Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This weekend, I . . .

* Went to the Farmer's Market and took Emily and her friend along

* Saw a street magician perform

* Replanted a rosebush that Lilly dug up -- the entire thing!!

* Watched movies on Hallmark channel while I did laundry and baked a cake

* Met some friends early Sunday morning for coffee and friendship at a park with a beautiful view of a lake and the mountains

* Ate cereal for supper

* Went to a see Knight and Day (Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz) with Emily

* Joined this Summer Reading Challenge

Thanks to Becky at Keys to the Cottage for hosting this fun, easy meme;)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Quick and easy projects

Remember this little ottoman that I picked up from a garage sale last week?

This morning, I whipped up a little cover for it, using a couple of extra curtain panels that match the valence in my sewing room. I think it turned out kinda cute. I put a button on each corner, to reinforce the pleat that makes the corner.
I love projects that are quick and easy. Next up: these two wall lamps that I picked up from another garage sale this morning. I need to spray paint the metal bases. At five bucks a piece, I think they were a real deal! Especially since I've been looking for something like this for our bedroom and I just love the pretty, almost new shades.

And this sweet little wood tray was just 50 cents. Best of all, it needs no fixing up! It's perfect, just the way it is.

I love garage sales! Can you tell?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Around the block

I haven't been doing much blogging of late. Truth be told, I've traded in my laptop for pencil and paper. Now that summer is here, my morning ritual is to have coffee on the back porch and write in my journal, while the kids and the old dog sleep in. Lilly, our puppy of 6 months, is my companion, she's so happy to have someone to keep her company in the back yard.

I've also been suffering from a case of writer's block. It's hard to believe I'm in my third year of blogging. Some days, it seems I've covered just about everything and have nothing left to say. Haha, don't get your hopes up, (you know who you are), I'll always have something left to say!

In the meantime, I've downloaded my camera, and here are some photos of what's been happening Over the Back Yard Fence, since summer started.

Believe it or not. . . these roses are all on the same rosebush. It's called Joseph's Coat and it is growing nicely up a trellis in the back yard.
My daughter decided she wanted a different look for her bedroom, so I took the white antique dresser that looked so cute in her old "cottage style" bedroom, and jazzed it up a bit, painting it a soft aqua.

I LOVE this color. It just makes me so happy, at the top of the landing, right outside my loft. And, yes, we do use the old typewriter. I've found that even kids who think they hate to write, can't resist pounding out a story or rhyme on an old typewriter.

I've been garage saling up a storm on Friday mornings! This old ottoman (five bucks!) is one of my best finds: I'm going to make a slipcover for it with the fabric, which will match the valance and this chair, another garage sale redo:
And, summer wouldn't be summer without lots of baseball. This is Luke, pitching on the field at Colorado School of Mines, his dad's alma mater. Kind of neat when things come full circle.

That's about it for now. How is your summer going?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day. . .

. . . to amazing dads everywhere. You're all #1!

Monday, June 14, 2010

This weekend, I . . .

* went to some garage sales and found an ottoman to recover

* attended a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for some dear friends.

* didn't have to go to any baseball games because it rained all weekend

* watched two movies on t.v. -- Catch Me If You Can and Forrest Gump

started a new book

* did laundry

* hung some pictures

* did laundry

* made chili, because it was so cold on Sunday

* sold our camper!

How was your weekend? If you'd like, you can link up at Becky's and share your list!

Monday, June 7, 2010

This weekend, I . . .

Becky at Keys to the Cottage is starting a new Monday meme. If you'd like to share your weekend in an easy, no frills, list, head over to Becky's and sign up!

Covered some chairs for the patio. (These are the same chairs in the photo in my last post. One of them was pelted to shreds by our hail storm last weekend.)

Clipped a perfect Tiffany rose from the garden for my new bud vase.

Bandaged a blister on Luke's foot.

Woke up to find a dog sleeping in my bed! DH is getting soft in his old age.

Watched five hours of baseball and hiked a mile to get to the games, pulling a cooler and carrying a lawn chair.

Found itty bitty peaches on our new peach tree.

Went to a Farmer's Market.

Planted strawberries.

Met some girlfriends for coffee.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday's Fave Five

It's time to look back on the week and find five of the highlights that made it special. Hook up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story, if you'd like to join in.

1. For our anniversary, DH and I had dinner at our favorite restaurant, The Briarwood, in Golden. We had a nice, elegant dinner, took a drive afterwards, and were home in time to watch the Rockies game, in our pajamas with our laptops clicking away. Dates just get better and better, after 26 years:)

2. My daughter is taking horseback riding lessons this summer. While she has her morning lesson, I get to spend the hour and a half having coffee with her instructor's 81-years-young husband, on their patio overlooking their small ranch. He is such an amazing individual, a real cowboy and full of stories and yarns. When Emily's lesson is in the late afternoon, he invites me or Dan (whoever is the lucky one to be there that day!) for a 'cocktail on the patio.' Em's instructor is a former rodeo performer and is as spry and energetic as they come. I have no doubt that, in her 7th decade, she could still ride bareback and jump horses!

3. Dan took some vacation time this week and summer weather has arrived. We've alternated work and play. It would be nice to spend the entire summer this way, but it's also nice that he has a job:)

4. It's garage sale season! Last week I found the table and chairs in the picture above, which sit on my front porch.

5. Barbeque time! Like everybody else, I get so tired of cooking the same thing. In the summer, we use the grill a lot and it gets everyone in on the action! Last week, I made a pork loin, the other night Dan grilled some ribs and tonight we're grilling chicken for fajitas. Luke is the master burger griller:) We eat on the back patio, and it's like having a picnic every night.

How was your week?? Any highlights you'd like to share? Enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

26 years and counting. . .

Twenty-six years ago today, we were dancing up a storm and having the party of our lives, relieved that all of the wedding plans had gone off without a hitch, excited for our honeymoon in Hawaii, and for starting our lives together. I was 26 years old. I can now say that I have, figuratively and literally, spent the better part of my life with this man! And I'm just as happy today, anticipating the next 26 years. Love you, Sweetie xoxo

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How I Spent Memorial Day Weekend

On Saturday, we drove through the mountains to the western slope for my niece's graduation party. It was a pleasant drive, with clear weather and spectacular views. My brother and his wife have a small ranch. We spent the afternoon, visiting with family and friends, on the large deck that overlooks their property. I spent some of the time taking pictures of this guy and his friends. . .
Isn't he just the cutest little baby? He has yet to be branded, but his ear is tagged with the brand that will eventually go on his little hindside. He doesn't have a clue what's in store for him:(.

On Sunday, we drove back through the mountains. When we got home, our boys were eager to show us the hail damage that had occurred the day before. It could have been a lot worse, but my plants did take a beating. Marble-sized hail pelted the area and left tree leaves strewn all through the streets and on lawns throughout the neighborhood. We lucked out, because only the day before, nearby areas had severe hail damage, with 6 to 12 inches of the stuff falling in a short period of time.

So, Sunday afternoon, was spent cleaning up my garden, pruning back a few rosebushes and trying to appreciate that the damage we suffered is nothing compared to what it does to farmers who earn their living by growing crops.

One of the rosebushes I planted before the storm. . .
Monday turned out to be a busy day, when Luke was called to play a couple of baseball games. I took Em and a couple of friends to the pool. Dan is taking the week off, so it feels like the weekend is still going!

Today, we spent the day cleaning out our camper trailer. For supper tonight, we grilled some ribs and ate on the back porch. A perfect way to welcome the first day of June!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!