September 19, 2014


Hi Everyone,
Since the kids went back to school, I have been motivated to do some cleaning and organizing that I didn't get to over the summer.  Nothing exciting, but it feels good to have my house back in order.  I know you can all relate.

I would like to share my one gardening success this summer before it's too late.
At the end of May, I planted white geraniums in the planters on our front porch.

They get lots of sunshine here and I gave them some Miracle Gro a couple times.
Other than that, just lots of water and they are happy campers, growing like crazy.

I snip off the blooms when they start turning brown so the plants energy
can go into making more flower buds.

I hope they last a while longer. 

As soon as we have a frost, that will be it for this year.

So I'm going to enjoy them as long as I can.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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August 30, 2014


About three years ago, I showed you how I turned this little cubby unit

and this bench

into a sort of mudroom area by our back sliding doors.

We never really ended up using it much for its intended purpose 
so I decided to move it to our entryway.
When we have guests this winter (just pretend I didn't say "winter")
it will be handy to hang their coats here.

Our entryway isn't terribly large and this bench is not very deep
 so it fits nicely without making it too crowded.

I had a little fun accessorizing too!

I kept the wall by the door fairly simple with just my large window frame,

a pot of geraniums, and a few other things I had around the house.

The picture below is the view I see from the kitchen.

 And this is what you would see from our living/family room.

So now that we're ready for visitors, come on over!
"The Boss" is watching for you!!

Thanks so much for coming by!

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August 23, 2014


Good Morning Everyone,
Today I'm over at Must Love Junk as Susan's Saturday Spotlight.
I just love Susan and her blog ~ you can just tell she is the sweetest person!
I hope you can pop on over and read about my big secrets . . . well, maybe not
big, but there are a couple things you probably don't know about me and may
just surprise you a bit.
If you click HERE, it will get you there!  ; )

I also want to show you the most darling little guest cottage
I think I have ever seen. 

When you see the inside, you won't believe it was originally a grain shed!

Adorable, right?
I think this would be a dream come true for anyone who loves
 cozy cottage retro style.

There are so many cute details like the exposed rafters, chippy furniture, 
and of course the blue vintage stove.

Such a sweet little bed with its pretty quilt.
Notice the little window up in the rafters.

Wouldn't this be a fun place to spend a couple nights?
I sure think so.
I hope you enjoyed seeing it.


August 19, 2014


When we remodeled our 2nd floor bathroom,
a dormer was added to the front of our house to be able
to enlarge the bathroom.  We also added a portico over the front door.
I realized that I've never shown you how it all turned out on the outside.

~ so here is what it looked like prior to the remodel ~

~ and here is what it looks like now ~

What do you think?

We're so happy with how it turned out.

We had a new roof and new siding done at the same time ~ things that were badly needed!

I especially love how the portico turned out.
I think it adds a lot of character and charm.

Of course there are still things I would like to change.
I would love a different style of front door, paint the porch, maybe
add some shutters and window boxes, add to the landscaping, etc.
We will get to those things eventually but for now we are
enjoying the new look of our home.

Can you find "The Blog Boss" in the photo below?

I'm so glad you came by ~ all of your visits are so appreciated!

Have a wonderful day!

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