Monday, August 12, 2013

Blue Picket Fence

 Were BACK!! Wow was it a busy summer (did you wonder where I was) I missed you all very much.
 Our summer was spent enjoying three beautiful happy weddings that Gary officiated at, our niece and two dear friends.
We had a sad farewell to the passing of a dear Uncle, spending time and watching after our 8 year old grandson, my little brother was in the hospital for 16 days  having emergency surgery. My Mom also having hand  surgery.
Did I tell you that our youngest daughter is engaged? we have been  helping her and fiance' Seth plan their wedding.
We also have been spending time with our mini Astralian Shepared Shiloh he is now 7 months old.
In between all that we managed to have a cute  little picket fence built around our front entry to our door. Gary found the fencing at a garage sale and what do you know we now have a new fence.
Paul who  is our oldest daughters boyfriend built and desinged it for us.
Gary and I did all the painting (we wanted to help do something so it was painting)
You know us we love color so we said  to each other "go bold or go home...LOL LOL" so we choose to paint the gate blue to match the front door , the picket fence color is swiss coffee it matches the trim around on the house. Yellow, blue and white just a few of my favorite colors.

 What's a gate without flowers, I love flowers!

 Since we live on the corner we seem to get a lot of people trying to sell us "stuff" we really don't want and they seem to always knock during on our door during my favorite shows.
We wanted to keep our home friendly without saying "keep-out" so we thought the fence would do the trick. We keep it locked at night so it acts as an extra safety measure.
 Our next on the  Gary and Elizabeth To Do List is shutters on the outside of the windows and to  brick the porch.

 This gate is on the side of the driveway we kept it white as to blend into the rest of the fence.

 On the porch we have our basket swing a fun place to curl up in.
 'Grow trumpet vine grow' big and strong pleaseeeeezz.

 Hello Mrs Bee don't sting me please.
 We really love how the little white and blue picket fence  added so much charm (we think) and our little dog Shiloh loves it too, he can poke his tiny nose out  between the slats.

The before photo.

How was your summer?.

Sending you all a really tight hug and hoping and praying you are all happy and well.

Elizabeth and Gary XO

Joining in with the following link partys;

Jan-Have Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson Share you Cup Thursday

Courtney-French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

Sherry-TheCharm of Home Home Sweet Home Party Fridays

Sunday, June 9, 2013

HGTV Wallpaper in the Entry

 Hello!  its been so long...please forgive my absence, retirement has been keeping me really busy!!. I just don't know where the time has gone. Thank you all so very much for all the sweet wishes on my retirement.
Way back in the late 70's and 80's Gary and "loved" wallpaper and wallpapered almost every room in our home! yep we sure did...LOL
I felt so sorry for the ones that had to rip it all off the walls when wallpaper went out of fashion.
I have always loved wallpaper and wanted to use it again but not on every wall.
While watching HGTV I saw a commercial about the new wallpaper line HGTV was sponsoring with Sherman Williams.
I began dreaming of wallpaper in the entry and of course my curiosity got the better of me and I just had to go see for myself all the patterns of wallpaper.
I fell in love with the bold red rose pattern when I first laied eyes on it and knew it was the one I wanted for the entry.
Gary also liked the pattern and agreed it was the right choice for our home.
So we ordered a double roll (that is how it was sold only in double rolls) we only needed one double roll it was enough to complete our entry and only papered 2/3 way up the wall.

 The wallpaper was unpasted so we had to paste. I must say at first I was a bit worried about the process of pasting but to my surprise it was so easy and went up nicely, not much waste at all.
Gary put the chair-rail up for me  (thank you honey XO)
 It was a bit hard to get good pictures for you since our front door has so much light coming through. We kept the door green, I think its OK, what do you think?.

This picture is a bit dark (sorry) but I wanted to show you more of the entry.  I'm  not very good at fixing the color on my photos. I guess I should take a photo class now that I am retired...( but I don't have time) hehehehehe.

