Tuesday, July 28, 2015

No more Backabro.... :(

I bought this couch from Ikea almost exactly one year ago. It had just come
out, and when I went to the store they hadn't even received their floor
model yet. This one is called the Backabro, and what I really like about
it is that it's a pull out bed which works great when we have family
come visit. And that chaise? it lifts up for blanket storage:)

Well Mr. Backabro was starting to show some wear.
No biggie right?
I'll just order another slipcover!

Yeah no.
They freaking DISCONTINUED it!!!!!
You can imagine my face...
staring at the computer screen excessively blinking
as if I wasn't really reading it right.
I mean who the?
what the??

The thing that came to mind at that time was this little ditty
 from a Mr. Kenny Rogers....

You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille.

So after a mild break down, I typed the Backabro model number into google
hoping to find a slipcover somewhere,
and whaddya know...
Ebay! and brand new! for $65!!

The thing that came to mind after I bought it
was this little ditty from a Ms. Donna Fargo...

I'm the happiest girl in the whole USA!!!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Elizabeth June.... :)

I love houses. All shapes and sizes of houses.
If I believed in past lives I'd swear I WAS a house!!

Today I'm going to tell you about our next Project Beautify house that we
have "in the hopper" as the hubby would say:)

Looook at that driveway people! When we first pulled up it
I was in love:)

When we turned the corner at the top of the drive and saw the house,
I couldn't help but think hmmm...
it's GREEN... I'm feeling good about this one:)

I remember when I was little I couldn't WAIT for Halloween.
Not because of the candy though. But because I couldn't wait to 
take a peek inside people's houses just beyond the front door!!
Yes. I was a weirdo.

Well that same feeling still comes up every single time we look at 
a new property. (I'm still a weirdo:)
 I'm telling you- houses have a story to tell.
They have a "feeling". We've actually passed up properties
because the hubby and I just thought the house had
a bad "feeling"!!
(We're both weirdos:)

 Well wait till you step inside this one....

The second I walked in this house I could feel the love. I don't know
how else to describe it, but I sat in that yellow club chair and took it all
in... the home that once belonged to 
Elizabeth June Kristofferson Rohrer Pickarts.
Everything was spotless, perfectly matched and perfectly placed.

And see that cool floral thing above the fireplace? Oh how I wish
it would have stayed with the property. It lit up and was on a dimmer
and was just the coolest thing!
I love love love that brick fireplace:)

The more I walked around this house, the more I felt a sisterhood
with Elizabeth June. This pic doesn't do the paint color justice on this 
built-in in the hallway but,
it's the prettiest shade of green:)

I pulled this little green book off her shelf and thought
how much that girl on the cover looked like the Holly
Hobbie doll I had when I was little:)

All over the property you could see a love of birds:)
-and you all know my love of birds.

On one side of the backyard is this little hidden staircase...

When you get to the top of that staircase...
you see this...
green, green and more green:)

Look at that view of avocado orchards and the ocean beyond that, and on
a clear day the channel islands beyond that.
Wow right??

 In the garage was something under a white blanket.
So because I'm one of those that reads the end of a book because
I can't stand the suspense, I had to look underneath...

Well I'll be.
I love you Elizabeth June. 
And if I believed in past lives I'd swear we were twins:)

Thank you, thank you Elizabeth June for the 37 years of love
you poured into this house.

I'm truly honored to get the chance to love on it next:)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Project Trinity.... :)

So this week I thought I'd give you a little looky at our current Project Beautify
house. This little cutie was a 3 bedroom 2 bath house when we got
her. She's now a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom! Sooo much left to do, but
I'll show you what I see every time I look at her!

I see her as an all white house. Benjamin Moore swiss coffee to be exact. So the whole
body and all the trim will be white. That red brick
has to go:( it's no where else on the house and it just looks kinda weird.

At the eaves all around the house is wood siding, well...we found out that some
termites have been feasting on it so it has to go too.

We're going to be replacing all that with cedar shingle siding.
The natural wood color will really warm up all the white paint:)
We're also adding a simple natural wood pergola over
the garage door.

The garden window on the front is going to go too.
We'll be replacing it with a regular window and
some stained shutters like these:)

And then the front door...
I fell instantly in love with this pic!
Duh! Of course I did!!
So the front door is going to be
Churlish Green by Farrow and Ball:)

The kitchen is starting to shape up!
Cabs are in, and tomorrow I'm going to go pick
out the counter tops. I'm thinking quartz? I'm kind
of liking the sleekness of it:)

All the hardware, door hinges, door handles and plumbing fixtures are 
going to be black:)

But guess what I'm most excited about???
Squeeeeel!!! These lights!!!
They're all from Schoolhouse Electric.

