Well, the temperature has dropped and the hot beverage intake around here has increased. You know what that means… time to clear a little spot on the kitchen counter for a hot beverage station. You can see our past ones here, here and here. As usual, I kept it simple…using items I already had on hand. I dressed up the jars with red and […]
I shared a while back that we are having some pretty major renovations done to our farmhouse and guest cottage. We’ve lived here for 2 1/2 years now and during that time have figured out the things about the house that work for our family and the many, many things that don’t… It would probably be easier, smarter and cheaper to just move. But this […]
I’m feeling a little cantankerous today. Channeling Maxine… Today’s subject? Air travel. I’ve flown a lot more this past year than usual. Nothing too exciting…just regular stuff. People watching during air travel is riveting and revealing. A person’s behavior on an airplane is a barometer of their character. You can quote me on that. Me? I’m a typical firstborn, a rule follower. I like justice […]
Cleaning my office the other day, I ran across this photo that’s been tucked away for years. It was taken 14 years ago during a trip to the zoo. I remember it like it was yesterday. Jake was 5, Josh was 16 months old and Hannah was 4 months old. In my mind, I can still feel their baby soft cheeks and their sweet little […]
Some people take their dogs shopping. Some people push their dogs in strollers. Some people dress their dogs up for Halloween. Me? I like to have impromptu fashion shows and photo shoots with mine. Riley and I love giving the passersby something to talk about. Without further ado… the many faces of Riley… Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful… bashful… stoic… bored… silly… focused… adorable. […]
In establishing the value of a house, everybody knows the three most important factors are location, location, location…. To achieve beauty in your decorating, the three most important factors? texture, texture, texture. Of course color, pattern, etc. are up there too. But let’s just focus on texture today. Driving down our road this morning I noticed a smattering of flattened bright green horse apples. Beneath […]
Well, hello there. So much to catch up on (since my last post was in JULY) ….. but for now I’m just going to share my latest project. One of my favorite little people in the world turned 12 last month. This is Maddy, my cousin’s youngest daughter. She is a little ray of sunshine…always has the biggest smile on her face. The last time […]
————DISCLAIMER———— Go ahead and get the tune of the Allman Brothers “Lawd, I was born a ramblin’ man….” going in your head. This post is all over the map rambly. We’re fixin to talk about sales and renovations and skirts blowin up and Brady bathrooms and Grey Gardens and gold polka dotted burlap and much-ado-about-nothin-pins and deer. Ya ready? Haven’t been posting much lately… Not much […]
Four score and seven years ago, we bought an old farmhouse. It dates somewhere in the loose vicinity of the civil war. Okay, so it was purchased more like two years ago not 87…but you’ll get my Gettysburg Address reference in a sec. Pertinent Background info: we have moved 14 times in 20 years and purchased and sold many, many homes. My husband and I […]
Most homes have that room. You know the one. Oddly shaped, huge honking plaster fireplace. Too little wall space, too many windows and doors. Or maybe it’s just me? Our family room is mission impossible. The fact that we have a 7,000 foot long leather sectional doesn’t help matters much. But we’re not moving anytime soon (I hate to even utter those words…they always come […]
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