A Bit of a New Look!

Hey everyone!  I hope ya'll are having a great week & not suffering too much from the heat.  I just keep reminding myself that I can start my Fall decorating in about three weeks, regardless of what Mother Nature may be doing with the weather!  Who's with me on that?  Well, whether you admit it or not, I know quite a few of you will be pulling out all the pumpkins & pretty leaves by mid-August....LOL!

Anyway, as you can see, I've done a bit of redecorating on my blog & would appreciate some feedback.  I'm most interested in knowing how easy it is to maneuver around and if it's easy to read.  I get very frustrated when viewing some blogs.  I mean they are gorgeous, beautiful backgrounds, cute little things flying around, & text that is too light in color -- but I find them really difficult to read sometimes.  Maybe it's just my "older" eyes, but I'm curious if anyone else has the same problem.  The other issue is Word Verification!  So many of you have discussed this "problem" on your blogs, & it seems to have helped considerably.  But there are still so many who continue this needless step, & they've gotten much more difficult to read & copy correctly.  Again, maybe it's "older" eyes with the problem.  

Anyhoo, let me know what you think of my new Blog "tweak!"

And what's a post without at least one picture?  So I thought I'd share the "face" of the new generation of DIYers!  No, it's not her mom's makeup;  it's the only paint color her older sister would share.  I think everyone was lucky it wasn't red!

Photo: Avery painting
As always, thanks so much for stopping by, & I'll see you again very soon!  CAS


I'm Longing for Fall!

Hey everyone!  I really start to get the "Fall Decorating Bug" every year at just about this time.  It makes me a bit "wonky," because I know it's way too early to start decorating -- I have to wait until at least mid-August....LOL!  No, I'm not kidding; I begin my Fall decorating that early because it's my favorite time of year.  Besides, it's so doggone hot here in AZ, that I must create the illusion of "crispy-coolness" in the air just to be able to survive the rest of our "HOT" season.  Well, just when I'm wondering how I will ever survive another month, my sweet friend, Liz @ Savvy Seasons, had this wonderful post yesterday about "Dreaming of Autumn" & then linked it to an entire Fall Decor Party!  How cool!  It may be too early to decorate, but I can certainly share what I've done in the past with my favorite season.
So, are you ready for some delightful sights of Fall?  Okay, then let's get started!

These first few photos were taken at our previous home.

This was our garden house & was in full-view from the sunroom, so it had to have a
pop of seasonal color.


Proud Nanna!

Hey everyone!  I just had to brag a bit.  Our oldest granddaughter, Taylor, just got back from the Jr. National Olympics in Long Beach.  I don't have all the numbers yet, but she did very well in Trampoline, which she's only been doing for 2 months.

I may just be "over-the-top" prejudiced, but is this great form or what..........

She was just limbering up & fighting off "butterflies!"

Taylor is on the right of her younger sister, Riley......actually Taylor is only 2 minutes older.  My first grandchildren, & I was blessed with a double package of lovin' almost thirteen years ago.  My daughter made the "big" announcement on my 50th birthday.  Best birthday present ever!


Taming the Master Bath Demon!

Hey, everyone!  Happy Monday to all of you!  Since I haven't shared an "organizing" post in awhile, I thought I would let you in on a chaotic little secret -- our master bath linen cupboard.  Actually, I don't think I've shared the master bath with you except in the "prior to move-in tour," so I guess this is as good a time as any.  Please keep in mind that although we've made a few changes in here, they were very small changes, & we have more on the "To Do" list for this room.  So, are you ready?  Alrighty then, let's get started.
I know, Plain-Jane & Builder-Basic, but nothing looks too chaotic, right?  Well, do you see that
cabinet reflected in the mirror?  Yes, this one.......


Changing the Mood

Hey everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start, & that you are managing to stay cool, safe from fires, storms, & extreme excess heat.  A tall order, I know, but we all just have to look for the positives, right?  As we head into this 4th of July week, I know many of you have been lightening and brightening your homes for the summer.  Well, me too!  So I thought it would be fun to share a couple of glimpses of how I've changed the mood of our sitting-dining room over a couple of seasons.  These are very simple changes, no painting or major endeavors involved...lol!

First up -- one (wink, wink) of my Fall moods.
I almost always change pillow covers for the season.

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