Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
With this fear hanging over our heads it means we are constantly updating and making improvements to our house, however we can leave no project un-finished or take our time to do it! Right now we are in the process of finish drywalling our garage. It was a huge undertaking and we should have never tried to do it ourselves! I have a whole huge plan for the garage and since I am an HGTVnut I know that when staging a house the garage is not a garage it is another room! SO with that in mind Pat and I are making our garage fit for a king! I'll surely show pictures when were done, if our backs don't break in the mean time!
The only thing getting me through this week is my anxious excitement for Wednesday night! This Wednesday VH1 is showing the first part in their series of the Beatles Anthology!!! If you couldn't guess from my blog title I am a huge Beatles nut! I can't wait I am so excited everybody should tune in!!!
Oh and on a light note Grandpa is doing great!!! The surgery had a few unexpected complications and was nearly double the time, but he is now at home recovering and swiftly I might add!
Sorry about the randomness that is this post, but take it as a metaphor for my life right. I feel like my life is in chaos and we are only renovating the garage! I can't imagine a whole house! I hate having all our stuff in the drive way, standing guard for the ever threatening Jasper Yard Sale maven- THIS IS NOT A YARD SALE! WERE FIXING OUR GARAGE!!! ahhh my life is in shambles and a bit chaotic.... just like this post.
I hope your days are more organized, less chaotic than mine and of course filled with love!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Patrick and I had so much fun taking some time out to go to Patoka lake Sunday Evening. We took Chip to teach him how to swim and he loved the water... after a little coaxing. With having a wet dog on a leash both of us didn't get the quality fishing time we wanted, instead we switched off with my pole and took turns. If you notice in all the pictures Pat was using my pole the "Pink Lady"! There she is in all her glory my pink fishing pole that lights up when you reel! I didn't catch anything but Pat caught some whoppers as you can see from the pictures! haha Well it was just nice to be outdoors doing something we both love and being together (without cell phone reception) for a few hours! What amazing weekend that makes two in a row!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
much joy and playfulness to our lives. Also he does not shed!
Second is this lamp that my mom designed and my dad made years ago. I love how it looks at night when the whole kitchen is dark!
Next is our Patio! Patrick and I spent so much time tiling this patio. The slate tiles were my birthday present this year and I just loved how they turned out!
This is my great Grandmothers mahogany table. Patrick and I spent so much time refinishing it and it makes my so happy every time I see it. (Sorry about the picture)
This lovely piece is an antique dresser my mother and I pulled out of the trash. After several days of hard work and some new old porcelain knobs from the Architectural Salvage Yard I think it is so beautiful and looks great!
This is absolutely one of my favorites, these are the towels i had made before my wedding with our new monogram. I just love that every time I look of them it brings me back to the time before the wedding when I was so excited about being Mrs. Rice! Also the picture above is of my great great grandparents John Swartz and Anna Coffman Swartz. My grandfather gave me this picture and I will forever treasure it!
This lovely room is Patrick's man office. Yes ladies that is a real (dead) mounted fish. Some battles are not worth the fight. I set out to make this a masculine formal space and Patrick loves it, so its fine with me. I love the molding we added to the walls, the silk curtains with the tassels I added all by hand, but mostly i love the way the panels puddle onto the floor. Which not only looks opulent but provides a wonderful resting place for a certain pooch!
These photos are my favorite part of the office. I found them pouring through bins of old photos at the Louisville Peddler's Mall. Their vintage photos of Rail Road stuff. They were absolutely perfect for his office and if you look closely you can see that one of the pictures was taken on the Indiana 62 line where my husbands still works today!
Another corner of my living room is filled with two more favorite pieces. My leopard chair and my toile lamp. Well I find the chair absolutely beautiful and whimsical and it looks great where it is! I love the lamp because I made the shade. I had to tea-stain the fabric and sew it together, but i think it turned out really cute!
My last favorite thing is my flower bed. Besides my avocado growing project i have always had a bit of a black thumb, well not here. My purple petunias have taken off and exploded into a web of beautiful strong flowers and the bunny sitting in the mulch was an Easter gift from my wonderful husband!
This house has been a wonderful house for Patrick and I to learn in. We have grown in so many ways since we bought our first home! We became responsible home owners, gardeners, tile installers, decorators, and we have learned so much about each other along the way. For all of that I will be eternally grateful to this little home!
A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
3 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons freshly diced cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 ripe avocados (ripe when smushy)
Mix all the top ingredients together, I use a large glass bowl. Then seed the avocados (save the pits) and spoon out the rest into the bowl. I use my hand mash potato masher to mix it all together. Cover and refrigerate and its wonderful! Oh and use the pits, place them into the guacamole to prevent it from turning darker in color!
You can also you the pits to grow your own avocado tree. My husband thinks I'm nuts but I have started to try and grow my own avocado tree. We eat guacamole all the time and i think it would be neat to have our own tree. Anyways here is the progress, I'll keep you updated!
Monday, August 3, 2009
My wonderful and amazing Grandparents. My inspiration for a perfect Marriage!