Monday, April 5, 2021

Tomorrow is the Closing on the New House!!!

 Finally 4/6 will be here tomorrow!  I close on the new house in SC at 11:30!  I cannot wait for this to happen.  The movers unloaded all my furniture last Tuesday but I was not allowed to occupy the house until the day of the closing.  I have been staying at Megan and Ken's (thank you to them!).  I feel like a vagabond without a home!  They have been very gracious to let me stay here and we had a really nice Easter also.  Jenny, Kevin and the grandboys came down from their home and we had a wonderful day!  The boys especially loved the Easter Egg Hunt.  

I have to say the view from where I am typing is gorgeous.  Megan and Ken live on a pond with a golf course on the other side.  I have seen herons, alligators, turtles and various birds.  Megan's hummingbird feeder has also been very busy!  It is so quiet and serene here on their back porch.  I will miss the view for sure!  The new house does back up to a golf course also but there isn't a pond behind me.  It is still a very pretty view!

4/8 my contractor is coming to go through the renovations and repairs that need to be done at the new house.  That is going to take some time.  I need to have some flashing on the roof repaired, the kitchen gutted and redone, 2/5 baths gutted and redone and a few minor repairs.  Everything will take a while but as you all know I love projects!!  I am trying to pick out some new colors for the walls to be painted.  I will be repainting the entire house inside.  The carpet will be ripped up upstairs and on the stairs and replaced also.  The carpet is original to the house (1979) and is just plain gross!  I met one of the new neighbors right next door.  He was very nice and said his wife is looking forward to meeting me.  I am really ready for a new, fresh start!  I sure wish John was with me, but I know he is here in spirit and has helped guide me through this entire process!  

Everyone have a wonderful afternoon and follow along for the next few weeks for all my projects and new house items!


P.S. Next time I will have photos of lots of things!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Things are getting packed up around here!

 Hi Everyone!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!  It is sunny and 70 degrees here in Stallings, NC.  I ate my lunch out on the patio!  I have purple hyacinths on my picnic table and the smell was heavenly!

I have been packing up a storm.  There is about 5 weeks until the closing and move.  The living room is almost all done.  The movers are not going to love me with my book collection-so heavy!  It is looking rather bare around here.  I even organized the garage about 80% of the space.  I have been looking on Pinterest for ideas for the kitchen renovation.  All the next pictures are from Pinterest (want to give them the credit).  Here are some of my ideas!

I would love to have white subway tiles with this grid done under this wonderful wood hood/vent.

I love this open shelf under the upper cabinets

The cabinets will be white shaker.  I love these handles also!

I have this in my house now and love it!
So that is what I have been up to lately.  I love to dream about how the house is going to look when it is all done!  It will take a while because the contractor can't start the kitchen area until mid-summer but it will look lovely for the Fall and the holidays!  
Everyone have a lovely day!


White Subway Tile is what I would love.  So clean.
I would love a pantry like this.

This farmhouse sink caught my eye.  Simple but wonderful!

The island below is actually not for the kitchen but the Butler's Pantry area.  I will use it to craft, fold laundry, etc.

I would love this pullout for all my baking sheets and pizza stones

Monday, February 15, 2021

New News - I'm Moving to South Carolina!

 Hi Everyone!  I hope you all are having a wonderful day today!  I have some happy news - I am moving to SC to be closer to my kids and grandsons!  I had been eyeing a house in Lake City, SC for some time on  The price was dropped and I went and looked at it.  I love it!  I made an offer that day and after some intense negotiation, I GOT IT!!  I came home and put my house on the market and it went under contract after 3 days!  I've had the home inspection at the new house and there are a few things that need to be taken care of (the house was built in 1979).  The inspection was done on my house today and the appraisal will be done tomorrow.  I have a March 31st closing date on my house, the new house will be right after that.  So many things to think about, but I'm not letting it get to me.  Here are some photos of the new house:

This is the front of the house.  

This is the driveway side of the house.

This is the back of the house.  The lens the photographer makes this view look huge!  The house is a normal sized house.  There is a breezeway to the 3 car garage.  The garage has a room over it.  I'm going to use that as my studio (stained glass, painting, refinishing furniture, etc.).

This is the den.  It is in the back of the house.  I love the big fireplace in here.  Should be nice and cozy on a chilly winter day!
This is also the den, but there are French doors that go out to the screened in porch.  I love the screened in porch's floor-it's brick!!
This is the view from the den into the backyard.  I don't know why the previous owner has a brass chandelier in here, that will have to be replaced.  I will be replacing those lovely curtains too!!  I am going to paint the wainscoting and the trim bright white.  Not sure what color I'm going to paint the walls.  Something that isn't yellow will definitely be chosen :)!!

