Sunday, August 28, 2011

What a great weekend!

Happy Sunday to all my blogging friends! I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend! I did! I have seriously had the best weekend I’ve had in such a long time.

Friday night one of my 3 childhood best friends (yes, I am blessed to have 3 childhood best friends in my life) came into town. Her name is Elizabeth and we have been besties since I was 7.

We have 27 years under our belts. She moved to Florida in 2000 but it didn’t change anything. We are still the best of friends. She came and spent the night with me and we had such fun.

Saturday morning was so nice because she was still here. And it was nice to have coffee and laughs before she headed out. I miss her already. Hopefully we will meet again soon. 

When she left I felt super motivated so I decided to go out into the beautiful day and get some much needed work done.

Last week my porch cabinet collapsed and made a heck of  a mess out there. The heat and humidity of this year just did it in. What to do… what to do?


Above -This is a really old pic… but you can see the cabinet that collapsed in this pic. Also note the porch rocker to the right of the porch in the garden.

Below – Last fall. Note the cabinet that collapsed hiding behind the grass and note the white iron table and chairs.

Ok… time for some major renovations! EVERYTHING off the porch!

Now what. WOW. The porch is dirty. Get out the power washer. Oh geeze… now the porch is white and the rest of the house is still dirty. Power wash the rest of the front of the house. Oh my gosh… my arms are Jello! lol!

Ok. Now. To DECORATE! My favorite part! What do I have? what do I have? Lots… And here is what I ended up with.


Switcheroo! Moved the glider to the porch and the white iron set to the garden.


Love this is the Garden. Stands out so much better. I added a cat birdhouse the chair. A bunch of clay pots to the table. And a carrier full of garden tools to the other chair.


Pierre’ checks it out…


And likes what she sees!


Back to the porch! Tada!


I repurposed the enamelware top to the cabinet that fell apart and set it atop the trunk. I added the copula with weathervane that I had picked up at a garage sale for 15 bucks years ago and started building off that. 3 old drawers stacked to the side. A large beam from an old barn that was down from our house … and last some accessories and 2 primcats. Of course. >^..^<


A rug and pillows… so cozy!


Now the house is clean and the porch is decorated… but the pond is a mess! Time to clean it!



The Clematis and lilacs really took off this year!




See those little trees in the garden below. They were tiny little 3” trees when I planted them in spring. They have done great and we are planting them in the yard soon. There are 14!



Hubbys 1972 Monte Carlo that his grandfather bought brand new. He inherited it when his grandfather passed way. He loves this car.

See all out baby trees!  And those boxwoods are new this year too. We removed a bunch of prickly barberries and replaced them with the boxwoods.OUCH!


Our view off the front porch.


And my clean pond.


Pierre’ offers up her belly as a sign that she approves of the new clean porch, pond and décor.


So you would think after all that I would be completely done for the day… I did do all the by myself… but NOPE! I kept at it! That was just the first half of my best Saturday ever! I’ll be back to share more tomorrow!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats

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Angela said...

Wow Carmen, Share some of your energy with me girl. So nice that you got to spend time with your friend. My friend that I met just before our kids started Kindergarten moved away many years ago (our kids are nearing 30yrs old now) but we have remained close friends. We try and see each other a couple times a year. Those days go by so fast but are priceless. Your home is so pretty and I love what you did to the porch. Love the glider and the old drawers and the weathervane. Hubby would love that car, too. Take care and have a Happy Sunday.

michelle said...

Everything looks great!So glad you got to see a childhood friend!Thats a special thing to have a true friend!Send me some of that energy girlie!Have a great week!Big hugs michelle

renee said...

Well everything looks great Carmen! Glad to see you posting again! I know breaks are needed, I will be doing that myself here shortly. Love the displays and your furbaby is a cutie!

~Madalynne~ said...

All that work really paid off big! I love the new porch look! And that view is simply gorgeous.

earlene said...

You both look happy in that picture...what a good time you must have had.
Your porch turned out so darn cute!!! Looks very nice. It is a great feeling to get something accomplished.

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

My goodness you have been busy and the results are wonderful. I love the porch and the table and chairs look cute out further in the garden area. Great job on it all! Pets to Pierre - Have a blessed week!

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi I have your cat made, I accidently deleted your email.Sorry, Lecia

Cheryl said...

Glad you got to spend time with an old friend.
Love the look of your porch and garden.
Waiting to see more pics of all your hard work!

Rachel said...

Sounds like such a great time with your friend ~ it isn't very often you have a friend in your life from your childhood ~ you are very blessed. :)
The yard & pond look great! Love the porch ~ you did a great job moving everything around! Your house is very cute! Have a great week!

BumbleBeeLane said...

Looks like a lovely place for porch sitting.Loving the cupalo.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Looks great~ doesn't it just feel so good the end of the day to sit back, all exhausted, and be able to say, yep, did that!!
Love the car & the view from your porch!

Raggedy Creations said...

Love what you did with the porch and outside Carmen, looks great.


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

My goodness, you are a dynamo!
That sounds like an entire summer schedule to me!
It took Mike 4 days to spray our siding! He takes lots of breaks...
Love your new look on the porch!