Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blooming Hydrangeas - Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!

As you can see, my hydrangeas are blooming!  A few months back...I think it was around February I pulled out my lace-cap hydrangea that I planted when I first moved here 10 years ago and replaced it with this Nikko Blue Hydrangea.  I just wasn't happy with the blooms on the lace-cap and I've always wanted a Nikko Blue. I'm so happy I did this! This

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Hawaii - Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!

I've been in Hawaii for the past week and got home in the wee hours this morning (Wednesday).  We were supposed to get home last night but our flight was delayed.  I usually do my Show and Tell posts on Wednesday evenings so it can go up at 6pm Pacific Time on Thursday evening.  Since I've had very little sleep (I went to sleep sometime after 3am) and had

Backyard Inspiration...

Let's just say we have projects going on all over our yard, yet none of them are complete!! 
 I'm feeling the anxiety...
The first project was started over a month ago! 
We have a large side yard that is never used, so we are going to move the fence flush with the house & make that space part of  the backyard.
It has turned into a bigger project than we anticipated & we are now going to level the whole trampoline area so it's flush with the playset.  It will also make it so the trampoline will sit level and will be flush with the grass.

We are hoping it will look something like this...
Backyard Play Area Backyard Landscaping Arcadia Design Group Centennial, CO

Next, we are dealing with broken sprinklers & it looks like a pipe broke under the cement of our RV pad!  :(

Then our front flower bed has been infested with this vine that strangles all of the other plants & spreads everywhere, so we have started digging all of that out!  

So needless to say....I needed some inspiration!
I would love to connect the play set area & grassy trampoline area with some type of arbor...
Utah backyard playgrounds, Trampolines in the ground, Rock water feature play rocks, Basketball courts, Swings, Play rocks and natural gas fire pits in Utah
I love the rock pathway with the fire pit too!

I wish we had more space in our yard to do this....
Small Backyard Makeovers Design, Pictures, Remodel, Decor and Ideas - page 7

Or this...
I love this..awesome firepit and landscape design!

Well I guess it's now time to quit dreaming & actually get something done!!
Our kids put together all of their allowance money last summer & bought the trampoline...Let's hope there dream becomes a reality before THIS summer is over!
Do you have any frustrating projects you are hoping to finish?

I'm sharing with these blogs:
Finding Fabulous
Chic On A Shoestring
Not Just A Housewife
Thrifty Decor Chick
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Aloha - Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  I'm in Hawaii (the Big Island) again so I only have vacation photos to share this week!  I arrived around 10:00 am Hawaiin time on Tuesday morning so I've only been here two days so far.  I wish you could feel the warm tropical breezes! They are wonderful!

We went to the pool the first day and the beach yesterday! 

Allens's daughter and 4 year old grandson

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful mothers out there in blogland!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How To Remove Spray Paint From A Vinyl Fence

Unfortunately, a few weekends ago our white vinyl fence fell victim to GRAFFITI!

When we noticed the next day it gave me a stomach ache...
Who could do such a horrible thing?
We still don't know who was responsible, but the news reported over a hundred cars were tagged that weekend in a neighborhood close to ours.   The police officer said they were building a case & took down our information.  
Who knows if they'll ever figure out who it was, but it is saddening when your property gets ruined.
I really didn't think it would come off of our fence, but I did find a miracle product!

I purchased it at Walmart, but I'm sure you can find it at most home improvement stores too.

I took the Goof Off Graffiti Remover, a bucket with warm soapy water, two scrub brushes & a pair of  plastic gloves. 
 I used one brush to scrub & the other one for rinsing (our hose wasn't hooked up yet).
I just followed the instructions on the back of the can.
   It said to spray it onto the scrub brush & wipe the fence.  That didn't take it off for me, so I sprayed it right onto the fence & then scrubbed & rinsed.

 I can think of plenty of other ways I could of spent my time, but at least it did come off!
I had to scrub off at least 12 panels & It took over 2 hours!  My arms were tired by the end, but it felt like a miracle when it actually came off!
Now we are off do spend our third weekend in a row trying to dig a hole for a trampoline...
The projects never end! :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Birdcages - Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!

I don't have anything new to share this week so I compiled a bunch of old photos of some of my collection of birdcages!  I no longer have any birds but I do love bird cages!  People comment when they come here about all the bird cages with no birds...sometimes I feel like a crazy old woman.  They also comment about all the old mirrors in my home. I like

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Getting Fit!

I've updated my Fit and Fabulous over Fifty blog a couple more times this week! I'm on a roll! Stop by and check it out: Fit and Fabulous over Fifty.  I'm sharing some exercises I'm doing and what I've eaten so far today!

....and thank you all so much for the nice comments you left about my weight loss journey!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Me ~ Before and After

Before June 2009                                        After May 2013

I shared some before and after pics on my Fit and Fabulous over Fifty blog! Stop by and see! 

Click here: Fit and Fabulous over Fifty

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bathroom Color - Show and Tell Friday

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!

Again I'm sharing some of my garden roses!

These white ones are called "French Lace" and the peachy pink ones are called "Nancy Reagan".  The French Lace roses are one of my favorites and they are used often in bridal bouquets.

I bought these roses at the same time when I first moved into my little apartment 10 years ago!  I thought they