Friday, July 15, 2011
Hope you enjoyed the kitchen tour from the previous blog entry....now, on to Part 2! If you click here you will be sent to our second youtube video....
Then, as if you thought it couldn't get any better....well, I have more video on my dining room table place settings....YOU are sooooo fortunate to know ME! (you know I am kidding, right?)
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I made several videos to share with you so you can "see" some of our latest home diy endeavors. Hopefully you will get the picture....'scuse the pun....!
You can go here to have a look at the first one, which is a tour of our kitchen....but not the finished product as yet, still more diy ahead!
hope you have some fun plans for the weekend, we are helping friends celebrate the nuptuals of their only son to his true love!!! We get to go to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding and dinner reception.....I am excited, should be just beautiful....and I can relax and enjoy, hoo-ray!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
I have seen a lot of design blogs that have been talking about adding color to your interior doors. One in particular, though not a design blog per say, but still I enjoy is NYC taught me. She painted her entry door a nice blue…but I have been drawn to aqua lately. So, I picked up a sample jar of Valspar Simply Aqua and put two coats on our front door!
I know I need a new rug now, but I really do like the look, makes quite a pop!
Here it is from a distance, still saying howdy
this is a lovely geranium in our window box outside the kitchen window…I was seriously thinking of painting the door this color….what do you think????
Can you believe it is July already? Paul and I are still working on painting projects…but we have made good progress and are on target for completion very soon. Paul added bead board to 2 sides of our “L” in the kitchen. We were told by a “pro” that it would not work, but, well…ignorance is bliss and we just plowed on ahead and what do you know….it worked and looks amazing! We have all the supplies ready to put up our new back splash…the tin…wow, that will make a huge impact. Then we will begin painting our 40 year old Ethan Allen club chairs, they are a pine-dark stained, we will paint them black and upholster the cushions in this fabric. They should look like whole new chairs. I bought the fabric from Joann’s to cover the cushion on the ottoman and just fell in love with the pattern.
Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. Celebrate freedom, remember the heroes who created and sustained our liberty. Pray for our country, her leaders and her people. Recognize we are among the absolute luckiest people on this planet to live where we live and have what we have. Renew your resolve to guard our great gift with all your might.
God bless America
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I am using a new-to-me software from windows and I have no idea how it will work out….but, if I can figure it out, it should make blogging a whole lot more exciting and easier. Nothing ventured….right? and it is free, so what is not to like???
We brought Zion out to camp with us this first week in June. Above: Z sleeps real cozy in the tent!
Here’s a shot of Zion’s new bike!
Paul loads up the red truck to take the first load back to our storage unit.
Here’s what it looks like from the rear!
Chilin with the psp
loading up the W too
Here’s Paul’s new Cruiser…it’s a beaute
camping with us is a MAJOR production
we do have a lot of fun….
lots and lots of smiles
In June, the garden flowers are breath-taking
The deer eat my roses, but somehow, a few escape
I love hydrangea…
Progress is made in the painting of the kitchen cabinets….they are looking fantastic!
We are getting a new stainless microwave (LG) installed soon
We will also be using this faux tin for backsplash and getting new countertops!
more to follow
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Here's the cabinet after 2 coats of primer and two coats of paint.
we deal pretty well with the chaos........
When we finish painting the upper cabinets, we will begin painting the lower ones in a very soft grey...........should be pretty. I promise to keep you posted. I have tons more photos, but blogger is fussy about too many photos. I am really hoping to get the painting all done very soon...but you cannot rush....patience....right!
We are going to get new countertops and a nice backsplash and then....I think that will be all for a while!
Friday, May 13, 2011
Hello again friends,
Have had fun with the Flip camera. I made a short...6 min. video of our camp, but, it takes Blogger forever to upload, so I am not sure it will work, but I will try. Gives you a real "feel" for camping with us!
Paul and I are very fortunate to share some "hobbies". We love Christmas celebrations and all that entails and we love to camp and travel, we love NYC and we love our family and we love the Lord! (not necessairily in that order.....) Camping for us has become a bit of an obcession....as in, let's have the coolest set-up in the entire park! Not really, but we do enjoy all the creature comforts that we can haul out here....and do we haul! Since we are tenting it, there are alot of extras we manage to bring....porta-john (a must), 2 room bath house, very large screen room with neat stuff(video coming soon....) cabin tent, lots of astro-turf carpet, and on and on....we work very hard to get set up, and you may ask yourself why?
