Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

It's the evening of Father's Day 2017.  Many of us had fond memories of our father and others were able to celebrate with their own Dad today.  For me, my Father passed away just a little over seven years ago and not a day goes by where he's not thought of.  Today, my husband (and father) celebrated with the kids at our house.  We were thankful that the rain was done (we have gotten just over 5" in the last few days) and we were able to enjoy the day together!   Our lawn and gardens are especially thankful since the poor lawn was quite brown and crunchy.

After the kids left and we had some relaxing (nap) time, I walked around and took a few pictures.

This year we are trying a couple new things with gardening.  Earlier in the Spring, I got an elevated garden bed and must admit... I'M HOOKED!  We have it on our back deck which faces South.. so it gets constant heat and sun in the summer.  There are no bugs and no weeds.. yes, this is a miracle.  I can simply step out of my slider, cut some lettuce or fresh herbs, and walk right back into the kitchen to rinse off and use in my cooking.  Love it!

Planted are a couple of peppers, basil, cilantro, chives, spinach and lettuce.  Yes, kitty food and water under the planter keep the pests away!  ha

Sweet Basil
We also hooked up a drip irrigation system with a timer.. this too is an absolute marvel!  I've become a very "lazy" gardener!  But then again.. pulling weeds can be back-breaking work and I've never been a fan.

Everything is very healthy and delicious in our new raised bed.
 I also decided to try a few tomatoes in patio pots.  Oh my.. once again, I'm hooked.  I don't think I've ever had tomatoes this healthy and amazing.  Again, no weeds and full sun.

Kind of hard to decipher between the tomatoes and the crazy Tamarac tree in the background.  We call it the "Dr. Suess" tree.

Four different varieties of tomatoes.. from Heirloom Rainbow to Grape and Cherry tomatoes.
Here is a fun fact.  We have 11 Clematis' growing on our property.  And they're all doing pretty good.    This deep purple Jackmanii is planted on the South side of the garage and reminds me of the Clematis my Mom used to have at our back door.. but hers had even more flowers on it.  Those beautiful memories of our childhood (if you're lucky enough to have good memories) sure mold us for the adults we become.

Our garden shed lost a few Clematis flowers from all the rain and wind we've had.. but it is certainly becoming covered in flowering vines.  We have three Clematis' growing on the garden shed in addition to Honeysuckle which should be blossoming any day.  Soon, I'll be deeply inhaling the wafting scent of Honeysuckle in the air as I head out to the barn for morning chores.  Quiet mornings outside are my favorite time of day... before the busyness and hustle of the day begins.

Two different Clematis plants growing on the North & West sides of the garden shed.. with an old bird house nestled in between that my Dad made years ago.

Can one ever get enough Clematis' ?

Crazy Yucca!  Looks like one of those snakes that dances/comes alive to music.
Walking out toward the barn is another Clematis.. growing on the side of the hay barn.  We must beautify everything!

Walking past the barns and heading toward the horse pastures.. even the wild daisies seem happy tonight.

Here comes the two "big boys".. Donner on the left and Storm on the right.  Aren't they simply beautiful?  I'm in such awe of God's creations.

I must admit.. I like *Big Butts* !  Storm is nothing but muscle... and riding him can be an amazing experience feeling the adrenalin, power and strength he has all awhile keeping him contained with a set of reins (most of the time.. ).

Happy Trails.. and Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bathroom Reveal

Better late than never.. right?  RIGHT?!  Okay, well we absolutely love our bathroom now and are so very happy we put up with the mess (easy to say now).  It's now spacious and considerably EASIER to clean!  Matter of fact, it's ridiculously easy to clean and we love that.  💓

We removed no walls but it sure is bigger!  The soaking tub was absolutely huge and took up a significant amount of space.  In addition, it was all square tiles (great for collecting dust in the grout lines) and we never used it.  If we want to soak, we go outside to our hot tub or upstairs to the 2nd floor bathroom.. so it made all the sense for us to remove it.  We lightened the walls with a Benjamin Moore paint called "Vanilla Milkshake".  It is a shade of white that matches very well with the "greige tile" and the gray cabinets.  Normally, I have very light silver/gray rugs in the bathroom and white hand towels, but they're all dirty from the flooring project that we recently had.

The shower is just a huge improvement as well!  No more gross brass channels for gunk to get stuck in .. and impossible to get out.  Mold and mildew are gone and the shower is SO EASY to clean.  We do want to get a curtain tie back holder for the shower curtain.. but just one of those things that I've not done yet.  Speaking of shower curtain.. this was suppose to be an open walk-in shower.  Unfortunately the water did splash out toward the window sill so we thought a nice white shower curtain would fit the bill.  Photo below looks like the door doesn't match, but doesn't look like this in real life.. must be the camera's lighting.

On the wall where the old sink was is now replaced with cabinets!  And we have so much storage now... I keep my bed sheets in there as well as towels, rugs, and toiletries.  We even have room behind some of those doors that isn't being used (yet)!

Our dear Maggie was a bit tired.. and didn't feel the need to move.  We love her so much and will treasure this photos of her some day.  This is one of her favorite spots to lay down and sleep... nice cold tile floor! 💕💕💕

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Living Room Floor Reveal

The living room is put back together ... for the most part.  We are really loving the new floor and are now anxious for the area rugs.  Next week, after I get a couple of quotes, a decision should be made in terms of which carpeting to be bound as an area rug and for the stairs to the second floor.

While everything was down I took that opportunity to have our curtain panels dry cleaned.  Seventy-two dollars later, half of them are still dirty and they all shrunk about 2-3" in length.  Gee, I could have done that myself and saved the money.  In any event, the remaining panels have been returned to the dry cleaner for an explanation.. we're waiting on that.  So, yes.. the valances are up and curtains only on one window.  Gives you a good perspective on how curtains and valances (strategically placed) can make windows look bigger than they are.

In the photo above you will notice a dark spot on the floor behind the sofa table.  This is where a round accent hook rug will go.  This has always been a somewhat awkward space and I think a colorful accent rug is the ticket.  I found a beautiful one from and it should arrive early next week.  Here it is ... it's called the Owensboro Rug and it is a 6' Round rug.  The colors should go well with the various shades of blue/teal, yellow (kitchen) and light tan/ivory (walls/trim).

The books aren't organized in the book shelves yet and the main floor bedroom is still being repaired. It'll be a little while like this.  We believe another one of Steve's builders (conveniently, he also has a cabinet-making shop) will be stepping in to do our shiplap & cabinet accent wall.  It'll probably be September once it's all done, but it'll get there and we're really enjoying how it's shaping up.  The floor will be much easier to maintain and it does lighten up the room considerably.

Until next time..... adios!