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Monday, August 29, 2011

Early Signs of Fall at the Lake...



I'm just back from a long weekend with the family at the lake!  It was a time to relax...no work!  I hadn't been down for several weeks so the early fall changes in the garden were clear to see.  The Chinese Lanterns are in their glory now...



flowers are blooming in mass now...


lots of spider webs...



 changing colors and seedheads...



grasses waving in the breeze...



and berries setting...



 Many geese, ducks, and water birds are migrating in huge flocks now...


So many areas of the country are having too much water now, but we are very dry.  The water level is so low that we are unable to take the boat off the lift right now...You can see the lake looks empty as most everyone has the same problem...


Sophie and Bailey always enjoy relaxing...wherever we are...


even sitting on a chair on the deck!


The days were in the 70's and the sunsets were cool and beautiful...


But summer's not over yet...near 90 degrees is predicted for the first of September!

Until next time...
Linda

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple Days...


I love this time of year!  We picked the first of our early apples today!  There's nothing like apples just off the tree!  I guess fall must really be on its way!

"When the apple is ripe, it will fall."
~Irish Proverb

Until next time...hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying the last lazy days of summer...
Linda

Monday, August 15, 2011

A Girls Gotta Do What A Girls Gotta Do...



Sometimes...you just gotta do it!  Now I know this wallpaper in my entry and stairway was a favorite of many of you, but I have had it for 10 years and was more than ready for a change!  I grabbed a corner and ripped a piece off the wall...no turning back... (and I saved LOTS for projects) Thank goodness I prepped the wall well before hanging the paper...you can see it came off easily and was down in  this large area in 2 hours.  I still have to give the wall a light scrubbing to get any paste or paper residue and then I'm ready to prime and paint! 


Even with the old wall prep walls, I am LOVING it already...so much lighter and brighter...


My husband is quite attached to the taupe-gray paint on the tongue and groove wall...


but I like the soft white of the gingerbread...


Pinterest  to the rescue!  If you haven't visited Pinterest, it is FULL of the best inspiration!!  I think this photo is just what we need!  What do you think?  I LOVE it and I think this look will work in our space!


Until next time...I have a date with a stripper...

Linda


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fun Finds for Junk Bonanza...


Junk Bonanza, the big antique, vintage, and re-use show is coming up in September, and my daughter and I went on a treasure hunting day to find some more junk for our space there!  I love this old wood NOTIONS rack!  It will be a great display for some of our Itsy Bits And Pieces and will be for sale, too!  And how about this beautifully faded old hat box?


I love the old roses fabric...


A rusty stamp rack full of vintage stamps will join the vintage office goodies we have...


And an old faucet is always a fun find...


We fell in love with these vintage flashlights...


with their rustic patina...


and we found some glassware to add to the vintage bottles and lab glass we are bringing...


Love the etched glass...


These old ladies cloth boots are charming...great chippy white heels...


and this wonderful old three part vanity mirror was a great find, too!


We are always attracted to anything farmhouse...like this old cow print!


We're really looking forward to this year's Bonanza- Sept 15, 16, and 17th at Canterbury Park,
Shakopee, Minnesota!  I'm excited to meet some of you there, too!  I'll share more goodies soon!

Until next time...
Linda

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Sun and Shade...


Last weekend, when we visited the lake, the sunny perennial beds were in full bloom!  I thought I'd share some of the beauty with you!  It's been so hot and humid this summer...you can see the humidity on my camera lens in the pic below...











The backyard of the house is very shady, with lush hostas and ferns... it's amazing to see the difference in plants...






I am joining Fishtail Cottage's Cottage Flora Thursday 
Until next time....hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Linda