It seems that the last several months have been all about time; we had to make some necessary changes to how we have spent our time and it hasn’t always been easy. But as cartoonist Bil Keane once said, “Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

So, with this issue we are offering ways to get back some of the time lost being with friends and family and having a generally good time. And time to peruse how some very creative talents have designed, built and decorated homes that have brought joy to the owners during odious times. It’s an issue filled with productivity and inspiration.

Our feature homes run the gamut of style. From an authentic back-to-the-past mountain log house with numerous handmade details; a home on mountain acreage that started with a European traditional design and was transformed from the foundation up to an industrial-modern design; to a new build with a touch of English Tudor style on the outside but a very different aesthetic on the inside. What fun it must have been for all involved to spend their time evolving these homes.

If you’re planning some improvements to your home, don’t miss the expert tips within Asked & Answered. And when you’re getting together soon with friends, consider our barbeque and wine article to add to the good times. With time on your hands, you may have taken up gardening, so be sure to read the In the Garden article for some good advice about boxwoods.

Detours will lead you to Winston Salem, when you take some time to travel. Periscope has some fantastic ideas for enhancing your bathrooms. A fabulously tasty tuber – sweet potatoes – is addressed in Pantry.

Speaking of time, our Treasure offering is all about clocks. That’s timely, isn’t it? I hope you’ll enjoy seeing some of the collected treasures that are offered by clock expert, horologist Curt Lefferts (my photo was taken during a visit to see his collection), then perhaps consider finding one of your own to keep track of your precious hours.

Wrapping up with a quote for the subject of time from Steven Wright, one of my favorite comedians, “I went to a restaurant that serves ‘breakfast at any time’. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.”

Enjoy!

Lynn Greenlaw

Editor-in-Chief