A happy godchild


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Though I've not been blessed with biological children, I have 3 stepsons, a grandson, (another grandchild on the way), 2 nieces, a nephew and a plethora of godchildren.   One of my beautiful goddaughters graduated from high school this year. It was a tough year for her. Both her grandfather and great grandfather passed away. Later her grandmother, her aunt and two cousins moved in with her family. Yet, she still finished in the top 10 of over 300 students at her high school. That's not 10%, that's top 10!   One of the things we share is our love of Dancing with The Stars. When I learned Derek and Juliane Hough were bringing their roadshow to Nashville, there was no question what she was getting as a graduation present. I told her…
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When Mars and Venus Stage a House


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In my last post, I included some photos taken by our realtor of the house my husband and I have on the market. Being a tad compulsive, I also staged the inside of closets and pantries. Hey, they do it in model homes! I left a couple of dresses, hung neatly, one of Hubby's suits, a casual outfit...you get the idea. As I cleaned out the food, I checked expiration dates. If it had expired, I left it behind. Brilliant, I thought. I did this with the pantry and the freezer. I didn't have time to do the refrigerator.     Hubby was at the house one day and asked if I wanted him to clean out the refrigerator. In his defense, I didn't ask him to "stage" it though…
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The world is a stage


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And so is a house...at least when you're selling one. We waited several weeks after our move to list our house so we could shampoo carpets, paint, deep clean and stage our old home so it'd present as well as possible to potential buyers. Since we were downsizing we had extra furniture we could leave behind. I knew the rule was "keep it simple" so potential buyers could see themselves in the home. We completely emptied the top floor--who can't imagine unfurnished bedrooms and a bonus room? From the main floor, we moved the furniture we needed to the new house then relocated our breakfast table to the dining room, put a bench in the breakfast alcove which made the kitchen seem bigger, flanked a television with a couple of bookshelves adorned with only one or…
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Our first post-move guests


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Every other year I host a group of girlfriends for a night or few during the summer. Of course, this year, the year we moved, was that year. In our former house, we could sleep ten guests. In this house, we will have two guest bedrooms...eventually. Currently one is set up as a bedroom, the other is filled with yet to be unpacked boxes. We left some of our furniture in the other house for staging purposes. As it turned out we had no more than three overnight guests on any one night...not necessarily the same three, but three max, so we were good to go with the current bedroom, a comfy sofa, and a new deluxe air mattress. Some of us have known each other twenty plus years so sharing a bed isn't a problem.…
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CELEBRATE


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OUR FREEDOM HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY   MIDDLE SON AND GRANDSON "Daddy returns from deployment" ~ KAY
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