Happy Thursday from the front porch you guys! How was your week? We hope you’ve been able to accomplish all the goals you set out to a accomplish this week. The first week of the month always feels full of promise, you know?
The week has been a good one and a strange one all at the same time. I broke out in the hives last week which I totally chalked up to lack of sleep and stress. Mostly, the stress of not getting enough sleep. By the weekend they had almost gone away completely though which felt like such a gift because we had the best weekend.
So, I was rocking and rolling, handling things like a boss lady and working on the dining room when my neck started itching again and sure enough – they were back! And this time they brought their friend sore throat and what feels like the makings of the flu. It’s seriously so strange!
I’m hoping it is just allergies because the pollen has been super heavy in our area already. I think some TLC might be in order for this weekend until I can figure out exactly what is going on.
Anyway, I managed to mostly finish the hutch for the dining room, plan a few projects for spring and get 8 inches cut off my hair despite the hives setback.
In big news – one of S’s goals after surgery was to be able to walk into our favorite restaurant with only her crutches for tacos. Well, Tuesday she was finally able to accomplish that goal without a wheelchair to back her up or any help from me.
Scenes from our week…
I called my Dad about an hour before we were set to meet at Bliss Barracks for a Super Bowl party and asked if I could bring a small buffet, 2 shelves, a piece of trim, and a plank for the hutch with me. Thankfully, he said yes, and I was able to haul the last of the small projects to his workshop to be cut with his table saw. Talk about a time saver! Plus, as you can see, I was totally in a pickle with that last piece of planking – yikes, right?
We’ve been searching for a new small buffet to house all the brown and white transferware I’ve collected over the years, but we just haven’t found anything yet. This is one of the pieces I brought my Dad so he could shore it up and make it more functional. We discussed a lot of different options so I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.
I haven’t started making them yet, but curtains are on my to-do list this week. I think this antelope print fabric is going to be so pretty in the dining room.
Finally, I know I almost always run late on responding to comments, but I appreciate every single one you leave on the blog and on our social media channels too. You guys have been so sweet and understanding about our schedule as we work to juggle caregiving, two jobs, geriatric dogs, physical therapy and doctor appointments as well as family commitments and professional commitments.
Well, the other week Shelia (you’re the best, Shelia, thank you) left a comment on the post about the headboard my Dad had made for one of the guestrooms at Loblolly with a solution for the wood appliques I had not even thought about. I was doing a little research, looking for additional inspiration when I came across a hutch similar to the one we have in the dining room.
This particular hutch had the prettiest piece of architecture at the top and after a bit of digging in the garage, I realized I had one I could use too! It completely changed the look of the hutch and I can’t wait for you guys to see it now. I’m not 100% how to attach it but I’m hoping my Dad can talk me through it over the weekend.
A few of our favorite posts from around the web this week…
*There are SO many fabulous ideas in this builder’s portfolio.
*Speaking of fabulous homes, have you guys seen this modern farmhouse in Chicago yet?
*This post, How to Arrange Faux Botanicals is perfect for those of you that love the look of flowers in your home but don’t have the time to dedicate to fresh flowers.
*This idea would be super cute if you have a loved one that has to wear a tie to the office.
*These free printable Valentine’s Day cards are so cute.
*I’ve always been enchanted by finished attics and after seeing these gorgeous vintage beds I think they’re even more beautiful.
Quote of the week & Free Printable…
On the Menu this Week…
**(just as a sweet reminder the person that makes the menu doesn’t eat beef or pork so keep that in mind when you see this feature each week, wink wink)
*Week of February 11 – February 17
Monday – Garlic Tilapia with Spicy Kale
Tuesday – Mexican Lasagna
Wednesday – Thai Chicken Salad with Peanut Sauce
Thursday – Valentine’s Day – No Cooking Allowed 😊
Saturday – Easy Chicken & Dumplings
Sunday – Creamy Shrimp Piccata
Sweet Treat to Try this Week…
Here are a few cottage inspired finds from Amazon…
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If you’ve missed anything on the blog lately, here’s a peek at what we’ve been up to…
Countdown to Valentine’s Day Calendar (from the archives)
I know I shared this last week but in case you missed it or are a new subscriber, there’s still 7 days to go if you want to do something similar to help your friends or family celebrate Valentine’s Day.
52 Weeks to a Simplified & Organized Home Challenge …
If you’re part of our 52 Weeks to a Simplified and Organized Home Challenge we’re completing Week 6 Morning Routine and Work Out Routines and looking forward to Week 7 Nightly Routine & 15 Minute Clutter Catcher.
Morning routines and workout routines don’t have to be super involved, complicated or expensive at all you guys. Their only requirement is to meet and enhance your needs. Be sure to customize them to best fit your specific lifestyle, then create a daily system that is so simple it feels as natural as brushing your teeth each morning.
I hope you all have a peace filled and happy weekend. As I shared above, I’m hoping to rest and relax as much as possible this weekend so I can get rid of these hives and flu symptoms. My parents are supposed to be driving up for dinner on Sunday which will be fun. My Dad is going to deliver the small buffet for the dining room, and I’ve promised to repay him with meatloaf, mashed potatoes and blackberry cobbler.
We have a great week coming up next week as we begin to dive into the dining room makeover a bit more. I’ll share our plans for the space and a few of the projects we’ve completed so far – including the hutch makeover!