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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spring Is In the Air

Hello! It's Tuesday evening already and I felt like I needed to blog...even though I have nothing really exciting to blog about. I thought I would share a few moments from my day if that's OK. Florida weather has been so beautiful this week. I have been able to wear capris again which is my favorite thing to wear to work. Now I just need a pedicure so I can wear sandals and I will be a happy camper!

I had to run out to my car earlier at work to get something and I noticed bees buzzing around the weeds flowers so I tried to snap a picture. Hard to see him, but look where the arrow is pointing. A sure sign spring is almost here!

I had a really good day with my kinders today. They are learning so much and have come so far in the time I have had them. It is amazing how much little ones learn and grow. It is parent conference time and I have had two after work each day this week. They have gone very well. Anywho, I walked in my door after work to this sight. The hubby borrowed some containers from his mom for me to pack up my kitchen! We had plans to start renovation Sunday evening, but wouldn't you know, the fuel pump in his truck went out so that meant he had to fix his truck, so that caused a slight delay in renovation. He finished it this evening, so hopefully we can start tomorrow evening. I can't wait!!!

I was also greeted by these beautiful camellias on my coffee table. They won't be blooming much longer, so I picked a few to enjoy indoors.

After they quit blooming, I will just have to enjoy these beauties instead! I stopped by the local grocery store after work yesterday and it looked like spring had exploded in front of the store! They had annuals priced at $1 each so I bought 15 of them and potted them today after work. Such bright and cheery colors!

I love the purple and yellow together.

Such a happy flower!

They look even prettier in the bright pots...turquoise, coral, and aqua blue. Did you notice my gazebo in the background here? My daddy built that for the hubby and I to get married in, so it's almost 27 years old! It needs some work done to it, but I can't bear the thought of tearing it apart. It is surrounded by all my camellias. 

I placed one of the pots under my maple tree which is in front of where I park. I forgot to snap a picture of the other two pots, but they are by my front steps. I will enjoy being welcomed home by these colorful beauties after work each day.

While Miranda was here over the weekend, we had to run to the grocery store so of course I ran into the thrift store while we were out and about. I hadn't been to this one in several weeks and I always find something good when I do visit. I thought these milk glass dishes were very pretty. They probably used to have another piece or two with them but these four fit together perfectly and will be useful in the craft room or for fruit & veggie platters for showers or parties. 

They have pretty scalloped edges and no chips at all.

I also found a pretty set of vintage salt and peppers for just $1! The gold filigree around the bottom edges is so pretty. I know these are old because they have those yellow age spots on them.

The tops have a pretty floral design.

This pattern looks so familiar to me. I am thinking someone had this pattern when I was a child. Does anyone know what it is called? There are no markings on them at all.

I know this wasn't a very exciting post, so than you if you stuck around to read it. If you know me at all, you know my blog is an online diary of sorts for me and one day I will enjoy looking back over it and reading about these every day moments that bring me much happiness. I appreciate your stopping by for a visit. I hope to be able to share some kitchen news soon!

Until next time.....

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sunday Smiles

Hello friends and happy first day of March! It has been a week since my last has been busy! I wanted to share a few smiles from the week with you. My daughter, Miranda was home for the weekend and she tried to get a selfie with Sadie. Sadie is not a fan of cameras, so it didn't work! We had a nice relaxing weekend at home spent with family. I wish it wasn't over already, but sadly it is. Miranda is on her way back home and I am preparing for the week ahead. This week promises to be a busy one with parent/teacher conferences every day after school. Good thing is, Spring Break begins on the 13th and I will be off work for 10 days straight! Not that I am excited about that though...;)

I finally put a candle in my new lantern...:)

I like this area. I need a new clock here though. This one has kicked the! I want one that looks like an over sized pocket watch. 

I am finally reading this classic! 

I ordered new silverware this week. Isn't it pretty?

