The sunflowers we planted in the garden are doing so good.  They are super tall and have lots of blooms on them.  It is such a pleasure to look up to the garden and see them.

The girls and I made a trip to A C Moore after church yesterday.   It was a fun day.  We looked at lots of fall decorations.  We didn’t get any but they had lots of pretty things.   Grace did buy a bigger set of watercolor pencils that were on sale.

An I bought some yarn for making dishcloths.

I like it.  It is very cheerful.   That’s all for now.  I hope you have a great day.  God bless. 

Living Room

Hello everyone.  Just wanted to say our living room is now finished.  YAY!!  MAKES me want to do a happy dance except I might be too tired. 

This tv cabinet is one of the reasons I am tired.  I painted it a total of 3 times today. First I painted it gray.  I did not like it.  So I had to put two coats of white on to cover the gray.  Oh well that’s how it goes sometimes. Do you see the pottery on top of the cabinet? Back a few years ago, when I was in college, I took pottery as an elective.  Now I would love to tell you I made those but I did not.  I specialized in stick figures not actual pieces. My teacher made those.  I bought them from him and have enjoyed them ever since. 

Well that’s all for now.  I hope you have a great weekend and God bless. 

Beach Room Finished 

Hello everyone.   We are so excited.  Our beach room (previously known as sitting room) is now finished.  We love it.  I wanted to give a little information on the two chairs that you see in the picture.  I have no idea how old these chairs are.  I’m going to estimate somewhere between 80 to 100 years old.  I know that they were on my grandmother’s porch when I was a young girl.  I can even recall them saying who made them but now I cannot remember who they said it was.  The table is one of the last things George made.  Nice memories.

It feels so good to sit down and relax in this room.  All the YUCKY stuff from the gas logs is gone and it feels so nice and clean.

We will hopefully start the finishing touches on the living room next week.  God bless.

Paint Update

So here are a few more pictures showing the soot damage from the gas logs.

Isn’t it awful.  As long as I kept everything right where it was it wasn’t so obvious how bad it looked.  But when everything came off the walls, it was YUCKY! I just praise God no harm came to the girls from it. 

We took everything off the walls in the living room and the sitting room because Steve and Bev came back up today to paint some more.  He got the walls in both rooms painted.  YAY!  This above picture shows the difference.   Believe it or not the original color of the wall was light blue, not that strange color you see above the mantle.  

I knew it all looked bad but I guess I just didn’t realize how bad until he started painting.

Just look how beautiful it is now.  

I love it!  All we have to do is paint the trim and both rooms are done.  God is so good. 

Black Ridge Trail Hike

At the risk of bragging (which I totally am) I think we live in such a beautiful place.

Today we did a picnic with the Horns and then a hike on Black Ridge Trail.  It is about a 3 mile trail and it took us about 2 hours.  

It is so easy to tell from these pictures why they are called the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

The views along this trail are breath taking.  

The trail itself was so nice.  Some strenuous hills, some flat land.

And some really strange things along the way.

Look at this branch.  Doesn’t it look like a snake? 

You know sometimes when walking a trail you just have to stop

And look for deer.  God bless.

Fun Day With Tom and Sally

Yesterday the girls and I spent time with some dear friends of ours, Tom and Sally.   Some of you may remember them from other posts.  He is our previous pastor.   

We picked some beans, ate lunch and then just visited and walked around their farm.  It was a very nice day.  They live in a beautiful place.

Tom and his new toy.

Their apples are looking very good.  Makes me look forward to fall.  Speaking of fall, we have had very fall like weather here for several days.  For two mornings our temperature here was 52 degrees.  It felt wonderful!  Great sleeping weather.

On our walk we had to visit this beauty and her babies.

She’s looking for her treat.

Mrs. Sally’s ducks.

It was a good day.  

A Candle Kind Of Day

Happy Saturday everyone!  I hope you are having a great day.  Today has been very nice here.  Temperature has been about 68 all day. Amazing!

And getting some MUCH needed rain.
So for days like today I love to light some candles. 

Today the girls and I cleaned house and tried to decide what colors we wanted to use for paint in the sitting room.  I think we have decided but will wait until it is done to show pictures.

I guess that’s all for now.  Enjoy your day and God bless.


Hello everyone.   So some of you know the story of what happened with our gas logs and some of you do not.  For those of you who do not know, here is the rest of the story.

When George was hospitalized before his passing, something went wrong with our gas logs.  Wood is our major source of heat.  The gas logs were our backup heat source. Anyway the flame wasn’t exactly right or something and it put this BLACK film all over everything.   And I mean it was on literally everything.  Dishes, light switches and reciprocals, floors, walls, ceilings.   You get the picture.  Everything! Even upstairs!

So many friends offered to come help us with the clean up however at that time we were not up to a major project.  So the girls and I have worked on it a little at a time.  Yesterday my friends, Steve and Bev, came up and he started painting the ceilings.  He started in the living room as it was the worst. That is where the gas logs were.  You will notice I said WERE!  Right after this happened, Dave came over and took out the gas logs and replaced them with a wall mount gas heater. 

Steve was able to do the Living room and the sitting room ceiling.  I love them.  They look so much better.  Now on to picking out wall colors.

Another Project

Hello everyone.   Another busy day for me and the girls.  Another building done.  YAY! This is the after picture.

This is what it looked like before.

We took 2 truckloads of trash to the dumpster and had about 1/2 truckload to donate.   

We all love this old truck!