Thursday, June 18, 2015


I hope you didn't think I'd forgotten or abandoned this little blog.  I didn' got a little complicated beginning in early December.  I got a severe lung infection that left me with three broken ribs.  I got better for a bit, then, BAM, I got another lung infection that collapsed a lobe of my lung.  Getting better and praying that viruses stay at bay.  During all of my problems, wonderful news came too.  Our daughter got engaged and is getting married this Saturday!  Then, our son got accepted into Vanderbilt's MBA program an is moving to Nashville in a month!  Good news on some major life events!

So, now I'm back to blogging.  Needless to say, the projects have been limited.  BUT our latest housing addition is a new deck to replace our rotting 23 year old deck.  Our new and improved version is in process.  So I'll just share the demolition for now...

 This is the framework of the old deck looking out my kitchen.

 This was the framework of the old deck out the living room window.

 And this is the the view from the yard with the walkout basement showing.

The new deck will have a roof and a louvered partial wall on one side for some privacy.  The side-load stairs will be moved and a beadboard ceiling with a fan will be added.  The dirt work and concrete work are underway now.  Can't wait to sit in the shade of my deck in the mornings and drink hot tea...hopefully soon.

Now, because you know I like to show you a tip or two, I thought I'd share an inexpensive pillow I bought and changed...

This is a $17 pillow cover I picked up at Target.
It matched my decor, but had no "pop".

A friend suggested I color it with a sharpie!
I did and now it "pops".

Thanks for sticking with me through my absence and checking to see it I'd come back.  I appreciate it so much!  Thanks for reading...


Thursday, February 26, 2015


Did you think I'd dropped off the face of the earth?  I have just had a hard start to 2015, but I'm back in top form now.  

Wanting to stay as healthy as possible, I'm trying to incorporate lots of veggies and fruits into our diet and last night was a bonanza.  I made a Pinterest recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Curry (recipe here) and then I created this salad as a side dish.  The two recipes were delicious together and I wanted to share my salad recipe with you.  For me, it satisfied my craving for veggies and sweets!  That is a big bonus.

Beet and Kale Salad
1 raw beet, peeled and shredded
a bunch of chopped kale

Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup (plus a bit more) Olive Oil

Add the dressing to the beets and kale and enjoy.  It is surprisingly delicious.

If you decide to make it, leave a comment and tell me how you liked (or didn't) it.  I had unexpected guests for lunch today and I served it to them too.  They enjoyed it as much as we did last night.  Enjoy!


Thursday, February 05, 2015


Happy Valentine's Day!

My sweetie already gave me my Godiva heart early and I ate all of my chocolates immediately!  I love these hearts and they come up with such great designs every year.  I've been collecting for a while, but my favorite ones still make me swoon when I get them out each year. 

Hope you have a love-filled day!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


First off, HAPPY NEW YEAR!  

It's been a very long time since I've checked in with you and the reason was not the busyness of the  Christmas season.  I have been fighting a lung infection since December 11th that left me with a cracked rib and a small hernia.  I am a lot better, but battered and bruised for sure. I've definitely missed you and am happy to be writing again, although I haven't been doing any projects.  Drat!

So, I'm looking through my picture files and culling them for things I might have kept from you, inadvertently, of course.   Here are some of the results...

I live in Wichita, Kansas, home of the Wichita State Shockers!  On that campus is some of the best outdoor sculpture anywhere.  It is so varied and I never tire of taking a stroll around the campus.  I chose this picture because of Valentine's Day coming soon.

It was done by Robert Indiana in 1980.  The artist never copyrighted the image and saw little to gain by doing so.  It is one of the most recognizable images in modern culture!

This is a conductor's light that was for sale at an estate sale I attended.  I will be forever sorry that I did not purchase this item.  It haunts me that I didn't buy it.  I would love to own it.  I would make up all kinds of stories to myself about this magical piece and its history.  Yeah, I do that...  In my defense, it was very expensive and anything over $50 at an estate sale always makes me pause.  I did go back, but it was gone, gone, gone.

Switching gears, this is a gorgeous bed made-up with gorgeous linens from Nell Hill, a shop in KC.  I am having a love affair with black and white right now and this ticks all my boxes for beautiful.  Do you love it?  What your current favorite color combo?

This is my favorite picture of myself with friends in 2014.  With the exception of four of the women pictured, I have known the others since middle school or high school and we make it a priority to get together a few times a year.  This was a luncheon to support our friend with the flowers on the death of her husband.  She is one of the most cheerful, positive people I know.  

So this post begins and ends with LOVE.  Writing today makes me feel well and I need to do normal things and heal.  I LOVE that you stopped by!

Thanks for the visit, take care.  Till next time...


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Monday, December 22, 2014


This is the story of a tree that was ill.

It didn't look too bad in the daylight with all of the lights on...
come nightfall, and the tale tale signs were beginning to show
a dark spot here, a dark spot there...

For the past two years we'd tried to heal the holes
in the lights and we'd all limped along pretending
that next year the tree would be better
(or we'd figure out how to fix it)

It was difficult to see such a new tree in such ill-health
and this tree was supposed to be immuned to lights failing!
The box stated that one light could go out and the rest would stay lit!
This was supposed to be our long-term tree.

Then, this year,
the big blowout happened...
just as I was coming down with the worse bronchitis I ever known,
I must have made the sick tree too!
We are both feeling a little spotty!

Luckily the packages didn't catch the virus and still look sparkly...

Merry Christmas
Best Wishes for a
Wonderful  New Year!