Slow progress is progress still

Officially, it has been 2 months since we signed the papers on house number 2.

I should give it a name to not confuse it with our main residence. After some thought, I will refer to the house as the “cottage on greene.” I like that!

Busy does not even describe life at the cottage on greene. Setbacks have happened…….some unexpected. Such as a little hurricane called Matthew. While not in the direct path, winds and lots of rain resulted in uprooted trees falling on power lines. And you know when that happens…….no electricity…….for 4 days.

The brick cottage fared well in the storm, but without the comforts of home, this old fashion girl, who has grown fond of all things plugged in, stayed on higher ground 3 1/2 hours away.

I left behind many, many unfinished projects. I had hoped to show some pictures of how breathtakingly beautiful the little cottage is becoming. sigh, sigh, sigh. Not yet!

I will be back there in 2 days and hope to hit the ground running. My days here have been spent shopping for all the stuff to take back to the cottage.

My recent hangouts…….Thrift stores, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Target etc. In between the shopping, a long overdue trip to my hairdresser.   Smile, smile smile.

I have chalk paint, milk paint, antiquing glaze, fabric, fireplace screen, desk chair ($25), dishes, wall decor

and a dozen or so of other things from shopping my stash of stuff in the garage.

I also met a dear friend for dinner and talk, accent on the talk. I had a wonderful supper with one special girl. Will blog about that later.

And lest you think I wasted even a second, I worked on three tiny projects. Evidence below.


An acrylic painted,  fall burlap wall hanging.


A rag wreath made out of drop cloth remnants.

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And an acrylic painting of a leaf on a burlap pillow.


I can take a breath now before full speed ahead!


Good Morning Rainy Day!

Three rainy days and being inside makes a girls a little stir crazy, especially if she’s been smelling the paint fumes.

The projects this week….

Living room painted………..check

Dining room painted……….check

Chair rail wallpaper hung….check

Front door painted……………checkIMG_2600_thumb.jpg

A break in the rain this morning, got me outdoors walking to town and enjoying the view.


Wish you were with me, dear hearts, but the next best thing, my friend the camera was with me to give you a glimpse of the scenery.


Ahhh…these front porches, aren’t they beautiful









Funny sidebar about the house below.

The feisty lady who lives there had a heated discussion with the historical society when she wanted to paint the house. When she presented her choice of color to them, they balked and said “no way”.  I think it has been so many years and no one remembers the color she chose. Her decision not to paint at all still stands. I suppose there are no rules about letting the house go unpainted and becoming an eyesore. Small town gossip…you got to love it.



While in town, I found a dining room table in a consignment shop……..very, very cheap, for our little cottage among the beautiful homes I walked by.

It’s very study/heavy. We will go back later today. when there’s a break in the rain, and bring it home.

Project list for next week begins with

………..sand table top

Have a great weekend!



September’s Song

But the days grow short

When you reach September.




Oh boy, how true this is for September 2016.

The month is half over. Where did it go? What do I have to show for it?

After moving in the new, old, house late August, the paint brushes were busy for all of……….one week.


They went  into storage for this


Yes, an interruption for a birthday trip to Aruba.  Planned long ago with friends who were celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary the same time as my birthday….

what’s a girl to do……go to Aruba, of course. Those paint brushes aren’t going anywhere.


Hot lazy, days in Aruba.

A gorgeous September rainbow after a brief shower welcomed us on the first day of our visit.



Two for one drinks during happy hour lured us to the Tiki bar every afternoon….come rain or shine……


Aruba is a country of the kingdom of the Netherlands.

The use of wind power on the island was not surprising.



The California Lighthouse was originally design to warn ships from the coastline of Aruba and is now a landmark for tourism.

Below, the view from a rooftop restaurant. The sun getting ready to drop unto the ocean.



A Divi tree at Eagle Beach provided much needed shade. Aruba is a hot and dry island.

Below, one of the beautiful homes in the high rise district of Aruba.IMG_2558_thumb.jpg

Below, a building in Oranjestad, the capital of Aruba.





One of the pools at the resort conveniently located….near the Tiki Bar restaurant.

Eagle Beach


Vacation in September is in the books and that paintbrush has been busy once again.

I have no time left for the waiting game.