college football game day

Watching football has a long history for me.  While a kid, living at home, watching the Cleveland Browns every Sunday was what my Dad did.  And while I enjoyed the sound of football in the background, I secretly prayed I’d find a husband that wasn’t obsessed with it.  And I did marry a man who didn’t like football at all.  The ironic part is that … Continue reading college football game day

a new rose garden

There is nothing I love more in a garden than pink flowers – any variety will do.  But there is something about pink roses that just makes my heart sing. This is David Austin’s English shrub rose, “Mary Rose”.  I bought her in early summer not having any idea where I was going to plant her, so she kept me company on the deck where … Continue reading a new rose garden

rebuilding

My dear brother built this bird house for me, and it has been the focal point of the back yard for over 20 years now. Weather, time, and critters have taken a tole on it. There are very few signs of spring here yet, except for the birds that have been checking out the housing facilities in my yard.  I thought I’d better confiscate this … Continue reading rebuilding

my little pine forest

I saw this idea in a magazine while standing in line at the grocery store a few weeks ago.  I wish I could remember which magazine it was, so I could give them credit.  I like how theirs turned out better than mine, but I changed up a few things.  In the end, I like them enough to share them with you. I didn’t have … Continue reading my little pine forest

christmas table centerpiece

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to decorate this vintage tray for Christmas.  It is the centerpiece for my dining room table and main focus of the room.  Because it is rather deep for a tray, it was a bit more of a challenge. I decided to follow Miss Mustard Seed’s idea of using these little papier mache boxes.  They were purchased at Hobby Lobby … Continue reading christmas table centerpiece

peppermint corner

The last few years, I’ve been decorating my house for Christmas primarily in faux greens and pine cones.  I have veered away from decorating with the traditional bright red other than my peppermint collection from years ago.  I don’t really like the taste of peppermints, but I do love to decorate with them. To me, peppermints are cheerful and brighten up this end table in … Continue reading peppermint corner