Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Our little small county is reeling in loss

In one day we lost two very wonderful blessings that had shoes that will never be filled

This is my sweet neighbor Lynna
she drove herself to the hospital
and then she died...she was only 64 with her whole life ahead of her

in our small town, as you can imagine, a loss like this is quite a shock
and there were immediately cars and trucks and people and well...chaos at her house

Some call them Lookie Loos
and I know what they mean...like those who might rush to a car accident
or post photos of a tragedy on Facebook

so we had a conversation last night over wine and charcuterie
and I made the statement that if this were me, I would not want my home to be invaded with lots of people and I wouldn't want my family to have to write hundreds of thank you notes for peas and carrots and j-ello salads (yes maybe here I am being kind to myself in the numbers that would lookie loo me)

but in a sad and tragic event, really why are we expected to pull ourselves together and entertain those with the best intentions, wash tons of dishes and then send tons of thank you notes when we are barely able to breath?

and just a few hours later...another untimely loss

Guy Paul Hindergardt

(You can read about him at the Buddy Boy link)
his death was on the Amarillo news stations, his funeral will be live streamed...because he was famous?  Well...yes...as a matter of fact, it seems that he is.  His simple innocent way of living touched literally thousands of people in his community and our area.

and it caused me to re-think the

maybe...maybe this is what we need in a time of great loss and shock and grief
maybe we need some peas and carrots and j-ello salad...made with a few tears dripped in
maybe we need to wash a ton of dishes because we don't know what to do with our hands
maybe we need all the people who ever knew or liked us or didn't like us but knew us..
to come visit and pay a respect...maybe that visit is for THEM
maybe there is great healing in knowing how many people one life can touch
and maybe it can cause that one person to go forth and try to live a life that would touch so many

maybe just maybe
that Lookie Loo knew them better than we thought

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


When I was a little girl and would travel to Amarillo to visit my grandparents
we would pass by all the Route 66 Motels.

Amarillo is just about halfway..in fact Adrian, Texas is the very exact halfway mark between Chicago and LA on this famous and historic route

I was so inspired by each and every hotel, and still am...they are so quaint and one of a kind and capture a very romantic moment in time

Little did I know how much those little hotels impressed upon my design taste, especially the swimming pools.  The pools were all small, with fancy umbrellas and crisp blue water
I am living my 8 year old dream of having a pool in my backyard and this summer's project has been an outdoor kitchen area

The first thing I did, as I almost always do...is let color inspire me

I loved Santorini...that blue is the prettiest color I have ever seen!

I love the pots, the water, the stone, the vibe

the next thing I love are the fancy umbrellas
I purchased this paper parasol at Pier 1 and it is long gone in the Texas Panhandle breezes
I will always be on a search for another

last summer we added a pergola to the pool house and a privacy fence between our neighbor and us

we also purchased a large fountain

everyone matches!!

Miss Betty

Mr. PV and Cute Carpenter Man are working around this 100 year old elm tree

did I really go for orange umbrellas this year?  Sometimes I like when we have hail storms that tear up umbrella fabric

moving this brick patio was a very big and very hot project...we moved it under the covered kitchen area and replaced it here with gravel

concrete counter tops and this will be an Argentine grill

because my man likes to cook outside!  He likes to catch fire to meat!

I wanted to cover the face of the cinderblock with tile

similar to this...but this is not in this summer's budget

so I began looking on Pinterest for ideas to paint/stamp/stencil and found lots of very cool ideas
we seriously had a cold front on this day that dropped our temperatures to the low 80s
perfect for Pandora, paint, and some rum drink that starts with a P...oh yes...

Pineapple Rum...with an umbrella!

after I completed the "tile" and after I ordered stencils from 3 different ebay stores and after I took the question to Instagram...I think I might like the "tile" just the plain way that it is
and guess what...I spent about $8 on the whole project

next summer....



all those plans for next summer, next Christmas, next birthday, next year, next time
well....that's what makes time go by so darn fast

look back on the past with fondness, look forward to tomorrow
but cherish the time you are living in right now

and as for me....I just might go grab a room at the