Category Archives: Family

What a Summer

Multi-colored (orange, yellow, rust, gold) large marigolds--will get approximately 12-18 inches tall.  This annual needs full sun and will bloom all summer with dead heading.  (Dog not included

I can’t believe summer is over and I am loving the cooler weather that’s upon us. The gardens have had to fend for themselves this year as my sisters and I have been taking care of my dad after an accident in June.  Let’s just say his leg met a very heavy concrete slab and the slab […]

Dear Journal

Dear Journal, It’s been a while since I’ve written.  I’m not sure why I’ve not written because things have happened.  I have been busy.  My life is busy.   I haven’t had a chance to put anything in words.  Allen and I are always talking about this and how our attempts to slow down never happen.  We don’t want […]

Special Night

Summer is the busiest time of year for my husband’s business.  He goes in early to beat the heat of the shop or get paperwork done before his phone starts its continuous ringing.  Many times he walks through the door in the afternoon only to get a phone call beckoning him back to work.  Sometimes those jobs […]

And Before You Know It,

the month of May is gone and my plants have come to life. The garden is waiting patiently for the rain to let up.  We’ve had over 13 inches of rain this month with more to come this weekend.  My lettuce is looking very yummy but I sink trying to get to it. This past winter […]

70's House Master Bath

First, let me say I am SO excited about this master bath makeover! If you remember, the master bath consisted of the original  31″ x 31″ baby blue shower, with matching sink, matching paneling, and trim.  Lovely. The total size of the bathroom was 9 ft. x 40 “.   Small. Smaller than small.   Next to […]

Lake House Remodel Update

It’s hard to believe it’s been over a year since we purchased the 70’s lake house.  I’ve wanted to show you updates as we went along, but every time a room was completed, we moved stuff into it and started on another room. During that time, I’ve learned how to use big saws and drills, been through gallons […]

My Best Garden Ever

My best garden ever is planned in January. Sitting by the wood stove, cat in my lap, dog at my feet, thumbing through seed catalogs  planning and dreaming of juicy tomatoes, fresh herbs, and tall stalks of corn.  In this garden in my head, I have no bugs, no disease, no shortage of sun and rain, […]

When the Past is Still Present

We are getting close to our peak fall color here in the Ozarks, and it was a gorgeous day for drive so Dad and I took a trip to Boxley Valley to visit my mom. The old cemetery was beautiful as ever. The church, which was built is the late 1800’s, still holds services twice a month. […]

Fun at the Lake

We’ve never spent the 4th of July at the lake.  Talk of large crowds, larger boats and crazy people had always kept us at home. In our little cove though, it was quiet. No boats, no crowds, no cell phone service, no tv, no internet.  Just the family. It was THE best. Baby Luke is a […]