Thursday, November 10, 2016

Fall Tour (for real)!

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Today is all about the pictures!





























Have a great week, blogger friends!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fall Tour

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I had every intention of posting fall tour pictures, but I started writing, 
and this is what happened.

Every school year I start out with the best of intentions: I will blog in spite of too much to do!

It never happens. 
September hits like a hurricane, and I can't seem to catch my breath, 
no matter how hard I try.

When I work too much, I miss home like crazy.
I love decorating and putzing and arranging flowers and thinking.
I'm an introvert. Not shy. Not a misanthrope, 
but a true, blue introvert.

I need my down time.
I crave time alone.

Today is election day in our country, but I voted last week
so I could savor a quiet morning without the worry of
long poll lines.

The sun is coming up. I've had a donut for breakfast.
My kids are at sleepovers. Husband is still in bed.
I will refrain from turning on the TV or radio during the day.
Instead, I'll take a long walk, say my prayers, 
do some writing and blogging,
and count my many blessings.

There has been too much rancor in this election.
A great many tasteless, mean-spirited, just plain wrong
events have happened, and I fear for our country.
Yes, I have my favorite candidate, but what
I fear more than if the "other" party wins
is the great divide among us.

Truly, there is no "other" party. 
Those "others" are us, our neighbors, 
coworkers, friends, and relatives.
Social media and the noise there make it difficult
to sit on the sidelines, but
lately this is what I've been trying to do.
Engaging in these battles
is like trying to put hornets 
back in the nest.

It will take some time for us to come together as a nation.
The last time I genuinely felt we were 
"one nation under God"
was on September 11, 2001.
I hope it doesn't take another catastrophic event
to make us realize we are all 
brothers and sisters.
We are all human beings, 
God's children.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

"Falling" off the Planet

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Yes, I did fall off the planet, and I don't think I'll be climbing back on in any sort of steady fashion for a while. It's almost Halloween, and I'm still scratching my head, wondering what the heck happened to summer.

Things are good, though. I have some promising things happening professionally, and my kids are off to a healthy start school-wise. Life is busy but good!

Here are a few pictures just so I don't forget how to post! I miss my blogger buddies!





Happy Fall!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Touch (just a touch!) of Fall

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It's coming, I know, but I don't like to rush seasons.
I'm starting fall decorating with baby steps
and a cue from Mother Nature.








Baby steps? Or, do you just plunge right into fall?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Leather Chair Drama

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We purchased a fat leather chair for our family room
nearly seven years ago.

But, like our couch, it had seen better days.

Dogs. Kids. Life.
You know.


I looked at lots of online images
and in magazines, too.
Seems to be the norm that leather cushions
don't hold up for long.


So, while I was waiting for this new sofa to arrive, 
I also ordered fabric to replace the worn out cushion. 


I'm please with how it's all come together!




Plus, it's a Sunbrella fabric, 
made to withstand daily life 
and lots of sunshine, 
which we surely get in this southern exposure room.

Have a great day!

Linking up!
Savvy Southern Style

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sofa Details

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As promised, here are the new sofa details!


For starters, I did my homework. I've sat on a lot of sofas this past year, and to be truthful, I was not very impressed with most of them, including a few big-name places that I won't name.

Finally, I decided to try Calico Corners, a trusted favorite of mine. They had a heavenly green velvet English arm sofa in the front window. We have a dog, so velvet was not in my future; however, the cushions were down, the shape and lines lovely, and it was constructed to last.


I took lots of pictures and brought home a ton of fabric swatches, which I kept way, way, way past the due date (and they didn't charge me). The fabric I chose is made by Crypton. The color I liked best was oatmeal. According to the sales guy (yes, a guy!), the fabric could withstand pretty much anything. See for yourself.


One day while eating lunch and drinking Diet Coke, I decided to do my own test. Yep, I poured Diet Coke on the sample of oatmeal Crypton. I kid you not, it rolled off. I've since watched the stain removal video on the Crypton website.


Now I don't plan to go pouring Diet Coke or red wine or soy sauce on this brand new beauty, but it's comforting to know if something happens (and we all know it will eventually), it can withstand life-happens spills.


This morning my husband hauled our old sofa to a donation center.
I have to say, it made me a little sad to see it go.
Yes, I do realize how weird that sounds.

I went walking with my neighbor and shared those sentiments with her.
I said, "I breastfed my children on that sofa!"
With a touch of sarcasm, she replied, "I'm sure its new owners will be happy to hear that."


Er…maybe not.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Summer's End

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It was a great summer!
I read.
I wrote.
I conquered.

Okay, I didn't really conquer, but those other claims are true.

The highlight of my summer was our first FULL family vacation in three years.
Oldest daughter lives in California, so it's rare for the five of us to be under one roof, 
especially for an entire week and away from all distractions.

Here are a few photos to celebrate the highlight of my summer.
Now it's on to the good things that fall brings.







I hope you spend the weekend with people you love!

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.

Linking up!

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?
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