Friday, October 15, 2021

October 15, 2021 Friday

 Hi Everyone!  I have gardened for years.  I have grown dahlias before but this year I decided I was going to order some different varieties and grow them again.  I hadn't grown dahlias in about 20 years.  After a slow start, they seemed to come into their own and are still blooming!  Here are my beauties this year.

Cafe au Lait

Hamari Gold

Sierra Gold


Rip City

The tag got lost, so I'm not sure what this one is called.

I have ordered some more dahlias for more variety next year.  I'm not going to put them in pots like I did this year, they will be in raised beds.  I especially love the dinnerplate ones and look forward to growing more of those.  So pretty!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!


Monday, October 11, 2021

Weekend with the Daughters and the Lake City Swamp Race

 Hi Everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I did!  

Saturday both my daughters, Megan and Jenny painted and set up a craft area for me in the room over the garage.  This was my birthday present, which was in July.  The AC had stopped working up there and everyone's schedule was so busy but this weekend worked for everyone and the AC is fixed.  Here are some photos of the room all done:

The girls know I love tea.  So they made me a tea station!

This is my jewelry creating table.  On the left side of the screen is all the gems and beads on the bookshelf.  The triangle piece is a shawl loom my son in law, Kevin made.  On the right side of the picture is my knitting area.  Looks so comfy, can't wait to use it!

Knitting area!

This is my painting area.  I do watercolors.  I have more supplies I just have to bring them up there.  I really want to start painting again.  I have so many ideas!

On Saturday the boys Trail Life group held the annual Lake City Swamp Run.  The boys went dressed as The Mad Hatter (Owen) and Bilbo Baggins (Jack).  Owen won $100 for creative costume!  Jenny and Megan also ran in the race.  Megan was a butterfly and Jenny went as Sally from The Nightmare before Christmas.  Here are some photos:

Owen on the left as The Mad Hatter and Jack on the right as Bilbo Baggins.

Megan is on the left-Butterfly and Jenny is to the right of her-Sally from The Nightmare before Christmas.

Sunday I just rested and relaxed after Megan left to go home around noon.  It was wonderful!  I really enjoyed the girls and boys visiting.  It was really a wonderful weekend!



Monday, October 4, 2021

Monday, October 4, 2021-A Wonderful Autumn Day

 Hi Everyone!  Today is a "do nothing" day for me.  All the renovations are done (except for a few small things), the housewarming party is over (it was this Saturday) and I have nothing that really needs me today!  I really am looking forward to getting back into knitting and reading.  I have a crew of HVAC men here replacing all the ductwork under the house.  I have no AC today or tomorrow.  It is fine though, I have alot of ceiling fans in the house and I have an oscillating fan also.  The nights and early mornings are cooler here.  I really do love this time of year!  I had alot of fun decorating for Autumn.  Here are some photos I took:

Autumn Mantel in the Living Room.

Autumn Mantel in the Family Room.

I have a cupboard in the Dining Room.  I decided to create this little arrangement for there.  The Ironstone pitcher was my Mom's.  She bought it from my Grandmother's landlady for a quarter before I was born!  I am 62.

A little arrangment in the Family Room.

I love pumpkins, so I had to put some on the screened porch.  The white ones looked great with the fiddleleaf fig!

Coffee table arrangment.

I made these concrete pumpkins.  I have 2 others that I painted white and put them on the front porch steps.

All ready for Autumn!

I have a new dahlia blooming.  It is called Haman Gold.  My dahlias are late this year.  It is my fault though, I cut the middle stem too soon.  It had also been so terribly hot and they are not a fan.  Here is the Haman Gold:

Haman Gold

Now that all the house renovations are done, I plan on working on my gardens more.  I have some autumn sedum and a camellia to plant.  I also have an Autumn Clematis, a peony and a tree peony to plant.  I would also like to create a cutting garden and a veggie garden.  I may buy the raised beds for the veggie garden though.  I am going to have one for dahlias next year too!  Next Spring I would like to create a rose garden in a circle out in the front lawn.  I have a circular driveway out front that would look so beautiful with a rose garden.  I am, however, taking some time off after all the work I did.  At the end I was exhausted.  I also look forward to posting more on the blog.  

Off to enjoy the audio book I'm listening too (The Secret Wife by Gil Paul).  Everyone have a lovely day!


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday, September 2, 2021 The Renovation is Done!!

 Hi Everyone!  I am happy to report the renovations are done!  I have some trim painting to finish and some unpacking but all the actually work is done, the contractors are gone and life carries on!  Here are some finished photos:

I painted the Dining Room (SW Frosted Sage) and hung some valances up.  This room is pretty much done now except for Fall decorating!

Another picture of the dining room.

This photo is hanging in the breakfast room area.  Jenny found this oil painting at a thrift store for $13!  I love it!

New Rug in the den!

I put together one of the two bookcases for the den.  This goes with my desk in there.  Color is Chalked Chestnut.

Living Room

Fall arrangement I made for the Living Room.

Living Room from another angle.

I love this blue and white chair with the blue paint on the walls.

Living room, which I will be putting up new curtains soon.

