July 19, 2016

The sandwich generation managing it all

Ah, the joys of a lazy summer afternoon, you know, those days when you have nothing to do, nowhere to go and you just sit in the backyard listening to the rustle of the trees and the birds that fly by?


Uh huh. Me neither.

Creative Ideas For Galvanized Tubs

July 15, 2016

Galvanized Tubs

A few weeks ago, my neighbors moved. They had lived in their house for more than fifty years, so you can imagine what a treasure trove it was. For weeks, all sorts of unique items tempted me from the curb. Since I am still firmly entrenched in my simplifying phase, I refused to peek at the growing pile, but when two galvanized buckets showed up, I grabbed them and ran.

Painting Rocks!

July 12, 2016

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that summertime is when I really get to dive into crafting. I can step away from the home decor and repair DIYs and play with all the fun stuff I have stashed away in my craft closet. I can experiment, make frivolous, fun projects and when they let me, involve my kids.

Although truth be told, lately, it's been them telling me to step away from the computer screen and join them at the kitchen table to craft. Of course, I am always thrilled.

This week, we painted rocks!

It's My Dollar And My Dream

July 8, 2016

Whenever the lottery numbers grow and the news media begins to tout the jackpot amounts, the inevitable conversations about how the winning loot would be spent start to surface.

All you need is a dollar and dream, or so the radio announcer says.

"You have to play," I am told. "The jackpot is up to $350 million!"

There Is No Crying At The Nursing Home

July 5, 2016

Last night I visited my mother at the nursing home. It's become a pretty routine event around here, since her care required the move. Several nights a week, after dinner, my husband and I get in the car and make the trip across town.

He drops me off at the front door and goes to park the car. Once inside, I discuss the weather with the security guard, say hello to the nurses and aides as I make my way down the long hallway and exchange pleasantries with some of the more capable residents.

When Sitting Is A Contact Sport

July 1, 2016

So yesterday, I was sitting in my kitchen, working on some writing pieces, when my daughter jumped up from her chair at the island with an audible moan.

What's wrong?

Something pinched me. 

Top Ten Summer Activities For Homebodies

June 28, 2016

stay at home summer ideas

Summer is here and I am so excited! The winters are downright brutal in my neck of the woods and the calendar is always jam packed from September to June. When school ends and I finally get to rip those chilly pages out of my planner, I embrace summertime with a vengeance.

Now, I know that for some people, summer means escaping to fabulous vacation destinations.

But not me.

Cheap And Easy

June 24, 2016

How to make linen valances

Several weeks ago, I updated my kitchen and den by taking some long loved elements out of each room. Curtains in both spaces got the (temporary) boot. A custom made pair of dark red, ring clip rooster valances and red gingham rod pockets were tucked away and replaced with lightweight linen versions.

Cable Grommets: Just Make That Mess Go Away

June 21, 2016

I am a purest when it comes to home decor ~ purely form over function. I know, I know, there are necessary evils in every home, and many of them are unsightly, but when at all possible, I will choose pretty over practical and attractiveness over amenities. Sometimes, it creates extra work or causes me to think outside the decoration box, and it frustrates the daylights out of my husband, who is my contractor, but I can't help it.

If it doesn't look right, I don't care how it well it works.