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Birthday Princess

April 29th, 2016 · No Comments

My granddaughter is twelve years old today! I just can’t believe it! She is so smart and beautiful! I wish I could spend more time with her. She’s going to be “pulling away” soon.  I already understand that she had an opportunity to spend a day  trip to the Alabama Football spring A-Day game with her other Grandmother last weekend. A day trip she has been going on for at least 10 of the last 12 years. And this year, she opted out, preferring a sleepover with girlfriends instead. And so it starts.

Last summer she spent a whole week with me and Grandpa. We had her all to ourselves! She attended a drama camp during the day, then every afternoon we would do something fun; swimming, shopping, the movies… But this year, she already has a summer jam packed with all of the activities and obligations of a preteen.

Even today, her official birthday, she is off touring the Big Apple with her middle school choir group!



Happy Birthday Beauty!

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Ultimate Pinspiration

April 25th, 2016 · No Comments

Buffet 2012

Buffet 2012

This buffet I purchased at a clearance tent sale for a discount furniture store in Birmingham many years ago. It was so cheap (about $50) because there was no top. As you can see, I merely used a piece of glass and covered it with a table runner. It worked for me! Of course, this was back when I had a big house with a formal dining room. Unfortunately, this piece has been sitting in a storage unit ever since.  No one I know has a formal dining room anymore. I couldn’t even give it away. I didn’t know what to do with it…until today…

Buffet 2016

Buffet 2016

I found this picture on Pinterest. This is a houseboat “kitchen” reinvention! Although the one here does not have a faucet attached, it does show the small bar sink inserted in the top. And since I don’t have a top, I can make one out of butcher block and insert a small bar sink just like this!  I can’t believe it looks like my exact piece! I am so excited to finally be able to reuse my buffet in the Houseboat!

Although Hubby says I can’t paint it like this one…We shall see…



April 18th, 2016 · No Comments

I found this picture of the “perfect shadow box” on Pinterest:

perfect shadow box

Then, one day while demo’ing Rehab, I found this gem: shadowbox

So, I pulled it all apart and reworked the whole thing:

shadowbox before


And after adding all my own fun touches, this is the final project and ready for returning to the Houseboat:



I love it!

Except that now, I officially have more décor than I have walls on the Houseboat.


April Push!

April 4th, 2016 · No Comments

ATLiens actually had a few days of lovely sunshine and no rain during the week. So while I stayed home and slaved away at my desk, Hubby and his nephew were able to get a little more work done on Rehab this past week. Below is the last “living room” wall that needed replacing/rebuilding. Just below the window, those dark spots are rotted wood and the “white” along the bottom is actually the bare steel hull. (Out the window you can see we have new neighbors this season)

Demo'd down to the steel hull

Demo’d down to the
steel hull

Below are two AFTER shots. As you can see, the entire wall (and a half) have received all new studs, insulation and drywall.


Next, we will frame out all of the windows, tape, mud, sand and PAINT! The entire space will be fresh and airy white!!


All  hands on deck for the paint party coming soon! So exciting!




March 29th, 2016 · No Comments

First Date

First Date

This is the Boy and his new Fiance, B1. This is their official “first date” pic taken April 13, 2012 at Black Market Bar and Grill. Apparently, the story goes, that Boy was working there at the time and Miss B1 was a new customer. She was apparently being hit on quite aggressively by an unwanted courter. Boy hopped into the conversation by introducing himself, to the unwanted courter, as her husband!



This is Boy “popping the question” (for real) in Costa Rica on November 13, 2015.

#IGotSharped #Feyonce #HePutAringOnIt #drunkinlove


The official announcement at the Engagement Party right back at Black Market Bar and Grill where this story began. March 26, 2016.



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