Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Living Room Rearrangement

 Today was a beautiful day, and we turned the a/c off and opened the doors and windows.  This is the view of our living room from the front door.

 I sit here mostly.  It is a reclining chair and while I don't recline, I do put my feet up. (a nice thing for short people to be able to do!)

 The little wicker balls are actually a battery operated string of lights.

 Looking back toward the front door.

 This bookcase used to be at the end of the hall.  I put a smaller bookcase there, and it holds the kids school books for this year.  This bookcase has Bibles, and other favorite books of mine.

I like this arrangement for space and movement in our living area.  I like being able to make our spaces work for us in every stage of our family life.

Monday, August 22, 2016

I've Got Interesting News

I went to the eye doctor on Friday for a check up and to get new glasses as I knew my prescription had changed.  Seems the issue is that I have a significant cataract on my right eye, and one on the left.  My eye doctor says they should just come off, or I'll have to keep getting a new prescription every six months.

It was quite a shocker at my age, but I know that even children can get them.  This week will be setting up appointments and seeing what a surgeon has to say.  From my parents both have this issue taken care of in the last few years, I know that the cataract has to be in a certain condition to be removed, so there is the chance they will want to wait.  

Having this news, many things now make sense with my vision.  It's been increasingly harder to read, and I noticed that I was having issues with seeing well at night.

Once the shock wore off, I am looking forward to only having to wear reading glasses here in the near future.  The procedure and recovery were easy peasy for my parents and I trust it will be for me as well.

Photo from my Snapchat.  Do these eyes look like they have cataracts?  Crazy!

I know that I promised photos of my living room rearrangement, I will get photos today and share them tomorrow.  I did work on it this weekend and I am liking it!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Changes In The Living Room

As my grandmother used to say, "You just don't never know." In this case its about what's going to happen when I start thinking.  

I'd been pondering making a change in the seating arrangement in the living room for a while but with the fireplace and the piano, I was pretty well stuck.

But not anymore!  (Disclaimer - I haven't rearranged the items hanging on walls, on shelves, or table tops yet.)

 We'd (translation - I) been talking about moving the piano out of the living room because Sarah is the only one who plays and then not everyday.  She is one who would be content to leave things where they are, but she got into the idea of having her piano in her bedroom.  Her room is small but it is shaping up nicely. (she is going to rearrange her artwork on the walls as well!)

Some of the sketches on the walls are her own.  She is a reader and an artist, and a lover of poetry and Tolkien and Lewis.

I will be working on the living room/kitchen space this weekend and I hope to give you a sneak peek tomorrow!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Home Keeping: Kitchen Update

Last fall, our over the stove microwave died.  We had just started our business in August, and my husband was not wanting to spend any extra money, so we borrowed a small counter top microwave and life went on.

We don't cook in a microwave - we use it to reheat things and melt butter, basically.  We don't even cook microwave popcorn.  We old school it on the stove top!  Tim makes the best popcorn ever, but I digress.

When winter came we stuffed the vent with a towel and there it stayed, through the holidays, through spring, until this weekend.

We went to Lowe's and found a one we liked.  

I'm so happy to not have a gaping hole above the stove with a towel shoved in the vent!  This is SO much nicer!

Now to find drawer pulls and handles that I like without breaking our budget!

Joining the lovely ladies at Thoughts of Home on Thursday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Home Keeping: Black Iron Daybed

It was quite a day Monday.  It had all the earmarks of crazy on it, with two stray dogs (a momma and older pup) pestering our chickens to running out of gas (while taking Rachel to work), thankfully close to home.  A friend was able to help us out quickly and we were on our way!

On the way home, I stopped by our local thrift store as the sign said, "All Books 50% Off!"  That's the siren call at our house!

They didn't have many books that I was interested in but as I browsed around I spotted a black iron daybed.  The price was great.  I shot a photo to Tim and to Sarah (who has been in need of a frame for her twin bed).  I got a thumbs up from both of them, and Nate who was just home from work was able to swing by and give me a hand bringing it home.

It looks great in her room and my romantic hearted girl loves it!

The day ended well.  Our friend Denny brought dinner which was a win-win for me as I didn't have to cook, thus helping to keep the house cooler!

I'm thankful for how the day was redeemed by these gifts - the great find at the thrift store, my awesome son who was so willing to help me after he'd spent a long day at work, and a friend who brought dinner.  God's hand was on the whole day. He never leaves me nor forsakes me.  


Joining Laura, Jemma, Stacey, and Laura at TOHOT

Peach Season

Just behind my love of autumn is my love of peach season.  In our area peach season starts with Red Haven peaches in the last week of July, and ends with Laurol in mid-September.

These are called Flaming Fury.

I could live on peaches during these months, but I don't anymore because they are higher in natural sugars.  I do enjoy them, and eat them in smoothies, with cottage cheese or simply sliced up.

I buy mine from a local orchard, which is one of the many things I love about living here.  Such great local, fresh food!

Are you a fan of peaches?  How do you like to use them?

Joining Sandi at No Place Like Home

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Home Keeping: Quiet Saturday

There is not too much going on here today.  This was a good week for getting things done, in spite of the heat.  I got the mowing done, Tim and the kids did the weeding - we waited until evening then did those outdoor projects!  

Poor Tim works outside daily and has been roasting in this heat.  Yesterday, after I did grocery shopping, we headed out to swim at my parents house.  The temps have been in the 90's and with the humidity the heat index has been well over 100 degrees!  Tim joined us there and it was very refreshing.  We bought pizza so that we wouldn't need to cook!  Very nice way to end the week.

Today, he is working on a job, inside a house this time, and he has Sarah as his assistant!  Rachel works, and I am working on routine home keeping things like changing sheets, dusting, cleaning bathrooms.  I'll be indoors all day, as it will be the hottest today.  I'm so ready for fall.

This afternoon our friend Ben is marrying his sweetheart Larissa in South Carolina.  This family is dear to us but we were unable to make the trip to the wedding.  However, they are doing live streaming of the wedding and I am going to watch!  I'm so excited for this opportunity to see them get married!  Have any of you ever done this?!

I hope you have a great weekend.