Everything Will be O.K.

I went to Pat Catan’s the other day and they had a lot of summer things on sale. I picked up a little chalkboard plant pick for around $1. It was 90% off!  I was just thinking that next time I went to the store I should pick up some chalk to write on it.

 That same day, while I was doing laundry, a stone fell out of one of J’s jeans pockets.

I asked him what it was before I threw it away. He said it was soapstone. He used it to mark things on projects he was doing.

“Like chalk?” I asked.

“Yep, just like chalk.” he replied.

I couldn’t wait to try it out, and it worked! Yay!

I scribbled out a saying that I found online the other day.

I stuck it into a potted plant that resides by the kitchen sink.  I smile every time I walk by! It’s amazing how such a little thing makes such a big impact in my day.

What little things make you smile?

Traveling with a {small} dog

I was a little nervous about taking Daisy to North Carolina with us. The longest car ride she had been on up to that point had been around 1 hour, and it was going to be at least 8 hours to NC (it ended up being around 9). 

 She did better than we could have ever imagined! I’m looking forward to her tagging along on more family vacations, since, after all, we do consider our little fur baby part of the family.

Here’s what I learned about traveling with a small dog.

First, we made sure that she would be comfortable and feel safe. Daisy sleeps in a kennel every night at home, so we made sure to bring it. When she feels scared or overwhelmed, many times she goes and relaxes in her kennel. We figured that having it accessible to her on the drive would help if she felt anxious or stressed. It also helped to have it to put her in when we needed to leave her behind at the cabin. We covered it with a blanket and she just took the opportunity to nap until we came back.

We also brought her bed. She loves sleeping in this bed while I work, so it is comforting to her. She spent a majority of the time cuddled up in it. 

I usually take a blanket when I travel, just because it makes me feel warm and cozy if the air conditioning gets too cold. This trip I brought along the blanket that Daisy and I cuddle up and watch TV in. I think it was very comforting to her when we got stuck in a wicked hail storm and had to pull over on the side of the road, along with most other cars on the expressway.  She jumped onto my lap and dug her way under the blanket.

We also made sure Daisy had water and food. I kind of overlooked this before we left. We stopped at the first rest stop and we had no way of giving her water. I put some water in a cup, but it just wasn’t easy for her to get to and we had to dump it out before we got back on the road. At the next rest stop, J came up with an idea. He bought ice cream that came in a plastic cup with a lid. We enjoyed the ice cream and then rinsed out the cup and used it to hold water.

 I could easily give Daisy a drink when she needed. I kept the container for future travels. You could just as easily buy a travel bowl for your dog. I also used the top part as a little bowl so she could have a snack when we stopped.

Speaking of water… make sure you don’t give your dog too much to drink if you aren’t planning on stopping. Daisy has a tendency to drink until the bowl is empty. The only problem is her bladder is smaller than the bowl. Sometimes she even throws up the extra water. We also made a few extra stops than we would have if it were just J and I.

I think this helped give a little break and “reset” her for the next couple of hours. She didn’t complain or whimper one bit on the drive. I truly think that these breaks helped put her at ease.

I absolutely loved having her with us on our vacation! It was fun to see her enjoy things like the mountain hike and the beach! I also think that the whole trip was sort of like a bonding experience for Daisy, J and I. I feel like she really learned that she can trust us and that we will take care of her. 

I wanted to take a picture of her every hour of the initial drive (I know, I’m weird), but I forgot to start until hour 3.

Wonder what adventures we will get into next??

Have you ever taken your pet on a vacation? Where did you go??

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Fugate Flea Market

One day during our little getaway to Maggie Valley, we decided to check out the shops downtown.  While we were debating where to stop first, a sign caught our eye..

We had to stop, since, ya know, it is our last name and all.

Honestly, most of the stuff just looked like junk to me. Then we happened to stumble upon a few things that I just knew wanted to come back to Ohio.

First, I found this gorgeous flowery plate.

It is really heavy and you know I love anything that has daisies on it (or flowers that resemble daisies).

Next, I noticed this adorable little glass dome and plate set. (I know that’s not the proper name, and if you know it please enlighten me!)  the pattern really isn’t my style. Actually, I hate it, but J said it would be no big deal to switch out. 

I also picked up this huge Ball jar. I love it! I think it will be great to display on the kitchen counter. I’m not sure what I’m going to fill it with just yet. Maybe sugar, or flour? Or maybe candy corn for the Fall?  Just leave it empty?  I think it’s a great memento of our trip to the South!

Don’t let the picture deceive you, it’s 10 inches tall!

The woman wanted $25 for all 3 things, but J used a tactic from  American Pickers, and asked her to include the cute little owl I had been admiring. 

She agreed on $25 for everything. I think we did very well! I love my new treasures and can’t wait to use them or display them! The owl has a temporary home on the window seal, and he seems happy! 🙂

On the way out, we also scored this gem:

It’s a sewing table with an old sewing machine on it. I recently bought a sewing machine and this table will be perfect once it gets a bit of a facelift. I know absolutely nothing about the sewing machine except it says  “Gimbels” on the side.

 I might just try to sell it or maybe fix it up and display it? The table and sewing machine were only $10!

Next, we headed down the road to an ice cream shop

It was just what we needed after a hard day hour of thrifting!

Yum Yum!

Later that evening we stopped at a gas station and I saw these beauties:

I thought they would make the perfect gift for my brother who loves unique glasses. I looked at them again and decided to get 2 for myself as well. I mean, why not? I love having an eclectic mix of things, and these would always be a reminder of our trip.

Plus, they look so country chic with pink lemonade in them!

Maggie Valley had a bunch of other fun, unique and interesting shops. We spent a couple of hours going in and seeing what they all had to offer. 

