Friday, 14 July 2017


The Angels came to usher Mr. Sweet home, early Tuesday morning.
I know this will leave a big hole in BJ"S heart.  A heart as big as Texas it's self.  I ask that you all pray for BJ, pray for her peace and understanding.

BJ and Mr. Sweet have become a big part of our lives as we follow them through her blog.  I feel as if I am a neighbor of hers and we visit over the fence.  Actually, I am many states away but still get the blessing of knowing them.
I do know BJ is a lady that when served lemons turns around and makes knock your socks off lemonade.  I know she will use this as a blessing.
Another thing she does is make biscuits, I wish I could make biscuits but it's a southern thing.
You will want to visit BJ at

 Leave some prayers for her and keep her in your daily prayers.


Thursday, 6 July 2017


                            I am a paper plate person

Hi, I hope you all had a wonderful fourth of July and celebrated our Independence.   
We celebrated with a picnic on the lake, lots of fun and of coarse boating was involved.

Another thing that was involved was paper plates, lots and lots of paper plates.

 See, I even finished my water melon, using this plate.

Now, I have seen table scape  after table scape on blogs and wonder is it me?  or are there others that think a paper plate is just fine.

 Now, this is cute, I like it.  It isn't me!!  I think some times with social media it is easy to lose who you are.  
I am trying to find my way back to what really makes me happy.   
I am trying to find the courage to be honest about who I am. Like my daughter has said "Mom, if you want new plates, you have to get rid of the old ones"  You can tell she is not a collector of 'stuff'.   
So I will say that even though I am olden, I am a work in progress.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017


                          I have no clue as to why I chose brown.

The walls are painted Macadamia by Sherman Williams. At first it looked dark going over the pale green but I am so happy I stuck with it.

  You can see the paint color here.  A very neutral go with everything color.  Then, I picked brown for the counter tops and went with a copper/brown glass tiles for the back.

 The stove top and oven will be replaced as soon as I decided what to replace it with.  Sometimes I want a down draft stove top, sometimes I want the glass top and other times I think this works, why replace it!!

 The same tile on the sink side.  The guy putting up the tiles kept asking "Do you want this all the way up?"  I am sure he was not super happy installing those tiny pieces.  He did a wonderful job of it.

The cuteness boarder had to go and was replaced with stained wood.  I like that so much better.

So, there is the remake of the kitchen. I have storage for the big appliances, like mixers and slow cookers.  They are all tucked away when the counter was expanded.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer time!!

                                         Summer means beach time!

                      Summer means boating time!

                     Summer means the river is still cold!

                          Summer means a beautiful end to a 
                   beautiful day! 
Summer in paradise means enjoying the day, the family and all that comes with it.
                           Welcome to nonies paradise 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


                                 Paid a visit to 'SWEET NOTHINGS'

I needed inspiration for my kitchen make over.  What better place to visit then SWEET NOTHING.   I do not remember exactly when I started following BJ, I just know the first time I visited her,  that her decorating was exactly what I was looking for. I was hooked.
 Just look at that cuteness!  Not sure that is even a word but it becomes a word when talking about BJ.  This picture gives me so many ideas for my new/old kitchen.  Loving the lamp, need to find a lamp.

 Black and white is her signature colors along with turquoise and a touch of red.  So, so cute.  I need to find a plate for my cream and sugar.   So many ideas!!
                             Just lovin it

                   Oh look!  Another lamp.

I am all inspired to keep going with my kitchen.  Just love visiting BJ, wish she was my neighbor.   At least she is only a click away.
   Right now, I am looking for something as cute as BJ, has to hold her tea bags.  Isn't that clever??
I don't think I over used the word cute--or---cuteness.
I did steal, use these pictures from her blog with permission.

Please say a prayer for BJ and Mr.Sweet, as he is battling cancer.   

Saturday, 10 June 2017


                                   KITCHEN OF COARSE

I just had to do the kitchen first.  Well, the very first thing was to get the air so we could breath.  Once that cleaning was done, or, almost done. The crew came in and got started.

 Things got torn out, lots of painting started to happen.

 How I wished I had the money to replace the stove, that will just have to wait.  We did replace the microwave.

 Another item we replaced, was the kitchen sink.  why do they put tiny sinks in manufactured homes?   Also all the plumbing and wiring had to be redone.

I am glad we have made headway.  I have such a long way to go, but for right now it keeps me out of the weather.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Where do you start?

                                     I didn't know where to start

The first step was to clean up the smell.  We, brought in a company called "Clean Air Connection".   They cleaned out the vents, put a room deodorizer in the vents and came back the next day to scrub carpets.  I wanted the carpets gone but that is not in the budget yet.

The we hired a contractor, Rod Hoffman from "Hoffman Homes".  The kitchen was torn apart.  I would say the kitchen would be a good place to start.  

