Sunday, June 30, 2019

Is Anyone Still Out There?

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you still out there? I almost thought, well, I really thought I would end this blog but here I am again. I can hardly believe I started this blog in June of 2008!! Well, here I am again. 

Needless to say I've been busy. We are settled into our new home and are really enjoying it. There is still so much to do but I thought I would start sharing little bits of it with you.
 Here is the outside of our home (the realtor's snap). See those scraggley looking cedar bushes on either side of the front door?
 Well, those are the first things we had chopped down and I think the front of the house looks much cleaner. We chopped back the big tree there to the right a bit as everything was overgrown.
 There were some funky looking ferns planted here and I dug them up and planted some knockout roses and petunias. Well the roses are doing fine but not the petunias. It's too hot for them. I planted a row of little grass to border the bed by the walk and it's doing well. Kinda looks like weeds in this snap. Now I poked down a pot and put a fox tail fern in it and it has flourished. Still so much to do here but for now we're pleased with it. It's too hot to get out here and dig around right now.
 Here we are walking up to the front door. I had a lovely little bunch of blooming flowers in that little pot. Guess what? They dried up and bit the dust! Did I say how hot it is here? I thought of poking in some faux flowers just to have some color here. I still may do that.

Now when we had the house painted I picked out this pretty dark red for the front door. I love red doors. From the street it looks like a lovely mahogany color. I'm so talented like that! :) I intend to put up a sheer curtain over the glass on the door but that's one of those little things I just haven't gotten to yet. I don't like peeping Toms, or Dicks or Harrys.
 As you step inside the front door you'll see my little plant stand with an ivy in it. I love to have a live plant and little ivies seem to do well when we travel. This one is loving it here by the side light.
 Then I have another little ivy but the important thing is to show you this darling little oak child's school chair I found. Is it not the cutest little thing and it makes a great little plant seat.
Okie dokie. Do y'all remember Little Richard? Well, I got busy and painted him and his mirror a really neat loud blue! I'm loving it. 
 Here's a close up of the mirror so you can see that I dry brushed some gold paint on the raised parts.

I also enhanced Little Richard with a bit of gold too. My old door pulls got broken on our move back to Texas so I have to order some new ones and that's another little thing that I just keep forgetting to do.
 Actually, Little Richard is feeling a little embarrassed as he says he's looking pretty girly. I told him to get over it! After all - I'm the boss of him! :)
Here's the vignette I have on top of Little Richard at the moment. I used some of my curtain fabric that I made the living room valances out of and made a runner for the top. See how talented I am?
Here's Willow. She looks so mean here. I noticed when I take her picture she turns on her mean face but I promise you she is a sweet of a little love bug you could ever imagine.

Well, if you've stayed with me I really appreciate you reading my blog all of these years. I miss my little grandbabies a lot but it is so good to be back in Texas! Mr. Precious has gotten connected with his heritage groups again and I've submitted my application to become a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. We've found a wonderful church and are getting to know some people. I'm so thankful for our one story house (I still and probably always will miss my basement from New York) and...I'm so thankful to be close to a Whataburger and Chick-fil-A!!

I know I've said this before but I really will try to do a better job of blogging. I can't leave blogland because I love you all!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

If Ever I Would Leave You

If ever I would leave you
It wouldn't be in summer.
Seeing you in summer I never would go.
Your hair streaked with sun-light,
Your lips red as flame,
Your face witha lustre
that puts gold to shame!
But if I'd ever leave you,
It couldn't be in autumn.
How I'd leave in autumn I never will know.
I've seen how you sparkle
When fall nips the air.
I know you in autumn
And I must be there.
And could I leave you
running merrily through the snow?
Or on a wintry evening
when you catch the fire's glow?
If ever I would leave you,
How could it be in spring-time?
Knowing how in spring I'm bewitched by you so?
Oh, no! not in spring-time!
Summer, winter or fall!
No, never could I leave you at all!
 ~ sung by Robert Goulet


