Weekend Recap & Ramblings

Hello there! I hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! As I shared before, hubby and I celebrated 22 years this weekend. It was a great weekend! We opted to stay home and chill rather than getting out of town. Since our younger three left for a church trip on Saturday we really only had to deal with the 20year old, and he’s hardly home anyway! Saturday we spent some time exploring a flea market, eating yummy bbq for lunch, napping (which I never do, but apparently really needed), followed by some yummy Mexican food on the lake, and watching the sunset. And we got to witness a cute proposal – bonus!

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Freshening Up The Curb Appeal For Spring

Hey there!  Thanks for all the love for the entryway stencil project! I find myself admiring it several times a day.  🙂 It was just the little something that space needed and it now feels complete!

So, I mentioned I was working on getting the outside entry spruced up to match. I’ll show you a before in a minute but I must share the after!


Come on in y’all!! For some reason the color that caught my eye this season was hot pink! This is the only flower bed that I put annuals in so I like to have some fun each year. Our summers get pretty warm and I really like to have color through until the fall if I can so I have a couple of go-tos.  


Vincas (the ones with the longer shiny leaves) are my absolute fav.  They fill in nice and big,  about a foot tall and can withstand the Oklahoma heat. Of course petunias are always fun and do pretty well with the heat too. Geraniums, I just love because of the big clump of flowers. They don’t last as long for me usually, but by the time they have died out the others will have taken over so I’m okay with that.
Here is the before where you can see the large bush in the corner there. This corner has always puzzled me. It doesn’t get as much sun as the rest of the bed, so I’ve never had much success growing anything pretty there that I like. 


A few years back I bought this bush, really thinking it would stay somewhat small. But, you can see that it did not. I was done with it, so we moved it to the back yard. (the jury is still out as to whether it will survive the not-so-nice transplant it received) You can also see the vincas that are still growing strong in October!


Last summer on our trip to the lake we collected a few rocks to remember our trip. I decided to gather them together, along with a few others, in the corner, and then filled the space with a garden flag


I could have purchased a flag, but I decided instead on a DIY custom one. Tutorial soon!  


I pulled the crosses and the welcome sign out of my stash, and had my hubby help me hang them. What a difference they make!

The mat was requested by my hubby. Purchased at Hobby Lobby along with the polka-dot metal “G” hanging on the door.


This little side table got a makeover with a quick coat of spray paint, and some more hot pink flowers – roses from a back yard bush. And of course no front porch outing would be complete without a little sweet tea! 🙂


Thanks so much for dropping by! Come and sit a spell. The sweet tea is waiting! 🙂


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Improving The View

Hey y’all!!  Hope your weekend was grand!!  We had a family work weekend in the yard. It was fabulous!  My back and shoulders are aching today but the weather was glorious, and we got some outside chores done that were overdue.  I also decided to take this opportunity to improve my morning view. 

Each morning I sit at my kitchen table in front of my big picture window and drink my coffee. And, this is what I am greeted with each morning.


Granted it’s not all bad.  And the large crop circle to the left is something I have learned to overlook – that’s where our ghetto pool goes during the hot summer months.  


But that bare corner back there has been calling to me for a while now.


It’s all shade – hence the lack of grass.  So, I decided to embrace it and plant some hostas, bordered by some monkey grass (as my hubby calls it).  
Simple, colorful, low maintenance, comes back year after year (with prayer) – what could be better. So, now I have a new and improved view for my morning coffee.  Ahhh.


I have decided to join The Nester and most likely hundreds of other bloggers in her 31days writing challenge again this year.  I will be working hard the next few days lining things out.  Hope you will join along on the journey!!  If you are new here and want an idea what this is all about – check out my series from last year.


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{Forced} Tulips

It’s rainy and gray outside today.  Don’t get me wrong, I love rain – but I LOVE the sun more.  So, I thought I would share with you a little sunshine and happiness today in the form of tulips 🙂
 
Tulips speak spring to me.  I haven’t planted bulbs in years.  I just can’t seem to remember!!  But when I saw this post by Kim at Sand and Sisal I knew I had to try it.  I love the looked of forced tulips in glass vases.  I love that you can see all the parts, and I love that you can have that early bit of spring inside.  But, you know I have told you that I am not a patient person….so when Kim also shared her “cheater” version I was on it.  I found my perfect specimen at Aldi for $3.99!! Love it.  Everything else I needed I had.  So, here is what I started with.

 

 

I wasn’t sure how many bulbs I would find or how big they would be so I pulled both vases, but in the end I went with the bigger one.  

 

 

The first step is to remove the bulbs from the pot and the dirt.  I was certain that I was killing them as I ripped apart the roots to free the bulbs.  But, I just had to try.  Hey, if it didn’t work – I only lost $4 ;).  

 

 

 

I did my best to get all the dirt off and trimmed the roots down as Kim instructed and then I started putting together the masterpiece.  First place a couple of handfuls of glass stones (or whatever you have or like – some sort of rock).  
 
Add water just to the top of the stones.

 

 

Then place the bulbs on top of the stones and voila…

 

Well, hmmmm.  That doesn’t look like Kim’s.  So, I used some stones that I had leftover and placed them around the bulbs to help them to stay in position.  There that’s better. 

 

 

 

And what glory I saw a few days later…
 

 

I’m soooo happy this worked!!  Please be sure to check out Kim’s post for the real way to force tulip bulbs and for her full instructions on how to do it the cheater way ;).  
 
 
Trying to get organized today on a plan for some spring cleaning.  Hoping to have warm, sunny, open windows kind of weather soon so I can get started!!
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