drowning in cat pee and $70 Target e-Card Giveaway

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  I was so relieved when we finally installed the cat door and put the litter box in the garage. No more litter on the floor. No more odors. How could I have been so wrong?   We're being suffocated by the ammonia from cat urine at the Hines house. We realized that those times when Blackie couldn't figure out how to get to his … [Read more...]

recommended reading: on silliness, stories and staycations

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  Have you ever laughed out loud in the middle of the night when everyone else was sleeping?   That was my reaction when I read Kirby's book review.  If you are familiar with Kirby and her blog, then I don't have to explain.  If not, please go visit.   She has the best sense of humor, and I can always count on her for a laugh. … [Read more...]

it’s the little things: laundry symbol chart

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  My mom used to have a key ring that was a big, gold mesh circle that sparkled as it dangled from the ignition, and I wanted one just like it.  Knowing how much I admired that key ring, my bother surprised me with one for Christmas. Of all the gifts I received that year, it was my favorite.  Sometimes, it's the little things … [Read more...]

Recommended Reading: live, laugh, love

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  The house is quiet, except for the clanging of dishes as my daughter finishes her nightly chore. Mr. Hines is studying and Nicholas Sparks' "The Longest Ride" is laying next to me.  I started it on Father's Day while at the beach; my favorite place to read, and be.  Anyone have a beach house I can crash?      I've … [Read more...]

school’s out for summer

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    How does she? She doesn't.  Or at least I don't. I haven't cooked dinner since I made pasta cobb salad on Sunday night, and that is so easy to make it hardly counts as cooking. But instead of beating myself up about what I'm not getting done, like I typically would, I'm feeling grateful, happy even. Now that I have … [Read more...]

an important lesson in furniture painting

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  I would get so nervous before a softball game that I'd pray for a rain out, but the rain didn't come.  So there I was, suited up and standing on the field as the umpire yelled, "play ball!" Fast forward to this week, the gray clouds were looming in the sky, and once again, I hoped for a rain out. I have never painted furniture for … [Read more...]

good to know: a simple tip for making the bed

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    If you plan to turn down the sheet when making the bed, here's a little tip: put the flat sheet on wrong side up     so that when you turn down the bedding,  the decorative side of the sheet shows.   As I like to say, good to know.   See you in class, … [Read more...]

how i found my decortating style

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  I hope your Sunday has been good so far.  I wanted to pop in and tell you that I'm talking about how I found my decorating style today over at From My Front Porch to Yours. This is a fun series that I look forward to each Sunday, and from which I find so much inspiration.     I hope you'll join me over there to … [Read more...]

fortunatley, unfortunately: a teen bedroom makeover

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  Stages. Everything in our house is done in stages, spread very far apart.  And so it goes with this teen bedroom makeover. Fortunately, we chose new paint colors, and, unfortunately, painted big sample squares on the wall that we stared at for weeks. Fortunately, we bought a full-sized mattress to replace the twin. … [Read more...]

it was just right: the tale of a furniture makeover

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  It's been four years since I first saw the image of the blue bench in Veranda magazine. It was love at first sight, and I've been looking for just the right piece to paint ever since. I first tried painting my husband's childhood toy box with  some leftover blue paint in my garage, but it was too light. Then I painted an accent … [Read more...]