Phone Photo Friday


Our first harvest of 2010 – a tiny little strawberry out of our vegetable garden. I love how Jason put it in our big empty fruit bowl for me to find when I came home from work.

Rx Sunglasses


For the past year and a half I’ve been wearing glasses instead of contacts. My biggest and maybe only complaint was not being able to wear sunglasses. Especially while driving home at dusk. Especially on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Especially while floating around in my parent’s shiny swimming pool.

I knew prescriptions sunglasses were an option but I assumed it was an expensive luxury. Enter Zenni Optical. Their Rx eyeglasses frames with lenses start at just $8, plus $5 more to make them tinted. I ended up choosing some of their most expensive frames at $35 but still a $40 well worth it, I think.

Weekend Update – part 2


The Laren Brumley/Waterside show on Friday night was just the start of a wonderful weekend. We took a mini-vacation Saturday-Sunday with Laren and her husband Jeremy. First we went to IKEA Atlanta where we picked up a few things for our master bathroom renovation and met up with their friend Branton.

Exciting purchases, I know. The HULINGEN trash can (wrongly priced on the website … it’s actually $19.99) and the MOLGER mirror. From there, the five of us headed to Hiwassee State Park for a little camping adventure.

We set up our tents and cooked weinies* over the fire, baked beans and s’mores. We had a talent show featuring magic tricks by Branton (who J&L had talked up to us) and guitar by Jason (who J&L had talked up to Branton) and some singing by Laren (who we already knew was awesome).

•weinies = Louisianan for hot dogs

Sunday morning Jeremy and Laren cooked up a mean breakfast of buttermilk biscuits, scrambled eggs, fried weinies, pancakes and coffee. These two know how to CAMP!

We loafed around for a while after breakfast and then packed up and went out to explore the beautiful Hiwassee River in Cherokee National Park.

The guys — Jason, Branton and Jeremy — spent some time contemplating the meaning of their lives and the majesty of God’s creation.

Actually, they were all watching Laren and wondering which one of them was going to have to jump in and get her if she falls in. Jason was the first to say “not it.”

She didn’t fall in. Instead she found a big rock and took a nap.

We all did some more loafing around …

And searching for the pretty river rocks.

There were so many different colored rocks. I don’t know if I’ve ever really looked at river rocks like that before. Red, blue, green, orange, yellow, black, white. Gorgeous rocks! It’s amazing what you see when you take time to really stop and enjoy creation.

There’s nothing quite like a refreshing weekend getaway!

Weekend Update – part 1


Friday night Laren Brumley played at the Curb Cafe. She’s a super talented singer/songwriter and I’m honored to consider her a great friend of mine and one of the most interesting people I know.

Seriously, check out her music. Her voice is amazing and totally not what you’d expect by looking at her! Laren’s style sounds a bit like Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse. You can find her on myspace, facebook and iTunes.

Jason’s band Waterside backed her up. And then the guys played their own set.

Good music and a good time!

Heard any good new music lately?

An Unsightly Addition to Our Yard


… but functional for sure. Vegetable planting time of year is a good reminder to get back on track with our backyard composting. We had been using a plastic trash can with holes drilled in it but this year we purchased this beautiful specimen. It works much better than the trash can because it has doors at the bottom so you can get the fresh rich soil out of the bottom without stirring everything up.

Backyard composting is simple. If you’re interested, download the basic instructions here.

Phone Photo Friday


My home office and my executive assistant

Peaches and Plums


Nashville has all kinds of flowering trees in the Spring and Summer. As a Pennsylvania transplant I was in awe our year. After 5 Springs, I’m still awed by the beauty of God’s creation and the wonder of new life springing up.

I’m so happy to have this tree in our yard. It’s a Japanese Flowering Plum and I love everything about it – the pink flower petals that “snow” off in the breeze, the sweet smell, the dark bark and the deep red leaves. It’s 3 or 4 years old and this is the first year it’s really been blooming in all its glory.

Two summers ago we planted a peach tree. It had fruit on it at the time and after a few months we enjoyed about 6 bites of delicious peach. (They were tiny.) Last year we had too much rain and all of our peaches got black spot. This year it’s flowering beautifully, spring has been mild and we’re hopefully for a good turnout this year.

Not as pretty as the flowering plum but that’s OK — because this one serves a different purpose. Each one of those pretty pink flowers has the potential to become a delicious juicy peach.

Metal Planters {a MCM estate sale find}


Jason and I found this pair of metal planters at a particularly bizarre estate sale. Bizarre because it seemed like the homeowner was a gym teacher, music teacher AND an art teacher based on the huge amounts of parts, equipment, pieces and art prints.

These plants are copper-looking but probably brass. They’re a bit dented and rusted but overall pretty nice shape. Especially for $10 for the pair. We’re so cheap. We talked them down from $20.

Jason planted some of our quickly spreading blue fescue and in a few months they’ll be domes of silvery blue-green grass. Simple but I think they make a nice entrance to our patio.

Bathroom Renovation Stage 11


I believe I owe you a bathroom update! Sorry it’s been a while. Things have been slowly and steadily moving along in our master bathroom renovation.

Let’s see … we have walls painted and outlet and light switch covers on. (We decided on SW Contented.)

We have a light above the vanity.

We have tile backer on the floors.

We have a towel rack on the wall.

We have robes, toilet paper and art hanging on the walls.

We have a second shower head (half) installed. It’s not actually attached to the plumbing yet. But it looks pretty doesn’t it?

Here’s our history:

Bathroom Renovation Stage 1

Bathroom Renovation Stage 2

Bathroom Renovation Stage 3

Bathroom Renovation Stage 4

Bathroom Renovation: Tiling!

Bathroom Renovation Stage 5

Bathroom Renovation Stage 6

Bathroom Renovation Stage 7

Bathroom Renovation Stage 8

Concrete Shower Pan Goes Down Smooth

Bathroom Renovation Stage 9

Bathroom Renovation Stage 10

Forsythia in a Boylan Bottle


Our forsythia bush is too small to spare a few sprigs for a vase. While walking Lucy around the block the other night my heroic husband snapped a few off branches of a huge bush in front of an abandoned house. Back home, I stuck them in an empty glass Boylan soda bottle. I love how the yellow matches our throw pillows.