Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Pray for the victims.
Pray for their families.
Pray for the city of Orlando.
Pray for the United States.
Pray for all the people of God.

Pray for forgiveness.
Pray for understanding.
Pray for true repentance and a turning from self to Him.
Pray for the peace that literally passes all understanding.

Share the Gospel message with someone today.
Give them hope.
Give them peace.
Give them joy.

The Classic Preppy will only post this thought for the week, as we remember those whose lives were lost.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday Find: The Blue Willow Tea Room, Petersburg, Virginia

Happy, happy, happy! Yes...that's me...after my visit to the fun and fantastic Blue Willow Tea Room in Petersburg, Virginia's historic district. If you've seen Lincoln (with Daniel Day-Lewis), or the recent Mercy Street (PBS), you've seen Petersburg. It's a city that's had its ups and downs, but there are parts of Petersburg that simply shine. This is one of those spots!

I am a huge tea fan (Happy Iced Tea Day, by the way!!) and I love a proper tea. The Jefferson Hotel here in Richmond does a beautiful tea...and Simply Tea, in bucolic Amelia, does a sweet, very feminine seating. Blue Willow, however, is attached to an amazing antiques store...so it's a win-win all the way around!

Make a reservation and go! Be sure to ask for Sid, the owner...if he's not over in England, buying for his antiques store. My dear friend, Yolie, and I stayed so long, enjoying our conversation as well as the goodies, that he said if we were still there at the close of day, he'd just consider us family and put us to work, washing dishes. We would have been delighted to stay and do just that!!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Thursday Thoughts: The Joy Of Tea

From the tearoom's website... Check back tomorrow to see where we went!
I've been thinking a lot about one of my favorite things lately... tea! Hot tea in the morning or iced tea with lunch... It's my thing.

Paging through my past issues of Tea Time Magazine is always good...but this week, I've wanted more. Simply Tea, one of my favorite places to have tea, is booked through July, so that's out. (Hmmm...better start thinking about my fall tea needs and planning ahead!)

I am pleased to report that all is not lost! Today I decided to plan an excursion with a dear friend to try out a new (to me) tearoom in the area tomorrow... Follow me on Instagram to join us!!

Cheers... Liz

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Carroll Petrie: The Joy Of Childhood Friendship

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, you will know that I am an amateur genealogist. Family and history have long been two favorite topics of mine, so genealogy is the perfect hobby for me. It seems to have an never-ending "to-do list" and one of the things on my list for this summer is cataloging and storing mementos of my parents and grandparents.

I came across Miss Betty's childhood autograph book not too long ago. Remember those? They were even popular when I was a child! Although I don't have my own book any longer, I do have my mother's and I believe there is one of my grandmother's or great-grandmother's floating around somewhere as well. I have a lot of papers to go through...

Image courtesy NY Times
I thought you, my readers, might be interested in this particular page from Miss Betty's 6th grade book, signed by one of her dearest friends from school in Greenville, SC and college (Converse College), Carroll McDaniel... who is known to most people in 2016 as the late Carroll Petrie. I never met Mrs. Petrie personally, but I believe she had a very interesting life, and was married to some fascinating men. She certainly blessed many people with her generosity, as you will see at the link above.

6th grade, The Donaldson School, Greenville, SC
Don't you love how she abbreviated "vaccinated"??

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Tuesday Thoughts: Singing The Joy

If this doesn't bring you joy, nothing will... so have a joyful day!

(Make sure you watch to the end. Audra McDonald blows the roof off the car!!)

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Musings: "Southern Charm" Is "Reality" TV?

Welcome to a new week!! Are you feeling the JOY yet? I am feeling better about what I am seeing (and not seeing) on social media. I think a lot of you have had enough of the negativity and want to see (and make) a change. Good for you!!

Recently, I have found a lot of joy in Mondays...for a rather odd (and very silly) reason. Reality TV.

Ok...I have watched some here and there. (And I must I confess. I love Chrisley Knows Best. They are a hoot!!) But most of this programming is what Miss Betty would call "pretty trashy." For instance, I saw the Real Housewives of New York not too long ago and the conversation between the three women at the table (Sonja, Ramona and LuAnn) in the scene I came across (about being over a dating dry spell) was simply terrible. "Vulgar!" as Miss Betty would say. (These women may tell people they are high class...but it's the Emperor's New Clothes 2016. They can believe it all they want, but the world sees something else.) I used to watch RHNY because I just adore New York City and was always interested in seeing new restaurants, boutiques, etc. Now there is very little of that...just a lot of yelling and screaming. And drinking and plastic surgery. And more yelling and screaming. Sad.

The Mikell House from Google images
My Mondays are joyful because they take me to one of my favorite cities: Charleston, SC. Having so many family members from SC (including Charleston), it's a fun virtual journey to familiar places and explorations to unchartered territory. There's a lot of drinking (of course) and inappropriate relationships (de rigeur for this medium I suppose), but I don't pay much attention to that. I just want to know if they are eating at 82 Queen or going to a party at the Hibernian Hall or meeting out of town guests at The Mills House. You know....the good stuff! And the houses!!! That's for me...Don't get me started on the houses...I could write for days....

