Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July 13, 2015 - Moment of Bliss

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I asked Ezekiel(16yr old) to take a picture of me with my sunflowers and this is what transpired!

Being encouraged by him acting as a photographer, I posed, laughed, danced and just let go! Let go of EVERYTHING, and just enjoyed the moment. Of course, I can't dance around in the backyard without Titus wanting to join in!

And Ezekiel just continued to snap away.

I hope when I am no longer on this earth, he looks back at these pictures fondly and remembers the July afternoon when he captured his Momma in this moment, playing, laughing, enjoying life. A precious moment of sweet bliss.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bedroom Sanctuary

bedroom DSC_0520 DSC_0516 DSC_0502 It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint, new bedding and a throw rug will do to a room!

We have been in our house for 5 years now and our room was the only room that hadn't been painted. We still had the builders beige on the walls. It seems since we spend so much time in our room, we would have fixed it up. Not so....until a few weeks ago. Fonzy's parents and sister were coming for a visit and we went on a cleaning/painting/purging spree! It was 2 weeks of of madness getting ready for them! We cleaned and purged closets, junk drawers, garage. We touched up the paint through out the house, spruced up the yard. We wiped down doors, baseboards, ceiling fans. Any nook and cranny, we were in it. His parents were staying in our room, so we thought this would be the best time to paint it and our master bath.

We choose a light grey for our room. I'm all about the names of paint. Most of our house is painted in Sauteed mushroom. I love mushrooms. Stain we've used on furniture we refinished was espresso. Hello! I love coffee - espresso - same thing! The accent red we have I believe is cranberry something. I like cranberries. Reminds me of the holidays and fall!

Our room paint color - Secret Passage. That spoke to me, in color and name. Our room is our secret passage away from the world, Our hiding place. Our Sanctuary. When the world gets to be too much, we can find solace in this space.

The grey really brightened up our room. Once painted it was a whole new space. We have old furniture, and really need some new dressers, but the little changes we made make a world of difference. New bedding, a wing chair, memory foam throw rug, and the transformation was complete. I LOVE our room now. It feels so fresh, and clean. I walk in, just to breathe it all in. It truly is our sanctuary.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


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We had a full weekend.

My flowers are steadily growing. I thought I pulled all the gladiolus bulbs out of that first bed, and transferred them, but obviously I missed a few. That flower bed was suppose to be sunflowers and pumpkins. I guess it's gladiolus, sunflowers and pumpkins now! Not sure how that is going to work. I have other sprouts coming up, so not sure if it's pumpkin leaves or sunflowers. Too little to tell just yet.

Weekends are for breakfast.

The pink bunny slipper mission continues. While getting a pedicure I knitted away. I got plenty of stares.

We are finally painting our room! We have been in our house for about 5 years and our room was one of the last to be painted. We have family (in-laws) coming to visit end of June, so getting all the Honey Dos' off the list.

Even with all the Honey Do's still had time for a Sunday afternoon nap. He napped, I knitted in bed beside him. Must get bunny slippers done by Friday!

Weekends are good.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Grilling Pizza

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I LOVE pizza!

I could literally eat pizza everyday. I've never grilled pizza before, but has been on my list of must dos. And this weekend my must do became I did! I found a pizza dough recipe on Pinterest that was perfect for grilling.

I planned on making the pizza dough the night before, but had a Girl Scout leader meeting and didn't get around to it. Luckily with this dough you can make it the night before or the same day you make the pizza. Very easy and versatile. I was up early so made the dough and let it rise all day until I was ready to grill.

Everyone made their own personal pizza, with a variety of toppings. It was so quick and easy! Perfect for summer evenings when you don't want to slave over a hot stove. I have a fruit pizza I want to try grilled, along with a few other pizzas I want to try. I see quite a few pizza nights this summer, and I don't mind! I LOVE pizza!

Want to grill your own pizza? Yes, you do! Grilled pizza dough here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Backyard/Yard Chronicles

IMG_0257 IMG_0174 IMG_0178 IMG_0253 IMG_0281 IMG_0262 IMG_0180 IMG_0196 IMG_0279 With warmer weather here, we've been spending more and more time in the yard, and are steadily working on sprucing it up. I have gladiolus coming up in my flower beds, and hoping to see sunflowers and daisies soon! And still crossing my fingers for the pumpkins. Still not sure they will grow, but we'll see. I go out everyday and check out the beds. Someone else seems to love my flower beds too. Titus!!! I caught him digging in my beds, so I put pinwheels in the beds, hoping to scare him and they worked. He doesn't like them and stays out the beds. No expensive scarecrows needed.

On one side of the house, we had some bushes growing, and a few years ago I planted some tropicanna canna lilies, very pretty perennials with bright orange flowers. I've been wanting to take out the bushes and put all tropicanna canna lilies there, but just never got around to it until this past weekend. Fonzy and Elijah helped me pull out the bushes. It was harder than I thought. We finally got them all out and I planted a few more lilies. They spread on their own, but I need at least 2 more to fill up some spots, but I think it looks so much better.

Slowly but surely our yard is coming together. I need a hanging plant for my front porch, and some for the backyard. New tiki torches and twinkle lights for the patio and a few other projects and the yard will be set for summer. Our grill will get much use, along with Lowes and Home Depot becoming our favorite spots!

This Friday evening we plan on grilling pizza and hanging out in the yard. Pictures will follow of course :)