How I Organize A Day In My Life

How I Organize A Day In My Life

 

Hello friend.

I’m so happy you’re here.

Especially if you are visiting from The House of Silver Lining and this is your first time here.  Today I’m participating in a blogger event put together by Lindsay from White Buffalo Styling where we all put on party hats and eat from cheese trays and wear red lipstick and sing “She’s a Jolly Good Fellow.”

And show where we work every day.

But I thought it might be fun to do something a little different.  (I know you are thinking….of course she said that).

I put together a minute by minute and hour by hour timeline of what I do every day.

As a blogger, as a mom, as a painter, as a sports watcher, as a writer and as a dish-washer emptier.

So with great fanfare and fancy blinking signs and ticker tape bursting through the air….

…..here’s how I organize a day in my life.Continue reading


Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

Industrial Farmhouse Cutting Board DIY (and a Brilliant Idea)

 

Have you ever worked on a project before and you couldn’t exactly figure it out?

I mean…..you knew it had potential.

You knew it was almost there.

You knew it could be amazing.

But no mater how hard you tried and worked and adjusted and twisted and turned, you just couldn’t exactly figure it out.

And so you pressed paused and thought for 12 minutes….

…and all of a sudden life handed you a brilliant idea.

Oh good.

Me, too. :)Continue reading


The View From Home

The View From Home

 

Yesterday we had the annual power washing festival.

You know.

Where you lug out the power washer and the water hoses and start spraying off the winter coat of green and gray and cobwebs and bugs the house has collected since November….

….and somewhere along the way you get wetter than the house.

This is what it looked like when we were done.

The rugs and furniture and porch are soaked and sparkling clean.

The trees are just starting to leaf out and the daffodils are poking up their heads through the bits of grass and the sun is setting over the meadow and sending sunbeams to dance across the painted deck.

Spring is here.

So in honor of spring and the festival and sunshine, I’m sharing my newly power washed view and a little story again about going home.

I couldn’t help it.

Joy made me do it. :)

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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

This has been a fun week.

We’ve had out of town company and built a pergola in the side yard and watched six baseball games and discovered what vocal fry is and talked about what happens when a tree falls in the yard and how to totally fake clean your house in 14 minutes.

And somewhere between the catches in the outfield and figuring we needed cement for the pergola, I discovered something.

My house is almost ready for summer.

But me?

Not so much.

So I’m drinking extra water and I think I scheduled broccoli for supper.

I’ll keep you posted. :)Continue reading


The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

The Best Piece of Furniture For a Small Space

 

This is not a sponsored post.

Not even close.

This is an I-didn’t-have-a-lot-of-space-in-the-gatehouse-and-I-wanted-to-find-something-that-would-make-it-work-and-live-large-and-wait-until-you-see-what-I-discovered kind of post.

A just because post.

An I’m so excited I have to write it kind of post.

The kind of post where we have coffee and breakfast and tell each other how amazing our furniture is.

Oh good….you too?

I’ll go first. :)Continue reading


How to Faux Clean Your House in 14 Minutes

How to Faux Clean Your House in 14 Minutes

 

We’ve all had the phone call.

You know.

The phone rings and you pick it up and it’s your brother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s best friend’s mother who is having a jewelry party and she wants to drop off a catalog for the event next week.

Or it’s your mother’s co-worker’s sister’s aunt who needs you to teach the Sunday School lesson and she wants to leave the book at your house.

Or your daughter’s cheerleading coach is dropping her off after practice and wants to talk for just a minute.

Just a minute.

Or your neighbor wants to stop by and discuss the last episode of American Idol over coffee.

And you hang up the phone and look around and realize your house may or may not closely resemble the latest episode of Hoarders.

No worries.

You totally got this.

All you need are 14 minutes and some of my proven tips to faux clean your house for company.Continue reading


It Might Be Like Totally For Me

It Might Be Like Totally For Me

Have you noticed that there’s a way of talking that’s taking over the airwaves and the internet and the local news media?

It’s kind of random and sometimes annoying and it sounds liiiiikkkkkkeeeeee thiiiiissssss.

When someone talks like this, the words at the end of the sentence just trail off….

…..as if the speaker is kind of bored with life.

As if they can barely summon the energy to finish what they are saying.

I just found out it has a name.

It’s called Vocal Fry.Continue reading


The Tree Whisperer

The Tree Whisperer

 

Yesterday I read where super successful people spend 12 minutes of every day thinking.

12 minutes spent not on their phones or making lists or watching television or meeting with other super successful people in private planes over the Atlantic ocean.

I thought I would try it so I went to the Gatehouse to think.

And I thought and thought and thought and thought and thought….

….and discovered two things.

1.  Thinking for 12 minutes is a lot harder than it looks.

2.  I think in stories.

Like this one that I’ve told a version of before.

About the history of a tree.

And the family that loved it.Continue reading