I have been using Oneida Michelangelo for my entire married life. A few of my forks have went missing over the years and we needed some new ones. Michelangelo is vintage now and sells for quite a bit of money so I may sell some of my old set. We'll see...I still love it. This Wordsworth is very pretty too though.


You may remember me mentioning our upcoming kitchen remodel. Well, we picked our cabinets up Friday night and I am in love with them! I can't wait to get started. We're hoping to start tearing out one side of the kitchen this week!

For now, my dining room is filled with boxes of cabinets!

I am going to have so much more storage with these new cabinets. My kitchen will be a little larger because we are reconfiguring it a bit and bumping out bar out into the dining room about 18-24 inches. I love this corner cabinet with two lazy Susan's inside!

I have wanted a white kitchen for years. If you remember I live in a mobile home and my cabinets are not traditional cabinets so they were not worth repainting. We got a great deal on these stock cabinets at Home Depot. I have lots of plans floating around in my head. It's so hard to be patient when we finally start on a project! I wanted it done! It will get done though. 

I hope you had a lovely weekend and I hope your week is even better. I am off to print some things for school tomorrow and get ready for this busy week. 

Until next time.....


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sunday Smiles

Where did my weekend go? 
It has been another lovely and productive weekend. I am sad it's almost over, but next weekend my daughter and her friend are coming for the weekend, so I have something to look forward to! 
I found myself smiling a lot today. Smiling at the simple things in life that I thoroughly enjoy. I thought I would share a few of them.

My beautiful Miranda sent me a text of the photo she took with her new Insta Camera. She is in love with it! It's similar to the old Polaroids and takes the cutest little pictures! Of course, when the subject is this beautiful, it doesn't matter what kind of camera you use...:)

I went down to my Aunt Loretta's this morning to visit for a few minutes and get a few pieces of fabric she picked up for me. One of them is this awesome black and white with city names from all over the world. See Prague there on the left? That's Miranda's dream destination. She is hoping to move there this year to teach English as a second language. I will be making her something from this fabric to take with her if she goes...:)

Leaving Aunt Loretta's house, I stopped and picked a few branches off her red bud tree to put in a vase. 

I love the color of these tiny blooms!

I had fun covering this lamp shade today. I needed a larger bedside lamp and I had this one in the closet. It needed a shade, so I purchased a plain white one at Wal Mart for $5. It was a little too plain though, so I got creative today. I used some crocheted lace from my stash. It was thrifted at some point. I also used a little mustard gold burlap and a couple pieces old earrings to create the center of the rosette.

I love the way the lace looks with the light on,,,,so pretty!

I got a new B H & G yesterday and am looking forward to sitting down to look at all the beautiful decor inside...:)

I lit a candle on the table earlier and was instantly enchanted with the reflection on the calendar. So pretty...definitely made me smile.

I finally remembered to take down the Valentine's day clipboard  artwork and print something new for spring. You can see some more of our newly installed trim here too!

Here's a closer view. I am so ready for spring!

I went to a Memorial Service for a dear man today. He was the husband of my former Sunday School teacher. She is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever had the privilege to know. It was one of the sweetest services I have ever attended. He was 95 years young...:) His birthday was the day before mine so he was exactly 50 years and 1 day older than me. Such a precious man and such a pillar in our community, I smiled through my tears many times throughout the service. 

When I got home, my cousin across the road invited us over to eat. They had a cookout so it was outdoors. We have had amazingly beautiful days this weekend after a cold week. It was so nice to sit outside in short sleeves. I was sitting under the oak trees and looked up to see a beautiful crescent moon peeking through the trees at me. I tried to get a good shot, but that was nearly impossible with my iPhone. You get the idea though.,...another smile for the day!

And the last smile for the day is this delicious lemon blueberry bread my sweet Mama baked today. She made some banana blueberry last weekend and it was so delicious. I mentioned at Aunt Loretta's earlier that I would like to have some more so she baked this one today, I am about to go lightly toast it in the toaster oven and spread a little butter on it for a snack. We indulge a little more on the weekends that through the week, so I am looking forward to this yumminess! 

