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This is one of those posts where I tell you nothing at all, but yet everything at the same time.
It won’t send you running for your paintbrush.
Or leave you Oooohing and Ahhhing.
It’s just a way for me to say, “Hey, this is what’s going on with us right now.”
Because you see, we’re friends. Or at least, I would like to think we are by this point. I mean, I have spilled my guts to you on more than one occasion.
And sometimes, friends just like to talk. About nothing at all, but yet everything.
You know those kind of conversations, right? I knew you would.
Our first month of summer break isn’t over yet, but I feel like we’ve already done so much. If summer ended tomorrow, I would feel like we’d done a good job at taking full advantage of it. I’m glad we still have a month more though! 😉
As you already know, we took a trip to Pigeon Forge for the Circus’ birthday. A few days after that though, we also went to the beach.
We went to our usual spot, The Isle of Palms, and had a great time – as usual. 🙂
The Circus, Grunt and Pa got ample beach time. Gaia and I got lots of reading time and I also worked some thrifting time in at some of my favorite thrift stores in the area.
After the beach, we were back home for a week and tried to get caught up on some projects. Right now, I’ve got three makeovers underway here. I have no idea why I thought three at one time was a good idea.
First off, there’s the laundry room –
I’m usually not a huge fan of spending a lot of money to make your laundry room look good because, well, it’s just the laundry room. But, our laundry room is also a mudroom of sorts. A main door to the backyard is right off this room and this space is also open to the den and well, it was just looking pitiful. And embarrassing. So finally, after two, nearly three years, inspiration struck and I am tackling it. The inspiration being that wall mural.
I’m also working on our guest bedroom and guest bathroom, which too, are pitiful and embarrassing. For the last couple of years, anytime that someone has stayed with us, I always start it off with “I’m so sorry this room looks so bad.” I’m hoping to have the laundry room finished by the end of this month and the guest room and bathroom finished by the end of July – because the Man of Questionable Honor and his wife are coming to stay with us for a few days!
We went to the farm last weekend.
Which could also be translated as we ate too much. Luckily, we worked some of it off though. Over vacation, I read Rick Bragg’s new book, The Best Cook in the World. Of course, it was an amazing book because it was Rick Bragg and we all know the deep love I have for him, but the way he worked the stories right alongside the recipes was just pure magic. I have every intention of perfecting my fried chicken and collard greens among other things this year. With that being said, I should probably intend on also investing in more elastic waist britches.
Also at the farm, I’m trying to get the den in shape. Its walls are covered with that knotty pine paneling from the 50’s and 60’s and I refuse to part with it. I’m working with it, instead of against it. I figure if I fill the space with enough beautiful fabrics and art, then it’s just going to look damn good.
I’ve sourced all my fabrics and have the design ready to go. The navy and white fabric is going to be the drapes, the green velvet will be on two club type chairs and the floral print will be on accent pillows and perhaps a skirted table. I just dropped the chairs off at the upholster last Friday. 🙂 I’m also on the hunt for a cream loveseat for the space. In terms of art, I’m bringing in a lot of different pieces that have meaning to our family, but this guy is going to be the star of the show. Isn’t he gorgeous?
We’ll see if my whole gorgeous fabric and art theory proves accurate or not. 😉
Also at the farm, I’ve hauled off enough scrap metal in the past two months to pay for fixing up the screened-in porch there.
Between cleaning out the shed at our farmhouse and cleaning out the shed and surrounding area at the main part of the family farm, I’ve taken off about a total of eight or nine truckloads – two including trailer loads as well – of scrap metal, old machinery, etc. The photo above is from one of my Insta Stories. It’s true – we have a hard time parting with shit we think might come in handy one day. The only problem is that in 50 years, it still has yet to come in handy. Every time I rolled down the driveway with another load, I would swear to you that the theme from Sanford and Son started playing. Anyway, like I said, the money from all the old metal is going in the “Save the Screened-In Porch Fund.” So maybe I’ll get started on that sometime soon. Or maybe I won’t. It is damn hot outside right now, y’all.
The weather has been playing nice with my flower garden though.
This spring, the Circus and I planted a pretty good sized cut flower garden. And by the Circus and I, I mean that she picked some of the seeds and planted one or two, then was over it.
Flowers are starting to bloom and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I used to always be planting new flowers in the spring and summer and then life just got so busy that I stopped. This year though, I made sure to set aside time for it and I’m so glad I did. It’s definitely one of my “happy spaces.”
Zinnias are one of my favorites, so there are slews of them that we planted, but we also planted lots of sunflowers, gladiolus, coneflowers, wildflower mixes and much more. That red zinnia was so gorgeous though, I just had to take a picture of it.
This was the first official bouquet I cut and brought inside from the garden. I love having fresh flowers in the house. I’m hoping to get enough flowers this year to where I can surprise someone with a little bouquet each week. I dropped one surprise bouquet off last week already.
We also went on an impromptu run to Nashville Monday. Grunt and I had forgotten just how early he had booked a flight out on Tuesday morning, so we made the most of it by grabbing a room at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and parading around Nashville a bit.
This was the first time we stayed there during the summer, so we were really able to enjoy the outdoor pool and of course, just walking around the hotel is a treat. The Circus always insists on being our tour guide. She loves it just as much as we do.
We went downtown for dinner at Blake Shelton’s new Bar/Restaurant, Ole Red. On the walk to the restaurant, we stumbled upon this…
The Rolling Stones have a special exhibit in the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville right now, so there were a few of these around the city promoting it. We didn’t have time to go (Boo!), but had to take advantage of the photo op. The Circus wanted to do “poses” instead of smiling. Whatever.
And we had family photos made a month or so ago and got them back. Here are a few of my faves…
We did them all in the yard just outside the farmhouse, so of course, they are super special.
And for the most part, the Circus was in a good mood, so praise Jesus for that. Hell hath no fury like that of an unhappy child on family photo day. And let’s not even go into the stress that us Mamas have over family photo day. 🙄
This picture was Grunt’s idea. The family that “Dollys” together, stays together, right?
And finally, for the first time in the existence of our relationship, Grunt got a new haircut.
He’s got product to use for styling it and has a “hard part.”
I told his hairdresser thanks for sending me home a new husband. 😉
Oh and one more thing – one of my best blogging friends, Jamie wrote a book!
You might know Jamie from her blog, So Much Better With Age. We’ve been blogging friends for a long time (like since the beginning!) and I am so thrilled for her over her new book, French Vintage Decor. As you all well know, I am not a big French decor person, but Jamie sent me a copy of her book and I found numerous projects in it I added to my list! All the projects are gorgeous and most of them can be made to work with just about any style.
Ok friend, your turn – what are you up to?