By the time we got back to the cabin, this little girl was more than happy to see us!

Do you go to flea markets? What have you gotten recently?

Maggie Valley, NC

 We took Daisy on her very first road trip! She did really well!

 Before we spent a day at the beach, we headed down to Maggie Valley, NC to visit Jason’s aunt and cousins. His parents drove down too and his grandma and her husband drove up from Florida. It was like a little family reunion and it was nice to see people that we don’t get to see very often!

We received a warm welcome when we arrived.

Jason’s Aunt Joann owns a resturant and cabins just minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Jason, Daisy and I had our own 1 bedroom cabin. The cabin was cute, but the view was breathtaking!

Right outside our front door!

Besides having one of the best views in Maggie Valley, the resturant is just a walk up the hill! What more could you ask for?

Beach Bums

We went on a little vacation last week! First, we visited Jason’s family in NC. His aunt owns an adorable restaurant and cabins and we got to spend a few days with everyone (post coming soon!).

Sunday afternoon we left and headed to Myrtle Beach, SC!

Are we there yet??

 We didn’t get there until dark, but still headed to the beach!

First time at the beach!

It was very, very windy so I couldn’t really get any good pictures. Most of them had salt and sand flying everywhere, so I put my camera away and we headed off to bed. There were some serious thunderstorm all night. I was worried it would be rainy for our only day at the beach, but the next working we awoke to sunny skies!
It was time to officially introduce Daisy to some waves!
 
 
She wasn’t too sure about going in at first, but once Jason went in there was no stopping her! She loves her daddy! He even took her out into the waves.
 

Here comes a wave!

 
 We spent the morning enjoying the sunshine!

LOVE ❤

Unfortunately, soon it was time to head back to the room and get ready to go home.
 

Once we got back to the room, we gave Daisy a bath and she took a much-needed nap while I packed things up.

zzzzzzzz…….

There you have Daisy’s first beach experience! We can’t wait to take her back again some time when we can stay longer! 

I took a lot hundreds of pictures so here is a recap of some of my favorites! Enjoy!
 
 
 
Stay tuned for more of our vacation!

Anniversary Surprise!

Our anniversary was August 17th! Jason and I have been married nine years! Nine whole years! It seems a bit surreal when I think about it.  I don’t even feel like someone who is even old enough to be married 9 years. (I did get married before I was old enough to drink, so I guess that isn’t exactly the norm.).

8/17/2002 (I took a picture of a picture, so sorry about the quality! )

Jason and I really aren’t big on gifts. We pretty much just spend the day together and try to go on a little trip for a day or two.

NC Road trip 2011

This year I had a surprise up my sleeve.  Jason is always saying how we don’t have enough art in our house (actually we have no art). I agree, but I just have a hard time finding the right things to display in our house. I want something modern, but not too modern, maybe landscapes, but not too old and stuffy. Anyhow, we were at Bed Bath and Beyond and J showed me a painting he liked. I snapped a few pics of it.  A few days later I went to the craft store and picked up a canvas, some paints and paintbrushes. I started by drawling the outline of the guitar.

took a few tries

Then, using the pictures on my IPhone as a guide, I replicated the painting in my own way.

 

 It turned out better than I could have imagined! I have no paining, or drawing talent at all so I was super impressed! I added a “9” on the guitar for our 9 years together and that blue blob in the bottom corner is Daisy’s footprint.

9 years together!

 

I wanted to hide it and give it to him on our actual anniversary, but I was way too excited to show him it. I told him I had a surprise for him in the basement when he got home. Once he saw it, he was so surprised and happy! He even asked me if I had started with a blank canvas. He told me he loved it more than anything that we could ever buy. He hung it up right that second. He even took a picture and put it on Facebook, which he doesn’t even get on very often. I am so happy with how it turned out. Jason even showed it to a friend who asked if it was paint by number. Is that a compliment?

  Either way, I am so glad that Jason liked it. It makes me want to have more personal art like that throughout our home! I have a few ton of ideas floating around in my head right now, I can’t wait to get started!  

Do you have any art in your home with a personal meaning?

I heart flowers!

I really love flowers, but I love flowers from my own garden most of all. I get great joy from stepping out into my own yard and cutting fresh flowers to decorate my home. 

Endless Summer

I love the bluish purple hydrangea we have in our front and back flower beds. They are called “Endless Summer”. They really live up to their name. They start blooming as early as May and keep blooming until Fall. A great thing about hydrangeas is that they make awesome cut flowers. They will last at least a week in water. I have had some last even longer. Another cool thing that I’ve read about hydrangeas is that if you bury part of the stem (not a cut stem) it will take root and then when you cut it loose from the mother plant you have a whole new plant! Something I’m definitely going to try! I am also thinking of drying them out this year and having beautiful flowers all winter.

Along with the hydrangeas we also have bright yellow daylillies and purple salvia. These plants do not have nearly the blooms of the hydrangeas so I generally leave them alone, but yesterday I thought the daylillies had a few flowers to spare. I made this cute little arrangement to go in my favorite chihuahua planter. Ok, so it’s my only chihuahua planter, but isn’t it a cute one?

I am not exactly sure what those pretty pink flowers are called. I bought a plant at Walmart for $5 on clearance, and oh my has it flourished! It’s popping out pretty flowers like crazy! It didn’t come with a tag, so I guess I have to do some investigating to find out what it is. It’s still in the pot, but it’s overflowing so I have to plant it soon. I think I might give it a permanent home down by the pond. 

 This has been an extremely wonderful summer for plants. Just the right amount of sunshine and rain. 

Happy Summer!

What plants did you plant this summer? What are your favorite flowers to display in  your home?