metamorphosis to share this week, just worked on getting a few things done here in the house. One was in the upstairs family room.

Create Upstairs Family Room from Bonus Room 2


Each year when Christmas is over, to keep from feeling overwhelmed by the task of putting away all the Christmas decorations, I un-decorate the downstairs by bringing up a few things each time I head up the stairs. Of course, I don’t always remember since I’m up and down the stairs a lot throughout the day but gradually over the week following Christmas, I slowly but surely manage to get everything that’s normally stored under the eves, back upstairs and into the bonus/upstairs family room.



The last thing I take down each year are the wreaths on the outside of the house. I love seeing them on the windows so much that it pains me to take them down at the end of the Christmas season. So, I wait until the day before New Years or even a few days after before I remove them.

The process to remove them goes very quickly, faster than the hanging process. It’s just a matter of lowering the top sash on the windows upstairs and pulling the wreath in and then heading downstairs where I just barely crack the top window, letting the wreaths drop down to the ground. The whole process takes about 15 minutes at the most. (Pssst: Here’s an old post sharing how I hang them each year: How to Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows)



Once they are all down, I gather them together and they end up here in the upstairs family room where they often stay for a while. You can just see them across the room in this photo taken earlier today.

Christmas Storage Under the Eves


The wreaths stay here until two things coincide: 1. I have time to hang them back up under the eves and 2. An unseasonably warm day comes around.

Christmas Storage


It can be really cold up under the eves so I prefer to wait for a not-so-cold day before I put them away for another year.

Christmas Storage


Today was that day! The temps reached the 70′s here today–can you believe it?!  Just four days ago Atlanta was in total chaos as folks were stranded and not able to even get home due to a snow storm. Today, you could have worn shorts and flip-flops outside. That’s typical weather for Georgia though, always a surprise and never boring!

It feels good to have the decorations back where they belong and to have the upstairs family room vacuumed and back in order.

Christmas Storage 4


This unseasonably warm day had me dreaming of spring. Recently, when I had some friends over for dinner on New Year’s Day, one of my dinner guests brought along a sweet gift, a Paperwhite growing kit. Thanks, Jenifer!

Paperwhite Bulb Kit form Trader Joe's


I opened it today and here’s what I found inside: a large Paperwhite bulb and a packet the box described as “compressed potting mix.”

Paperwhite Bulb Kit, Trader Joe's 1


The directions said to place the compressed mix into a container and add 1 cup of warm water. It also said the mix could take up to 20 minutes to absorb all the water. I used really warm water and it absorbed it in about 1 minute–super fast.

Once it was absorbed the directions said to fluff it with a fork. Consider it fluffed!

Paperwhite Bulb Kit, Trader Joe's 2


The next step said to place half the mix into the pot…

Paperwhite Bulb Kit, Trader Joe's 3


…then place the bulb on top. You can see the bulb is already beginning to wake up, glad I didn’t wait any longer!

Paperwhite Bulb Kit, Trader Joe's 4


The final step was to cover the bulb with the remaining potting mix.  I can’t wait until it blooms because Paperwhites have a wonderful scent.

So this is the “Before.”  Someone needs to invent a scratch and sniff monitor so I can share the full “After” with you when it blooms!

Paperwhite Bulb Kit, Trader Joe's 5



I heard Staten Island Chuck saw his shadow today, thus predicting six more weeks of winter.

Staten Island Chuck


Punxsutawney Phil did the same. Boo, hiss!

Punxsutawney Phil


Take heart, Friends! Atlanta’s General Beauregard Lee was consulted at his Weathering Heights Plantation home…



…and he did not see his shadow. General Lee is predicting an early spring.

Weathering Heights General Beau Lee


I don’t know about you but I’m putting my money on the General because I read he has a 94 percent accuracy rating. Not too shabby! :)

General Beauregard Lee


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  1. Thanks for hosting this week Susan! I hope the General is right…we could use an early spring in Illinois. More snow is in store for us this week. Hope you have a great week.

  2. Hooray for General Lee! I hope he’s more accurate than Punxsutawney Phil :) Enjoy your Paperwhite bulbs!

  3. I know you are glad to get the last of Christmas put away. I’ve still got a few things upstairs waiting to go into the attic.

  4. Jennie @ Got My Reservations says:

    There are so many wonderful things to visit today! I loved your paperwhites photos — they bring such promise and mine are all done now. Have a lovely day!

  5. I love to decorate for Christmas but when it’s over, it’s also a good feeling to get it all repacked and move on to the next season. You’re lucky to have a great place to tuck your wreaths! Thanks for hosting and hope you all are recovering from your storm. We in MO are expecting another one tomorrow. 4-6 inches! Yikes!

