As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Five on Friday

Gathering some big and small joys from the past week with another Five on Friday post! (I may be squeaking in just under the wire, but it is still Friday!)


Perhaps because it had been so hot until last weekend. Perhaps because I am enjoying more simplicity in my decorating. Perhaps because I am not rushing time and am choosing to ease into each season. Whatever the reason, I have not done a lot of fall decorating this year. But on Saturday, I added a few autumn touches, including a pair of wheat bundles on the mantel. It feels simple and just right. 


At a family gathering this past summer, Peter said that he wished he could drink some coffee, so we told him we'd invite him to share coffee with us some Saturday morning.

And if you're drinking coffee, why not have some donuts too? 


We had another of our Shakespeare Reading Days this week. This time we read a comedy, As You Like It. We'll do another play in the spring, and then I'm retiring. 


Ron and I succumbed to this bag of fall temptation. What do you think? Would you try them?


I have watched this video so many times since a friend shared it. (Thank you, Paula!) Beautiful, encouraging, comforting words of truth. Maybe you'd like to listen too . . .

May your weekend be mercy-filled! 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sunday Snapshots: October Birthday Celebration!

Away for the first part of the week, coming back to two days filled with school activities and house projects, we hit the ground running on Saturday morning with a list of things to do in preparation for our October Birthday Celebration. 

However . . . Ron was still "project-ing" and Kati was away for the weekend. Which left Bekah and me to do all the things. And we are the slow pokes. Hmmm . . .

The day kind of looked like this:

1) Coffee and donuts with Peter. (Ron went to get him. I took him home.) 

2) Bake the cake (Bekah). Take Peter home (me).

2) Go to the farm stand to buy a pumpkin for the front step.

3) Come home and start cleaning.

4) Decorate for fall. Because it finally feels like fall and I'm in the mood.

5) Decide the mantle needs wheat sheaves this year.

6) Run to HomeGoods for wheat sheaves.

7) Go to Marshalls for wheat sheaves. (The ones at HomeGoods were either too tall or too short.)

8) Slip in Old Navy so that Bekah can look for a fall dress.

9) Come home and start cleaning.

10) Finish decorating for fall.

11) Bemoan the fact that Kati is not here to keep us on task.

12) Clean!

13) Frost the cake (Bekah).

14) Get Chipotle for dinner because it's getting so late. 

15) Continue cleaning and table setting and party planning until we run out of Saturday. 

And that, my friends, is how I do parties.

And I love it! 

It is so worth it. Every single time.

Gathering with my people. Sharing a meal. (This one was pizza, per request of one of the birthday boys.) Sharing time together. Watching the babies. Sharing conversation and laughter. Often a mini concert. (This time, four piano solos.)

When death comes to someone who is your own age, you are reminded, yet again, that is is important to live and love well. To make good memories with your people. To rejoice in the gifts that the Lord has given. I think that we will never be sorry for the time that we take for people. 

Here are some glimpses of our gathering on Sunday in which we celebrated our October guys: our grandson Ben and my Dad. 

So thankful for these moments . . . 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Five on Friday

It has been a busy week here, and the weekend promises to be full too. I may just have time for quick chat via a Five on Friday post! Some of my blog friends have been doing these and they're always fun to read. Here goes . . .

The first part of the week was spent on Bekah's "senior trip."

We spent several days in Baltimore and Washington, D. C. and visited as many museums as we could fit in. We walked our legs off got lots of exercise, and we learned so much and enjoyed our time together.

(I'll tell you more about our senior trip tradition in a separate post.)

The weather today is deliciously autumnal! After Steamy September and many days of Hot-tober, it is a relief! I am loving it.

Eek! I just dropped my baby Kati (who is totally not a baby . . . but she is to me . . . ) off at the airport. She is off on a weekend adventure. (His name is Andrew.)

With his remaining vacation days, Ron is doing a few projects. He is painting and weatherstripping all three exterior doors. He is also putting a couple of coats of polyurethane on the ladderback chairs that are on our sun porch. A few weeks ago, some of our grands took lunch out to the sun porch and when they went pulled out the chairs to sit down at the table, there was black mildew on them! I told you it was "Steamy September"! This was our third summer in this house and never have we had any problem with mildew before this one. Last week we washed and rinsed the chairs and now they're ready to be sealed.

We are making preparations for Sunday's October birthday celebration!

Ben had his own birthday party last Sunday in honor of his milestone birthday. This year he is double digits! It was his turn to receive a "treasure box" made by Papa and get ten gifts from Papa and Gran. It is such fun for us to do something a little special for each grandchild's tenth birthday. There will be another tenth birthday in January! (Papa had better get to work on the next box!)

