Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I just know

As I've said before, aside from Christmas time, I'm not much of a seasonal decorator.

I'll bring out a few throws, a couple of pretty scented candles, and place a pumpkin here or there... and that's about the extent for Autumn.

Some old Halloween knick-knacks will make their appearance around October 1st.

Mostly at my daughter's urging ;)

But that's pretty much it.

It's not because I don't like Autumn.

Oh no! Quite the contrary.

As I've gotten older, I love it even more than any other Season.

It's just that when I look around my home, I realize that I don't really need to add "things" to know it's that time of year.

I already know.

I just have to pay attention to the changes outside...

And the way the light moves around on the inside...

I really don't even need to pay attention to the calendar.

I just know :)



I've added more to my Etsy shop and there's a 15% off discount until Thanksgiving Day, if you click "here"

Monday, October 9, 2017

roadtrip to Clifton

Sometime in the late spring or early summer, John, the pups and I visited the town of Clifton.

It almost qualifies as a ghost town and by that I mean that most of the town shops have been abandoned and a lot of the buildings have fallen down, but people still live there.

I always find towns like this sad, but especially a place like this when the surroundings are so beautiful.

It sits nestled in a mountain and it was built because of the mining that went on there and is still ongoing, albeit a little farther away in a neighboring town.

The first part of town has a railroad track that divides the main street, as you can kind of tell by the following pictures.

On one side there is the courthouse:

and neighborhoods...

On the other side are shops, including this hotel:

The old girl has changed quite a bit looking at a picture from inside the hotel.

So has the town.

You can see more pictures of what Clifton used to look like "here".

The couple that owns the Hotel Reardon were kind enough to invite John, me and the big three (Miss Daisy, LuckyBoy and Beebee) in to take a look. They're in the process of fixing it up and they allow dogs, so if you're ever up the way and need a place to stay, they'd be happy to have you (They don't have a website, but their number is: 480-599-2819 :)

Farther down, on the same side as the hotel, are more houses, which we decided to walk alongside and take pictures.

I was pleasantly surprised that most of the homes were being restored and still had their old windows intact. 

Moving on down the road, we came across the railroad station, which is still beautiful and well taken care of.

Even further down, there are a couple of main streets that are in disrepair and we couldn't figure out if they were part of Clifton or not, but we're assuming they are. They were mostly just streets of sad abandoned buildings:

Except for this church turned house:

All in all Clifton is still beautiful in it's own way and it looks like there are a few people that want the town to thrive once again.

I truly hope it does :)


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


As a blogger, sometimes I need a bit of time away.

I focus on my home, my life, my family, my relationship, and sometimes just me.

Other times, something is keeping me away.

It could be a family issue, a tragedy, a lack of time, or it can be as simple as my mood.

Then there is something I would like to call "Bloggers brain freeze".

That's when I simply cannot think of anything to blog.

I can have ten projects done around the house, lots of trips traveled, and 500 photos, but for some reason I can't bring myself to post.

During these times, visiting blogs also seems to take a backseat.

Well, I do visit here and there, but I rarely say anything.

I guess that would be called "visitors brain freeze".

Then there's the whole "If I post, I must comment back or repay the visit." thing, because if I don't, I feel bad.

That, my friends, is a vicious circle.

Right now, I'm so far behind with visiting and commenting back, I don't know if I'll ever catch up.


So, all this to say...

I'm still here.

And I promise that nothing tragic is going on. 

I've just been focusing on other things, like the ones I mentioned in the beginning of this post.

Some of it I'll be keeping private and some of it I might share in future posts, because I think it might be helpful to some of you.

For right now though, I'm just going to share these wildflowers with you, that John gave me, and hope you can forgive me for being an imperfect human.

Please know that I truly appreciate all of you.

I really do.



I'm praying for all those affected by the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.

My heart goes out to you.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Vanity redo

Some of you might remember when I showed you the vanity in my dressing room.

Well, it may not look like it in the picture, but it was in horrible shape.

I covered it with all sorts of things to hide the damaged veneer, but it really needed to be fixed. Plus it was kind of dirty looking from sitting in an industrial shop for years. I had polished it, but it never looked right.

Anyway, one day I had enough of looking at it and went to work.

I'd never done anything like this, but I figured the worst thing that would happen is that I would end up having to paint it and if you know me and my hatred of painted antiques, you know that's a very last resort ;)

I started where it was coming up and it was pretty easy going at first.

And then I realized that I was just removing the top layer.

This is about the time when I asked myself what the hell I was thinking.

Many hours later, I brought out the sander which helped get the glued on second layer of the veneer off.

Good Lord.... look at the mess!

I got a little carried away while I was chipping it off, so I used some wood putty to fill the craters chips.

All sanded and ready to stain :)

Although, a stain might have ended up looking better, I just used Briwax, because it's easy to apply and it doesn't make any rings when you set a drinking glass on it.

Much better!

Now for the very sad drawers.

Taking off the hardware was easy peasy.


After sanding...

And a coat of Briwax.

Drawers before...

Drawers after...

And done!

Well, except for trying to get all the dust and wood chips out of the carpet ;)

Anyway, I think it looks much better.

By the way, I haven't had time to visit all of you or to reply to comments lately, partly because of projects like this, but things are slowing down now, so you'll be seeing me around :)