It’s good to have goals.

Frank's sunset

I’ve known for several months that I needed to post on my blog.  Life is so busy and I haven’t taken the time to slow down long enough to do it.  So today, I am telling you all, that it is my new goal to post at least twice a month.  Now, someone PLEASE hold me accountable!!

A lot has happened in my life, and at Periwinkle Lane since I last posted.  Today I want to share some of the new updates that we have completed on the exterior of the river house.  First, I want to remind you of what it looked like not long after we bought the property.  In this picture, we had already cut back some lower limbs from the trees, removed the well house that sat right in front of the house, and broken through the block wall for a place to install the front door.  We also moved one window to the front right of the house and ran the electrical wires underground to the house.  Before, they had hung down in front of the house and were attached on the right side. I mean really – it was pitiful.

154 Periwinkle in the beginning

We now have the siding on the house and I drew out the idea I had for shutters.  I had originally thought about bahama shutters, but in the end, went with stained wooden shutters, with a matching window box for the window that will eventually be covered by the roof over the front porch.  We then poured concrete for the front porch and had it cut into a diamond pattern.

If you look close at the front door, you will see Cooper peeking out.  We will soon put a gray sealer on the porch and it will have a little shinier finish. We also put in a little landscaping, but didn’t get it completed.  I want to add some azaleas, and roses next spring.  I ‘m also thinking if you live at Periwinkle Lane, I need some periwinkle too!!

Next, we are in the process of adding a carport, that will eventually become a breezeway to our garage.  This was really important for Frank, as he is storing the boat under it for the winter.  I like the fact that we also enlarged our back porch, so there is more room for seating and cooking, and that’s where the best views are.

154 Periwinkle front view with carport

As you can see, it is that time of year that we are fighting the leaves battle, and it is a major war around here!!!  Thank goodness the Lord has blessed us with some wonderful weather to work and enjoy.

Before ending this post, I want to dedicate it to Frank’s dad, Mack.  He went to be with the Lord in July of this year.  He loved our place, and once told Frank that we did good in getting it.  Our first family function here last year, was to celebrate Father’s Day for him and Frank.  He loved to visit and to go fishing and we love and miss him so very much.  He would also want me to say ROLL TIDE!

Mac and Frank thumbs up

In August, we also lost our little buddy, Hank.  He was 16 years old and was the best little traveling partner ever.  He is buried in the pet cemetery, that a previous owner started in our side yard.  I go out and visit and talk to him often,

In September, we were blessed with the birth of Kendel and Jeffrey’s baby Mac!!  What a wonderful time to be there with Jeffrey, Kendel and her sisters, Paige and Kasie, to welcome Mac into the world.  A memory I will never forget.  God truly is good.

Me and baby Mac

In October, our family was blessed with a wonderful surprise! Kasie and Cody became engaged.  Cody planned a very special proposal and Kasie said it was perfect!! The wedding is scheduled for October of 2018, and we are busy planning all the fun details.

Until next time, (which will be much sooner than it has been) say your prayers and enjoy each and every single day!!!!  XOXO  Mitzie

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