Friday, May 6, 2011


It's been quite some time since my last post! (about 3 months too long) "Busy"ness and Business has gotten in the way. I happy to say that business improved and I will take that during this tough economic time we navigate daily. Real Estate has it's fair share of ups and downs... but these ebbing and flowing tides are just too much at times!

Spring has sprung, so it was definitely time to change that blog header of mine... the snow, greenery and candlelit wreath were lovely, but Winter thankfully is OVER! At least by the calendar hanging on the wall in my kitchen! We had an incredibly RAINY April! If April showers bring May flowers I'm thinking we should have spring blooms the size of sunflowers! Alas... spring has not only brought all this rain, but some colder temps too. We actually had a Frost Warning the other night! REALLY??? Our veggie garden remains untiled. Well Jim did attempt to till yesterday afternoon as we had a day full of sunshine (finally). He was able to till up a few areas, however the rest of the garden was still too muddy. :( Looks like radishes and other cold weather veggies will have to wait until fall. I'm just hoping I can get my tomato plants etc. soon!

We brought the patio furniture out the week before Easter & I'm sad to say we have only been able to enjoy relaxing on the deck once. I know more warm, sunny days lie ahead... but it was a long, cold, snowy, icy winter and now it's been a wet, rainy spring! I'm ready to read a good book while the sun warms my cheeks!

We have been out on our bikes getting some miles in... not as often as we'd like (due to the weather of course)but we know many good, long rides are ahead of us!

We finished up the back hall off of the kitchen. We carried the bead board ceiling into that area which really brightened the hall nicely. It was a dark, wood ceiling before the remodel. It's amazing how fresh paint and a new white ceiling can brighten up a small space!

I purchased this vinyl wall treatment through an Etsy Shop... so many times Jim and I will be relaxing in our favorite chairs and we will say "It's Good to Be Home". I wanted to see that sentiment every time we arrive home... so the back hall wall was a perfect place for this saying!

I purchased a new mirror to hang over the antique table that belonged to my Grandmother. The orchid was a gift from some of our cycling friends. I love how elegant an orchid is!!! After we completed the project I would just stand in the back hall enjoying the brightness!!!! It's so crisp and clean... I love it! AND it's prompted more painting projects. (Much to Jim's chagrin). The family room is next, then the main bath, then the living/dining and hall areas. They are in much need of fresh paint as I don't believe we've painted in over 10 years! It's time to freshen things up. We more than likely will paint the living/dining and hall closer to fall!!!

We once again hosted our family Easter Luncheon. This year we had 27 people for lunch. Our biggest event yet and I have to say I was exhausted! It was a lot of work transforming the house, preparing the food etc. Everyone loved it and I was happy they all enjoyed! I'm still putting things away! I guess I am not so worried about things not being back in order immediately in my older age! (not that I'm old) ;)

Here are a few pictures from Easter...

Our lovely tables... I had 4 set up!

A portion of the Drink Buffet... and of course the mountain of dishes

The Menu Card & a beautiful sentiment - given to me by my sister-in-law Ann!

I really, really, really hope to be more active in blogland... I have truly missed so many of the wonderful ladies that I have connected with over the years. PLUS, I LOVE the new header I created. It makes me smile!

Much Love to all of you!


Yolanda said...

Sometimes changes are nice, aren't they Kristen?!! :-)

Enjoy your bike ride, your patio and yes, It is GOOD to be home.

With love,

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I remember your Easter party from seasons' past! Looks like it was a hit. We celebrated my parents' 50th wedding anniversary over the weekend at my sister's house. She did the food; I did the program. We both were worn out when it was over, but we felt so honored to do something for them. Hopefully, I'll have a post about sometime in the near future.

Have a great week!


Becky said...

Kristen, I love your Easter tables, and I also really like the saying you put on the wall.

Not sure how it happened, but I've reached the 5 year anniversary for my blog. If you get a chance, pop over and register for my giveaway!


Ang Baylis said...

I immediately noticed your new header and I have to admit... I'm jealous! Can you teach me how to do it too?

I've missed you!

p.s. Blog a lot this Summer!Okay?

Joanie said...

I am enjoying reading your posts again...I come here often for peace of mind and some comfort. :) I adore your Easter tables and just know your family & friends loved being there with you and Jim. Wish I were your neighbor. hugs, Joanie