The kitchen finally happened!!!

It doesn’t happen often that we have all 5 kids and their families together, but this year we all plan to be here at our home for a whole day during the holidays, and I am over the moon excited.  Someone please remind me to take a picture!!!!  So, you know I am busy planning, making lists, shopping, wrapping, decorating, and on and on.  I want everything to be perfect or as close as to perfect as I can do, which will be nowhere near perfect!!

If you follow my blog, you know that our house remodel has gone on for about a year and a half now, and the last really BIG project was to be the kitchen.  Well, until the next big project of the addition and our dock is started.  But for now, I am celebrating my kitchen and the fact that I can cook for my family for Christmas.

I thought I had a couple of pics of the makeshift kitchen we had the past year, but I haven’t been able to find them.  Frank built a counter out of plywood and 2X4’s that he mounted a kitchen sink in.  We bought a refrigerator when we moved in and a couple of stainless commercial type tables with shelves underneath for storage.  I used a propane gas iron two burner cooker for cooking, along with my crock pot, microwave, grill and smoker.  Let me assure you, we did not miss any meals.  My waistline can attest to that!  But, my new kitchen is so much better.

154 Periwinkle Lane kitchen

Our white shaker cabinets came from Super Home Surplus in Madison, TN.  I met with the kitchen designer, Jill, and she was fabulous.  She has many years experience and has great ideas and always responds promptly to calls and emails.  I highly recommend her for any of your cabinet needs.  Once we nailed down the layout, we placed the order and the cabinets were ready for pickup in about three weeks.  We did the delivery and install ourselves.  Frank and Jimmy also did the trim work.  Our appliances are from Lowes.  I waited until October to order those, as that’s when the best appliance sales are. 😉

Can we just talk about this fabulous island???  I think I could do a whole blog about it alone.  Mr. Junior Brown of Waverly, came out and met with me to get my ideas and measurements. He had built cabinets for us at another house and knew he did excellent work.  I had several pics that I printed from the internet and tried to explain how I wanted to combine them into this beautiful, functional, work of art.  He could not have built anything I would have loved any more!!  For me, it has become my favorite part of the kitchen.  Mr. Brown also brought his counter top guy with him, Mr. Swaner, which measured for our quartz counter tops.  I wanted to go with a gray counter top on the white cabinets and a white Carrera top for the island.

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154 Periwinkle Lane kitchen Island

Did I mention, besides being beautiful, this island is functional?  I asked for a double trashcan pullout, pullout shelves, and an oversized silverware drawer.  I love being able to chop up veggies and rake off anything that I don’t want into the trashcan.  The plastic white silverware separators come out and go in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.  We originally planned to build a pantry across from the island, where the fish pictures are, but after seeing how much room I have in the island, we decided against it.  I added a bench there, and it has become the place to catch my bag and jacket or whatever I have in my arms when I come home.  The bar stools and wooden bench are both from Wayfair and the fish prints are from Etsy.

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Last, but certainly not least, is the backsplash and floating shelves.  It took me a while to finally decide on the backsplash.  I brought home several different styles of subway and mosaic tile to compare to my counter tops.  All of the grays made my countertop look brown and I wanted something different than the stark white against my white cabinets. I hadn’t really thought about glass, until I laid one down on the countertop.  That was all it took.  Frank wasn’t sure about them, but after installation, loves how it looks.  Tile is from Lowes.

I showed Frank what I wanted for shelves and we measured for what we needed and a week later, I had the last element that I had been waiting on for the kitchen grand reveal!!  I love how the shelves turned out.  You too, can have floating shelves.  Just email me with your measurements and if you want them stained or painted, and we can give you a price.  He can also do the wooden window shutters and flower box that I featured a couple of posts back.  Be sure to check them out!!

154 Periwinkle Lane kitchen floating shelves best

Well, that’s it for now.  I hope you all are getting ready to make lots of fun family memories!  I plan to do another post of Christmas decorations soon, so stay tuned!! Until then, you better be good, cause Ole Santa is watching!!!

xoxo – Mitzie


Giving thanks everyday.

Thanksgiving 2017 dining room 4

Thanksgiving 2017 has come and gone, but I wanted to give you a recap of our home  before all of the festivities began. Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year, and this one was no exception.  This year was especially wonderful, because for over a year I haven’t had a real kitchen, but now I have an all new kitchen that I love and I was so excited to get in there and mix things up.

MJ had spent Tuesday night with us and she was here to help and keep me company.  Frank stayed here that morning and played with MJ and kept her busy, while I started cooking.  Here they are having pop tarts for breakfast. 😉

Frank and MJ having poptarts

I love to turn on some music, put on my apron, light a candle, and get busy in the kitchen.  Before long, I have every cabinet door open and every bowl and pan dirty from mixing up everyone’s favorite dish.  Frank likes to do the turkey in the smoker, so I prepare a ham and sides.

Of course, I always realize that there are a few items that I forgot to pick up at the store. It is Frank’s job to head off to Walmart with a detailed list in hand to tackle the crowd and checkout lines, while I stay and watch over the cooking pots.  His best thanksgiving shopping tip is to park your buggy in a central location and go and get the items and bring them back to add to your cart.  Also, ask women where things are, because they are so impressed that a guy is in there shopping, they want to help.

I like to go ahead and set the table in advance, and I decided that I wanted to do something different from the traditional fall colors this year.  I wanted to use the dishes and napkins I already had, so I decided to go with a white theme.   I found some little orange plastic pumpkins for .99 each and painted them with white flat spray paint and shimmering gold for the stems.  I added some greenery and little twinkling white lights. Easy peasy and everyone loved it.

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We were so happy to have my mother, Beverly, and Frank’s mother, Barbara, and sister Vanessa and her son, Parker, along with our son, Cole, here for dinner.  Our daughter Meredith and her boyfriend Austin joined us a little later.  My mom made the dressing and I need you to know, it was the bomb.  I have never made dressing and I’m so glad she made it for us.

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Meredith Parker and Cole Thanksgiving 2017

I have so much to be thankful for!!  I’m so thankful for the journey that my father in heaven is taking me and Frank on,  and I AM SO THANKFUL TO FINALLY HAVE A KITCHEN!!!!!!!!!! The next post will be all about the kitchen.  Until then thank you all for your love and support.  I feel it in your likes, comments, and shares.

XOXO – Mitzie


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

Half way through 2017


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.


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.

Office 1

office 2

foyer from office

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.

office desk

half bath 2

half bath 1

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

coop on the boat







It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


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.


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!!