  6. Where to start? First, ha ha that you lucked out with a 70 degree day. Here north of a Chicago I’m waiting for the ice to melt enough to remove my cedar garland. It’s stuck to the woodwork! Your family room looks so comfortable, a perfect getaway spot. And last, you might want to add a few small branches or even a chopstick to your bulb. The sticks provide structure so the stems won’t flop over.

  7. It warmed up here in the NC mountains also…finally!! I am sure there is more winter weather ahead, though. Thanks for hosting Susan:-)

  8. Susan,
    What a great storage place for your wreaths, dear freind!!!
    We place the Christmas trees under the stairs in Studio One!
    Just pull them out, fluff, and you’re ready to decorate!!!
    We even leave the lights on them and replace them every three years!
    We’ve had some un~Seasonably warm days here on the Prairie,
    but our “heavy” SNOWfall always comes in February & March!!!
    This week is predicted to begin the procession!!!
    Have a wonderful week ahead!!!
    Thanks for hosting Metamorphosis Monday each week!!!

    • Thanks, Pat! It’s probably not that great for ornaments and wreaths, being up under the eves where it gets hot and cold, but so far they have done okay under there. It’s convenient so I use it. Time to hunker down and put an extra blanket on the bed. :)

  9. Andrea Campbell says:

    Golly — I wish we had your prognosticator! But alas, here in Upstate New York, the reality is that we have a long way to go. Enjoyed your post!

  10. I love paperwhites! They smell so good and remind me that spring.is.coming! Thank you for hosting the par-taaay!

  11. Hi Susan Thanks for hosting Metamorphosis Monday. You sure have been doing it a long time! I am blogging again so I hope to link again very soon.

  12. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    The General has quite a fancy abode. :D I like that he uses wind power. How very green of him. :D I love the flag and shrubbery. ;)

    Susan, I’m glad you had the chance to put your wreaths away. Have a wonderful day. :)

  13. I’m hoping it’s an early spring! Thanks for hosting.

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

  14. It’s never fun to put away the holiday decorating stuff. I knew you guys would warm up and that ice disaster would soon be a thing of the past, but I didn’t expect you’d have 70 deg. weather so fast! I’m afraid that at least for us up north winter will last and last and last and last! That was sweet of your friend to give you the paperwhite narcissus to plant! I have a large pot with three amaryllis bulbs that are super close to blooming. They were gifted to me in early December and I’ve been patiently watching them grow and waiting to see their flowers!

    • I can’t tell you how many times that has happen where we have a disaster, like an ice storm…and then it turn 70 degrees the next week…it’s like they go hand-in-hand. Same thing with tornadoes. Whenever we have a horrible tornado come through, the following day is always one of the prettiest, most beautiful days you’ve ever seen…except for all the downed trees and mess the tornado left behind. It’s really strange. Amaryllis are sooo pretty! What do you do with them after they bloom, Liz? I’ve tried to keep the bulb alive and never had any luck with it growing properly.

  15. I prefer to believe in General Lee, also. Can’t wait to see blooms from the paperwhite :-) Thanks for hosting!

  16. I do hope General Lee is correct. I am ready for spring.

  17. We have paper whites blooming right now…they are so pretty. :) Thanks for the party and have a wonderful week!

  18. Well I sure hope your General Lee is right because this morning we woke up to -13 degree temps … and that didn’t include the windchill factor!! Always love seeing your sunny upstairs family room! Thanks for hosting, Susan.

  19. Oh, I do hope the General is right. I love Weathering Heights! That is too cute! I always feel so good when all of the Christmas décor is put away, a real accomplishment. But, my house always looks so dull. They may be one reason I do so much V’tine decorating. It takes away from the loss of all of the Christmas décor. Thanks for hosting. laurie

  20. I love paperwhites after Christmas, they really bring a promise of spring and it’s fascinating to watch them grow right before your eyes! It’s a great feeling to have Christmas decorations finally stashed away~you have given me the energy to tackle the last few things lingering in my garage, thank you!

  21. My money is on the General too. Yet another day here in NY when we had to close the office due to the weather. I’m tired of it already!

    Thanks for hosting Susan, and have a warm week!

  22. Thanks for another great party! Life to the full! Melissa

  23. Oh yes, I can just imagine you being so happy to have all the holiday stuff put away for another year. I’m glad and hope it’s tru the prediction for a few more weeks of Winter too. Thank you for hosting MM this week Susan.
    Have a terrific week.

  24. Ugh…our Christmas “stuff” is all in the spare bedroom (where the attic stairs is located)…waiting…waiting…franki

  25. I hope you are right about spring. My yard was full of Robins today, so maybe the General is right!

    Putting away Christmas is the worst isn’t it?

    Now that I have seen your paper-white , I want to go buy some bulbs and pots for my house.

