A Little Love From Yesteryear

Sorry for all the blog repeats…trust me you don’t want to see the state of my house right now. There has been great progress, electrical work is coming along some plumbing is in…but i am growing quite weary of my house looking and smelling like Home Depot. Prayers for patience.

It is truly shocking to realize it is already February. Christmas seems like yesterday…or months ago…I do know I am still finding the occasion pine needles in odd places. But February it is, on to the next holiday. Valentine’s Day always stumps me…is it a winter holiday or a nod to the upcoming spring with all the pastels and softness? I don’t know, but I do try to add a little Valentine essence to my decor…enjoy just a few touches!

And a Happy Chinese New Year to you! It is the year of the rat (or 3 years later the Rabbit)

Metamorphosis

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Love Is In The Air…And I Miss My Kitchen.

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)

Elizabeth Barrett Browning – 1806-1861

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.


I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,


Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight…my sweet Princess!

Ready for Valentine’s Day!

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It Is Winter

We haven’t had a flake of snow fall from the sky, watched in amazement as the thermometer edged up to 60 degrees and only scraped the window of our cars in the morning a handful of times. It is winter however. The sky is grey a majority of the time, the glitter of Christmas seems long past and Spring is so far in the future. I’m not really a fan of winter but a fire in the fireplace with a hot drink seems so cozy on the weekends. We are still living in a construction zone that is encroaching slowly the whole house, or so it seems. Hopefully some winter touches will settle my mind and spruce up my household. I’m clinging to a bit of Christmas mixed with some snowy touches!

Berries just say winter to me.
Cozy place for the afternoon
Happy sentiments
Seltzer bottles and evergreen trees.
Our Princess…words do not do justice.

Metamorphosis Inspire me Monday. Inspire me Tuesday .You’re the Star. Tuesday with a twist. Wonderful Wednesday. Keep in touch. Beautifully made. Wednesday blog hop. Share your style. Grandma’s House DIY. Vintage charm.Friendship Friday. Funtastic Friday. Grace at Home Thursday favorites. BFF open house. Morning Cup Of Joe. Home matters.Create bake grow. Happiness is homemade. Create with joy. Creatively crafty Senior salon. Turn about Tuesday Saturday Sparks Farmhouse Friday All About Home Flaunt it Friday Pink Saturday encouraging hearts and home Wednesday Centerpiece. Dare to share. heart and souls simple sunday silverado. The Fabulous Party. homestead blog hop traffic jam busy Monday. Love your creativity inspiration party share the wealth Karen’s kottage. Crafty creations sunshine Sunday potpourri creative muster. Whimsy home homemade Monday

I wish I Could Bake a Cherry Pie… A Flashback

…using nothing but things already in the pantry and refrigerator! Let me give a little backstory. Sometime around Thursday I started to crave a little pie…well a lot of pie. I really didn’t want to add to the already hot day, however, as the air conditioner fought to keep the house comfortably chilled. Saturday morning a thought occurred…don’t I have an icebox pie cookbook…that I found in TJ MAXX…and never opened? I did, and behold the creation I made with simple, easy ingredients and very little time. Cherry pie!!

The Usual Cast Of Characters

  • Graham Cracker Pie Crust. I made my own from our stash of S’More Fixings * This is a great and easy recipe!
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice (about 2-3 lemons)
  • 1 Can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 3-4 cups chopped fresh cherries.

The Steps to Glory

1. Mix the Eagle Brand with the lemon juice. 

2. Stir well until mixture is thickened. 

3. Drain cherries and fold into Eagle Brand mixture. 

4. Pour mixture into pie crust.  Do NOT cover. 

5. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving, to allow time to set.

6. Relax and enjoy a pampering activity while you wait!

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Christmas happened

Well Christmas seemed to fly by as fast as can be, even with minimal decor and reduced activity. Did I miss my tree? Yes. Did I miss baking cookies? Mostly. Do I miss the pack up, organize and put away right now? Absolutely not. Our living space has been drastically reduced this week and as much as I love holiday decorations, I’m really going to enjoy claiming a bit more unrenovated space as a bit of breathing room.

I am also quite shocked how much stuff we have accumulated that was hidden away. You never know what will be found in cabinets, cupboards and drawers when you empty for demolition. Needless to say Declutter is one of my words for the New Year.

Before I turn the page on Holiday 2022, enjoy a few more images from my very scaled down decor! Happy New you from my Hero, my Princess and me.

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Homemade Monday

We Need a Little Christmas…Just a Little.

We are deep into our renovation, space is limited and Christmas a bit minimal, at least in my opinions. I must admit it is both a relief and burden. I miss the cookie baking, kitchen decor and beautifully set dining table but I love the selected and streamlined look for the rest of the house. With such a jumble of stuff the renovation brings, I really didn’t want to add more clutter and brightness. I think we found the sweet spot with Christmas this year…just imagine what next year will be like!

We still had a Christmas mantel complete with some stockings and Santas.
Some more touches in the living room
Our newest Nativity from China…there is a story behind it.
Cozy place to be
O course the outside is Merry and bright.
And a visit with a special friend.

Metamorphosis Inspire me Monday. Inspire me Tuesday .You’re the Star. Tuesday with a twist. Wonderful Wednesday. Keep in touch. Beautifully made. Wednesday blog hop. Share your style. Grandma’s House DIY. Vintage charm.Friendship Friday. Funtastic Friday. Grace at Home Thursday favorites. BFF open house. Morning Cup Of Joe. Home matters.Create bake grow. Happiness is homemade. Create with joy. Creatively crafty Senior salon. Turn about Tuesday Saturday Sparks Farmhouse Friday All About Home Flaunt it Friday Pink Saturday encouraging hearts and home Wednesday Centerpiece. Dare to share. heart and souls simple sunday silverado. The Fabulous Party. homestead blog hop traffic jam busy Monday. Love your creativity inspiration party share the wealth Karen’s kottage. Crafty creations sunshine Sunday potpourri creative muster