Getting My Sugar Cone & Ice Skate Swag On


The nature of this business requires talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving – or even Halloween – has passed by.  I can’t live in the moment or I’d be eight weeks behind, and we can’t have that, can we?  While I don’t let Christmas into my personal life until the turkey has been consumed and all thanks has been given, it is … [Read more...]

How To Care For Your Hanging Fuschia Plants


Every year, towards the end of May, my porches become havens of budding beauty seeking the glorious Pacific Northwest morning sun. You may call me a rebel of sort, taking on a task that many are afraid to do. But what people don’t know is that they have no reason to be afraid. Fuschias are not your enemy. They are … [Read more...]

Hanging It All Up


Good morning!  I hope you all had a great three-day weekend.  Ours was full.  A little work.  A little play.  It was all good.  The weather was perfect.  Summer has started according to my calendar so no turning back now.  Friday, when thinking about the weekend, the months ahead and how it was necessary to my mental … [Read more...]

What Do You Think Of This Housing Controversy Between Neighbors In North Carolina?

North Carolina

Good morning! What would you do if you purchased a piece of property, applied for the proper permits, began construction of your dream home only to have to stop because neighbors were protesting its existence? That is what is happening in Raleigh, North Carolina right now.  Architect Louis Cherry, and his wife Marsha … [Read more...]

Where Have I Been? Our First Winter Storm Of The Season


Good morning!!  Well, it has been about a week since you heard from me last.  I have had the WORST luck with computers.  I won’t send you into an abyss of technical boredom with the details – but the good news is that it is over (knocking on wood right now.) So, how has your week been?  I’m sure many of you have been affected … [Read more...]

My Home’s Exterior Paint Colors


Happy Friday! Over the last couple of years, since I started this blog, I have received emails asking me what colors we used on the outside of our house.  Most often, people look at it and can’t figure out what is different about it. And most often, we have to point out what it is… We used four colors on it – not the … [Read more...]

My Front Door For Fall….Simple Symmetry


Happy Happy Day! Friday. Today is just a fun day.  Nothing serious. Or mind blowing.  Just Casual Friday. And a casual front porch. Usually, I try to get a little more creative but I’m really focusing on SIMPLE right now –remember my fall mantel?? And this is about as simple as it gets. Yep…the … [Read more...]

Update: MIA, The KNEE, & Summer Look-Backs


Hey there - As you may have noticed, I have been gone for the last couple of days and you may recall me mentioning that Cassidy was going to be having surgery. Well, her knee parts have been reconstructed…   and so has my daily routine – for right now anyway. Let’s hope the fourth time is the charm because this … [Read more...]



Good morning, I’m out in the shop working on more furniture  and finishing up a DIY that I hope to be able to show you tomorrow, but today, it is about weathervanes. I love coming across old weathervanes.  They are such an intriguing part of history and when I see one on an old barn, I think about all it has witnessed … [Read more...]

A Tour Of Alyssa’s New Home

Alyssa's House

Hello to a new week! It was a busy weekend around here for everyone.  Eryn was home for her spring break and since it looks as though she will be transferring back after her spring term ends, we helped her and Cassidy hunt for an apartment.   I think they have decided on the one they want and will most likely be moving … [Read more...]