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Tailgate Spreading Gravel at the Cabin

Tailgate Spreading Gravel at the Cabin

The gravel at the log cabin was beginning to look sad. Cliff told me to call around and see how much gravel we need and what it is going to cost. Sounds like an easy project, but it really wasn’t. After I measured the driveway, […]

Getting Settled and Enjoying Spring

Getting Settled and Enjoying Spring

The grass is starting to grow. The daffodils I planted in the field behind the house are blooming. And we are getting some things put away. The grass is starting to grow. You can see a lot of green under the straw. And a lot […]

Foam & Fabrics Outlet

Foam & Fabrics Outlet

I always seem to end up at Foam & Fabrics Outlet unintentionally. I was on the way back from another appointment when my phone alerted me that HQ was about to start.

Swedish Kachelofen, Beautiful Ceramic Stoves

Swedish Kachelofen, Beautiful Ceramic Stoves

Carl Larsson, the Swedish painter and decorator included these beautiful ceramic stoves in many of the paintings of his home. The book Living in the Countryside by Barbara & René Stoeltie shows photos of the home of Karin and Carl Larsson. It has a photo […]

Archdale Modular or Double Wide

Archdale Modular or Double Wide

My daughter and her husband were going to remodel the house they are in, but it may be more cost effective to sell and start over. They already have a piece of land they were going to eventually build on. Now they are looking other […]

Pet-Proof Screen for the Front Door

Pet-Proof Screen for the Front Door

Jack, our German Shepard Chow, used to stare at the door and wait patiently. Geordie, our rescue German Shepard Golden Retriever, paws on the screen and woofs to be let in. If no one lets him in immediately, he gets more and more worried and […]

The Myth of Minimalism – IKEA Wisdom

The Myth of Minimalism – IKEA Wisdom

Decluttering and organizing is an on-going process. In the ’90s, I read Sidetracked Home Executives by Pam Young and Peggy Jones. It was one in a long list of organizing books I checked out of the library and tried. But, it was the first one […]

Drywall Stilts

Drywall Stilts

The drywall hangers used drywall stilts. They have two different sizes, for the different ceiling heights. I had heard that drywall stilts are not allowed anymore, so I looked it up. OSHA does prohibit the use of stilts in some areas and states. And their […]

Ikea Inspiration: Skadis Pegboard

Ikea Inspiration: Skadis Pegboard

This is one of the pictures we got when we explored the new Ikea store in Jacksonville, Florida. We were looking for inspiration for the new house. This is an idea for my laundry room/craft room. The wall is covered with Skadis Pegboard. It comes […]

Ikea Kitchen Inspiration

Ikea Kitchen Inspiration

They have opened an Ikea store in Jacksonville, Florida. We had a shopping list for the new house, but spent some time wandering through the models getting ideas and inspiration. I like that they show a lot of different style kitchens. Most are pretty streamlined, […]