Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pantry designs (link)

Here are some great pantry suggestions from HGTV. com. I have a deep pantry with high shelves, and I could use some more small shelves (I have some) and maybe those drawers; it certainly requires organization: Bring order to your pantry 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

ideas for small kitchen and dining spaces (link)

Here are some ideas from HGTV. com to utilize the space in your kitchen: Kitchen design ideas

Stacking stools is a good idea, but I prefer our little chairs; however, I would like to get the paper towels off the countertop. And more shelving in the cupboards is always a good idea. It's cool how some things fit in the shallow space under the spice rack we hung up on the back wall. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hurricane Irma pickup update

There is still a lot of hurricane debris to be picked up; some of it was recently added to the roadside, and in some places, it hasn't yet been cleaned up and moved to the roadside. (Soon it will be too late for them.) Here's the official county update:

From the county: Debris Recovery Stats as of Nov. 1 

• Total loads collected: 37,114 
• Average size load: 50 cubic yards 
• Total cubic yards removed: 1,646,051 cubic yards of the estimated 2.1 million cubic yards of vegetative debris.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Cool ideas for bunk beds for kids (link)

Here are imaginative and colorful ideas from HGTV.com for fun bunk beds; they include a castle, ladders, slides, and a rope ladder; I think there are bunk beds here your kid would enjoy: Playful bunk beds

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Kitchen decorating ideas (link)

Here are some ideas from HGTV.com for decorating the space above your kitchen cabinets. We don't have shelf space above our current kitchen cabinets; it's a blank covering--or canvas, if you like. In the past we've stenciled there or hung decorative plates, but for those of you who have that space, you can use it for storage or display, as seen in these photos: What to do with unused spaces in your kitchen

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hurricane cleanup update

I went out to pick up the paper this morning and noticed that our brush piles were gone. I slept through that, but later I heard beeping and thunks so they were still in the neighborhood. Lots of scattered debris that the homeowners will have to clean up. A neighbor is already on top of her cleanup--4 cans of yard trash. I've got a can ready to take out for our cleanup--and another one waiting in the wings.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Clever storage solutions (link)

And again from HGTV. com, some unique storage solutions if you need more space. I like the table and chairs furniture, and the collapsible futon looks useful, but check out the rest here: Space saving ideas

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Clearing countertop clutter (link)

Here are some useful solutions from HGTV. com to help you clear off your countertops or simply add needed storage space: Clear off the clutter

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Hurricane Irma report

We had plenty of time to prepare for Irma and even filled a number containers with water, though we usually don't lose water in town. (In the country, when we lost power, we lost the well pump.) We lost power at 11:50 Sunday night (September 10), but we were expecting that. We'd closed down the electronic devices, etc. and planned to go to bed, as we've always done when we didn't have power--sometimes because it hadn't been installed yet.

We got our power back Thursday night (September 14); the linesmen had been working on our street earlier and told us it would be on that night. We are so appreciative! It was much better for sleeping 'cause it was hot--and catching up with so many things...  Other homes got power at various times and some are still waiting. Now we have to get some groceries to restock the fridge and freezer. 

Most of the homes around us are in good shape, though there's lots of flooding elsewhere around bodies of water and flood zones. The huge trees down everywhere you go are impressive; lots of them were in the roads and the trunks are cut up in big chunks and piled along the roads, along with piles of branches.

We have only two piles of debris to be picked up; one pile is branches from the oak tree and elsewhere; the other pile is pine tree branches which our neighbor cut up with his chain saw. (Thank you, David!)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Open house and beyond!

Since we have accomplished most of our remodeling and landscaping plans, we finally had our open house and invited family and friends and ordered sandwich and veggie platters from Publix and added a fruit platter from the deli, along with snacks, cookies, soda and sherbet for our sherbet punch. I love open houses because there's more time for visiting and more space for parking.

My matching hall switchplates made it in time for the open house, as did our tables for the screened porch. However, there just wasn't time to put the tables together, and they're still--all three--in the box in the garage. We have yet to finish the edging for the back beds; we've taken four trips--30 pavers each trip 'cause they're big and heavy. And the horticultural honcho is laying the hose out to plan changes. If we straighten the edging a bit, we can cut down on the number of pavers, but I love the curving serpentine look and we'd lose some lawn--and have to buy more mulch to extend the bed outward.

Also, we'd like to get rid of the carpet in at least one more room... Oh, then there's the stenciling and my Shaker pegboard; the pegboard needs to be sanded, the pegs inserted, and then it needs to be painted. (Well, I think that pink is too light--and it's my bedroom!) The foyer is the next room to be stencilled, and the stencil hasn't been chosen yet. The art deco rose? The geometic pattern? The tassels are definitely too big. And the screened porch floor will be stencilled in a stone pattern.

So, errands, chores, projects, and work to keep us busy, but there's always time to play with our new kitten, Bree. She's a black and white Manx--and so cute--and incredibly active... And this is what home is all about.