Saturday, July 13, 2019



Rivercrest Cottage sold on... 
Tuesday, July 9, 2019. 



We closed that chapter of our lives and wish the new cottage owners well. It was a solid built home and gave us many years of protection from the winter storms and hot Texas sun.


We gave away or sold most of our furniture and stored our favorite possessions in a couple of storage units in town while we explore treatment options with a "team" approach (in other states) for Wild Bill. 


"The Bear" Picture Is In Storage Waiting For Us

The "Rolling Coffee Table" I made was given to a friend.

Bill's Recliner Sold In 15 Mins On FB Marketplace

The prayers and advice we've received from so many of you have helped guide and sustain us while we traveled through the uncharted territory of change and transition. 

We've finally come out the other side ready to begin anew once we decide where we will end up!

Thank you for traveling along with us. Many of your comments helped me through some sad times, and I can't tell you how much your e-friendships have meant to me.


Was Going To Keep These Guys, But At Last Minute Sold


A Friend Is Storing Our Paintings


My Great-Grandmother's Childhood Dresser/Mirror Are Stored



Goodbye 3-year-old hydrangeas...



Goodbye fig tree grown from a hand-me-down cutting...



Goodbye flagstone patio...


The Patio Set Stayed With The House

Goodbye to the curvy walkway that replaced the ugly original block one...



Goodbye kitchen...



The Chalkboard And Stools Stayed With The House


Goodbye to Rivercrest Cottage! 


And goodbye to all the friends we've made in the 8 years we've shared this town with you. 



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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Blessings When Selling Your Home And Furniture




My advice to anyone selling their home and moving out of state is to sell what you can instead of going to the expense of moving and storing your furniture, washer and dryer, etc.



Our washer and dryer were sold to a friend when she was helping me get ready to put the house on the market. 

We gave her a very low price on the "H.E." set, and she is waiting to pick it up just before the house closing. A win-win for both of us!

This very heavy, wooden bed frame is staying put as our buyer is buying several large pieces of furniture...Another win-win!



We at first planned to keep about half of our furniture, but things went so quick with the sale of the house, we reconsidered and I'm so glad we did!

We have been fortunate to run into the best people during our house sale. Our realtor even bought the love seat and the home buyers have been the best we could hope to work with, and we appreciate our new-found friendship with them.

The home inspector gave me a great tip about using Facebook Marketplace instead of Craigslist when he did the inspection, and it really made a difference! 

The inspector also relayed to our buyer that we planned to sell our large, very heavy TV cabinet and would add the 65-inch TV free with the purchase.


It was sold to them in just a half hour after the inspection!

Wild Bill has suffered with progressively bad chemo-related neuropathy for a while now, and just the fact that he's saved from feeling bad about not being able to help move stuff makes a world of difference for us! I'm sure all you ladies know how a man's pride is the first to suffer, right?


Every item we've listed on FB Marketplace has sold that day or the next! This leather sofa went the afternoon we listed it...



This heavy bed below (and some other furniture and household stuff) went without listing it...The sofa buyers bought it all when they came to pay for the sofa! 



Bill's very last guitar and some large, heavy speakers (for a keyboard) had been for sale for a quite a while on Craigslist, but sold the next day after listing them on FB Marketplace. I can't recommend FB's Marketplace enough! 

Also, tell everyone that you have items for sell! Not only did the home inspector spread the word for us, but a cousin put out the word with pictures on her phone, and her son contacted us right away. 

We were able to give him just what he was looking for...a kingsize mattress and boxsprings set leftover from the sale of the bed frame, with kingsize metal frame being stored in the garage. 


We received a sweet note -- thanking us for the "blessing" from him and his fiancĂ© today -- with this lovely arrangement delivered by a florist. 

The sweet roses and lilies were totally unexpected, and they felt like a blessing to us in turn as they came just in time to make our day!


My last piece of advice is to ensure that your prices are as low as you can justify. Think about all the work that moving furniture entails...and then deduct more off the price you're willing to sell an item for to save yourself all the trouble and expense of moving and storing it. 


Last of all...a public service announcement:

Along with other local charities, anything related to a home would be greatly appreciated by Habitat For Humanity...and they will come pick up your donations and deliver them to the store for you.

Just look them up online and call them if you have a local "Restore" in your area. 



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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Why The Bench Didn't Get Painted




The hall bench was going to get painted in THIS post a short while back when I was inspired by some painted chairs in Purple Hydrangeas' blogpost.

