Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Homestead Happenings!

This week has flown by very quickly and boy, what a busy one! The homestead is getting a porch facelift!
Instead of paint this time that peels by the end of the season, decided to strip the entire wrap around porches, just the floors, and stain it with a barn red stain, not paint.
WHAT a job but so well worth it!
For the most part all done after 3 days but the edges and that will be done by the end of the week.

What a mess!

About 4 layers of paint--------gone. YAY!!!

lots of shadows but looks like new wood in real life here.

I can't wait for the barn red stain to go on. Thankfully, the sun has been staying out and no rain in the past few days.

Of course, looking off the side porch at this, with a cuppa helps too!

Miss Abbie is spoiled as she can be still. Once this week she actually dragged out her soiled potty paper in her pan and started folding it with herself and I guess she watched me do that so much, she was just helping and hinting that it needed changing. :P
She also has been thinking her doggie bed is her boyfriend and has been "intimate" with it ALOT!
Shocks me. I thought she was "fixed". She is definitely a personality of herself.

But all in all, the peace and contentment, good food, and Mother nature and Father time are healing and nurturing us through the Summer this year.

My stitching has been less lately but I did throw in a few more letters to My Everything designed by the Sampler Girl. Oh how I crave to stitch more and have many lined up projects when I have more than a few minutes here and there this Summer.

Red seems to be my "almost" favorite color of late.
A real close second to pink. :)

Of course, reading and writing is a love at heart as well. But Summer is just full of so many long daylight hours and things to do, especially around the homestead of late.

Good eats this week made from scratch are:

Peach cobbler
Fresh strawberry shortcake
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie (made with leftover smoked chicken)
Fresh tomato sandwiches with Hellman's mayo and salt and pepper
Cold Peach Treat wine from Habersham Winery, local 
Bacon and egg breakfasts with lots of coffee
Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches, freshly toasted
Homegrown tomatoes just sliced up with fresh lettuce, salt and pepper

Hope your week is cruisin' along too with lots of Summer treats.

Miss Abbie has been doing a little training and she is definitely enjoying bacon treats as much as ever for rewards. She's my lump of sugga.

 The kitchen faucet finally pooped out and replaced with a more substantial and rustic faucet that I am lovin'.

Picked these twice now out of the yard and they last for almost a week in the house cut.

Every day gets a little brighter and this is a definite~~ good thing.

It's amazing what blooms given a nurturing environment!
( my aloe plant, it's growing like a weed right now)

Stay cool,


  1. What a gorgeous view you have! =) Good luck with the porch staining! Great stitching! Love that color floss!

  2. I think the porch will look wonderful when you stain it. Can't wait to see it. The flowers are lovely. You sure did make some wonderful things this past week. I do love a tomatoe sandwich.

  3. Thank you very much for sharing your wonderful blessings with us. Your home is enchanting. Miss Abbie is a darling. Happiness to you. HUGS

  4. Sounds like you've been busy!
    Glad you are enjoying the summer months.
    The porch will look fantastic when done.
    Great flower pics and love the one of little Abbie with your friend.

  5. Lovely post. Glad that life is good :)

  6. Wow! What a lot of work that porch was. Will be wonderful when finished. I hope you have some nice, slow moments coming up for stitching. http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com/

  7. I think the porch will look great when it's finished. Glad that you are enjoying the summer!

  8. Dearest Jennifer,

    That are a lot of happy noises coming down the mountains! Glad for you that you are having a good time and who would not, living in such a great surrounding.
    Abby is spoiled too.
    Love to you and a happy summer.

  9. Oohhhh....such a pretty arrangement on your door! What a beautiful porch you have and the views!! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out ~ sounds soooo pretty!!!


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