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?

9 comments:

Becky said...

Great to catch up with you. I love the color on the dresser too. Just beautiful. And those roses! Never heard of such a thing but I love that too, and the name is perfect.

Have a great week and keep enjoying the summer. You'll be back when you have something to say :)

Robin said...

I love your colors and your decor - it all looks so pretty!
I have slowed down in blogging too - about twice a week seems comfortable to me. I'm glad you aren't going to stop all together - you would be missed!

Susanne said...

I've got the Joseph's coat in my yard. JUST KIDDING! LOL. They are seriously stunning though and I really have never heard of them. I'll have to keep my eye out for them though I have no idea where I'd put them but I'd find somewhere!

Love the fabric you're covering the ottoman in. I haven't gone yard saleing once yet. The weather has been nuts this spring. So I haven't even started thinking summer yet. I'm still waiting on spring. LOL.

Sherri said...

I'm so glad you decided to post Karen-I've missed you! Summer does not leave alot of computer time though does it! Love the roses-that's amazing all those colors are from one bush! Enjoy!

Donnetta said...

So enjoyed these pic's! Nice job on the dresser. Pretty.

I think slower blogging is a theme in the blogosphere as of late.

I have felt more of a draw to journal writing too. Not doing as much as I would like. Should probably work on remedying that.

The roses are beautiful!

Claudia said...

I love baseball and summer. I love the color of that dresser, too. Glad you're kicking back and enjoying the summer.

xo
Claudia

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
YOUR BUREAU CAME OUT REALLY NICE....LOVE THE COLOR. I NEVER HEARD OF JOSEPH'S COAT, IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. HOPE I CAN FIND ONE OUT HERE IN NJ. WRITING IN YOUR JOURNAL,EARLY IN THE MORNING SOUNDS HEAVENLY, WITH LILY AT YOUR SIDE. TAKE CARE, HAVE A VERY NICE WEEK. LOVE,
AUNT RIZ

Romaine said...

You really use that typewriter? Amazing.

Hope your quesadillas turned out good. We're coming to Denver this weekend on our way to Boulder. I'll be sure to wave. :-)

M said...

Karen:

You are a gifted garage-saler and fixer-upper! I never have such luck at the sales and wouldn't know where to begin to put that lovely spin on old items to give them new life. I am in awe!

The humidity here is 1000 percent, so if you are not in a pool, you must be in air-conditioning. We went to see Toy Story as a family last weekend for Father's Day. It was so sweet, I cried!!! My husband choked up and even my college-aged son sniffled a bit. My daughter claims the main character IS her brother. I highly recommend it for all ages---very sophisticated animation and a great story to boot!

Mary
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