Fall Transitional Mantel

Yesterday I drove my teenage son to McDonald’s to get a snack on my way into town.  We had just eaten lunch 30 minutes ago and he and his hollow leg were hungry again.

I thought a snack might tide him over until dinner.

A snack.

In the drive-through he ordered an entire cheeseburger meal and asked if it was okay if he ordered apple pies for dessert.

“What?” I said and stared at him incredulously.  “Seriously? We just ate lunch.”

“I know mom”, he said.  “But this is linner.”


You know.

The meal between lunch and dinner.  :)Continue reading



Decorating the Back Porch

In the super exciting news department….

….the dog pooped outside this morning.

I sat close to this chair and applauded him all the way.

He looked at me and circled once.

I stood in my pajamas and cheered loudly in encouragement.

He circled again.

I danced around like a solid gold dancer.

He circled one more time, got ready and then the heavens opened up and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus and sprinkles fell from the sky.

Houston, we have completed our mission. :)Continue reading




This is the summer of the book.

I’ve read some new friends like Orphan Train and Dear Carolina and some old friends like Emma and almost everything by Shel Silverstein and I want to read The House at Riverton and Life From Scratch.

And after that?

I got nothing.  Or nothin’ as we say around here.

How about you?

Have you been reading this summer?  What’s on your reading list?

Can you help a girl with an afternoon and a freshly squeezed pitcher of lemonade out?Continue reading



fourth garden view

Happy Fourth of July.

We are having an almost-turned-out-recipe picnic courtesy of Pinterest today.

You know.

The one where you pin everything you are going to make and the pictures all look amazing and you know this is going to be the Fourth of July for the record books.


Except your brownie stars are falling apart and your red jello layered dessert is sliding down the bowl and when you pour the white Sprite with the red fruit punch with the blue Gatorade and it supposed to layer and look red, white and blue and instead….

… toast our country with a big glass of purple.

Happy birthday America. :)Continue reading



Thanksgiving Table Ideas DIY

Random thoughts on a cloudy Saturday morning:

1.  I’m collecting measuring cups.  I just decided.  They have to be white or cream with writing and I’m up to four different cups right now.  That counts as a collection….right?

2.  I am bursting at the seams to tell you about four different amazing things that are going on at the same time.  As soon as I can I will.

3.  Does anyone have a biscuit recipe?  I mean like a melt-in-your-mouth-sit-back-and-say-your-prayers kind of biscuit?  If so, can you share?

4.  I went to Joanna Gaines’ shop and bought her signature candle.  It’s like the perfect summer day.  I wish blogs offered smell-a-vision so I could share the scent with you.

5.  I just finished the book Orphan Train.  You have to read it.  It was amazing.

6.  And wish me luck.  I have a baseball game, the water park and grocery shopping today.

Good times. :)Continue reading





Theodore Roosevelt was brilliant.

In between being president and riding with the rough riders and speaking softly and carrying a big stick….

….he said something that has stuck with me forever.

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Everyone experiences it.


At some time in everyone’s life, we all encounter a situation where someone is smarter or funnier or richer or wittier or more stylish with better hair and a house that dirt wouldn’t show up if you paid it to.  And we all compare ourselves.  And feel smaller.


You are amazing.


Don’t ever forget that the you that you are is so bright and funny and witty and clever and unique and special and wonderful and shines so brightly….

….that the rest of have to wear shades. :)Continue reading



My Old Kentucky Home

Random thoughts on a sunny Saturday morning.

1.  This is my back pasture.  It makes me want to sing.  Songs like, “Oh the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home.” Or “check you for ticks.”  Whichever comes first.

2.  Are you watching the NBA finals?  Do you care?  I didn’t and then my basketball playing son talked me into rooting for Lebron and now I’m rooting for Cleveland.  Go team.

3.  I’m working on two fun projects for next week.  Spoiler alert.  Bingo card.

4.  Some of us went to the movies last night to see Jurassic World.  Some of us stayed home to watch HGTV.

Which one would you choose?Continue reading



planter window

You guys rock.


It’s been a busy week around here.  We dreamed a little dream and then we decorated for the Fourth with a giveaway. Then we decided we all loved Yorkies and painted a sign and yesterday we decorated a table three different ways and had another giveaway.


And my favorite part?  The part that made me smile and laugh and nod and say YES in all capital letters?

The songs you suggested in the comments.

Best playlist ideas ever.

If you are looking for a few songs of summer, you can see them all in the comments… reading