This is the Dining Room, which is the front of the house.  When you walk through the front door, the Dining Room is to the right off of the foyer.  It will be nice to have a dining room again!
This is the back part of the living.  You can also access the screened in porch from this room.  There is a little fireplace in here also.  It is across from this couch.  I just love the layout of all the rooms.  
This is the Master Bedroom.  Carpet and cornices will be going.  Hoping there is hardwood floors under this awful carpet, but if not I may just recarpet with a lighter, fresh color.  

The other two bedrooms carpet has to go also!  It is that lovely 70's/80's turquoise color!!  One room has terrible pink (really bright) wallpaper which will also be going.  All the rooms have walk-in closets which is a plus!  

I will also be redoing the bathrooms (2.5 baths) and the kitchen needs a complete overall.  I love redoing rooms, so I am really excited to do this!  I just love having projects to do!  I am already on Pinterest almost everyday looking for ideas and wall colors.  I am going to take some of the colors from here and use them in the new house.  The colors in my existing house are so soothing and relaxing.  

Everyone keep your fingers crossed that everything goes through and smoothly!  Have a wonderful day and stay warm!!


Friday, January 29, 2021

A Little of this and a Little of That 1.29.21

 Happy Friday Everyone!!  It is so cold here today.  I don't want to go anywhere!!  I walked down to the mailbox and nearly froze!  I hope where ever you live, it is warmer!

Wednesday, the 27th was my oldest daughter, Megan's 40th birthday!  Seriously where does the time go!  I remember her playing with her baby sister, Jenny pretending she was Jenny's Mom!  She always drug Jenny around where ever she went.  She was a big help when Jenny was born, going to get diapers, burp clothes, etc.  It's really funny the things that come to mind when you look back on how they grew up to be the person they are today.  Here is a photo of Megan I took 2 years ago.  John, Megan's husband, Ken and I went out to dinner at Epic Chop House in Mooresville, NC.  It was a great night, but also very cold!

Last weekend Jenny and the grandboys were here for a visit.  Owen and Emma (my Golden) had a moment:

Owen is so good with my dogs.  He loves them.  I find him petting Emma and Ginger and talking to them.  It is really cute!!

I made 3 knitted hats this week.  They are out of the Harry Potter house colors.  Jenny will be working on some Harry Potter related homeschooling things, so she thought it would be cute to have hats to wear.  She would also like scarves.  I will be making them at a later date.   Here are the 3 hats:

When I walked down to the clubhouse to get my mail I noticed the Jan/Feb blooming cherry trees have started.  They always a welcome sign of Spring will be coming sooner than later.  They have such a delicate flower and I love the color.

I focused in the wrong place so only the ones at the top are really clear, but you get the idea.  

Well I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!  Stay warm and enjoy!!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Yarn Winding Today 1.20.21

 Today started out by taking Ginger (my English Cream Golden) to the vet for her 6 month checkup.  She didn't like it at all.  When they took her into the building she was a bundle of nerves.  Poor girl.

When I got back I had 4 skeins of seed fingering yarn I needed to wind.  I got out my yarn swift and ball winder and got to work.  I find winding yarn very therapeutical!  You almost get mesmerized by watching the yarn swift go round and round.  Here are a few photos of the process. 

These are the 4 skeins of yarn from Heidiandlana that needed to be wound.  The pink is called Sugar Cookie and the green is Evergreen.  This is Seed Fingering weight yarn.  I love their yarn!!

The is the skein of yarn on the yarn swift.  You put it on here first and then thread it onto the ball winder (see the ball winder below) and that makes a "cake" of yarn for your project.  

The "cake" of yarn all done on the ball winder.

4 beautiful "cakes" of yarn ready to go for a project.

These 4 skeins didn't take very long to wind.  It was about 15-20 minutes.  

I was sitting at my dining room table winding the yarn and I looked up and my great aunt's candlestick holders that have prisms hanging from them made some beautiful rainbows on the table runner.  See below:

Well I'm off to knit another Harry Potter hat for my grandson.  My daughter, Jenny home schools them and one of the curriculum she is teaching to the 2 grandsons is Harry Potter based.  I'm making 3 hats (one for each grandson and 1 for Jenny).  They also would like scarves to make.  I'll post them when I get them all done.

Everyone have a wonderful day!!


Monday, January 4, 2021

A Little of this and that over the Weekend 1.4.2021

I have to say this weekend was exceptionally quiet for me.  It really hit me this weekend how quiet it can be living alone.  I hadn't seen anyone since Wednesday, when I had my vein injections (the last ones I needed YAY!).  I hadn't talked to anyone on the phone since Thursday until I called my Mom on Sunday and spoke to my very good friend, Angie in Minnesota.  COVID has everyone staying at home, which really hasn't bothered me much until this weekend.  Today I get to meet with my very small group of ladies to knit.  I am really looking forward to that.  

