Half way through 2017

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Can you believe that half of this year has already passed us by???  I blinked twice and realized that I had not posted to my blog since last year at Christmas time.  What in the world?

Frank and I have made a couple of purchases this year that has added to the fun at our home.  We knew that we wanted a deck boat that was set up for fishing and was big enough for taking family and friends out on the water, and would have enough power and go fast enough to pull a tube or wake boarder.  We searched for several months until we found exactly what we were looking for.  We could not be happier with our purchase and we are spending a lot of our free time on the water instead of working on the house.

Frank’s pride and joy.

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My pride and joy is our golden retriever, Cooper.  We picked him from a litter on-line, and went to Carthage, Tennessee, to get him on our anniversary.  He was so tiny and sweet, and is now at almost 8 months, grown into what we call, our mini horse.  He’s a healthy, smart almost 75 pound, wild crazy boy that loves his toys, sticks, and riding on the boat and my jet ski.

We have been able to get some of our projects completed in the house.  The first thing we finished since my last post was the living room fireplace and surrounding bookcases and lighting.  Thanks to the inspiration from Joanna Gaines and the handy work of Jimmy and Frank, my vision became a reality.  I love how it turned out and warmed up the room.  The shelves give me space to display some treasures and pics of our growing family.

Before and After –

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Next, we finished installing the wood floors throughout the rest of the house.  The house did not have a front door, and I wanted our guest to have a view of the water upon first entering into the foyer.  There was a wall added to separate the office from the foyer, and in doing that, the light fixtures needed to be relocated.  This meant covering the old holes, so we came up with the idea of the medallions and trim that we painted black. We also used a couple of the original doors from the house on tracks for the entrance to the office/guest room.

After the floors were installed and the trim painted, I decided that I wanted to add some color.  I went with a deep nautical navy and I love the way it warmed up the office and half bath.

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The desk and the vanity in the half bath were both made from slabs of cedar, brought here from South Carolina, from some friends that Frank is building a house for.  They turned out much better than I expected.

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The best thing about this year is the family and friends that have come to visit.  Our hope has always been, to share this place with you and to make many happy memories here.

The next big project is currently underway, so maybe it won’t be so long before I give you the next update.  Here is a hint – Mitzie is finally getting a kitchen!!!  Meanwhile, life is short, so please make the most of every single moment of every single day.

Until next time, keep smiling.  Mitzie

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

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Frank and I have always loved Christmas, especially when the house was full of kids.  My favorite tradition that our family has, is to go to a Christmas Eve candlelight church service and then have dinner at Waffle House and tip our server big.  It’s such a special feeling, being with your family and celebrating the greatest gift ever given and the true meaning of Christmas.

Each year at Thanksgiving, we would tell our kids to give us their wish list, which would help us, and the grandparents, with our shopping.  The hard part was finding places to hide the gifts so the kids couldn’t find and open them.  As I suspected, and it was later confirmed, Kendel was very good at opening and rewrapping them back up.  Finally one year, we got smart and put a dead bolt on the attic door and kept the key on a string, that I wore around my neck or hid in a very good place.  On Christmas Eve, the girls would sleep (or not sleep) together, while Frank and I would get in the attic and bring out all of Santa’s gifts.

Frank was always a nut about gift presentation and would literally take hours arranging and rearranging the gifts so each was displayed just so, and to make sure it flowed from one gift to another and from one kid’s section to the next.  I would stay up and watch for a while, and marvel at his talent, to finally, yawn, and give up and go to bed.

When I was a kid, my whole family, including aunt and uncle and cousins spent the night at my grandparent’s house and we would wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning and we would all tear into our gifts at the same time.   Wrapping paper would be flying, and  everyone would be hooping and yelling with excitement, as they unwrapped something that they had been asking Santa for.   It was total craziness and so much fun, and I loved it.  Frank, on the other hand, was used to a much more organized and slower pace.  The Christmas music was turned on and we would all sit and take turns going around the room to open one gift at a time.  HOLY COW – I thought I would go insane!  But the most important thing, was that we were all together, healthy, and happy.

Things are a little different now.  All the kids have places and lives of their own, and our house is quite now……… except for when, Pandora’s 70’s funk music channel is playing, or we are screaming and yelling when Alabama is playing ball, or when we are dancing in the kitchen.  We may be getting older, but we ain’t dead yet and we are going to make the most of every single day.

Frank and I agreed that we wouldn’t do presents for each other this year, because we wanted to spend the money on the house. So after Thanksgiving, we went into high gear to finish our sunroom.  I wanted to put the Christmas tree in there and have a place ready for the kids to use the little table and chairs I had for them and a place to play.  At the same time, the gas department was trying to get us scheduled to install gas to the house and logs in the fireplace.  I’m so happy that it all has been completed and I love the results.

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So, we are ready for ole Santa, and for anyone else that wants to come for a visit.  Frank and I want to say thank you to each and every one of you, for coming along with us on this journey, and we hope that you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  2017 is going to be fabulous!!

 

It was bound to happen sooner or later. 


Yes, we were THOSE parents that took our kids out to roll yards every year at Halloween.