  1. Shelia, Oh my Goodness I was so happy when I checked your blog tonight. I check it every day and I am always so sad you aren't there. WOW! what a delight to see that you have a new post. Oh please don't go away. You are loved and needed in blogger land. There aren't many of us "older" ones still left. I know you miss your your darling little Grandbabies, but with technology the way it is you can visit with them almost as if you were right there. It truly so good to have you back. I love the post you shared. Little Richard looks beautiful! I love his new color. And I noticed the pots your house plants are in, I love them. And the outside looks beautiful. Even when the plants can't handle the heat, it all look great. I can't wait to see the rest of your home and yard, and all your great adventures, and creative projects. Thanks for coming back. Like I have told you before, I have never met you in person, but I feel the friendship even over the cyber space. Someone said that is how powerful friendships and love is. Hugs Karie

  2. nice article..
    thanks for sharing :)

  3. Glad to see you are back Shelia. I haven't blogged since my Brother passed last May. I have written a few drafts but still haven't hit the post button. Guess my heart hasn't been in it too much. The Blogging World as you and I know it has changed drastically. Who knows...never say never. Love your new home.

  4. Your home is beautiful. Your pink roses look very pretty there. Knockout roses may not have a scent, but they grow in my front yard that, since a big tree that was out there died and had to be removed, now feels almost as hot as the surface of the sun. The sun and heat softens the paint on our front door it is so hot there, but the knock out roses right near the front porch where the sun is so hot, bloom all summer.

    I love the way your Willow takes posing for pictures so seriously. She has soulful eyes.

  5. I am so glad to see you back! I have kept your blog on my sidebar in the hopes that you would post again. I love your new home. It is so pretty. And I love how you've decorated it. Your little Willow looks a lot like my brother's dog Schnitzel. They both look angry but really are sweet little things.

  6. So happy to see your post----Glad you are back !!!

  7. Glad to see you post again! The changes you’ve made to the outside of the home have greatly improved it! Love the color of your front door. That little child’s hair is adorable and makes a good plant stand. Willow is saying “where’s my treat”!

  8. Oh Sheila...ya te extrañaba, yo siempre estaré esperando aquí porque me encanta tu blog he historias, además eres muy talentosa en todo lo que haces y nos muestras y eres una linda persona. Siempre entraba esperando ver como les había ido con su lindo hogar, me preguntaba si era que algo había pasado..La conexión que una hace con otras personas aunque asea virtual es importante..ya que si lo hemos hecho es porque compartimos afinidades y da alegría y esperanza. Willow es hermosa aunque se vea enojada, está muy grande..Tu casa tiene una vista desde afuera preciosas, las plantas y los arboles dan mucha vida. Me alegra leerte otra vez...Acá seguiré apreciando y tomando ideas de tu talento..Bendiciones

    1. Shirley! How nice to hear from you and you'll never know how much your comments mean to me. You're very kind and I hope all is well in your world.

  9. I am so happy for you to be settled and getting into the groove again with friends and groups. Love your new home. Keep blogging and keep us up to date.

  10. So good to see you post dear lady. Hope you are doing well. Looks like you have been busy. Everything is so very pretty. Hugs and blessings and Happy 4th of July to you.

  11. I am so happy to see your post! I have missed reading your posts and have wondered how you were doing settling in to your new home in Texas! And my goodness yes it is HOT - I live in SW GA and we are sweltering... Happy 4th of July to you and I hope to see more of your home as you completely settle in.

    1. Hi Dawn! Yes, the heat is certainly on! Thanks for popping in to see me and I hope all is well with you.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

  12. I was thrilled to read you are settling in so well and have found a Church. Hope all goes well and that you make new friends soon.

