Jul 25, 2017

Weekend Recap

My weekend was mostly spent outdoors applying coats of Minwax Indoor/Outdoor Helmsman Spar Urethane to our recently purchased outdoor furniture.  Try saying that 10 times really fast!  :)


This one can covered the bench, two chairs, a small table and various pieces of decor around the pool area.  It really goes a long way.

I started this project on Friday afternoon and finished it on Saturday evening.  It took me about 12 hours all in all.  I had the ceiling fan over head on and a smaller fan to provide circulation and a smidgen of relief from the heat.  I had my workout playlist playing loud to motivate me to keep going.  Whatever it takes, right?!

I started by applying two coats to the underneath of the furniture.  I was extremely thankful it didn't rain either day.

I am very happy with the results.  I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it came out perfect because it didn't.  There are a few drips here and there.  :)  I can assure you I will not be losing any sleep over them!!!  I am so happy to be done with this project!!!

On Saturday evening we drove out to see the kids.  It was exciting to see Tiffani and Justin's new house already formed and ready for concrete.

Brooke and Brad had brick pavers put in near their driveway and it looks so good!

Tiffani and the kiddos came over on Sunday afternoon to swim.  After they left, I laid out on the tanning deck to enjoy the evening breeze and catch up on reading my magazines.  I am so far behind!

Halfway through the first magazine I decided it was time to get my laps in.  The water was so nice.

I snapped this photo with my iPhone.  Isn't it beautiful?  What a masterpiece!  I can see why people are so inclined to paint God's amazing work.

I hope to have inspired you to do one of those pesky projects on your "to do" list.  :)

Hope you have a fabulous Tuesday!!!

Take care,



Jul 24, 2017

You Got This

Tough day?  We've all been there...and we've all managed to find a way out.  Sometimes all you need is a single voice in your ear cheering you on. Consider this my cyber-whisper.  See you on the other side!

Hope you have a fabulous Monday!!!

Take care,



Jul 23, 2017

Summer Time

Just me, or is anyone else compelled to screech “I’m MELLLTING!” a la the Wicked Witch of the West, every time they walk outdoors?  Yesterday the heat index was 103 degrees!!!

Today I’ve given myself permission for a little staycation poolside in our backyard.  It’ll probably still be pretty hot out, but I’m counting on a steady flow of pool splashes to help with that and maybe a little something something.  :)

Stay cool and hydrated!



Jul 21, 2017

A Little Change Up

I spy something different.  Do you?  It's the pretty table against the wall.  The hubs has decided to hang a TV on this wall so we had to move a few things around.  We moved the table that was originally here next to the grill to hold the snow cone machine and provide much needed table top space while grilling.

The hubs knew we needed something to hold a DVR, computer, etc. while watching the TV.  We wanted something long but not very deep.   So off we went to Home Goods.  We wanted something that could withstand the elements of being outdoors.

We walked into Home Goods and I immediately fell in love with this table.  He thought I had lost my mind.  Seriously.  The tag was originally marked $1,000 marked down to $699 marked down to $499.  Let me just say I would NEVER have paid any of those prices for this table no matter how much I loved it.  So the hubs challenged me to see if I could get it marked down.  So off I went to find the manager.  He was very nice and told me that the table was going to be marked down significantly on Tuesday morning.  He offered to hold it for me and call me with the new price.  Can you hear the angels singing?  :)  He anticipated it would be around $360.  We looked around to see what else they had and didn't see anything as pretty as this one and they were all pretty pricey.

The manager called me on Monday, while I was at CHH, and left me a voicemail saying the new price was $299.  He said he could hold it for 24 hours.  The hubs and I picked it up that afternoon.  Let's just say that is one heavy, heavy piece.  It is made of solid iron with a metal top.  Very, very heavy.  I couldn't even pick up one corner off of the floor.

I rode in the back of the truck with the table because I was afraid it would fall over and damage the hubs truck.  I would have NEVER heard the end of that!!!  Once we were home I called this young guy over that cuts grass for several of our neighbors.  He is the most polite young man.  He helped the hubs bring it around to the backyard.  He couldn't believe how heavy it was.  :)

We moved the corn plant out of the corner and placed it near the backdoor.

I think it is so funny how clean these windows look.  Believe me when I tell you they are DIRTY!  I haven't gotten around to cleaning them.  I don't want you to get the wrong idea and think I have it all together!

I like the way this table looks by the grill.  I need to clean the wine bottles when I clean the windows.  :)  It's never ending!

We were going to make my candle holders out of the cedar pieces but the drill piece we have is too small.  We'll have to get a bigger one.  Sorry, I don't know what it is called.  It is supposed to hollow wooden objects in a round circle.  Does that help?

We moved the large metal piece to the front of the house.  I haven't decided where to put the round one just yet.  I'm thinking maybe on the side of the garage.

We are having a lot of fun putting the final touches on our outdoor spaces.

Happy Friday my friend!  Hope you have an awesome weekend!!!

Take care,



Jul 20, 2017

Lanterns, Lanterns, And More Lanterns

We did manage to get a few things done before the rain on Saturday.  We bought these lanterns at Ace Hardware for $7.99 each.  They are made of plastic and are battery powered.  Each lantern come with a remote.  However, one emote allows you to turn on and off all of the lanterns, change the colors and do a multi-color sequence.  Pretty cool for minimal money.  If you have shopped around for lanterns, you know they are very expensive.

We placed one of them on each side of our flower basket outside of the breakfast room window.  I love the way it looks.  I have been known to turn the lanterns on at night from inside of the house.

We added a couple more lanterns going down the pathway on the side of the house.

We used these hooks from Hobby Lobby.

Rust Plain Cast Iron Wall Hook 
These hooks normally sell for $3.99 but we got them on sale for $1.99 each.  Score!  The hooks do not come with screws so we had to pick them up at our local hardware store.


We added three on the other side of the house where we keep our pool equipment and cleaning tools.

I've had a lot of fun playing with these lanterns.  It is so cool using the remote control to turn them all on and off, change the colors, etc.  The grandkids have enjoyed playing with them, too.  :)

Hope you have a fabulous Thursday!

Take care,