Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach

Chillin' at CRT on Xpu Ha Beach
How I'd spend every day if I weren't redecorating, cooking, sewing and blogging!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Little Things

I recently read an article in a magazine that talked about doing little things for your spouse.  They asked happily married couples to tell about little things that their spouse does for them that mean a lot. It was a touching, thought provoking article.  They were ordinary simple things. But when you give out of love to the most important person in your life, little things take on a BIG meaning.  All those little actions say “I LOVE YOU” big and loud, louder than your words could ever say – although saying the words is important too.

SuperDave and I had a discussion over dinner last night about little things.  We are coming up on our 35th wedding anniversary and I told him, "I wish I knew The Secret."  I wish I could tell people THIS is the secret, do this and your marriage will be happy and you’ll stay married forever.  But I feel like I’m just incredibly blessed and I don’t have the answer.

Maybe it’s that we’ve worked at marriage, never taking it for granted.

Maybe it’s that we do almost everything together outside of our jobs.

Maybe it’s that we are both each other’s favorite person.

Maybe it’s being polite and kind to each other.

Maybe it’s because we like a lot of the same activities, movies, music, reading, vacation.

Maybe it’s that we came from similar backgrounds, where family and faith were the center of the home.

Maybe it’s forever thinking of your spouse as your boyfriend/girlfriend, not just your husband/wife and continuing to try to impress them.

Maybe it’s because when one of us makes a mistake, we never berate each other, we just work through a problem together and forgive.

Maybe it’s the little things, bringing a cup of coffee to your wife in bed every morning or sending your husband a mushy card at work, just because it will make him feel special.

Maybe it’s all of the above and too many other things to list.

Maybe it’s not too late to start today showing your spouse that they are your world, your heart, your favorite.


Maybe we all know The Secret, but we just forget to practice it every day.

Much love and laughter,

Laura


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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Low Water Landscaping

The large landscape bed to the right of my front door had a large hedge. 

And not much else.  

It was difficult to grow anything on the sidewalk side of the hedge because the hedge blocked most of the spray from the irrigation.  I decided the hedge must go.

As often happens, the hedge and ugly plants were gone before I even thought about taking a photo for my blog.  So I started searching for a before photo and what I found is that it was so ugly I never took a picture of just this area.  

I finally found this one - focus on the area to the right of the front door as you look at the house.  See the hedge?  Not too exciting. Especially in this winter photo.



I also found the picture below from a couple years ago.  The picture is of the flowers (which were amazing that spring). The hedge looks a little better in the spring photo than in the winter one above, but still.....blah.





After many years of hand watering a few plants on the sidewalk side of the hedge through the summer, I came up with a plan.

A project if you will.    

And I hired someone to remove the hedge.  

And then we worked and worked.

And now it looks like this.


Thankfully, SuperDave hauled all those bags of crushed granite for me.

And dug the holes for the large plants.  


I carried every rock you see 
except for the ones that were too heavy for me to lift.  
I even recruited the baby girl's boyfriend for some heavy lifting 
to get this project finished up.


I was seriously sore for several days after I moved these rocks 
from other locations around our yard to this location.  

Yard work is hard work.

North Texas where we live has been in drought conditions the past few years and we are under serious water restrictions.  So this low water landscape is a good choice for our area.

I stood back and admired my work. A few hours later I would go out and look again.

And as I admired by finished project I saw this.  

Sprouts.  

Yaupon Holly Sprouts.

Bazillions of them.  

I hate these things.



There were also a several (dozen) volunteer trees.  Elm, Red Oak, Chinese Pistache, Pecan. The squirrels stay very busy in our neighborhood.  I'm sure some are just due to the wind spreading seed, but I blame the squirrels for all of them.

Here it was, a virtual jungle, right next to my new landscaping.
(I had been working so hard I hadn't even noticed)

So SuperDave and I spent another day working on the front yard landscaping. 

But it was totally worth it.



We spend at least two days a year (about every 6 months) dealing with the sprouts. Except for the sprouts, the rest of the landscape is pretty easy.  This time we cut them really good and put down fabric and lots of mulch.


It looks awesome now - I'm hoping it stays that way for at least a year.


Because I need to float in the pool and read a few books this summer.


Once again, one thing led to another. But eventually we got it done. 

Summer arrived big time this week in North Texas, so hopefully, the yard projects are completely finished until Fall....or next Spring.

Much Love and Laughter.

Laura


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Pantry Reveal - A Small Pantry Can Be Functional!

Several weeks ago, I showed you the BEFORE and IN PROGESS pictures of our pantry renovation project.  But I never showed you the completed project and for that I apologize.  I can't believe the last 6 weeks have gone by so fast!
It's almost June!  My Dad had surgery 6 weeks ago and his recovery is going way too slow for me and of course, for him.  It's consumed most of my thoughts and a good deal of my time - but he's worth every second.

In the midst of LIFE we did finish the pantry and having been enjoying it every day (when we are home).  We even did a landscape project which I will share soon (I promise.)  But until then, here are some a bunch of pics of the completed pantry. And since a picture is worth a thousand words (and this girl is super busy) I'll let the pictures mostly speak for themselves.


New floor, new trim, new shelves, new paint, new contact paper, new light.
NEW EVERYTHING!

NEW FLOOR - I swear this is the best part.  See before picture here.

Ready to load up!

The ceiling is way up there and so are the shelves -
I put my least used items up high.

Stocked UP!
I added baskets for small items, partly because I was afraid
stuff would fall off the narrower shelves.
Partly because they are cute!

Full view - including the spice rack on the door.
It was the only good things about the pantry before.

Another shot, which shows off the matching paper I added on the spice rack.
I added this when the project was supposed to be done,
even though I was exhausted and didn't want to keep going.
Because a 'work in progress' is always a work in progress.

Another floor shot - did I mention it's my favorite?

I have to say for a project we talked about doing for a couple years and completed in a week, this is one of the best things we've EVER done.
And it was one of the least expensive, so win, WIN.

You can check out all the Before and In Progress pics  here and here.

I am still IN LOVE with the new pantry, every time I open the door it makes me happy all over again. Especially when the motion lights pops on and I can see!  It doesn't take much to make me happy, right?  Just being organized and stylish!

Much Love and Laughter,

Laura


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