  13. Your new home is gorgeous! I'm sure you will love living there! It's great to hear all about it! I hope you blog more regularly soon! Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

  14. Shelia,
    Don't ever leave me!
    Love the glimpse of your new home's exterior!
    Yes! It is too hot. . .in Texas and on the Prairie!
    Just keep those post a comin'!
    Love hearing from you in The Land of Blog!

  15. And we love you too, Shelia! Your new home is absolutely lovely (as I knew it would be) and Little Richard's new look is stunning! Wasn't the "real" Little Richard a bit flamboyant in his dress?? (teehee) I love keeping up with you Facebook but there's nothing like blogging...please don't stop! Looking forward to more posts!

  16. awesome article.
    thanks for sharing :)

  17. Shelia, so glad to see you here!! Your new home is beautiful. Happy to see Little Richard sporting that pretty blue too. And of course, Willow is a doll.

    Glad to have you back in Texas girl!

  18. I was just thinking about you the other day (I was watching a couple in Galveston who have a show on DIY Network - Big Texas Fix)! Anyway...good to see you again!

    1. Oh, I haven't seen that show! I don't watch HGTV like I used to. Thanks for popping in to see me.

  19. I'm still here and glad to see you! Your home is looking fabulous, Shelia! Very settled!

  20. Welcome back Sheila!! I have missed your blog so much. I can't wait to see what all you have done in your beautiful home. I love the outside of your house. I can't wait to see the inside. :-) Please keep blogging. I love all your cute comments and beautiful decor. I'm so glad you are loving being back in Texas. There's no place like home. :-)

  21. Welcome Back! I love your blog. Have you been cross stitching lately?

  22. Welcome back! I have missed your blog posts and hope they continue. I would love to take a peek at anything new you have done to your little dollhouses.

  23. So glad to hear from you again!! Yes, we are all still out here..... Your new home is lovely, and that plant you have is a Pathos, not an ivy. It is very hardy.

    Wishing you well and keep blogging!!! xoxoxo

  24. I'm so happy to see a peek into your sweet new home, Shelia! I don't know that I could stand the heat, I'm having a hard enough time with the hot sticky weather we are having in the mountains right now, and it's probably at least 10 degrees or more cooler than where you are!

  25. Shelia it is good to see you post. I think My blog might be done but who knows I may still come back. Happy you are home in Texas.

  26. Good to see your staying and popping in at times, I fine a lot of us are doing this. I always like seeing what you are up too. Good work on the front of your new home with the roses.I love roses.

  27. Hi Sheila! As you know I am hardly on blogdom anymore but have managed a couple posts of my grand lately - she stole my heart for sure! It's great to see you are moved in and well! I love your new home! Holy Smokes tho - whew - moving is a big deal!How have you handled the stress? And why did you move again? I am behind and not sure.

    Love your door color. And I laughed out loud at grouchy face pootch, haha. Looks like my husband whenever we try to get a pic of him. He thrives on making me crazy, haha.

    God bless and big hugs. xxoo

    PS - Camelot one of my all time fav movies EVER. I just watched it a few weeks ago. That song will be in my head for days now, haha. ♫ ♪

  28. Good to see an update from you! You're house looks wonderful and Willow is so cute. Lots of things happening here again! I'm going to post about everything soon. Stay in touch!

  29. I love seeing your new home - and I'm so glad to see you here again. I haven't blogged for quite awhile either. Life came pretty hard and sidelined me for a bit. I'm OK and recovering from a big health issue. I've been blogging in my head (!) but it hasn't made it to my keyboard. At least I've been thinking about it! Silly me. I hope you have a wonderful summer and will share with us again soon.

  30. I usually check out my blogs during my breaks and lunch while at work and cannot send comments using their computer. More and more sites are being blocked over security concerns. But I happened to be home today when I read your posting. Your group of readers is still here and following just not in my case commenting. I would hate to see you leave.

  31. I have been so crazy busy have just not bad time to visit the blogs. So surprised to read you are back in Texas. Hope all is well with you. Your home is beautiful.


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