Monday, August 3, 2015

Dormer Update

 Bright and early this morning, before the heat set in, my GC and his crew worked on the dormers.
A 2.5" band of trim was added to the top to give a little breathing room between the dormer roof and the shake, and the shake itself was tidied up.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Human Nature: Or How to Navigate the Turbulent Waters of Social Media with Enneagrams

It happens all the time: you spend hours working on a blog post, and you send it out into the wild world of social media. Most comments are polite, friendly, and encouraging. But now and then, you'll get a doozy. Or you'll receive an email that is so personal, you aren't sure how to react.  You'll sit up straight and go, "Huh?" 
Social Media is a word-and-image driven medium. It is tone-deaf and one dimensional, lacking essential nonverbal cues. An online comment may have seemed witty to the person who wrote it, but it may come off as snarky, jealous, or pure-dee wicked. In real life, when we're talking to a friend, we are automatically processing body language and vocal inflections: it's not what we say but how we say it. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dancing with Dormers

Laughter renews the soul and calms the heebie-jeebies, so I present you with a mini-comic book about home renovation.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

So glad you stopped by Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I've spent the week on my Ranch Rehab project--read at your own risk. You'll need a daiquiri or two.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Remodeling Adventures of a Sissy Girl

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Well, it's totally true. Take a gander at the wild hair. Dark circles under the eyes. Startled expression.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kitchens of the Great Midwest: Edible Review with the Novel Bakers

I'm teaming up with the Novel Bakers to introduce the best book of the summer, Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books). Before it even hit the shelves, the debut novel garnered praise from the publishing industry: it's an August 2015 Indie Next Pick, the July 2015 #1 Library Reads Pick, and a Summer 2015 American Book Association "Indies Introduce" Pick. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Weekend Renovation Update

 If you've been following the ranchburger saga, then you know that several projects are going on. I've been dithering over a paint color that matches the cedar shake siding. I came thisclose to choosing BM Plymouth Brown. But first, I needed to see how the color behaved in brighter areas, like the garage. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 I'm so glad you stopped by Foodie Friday and Everything Else.  How is your week going? I've been working on an herb post in my spare time--mostly I've been making last-minute decisions at the ranch house.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Late July on the Hilltop

A year ago, a 1970 ranch house came into our lives. Over the years, it had undergone many renovations, and by the time we came along, the front porch had acquired a sophisticated, formal feel.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Last Minute Remodeling Decisions

Some remodeling decisions are effortless. Others make you want to put a cold rag over your eyes. However, the intrepid home decorator must forge ahead. You know, make a decision and stick with it. No prevaricating. No "what ifs." No do-overs. Well, I'm trying to be decisive, but it ain't easy.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Renovation Diary--Mid July Update

With our renovation deadline approaching, everyone is doing a mad dash to finish the interior--painters, electricians, plumbers. Everything is moving at warp speed, and I can barely keep up. When this journey ends, I just want to sit on the porch with a giant margarita and relax.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Trip to the Antique Mall

Long before antique malls existed, my mother bought Limoges and Fiesta for pennies at junk stores and yard sales. But the best bargains were found at country auctions. Usually these events happened on the weekend, and we would set out early of a morning, gripping a tin picnic basket--inside, my mother had tucked a thermos of sweet, minty tea, fried chicken wrapped in napkins, and homemade pecan-chocolate chip cookies. Today, I found myself yearning for the old days, and I headed down to the local antique mall. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

 I'm so happy to see you this week at Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I made an apple tart and homemade apple-vanilla ice cream--dessert will be served in the garden. Won't you join me?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

True Confessions: I Am Not a Paint Color Ninja

 Painting brick to match cedar shake is a job for a fearless Paint Ninja. Unfortunately, I'm not that person. I've been told that the shake on our house will not weather all that much (indeed, when I looked at other houses in the area, their shake hadn't "aged"). 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Black Painted Interior Doors: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I'm not a paint color ninja. I don't power through the selection process, confidently dealing with undertones and 50 shades of white. Rather, I'm like a delicate, newborn kitten, looking at swatches through squinty eyes. When it came to painting stock, interior doors, I danced around dark paint colors. (Actually, it took two home renovations before I worked up my nerve.) First, I tested a not-quite-black charcoal BM color on a bathroom door. Everyone loved it.


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