To All the Rooms I’ve Loved Before

To All the Rooms I’ve Loved Before


I did it.

Sometimes I’m a big talker.

I talk and dream and hope and sigh and plan….

….and end up just watch Downton Abbey.

Not this time.  Well, of course I watched Downton Abbey….I wanted to find out what happened with Mary’s scandalous trip across Europe and what quips the Dowager Countess of Grantham would say to make me laugh out loud.  But before that I finished the big room change-up.

And today I have pictures.

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I never knew that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that look like hearts talked.

Until yesterday.

I was walking through the grocery store yesterday….

….and they called out to me from the center aisle.

They told me I had enough broccoli and that I could only just eat one and it wasn’t even close to swimsuit season yet and I could always eat healthy…..


So I took a deep breath and clutched the handle of the cart and pushed past quickly and clicked my heels together and told those Reese’s….

….that tomorrow is here. :)Continue reading

IKEA Dresser Hack

IKEA Dresser Hack


This post is brought to you by the snow….

….and a really good cup of coffee.

Yesterday I was working on this project.  It was early in morning and the sun was rising.  I was humming the Glade commercial and painting and organizing in between sips of the perfect cup of coffee.

And just as I thought the morning couldn’t get any more perfect, I looked outside the window.

There it was.

The first snowfall of 2015.

Big fluffy flakes floating down and covering the grass in front of the gatehouse.

I paused and walked to the window and took a sip of coffee and closed my eyes.  I wanted to remember this moment for the next few months of winter when I stop gazing in awe….

….when I start rolling my eyes at the snow. :)

Here’s a fun way to organize your scarves with this easy IKEA Dresser Hack.Continue reading

Painted Plywood Sub-floor:  State of the Floor Address

Painted Plywood Sub-floor: State of the Floor Address


Three and a half years ago we painted the plywood sub floor.


This floor.  That’s right.  It’s just the floor that was under our carpet.

We just pulled up the carpet and primed it and painted it.

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What’s That on Your Bench?

What’s That on Your Bench?


Did anyone else watch the National Championship last night?

I wasn’t going to.

I mean….I didn’t really know either of the teams and I had projects to work on and after all….I had Downton Abbey taped.

And then my husband was watching the game and cheering for Ohio State and he told me the amazing story of the Ohio State third-string quarterback and how he had been the starting quarterback for only two games this year after the first and second string quarterbacks got hurt…..

….and now he was playing in the national championship.Continue reading

Forever and Ever Amen

Forever and Ever Amen


The other day the photographer that photographed our vow renewal ceremony sent me 153 photos.

And after I stared at them and drank some coffee and sighed and stared at them some more and called my mother and danced and looked at the photographs for another hour and a half….

….I realized four things.

1.  I need to take more pictures on dirt roads.

2.  Randy Travis got it right all along.

3.  Getting married the second time was even more fun.


3.  In almost every single picture….

….I was smiling from ear to ear.Continue reading




Yesterday I had a to-do list longer than the Mississippi river.

I started strong with good intentions.

And ended snuggled up under a blanket next to the fire with a cup of coffee watching Enchanted.

It’s hard to get motivated when it’s seven degrees.

But today is a new day.

Today I’m making that list and checking it twice……

well…right after I finish that Fixer Upper marathon. :)Continue reading

Best Tip for Putting On a Duvet Cover

Best Tip for Putting On a Duvet Cover


This is the duvet cover in the upstairs guest room.

I love duvet covers.

I loved them when I saw one long ago on an episode on HGTV where they featured a duvet cover on a bed and I thought to myself that it was genius and I wondered how you say duvet…..

….and where in the world can I get one?

It was right about the time I discovered sisal rugs.

Good times.Continue reading