Tuesday, July 5, 2016


I don't know about where you are but here, in Missouri, it is very hot!  Not only is it hot but we have rain almost daily so it's very humid.  Lately memories from my childhood have crept in and I try to remember what it was like to live without air-conditioning.  My grandchildren cannot fathom life without air-conditioning and not just in the house but in the cars we drive, in stores....everywhere.  We had grocery stores when I was young and they weren't air-conditioned and we would all pile into our station wagon and head to church which wasn't cooled.  I remember the cardboard fans that everyone used in order to tolerate it.  Anyway, I'm so THANKFUL for my nice cool house and so grateful because I know there are many who don't.

I've been taking inside pictures of the house so you can see what I've tried to do with it.  These are mainly smaller venues but the seem to photograph better.

My kitchen is smaller and no room for an island.  I just have to be more organized when I'm cooking.

I have a small breakfast area at the end of the kitchen and this is one of my options for building a screened-in porch.  If I don't, my plan is to put two comfy chairs there so I can set and look outside since it isn't used often for eating.

 The "Liberty" runner on my table and the framed piece below are two of my wool applique projects.

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer and managing to stay cool.  It's been a good one so far for me and a busy one.  Lots of projects on the horizon and with any luck I'll at least accomplish a few.  Hopefully, my next post will include one of those!!!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

New home report....

I apologize!  It's been way too long.  Couldn't seem to get my head back into the game.  It's been quite a process trying to get my new house and my life back in order.... I'm feeling good about both.  I love my new house and my new neighborhood.  Everyone is so friendly and go out of their way to make me feel welcome.  It's been a remarkably easy transition (I say now)!

I know my hostas that I transplanted don't look so good but they'll look great next summer.  At least they're blooming.

This is kind of what's going on in front of my house.  Since I'm on a cul-de-sac, I have kind of a different shaped front and large side yard.
The previous landscaping is basically pebbles and shrubs with nothing that flowers.  Luckily, I have neighbors with beautiful yards and tons of perennials that they were more then happy to share.  I'll be able to do more this fall or next spring.  It was a little late to separate hostas so I didn't do many.

This is my garden that I put on my side yard.  I used an old beadboard door I had, cut it into and attached it to my fence.  It's not very big but it's holding 4 tomato plants, 5 basil plants and 1 big chive plant.  There's room for expansion next year.

Next post I'll show some of the interior.  I still have lots to do but it's really feeling like home.  It won't take so long this time.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

It's almost moving day.....

I know it's been a very long time since I've posted but my mind has been on moving.  It's so much harder when it's just me.  I'm not complaining because I've had lots of help and support from sister Judy and friends but it's all the other nitty-gritty that wears you out.  Mike always took charge of all of this "stuff" and I had no idea what all was involved.  Sometimes I feel him here encouraging me and giving me strength and it's a GOOD feeling.  I'm so ready for this new adventure.

I'll be back with lots of photos.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year.....

It's that time of year again......resolutions, diets, decluttering, etc.!  I've been giving this a lot of thought.  I have so many changes ahead of me that it sometimes makes me dizzy.  My goal is to take it one day at a time.  Today will be the day I take the rest of my Christmas decorations down and hopefully, get to the grocery store (I'm getting hungry).
This was on one of the blogs I read this morning and loved it.

It's been sort of a strange week for me.  In so many ways I feel such a relief and then there's also a sadness to be leaving something that's been such a huge part of my life for the last 8 years.  We closed Leola's.  There were multiple reasons but when it came right down to it it was just time.  There was little said about it but I still feel bad about not giving proper "thanks" to all those who worked beside us for all that time.  Kenda and Kristi had been with us since the beginning and Brenda came shortly thereafter.  We were a good group for a long time and I'll miss all of them.  Not certain what I will do now but, first and foremost, will be looking for a new house.

How about this one?

I had a wonderful Christmas.  Kind of low-key but that's the way I like it.  I realized several years ago that it was the season and the meaning of the day that brought the true joy.....not necessarily the actual day.  Takes a lot of pressure off and makes it so much more enjoyable.  Christmas brunch.....

Stella got a selfie stick for Christmas so Zoe put my big iphone in it.  Not the greatest but we still have a record.

I couldn't let the season go by without posting a few photos from my sister, Judy's, beautiful home.  She does such a wonderful job of both decorating and sharing it during the holidays.  She has a large family and many friends and she loves to entertain..... 

Well, guess I'd better get serious about this day.  Hoping that all who read this know that I am wishing all of us a wonderful 2016.  With everything going on in this crazy world today it will truly be a difficult thing but I sincerely pray that God will see us through this terrible period and help us to find PEACE.

Monday, December 7, 2015

The busy season....

It's been a little crazy in my life the last few weeks and I'm sure most of you have the same issues.  Why do we let it get so hectic every year.  This year is even crazier because the house is on the market.  My realtor scheduled an open house this past Sunday so I was on a deadline to get the house decorated.  I think that was a good thing....it's done!

I decided to keep my mantle simple but I may cut some greenery from the yard to add....

This is the tree in the great room...

This is the smaller living room tree that I fill with some of my vintage ornament collection....

More of my living room and dining room.....

It's so nice to have it completed so maybe I can have friends and family in and not feel overwhelmed.  My grandson, Sage, also has his 14th birthday (crazy) and all the g'kids have concerts at school and church.  That's my favorite part of the holidays.

Hope all of you will take time to enjoy the holidays.  I think this year, more then any year I can remember, we need to feel some peace in our lives.  I'm sincerely wishing this for all of us and I'm going to do my best.