So on Sunday, we will celebrate our October boys: Ben and Gampy, my dad, who is a tad older than ten! Good times!

May your weekend be grace-filled!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

More Changes in the Kitchen!

Two years ago, I told you about our plans to s-l-o-w-l-y make changes to our kitchen. Although the Pineapple House kitchen had a charming vintage vibe, our own style is a little more simple. We came up with a list of changes we wanted to make to the room, over time, to make it fit both our decorating style and how we wanted the room to work. 

BEFORE: charming kitchen with a vintage vibe
BEFORE: shortly after we moved in

"Slow" was the right word, but progress has been made! Here are some of the things we have checked off of our (kitchen) list since we have moved to Pineapple House

✔ We replaced the refrigerator and dishwasher with new stainless steel models.

✔  We replaced the cook top with the double oven range we had bought for The Farmhouse a few months before we moved, and removed a lower cabinet in the process.

✔  We removed the wallpaper and painted the walls antique white. 

✔ We painted the trim. (Actually ~ahem~ we've painted it three times. Ack! The current color is Benjamin Moore's Kangaroo. Long paint story here.) 

✔  We hung a new chandelier over the island. 

✔  We constructed, hung, and painted interior shutters. 

✔  We removed the wall oven and created an alcove for the microwave.

All of these changes had been completed the last time I shared an update

And then . . . 

✔  We took down the little shelves around the window and replaced the curvy molding with a simple frame. (I know that so many people loved those vintage shelves and the molding, but they just did not fit our decorating style. If you loved them, please forgive us!)

✔  In May, we painted all of the kitchen cabinets with Kangaroo by Benjamin Moore. 

And when Ron was on vacation in September . . . 

✔  Demo! (Removed the old countertop and sink.)

✔  We put beadboard paneling behind the countertop and stove, and around the window.

✔  We installed walnut butcher block countertop and backsplash.

✔  We installed a new enameled cast iron sink and a bridge faucet. 

We decided to go with butcher block countertop again, as we had at The Farmhouse. We love the way wood adds warmth to a kitchen. This time we chose walnut from Lumber Liquidators. It is actually darker than I had imagined, but I like it, and I think I will like it even more as time passes and the wood develops patina.

I have not finished styling the kitchen. With so much neutral, I am trying to add in some color without going over the top. I have asked Ron to make a cover for the toaster oven (not currently on the counter), disguised as an old apothecary cabinet. I'll paint and distress it. That will add some subtle color. I am also pondering where I could add some fabric, for color and softness. I hadn't planned on having curtains/valances, but that is a possibility.

As much as we loved our big farmhouse sink in The Farmhouse kitchen, we decided to use a drop-in sink this time. We are all tall-ish people, and the deep farmhouse sink was just too hard on our backs! I did want a single bowl again, because that allows plenty of space to wash (or soak) something big like a cookie sheet or a frying pan with a handle. We found this sink online at Signature Hardware.

We wanted a high arc faucet and we wanted separate handles. Ron preferred a bridge design. I had been shopping for a polished nickel faucet, but then Ron found this one in black with white cross handles and my search was over!

There are only a few projects left on the original list . . . and they all involve this south wall of the kitchen shown below.

  • Move the washing machine down to the basement.
  • Move the refrigerator over to the space where the washing machine sits now. This will involve some re-configuring of the upper cabinets. But it will allow us space for a longer section of countertop instead of two short sections on either side of the fridge.
  • Build a drawer and cabinet unit to fill in the empty space.

Granted, none of the remaining items on our list is simple!

But we'll keep plugging away at it in our slow and DIY sort of way, and in the end, we'll (kind of) have a new kitchen!

I already feel more at home in the Pineapple House kitchen. It feels like my space now. And I am happy to use it to serve my family, my friends, and anyone else who the Lord puts in my path!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Sunday Snapshot: Judah

While I am working on a post about our most recent kitchen updates, I'll show you this sweet boy.

Judah at 5.5 weeks (photo by Bekah)

I am melting! 

(This grandparent thing just doesn't get old.)

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Painting a Folk Art Box

I had been wanting to paint this box for a long time. It was a simple black two-drawer storage box we had bought for The Farmhouse bedroom (you can see it ~here~ in photos 4 and 5). I wanted to try my hand at painting a folk art scene . . . kind of like a colonial wall mural but in miniature. 

The project was on last summer's to-do list. Didn't get done. It reappeared on this past summer's to-do list. Finally, I wrote this:


So I did. 

my very professional paper plate palettes 😉

There are plenty of flaws, but I enjoyed the process and mistakes don't show with a perfunctory glance.

But I got it done!

After trying it all over the place, this is where it has landed.

Do you have projects that keep reappearing on the to-do list? Do you ever have to give yourself a pep talk? 😊

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