Where I’ve been and What’s next

What started out as a brief break turned into a too long absence.

It’s true….”Time stands still for nobody. Live each moment because when it’s passed, you can’t get it back.”

While getting time back is not an option, these pictures can answer the question of where  I’ve been and what I’ve doing.

We knew this would be the year when we would come back home and we would be saying goodbye to the little cottage in the little town that has been our part time home for 2 years. And  my body and mind told me it was time. 

Early 2016, my spirit of adventure was at an all time high, Yes, lets do this.

Now 2 years later, I am more than ready to close the chapter on this experience.

We started prepping the house in early spring, with plans to list it when schools  were letting out for the summer and folks are on the move, literally. .


Yep, before the end of the summer, I’m thinking,  mission accomplished. Hubby would be finished with his career, again, and we would once again be a one house family. 

We cleaned, painted, arrange furniture, decluttered etc until we just finally said that’s it. No more doing and redoing.

We were ready to list!






A cute, beautifully staged  3 bedroom, 2 bath, 1650 square feet cottage will be a snap to sell. Right?

Oh yes it was. It sold within 4 days and the buyer wanted some of the furniture. That was a plus. We didn’t need the furniture and would have to sell or donate most of it.

And there was another offer on the house. Wowza, Wowza, Wowa…. Excited….so excited. 

Almost too easy. Yes it was! 

We signed the contract and left to go on a planned vacation to Las Vegas for our granddaughter’s graduation.

We returned home and started removing stuff from the cottage and bringing it back.

We were fast approaching the July 30 date of closing. And then…….The rest of the story….

The buyer backed out,  for personal reasons,  and by July 4, we had to start again. Disappointing!!!! Other potential buyers had moved on to other properties. At first, we resisted restaging, but saw it was in our best interests to bring the furniture. rugs and accessories back that we had taken home. And we wait. July 30 came and went…..August 30 is gone and we are now approaching the middle of September.

We made a price cut and we still wait.

I have Summer time still on the chalk board and will be changing it to Fall…..very soon.

That is what I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.. Sigh. Sigh

We have a showing next week…….fingers crossed.

What’s next ???????? Shrug…I don’t have a clue.






Another guest bedroom redo

Don’t we all have that one room……the one that we feel  isn’t picture perfect and therefore there are no pictures.

I looked  for before pictures of the one guest bedroom that has a connecting bath. It’s the room we use most often when there are guests.

The other two are for the overflow when we have more guests.

This main guest room is smaller and has three doors….entrance door, closet door and bathroom door. It makes decorating a challenge.


Since there are no before pictures, take my word for it…..It wasn’t very inviting and I knew it could be better.

My determination was to  take what I had to work with…..,  a bed, beige carpet and beige walls, one window and three doors…, and come up with a comfortable room with a big dash of pretty.

After two and a half years, I now have pictures of the downstairs guest bedroom.  I would like to take up the beige carpet and replace with hardwood and paint the beige walls………..but not going to happen anytime soon.


Every guest room needs a comfy chair.

Wall art adds a pop of color to liven up an otherwise neutral room.


Two night stands that double as storage  for linens and towels.

Every guest room needs a clock. This one makes a big statement.



A mirror is a must for a guest bedroom.  Can you image going to a hotel and not having a mirror?


In a small room, comfort and space are more soothing than a clutter of décor items.

Keeping them to a minimum leaves space for the guests personal items.

Making a guest feel welcome starts with the feel of the bedroom they will be staying in.

Stay a night in your own guest bedroom and it will give you an idea of the changes you need to make to create a room that says





It’s a wrap……almost..Part 1

Two days away is New Year’s Eve, the day before 2017  begins. A brand new shiny year to unwrap.

Like it or not, ready or not , it’s here.

As in the previous year, there will be ups and downs, highs and lows. good and bad times. Life as it happens

As my way of closure for the year,  I’m sharing a recap of each of the twelve months of 2016.

I will refrain from the obvious “where did the time go?”

January 2016, I chose the word “hope” as my go to word for the year.

Hope served me well this year. As we experienced most of the year embroiled in political turmoil and an election outcome continuing to divide our country……..Hope

As we face daily challenges…..Hope

As we face unknown fears…….Hope

In February, a move to a small town for a job opportunity for the hubby, brought excitement, apprehensions and a bit of work to find our home away from home.

We settled into a small, unfurnished apartment near his workplace. 

It was shoestring decorating. But it was Home Sweet Home.

In March, we celebrated Easter with friends and family back home. It was a bitter sweet time, as we enjoyed hiding eggs with the little ones and reminisced of better times with loved ones who are spending Easter with the Lord and Savior.


In April, I continued furnishing the apartment by bringing small pieces of furniture from our main house, 3 1/2 hours away.

We went back there for the weekend and travelled back to the apartment on Sunday afternoons, bringing a load of “stuff” with us.

We are accumulating quite a bit in the apartment. Strange , nothing seems to be missing from the main house yet.


In May, decorating the apartment is done and mostly I’m sitting around reading. I do enjoy reading, but it’s so not me to sit for long.

Hubby and I have come to the conclusion, apartment living is not for us.

We explored nearby towns with plans to find a little cottage to buy.

We celebrated Memorial day at the main house and went back to the apartment. 

In June we were in house hunting mode when hubby got home from work everyday.

In the historical district of a town with homes like these….



We find this.

A “just the right size” cottage with a few projects..

…… not too many.

Guess I won’t be going to the library for a while.

To be continued.