• Encouragement

    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!


  • DIY

    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.  ðŸ™‚ 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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  • DIY

    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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  • DIY

    Outdoor Update

    As I was walking around watering flowers and trees this morning, I realized that I had never updated you on my “landscaping” progress.

    I showed you the before pics here so today I’ll show you some pretty after pics, and some of where we are now. 

    I’m trying my hand at plants in pots again this year – I have never had much success with that cuz I am lazy – that’s all.  

    Here is the front flower bed today.  We were blessed with a lot of rain while I was on my trip to New York.

    The other thing that happened while I was in New York was not so happy.  I was joyfully anticipating the pots on my back porch to be overflowing with beautiful color, just like the one in the front but instead I found this.

    Yes, all four planters looked just like this…the culprit…our puppy…

    he decided they looked like a good snack.  Ugh!!  I guess I will try again next year!!

    Oh well, moving on.  I also transplanted a climbing rose bush which completely overtook a flower bed that is in front of our master bedroom window.  This is what it looked like in full glory before I moved it – see a little unruly, and crowding out the other regular rose bushes in that bed (please ignore all the grass growing in there).

    Here it is after I chopped pruned it down to size and moved it to a sad little flower bed on the side of our house around the corner from the front of our house.  You can see this one from the street and gets good morning sun.  I also planted some daylillys in this bed.  I have wanted some of these for a long time.  
    Next, if you follow me on instagram, you know we scored some really good sized burch trees @$50 each!!  Here’s a little fun collage of them going in.  {my hard-working man decided to strike a pose, while I sipped on my sweet tea in the shade ;)}
    And the after.
    and my hard-workin man after 😉 – oh and our puppy

    My hubby was awesome and knocked out another yard project that was pretty high on his list while I was in New York.  I’m saving that for another post though since this one is already pretty long :).  Tune in tomorrow for that one – it involves, mud and rocks.


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