Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The giving of thanks.... :)

No I haven't started decorating for Christmas.
I don't know, call me crazy but- I like to do
one holiday at a time people!!

While I don't have a whole lot of Thanksgiving decor,  what I
do have... I love:)

I still love my velvet pumpkins, and this wheat stalk bunch that I've 
had for years:)
That glass lamp is perfect for holding a faux pumpkin on a 
candle base:)

And just because it's sooo pretty I gotta show ya....

The hubby went to the hardware store the other day (that just so happens
to have the most adorable nursery in it) and brought home this begonia
for me. He's a keeper. I'm hoping I'll be able to keep it alive??!!

Tips on begonia's would be very much appreciated:)

Okay. This adorable stuffed turkey. My mom made this back in the 70's,
and I remember seeing it every Thanksgiving since I was little.
His thread bare gobbler just keeps hangin' on year after year:)

So this is random I know, but has anyone tasted these??
Well I did...
and I found them to be...
sooooo GROSS!!!!!
I was so bummed! I really want to fit in with the cool kids
and like all things pumpkin, but ewwwah!!

Every year at this time I think that I just might come across
something pumpkin that I like.
Hasn't happened... :(

I find the only pumpkin thing  I really like is pumpkin pie!!
Straight up, plain, original, old school pumpkin pie.

 I KNOW there's a chance I could lose followers
over this one but I got to say....

I think pumpkin spice lattes are....
GROSS too!!!!!

(queue crowd of gaspers)

Did she? Did she just?? No, really.
Did. she. just. say. that????

Uh huh. She said that.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This week.... :)

We passed!!!
You have no idea how stressed out I was watching that lady at 
the DMV correct my test!! 
I missed three. 
One question that I knew I was going to get wrong because I had no idea what the answer was,   something about-
what is the fine if you abandon an animal in a neighborhood?
Umm, I don't know? Life imprisonment? Death???
It should be.

Speaking of animals abandoned in neighborhoods...

Meet Jack. Rio found him clinging to life laying in the
road in her neighborhood 6 years ago:(

Yesterday while we were face timing, she told me how she's decided to
learn to crochet. Yeah, she just teaches herself this
stuff. She calls YouTube the new college:)

Anyway....she whipped up this sweater DRESS for 
Jack. Yeah, he's a boy and I swear he's
giving me the stink eye because I'm dying laughing at him.

The best part is that pom pom collar can be pulled up
into a hoodie. Poor Jack, except for the fact that he's always cold I'm
pretty sure he wouldn't be caught dead in this in front of his friends....

What else.... oh yeah-
I dropped my phone:( :( :(
I've had an iPhone since they came out
and luckily I've never had this happen.
Sure put a damper on my Scramble with friends game:(
Yes I still play that game. But only with my brother in law.
And only because both of us are too stubborn to quit!!

Last Wednesday my sweet baby Wallace had a tumor removed
from his back leg. I sprung for the "upgraded" cone that he is supposed to
wear for the next 10 days until his stitches come out, and I thought
he'd be so happy about that??

He's not happy.
He's annoyed.
He won't even look at me.

Of course I think he looks like the most adorable 
little Frenchie that I ever did see!!

His surgery was successful!! so Little Bully will be
free of that stinkin cone before too long:)

Life is good:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall back... :)

Daylight savings time. I've never had to deal with it in my entire life.
See in AZ we had all the daylight in the world!!
Never changed our clocks.
Fall back what? huh? 
It's this trick that everyone in the country buys into except for Arizona.
(and Hawaii apparently)

 But I'll tell ya what? When I got up this morning I felt like I had so much 
extra time!! hahahaha!!
Time enough to do some bakin' anyway!!

My friend Marni posted a pic of these muffins on Instagram the other day,
and they looked so tasty I had to make 'em:)

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1 tsp. pumpkin-pie spice
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. 
Whisk together pumpkin, oil, eggs, pumpkin-pie spice, sugar, baking soda and salt
in a large bowl until smooth. Add flour and baking powder and whisk
together just until combined.