 If you look at the before picture, it shows the counter space as small and divided.  One part lower then the rest.  My idea, was to have the space used by one big counter.  Usable from both sides.  Also below the counter is 'space', this space is for storage of all those appliances that do not need to take up counter space.

a long way to go but it was a start.  

Friday, 2 June 2017


                                        We bought it any how!

You might wonder what makes people that seem normal take on such a project.  
For one:  We wanted to move to an adult park of manufactured homes.
Two:  those homes are super hard to find. They sell as they hit the market, but, most of the time they never hit the market.
Three: This one never hit the market, a friend was helping us look and when she herd about this one she called.
We looked at it and I wanted to run. Not only was it a mess it stank so bad you could only be in it for a few minutes.

I will show you a few before pictures.  I would love to hear your opinion.

 this is what the kitchen looked liked!!  
guess you can tell it is a kitchen.

 The side opposite the sink area.

 This is the bathroom off the master bedroom.
                                                The guest bathroom

None of this was pleasant to think about.  None of that feeling of getting to move to a new place.  
I was, depressed for months.  Still it was something we had to do.  

Sunday, 21 May 2017


                       HOT FUDGE SAUCE

                  From Ree, the pioneer woman

I am sure you have been to her blog, or watched her on TV. 
I have her cook books and found this recipe for hot fudge!!
It is so yummy.  When you are trying to decorate, or sew or maybe work in the garden you are earning points to spend on yummy stuff.  So forget the diet, forget about scales. Just make some wonderful fudge sauce, pour over your favorite ice cream and enjoy the day.

                            Recipe for fudge sauce
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
3 teaspoons vanilla extract

in a medium saucepan, gently whisk together cocoa powder and sugar.  Whisk in the cream, then turn heat to medium and whisk it as it warms up.  When the mixture starts to heat up, add the butter and stir it in to melt.  Then when the mixture is nice and hot, add the vanilla and stir to combine.
let sauce cool in the pan about 5 minutes and transfer to a mason jar.  Store in the fridge.  It will harden, just scoop out the amount you  want, warm in the microwave.  the pioneer woman

Friday, 19 May 2017


                             OKAY, so I exaggerated!

After being pretty unhappy about where we moved to, I started re-following Marty, who owns the blog "A Stroll Thru Life".   
Her advice, was, change your mind, look at things with a different point of view.  By changing your point of view your home can become your castle. 
Maybe for me, it will start with the little things, like not using the dining room table as a place to store things.  Actually clean it off and do a center piece.
Just because you have to down size, does not mean you give up on life.  Just means, things have changed.

Marty, is a wonderful person.  I only know her by following her blog, but I look forward to each new entry.  I know I will learn something new.  I know I will get inspired to try something new.  
For now, I will trick my mind into thinking I have a castle. My tiny bathrooms will become jewel boxes, (another blog post from Marty).
another point, Marty does all her decorating on a budget, she can take something old and thru her vision make it something new.
So, if you have not discovered A stroll thru life, follow her for awhile and you to will know you live in a castle.

Monday, 15 May 2017


                                  SPRING AND TIME FOR FLOWERS

         Just love my hanging basket 
               of petunias

         These are geraniums.  I added 
         them to a hanging planter.

         Mothers day gift, another hanging
           basket of geraniums.  
            Just love them.
           This is my first year of
         trying to grow the sweet potato
         vine.  I am hoping it just goes
         wild and take over the spot. 
         It is in a hanging planter.

           I am always amazed that these 
         keep coming back, year after year
         They are lilies,from a Easter 
          present, given years ago.

           A porch planter, planted with
           petunias.  I have never planted
           plants this tiny.  Will see how
            they do!

That is my porch garden so far.  I am hoping it grows and as I sit on the swing I can enjoy being surrounded by flowers.        

Monday, 8 May 2017


                                                    MY GOAL

Being as sick as I was, I was unable to attend the high school play my grandson was in.  Also, since he is a member of the choir (several choirs actually) I was also unable to attend any of his concerts.
Zoe, is also in a choir, the Jr. high choir, I missed so much.
But, I set a goal, knowing they always sing in the park during Apple Blossom time, I set the goal of making it to their concerts.

 It was a beautiful day and perfect for the concert.
This was Seth's concert.  

 This was Zoe concert, held a couple of days later.  I made it to both concerts.
Now, I am making more plans and meeting more goals.  
This little blog is also one of those goals.

No matter what your goal is, know that you will reach that goal.  Just take it one day at a time.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

I Have been missing

Missing but still around.  I had such high hopes for this second blog and here I go messing it all up.
I had a combination of pneumonia and a stint that had been put in when I had caner, getting infected.  The stint put in to save my life almost took me out.  It has been a rough few months but I am on the road to recovery.
Walking has been painful because of so many months on bed rest, but that is also improving.

so with high hopes:   Her we go again---  I would really like your opinion on a few things in fact on a lot of things, so do visit me.

  We will spend some time in the garden;

 Time on the water, this is Rocky Reach Dam, from a water view.