Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Tour 2016!

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Trying to keep busy so that I don't sink into 
waning summer/vacation over/oldest daughter back in CA

Life is good.
I know it's true.
Still, it's hard to watch your baby bird
get on a big bird
and fly
3000 miles away.

To continue the tour I'm focusing on our hallway.
It's tiny but mighty.

The wallpaper has been in place for almost six years, but I still 

I appreciate color and pattern and mixing it all up.
I wish I were more daring with this.

One of the projects on my to-do list is to paint the risers.
I keep saying this.
Maybe one day it will actually get done.

Or, I'll drive you all crazy and just keep posting about it.

The world is a hectic, chaotic place.
This election is driving wedges between family members and friends.

Home is truly where my heart is, shelter from the storm,
metaphorically and literally.

I hope wherever you are you are staying cool 
and remembering to take some time for yourself.

Sometimes I think women forget to do this.
To laugh.
To pick up the phone and call an old friend.
To kick back and let your kids clean the bathroom.
To see how high that pile of laundry can grow.
You know, just for kicks.

Here's to a happy/lazy/fun-filled/summer-is-still-here weekend!

Linking up!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Summer Tour 2016!

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Summer tour continues!
Everything is blooming like crazy around here,
though I'm beginning to feel
summer wane a bit.
Never mind that.
I don't want to think about waning summer.

Like most of the rooms in my house, 
the dining room is a hodgepodge of antiques
and a few new 
or refreshed pieces.

I'm a big believer in sitting at the table every night.
Sometimes we can't all be there.
Or, we're having pizza

As with the living room, 
we wanted custom draperies.
I have no regrets about this decision.
The blue is bright and cheerful.
The trim adds a touch of play.

My kids think I'm weird, 
but I comb the fringe on the rugs.

The chairs were hand-me-downs from the in-laws. 
I recovered them myself 
added pretty pillows.

Christmas and Thanksgiving and birthdays
are celebrated here.
But really it's the everyday that matters most.

Today is a rather sad day for me.
I've had oldest daughter visiting from 
sunny California.
Tonight she heads back to her grownup life.
Time to paint something maybe.
Or pull a few weeds.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Looking Out

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One of the elements I love most about my home is the view.
We live on a hill, and we love to garden!
It's a win-win situation.

There isn't a bad time of year to gaze out the window.
I have always been a dreamer, 
the sort of kid and now grown woman
to daydream.

You could say dreaming is what I do best.

I remember being a kid and thinking up all kinds of stuff.
Actress. Singer. Long blonde hair and brown eyes.
A pony.
A collie.
A sister.
A canopy bed!

The older I get I realize all my dreams, 
at least the important ones (being a guest star on Johnny Carson aside), 
have come true.

Good husband.
Good kids.
Good home.
Good job.

I still dream big.
I still ask God to help me achieve my dreams.

But now mixed in with my dreaminess
is this nice steady pulse of 

Here's to looking out windows
and still dreaming.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dog Model, Model Dog

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Being a dog model looks like fun, Mom!
I mean, if this dumb cat can do it, so can I.

Look how cute I am.

See, Mom?
See? Huh?

I can sit very, very still.

Very still.

I can turn my head.
This cat doesn't even move.
She just sits there!

I can lick my lips, too.

Okay, this is boring.
Time to go chase some squirrels.

More tour time coming up next week.
Stay tuned.

Counting my blessings this week, 
as I have all three girls under one roof!
Oldest daughter flew in from California.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Summer Tour 2016!

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It was a pretty day and my house was clean, 
which means you're getting 
a summer tour. 
Let's start with the living room.
If you follow this blog, you know this is my favorite room.

It's a hodgepodge of color and pattern and all the things I love.

Bright and cheerful in the summer months, 
warm and cozy in the wintertime. 

Daisies are from my garden.

Even when I was a college student
and living in an ugly dorm room, 

I knew that books and flowers and candles and photos
could make a space better.
I still believe this. 

But I've expanded my thinking to also include
antiques and family hand-me-downs and things discovered
at the flea market or curbside.

Our house is a mix of all those things.

I could tell you a million stories about the treasures you see in this picture.
The yellow chair is where I write.
The yellow chair is where my husband studied during graduate school.

It was a hand-me-down, and my husband says
it's at least 50 years old.

That round needlepoint pillow you see
was made by my MIL.
Yet another hand-me-down.

And this vase you see?

Just kidding.
It's from Home Goods.

The biggest splurge in this room were the custom draperies.
They still make me happy every time I walk in the room.

The lavender is from my garden.
Close the doors at night, walk in the next morning,
and you'll smell heaven.

See that little chair?
She was an antique store find. 
I have plans for her this year.

I love this issue of House Beautiful
mainly because there are so many 
eclectic spaces inside.

The silver cups were from my mother and father-in-law's wedding. 
Their names are engraved on them, too!

And the cat belonged to my mother.
The candles are from Home Goods.
The painting is a water color my husband bought many years ago.

When I published my first stand-alone novel, 
a dear friend had this bowl made for me.
The novel is called Artichoke's Heart
though it's not about artichokes, I promise.

I love the stories our houses tell.
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