I hope you smiled many times today. And, I hope this week gives you many reasons to smile as well. Have a beautiful week my friends. Thank you for visiting!

Until next time.......

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Few Random Tidbits

Hello and happy Saturday to you! 
If you read my craft room update post last week, you may remember me mentioning that I wanted to sand and stain my desk chair and that I might work on it this weekend. Well, I did it! 
Here is a before picture...

Here are a couple before close-ups.

While I liked the character of the imperfections, I didn't like the way the finish had an almost sticky finish. I think it was from years of use along with natural oils from the hands that touched it over the years.

So, I sanded that sticky finish off and stained it with dark walnut and here it is after.

I left some of the character and tried to keep it as original as possible. I like it much better now. I still need to wax it too, that should help shine it up!

You may also remember me mentioning  that I wanted to repaint this coral frame a new color. I was having a hard time deciding on a color, but Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home mentioned maybe using a mustard color. I thought about it and decided I would try it. Here it is before.....

And here is the after. I couldn't find a perfect shade, so I mixed two colors and this is what I got. It isn't quite as bright as this picture depicts. I don't know why it looks so bright here. I am thinking of getting some dark wax and waxing it to age it a little. I do like it though! What do you think?

Here's a little glimpse of what we've been working on around the house too. We just used plain 1x4's for the crown molding and 1x6's for the baseboards. I wanted something inexpensive and simple since I am trying to incorporate a farmhouse feel in my home. I really like the way they turned out! We still need to fill in nail holes and caulk, but it is a major improvement.

Since this post is full of random information, I am also sharing a few of my new favorite healthy snacks. The hubby and I have been trying hard to eat healthier and lose a little weight. I am loving all these yummy snacks and thought you might want to try them too! 

A friend at work introduced me to these delicious things! They are addictive...kind of like Cheetos! It's hard to put the bag down once you start eating them.

Another friend at work was telling me about these.....crunchy dried okra. I love okra in almost any form, so I had to try them. They are oh so tasty! So crunchy and taste just like they should...okra! Yummy!

I'm pretty sure most folks have tried these little beauties before, but if not, you NEED to! They are heavenly little things. We love the Cuties too, but Halos are normally better priced. These are my new favorite healthy sweet snack. We are still eating some of the foods we love so much, but trying to eat them in moderation. I have always loved sweets and still do, but now I just try not to eat them as often. It's paying off...I've lost 10 pounds so far!

To end this totally random post, I wanted to share a couple photos of my old calico girl, Sugar. 

Sugar passed away Thursday, February 19th. She was 3 months shy of 20 years old. Most cats do not live to be 19 years old. This old girl was a tough cookie! She was more pleasant in her old age, she was quite feisty as a younger cat. I got her when my son was 3 weeks old, so she has been a part of our family forever. She was a unique cat too. She was a polydactyl cat, meaning she had six toes instead of five. Her front paws looked like mittens...:) She lost her hearing a couple years back and was beginning to lose her vision. The hubby and I often joked that she was going to outlive us though. She had recently begun to decline and Wednesday night when we brought her in to keep her warm that night, she passed away peacefully in her sleep. She is buried in my yard next to my old Cocker Spaniel, Honey. I need to make a marker for her grave. The hubby and I both felt it strange pulling in from work Thursday afternoon and her not being in her "spot". She was such a fixture around here and she will be missed. 

I wanted to apologize for not replying to all of my comments recently. I had a super busy week and did not take time to reply to everyone. I am so sorry! I appreciate your comments so much and they always bring a smile to my face as well as my heart. I chose to visit your blogs and leave comments with what little time I had this week. I do hope you'll forgive me!  So, what have you been up to this weekend? I had a productive day, but also watched some TV and read some of my book. Tomorrow I have a Memorial Service to attend, but I am hoping to get started on a couple projects in my craft room as well. It is too! I need to get in there and make a mess! Hope you have a lovely Sunday my friends.

Until next time.....