Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Slippery Slopes & Paint

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School was running two hours late this yesterday morning, which always throws a ringer in my day, as it involves lots of complicated work/kid juggling and soliciting our neighbors' help. A snow day is different. I'll take that any old time! But you can keep those extra couple of hours of chaos and grumpy kids and cars in ditches.

I was nearly in the clear when I hit a slippery slope. Uh, I mean that literally. Down the hill middle daughter and I went, slipping and sliding all over the place. We were headed straight for a tree, three trees, in fact, when somehow a clump of bramble stopped us in our very shaken but grateful tracks. Seriously, it was a miracle.

Then the real fun started. Chopping down bramble and sawing off tree limbs and shoveling snow. It was a Jack London kind of morning. In preparation for the tow truck driver, I wanted to clear as much brush out of the way as possible. No scratches on my car, please! The tow truck driver arrives, and I am delighted. I guess you're either really happy to see a tow truck driver or not happy at all. In my case, I was pleased guessed it. He got stuck. Several hours and a fair number of helpful neighbors later, my car is free. I am pooped, mind you. Next time there's a two-hour delay, I think I should stay in bed, not step a southern-girl-at-heart foot out the door.

On another happier note, I am saying goodbye to the yellow in my mudroom. It's been fun. Sometimes I love taking a big ole decorating risk. It's just paint, after all. In honor of this cheerful space, I thought I'd share a few pictures.

It is a shocking color for sure, but I've had no regrets about it.

The cheerful yellow makes me happy, especially on a gloomy, gray day.

And I've always loved the white plates in contrast. 

So if I love it, and the color makes me happy, why paint? 

Oh, never mind. This is blogger world, the place where people 
get that painting and repainting is how I get my kicks!

Is it Friday yet? Nope, it's Tuesday Wednesday!
Time to link up with Savvy Southern Style!

It was time to link up yesterday, except I forgot, which means I really was exhausted.
Happy Hump Day:-)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Snow Day Pancakes

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There is nothing quite like a snow day. We sleep late. Lounge in pajamas for much of the day.

And I make pancakes.
From scratch.

I love the vistas in our house, especially on a snow day.

And I love these not-so-little girls.

Later, we end up watching movies, or I'll start some house project.
I'm crossing my fingers we'll have another weather event soon.
There's a Benjamin Moore can of paint I'm dying to use.
I'm just waiting for a snow day!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Linking up with Savvy Southern Style!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


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Yellow is my favorite color. 
It has been since sixth grade when I officially declared it. 
I seriously doubt my declaration drew much attention.
It's still true, however. 
 I love yellow!

I also love pink, and lately I've been adding some pink touches
to my living room.

These flowers are from my husband, a birthday present. Aren't they gorgeous?

After taking down the Christmas tree, I added some different plates to the wall.
The asparagus one is my new favorite, a gift from some very dear friends.
I love the combination of yellow and pink with a hint of green.

What are you tweaking these days?

Sometimes it's the little changes that make a big difference.

Enjoy a little color on this cold winter's day!

It's Tuesday. Time for some fun over at Savvy Southern Style!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Getting Fresh

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No, I have not been pinching strangers or smart-mouthing my elders. I've been fluffing and poofing and cleaning. What a mess!

Bye, little tree. We sure loved you!

When we first moved to our current home, I decided to decorate the downstairs in blue. Not just blue, of course, but I wanted a touch of blue in every room so I could change things up with relative ease.

Turns out this was a good move.

I never seem to tire of this color. It's soft and pretty and soothing.

For a while I'd been searching for a couple of pillows for these chairs.
Finally, I found these beauties.
The best part?

They'll work in any room.

I love Christmas, but I also love having my house clean and in order.

Any tried and true decorating tricks you'd like to share?

Linking up with Kim at Savvy Southern Style because it's Tuesday, y'all!

Monday, January 5, 2015


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The world is an abundant place, and joy comes from the simple pleasures—a nice home-cooked dinner, a roaring fire, a chat on the phone with a friend.

Big ticket items often bring more stress than solace, and with each new thing comes added responsibility and worry. My focus for 2015 is acceptance of who I am and gratitude for far more blessings than I probably deserve.

What I want most is to want less.

I love this blogger world. I love looking at pretty houses and reading the latest updates. The kindness that I see demonstrated again and again is inspiring. I am truly grateful for the sweet lift your words bring to my often stress-filled days.

As my kids and I head back to reality this week, I am truly grateful for my home sweet home. I am fortunate to live in this spot in the country. This roof, these windows and walls provide shelter and solace. It is enough. I have enough.

Wishing you peace on this January Monday!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Recap

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Well, I've taken down all the Christmas decorations, save for the tree. I'm planning to tackle that tomorrow. We've had our ham leftovers and black-eyed peas for good luck. Last night the hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. On Tuesday, I put my sweet oldest girl on a plane back to sunny LA. We had a merry, merry Christmas, and thus far I can't complain about the New Year. In spite of terrible colds, we have thoroughly enjoyed our break. Best of all, I have been able to sleep in most mornings. Heaven, I tell ya! Sleep, sleep, sleep is a beautiful thing.

As for resolutions, I intend to find the positive when possible. Live in the moment whenever I can, and think smaller and tighter and more intimate. While I do love decorating and house hunting, I want to truly embrace this lovely home of mine. And, I want to express my gratitude daily. I actually started this back in December. Rather than listen to NPR or an audible book on the way to work each morning, I've been listing all the blessings in my life. If I'm being honest, some cranky mornings I start my list with toast or body lotion, but it always progresses (even if begrudgingly at first) to the really important things: a beating heart, a husband, three beautiful daughters, two crazy mutts, a handful of really close friends, a great job, and life itself.

Rather than recap decorating projects for the year—frankly, I'm just not that organized—here are a few of my favorite shots from 2014.

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