Friday, August 26, 2016

New Sofa, Finally!

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My old sofa was like a woobie.
You know, comfortable and worn and familiar.
There comes a day when it's time to give up the woobie.
Yesterday was the day. 

Taa-daa! 








Simple with clean lines.


A couple of new pillows mixed with older ones.


So far, so good.
Happy Friday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

It Will Grow

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Rewind to seven years ago. 
Our backyard was bare save for a few daffodils the contractors "couldn't get rid of." 
That's what he said, "We couldn't get rid of them."

There was some landscaping on the front side, 
but the back was bare.

We started slow and small.


And in no time at all, we had this!
 Please ignore the fire pit
that desperately needs repainting
and is filled with rain water.


The big boy on the left is a viburnum.
I thought I was getting the transitional snowball version, 
but this is actually a lace cap. 
Either way it's stunning. 
He was teeny when I bought him!
Same with the limelight.


Here's a little comparison:-) 


My husband always asks when I'm going to blog about the patio.
I have blogged about it before, but here's a plug for the handy guy.
He built this baby with his own two hands.
It was big time labor, but it saved us big time bucks, too!


It's important when planting to remember it really will grow!
Not a bad idea to follow the guidelines on the label.
Spacing is everything.


We are settling in to a back-to-school routine.
What about you?

Friday, August 19, 2016

Peace Out Porch

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I don't buy in to the whole
summer-is-over-when-school-starts idea.

Summer isn't officially over until the end of September.
School or not, it's warm and there are flowers!



This new school year has started for me, 
but I am combatting the stress with 
three minutes of morning meditation.
I know nothing about meditation, mind you.

It's just me on the porch listening to the singing trees—
birds, insects, and leaves.
Quite peaceful.

My goal is to practice this every morning.
Maybe I'll get better at it as time goes on.
Or, maybe not, but I've been adding
small practices to my daily routine
in an effort to breathe and be peaceful.


Have a peaceful Friday.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summer Tour 2016!

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This morning I'm continuing my summer tour in the kitchen.
It's all about the flowers!
During fall and winter and spring, 
I buy flowers.
It's cheaper than therapy, 
and I love arranging them.

Flowers make me happy.


But this time of year, I don't even need to bring them inside.
I can just wash some dishes and enjoy the view.

That massive limelight hydrangea was tiny when I bought it a few years ago.
Now she's exerting her authority!


I'm omitting the small family area from the summer tour.
There are some changes coming soon.
No, I'm not repainting.
It's something even better!
Can you guess?
I'm willing to bet some of you can.


Today is a happy day.
I've been working on a new book for quite some time.
Last November I began searching for a new agent.
The books I've published are all young adult fiction, 
so I needed an agent who represents fiction for grown-ups.
You can read about my writing life here
if you're interested.

Anyhow, in June I signed with a new agency, 
and just this morning I sent off the revised manuscript.


What a long journey it's been!
Today, though, I feel so grateful, 
grateful for my home and my work and my family,
and grateful for an agent who believes in this project.

This doesn't mean I have a book deal.
The agent will send the manuscript out, and we'll 
have to wait and see what happens.
It's a little like ovulating. One egg does not a bouncing baby make:-)
Still, without that egg there is nothing.


I guess what I'm saying is I have an egg!




Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Red Door

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That sounds so ominous—THE RED DOOR.

Anyway, we have a red door, 
and it's not ominous.
In fact, 
LOVE 
it!


It's cheerful and vibrant, 
and it makes all the 
black and beige
a tad more exciting.




 I've made it a point to get lots and lots
of garden pictures.

Like the squirrels with their nuts, 
I'm storing them up for winter.

When that first winter storm hits and the temp drops, 
I can look back and sigh and recall 
these dog days

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