Friday, February 5, 2016

Our Little Living Room

 This morning was spent dusting and reorganizing the living room.  I still had some winter themed decorations out and about.  Those were packed away and the family photos came back out.  I have read many times that professional decorators frown on using personal photos for decor...I personally love to surround myself with photos of loved ones! 

Our home is pretty small, so it is quite cozy in our living room, but we like it.  We don't have a separate family room, so this is our main living space.  Our little home is less than 1000 square feet.  In fact from about this spot in our house, you can turn and see every room in our home!  Now that two of our three children are no longer living at home, it is not quite so tight of a space anymore, as the girls room is now our office.
It may be small, but it is filled with love!

A view from the other side of the living room, looking towards the woodstove.  The little rocking chair by the woodstove use to be mine when I was little.  Our granddaughter likes to sit in it now.  

The shelf above the couch was holding my winter themed mini village and trees.  Now it has photos of our family, some vintage books, candles, and a printable that I found on Pinterest. 

Sweet Claire (she is much bigger now!) and a wedding photo of her daddy & mommy.  The lighted "R" was a Christmas gift from our daughter Amy.  It comes on for a few hours every evening.

The other side of the shelf holds photos of my hubby and I, along with our daughter Amy and our son Jacob.

I added a few houseplants to the vintage sewing table and updated the photo of Claire for the frame.

This little corner is tucked in between our front door and the woodstove.  The little bookcase was left behind when we purchased our home.  The shelves hold more vintage books and photos of our parents.  The piece of wood with lights on it use to be a tree in our front lawn.  It was dying so when my hubby took it down, he trimmed it up and peeled off the bark.  He often hangs his hats on it.

This is a close-up of my little collection of small clocks and thermometers.  Most of them I find at estate sales and antique stores.  Claire loves the owl clock and likes it when we wind it up.  Its eyes move back and forth when it is ticking!

Well, the living room, household chores, homeschooling, and business paperwork are all done for now, so I believe that I might kickback and enjoy the rest of the afternoon.  Perhaps watch a show, read a book, or work on our family history!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Hello Again!

Well, it has been quite awhile since I have blogged about anything!  I guess that I have been too busy with other things to keep up with it much.  I myself, do find it a bit easier to take a quick photo with my phone and post it either on Instagram or Facebook.  
I am still not sure how regular I will post, but in the meantime I thought that I would share a few photos from the month of January.

New Years Eve...there were several fireworks going off in our neighborhood, so we stood out on our back deck to enjoy them and ring in 2016.

Our son Jacob went to winter camp with his youth group.  They enjoyed playing in the snow up in Leavenworth.  Just wish we would get some snow down here!

Much to my son-in-law's dismay, I introduced our granddaughter to the movie Frozen.  She absolutely loves it and wants to watch it all the time now.  I must admit it is adorable seeing her spread her arms wide and sing along...let it go, let it go!  Sorry Josh!

This past summer my hubby picked up this vintage sewing table at an estate sale.  We recently brought it inside the house.  He is still in the process of redoing the top of the table.  He is going to recover it with vintage wood yardsticks.  For now they are just laying on the top until he glues them down.  
We are enjoying a few winter flower blooms on my Christmas cactus, orchid, and a hyacinth that I picked up at the grocery store.  
And yes, that is our Christmas tree sitting on the bench outside the window!  We put it out there after Christmas and it has been residing there ever since...hopefully it will make its way to the yard waste bin this week! 

Back to our lack of hubby insisted on buying this beer strictly for its name "Pray for Snow", ironically he does not even drink beer.  Therefore it has been sitting there in our fridge for a few months now.  I decided to put it to good use and make some beer bread with it.

It turned out good, but the beer did add a very strong taste to it!

My daughter Sarah gifted me with an adult coloring book, just because!  It really is enjoyable to just sit down and color like a kid again, if only I didn't need to wear my glasses to make sure I stay inside the tiny lines! 

