Saturday, June 30, 2007

some more befores and afters!!!

Here are some more before and after....notice my love of blue...(don't you already in every room!!!) We pulled up the carpet in these rooms, took down the french doors that seperated them, and added window molding, plus I painted both rooms the same country white and added a similar border in each room. The curtains are just a little different in each room, too. And, of course, the braided rugs... I love the way these rooms turned out.

September 2003
June 2007
September 2003 June 2007
September 2003

June 2007

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Monday, June 25, 2007

an outside house before and after

This is the picture the city took prior to our buying the house in 2003 for assessment (I guess)!
I took this picture this weekend. This is after we put a driveway & patio in, new windows, siding on the top floor, landscaping, etc. Still lots of work to do but the after is still pretty dramatic!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

cha cha changes......


I've been making changes to my blog lately. New header. Amber Alert ticker. New background. Just learning as I play around but I am having lots of fun learning...
and playing...
Gotta take Matthew back to camp today for another week of empty nest syndrome for me! :( At least he is having fun and doing something important!!!

Friday, June 22, 2007

more beach scenes from Stonington Borough

MOMENTS later the sky opened and it poured! I tried to capture the awesome lightening but it was almost impossible and we had to run to the truck as it was to avoid being drenched!


it's summer

Officially!! And this is part of summer to me. Now, if it only came in Diet because I partake oh too often in the creamy goodness and I wish it came in a healthier version!!!


Thursday, June 21, 2007

home, home on the shore

I love living near the beach. Believe me it wasn't where I wanted to live. I wanted to live way out in the country, but Dan really wanted to live on the shore. And when we both fell in love with this old house we figured this was where we were meant to be, but since we have been here I have learned to appreciate the shoreline more and more. Like the fact that there is almost always a breeze here and that helps a lot in these humid New England summers...and being able to go to the beach whenever we want. Like last night after dinner for our walk we decided that the beach would be nice.


The sun setting
some boats
New London Ledge Light
and my haul of sea glass from the night!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

a kitchen before and after


Before (Sept. 03)

After (June 07)

Before (Sept. 03)

After (June 07)

Monday, June 18, 2007

For my dad

Hey New York Yankees!
Just thought I would share this thought!

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

my dad
my honey
my father-in-law
Happy Father's Day to the fathers in my life!!!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

a yummy before and after

Hum, what could this be? Chop the green chiles, olives and tomatos and slice the scallions into thin rings and then add olive oil and vinegar and viola.....

Texas Caviar!!!


You must use Doritos to dip....it adds flavor with the Nacho Cheese style!!!


Friday, June 15, 2007

Who's behind the camera?

I read a blog yesterday of a woman who recently lost her young son, a scrapbooker. When she started to scrap pictures of her son she realized that there were only a few pictures with her in them. She urged her readers to please teach someone else to use the camera, buy a tripod, something to make sure that your family pictures include you in them. I thought about that! I love taking pictures of my family and home but rarely am I in the photos. I am making it a mission to make sure that I try to take pictures with my family and friends with myself more so that my memories include me! She said Wal-Mart has a tripod for $15. Since I have a remote for my camera, using a tripod to take a family picture sounds like a really easy solution to my pictureless issue! (You know we all have some of those upclose self portraits that show all the flaws since they are only arm's length away from your face, so you've stop taking those! LOL)


Monday, June 11, 2007

How was my weekend, you ask?

Yep, MIGRAINE!!! And it was a bad one. Luckily I was able to down enough pain killers to force it out just long enough to go to a friend's grandbaby's christening for a couple of hours. I really just wanted to sleep. But my mom and I had worked on this:
It is a baby size quilt with roads on it. My son had one when he was little and he loved it so I wanted to make one for our good friends' grandson. They are the greatest, and I included some cars so he could play with them when he got older. He is 7 mos. old now, and I think it won't be too much longer before he is playing on it. When mom opened it she was shocked and surprised. It seems she had one as a child herself! And I am so happy she liked it because quilting all those roads was a pain!!! And I had to order the material online, because I could not find one fabric store around that carried anything like this!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

before and after

Before- September 2003
After- May 2007
Before- September 2003
After- May 2007





Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Dan and I watched this movie last weekend....it was good (long but good!). And wasn't Keith Richards a riot??? I thought he played Cap'n Jack Sparrow's dad rather well!!!

~What's growing Wednesday~


Flowers on my porch~

Evening Primrose
Daisys- my favorite!!!
Just a small sampling of what's growing in my gardens and containers today!!!