Thursday, July 19

#200: Two Hundred Posts

Wow, that's a milestone, especially when you consider what a terrible blogger I've been of late. My head is filled with ideas tonight, but unfortunately, it's too late to make them a reality. Instead, I'll save them until tomorrow. Tomorrow is Friday after all, and we have a clean house, a neat yard and three workouts under our belt.

Plus the Olympics start in seven days and they're in LONDON!


Wednesday, July 18

#199: Life Lately

 Getting used to the new living arrangements...

 White walls...

Naturally, we have painted pink roses, vintage pyrex and vintage cookbooks. 

It's the beginning of a new era in the Hardin cottage...We'll be switching out the red couch covers and pillows (for something more neutral) next.

I'm still trying to figure out how to display everything in our "new" space. The lack of color makes bad displays painfully obvious. We'll get there.

In case you were wondering, all wall hangings (and the living room lamps) are courtesy of my grandparents. I love, love, love having their things in our home. 

I have treasured these things my entire life, and now I have them around me every single day.

It's quite wonderful.

Check out this brotherly love. That's wonderful too.

Tuesday, July 17

#198: Want List

Because I was there....I need one of these (this one is my favorite) and so does Jonathan.

I love the summer Olympics. Wish I could be in London for them!

Monday, July 16

#197: Weekend Wrap-Up

Saturday was spent painting our sunroom. Boy, painting bricks is rough, especially when you're taking the color from blue to white. When we put our brushes down at 2 a.m., I was dog-tired. Sunday was spent cleaning up before heading down to Oxford. I had an early Monday morning client meeting, so it gave my a reason to visit my family and one of my favorite places on earth. I could easily settle back into the Oxford pace. It made me pine for Jonathan. He loves it just as much as I do, and we don't get down there often enough.

Monday evening was spent rearranging my grandma's credenza (which I brought back from Oxford with the help of my sister and her fiancé) and hanging old paintings (also my grandma's). As Jonathan was pulling the credenza from the Jeep, he found a menu to Love's BBQ, which was one of California haunts in the '80s. It closed decades ago, but I still remember it fondly. The irony of the take-out menu was not lost on us -- the name Love's is enough, isn't it? And when you consider that the menu had been stuck behind that drawer for 20-plus years and then traveled all the way across the country to the BBQ capital of the world (by way of Oxford, of course), it really hits home just how beautiful life can be sometimes.

When we need a sign from above, we always receive one.

Twenty-five years ago Porter's predecessor, my grandma's black lab, Brandy, ate his daily meals in front of this credenza. Now Porter will hang out with it.

Thursday, July 12

#193: Youth United

After a two-month hiatus, we had a Youth United meeting tonight -- my second as a volunteer -- and five students and one parent showed up! That doesn't sound like much, but two of our members weren't able to attend and honestly I wasn't expecting to see anyone. I've been really down in the dumps over the way things have been going with the program since I became a volunteer, so it cheered me up to see five smiling faces and lots of my former Habitat coworkers.

Wednesday, July 11

#192: Break and Back

After a two-week mid-year hiatus, I'm back. I needed some time to clear my head and ponder life. Plus, I've been in a royal funk about missing our annual beach trip. Talk about depression! I was really sad about it, which in turn made me feel worse, because I have so many reasons to be grateful. Anyway, I'm back, and here's a photo summary of the past two weeks:

July 1 - July 3...painting the living and dining room...

 Ollie and Porter were not happy about it...

 I take that back...Ollie was happy about it when he was able to hide under the covers on the couch!!

Signs we were supposed to be in California...July 3

July 4 at the 61st Annual High Point Neighborhood Fourth of July Parade. 

 July 6...Pre-Birthday Dinner for Jonathan at Saigon Le. Another California sign? Rivers count as water, right?

 July 7...Morning of Jonathan's 33rd Birthday...Our first cucumber (and a few tomatoes) from our garden!

 July 7...Lunch downtown for Jonathan's birthday...

 Lunch at the Rendezvous...

Cake at home!

 July 8...a friendly kitty stopped by to visit us

Today was my weekly work from home day, and I created my first-ever ad for the Ole Miss football program. I have to admit that I'm pretty pumped about this, even if I doubt I'll make it to a game this year. It's a full-circle type of thing. Making my alma mater proud!