So what have you all been up too?.

Joining in this week with the following blog parties.

Mary-Boogieboard Cottage Masterpiece Monday

Susan-Between Naps on the Porch metamorphosis Monday

Alderberry Hill Make the Scene Monday

Kathryn-The Dedicated House Make it Pretty Monday

Judy-DIY by Design Winter Blues Wednesday

Kim-Savvy Southern Style WOW us Wednesday

Courtney- French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday

Sherry-The Charm of Home Home Sweet Home Party Fridays

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I Did It...I REALLY Did It !

 I RETIRED!!! after 28 years at the same job I retired on April 1...yep April fools day LOL. It was a day full of tears as I said Good-By to wonderful co-workers and friends. I have so many special memories that I will hold close to my heart always.
28 years is a lot of life spent with  co-workers, you get used to seeing the same smiling faces everyday that greet you with a happy "Good Morning".
I have been so lucky and blessed to have worked so many years at the same place with so many sweet and amazing people.
A gift I received was this beautiful quilt wall hanging made by my friend Linda who is a talented quilter and who has inspired me and given me encouragement   to quilt. When the quilt was presented to me I could not hold back the tears, just look at the little bone Linda added for our little puppy Shiloh and she even used "Home is Where the Heart is".

 I can't believe I really retired, there has been so much to do! the paper work to move monies over to new retirement funds, meeting with our retirement investors and re-applying for medical....crazy I tell ya! I have been so busy with paper work. I think maybe its taking longer since I retired way before 62.
My dear husband is 8 years older than me and he retired 18 months ago, he really pushed me to retire so we could spend time together enjoying life. I must admit I have been very nervous about retiring younger than 62 but I think I might just be getting used to it...
 The month has just flown by with retiring and than we took a trip to Costa Rica, my sister n law and brother watched the "baby Shiloh" while we were away. Our little guy is growing up and getting into all kinds of mischief.
 He loves his toys and chewies. Shiloh is so quite when he walks Gary put a bell on him so we would know where he was. Its so hard to be mad at him, he just looks  up at you with his sweet baby blues and we melt.
 Such a little rascal
The days have been busy with Shiloh and settling into retirement life. I'm sorry I have been MIA I have missed you all so much and now with retirement I will be able to read more and visit more!

Enjoy your week,
XO Elizabeth

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Eight Pounds of Cuteness

 Here I am melting to peices, just look who stole my heart on Saturday and came home with Gary and me.. Meet Shilo a Miniature Australian Shepherd. Shilo is a Blue Merle, White and Copper adorable little boy with bright blue eyes. He is 10 weeks old and what a doll. Just a little ball of soft fluffy puppy fur. 
I know, I know I have always said no puppies on the sofa, "but" it was just for a few pictures and before I had run over to Pet-co to pick up a little bed for him.
Shilo likes his bed and is getting use to it already. Miniature Australian shepherds will grow up to 18 inches tall and weigh in around 17 to 30 pounds. It looks like Shilo might weigh around 24 pounds according to the breeder.

 Look at his sweet little nose it's shaped like a heart! Aw
 Gary has been wanting a puppy for a long time, I just couldn't agree. Our family dog Kona passed away around 4 years ago and I have not been ready to replace her. But then.......we went to see the pups on Saturday and that was all she wrote, I was done for, just one little cuddle from him under my neck and his sweet soft fur and blue eyes. Yep I done for I just melted into butter!

 Oh NO we are not spoiled..LOL LOL, just taken a nap on Gary's lap
 A little squinty eye looking up at the camera
 And a floppy ear
 Silly puppy!!!
Aw its a puppy world, all tired out from playing.

We are just proud new puppy parents. Wooing and Awing over 8 pounds of cuteness.
Gary is in L-O-V-E with this little guy, our family is too. Shilo is going to be so loved and so spoiled.

Have a sweet week everyone.