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Summer Lovin’


Well not really. Those who know me well know summer is NOT my favorite season. Especially here where it is hot and humid much of the time. I spend a small fortune on annual flowers for my patio and then by July they are frazzled and begging for shade.

I have to admit that my garden loves the weather this year. We are giving away tomatoes and peppers because we have so many.  This poor guy is a misfit. He kind of looks like Mr. Magoo.


I still thrift when I can and add to my stash of kitschy finds.


I am still buying bed linens, too. I know I need a 12 step program.





I have found a new love this summer: cold brew coffee! It is great for a hot day when you need a pick-me-up but you don’t want a hot drink. Insert a tropical stirrer and you are in business.

101_6263My Pyrex collection continues to grow; these are some of my fall pieces. I use them for everything from salads to casseroles to scrambling eggs. They also look great with fresh fruit or veggies on the counter.


I have been frantically getting my Christmas hoard listed in my Etsy shop for the upcoming holiday season. Remember all this?


101_5242Well head on over to my Etsy shop. Much of it is listed there!

Check back soon to see the vintage jukebox speaker we have hooked up in the basement!

Heck before we know it we will be putting up the Christmas decorations.



Labor Day Weekend (or getting ready for Christmas)


Yes I know.

It was just Labor Day.

I am knee-deep in Christmas craziness.

I have been buying and stashing vintage holiday decor all year to sell and to use for my retro crafting. I will be selling items in my shop and also on Etsy and Ebay.

This is what my basement work area looks like. I know;  it’s pretty bad. But it is the only place where I can leave it all out and if someone stops by they won’t have to see that I really am a hoarder. All of those containers are FULL!

I also hit a great estate sale last week.  Everything was $1 or less.  Check out that groovy two-tone  aqua typewriter!  That little box is full of old Christmas gift tags. I am keeping the matte cream vase; the rest is to sell.

I picked up this star burst clock at a garage sale for $1. The balls were orange and it needed new hands.  After a little TLC I think it looks pretty good in the green bathroom:

Most of Labor Day weekend was spent doing “labor”.  Hubby had a 4 day weekend so he spent it working on landscaping in the side yard.

First he had to unearth all of these 252 bricks and stack them nice:

Then he dug up old tree roots, leveled the ground, laid landscape fabric and installed these:

Bless him, he only suffered one bee sting the whole weekend.  Little did we know that there is a colony of bees living underground back there 😦

I think the patio area is looking nice:

We did manage to take a break later on Labor Day. We cooked out and had family over, but it was too hot and humid to stay outside 😦

I am so tired of summer. I long for the day when I have to put on a sweater, make a pot of chili just to warm up the kitchen and bake pumpkin cookies. If it would cool off I would put up my fall decorations!

The Many Faces of Mid Century Homes


Well…..I got up real early to take my walk while it was still cool. Camera in hand,  Woody and I set out to snap up photos of homes in my mid century neighborhood. I just got around the corner and ran into this:

This little guy was loose (no tags) and followed me closely the entire walk. I did manage to get some pretty good shots though. I apologize up front about the waste cans and yard waste in some photos. It was pick-up day and the trucks had not come around yet 🙂

My subdivision is steeped in history, even though it was developed mid-century. It sits smack dab in the middle of the former farm of a prominent local family. Because part of the farm was a nursery, many of the big old trees are still standing.

I believe this fence is a remnant of the old farmstead; it sits in front of a brick ranch 🙂  Note the little fella is still walking with me:

This home is just around the corner. I love the built in planter and the sloping post holding up the porch roof.

This home is a very cool jade/aqua color with shake siding:

This home, with its soft gold color and split rail fence is a nod to Colonial.

This one has a more modern vibe with the nearly flat roof on one side and a slanted roof on the other:

My neighbors home gets the biggest chimney award:

This is the front of their lovely home:

Another nearly flat roof and crank out windows.

This one has a carport:

I love this wooden screen/divider on the porch:

This beauty if for sale:

I just like this one;  plain and simple.

I love the wrought iron details here. Note the lamppost.

Another lamppost:

Here is ours. See the cupola on the garage roof. Another nod to Colonial.

Our front yard is very park like:

Another built in planter:

I LOVE this lamppost. It looks like a flying saucer. And yes, I have walked up close to see if  I could find any markings on it. Anyone recognize the maker of this cool yard light?

One of my favorites; love all the windows/glass.

But THIS ONE came up for sale shortly after closing on our house. We went to the estate sale here (twice) and then to 2 Realtor open houses. If it had been for sale before we would have jumped on this one. It had an original kitchen and baths, a screened in breezeway, full basement with additional fireplace and groovy bar, a brick planter INSIDE, 4 bedrooms, and was just plain cool .  It sold for less than we paid for ours 😦

I could have taken dozens and dozens of more photos; none of these homes are alike. I just love all the different styles of mid-century represented here!