Since we moved, our front porch had been neglected.
We just put our old furniture on there and didn’t really plan it out, so it looked cluttered and smaller than it really was.
I’m planning a baby shower (at my house next month) for a friend, so that kicked me into gear on sprucing up the porch. Haha
Here’s the rundown on what we did:
Curtains- used a drop cloth cut in half lengthwise and a tension rod and ring clips
Chairs and pillows- already had. Just rearranged them
Mini chandelier- $5 thrift store find
Rug- $27 on overstock.com clearance
Bench- my grandfather made it, and my mom is letting me use it bc she doesn’t have a spot for it.
Wooden hanging pieces- thrift store $30
Stump- Patrick found on the side of the road and then chiseled off all the bark
I didn’t take a before pic- arg! But maybe I’ll run across on at some point to compare.
*We still want to put up string lights, and a piece of stained glass, and find some folk art, perhaps.
Lucid Stead, 2013
Phillip K. Smith III
So how stinkin cute is this!?! I’m linking to the airbnb here.
Owned by a couple named Jim and Rosie who are former artists, the retreat has an awesomely eclectic vibe, and I loved the mix of materials and decor. Rose is a British artist who used to create video installations. She meets you when you arrive, and provides a cooler of goats milk, home baked bread, butter, and eggs from their chickens.
The water for the sink in the outhouse, and the water for the shower, both are from giant rain barrels as you can see in the very last photo. It makes for a decent shower temp in the summer. I bet it would be nice and cold in the fall. haha.
I loved everything about this except that it was summer. haha. I am not a good summertime camper: Poison oak, mosquitoes, ticks, and humidity from hell. (We slept in our undies. Not Hannah, she’s used to the heat.) But other than that it was awesome.
I would definitely go back in the fall and build a fire, drink wine, and roast marshmallows!
Love love loved this.
This weekend, I got to spend time with my two best friends from college. In case you are new to the blog, my friend Hannah, does mission work and has been living in Haiti for about 2 years. Needless to say, we rarely get to see her. My dear friend, Jen, lives just outside of Nashville, so I don’t see her as often as I’d like either. About 1-2 times a year, we make it a point to get together for a weekend.
We had adventures galore!
Saturday- we rode horses and visited an exotic petting zoo. We were in baby goat heaven!
Saturday night and Sunday, we got to stay in a teepee. Yup. That will be on my next blog post :)
Hannah’s brother is in the process of building a tiny house. You can see it there bottom right. We got to go and check it out, and y’all know my obsession with tiny houses, so I was in heaven!
No. Just no.
St. peppers Beatles tee- thrift store
Pleather skirt- Kmart
Black flats- tjmaxx
Cuff- bought in Montana. Made from a cowboy’s old belt :)
I love this. A little motivation to appreciate the small things.
Friday morning, my sweet nanny passed away. It was so hard to watch her take her last breaths, but I know she is now at peace. I was glad to be by her side with the rest of my family during that time despite the pain.
I spent the rest of the day with my mom, helping make arrangements and finding old photos to have for the funeral home.
That evening, my brother told us he and his wife are expecting again.
The next day was my birthday, but we didn’t feel much like celebrating. We had visitation at the funeral home, and then the funeral was yesterday.
The visitation was the worst. You stand there and try to be strong, when all you really want to do is sit in the corner and cry. But you stand there, and all these people come through and talk to you. You clinch your teeth and hold back tears and try to smile and say thank you. It’s a bad situation topped off by the fact that I’m an introvert, excruciating.
And tack on the fact that every other person in the line thought it was appropriate to ask when (when, not if) we were having kids. And if they didn’t ask, I could tell they were just one comment away. At that point I would try to steer the conversation elsewhere or end it completely. IT’S NEVER APPROPRIATE, and it’s certainly not appropriate if you’re just an acquaintance to me. I may just start telling people, “I have a deformed uterus, but thanks for asking.” (Because I do, and we don’t even know if we can have kids, or want them, or which way is up right now. I shouldn’t have to explain that to anyone.)
I am exhausted with every facet of my being.
My goals for the week are to catch up on sleep, take a nice hot soak in the bath, hit the gym a few days, and schedule a message for this weekend as a little belated bday celebration.
I’ve had a real shitty day/week. There’s someone at work who’s been doing some sneaky bullying mostly directed at me. My grandma is in the worst part of the dying process. My poor mom and poor aunt are trying to care for her best they can. Hospice has done minimal to help. My birthday is Saturday, but I haven’t made plans, and now it’s too late to make any with our friends. I’m just in a funk. And stressed.My attempt to cheer up:
I made it to the gym tonight bc I thought I may explode and/or punch someone of I didn’t go. That helped a bit.
I did buy these two dresses as a bday gift for myself about a week or so ago, and they came in the mail yesterday, so that was a nice little bday surprise. Don’t have a clue where I’ll wear them, but they were a good deal, and I love love love them. (Both Asos.com)
If you have some extra prayers or good vibes, my fam can use them.
Here’s to a new day tomorrow!