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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Adding some more goodies to the homestead . . . decorating is always fun!

  Loving my new kitchen and having so much fun buying new "toys" aka appliances for it.  My new Kitchen Aid coffee maker arrived this morning.  Its a unique, different kind of coffee maker, "pour over coffee brewer".  This coffee maker only brews eight cups at a time, would have preferred twelve cups, especially when entertaining.     Yes, the coffee does taste much better. It does take a little longer to brew.  We're still shopping for a new microwave, the white one is looking a little dated.
 


I've added some additional pictures to the entry.  I've had these two prints forever.  I bought them at a estate sales years ago with my Mom.  I never did anything with the frames as far as replacing them.  Left them just as they were when I bought them.  The dresser is black also, very complimenting.





Oh . . .  almost forgot to mention we finally got the tile.  It took forever to get here.  We waited over four months.  It's tile with with the look of hardwood flooring, the color is called "Eco Wood Copper".  We are excited to get it installed in the kitchen, entry, hallway and both bathrooms.  Installation will take place in two weeks, Yes!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sweet touches around the homestead . . . feeling like home again :O)

I finally get to decorate a little and you know how much I love to do that.  Haven't been able to sew or create something lately.  Before you know it, Fall will be here again and you all know how excited I get around that time of year. I added some goodies to the new kitchen and also opened up the entry a little bit.


Always have to have a little cross stitch around, it puts a smile on my face . . . I made this when Rexy and I first started dating  . . . I have always loved the water, Rexy and I spent alot of time at the beach when we first met 


Jennifer, my bestie, gave me this Tiffany night light years ago and it still works, love it against the tile, looks perfect and the colors are so pretty 


 
I cross stitch this sweet little cake for my baking counter, Fall is always a perfect time for baking, got to be ready


This  black dresser has always sat in my entry, it's got a new place now. Rexy loves to be out in the yard, thought I would do a garden theme for the dresser



Thursday, August 11, 2016

On the rode again . . . always a good time :O)

Rexy and I joined our ADA group for a unique adventure  . . . we rode the bikes to Chino Hills and visited a hindu temple.  The name of the temple is "Mandir", a place of love, peace and harmony.  It is all hand carved by individuals in India who have volunteered their time.  Individual pieces were carved by hand and shipped to the USA and assembled in Chino Hills.  Absolutely beautiful inside, unfortunately no pics were allowed inside the temple.


 
 


Afterwards, we were all hungry and decided to take a ride up to Mt. Baldy Lodge and have lunch on the patio.  Always lots of fun with Mike and Bev, Steve, Jim and Jane, as usual the food is always good.  I feel very blessed to be enjoying this life of mine so much :O)  







Thursday, July 28, 2016

Oh my . . . Last year of my fifties!


Do we even count them anymore after fifty?  Added another candle to my birthday cake yesterday  . . . oh my, last year of my fifties!  Times flying that's for sure.  Rexy surprises me with an ice-cream cake, those are the best.  Received some goodies also too. 


We our making progress with the kitchen.  We were able to install our new refrigerator along with the ice maker water line.  We're are loving the new refrigerator, lots more room in this one. 


Our cabinet maker for the kitchen was here yesterday and surprised me with the inserts for my spice  drawer next to the stove.  I was so excited to go through my spices and set it up :O)




Will continue to post more pics of the new kitchen  .  . so excited!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hey . . . There's a new kitchen in town😊

Rexy and I are just loving how the new kitchen is coming along.  I feel very blessed to be able to enjoy this.  We took our time seaching for the right materials and color palette for the new kitchen and its turning out beautiful.  I cant wait to decorate.






Saturday, July 2, 2016

Happy 4th!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Life has changed . . . Again :O)

Hi there!  Its been a while since I've posted anything. For some of you in Blogland, you know my history and how important my family has always been to me.  I started this blog just for fun and had no idea how important it would become to me as time passed by.  My very first posting was in the month of December 09.  My husband Dave and I had already been through some tough years, Cassandra my youngest, had already survived a horrible car accident and I thought at that time we were finish for awhile, it was only the beginning.   My beloved husband Dave passed away unexpectedly that following year in July 2010, four days after 4th of July, since then that holiday has become a sad one now.  My middle son had just graduated three weeks prior from UC Davis, we had just returned from a wonderful family celebration and life threw a good one at us.  I suddenly had to learn Property Management and jump into my husband's work, replacing him immediately.  There was bills to pay and I had to think fast.  Brian, my middle son relocated right away to Wisconsin, taking a position in the City of Madison.  I managed to hang on for two years and then I had to downsized from a four bedroom, three bath ranch style home to a two bedroom apartment with my two college aged children, Davey and Cassandra along with a 60 pound American Pitt Bull dog.  It was more than I could ever imagine getting through, but we did, we survived.

Davey my oldest son, later took a position in Boulder, Colorado and relocated there in January 2014, about a week after Christmas.  It was just Cassandra and I after that.  We decided at that time,  it would be best to downsized to even a smaller place, a one bedroom apartment.  It was challenging, not a whole lot of room for two people and a big dog.  Our bedroom became a storage room, filled with cardboard boxes to the ceiling.  We managed  . . . again.

Buttons my dog, really became my best friend through those challenging years.  She never left my side, would always sleep right by my bed, always waiting to go for a walk. With lots of regret, later that year we had to put Buttons down, her hind quarters went out, which is quite common for larger dogs.  We had Buttons for 11 years and she was one of my best.

Have you heard that saying, "Every once in a while, life brings you a fairytale"  . . . In January 2014, I started dating a new friend of mine, by the name of "Rex" aka "Rexy".  I've posted often of all the motorcycle adventures we've been on and always having fun doing something.  We continued to grow closer, Rexy was broken just like I was.  We both found a "center point" and never left each others side after that.

In January 2015, Rexy asked me to move in with him.  I wasn't quite ready for that big change in my life yet, Cassandra was still living at home with me and I couldn't leave her like that, after all that had happened in the years prior.  I decided that I would give it a year to think about, this would let me prepare Cassandra, my youngest to live on her own.  Dave and I always told her she would live at home until she married, that didn't happen.  Meanwhile, Rexy and I started to work on his home.

In January 2016, I told Rexy I  was ready to move in with him.  Cassandra and I ended our Lease June 2016.  To say proudly, Cassandra moved into her own one bedroom apartment and I relocated to Rexy's home in Mission Viejo, California.  Rexy and I have worked on this home for over a year now and its finally coming together.  We were hoping it would be done by the time I moved in, but we probably have a couple more months to go before it's fully completed.

Thats Cassandra's stuff ready to move to her own place

I don't know what lies in front of me, as I move forward in this life of mine, but with God's blessing and mercy I hope it's filled with some wonderful memories for us and of course, with our families too.  Rexy has two daughters and I have two sons and a daughter whom all get along with each other real well and have known each other for quite awhile before Rexy and I ever met.

With all these changes, the only thing that stayed consistent was my faith with God  . . . he never left me.  He showed me the way, even when I didn't know which way to go  . . .