The bench is very functional and photogenic! Here it is dressed up for Christmas...


Fortunately, before I got a paint brush out our house was under contract in 2 weeks, and the buyer was interested in purchasing some of our furniture. 


So the bench is staying with the house, along with some other pieces. 

It's a blessing because we are moving several states over and haven't found a new home yet, and our closing date keeps getting closer and closer.

I'd rather find a loving home for my favorite pieces of furniture than to drag them around and put them in long-term storage. 

My grandmother put her family furniture in storage just after the Great Depression when she moved to California from Nebraska, and her furniture stayed stored for over 40 years! 

Ten years after my grandma died, my dad went back and rescued three pieces of her oak furniture in the late 70's. I wrote about that in this POST one Christmas. 

He brought back my great-grandmother's childhood washstand and mirror for me...


They are remarkably well preserved for being in a barn for over 40 years! 

The mirror has very few spots and no damage on it although I did remove the oak wooden arms that attached the mirror to washstand because they were wobbly.





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Friday, June 7, 2019

A Match Made In Heaven?




Yesterday, June 6th, was the 1-year anniversary of Wild Bill's doctor telling us Bill had, at best, 8 to 12 months to live. 

Bill is doing really well with the new chemo treatment, and he has happily traded his full head of hair for what we're hoping is a much brighter future than the doctor predicted! Every day now is one more day we never thought we'd have.

And today, June 7th, is the 1-year anniversary of my mother-in-law Jessie's passing. If you were a reader last year, you may remember Jessie died the day after learning her only child had so little time to live! 

I still think Jessie is our angel up in Heaven watching over us and maybe pulling a few strings for us now and then! Read on and see what you think...

Last Saturday night I said a prayer for the house to find a buyer to love her and release us to move forward to a new future. 

Sunday afternoon our realtor brought us a good offer for our house contingent on the sale of the buyer's local farm. 



I knew the buyer was a "kindred soul" when the offer included a request that the four counter stools and the rolling center island be left as part of the contract! 

I was happy to do that as I'm ready to release the past and embrace the future.




 On Monday, the buyer's farm went up for sale. 

On Tuesday, they accepted an offer contingent upon the completion of a pending sale of their buyer's home...So we are lined up like Dominos!

We had the required inspections on Wednesday (termite inspection) and Thursday (home inspection), and now we are waiting for the "punch" list from the home inspector's report so we can get any items he noted completed.

Please wish us all luck -- and 3 speedy closings -- and then we'll all be on our way to a new life.



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Monday, June 3, 2019

Made Me Want To Paint Something!



Just when I was going to take it easy, I saw this post and loved the finish on these chairs over at The Purple Hydrangea's blog.




I decided I have to try this paint technique as I have several different colors of Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint that I've hoarded, but never used. 




I think the likely victim is the dark wood bench in the hallway, but rest assured...someone here is getting painted and distressed!





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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Grow A Beautiful Hydrangea Plant Of Your Own




What's the trick to growing your own hydrangea bush?


The only advice I can give you (that has worked for me) is to water your hydrangea bush A LOT and otherwise just ignore it!


I bought an inexpensive blue hydrangea bush in June of 2017 and planted it in a pot. Within a month, the blue got completely washed out as you can see in this photo from a post where I asked for help from other bloggers...


I got a lot of advice like...put a rusty nail in the pot, add coffee grounds once in a while, buy additives at the garden shop that is meant to turn them pink or blue depending on which color you prefer...


The best advice I got was "water it like crazy because the name itself, Hydrangea, indicates water." 

So here we are, 2 years later. I've pretty much watered it like crazy and then ignored it! The pot sits out on the patio all year long. 

In winter we get 2 or 3 small snow storms and the snow piles up on the pot and the poor shriveled plant. Sometimes I look out the window and think the snow is going to kill the plant for sure! 

It was especially cold this past winter, but the plant came back with a vengeance this year and it seems like it can't decide whether to be blue or pink, so it's going for both!


I love it when even a crappy gardener like me can grow flowers like these! 

I see a few hydrangeas flowers for sale in the floral sections at the market, and they sell for more than the price of a potted hydrangea that often has 3 to 6 flowers on it! 

People should know they can buy a potted hydrangea, take it home and water it and cut flowers for the house for years to come.



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Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day Challenge: Do Something Kind






Youngest Daughter pointed out the true meaning of Memorial Day is to remember those who actually died while in service to our country. 

Memorial Day was originally called "Decoration Day" and had its start during the Civil War, after the Battle of Gettysburg, when the graves of fallen soldiers on both sides of the battle were decorated with wreaths, flowers and flags.