I don’t remember at what age or exactly who introduced me to rolling yards, but I do know, for many years of my life, I have loved rolling yards or taking our kids out rolling.

There was a time in high school, when a group of us got together to go rolling.  I have never been more scared or laughed more than I did that night. It was an epic night that ended up with all of us almost going to jail.  But thank goodness, the parents of our friend, whose house we had just rolled, came out to tell the police to leave us alone, and that we were just having fun.  Those were cool parents.

When my girls were in elementary school, a parent confronted me about one of my girls rolling her yard. When I told her that I knew about it, and had actually taken her and some friends around to roll yards, she let me have it, and she became even more mad when I started giggling.  I guess I never understood why anyone would get so upset about having their yard rolled.

As our kids got older, Frank and I would load them and their friends up and head out as soon as it got dark. We would do a drive by and check out the target house and determine whether we would drop them off and come back by at a designated time or park somewhere and go with them to help get the job done.

In all of those years, our yard was never rolled, thanks to our dogs.  There were a few times when cars would be creeping along in front of our property, but they were quickly deterred by our dogs barking and nipping at their tires. Our last dog is now 15 and a half years old. He can’t hear thunder and doesn’t see too well either, and spends most of the time inside. So this happened….


It wasn’t anywhere near the rolling job we would have done, but we were impressed that someone actually did it.

Meanwhile, a few loads of gravel and top soil have been delivered and we now have an actual driveway. It changed the whole look of the property and now we don’t have to worry about getting stuck in mud, once the fall weather finally gets here and it starts raining. The lavs were installed on the exterior of the house and the windows have been trimmed out. 



Now the siding is going on and it finally looks like it might be a little lake cottage instead of a prison cell.



I know it’s just a white box right now, but shutters will be added and once the new addition and roof are done, there will also be a covered front porch and columns.



Yesterday, MJ got to try out the new swing.  I think she likes it. Until next time, happy fall y’all!

Living in the Projects

One Saturday morning, we looked out of our back window and saw this large group of white pelicans fly into our little cove and begin fishing.  I slipped down and zoomed in my camera and filmed them swimming all bunched up together, and watched as others flew in and joined them. It was a magical sight that I won’t ever forget. Moments like that have truly helped me get through all of the rough times of our move and the work on our house this year. 

We have finished and are staying in what will eventually be the guest suite. 


 The driftwood over the bed was found down by the waters edge. 


The door that we used on the slide is original to the house. 



The shower is oversized and a normal size shower rod was too small. Frank came up with the idea to make one out of plumbing pipes. I thought it was a great idea and it turned out pretty cool. 

This is the entrance on the side of the house that comes in by the laundry room. 

We continue to work on and mark off on our list of projects every week, but the list never seems to get any shorter. I add more than I mark off. 


We are starting some work on the outside. Trying to get a driveway in before weather starts turning bad and we have a muddy mess. Siding being delivered soon. Hope to have pics to show you soon!!  Until next time – Happy Fall Yall!!  And Roll Tide. 😁

It’s in the Details

God is an amazing artist and I am so thankful that we are blessed to see this beautiful sunset and I am grateful that we are able to enjoy the beauty that he creates. 

It seems as though I am always decorating or designing something.  If I am not physically putting something together, I am picturing something in my head that would look better than it does at the present time. I can be driving and see a house, and in my head, I am adding shutters, changing paint colors and landscaping, to give it curb appeal with pizzazz.     

Ideas and influences come to me from everywhere. I love to travel and I recently took a couple of small trips, where I was able to get some great ideas. First, I went to Florida to visit my sister Lisa, to surprise her for her 50th birthday. Those of you that know me, know that I am an only child, but God blessed me with a friend that I call my sister over 20 years ago, and even though we live many miles apart, we are close as ever.

While there, I had the opportunity to visit a beautiful central Florida cattle ranch. The ranch is owned by a family that visits a few times a year and celebrates holidays by inviting family to visit and stay in one of the two Flordia cracker houses. Many people do not know that Florida is the second largest cattle state, ranked behind Texas. Florida cowboys are called crackers, from cracking their whips while herding their cattle.  Hence, the houses they live in are called cracker houses. 




Frank and I also took a trip to Texas to visit our daughter Meredith, and to go to the Alabama vs USC football game. Roll Tide. Meredith recently moved to Fort Worth to start her dream job of working at a zoo.  She is a keeper at the Fort Worth Zoo. We are so proud that she is doing so well, and for going after her dreams. We also went down to Waco and visited Magnolia Market, that is owned by Chip and Jo Ann Gaines from the Fixer Upper show on HGTV. 



There were times, I doubted it would ever happen, but the weekend before traveling to Texas, we actually moved to the river house. We slung our clothes and some stuff in the house and then headed to the airport. Even though, we still have a long way to go, we are excited to be here now, and are trying to organize and put away. We have a bedroom, bathroom, and laundry room that are mostly finished, and are working to make improvements every day. I love to mix old with new, vintage and modern, and if I had to categorize the style of our house, I would say that it is a modern -farm/lake house – with nautical influence. Here are some of our details…


Until next time…. Keep Smiling.