With another holiday approaching we had to add some new candy to our wooden bowl, it will be devoured by my hubby and son within the week!  I am also working on another dishcloth to replace some of the ones that have worn out.  
The mug was a gift from my other daughter Amy!  She picked it up from Carlo's Bakery in New Jersey.  She is a nanny and the family went to the east coast in December and she went with to help with their twin boys.

Eating plenty of oranges and trying other home remedies to help keep the cold and flu bugs away...ugh!  
By the way, this is the top of the sewing table.

This winter has been blessing us with some beautiful sunsets!

We found some play animals at the thrift store recently.  Claire enjoys playing with them and they enjoy watching her have a mid-morning snack!  

 Believe it or not, we still have veggies growing in our garden.  A combination of the plastic covering and a pretty mild winter have helped to keep them going.  Plenty of greens, onions, beets, and carrots.

It is nice to get some fresh veggies right out of the back yard for our dinners.

A heart-shaped beet from the garden!

That about sums up January, nothing too exciting.  I am spending some time cleaning, sorting, and re-organizing the rooms in our house.  A fresh start to the new year.  I am also trying to edit and back-up our 2015 photos, not a fun task!  
I have been on the fence whether to continue with the blog or not.  I guess I will see how it goes over the next few months.  Although I do know that I will have plenty of photos to share towards the end of April, as our daughter Sarah and her hubby Josh are expecting our second grandchild...a boy!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

In the Garden 8.22.15


Well, it has been over a month since I did a garden update, so I decided to take a few photos this morning while the dew was still on the flowers and veggies.  Gardening has not really been that enjoyable this year.  With the excessive heat we have been having here in the Northwest, being out in the hot sun is not my idea of fun.  The garden seems to be handling the heat fine though.  We do try to keep it watered well on these hot days, our lawn and several other plants are as dead as can be though.  I for one cannot wait for the cooler days of fall to arrive!




Green Beans


Marigolds & Tomatoes


Beets & Carrots


Italian Roasting Peppers




Orange Bell Pepper




This photo is to show how the one Early Girl tomato plant has decided to take over the entire garden bed.  Also planted in this bed is four varieties of peppers, two cucumber plants, and some marigolds.




Green Bell Peppers




Feverfew ~ self seeded next to our plum tree


Applemint ~ gone to seed










Sweet Pea


Corsican Mint ~ self seeded in the bricks that line the foundation of our home


Garlic ~ drying on the racks, we will soon be cleaning them up and storing them


Grape Tomatoes


Sun Gold Tomatoes & Basil


Fresh veggies harvested from the garden this afternoon.  Menu planning was going through my head as I picked the veggies.  I see a few meals that I can make with the produce in this basket, along with some zucchini bread and cake!


Tonight for dinner I roasted some of our beets from the garden.  Very simple and very delicious!

Oven Roasted Beets

Peel beets and cut into small wedges.  Add some olive oil, salt, and pepper…mix together to coat all the beets.  Add a sprig or two of rosemary and thyme.  Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes, or until fork tender.


I also made a veggie quiche tonight.  I made a whole wheat pie crust and filled it with fresh picked veggies – broccoli, pepper, zucchini, tomato, and garlic.  I whisked together 4 eggs, 1 cup of milk, and salt & pepper to taste.  I added the veggies and about a cup of grated Monterey Jack cheese to the pie crust and then poured the egg & milk mixture over the top.  I then baked it for about 50-60 minutes in a 400 degree oven.  If you make this quiche, keep an eye on it while it is baking, as your oven temperature may vary from mine, also let it cool before slicing so it can set up a bit.


While I was outside this morning taking photos of the garden, this is what the sky looked like.  There was a red glow around the sun due to all the smoke from the fires in Eastern Washington.  This is the first day that the smoke has made its way west of the Cascades.  It was a very hazy day with a burning smell in the air. 

Please pray for all the fire fighters and volunteers that are battling these wildfires, the families that live in the fire zones, and also for some much needed rain here in the Northwest!