Our family does have a Civil War veteran in our history, but my great-grandfather Ami Sperry (who was a union soldier) only lost his finger, not his life! Ami's finger was cut off by a confederate soldier's bayonet during a Civil War battle, but Ami lived to have a family after the war.

Wild Bill's uncle Carrol is the only family member who actually fits the definition of a Memorial Day honoree, but Uncle Carrol has no grave in which to decorate as his fighter plane went down in Europe during WWII, and his body was never recovered.

When I was a young child (back in the olden days, but long after the Civil War I assure you) I remember our whole family...from grandparents and uncles to youngest cousins...going to the cemetery and decorating all the graves of our family members who had passed, not just service members. 

I do think it was a beautiful thing to do and everyone did it back then in our small California town, not just us! 

It was not meant to be disrespectful to fallen military members. In fact my father and almost every one of my uncles joined the military to defend our country during WWII. You can even find one of my uncles, Sperry Stevenson, on the Prisoner of War website as he was held and tortured for many years in a Japanese POW camp.

Both our fathers served in WWII and are now gone. Though they did not die during the war, both suffered from the horrors they saw as young men. I can't help but feel them at my side on this Memorial Day...they both made us better people.

This morning (on a side road) on the way to breakfast, Wild Bill and I passed a young, "20-something" couple sitting on the side of the road with a wheeled basket of what looked like their belongings. The young man had his head in his hands and the girl appeared to be comforting him.

Once we passed them, I quoted to Bill: "There but for fortune go you and I." 

And right at that time, I got a message (from our deceased military dads?) that we should not just pass them by, but do something to show we cared.

We went round the block and pulled up beside them and Bill said, "We want to buy you breakfast." 

The young man stood up and quietly took the money Bill held out and said, "Thank you."

So now we have started a new Memorial Day tradition for us. We will find one small act of kindness to do each year on this day in memory of our military dads and all those who died in service to our country. 

Nothing big...just something random for a stranger. Maybe you'll try it too?




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Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Finds: Long-Lasting Bouquets From Trader Joe's



While we were in a nearby town recently, we stopped at Trader Joe's. While there, I bought a small, inexpensive bouquet of Trader Joe's lovely flowers. 


16 Days Old And Still So Sweet

I'm shocked to say those flowers look almost as pretty today (16 days later) as they did the day I bought them!



As always, this is my personal opinion based on my experience. I receive no payments or products for my endorsements. I am just flabbergasted at how long these lovely little flowers have lasted!



I placed the bouquet in a quart jar on a tray by the kitchen sink with this little soap dispenser shaped like a bee skep. I don't remember exactly where I bought it, but it is so darn cute!





That gave me a chance to add this cute little bee dish towel, which highlights the colors of the kitchen cabinets and counters.




I've been amazed at how long these flowers have lasted as usually the flowers I buy at the floral shops in our local Albertsons and Kroger barely last 2 or 3 days...and cost twice as much!




When I sent a text to my daughters with photos of the flowers, Youngest Daughter replied that she bought some cut Hydrangeas at her local Trader Joe's a while back. She said those flowers also lasted over 2 weeks.

I'll definitely buy my bouquets at Trader Joe's in the future and skip the local floral sections. How about you? Where do you have the best luck buying your flowers? 



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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Unusual Building Objects




The old-time builders didn't have a Home Depot or Lowe's just around the corner. They had to use what they had on hand, and it seems some of it has lasted for quite a while.

Whoever built this old building certainly saved some time by using whole tree trunks as front porch posts. 



It tickled me to see how much work they saved, but I doubt if...in today's world...this unusual use of tree trunk posts would pass the building inspector's review!



Anyone can build a fence, but adding bikes to the mix really gets your attention as you pass on by.



The owners of a bed and breakfast in Salado TX used old roofs from small dilapidated buildings to make a shady outdoor sitting area for their guests. Love the old "Fish Scale" gray trim on the front side of the roof.



The owners also added old windows in frames to an old roof to make a charming greenhouse structure on the property. 


In the olden days, making a fence was pretty simple! They just took a post made from a tree, put a few large holes through it and stuck a few split-rail logs through the holes. Easy peasy!


Down here in Texas they still use a version of this type fence for decorative purposes.


When barbed wire came along, it looks like they just stuck in some metal bars and strung some barbed wire right along the original split rails.

Reminds me of my grandma, who always quoted this old-time saying:  Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!



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