  26. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Your introduction was so much fun to read this morning!
    Thanks so much for hosting!
    Have a great week,

  27. Paperwhites are such wonderful flowers, aren’t they? I love the way they look and smell. What a thoughtful gift from your party guest!

    I always think those groundhogs are so cute. :) I didn’t realize you all had one in Atlanta — that’s a hoot! And I love the name of his home, Weathering Heights. That is too funny, Susan!! I’m really glad you shared this with us. :-D This has given me a good laugh today.

    Thank you for hosting Metamorphosis Monday — have a great day!!


  28. I love the colors in your upstairs room–so fresh and pretty! Thanks so much for hosting the party, and have a great week! :)

  29. Hi, Susan,
    You are so lucky to have that great storage under your eaves. You mentioned you hung your wreaths is there. Can you stand in that area or is it just a crawl space? It reminds me of the storage area in my childhood home.
    Wish I had something like that now! Take care, Rosie

  30. I heard that Punxy Phil only has a 37% accuracy rating, so my money is definitely on Beau! Enough!

  31. It is snowing AGAIN as I type. I am SO sick of this weather and am LONGING for Spring. Glad you got the wreaths away and casn’t wait to see the paperwhites! Hope YOUR Spring comes soon, ours won’t I am sure;(:( Thanks again for hosting!!!

  32. I’m with you! I’ll go with anyone predicting an early spring!

  33. I hope the Atlanta groundhog is correct because it has been sooo cold this winter. I’m ready to be done.
    Thanks so much for hosting.

  34. I am so glad the weather is better since that craziness last week.

    I love your wreaths in the windows. Isn’t funny how enthusiastic everyone is to decorate and no one wants the job of putting it all away?:)

  35. Thank you for hosting this terrific party …… Have a great week! You deserve it…. :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  36. It is always such a great feeling to everything put away! Nice that you have a place to “store” things until you can get it all packed up! Thanks for hosting!
    Miss Bloomers

  37. I sure hope General Lee is right, ’cause I’ve had about enough of this snow and cold! Bring on the spring! Thanks for hosting again this week.

  38. Hi Susan, Here the weather has been warm 70′s one day and cold 40′s the next, loving the 70′s ! Ready for the spring! Thanks for hosting!


  39. Thank you so much for hosting and I’m not ready for six more weeks of winter!

    Happy day to you friend!

  40. Thanks for hosting! Happy Week to You! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  41. Staten Island Chuck’s prediction? Fuhgettaboudit. I’m planning summer annual containers!

  42. Christina McCall says:

    Susan, I always love your blogs and pass your blog site on to just about every woman I meet when I am out shopping, since in the South, no one is a stranger..lol :) I now know I am not the only woman who loves to collect accessories galore, create beautiful tablescapes for any season, decorate rooms like Southern Living is showing up tomorrow, plan for the DIY projects I see from your blog instead of paying the PB price (having the outlet here is pretty nice), but doing it cheaper than their price is like winning the lottery :). Lastly, just knowing I am not the only one who loves the tips from others, learning the fun tricks of the trade, where to go and get the “perfect” item at a great price for an idea I have seen and of course obsessed to do, then get super excited when it turns out just right. It is fun, refreshing , and I am loving this since I will soon be an empty nester (even though my kids (“think I need to get a life”). I am a bit new with the blog world and I sure would love to start one of my own, but my life is and has been crazy busy since I am a single mom. So until that happends I will just enjoy all of your wonderful posts, DIY ideas and continue on to learn from all of you wonderful people who invest the time to share your talents, finds etc….. I live in TN and just read you live in GA. My oldest now lives there and she is the one getting married this summer. I am supposed to go to Atlanta next Friday(weather willing). So having lived in the South most of my life, I can relate to your comments about the weather. I am so hopeful for Spring soon. I miss my flip flops and shorts. I still have Azaelas to plant from last year because we went from a cool spring to grueling hot weather with no in between, then no repreave from a brutal summer to a frigid winter. This has been one of the longest winters, I want spring to come, but don’t look forward to the dreaded heat that will follow. My only daughter living at home just came in from high school telling me it is snowing outside. All I can say is UGH!!! All I want to do is take a power walk and retreat in my garden to my unfinished back yard where I have my shade and sun garden to finish in addition to a great firepit area to build. But what caught my attention is what you just said about the tornadoes. I had those same thoughts last night! As soon as it starts to warm up here, we enter the unpredictable tornado season then the horrid hot humid Summer. The South is like no other, I love it! Thank you again for all of your wonderful posts, tips, ideas etc….If there is anything wonderful going on in Georgia like a wonderful home tour or seeing a new B&B maybe I can go. I know my Mar isn’t leaving Georgia anytime soon, so I will be there often :).

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