This is the new front door.  I made a Fall basket for the front door.  I also spray painted the black lanterns I had and put them on the porch.  I put faux candles in the lanterns.  The upper shutters are all back on and it looks great!

This is the first time since this garage was built in 1979 that it had garage doors !  I think it looks so much better.  After I finish up the things in the house, I will then work on the outside gardens.  I want to create a cutting garden, a few raised bed veggie and flower gardens in the backyard, get the shrubs trimmed and clean up the driveway by power washing it.  

That is all the photos I have so far!  I am really enjoying my new house and I'm so glad the reno is over and I can enjoy everything here!  I hope you like what I did!


Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

 Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had a really good weekend!  I went into Charleston with my 2 daughters, Megan and Jenny.  We went for lunch at The Butcher and Bee.  I had a Bee-LT and it was so good!  Jenny had ordered bacon-wrapped dates and we shared them because Megan doesn't like dates.  They were excellent!  We then left Charleston and stopped at a fabric store (the girls were making masks) and then did 2 more stops (Trader Joes and Costco).  We went back to Megan's house to drop off her food, etc. and then we headed back home.  It was a good day but I was really tired.

Saturday when I got home from Megan's the carpet guys were just finishing up the stairs and then they left.  I cannot believe what a difference the carpet makes!  I love that I am not walking on underlayment anymore!  I really don't love shoes, so walking barefoot is just wonderful again!  Here are some pictures:

The stairs were hard because they turn here at the bottom and they turn at the top also.  They did a great job.  I have to paint the white picture framing trim going up the stairs and the bannister.  I don't have stripes going up the stairs, that is the reflection of the bannister!

Up the stairs and a little turn.  

This is the front guest room.  All that is in there now is an antique dresser.  The box that is in the right side of the photo is the mattress for the bed.

This is the upstairs hallway.

My room will need the other nightstand put together and some art work for sure.  It is looking good though.  

The contractor hooked up my refrigerator and stove on Friday!!  That was major!  I actually fried myself and egg yesterday for the very first time!!  See photos below:

The hardwood flooring is all done now also!  You can see some of it in the kitchen but here are other photos of it.

This is the family room all done.  I guess I'll have to go rug shopping!

This is the space going into the half bath downstairs.

This is going into the kitchen.  That is where the stove was installed.  

Things are really moving along!  Today the downstairs toilet will be installed, the dishwasher will be installed and the gas tankless water heater is being installed as I type this post!  There really isn't too much left.  The gutters, garage door and a few odds and ends and then it is complete!  I have been doing this since May 1st and I am to the point where it needs to end, but I have to say the house is looking really good!  I am so glad that I decided to take on this project.  Now the decorating part will start!  That is the FUN part!

Everyone have a wonderful day!


Thursday, August 12, 2021

8.12.2021 Remodeling Update

 Hi Everyone!  Well the remodeling is finally winding down.  I will show you some photos of what has been happening since the last update!

The tub in the guest room was awful!  It was a fiberglass tub/shower combo but it was a weird blue, yes you heard me blue!  The toilet was yellow with a white seat, the sinks were yellowish and were so old, the vanity had also seen better days.  The linen closet was filthy dirty!  Here are some photos:

This is the bathroom completely redone.  I think I am going to paint the mirror white and distress it a little.  Just love it!  I also have put the outlet covers and switch plates on.

This was the old tub/shower combo.  Don't you love that blue-NOT!!

Tada!!  All new and fresh!  I decided to save a little money and had the fiberglass recoated.  It is guaranteed for 10 years.  The plumbing fixtures were missing in the photo but since then my contractor has put the new ones on.  So much better!!

Last week I painted from Thursday all the way through Sunday.  I only ate and slept and the other hours I was painting.  I painted the kitchen, 1/2 bath, area outside the bath and the breakfast room/Butler's Panry area a lovely gray (same as my Master Bedroom).  It is Valspar's Polar Star.  Such a lovely color gray.  Ignore the flooring in the photos, they hadn't put the engineered hardwood down at this point.

This was the existing pantry.  It was filthy dirty-food and bugs everywhere!  I didn't even want to go in there.  I cleaned and cleaned and then painted.  It looks like a whole new pantry!!  Love it!

Today the engineered hardwood floors were installed!!  Tomorrow carpeting will be installed upstairs.  It has been a long few months but it is finally getting there!!

This is the butler's pantry/breakfast room area.

The half bath and area outside the bath.

This is part of the kitchen.

I painted all the bedroom closets over the weekend also.  That would be guest room #1 and 2's walk-in closet, the hallway storage closet, the Master walk-in closet and then the Master regular closet.  I only have 2 photos of the 2 guest room closets so far.  

Front Guest Room Walk-in Closet

Back Guest Room Walk-in Closet.  This closet had tons of BB's from an old BB gun all over the shelves and floor.  There was also a very long mathematical equation written in red all over the back wall.  I think they both look so much better now and will look better tomorrow after they are carpeted!!

I am so glad this has been winding down, but I really do love planning and orchestrating my plans!!

I hope you all enjoyed the tour!  Have a wonderful evening!


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!