Deck Project

Summer is coming to a close {it’s been upper 90s the past week and now it’s storming all day, all of which is no fun to be outside}, so I think the deck will stay pretty much the same until next year. Here is the progress we’ve made in 2013…

This is the deck in July, right before hubby started tearing it down.


Izzi wants no part in the chain saw action.


In progress, thanks to our amazing carpenter.


The end result!


We have spent a great deal of time out here just in the past month or so that it has been completed. Obviously, I haven’t added any personal touches. That will come next year.

Here are some ideas (in no particular order):

1. lemon tree

2. gazebo or umbrella that will provide some shade over the sectional

3. mosquito netting?

4. pops of color

5. stain/ poly entire deck (depending on wear, etc)

6. grilling station to keep tools

As you can see, this will be a work in progress every year. That’s what makes it fun!

Like I said before, it’s been quite hot recently. Here is a picture of Axl enjoying his pool. He got in all on his own and just stood there for a good ten minutes. His eyes kept drifting like he was going to take a nap. Normally, Izzi is my water baby.


I’ll leave you with this shot of a giant bumble bee enjoying the roses I put on the table. He scared the living daylights out of me one afternoon.



Ketchup and… ?!

It’s been awhile to say the least. I was busy teaching summer school and being a “Lymie” as my hubs calls me. The summer has felt like it’s gone on forever, but it also feels like it flew by. Anyone out there understand what I’m saying or am I just speaking gibberish?

Let’s “ketchup” or catch up as some might say…

We’ve had a deck attached to the back of the house since I moved in here about five years ago. It’s a little ricketty, but mostly, just too small. {Un}comfortably, three people can sit at the table while one is cooking at the grill. Doesn’t make company feel very welcomed. So while we’ve been waiting for the carpenter who is going to do our kitchen (he’s on another job, his own house), we got the bug to redo our deck. Well I should say, Hubs got the bug to tear it down and pay a buddy to rebuild a bigger and better one.

Here’s a before shot:


Izzi is being helpful as usual. She’s saying ,”Come on, Ma. Put the camera down and fill up my pool!”

Here’s an in process shot, with my little man Axl:


The deck itself is done, but I’m still waiting for some finishing touches. So far, we’ve spent many nights just hanging out. It’s larger than our living room and dining room put together, basically doubling our living space when the weather is enjoyable.

Until next time…

(which will only be a few minutes)


This weekend we are had a garage sale. We closed early Friday due to rain, then opened late Saturday due to rain. Hopefully it will be better next weekend, otherwise it’s going to charity. I told myself I would NOT be bringing any of it back in the house. Let’s see how well I do….

I also got my blood work back and found out I have lyme disease. REALLY?! I have to see an infectious disease specialist, so I will make an appointment this week.
Let the fun begin!

Other than that, here is a picture of my beautiful rose bushes… enjoy!


Pinterest Execution

I’m sure I’m not the only one. Do you pin ideas over and over, but never actually try them out? Well, with the time I have on my hands this summer I decided to get busy. I’m also trying to be money conscious. By choosing projects that I already have most of the materials, I am saving money.

I’ve had this blank wall in the family room for years. I finally decided to use an old Ikea frame that’s been sitting in the basement and walaa! Each heart is a picture of a map of places my hubby and I have visited together. Simple, but cute.

love travels

love travels

Our back door is a definite eye sore. I hang a winter wreath, but I’ve never put anything up for the summer. Wreathes always seem to be so expensive, so I decided to make my own. This project did cost me $47, which is a lot for a wreath. BUT, I have materials leftover for another project. I bought everything at Michaels.



This was also my first experience stenciling. I’ve often thought about stenciling a focus wall in the living room, but for now, one letter was enough!

Until the next project….

Might as well

I like to follow other blogsĀ  (maybe it’s my curiosity/ nosiness in others lives), then it occurred to me it’s a great way to track my own.

So, today, is day one.