I was so happy when I read (ages ago) that Patricia Altschul had bought the Mikell House. I knew it had been entrusted into good hands. Same thing when I met Carolyne Roehm at an event here in Richmond a few years ago. She'd just bought the Chisholm House, and everyone knew it would be spectacular. When I met Carolyne, I was in the process of going through Miss Betty's huge library of books on antiques and decorative arts. The collection included some old books on Charleston, which featured the Chisholm House. I asked her if she'd like them, and off to a wonderful new home they went. (If you have a historic house, look for those books and magazine articles. They are priceless.)

(The picture of the Chisholm House to the right is from CarolyneRoehm.com. I highly suggest bookmarking and visiting her website often! It's inspirational!! I also suggest bookmarking and following Patricia Altschul's fabulous new site, PatriciaAltschul.com. I love Patricia...what a wonderful sense of style combined with a great sense of humor. We are very proud of this Richmond girl!)

Southern Charm follows the lives of its cast members in and about Charleston and spends a good amount of time in their particular houses. They seem to "keep it real" with most everyone, except for one person...and it is the most bizarre thing in the world. I guess their Continuity staffer isn't paying good attention, because Cameran's house keeps changing. At least the exterior does...in color, shape and size. Why are they lying to their viewers about this particular house? I'm sure she lives somewhere nice, but it's not one of the historic Charleston houses that tourists are usually dying to see. And if she's worried about unwelcome visitors, what about the people that live in these "faux" houses?

In Season Two, the house is sort of green, but the interior is the same as in the house we see in Season Three, which has a yellow exterior and completely different architecture. What makes it even more peculiar is that when Patricia (and the amazing Michael, martini bag in hand) come for dinner...the house is obviously white AND the front door is angled from the stairs.

A few seconds on Google showed that Cameran and her husband have their address publicly listed and that the house at that address still has it's "for sale" pics up on Zillow. It is a LOVELY house...so much prettier than the substitute houses that Bravo is using to mislead the audience. Well done, Cameran and Jason!! Note to Bravo...do a tight shot on the house, so it's not easily identifiable is you are worried about tourists. Problem solved. Integrity maintained.

Season 2
Season 3 
Zillow pic of the actual house... It's gorgeous!!
Season 2
Season 3
Zillow pic with previous owner's interior
So...mystery solved. But that still brings up the question of why it's so common these days to have the media lie to us? It can be something as simple as a decoy house or something as grave as misleading us in an election. It doesn't build trust...and it doesn't bring JOY. I'll still probably catch Southern Charm, to get my Charleston fix...but I think I will take it with an even bigger grain of salt than I already do!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Silly: Favorite Joyful Movies

 Please click over to The Classic Preppy on Facebook and share about 
the movie that brings you the most joy! Mine is the 1939 classic, The Women

Google images

Friday, June 3, 2016

Back In Business

Good morning, glories! (The favorite expression of one of my college professors...) I have missed you!!

I'm back and raring to go...but I must say, part of the reason for my absence has been a desire to just "get away" from all things social media related. There is so much angst out there these days...so many mean things being said and "shared"...I just didn't want to be a part of it.

My turning point was when I found out that someone had "unfriended" me on Facebook. You would think that at my age (57!) that wouldn't mean too much...and in the larger scheme of things it doesn't...but it still made me sad and hurt my feelings a bit. I'm not sure why. We never had any arguments. Perhaps it was because the person is/appears to be Bernie supporters and I personally am not (feeling the Bern, that is) or because I share my faith in a lot of what I write (and I don't care who "unfriends" me, I will always talk about what Jesus means to me)? I suppose things like that made me an undesirable friend...??

Sorry. That's not the world I live in. I have a lot of friends who see things/believe very differently than I do...and their posts probably vex me as much as mine vex them...but we can still talk, even if we disagree. We can still be friends. So as far as social media goes...That's why we have an "unfollow" option rather than "unfriend."

All that being said...today was a real turning point for me. I am not sure why, but my sweet blogging buddy (and awesome author), Kathie Truitt, just announced she was getting off social media. I imagine her reasons are similar to what I wrote above.

I. Have. Had. Enough. Of. This.

So....as much as it is within my power (and yours!!), we are are going to turn this thing on its head!!

For the month of June I am going to develop a series of posts and polls and what have you, to turn us back to civilized discourse and FUN!!!

Please follow me on Facebook (and Twitter and Instagram) and join this effort.  Tell your friends to join in! Let's make this go viral...

Let's call it JOYFUL JUNE... are you ready to FEEL THE JOY?!!! Let's go...

Here's a head's up... Next week will be a fun focus on childhood. Start finding those old pictures now!!!!