Sunday, August 14, 2016

Your Mission If You Choose To Accept It . . . . .

Hi Friends.  I present our newest trainee, Eliza.  (The theme to Mission Impossible should be playing in your head)

And mission accomplished . . . .

Eliza would like to thank you for coming by.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

A Doorway Appears

Hi Dear Friends!  It's been awhile since I posted, and I've missed all of you.  But I digress already.  I have to tell you about the house!  After many many weeks of delays, we are finally almost back on schedule.  The roof will be finished up today, and windows and doors have arrived.  Ron needs me to pick out paint colors for the exterior, and I'm on my way to Lowes to pour over paint chip colors.

I'm fueling up for the job right now.

And, here I am at Lowes.  It's a lot of work picking out colors, but I think I'm there, and pretty happy with my decisions.

And, by the way, I found these curtains on clearance, and checked to see how I liked them with my whites and reds.  (Oh, and when I say 'on clearance', I mean that the curtains were originally priced at $99.00 for each set of 2.  I bought them for $9.99).  

And I love them, and now I seriously want that ceramic rain boot to go with them, somewhere in the room.

And I like that yellow pillow, but mostly because of how it says exactly what I'll be feeling when I move into my southern Indiana cottage.

And Now;  Drum Roll Please!  Here are my colors for the exterior, and some for the interior!  I'm so excited.  So, the one on the left is "Blue Mountain Top" by Sherwin Williams, which I picked out for the exterior, with white trim and a cardinal red front door.  The middle blue is the entryway color (it's Freedom Found by Olympic), while "fall chill" will be on the livingroom/dining and kitchen walls.  Kitchen cabinets will be white with a cardinal red island.  

Wow.  Lots of color, but I love color and have never shied away from it.  I can't wait to get going.  Be sure and look at my page "the house that Ron built" for updates on the cottage.  

Love you all!  Thanks for your patience and kindness, and love.  See you back here soon.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Southern Cottage Girl Loving The Southern Cottage Life

Hi Dear Friends!  Yesterday I was not at a church, I was visiting a farm and garden, doing some plein air painting  (for pics of the paintings, go to "paper and brushes" in the address bar above). 

The garden home is made up of antique finds, like the stain glass windows in the bathroom and kitchen, and this old french cook island which is so cool, don't you think?

Always, always, always, love those claw foot tubs.

And then there's the ever popular composting toilet (if you have to ask then you really don't want to know).  I think I'll pass on having one in southern cottage home, but hey, when in Rome . . . . 

Ahhhh . . . . the garden.  

Love the garden.

And the chicken coop, and the chickens.

And the barn.

And . . . . ta da!  The cows!  Although I didn't really see any cows on the farm, I saw these guys when I was driving through the countryside.  

And I'm working on some paintings of everything and everyone one I saw. 

And, once again, thank you all for your patience.  Thanks for coming to see the blog. I apologize for the sabbatical the last two weeks.  It's been crazy busy.  But I think of you dear friends, all the time.  Love you.  Enjoy the day!  

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Beautiful Bloomington

Hi Friends!  I took this picture yesterday morning while driving through town.   The clouds reminded me of Oregon coastal clouds, and made me feel very nostalgic.  I do love it here, and I have been pleasantly surprised that the heat and humidity have not been that bad.  I love all the flowers everywhere, especially all of the hydrangea which is a favorite of mine.

I hope you are all having a beautiful day.  Love ya!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sunday Drive Uncovers The Where Abouts of Bean Blossom Covered Bridge

Hi Friends! I heard about this covered bridge that is just outside of Nashville, Indiana, and I roped Ron into driving me there to see it.  

The drive itself was fun.  From hwy 46 we took Greasy Creek Road to Bear Wallow Hill Road to Bean Blossom Road.  

And then we found this place, in Nineveh.  

Everything made from scratch.

Pretty table linens inside and out.

We walked through the gardens.  

And barns and sheds, full of antiques

And then we set off again to find the covered bridge.  We found it, just outside the town of Bean Blossom.  It's a pretty bridge.

We followed this car across the creek and into town, which consists of a corner of the roadway with an antique store and a couple of other buildings.  

I thought of my brother-in-law Bill when I saw the old cars here.  

And then we headed for home, back in Bloomington.  We had a lovely Sunday drive.  

I hope you all are having a wonderful week.  Take a drive out in the country, it restores the soul.  And, you don't know what you'll find.  

Love ya!