Over the weekend, I managed to take down Christmas items, store them and get them out to the garage.  Jenny will be coming this weekend to help me get them up on the 2 racks in the garage.  We are going to do a little bit of organizing out there.  It needs it really badly!  We will also take down the tree and put it back into its box.  I have all the ornaments off, so it shouldn't take too long.  I didn't take down the garland on my mantel.  Underneath the greenery I have a roping of snowflakes and sleigh bells.  That still is appropriate.  I changed out the 2-tiered tray on my kitchen counter and I redid the top of my desk and the one cupboard I have.  I kept it kind of Winter/St. Valentine's Day.  I have to pick up a few wooden hearts or something like that for a small 2-tiered tray on the top of my desk.  Here are some pictures of what I did:

On Friday, I made some more yogurt in my Ninja Foodi.  I just love that yogurt.  I strained the whey from it, so it is thick like Greek yogurt.  I have started sprinkling cinnamon on it when I have it for breakfast-it is so good!!

Saturday night I brought the Ninja Foodi out again.  I made the most amazing chicken breast in the air fryer part of the Ninja Foodi.  I put a heaping tsp of Dijon Mustard in with a tsp of mayo.  I put that all over the chicken breast and then rolled it in Panko bread crumbs.  It was so good with Trader Joe's Roasted Veggies, which I did in the oven.  

Well that is about it for today!  I'm really glad I got back into blogging.  I miss chatting with everyone and seeing what you all are doing.  

Have a wonderful day!!  



Friday, January 1, 2021

Night of a Thousand Candles - Brookgreen Garden, SC

 On the day after Christmas my daughters, Megan and Jenny, their husbands, Ken and Kevin and my 2 grandsons, Owen and Jack went to Brookgreen Garden with me.  We had such a wonderful night despite it was cold out. (I am so excited because for Christmas the 2 families gave me a membership to Brookgreen Garden!).  I hope I don't bore you with so many photos but I have to tell you this night there was so magical.  The pictures don't do it justice, but I'm sure you will get the idea.  There are 2,800 hand-lit candles and countless lights at this event.  Sit back and relax as I take you through our evening.  Enjoy!

2 Beautiful Ballet Dancers bathed in red light

Blue and White Christmas Trees

A field of lights that change color every few seconds with beautiful lights behind it.

Large stag sculpture with field of lights behind it.

Very romantic sculpture of a man and woman with candles floating in globes in a reflecting pond.

Tree of white lights

White lights cascading down from a tree.  It illuminated the Spanish moss so beautifully.

Blue and White Chinese Lanterns amongst the palm trees.

Candles through a black wrought iron gate.

Child riding a turtle sculpture in the Children's Garden.

Children sculptures in amongst white lights.  These white lights looked like dew on a spider's web.

Huge pine tree with lots of blue and white lights.

A boat floating in a pond with beautiful glass orbs inside.  Just gorgeous!

Field of lights with trees lit up in the background.

Closeup of white and red Chinese lanterns that lined a pathway.

Luminaries lit up this beautifully lit pathway.

A meadow of lights with a lit statue in the background.

Green and white lights hung up to look like Christmas Trees.

Green Chinese Lanterns hanging in a tree.

This is the beautiful white and red Chinese lanterns lining a pathway.

This is one of my favorite trees.  The red and white lights illuminated the Spanish moss.  It actually looked like smoke from fireworks!

A pathway lined with luminaries with red and white trees in the background.

The moon and the palm tree represents SC's state flag.

This photo I took just reminds me of peace and serenity.  A single white candle in a greenery wreath.

I have more photos, but for now this is enough to take in.  I just need to say Brookgreen Garden did a fabulous job.  I am so glad COVID didn't ruin this yearly event.  We all wore masks and stayed atleast 6 feet away from everyone.  It was a lovely time had by all!

Ring of Kerry, Ireland
My husband, John and I went to Ireland for our 25th Wedding Anniversary in 2004. We had an awesome trip and we will never forget it. We actually got to visit our friends who live in Northern Ireland. We spent 3 wonderful days with them! The picture above was taken when we visited The Ring of Kerry. The beauty of Ireland is just spectacular! If you ever get a chance visit there.
Megan is my oldest daughter. She and Ken were married on April 12, 2008. It was a wonderful ceremony and reception!
Jenny and Kevin at their wedding 8/30/08. The wedding was at our home and turned out wonderful! Everyone had such a good time!