Upper left- Master bath
Upper right- Downstairs hall bath
Lower left- Dining room
Lower right- Kitchen sink

So this is the most current house I'm pretending is going to be mine...
I swear it's the Lord's way of keeping my creative juices flowing since
I can't do it in my own house... :)
He's awesome like that:)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Say what??..... :)

 So as some of you may or may not know, Little Bully
LOVES him some toys.
To death. 
Like they don't last very long AT ALL.
He also LOVES him some ball playing.
He will sacrifice life and limb to get that tennis ball I'm telling you!
He's always been a very active little guy.

But lately I was noticing that he wasn't acting like his normal self.
He couldn't jump on the couch anymore, and just seemed
like he wasn't interested in playing so much.
So I did what any crazy dog loving person would do!
I called the vet and ordered X-rays because I was certain he
had something wrong with his hips or his knees.

Well $300 later...
 guess what the Dr. said...
He's FAT.
Yep. Absolutely nothing wrong with his knees or hips.
He's just FAT.

I was like huh??
What do you mean???
You can't be serious????

Here he is begging THROUGH THE WINDOW!!!

So the beggar of the year is officially cut off.
Yep you heard me right Wallace!!
No longer will you lure me in with those beautiful brown
hungry eyes.

As a preventative, the Dr. put him on some fish oil and glucosamine.
 I was trying not to laugh when she said that even though LB (fitting initials)
weighs 30 lbs, that I could go ahead and give him the lower dose because
he's going to be losing weight...

I'm thinking yoga just might not be doing enough...

He might need to add in some cardio...

So Mr. hunk of love is going to be slimming down if it kills me.
And it will.
Just scroll back up and look at those eyes!!!!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Memories..... :)

So this last week the hubby's sweet sister Wendy and her family paid us
a visit. That's her sitting between us. She is my hero:)
That woman has fought breast cancer 3 times.
Yeah. 3 TIMES. Like a boss.
After a fantastic week with us, her family headed south to 
San Clemente CA because her girls were playing in a
tennis tournament there:)

Well we decided to take the train down to watch the girls play. We were
sooo excited for the almost 4 hour train ride! Reading, eating, looking at
the beautiful coast and napping...
Somebody (who shall remain nameless) mixed up our departure
times and we missed the train:( :(
After we stood staring at each other in disbelief and laughing hysterically,
we jumped in the car and headed their way:)

You see, San Clemente and Dana Point were our stomping grounds for
over 17 years! We hadn't been back since we sold our place a few years
ago, so I was excited to watch the girls play some tennis
and visit all our old haunts:)

As soon as we exited PCH into Dana Point, we drove past our 
old house (of course).

I always get a little nervous to see if the new owners of our old
houses love them like we did.
Wow!! The house looked sooo happy!! They added that
cupola with the mermaid weather vane and redid the
front porch and it looked

After the neighborhood tour, we headed to one of my 
favorite eats in San Clemente- Nick's on Del Mar Street.
I had been dreaming about their roasted chicken for the
entire car ride. Roasted chicken is one of my favorite things
ever and I couldn't WAIT to chow down on Nick's.

We got there and sat down and I didn't even look at the menu,
because duh- I already knew what I was getting!
So I ordered the roasted chicken and the waitress looked at me
all puzzled like and said
"yeah, we don't have that anymore"

I'm pretty sure the room went black and silent.
I just sat back and said...
well ok.
Just give me a minute to look over the menu and drown my
sorrows in some bacon deviled eggs then...

Have you ever romanticized something you ate so much
that absolutely NOTHING on the menu even comes close
to your favorite dish?
Yeah me too.
I ordered the Sea Bass. 
And I don't even really like fish:(
I pretty sure I was still high from the bacon deviled eggs.

I will say that I sure perked up when my lunch arrived though.
I mean come on! what's not to love about that adorable
mesh bag over the lemon??
I reeeally had to stop myself from "accidentally" putting
that little thing in my purse!!
Can anyone tell me where to get them??
I must have!

Ok, and I'll be honest.
THIS here is what I was dreaming about the entire car ride.
Nick's butter cake.
Oh me oh my I LOVE this dessert and after romanticizing
it in my head for all these years...
it did NOT disappoint!!

So our quick little trip to San Clemente was a fun trip down
memory lane. The extra time with family was awesome:)
Now I gotta go roast me a chicken....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

And He walks with me.... :)

So while I feel super lucky to have found this rental here in Carp, there is a downside.
There's no yard:(
That means lots of walks for Little Bully.
Rain or shine.
(You can see here how much he enjoys the rain... hee hee hee.)

The upside though? 
I get to walk around my sweet little town and
take in all that it has to offer.
Like beautiful rose covered arbors....

 and the occasional FREE curbside goodie!!
Take a look at those chairs.
I mean what??

Take a look at my adorable hubby lugging those chairs home:)

Then take a look at how adorable they look in Rio's house!!

We still haven't heard back about the cute rental house we looked at. 
But I'm thinking that's the Lord's way of telling me he's got something
even better in our future:) and I'm ok with that:)