#1 because we still can!!!
#2 because we really enjoy it
#3 because we can't afford a camper just yet
#4 because we don't want to just sit at home, this lake is soooo close and sooo lovely, well....we really can relax out here.
#5 because Paul would like to catch a fish he can gut, skin and bring to me to cook!
So, here are a couple of videos of Paul launching the canoe.....enjoy Oh, by the way, Blogger took forever to upload these very short videos....think I will try another venu next time around, but hope you get a kick out of seeing Paul in action!
Sunday, May 8, 2011
The summer I turned 8 my mom married Jonfre Airington. We kids got to move into what we have always called it, "The Green House" It was not green....but it did have a couple of actual glass greenhouses, one free standing and one attached to the side of the ancient...at least 80 years old back then in the mid 50s farmhouse -style house complete with a huge front porch and one bathroom...upstairs (another in the dark and a bit scarry basement). That dear old house is the home of my childhood and the holder of so many sweet memories that my heart aches at the thoughts of all the laughter, tears, fears and joys of those Elmwood days. We lived just one block from our elementary school, Milton Moore, and could walk home for lunch, which we did many days! Those greenhouses became our new grandmother, Beulah's business...EASTSIDE GARDENS.
at the green house.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Seems to me all the buzz is either the Oscars or the awful or wonderful (depending on where you are at the moment) weather....I actually think this is a good thing, because, well, we could be talking the huge national debt, or say....instability in the mid-east...or perhaps threats from North Korea???? And that's just a start! What is going on? I am ready for some peace and civility. Doubt we will have that any time soon tho. Is it just me, or does the world seem a lot scarier? There are still good folks everywhere, but seems like the bad guys are center stage. What can good people do? Well. for now,we must be diligent in observing the world situation. Then, perhaps, we might have to stand up and speak up on an issue that burdens our heart. We might have to put our money where our mouth is and invest in a cause....We cannot be complacent, we must be passionate. Will refuse to be controlled by the media, we will thoughtfully and thoroughly research the issues and make intelligent and independent decisions based on our very own observations and opinions. We will remember the heroes of the past and what made them such icons. And I, for one, will pray.
Search yourself and discover your core values. Those values or principles you will not compromise ---ever. This is very important. Find some, take a stand, be a hero!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Me, the tea expert!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Also, Happy 100th Bday, President Reagan....time flies, wow!
I think I have told you that I come from a family that shows love or, better said, their "love language" is food. We cook, and we cook good. We talk food, we talk recipes, we talk "what's for dinner? we talk and we cook and we eat and all this is done in love for those we are cooking for and remembering those who taught us and have passed. This food is a tie that binds us as family. I am not boasting when I admit that I am a good cook, it is a gift that was genetically given....I can take no credit. Sometimes I am a bit surprised at my abilities, but most of the time, I take it for granted. I cannot sing, dance, climb a rope, play an instrument, paint a picture or do higher math....but I can cook!!!
Maybe, after you understand my affection for cooking, you will understand why I also am attracted to china! Plates, bowls, cups, platters....you name it, I think I want it! Below is a picture of my "everyday" dish closet. My winter dishes are called Friendly Village...they are in browns and greens with a bit of soft red and winter/fall scenes....very old world looking and so pretty.
I have a spring set and a summer set as well...then of course I have my Christmas china...two sets....and a set of Lennox china that is art deco and more formal. Not all this china is a full 12 place service. Some I have more plates (16 for the Lennox Christmas set), just 8 in the art deco, but I have enough to set a nice table for just about any occasion! Oh, I have 3 sets of silverware...two stainless patterns and one silverplate that was my grandmother's and I treasure it, but use it regularly and remember her each time! I do not have any sterling, wish I did but I do believe it is way too expensive for me to obtain and I have lived a long time without it, so.....but I do admire sterling.
Linens.....well of course I love table cloths and cloth napkins, and table runners and all manner of decorative accessories......see where being a good cook leads??????
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Below is a photo of my very own junk drawer....you have one also (maybe more than one???). I decided that this situation could go on no longer and so I began by emptying the drawer. Ah, ha! the empty drawer. I like the washable shelf liner, so left it.....