Add chocolate chips. I used more than half a cup of course.
Because more is more better:)

Stick those beauties in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

Soo easy and soo delicious!!

Daylight savings time...such trickery!
But I'm liking it!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When in Rome.... :)

Within the first few weeks of living here I realized I didn't really drive my car anymore.
Everywhere I needed to go I could either walk or 
ride my bike there. 
When I actually did drive somewhere outside of my
little town, it was always with the hubby in his truck.

My brand new Ford Explorer just sat there collecting dust.

So in an effort to simplify my life (and save cash for my dream house)....
I decided to ditch the big ole SUV, and go for something smaller,
affordable and just more... me:)

Is she the cutest thing ever???

Say hello to my 1956 VW oval window.

 Somebody has made himself quite comfortable in her already:)

 That steering wheel... I die.
Power steering?? Psh! what's that??
A stereo?? Nope. You just have to sing to yourself or gasp! have a 
conversation with somebody!!

If you've ever driven a VW in your life, then you know what I mean
when I say they have a sound and smell all their own.

And I'm lovin it:)

 My first car was a stick shift that my dad just threw me in and made me drive 
after a 5 minute lesson. I remember being so freaked out and annoyed that
he would buy me a car that he KNEW I didn't know how to drive!!

I was honestly in tears when he got out of the car and made
me drive home by myself. I can still see his face as he leaned in the window and he said-
Dorie just relax!!! you're learning something that you're going to be grateful
you know someday.... and you're going to thank me.

I sold that car some years later and hadn't driven a stick shift since.
Until now.

Thanks dad:)

You know what else I haven't done since I was 16??
Take a drivers test.
It can't be that bad right?

I'm taking it today.
I'm scared:(
Wish me luck!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Her name is Rio..... :)

...and she dances on the sand.
Just not yet.
When the hubby, my son and I moved in August I had
to leave my baby girl behind:(
But just for a bit!
Rio and Chase are finishing up 2 houses and will
be hopefully coming to Carp by Christmas.

I miss her sooo much. Like you have no idea. 
Well I just got home after spending 5 wonderful days with her:)
 I just thought I share some pics of the adorable little
bungalow that she currently lives in.

Oh those roses? My hubby sent those the morning after I got to AZ.
How cute is he? Keeper:)

This little tiny was built in 1929 and is one of 6 little bungalows in downtown
Mesa. There's 3 on one side of a common front yard, and 3 on the other.
This cutie is a mere 870 sq. ft. but oh boy is it ADORABLE!!

It's a 2 bedroom 1 bath. What makes it nice is that the front room is so big!
And look at those glorious original windows, trim and hardwood floors:)

How adorable is this tiny dining area??

Just to the right of the dining is the teeny tiny yet very functional kitchen:)

Just so white and fresh huh??

In keeping with the tiny theme....
the bathroom. Rio added shelves and bought that storage cabinet at
Home Goods. 

 Since they'll be moving in November or December, they put this 
house on the market. And there it sat for sale for about 2.5 seconds.
Uh huh, SOLD!

BUT GUESS WHAT?? Like I said, Rio and Chase have 2 more coming up
and they are going to be FAB!! 
One is in Phoenix (Arcadia) and the
other is across the street from my old house in downtown Mesa:)
I'll be sure and post info and pics soon!

Mama so proud of her baby girl:)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The bar..... :)

Warning: totally crappy pictures.
This getting back to blogging business is hard people!!

And get out my real camera?? 
Psh. That's crazy talk.

the master bedroom and bath are on the 3rd floor of the house.
When I sold the house in AZ, I kept only what I really
loved, and one of those pieces is this dresser from FOUND:)
I love it for my whole life. 
The lamps made the cut too, I bought them at Home Goods.
And that chair???

It used to be velvet green. Remember??
Well after we got here, it just didn't quite work with the softness of 
this space. So I spent an arm and leg and had it reupholstered:)
The sweet gals at Gold Coast Fabrics did an amazing job huh??

