Monday, June 25, 2018

"It was June...



...and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside."
 

~ Maud Hart Lovelace


Projects around the house are getting done quite slowly. There are just so many other things that demand our time. I have more free time than Chris does...but alas, the projects that really need done are only things he can do....so we wait. The man works hard and I am thankful when he does get a little down time (but I will confess that living in a fixer upper house for the past almost 18 years makes having patience difficult! I always remind myself that this home is temporary, truly...while we are grateful for it and do our best to take care of it ~ we are only here for the duration of our lifetimes ~ which is but a tiny dot in the midst of eternity. Having my home look magazine-pretty really isn't what I'm pushing for! I honestly am just big on things looking neat and tidy.)

Chris has been doing some *finishing* things on the back porch....and we have been discussing new windows for the upstairs rooms (dormers and the very front window). The windows there now are the original ones to the house and need updated. Once that gets done...we can finish the siding on the dormers and front of the house as well. I am *super* excited for that to happen! (I say "we" can finish the siding...like I am actually part of it ~ when I just try to keep Chris and whoever helps him with it hydrated and well-fed! I truly don't *do* any of the siding!).


I strive to keep the yard cut and tidy as well as flowers and plants planted around about to make things pretty. I took photos to show you but truly, everything looks *much* prettier in real life!




"I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June."

~ L.M. Montgomery



The days have been going continually by....one right after the other. Days filled with work ~ differing forms for each of us. Chris and Xavier are often working at my dad's garage (or at his dad's meat market). Madelyn babysits and also works some afternoons at the meat market. Jaxson helps with chores and is a great helper to his Grammie in her gardens!


My work is definitely that of a keeper at home. The mowing, laundry, dishes, cleaning up the house, grocery shopping and more keep me happily busy. I am still keeping up with my daily exercising as well.

My raised bed is looking nice! Everything is growing beautifully....although I don't think anything grew in my second raised bed. Always so strange to me how sometimes things take...and other times they don't! Our corn down at the "big garden" didn't take at all.....but our green beans and pumpkins are doing great down there!


As you can see in the photos below ~ Chris has the wood to start finishing things on the back porch...



Now I am trying to decide if I want to *stain* the back porch....or if I want to paint it white. Ack! Decisions, decisions! Any suggestions? If I am going to put the money and work into it...I want it to look nice! I'd love to hear your thoughts on it! :)


It's 4 pm right now....and I feel like I could fall over and fall fast asleep! It's been a busy day (not *overly* busy....just normal...getting things done sort of busyness). I taught spin this morning at 9am....then came home to mow and hang out some loads of laundry. After lunch, Jaxson and I went for groceries (then of course, you must come home, unload them from the car and put them all away which is another exhausting task! I was so thankful for his help!). I've done some other housework and then sat down to write this blog. I have some more things to tend to before I start supper so I best be saying my *good-byes* for now!

Before I go....if you like to listen to sermons, snippets, or read things I find interesting (I have a list of great sermons in a link on my right sidebar...but I've been too lazy to add more when I come across them!) I do share things I like on my Google Plus Page. You can find it HERE. Just if you're interested!

Anyway...I hope your day has been enjoyable so far and that June has been a great start to the summer for you! Please visit again soon!

Cheerfully,
Katy

15 comments:

  1. Your home always looks lovely Katy, so warm and welcoming! We have many projects on our to do list too. Same many have to wait for my husband's expertise as well, lol. :-) I care for the home and the children and he works very hard... there never seems to be enough hours in the day it seems. :-) Hope you are having a good week!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Jill! :) Soo true....there never does seem enough hours in the day! :)

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  2. Chuck and I joke that when we say "we" it actually means he will be doing something! :) Like you, I keep our home tidy, the grass cut and provide the nourishment so "we" can keep the projects going. ;)

    The pictures of your home look lovely, although I do agree that things always look better in person. It was nice to catch up with you!

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  3. Your home is beautiful and I would love to live in an older country home like yours. My daughter recently stained her porch as it was quicker and hopefully, won't need the upkeep that paint does. However, you can never go wrong with pretty white paint!!! ha ha.... I'm sure you will make the best decision!

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    1. Great point!!! Thanks so much for your input! :)

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  4. Katy, love your home.. about painting your porch white. I painted our porch all white except the deck floor and I went with a beautiful dark stain.. It looked lovely for one season, and for the next few years I had to repaint because it always looked dirty to me.. I have clay siding so we matched the paint to match our siding and stained the posts on our porch the same as the floor.. So much better and less work and upkeep. I think white is lovely but I live in the country and have kids and a working hubby.. White was just to much to keep up and I seemed to be always irritated when I would see the dingy white paint therefore I could not enjoy my porch like I do now.. just wanted to share about the white paint.. Good luck with your choice.. I love the look to be tidy and clean as well.

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    1. You all are opening my eyes to the upkeep hassle of the white!! Thanks so much!! :)

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  5. If you paint the porch white, it will look great, but it's one more thing to clean!

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    1. Thanks so much for your input Laura!!! :)

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  6. I love your house, yard and blog. I agree with Laura -- perhaps white porchfloorboards would give you one more thing to clean and do the paint upkeep. A natural stain would like nice with your beautiful wood rockers. Just my 2 cents! We just went to the barrier island beaches in NC (about 4 hours away) and came home yesterday. It was lovely and wild. Today, I am getting house together and and about to pick up our dog from the kennel -- there is nothing happier than the family dog recognizing you from a distance and realizing he's about to come "home"! Also, I LOVE your wood drying rack in your photos -- may I ask where you got it? I use my little drying rack all the time, but want one of those extended ones like you have. Thank you! Paige

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    1. Hello Paige! Thanks for your input! Your vacation sounds lovely! I bet your dog was thrilled to see you all again!

      The wood drying rack actually came from Chris's grandmother. She died when he was a teen....but her husband (Papa Bull) just died recently. While going through his house, they set it aside for me knowing that I would love to use it! :) I was thrilled because those things can be pricey! I'm not sure where to purchase one, I'm sorry!! :)

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  7. Hugs, Katy! I can relate to all of this! Maybe you could look on Pinterest for different porch ideas for paint, etc. it’s all looking great! And I understand the old house probs! I have commented several times but my comment just get lost? I dunno. I’m gonna try again. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Monica!!! I'm sorry about your comments?? This is the only one I received from you! I'm not sure where they disappear to...thank you for trying again though! :)

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  8. Having always had cement patios, I have no advice, but it sure looks perty! Definitely do the siding yourself if you can. We had to have part of the back done, including the fireplace and it was about $4000.

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  9. Katy, I am sorry about your Papa Bull. Never easy even if you know your loved one enjoyed a lot of years, but glad your family thought of you and pulled the drying rack for you. I thought it looked vintage-y, which is a compliment. I have an old glass pie plate from my grandmother with some unusual burned areas, which was so unusual as she never burned anything, as she never burned anything, so I treasure it and use it to make all my holiday pies....the last pumpkin pie this holiday season was eaten by the dog as it cooled on the counter. Next dog is not going to be counter height - haha. Thanks forsuch a positive, inspiring and motivating blog! Paige

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May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy