Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Best Movie This Month

We saw quite a few movies recently after months of not going to the movies. Why? It seemed hard to find a movie this summer that looked like anyone over 12 might enjoy!

The movie I highly recommend is Wind Riverwhich is social commentary, adventure, murder, romance, and intrigue all rolled up into one movie.

And it doesn't hurt that Jeremy Renner is one of the stars! He's adorable, right?

Wind River is an Indian reservation where most of the action takes place in the dead of winter. The scenery is beautiful against living conditions that are sometimes downright sad.

The interaction between the Native Americans and the men and women in law enforcement slowly dispels stereotypical prejudices and provides some light moments in an otherwise dark subject of murder and missing girls.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adding More Fall

It's not fall around our house until we bring out the picture of our grandson Ben pretending to drive a tractor in the fall of his first year. Mostly I love the "Brand New Parents" adoration on his parents face!

It does look like I need to paint that frame -- perhaps a fall color since that's the only time of the year the picture comes out. Maybe this burnt orange color on the faux striped pumpkin here.

I might try to have the color in the pumpkin color-matched by computer into a perfect fall paint color. 

The store I use the most for color matching paint is Home Depot. I've never had a problem with their computer's matching of colors, but I have had problems with other stores. 

One time I even took a blob of paint I scraped up off the floor and had it color-matched by Home Depot. Their paint guy told me they only need a sample the size of a quarter for their computer to do the match.

I kinda like that the pumpkin on the pillow looks so much like these faux pumpkins I bought recently. 

The "professionals" say you should repeat a color in a room at least three times, so the pillow and the two pumpkins should have that rule covered!

The little plaid pillow I bought at Sam's Club the other day for $14. They had lots of cute pillows on display, but the plaid called my name.
I have a thing for cotton bolls too lately...doesn't everyone? I bought these at a local shop for $6 and then saw some at a chain store for twice the price. I'll be working them into the fall decor as soon as I figure out where.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Home And Garden Thursday Party Feature

Blog parties provide a source of inspiration for me. To be honest, I love to get a look at what's going on in other people's lives and houses. 

Maybe my nickname should be Nosy Rosy instead of Sugar?

It doesn't happen very often, but whenever one of my posts is featured on a blog party, I am so honored!  

This week I was thrilled when my recent post about fall colors was featured on the House And Garden Thursday party at Kathy's blog, A Delightsome Life. 

Hope you'll hop over and join the party at Kathy's this week and see what other posts were featured.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

What I'm Painting White Wednesday

It's been a while since I've done a Paint It White Wednesday. Here's what I've been painting white this week:

This basket started off in an orangish natural state. It seemed to me it would be better painted white so I could fill it with some orange pumpkins. I've had it quite a while in my junk stash, and I think the color kept it from getting some love.

This is the original natural finish of the basket...

The basket is still a work in progress, but I did finish this resin-bowl-type-vase thingy!

I don't really know what its original use would be. I bought it a few years ago, for a couple of dollars, because I liked the fancy design on the sides. 

Even if you start with plastic, a little chalky-type paint can change the look for the better.

I may use it as a stand for a tray by gluing a tray to the bottom here. I think it looks just as good upside down as it does right side up.

In this post, I asked whether I should paint this cabinet or leave it be? Most comments said leave it as is for a while and live with it, which is the way I was leaning too.

But...and there's always a BUT, right? When I cleaned up the cabinet, the back seemed to have some dark stains (I couldn't see the back when it was in the store) and I wanted to seal that up. 

I painted it with white chalk paint, 1-Step by Amy Howard, to seal it. I chose 1-Step because it clings so well to anything I paint...plastic, wood, metal, etc. Here's the first coat of paint...

It took several more thin coats to even the color out and, since the back won't show, I wasn't making it pretty as much as just making it fresher. 

I think in the future I might paint over the white paint with a pretty dark blue color that doesn't contrast so much, but for now it's good!

The top wasn't pretty either since the top was made of the same "junk" wood as the back. I slapped some white paint on the recessed part of the top too as you can see here.

As you can see, even the "pretty" wood on the top is marked up quite a bit with scratches. Luckily, that part doesn't show when the top and bottom are put together. 

For now the cabinet is sitting in the dining-room-turning-hobby-room waiting for me to pretty up the wood with some teak oil. 

I'm still thinking I will not paint it...well, maybe the inside...as I really like the look of that big hunk of wood with all the painted furniture we have.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

A Lovely Neighborhood

Here's a neighborhood I like to drive through when we're in Plano, just a little north of Dallas. 

I love the trees and the planting beds surrounding each of the houses here. This short rock wall below is one of my favorite features, and I'd love to recreate it in our planting beds. 

The covered and partially enclosed porch on the left side of the entryway here is another feature I'd like to reproduce in our house. We built a front patio next to our entryway, but we didn't cover it. I'd like a do-over on that!

Here's a close up of that partially enclosed porch. See it under the second story windows?

I love the uniqueness of this house with its two rooms jutting out on either side of the entry and the ground cover flowing up the sidewalk and right up the trees. 

I think what attracts me to these houses is how they're situated on each property. Instead of sitting squarely on the lot, each house seems to be adapted to its own site as if it were a house out in the woods instead of sitting in a subdivision right in town.

You don't find square shaped lawns with a walkway going right up the middle of the grass here. Instead, you find curves, bending walkways and sidewalks that swoop and curve.

And of course the trees catch your attention right from the start. The trees appear to be way older than the houses so you have to wonder if that's why the houses appear to be fitted into the trees inside of the trees fitted into the house's plot.

This last picture looks like a church, but it's just the front side of a garage of one of the houses. A statue built into a niche sits in the front yard with beautiful landscaping around it. 

I'm not a fan of statues, but I do think the landscaping around the statue is fantastic.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

When The Heart Breaks

Here's my favorite "Back To School" picture this year...

First Day Of School, Aug 2017

Little 3-and-a-half-year-old Henry was the only one of our grandchildren who was far from happy when he went back to school this year. And it's not what you think!

A Younger, Happier Henry

Henry loves school. For the 3 years he has gone to nursery school, Miss Alma, Miss Ann, and Miss Alex have been his teachers since he was 12 weeks old. Henry loves his teachers, especially Miss Alma! And Miss Alma loves Henry. 

Miss Alma, Miss Ann, Miss Alex 

BUT...this year Henry moves to the "pre-school" room. Pre-school means more learning, more fun, more books, and better playground equipment! 

Henry And Beloved Miss Alma On Field Trip 2016

Here's the reason for Henry's heartbreak. It also means leaving Miss Alma behind as she is the nursery-school room teacher and Henry is now a fully grown scholar heading off to the pre-school room. 

"Good-bye Miss Alma! Your Henry will miss you forever."

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Starbucks Revolt

In the old downtown area of our small northeast Texas town, you will only find a cute local coffee shop called "Bean Me Up"

You'll have to trek out to the highway to find the Starbucks, but then why would you want to? 

Bean Me Up has everything you could want, including quite an attitude. The best part is you don't have to remember anything except small, medium or large.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

A Different Fall Color Scheme

Here's the recent fall display at a local Dallas area store called Weir's Furniture. All Weir's Furniture stores have a special section of the store called The Country Store.

As you can imagine, The Country Store section is one of my favorite resources for home decor.

I like The Country Store's use of brighter, happier colors. I mean, it's the usual black, orange and that, but it seems a little more cheerful this year.

The orange seems a little more peachy, and the black is broken up with lots of white in a buffalo check pattern.

The squirrels, birds and leaves are a little less scary than the usual ghouls and goblins. They're more practical too as they can be used for other occasions.

I bought a few of these colorful placemats to try them out at home with some of the squirrel plates. 

 Green isn't a color I'm use to seeing for fall or Halloween, but I like how green has been infused in this year's decor.

This is Weir's fall pillow with all those colors incorporated in the design. I like all the patterns and colors thrown together this year...brown and white stripes, buffalo checks in black and white, and leaves in all sorts of colors.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

To Paint Or Not To Paint, That Is The Question!

The world works in mysterious ways. I just bought a tall old cabinet with a wood finish and hauled it home with the sullen help of my not-too-happy-about-it husband. 

For once, I didn't imagine painting it when I saw this piece. This is a shocker because, according to Wild Bill, my Indian name is "Woman Who Paints Everything"

But this piece seemed happy to be wood, and I wasn't unhappy about leaving it that way. We put it in the garage while I took some time to think about it. 

If we leave the cabinet unpainted, it still needs some TLC time with a wood finish product and that needs to be done in the garage.

Taking a breather, I checked some blog posts. To my surprise painted-furniture-lover Linda, at Q is for Qaundie, was dealing with a similar issue!

When I saw this gorgeous cabinet of hers...well...I'm thinking, "don't paint it!"  What do you guys think?  To paint or not to paint...seems that is the question today.

Be sure to read Quandie's blog POST. You will get a good laugh as she describes taking her whole neighborhood to pick up the cabinet.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Well Done Texas: Hurricane Harvey

Yesterday we were headed down towards Dallas on HWY 75, which runs directly south from the Oklahoma border to Dallas -- where it turns into Interstate 45 and runs all the way south to Houston.

Houston Area In Path Of Hurricane Harvey Aug 2017

As we passed what was a construction zone just days ago, we saw all the construction equipment was loaded onto trucks and haulers, which were sitting on the side of the road (the front of one vehicle almost touching the end of the vehicle in front of it) in a long "convoy" line. 

All the large vehicles (there must've been at least 25 of them) had a driver behind the wheel and appeared to be ready to go! 

It was such an odd sight, it took me a minute to realize Texas had already mobilized road construction workers throughout the northern part of the state to head down south to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey!

I'm pretty sappy so you won't be surprised that it brought tears to my eyes when I saw how The Great State of Texas was already mobilizing, not only the National Guard, but everyday people. 

Texas National Guard Mobilizing To Assist, Aug 25, 2017

This is how it's meant to be in the United States. The states take care of themselves and the Federal Government stands ready to provide Federal assistance when and where needed. 

Our President had already offered Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi back up support and Federal Aid when and where needed, but the American spirit was alive and well on our Texas highways yesterday and probably for weeks to come. 

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For more information see:
Wikipedia.org - Hurricane Harvey

Friday, August 25, 2017

Hurry Fall

We live in northeast Texas, and it's cooler here since we've been getting lots of rain. Maybe it's due to Hurricane Harvey bearing down on the southern part of our state today. 

I sure hope Harvey loses it's force before it reaches shore. They're predicting up to 40 inches of rain to accompany this storm!

At any rate, I'm starting to get out the Fall decor and dreaming of when the cool weather will be here to stay. I bought these two Fall magazines this morning to help me get inspired. 

I also found some pictures of Fall decorations around our house from previous years. I usually just add pumpkins and florals to the normal decor. I don't want to store more than I have to so I keep it to a minimum.

These little pumpkins, which can fit into a bird's nest or a tea cup, are one of my favorite things to decorate with in Fall.

And to me, it wouldn't be Fall without this old lighted pumpkin from Walmart. It has lasted about 15 years and is still glowing strong. Pretty good value for something that was about $3 if I remember right.

My homemade chalkboard, made from an old frame and a spice rack, always gets decorated for the season. 

Here it's decorated with a sweet Fall banner that Carol from Art And Sand sent me a few years back...despite the fact I didn't win her giveaway. So many talented and generous bloggers out there! 

Finally, here's the gang that usually hangs out on top of the glass cabinet in the kitchen all Fall. 

That scarecrow in the middle has been around quite a while. It was purchased at Cracker Barrel around 2005. If you're looking for cute country decor that lasts, Cracker Barrel always has cute stuff for each season.

I haven't gotten out my decorated pillows for Fall yet, but I did buy a new one the other day. It's a little more colorful than I usually pick.

It found a home on the bland colored love seat here. Hopefully it will perk the place up.

Weirs furniture, a local chain in the Dallas area, had just gotten their Fall stock out of boxes and starting creating their displays when I walked by and spied it. I think it says "Hello Fall!" in the loudest of ways.

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