Those curtains in the back are Martha Stewart and I found them
on clearance at Home Depot.
I like how they pulled out the blue in my duvet:)

The bed and nightstands are the Austen line from World Market.
The first week I was here I found these adorable
bird pics at a store called Magpie Collections in downtown Carp,
and aren't they perfect??

Here's the other side of the room.
A fireplace and some much needed storage on the right
behind those doors:)

Oh let me pan out. See that other cabinet to the left of the fireplace??
Yeah that's a mini fridge.
When I first walked in here and saw that, I thought what? huh?
I mean what?? Am I the only one on the planet that thinks
that's the dumbest thing ever??
I mean unless I feel like making a turkey sandwich at 3am then...

Well then I opened the doors above it...

A BAR!!! What in the world??? 
 I mean WHO makes martinis in their bedroom???!!!
I'm so sorry if you do, but please help me understand? What a
total waste of much needed storage space!!

Since the master bath has only one sink, 
this bar became the perfect place
to house my makeup and hair stuff:)

So there you have it. 
Gotta work with what you got right??

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

What's up???!?!?!!??

Oh my goodness. Where to start??
How do I put into words my happiness...??
Saying I'm happy and this place is Paradise just 
doesn't feel like it does it justice!! 

We found our hearts in Carpinteria, California :)
It's a small sweet beach town that has made us feel like
we're right where we should be:)

The beach here is dog friendly, too bad Little Bully isn't:(
He can be such a jerk around other dogs!!
I keep threatening a stint with Caesar Milan and then I remember
how Caesar says he trains the people more than the dogs...and I'm 
like oh forget it then. 

Ok so let's get down to business.
I know you are all wanting to know where in the world we landed.

Sadly. Not here.

Not here either.... :(


Apparently EVERYONE in Carp knows they live in Paradise and they don't want to 
ever leave... :(
I don't blame them. 
Ok, that's a lie. 
I do blame them. I blame them for loving this sweet town so much that there's
hardly anything on the market for sale!!! Waaaaaa!!!
So until someone has a moment of insanity and decides to sell me their
adorable little beach house...

I'm content to rent:)

When we sold our house I just kept praying... Lord find us the perfect place.
Is this green house the cutest??
But it's not mine.

This is:) 
Doesn't God have a hilarious sense of humor??!!
That green one is my neighbors house.
I had to laugh:)

We were soooo lucky to snatch up this place!! It's a 3 story townhouse built in 2007.
The best part? It's pet friendly.
Seriously people, you have no idea how hard it is to find a rental that accepts 
1 adorable frenchie and 2 cats!!?? (yes I'm playing favorites)

So when I said 3 stories, I should have mentioned that's it's 1500 sq. ft. TOTAL!!
That means a mere 500 sq. ft of actual living on the main floor.
Sooo, that means I can't hoard stuff.

That's a foreign concept I'm just beginning to grasp.

I'm not ashamed to admit- I LOVE stuff!!! 
The garage is only 1 car, and by that I mean no car.
It's full of surfboards, wetsuits, and bikes.
And ok, by bins...
Bins full of seasonal decor that I just can't part with!!! (shakes fists in air)

So here's the front room from the front door:)
Why yes! my Halloween has been out for over 2 weeks- duh!!
The couch is from IKEA. It folds out into a bed and that chaise lifts up
for storage under it...perfect!!
The chair is from Pottery Barn and I love it! 
Rio painted me the whale and turtle pics:)

Just to the right of the couch is the dining area.
The green cabinet I had in my laundry room of the old house, and the chunky leg
table I bought from FOUND yeeears ago. The chairs are from

This is the other side.
That sideboard is another FOUND piece. It houses all my
kitchen overflow:)
The door just to the left is a fabulous closet and the other is
a tiny powder room.
The kitchen is just on the other side of that counter.

This place is  perfect for us right now:)
I mean come on, I just have to walk or hop on my bike and look what
I see at the end of the street... :)

uh huh.