Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Wednesday, 5.12.21

 Happy Wednesday Everyone!

I hope everyone is having a really good day!  We are finally getting some very much needed rain here in SC.  It is a nice steady rain, so it should soak into the ground and help my new plants grow.  Talking about new plants, yesterday I received my Gilbert H. Wild & Sons plant order.  I planted what I could without having to dig anymore in the garden I started.  The lawnman is coming to rototill a garden area for me.  I started it a few weeks ago but it will go much faster with his rototiller.  I ended up having to take up some more sod due to the fact that I went crazy with ordering plants and this is only the first of 3 orders coming!

I planted the following:

Bridgeton Celebrity Daylily

Mardi Gras Parade Daylily

Siloam Ury Winniford Daylily

Big Daddy Hosta

Berry Taff Bee Balm

Country and Western Astilbe

Montgomery Astilbe

Plum Pudding Coral Bells

Sugar Plum Foxglove

Tanager Coneflower

Uptown Girl Tall Garden Phlox

Here are some photos of the extended garden and the hosta/astilbe area:

Every where you see grass, this will become garden with a path in front of the veg trug (raised bed garden)

Hostas, astilbes and an impatient.

When I was outside grilling my chicken for dinner, a female cardinal came to the feeder.  Usually they are so cautious but this one seemed very calm.  She did look around alot but I was able to lift my phone up and snap a photo before she flew away.

Before Jenny, Kevin and the boys arrived to pick up Ringo, their dog, Emma just chilled out by me out on the screened in porch.  She is never very far from my side, especially since we moved.  

When I was watering my blue hydrangea, I just really liked the way the water droplets sat on the big leaves.  I decided to share it with you.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!  I am going antiquing with Jenny this morning and probably we'll have lunch.  Then this afternoon both dogs need 1 shot, so off to Florence to the vet we go!

Have a good one!


Monday, May 10, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

 Hi Everyone!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day and weekend!  Mine was so nice with both of my girls!  Friday night Jenny took me to a place called Town Hall Restaurant in Florence, SC.  I had a wonderful lamb shank and Jenny had pork tenderloin.  It was so good!!  We went to a Belgian chocolate shop across from the restaurant and I had to get some chocolate treats for everyone!  They were so good!

This is one section of Town Hall Restaurant in Florence, SC.

This is another section of the restaurant.

Here are all the chocolates from the Belgian Chocolate shop across from the restaurant.  They were so decadent!!

Megan came up yesterday from Georgetown and we had a lovely day!  Megan brought up fresh shrimp from Pawley's Island and she also brought some King Crab Legs.  Sooo good!  She made macaroni salad and brought a beautiful dessert from a local bakery.
This was such a treat!!

Megan and I eating on my screened in porch.

This little cake was so fabulous!  It was a lemon raspberry cream cake and it was out of this world!!

After we ate everything we just chilled out on my screened in porch.  The day was wonderful!  
Thank you to both of my girls for making such a lovely Mother's Day!!  Love you both!!

After Megan left, I walked around and watered my plants and I noticed there were little yellow squashes on my plants already!  They were only blossoming a few days ago!

My blue hydrangea that I brought from the other house and took a chance planting the other day is now turning blue!  I almost didn't plant it because it was all in bud, but I am really glad I did!

This is going to be a fairly busy week.  My contractor is coming sometime this week to start working on some of the demo.  He called to say he is going to start with the bathroom upstairs.  I'm not sure if it is going to be the master bath or the guest bath, but which ever one it is it will be wonderful!  The roofer came on Saturday and fixed the roof (mainly it was a flashing issue around the chimney and the 4 roof vents).  10 years ago the previous owner put a new roof on but never had the original flashing replaced!  That is just a no no.  So when it rained it leaked.  Luckily it never came down into the main house just in the attic.  I am happy about that!  I am really excited for the renovations to begin!  I will take you along on my journey as it progresses.
Everyone have a great day!

Friday, May 7, 2021

5.7.2021, Friday Happy Weekend and Mother's Day!

 Hello Friends!

Well it is Mother's Day weekend!  I am going to dinner with Jenny tonight.  She will be away in FL for Mother's Day, so she is taking me out early!  It will be nice to visit with her.  Megan and Ken are coming up on Sunday morning.  They are going to make me a Low Country Boil for our meal.  Ken has never seen the house before.  It will be interesting to get his take on, since Megan and Ken have remodeling their house for over a year now.  Jenny and Kevin have made changes in their house too.  I guess we all have it in our blood LOL!!

I thought I would show you some more photos today of things around here:

This hibiscus is from the one I bought the other day.  The stem broke off and I couldn't waste this beauty!!  

Look how much my veggies have grown since I planted them!

Tomato plant is getting blossoms too!

This is the back wall of the Den.  I cannot imagine having valances like this in my house!  You can hardly see them but there are roman shades under this valance too!  Yikes!!

Here is the same room after I took the valance and roman shades down.  So much better!  I have also bought a fan to replace the "lovely" brass chandelier!

Last Friday and Saturday the fence company I hired installed this new fenced in area for the dogs.  They love it!  Atleast they have a safe place to go into and run around.  It also gives me some peace too!

I spy squash blossoms.  I love yellow squash.  I hope they mature into lovely squash I can steam!

I don't know why the text has shifted the way it has and the photos.  Very odd!  I hope you enjoyed the photos.  Have a good one!!


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Photos of the New House! 5.6.2021

 Hi Everyone!!  I have some photos for you of the new house!  It has been a busy month so far.  Here are some pictures (well alot of pictures):

This is what the house looked like when I bought it.

This is the Veg Trug I put together.  I want to grow veggies and herbs in this.

This is the veg trug planted.  From left to right:  Cukes, yellow summer squash, chives, basil and tomato.

View of the golf course from my backyard.  It has been dry here so they golf club was watering the course.

This is the view from my front door.

I brought this rose from my old house.  I will plant it along the fence I'm going to have put in for the dogs.

I planted this purple hydrangea in the front garden.  So pretty!!

I brought the Jackmanii clematis from my old house (it was in a pot).  It is loaded with buds!

My backyard.

This is the front part of my living room.

I have a small fireplace in the living room in the middle of the room.  I put my couch across from it.  The bigger fireplace is in the den.

This is one part of the screened in porch.  This has the rocking chair area, then my picnic table and a comfy swivel rocker.

This is the eating area of the porch.

The sunsets here are gorgeous!  This is from my front yard.

This is directly across the seat from my house.

The girls love looking out the front door.  Emma on the left, Ginger on the right. :)

The renovations start next week.  The bathrooms (2.5 baths) reno starts next week.  I can't wait.  Here are some choices I have made for the reno.

This is the granite that will be used for the 2.5 baths countertops.

This is the engineered hardwood that will be in the kitchen, 1/2 bath, breakfast room area and the den.

This is the double Shaker cabinets I chose for the kitchen.  The top cabinets will be white and the bottom cabinets will be the gray.  The vanities in the 2.5 baths will be all white.

This is the granite for the kitchen countertop.

This is the backsplash tile and the accent piece behind the stove.

This is my new dishwasher.

This is my new refrigerator.

This is my new gas stove.

I hope you like everything you have seen so far!  I'm really happy here.  I love a small town and the views are wonderful.  It sure doesn't help being close to the girls and the grandboys!!

Everyone have a lovely evening!  There will be more photos, but I thought we would start with this!


This is the house now.  Megan cut down the ugly shrubs on either side of the porch.  I put the American Flag up.  I like it this way better!

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

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!