Painted Fox Chandelier

If you are part of the super secret e-mail crew….

…you already know what I’m about to type.

My new Painted Fox Shop is LIVE.

But while that’s amazing  and wonderful and fun and so many of you lit up the internet and shopped until you dropped and now we get to re-stock everything….

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fall decor fireplace

Have you ever heard a dog sneeze?

Yesterday I sat on the floor of the kitchen playing with our little yorkie when all of a sudden he shook his head.  And then he shook it again.  And twitched his nose and let out a whinny that sounded like Secretariat crossing the finish line at the Kentucky Derby.

I stared at him.

Such a big noise and production for such a little snip of a dog.

And then he did it again.

I couldn’t help it.  Right there in the middle of my kitchen floor a reared my head back and laughed and laughed and laughed.

Then he looked at me and scolded me with a tilt of his head for being rude.

And watching him scold me for laughing at him for sneezing at me….

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thistlewood peppers

Look what showed up on my doorstep this week.

The last peppers of the season.

I think I ranked them in order of least hottest to hottest.

Jalepenos (I could eat these like a cucumber).

Cayenne (a little goes a long way).

Habanero (never tried it, but I’ve heard proceed with caution).

If you have any great pepper tips….I’d love to hear them.  Especially if they are HOT off the presses. :)Continue reading



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?

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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