Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Busy as bees

We have been busy as a little bees, since I last posted.  Of course there is always the day to day doings but we've replaced floors, painted walls, and started preparing for winter.  This time of year always seems to get a bit crazy around here.  

We had this ugly, nasty, carpet in the living room.  It was very pretty when we first installed it, several years ago, but with two inside fur-babies, a grandbaby, and a husband who makes a living being a oilfield rig dismantler (is that a word?), the carpet was in bad shape and needed to be replaced badly.  Hey, looky there!  There's my Mister "dismantling" our electronics in order to empty out the room.  He's really good at his job!  ;-D

That nasty carpet was replaced with laminate wood flooring!  I love it and it's so easy to care for and Lord knows, with my aches and pains, I need that!  You can't really tell but we also gave the walls a fresh coat of paint.  The floors made a world of difference in this small 13' x 15' room.

I am currently working on new curtains for those living room windows.  I have decided to go back with my all time favorite prim decorating.  There is just something very warm, cozy, and welcoming, about the style.  I like the shabby chic and cottage-y looks but, honestly, I don't think those decors are not meant for a country house where real, working, people live.  Very pretty but not very practical.  Anyways, that's just my humble opinion and if a person can make it work then good for them.

I've started preparations for the long, miserable, winter, that is sure to come.  I have begun to stockpile canned goods, toilet paper, candles, and lamp oil.  All the blankets and quilts will be washed and put in a handy place, to be pulled out and put on the beds, once the weather gets cold.  Soon the winter clothing will be unpacked and made ready but, by far, more important than all that, is my winter reading stockpile!  

I recently found the last three books of "The Mitford Series" so I plan to re-read the entire series.  I do love Jan Karon and of course I love her "small town atmosphere" books.  Cozy and warm for a long winter's read.

 There are books I've wanted to sink my teeth into for awhile now, and I finally bought them!  I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and Elisabeth Elliot.  Wisdom, practicality, and simplicity.  Can't wait to begin reading.  The Excellent Wife is another book I am looking forward to readying as well as the others in this pile.  

Naturally, I have plenty of yarn for crochet and lots of baking supplies!  I'm ready for days spent inside!

 I haven't only been working and stockpiling, I've managed to do a bit of crafting.  How do you like my Fall wreath?  I have a friend who sells these Deco-Mesh wreaths and they are so pretty, only problem is, she lives in West Texas and I live in North East Oklahoma...see the problem?  Shipping is too costly to have her send one so I decided I could make my own.  I love how bright it is and LARGE!  I like that you can see it from the road in front of our home.  Here's a close up!

 Of course I put a sunflower on it!  Sunflowers are my favorite flower to decorate with, not to mention, the literally scream FALL!!!  So what do you think?  Fall enough?

Aside from all the remodeling, stockpiling, and crafting, there is always animals to be tended, a husband to be loved, cleaning to be done, and a sweet little grand daughter to be spoiled.  With all this busy-ness, I've hardly had time to look up but I've managed to watch beautiful clouds pass by and gorgeous sunsets that I am certain, God made just for me.

Remember, Granny loves ya!



  1. Well, Granny, I totally enjoyed the pics and blog. Of course I always do. Love you!

  2. I love everything about this post ! I can tell your spirits have been lifted by the words you've left here, and who wouldn't be excited about that beautiful floor. The material you chose for your curtains is wonderful. I've got to tell you, even though I've added some retro color and cottage style to my home, I still have plenty of prim left. I love primitive style and probably always will. It just fits the simplicity of life I'm working toward. I think your wreath is just beautiful. I think you could sell them as well. You may have some neighbors knocking on your door wanting to know where you bought that lovely wreath :) I am on book two of the Mitford series, so I have enough to last throughout winter as well, with some other books I'm reading too. I'm really loving Mitford and all of the characters, well almost all of them.....;) Did you know Jan Karon just released a new Mitford book. I saw in previewed in our local bible book store. I'll be getting it too later. Have a blessed weekend friend.......huggs

    1. Shelley!!! I did see Jan Karon has a new Mitford book!!! I may have to wait awhile to get it but I will definitely do so as soon as I can afford it. Maybe I will ask for it for Christmas! Thanks for stopping by, sweet lady. I hope your weekend is amazing and filled with many blessings.

      Grace & Peace.

  3. Oh, we are definitely kindred spirits! I adore both Laura Ingalls Wilder and Elisabeth Elliot and re-read their books often. I can't wait to see how your living room comes together. I think I used to have that exact carpet! Like you, I loved it when I installed it but with kids, cats, and normal living conditions, it was not exactly purdy toward the end. I have had laminate flooring for a couple of years now and I don't think I could ever go back to carpet. Your new wreath is gorgeous and you did a great job! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

  4. What a lovely floor :) I really like the way it is coming together. A picture of the final room? Getting ready for winter is something that I am also doing. I look forward to it actually :D