Our Country Bungalow

These are a few mosaics/collages of some of the spaces in our country bungalow. The entry above and the living room off the entry area.

The view back to the entry area of our home from the living room. All the Christmas decorations are packed up now.

The view from the entry through the living room to the dining room.

The dining room.

The photo above is from November before our dining area was painted to our satisfaction.

Glimpses from the dining room into the kitchen and from the kitchen to the family room area.

We have lots of upper ledge spaces in our kitchen. We aren’t done with the painting in the kitchen area and in the future I’ll show the finished look that we’ve decided on for our kitchen space.

Here are some photos I have of more of the kitchen with our favorite visitor and Dear busy cooking Swedish Pancakes on Christmas morning.

Looking to the entry from our family room area and looking back to our family room area.

Our area between our entry and family room and our nice wide hallway to our bedrooms.

Our artwork in the photo above is also showing some reflections that aren’t a part of the original work.

Pictures51This photo above is true to the piece. The work was inspired by a small nook in the crypt of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. It was painted by a friend of ours.

Glimpses into our two guest bedrooms. These rooms along with our Master Bedroom Suite have not been painted yet. I don’t have photos from the master bedroom to share as of yet. I also have not shared the large laundry room area and our office yet. Stay tuned for those areas and then there is our oversized shop/garage that is not oversized enough for our stash. We will be building a new shop for Dear’s stuff come late spring/summer.

This is all for now on the interior of our Country Bungalow. We are settling in nicely and are thankful for God opening the doors for us to purchase this property despite our exhaustion in the process of selling our home of 20 years and trying to find a replacement 6 hours away and moving 20 years of stuff. We are thankful for being on a county road that is flat and plowed when it snows, except for the weekends. We have found out that Stevens County snowplows only work on weekdays. City of Colville works all days. We have a Colville address but are outside city limits.

Thank you Angie for hosting Mosaic Monday. Click over to join in the fun.

Our Satellite internet connection has been painfully slow for about a week now. You will probably be seeing fewer posts from me until things speed up. I do hope we get some speed soon because right now it is very painful…


open-house-011The nursery for Addy is taking shape. Dear painted the wall in three colors that will match the bedding for the crib. Our son painted the grey trim on the white crib. The mattress arrives soon. There will be an elephant decal to the left of the crib blowing pink bubbles over the crib on the brown part of the wall. Should be real cute.

nursery-beddingThese fabrics above are going to be the bedding for the crib.

2017-02-27-djs-babyroomIf you haven’t guessed already there is an elephant theme for the nursery. The little car used to be red and blue and Dan’s Dzeda built it for him for Dan’s first Christmas. All the grandsons got one that year. Dan and Jamie decided to use the nursery colors to repaint it. I like the teal hubcaps.

2017-02-26-open-houseDear also painted the dresser drawer fronts grey. They were brown. The rustic bookcase needs completing with a few more shelves.

2017-02-26-open-house1While we’ve been here we were able to enjoy a Baby Shower/ House Warming party at their new home with about 45 friends and family. I’ll share some photos from the event later.

We are busy helpers over here and helping to get some projects done before Addy arrives. Today Dear and Dan put garage door openers up and installed a new toilet. They also put in a new outlet for charging devices. We hope to be able to drive over the pass tomorrow for home. It all depends on the weather and the restrictions posted. We don’t have 4 wheel drive or traction tires so we have to catch a good travel window. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods.

O Mystery Tree, O Mystery Tree…

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Our Mystery Tree tradition is continuing this year. On Sunday we put the back seat down in the jeep and headed to the Home Depot to pick out our tree. Our round trip from home to the store and back again took a little under 45 minutes total! We arrive, we spy out the trunks of the trees in our height range in the piles where the trees are still all tied up, we pick one, buy it, throw it into the back of the jeep and head home where the stand is ready and waiting. Dear cuts off a portion of the trunk and gives it a good thrust into the stand. Tighten the screws on the trunk and get ready for the reveal…

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It’s so much fun to stand back and watch as Dear cuts the string off the branches.

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Tah Dah!

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When I got home late last night Dear had put the lights on the tree so I can now finish decorating it. We’ll see what gets done today.

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Little by little it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around this old house.

Life continues to keep us on our knees in the midst of this joyful time of Advent and more and more we look to the Hope we have in Christ. We had one of those 3 A.M. phone calls where you know the news can’t be good. A Brother in law had a heart attack that was caught in time and arteries were cleared. He’ll be home soon. We know the reality of how fragile life can be. We always wait for good news from Afghanistan. “Made it back from the Mission, I’m O.K., going to bed now, talk more later.” We rally around each other supporting each other in whatever life throws our way.


I will have faith,
However dreams are shattered;
I will have faith that righteousness can live;
I will have faith e’en when my heart is breaking,
To work and pray and give!

I will have faith
When troubled is life’s ocean,
When low-blown clouds the Pilot’s face shall hide;
I will have faith when my fair ship is battered;
I will await the turning of the tide!

I will have faith
That God is still in Heaven;
I will have faith that He is by my side;
I will have faith though every star is darkened,
That He and truth abide!

The Residence, Denver

FFF ~ Thankful for…

It’s time to join Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for our favorites from this past week. So many things to be thankful for. Most likely this will be the last FFF I will be able to participate in till late December.

1. Just getting ready for our Thanksgiving meal which we are having early this year makes me thankful. My decorations are very minimal this year but it was good to clean up and to decorate. I love sitting and relaxing in my home when it is really clean and organized.

2. Our son Dan drove across the Cascades on Wednesday to spend a few days and to be here for our Thanksgiving meal. I’m thankful he made it across the pass safely when several cars were spinning out in the snowfall. Our son Josh drove over to see his brother and sister for the evening. I was sitting on the couch enjoying being with our 3 adult children enjoying each other. These times get fewer and farther between with their lives going in different directions.

3. Our daughter Katie is getting to the “oh my gosh I only have this many days before I move stage” and this makes her chatter. It’s been good to take care of lots of last minute stuff with her.

4. I’ve been cooking so much for crowds these days that Thanksgiving preparations seem like a breeze in my head so I’m enjoying the relaxation of this new feeling. My family does not want surprises on Thanksgiving but just want the traditional goodies. This makes for a very predictable and known cooking process…

5. One of the biggest blessings of this last week was planning, preparing, and enjoying our daughter Katie’s bridal shower last Saturday evening. It was so great to see so many old friends of ours and Katie’s. Katie was showered with love and gifts. Prayers on her and Andrew’s behalf were so precious. At the end of our evening the power went out. Thankfully we already had several candles lit and gathered up more to give us more light. My sister Lana walked people to their cars with a flashlight because it was so dark outside with no streetlights.

What is making you thankful this week?

Katie’s Wedding Shower Preparations…

There are so many photos of Katie’s shower that I’m breaking them down into categories. The first set I’ll be sharing are the preparations and decorating for the fun event. My nieces and sister Lana were the official shower planners.

My niece Debbee and Melissa baked the cupcakes and made the icing for them.

Debbee and Melissa had the flower decorating technique down for the cupcakes and showed Laura, Michelle and Katie the method and everyone chipped in to get all the cupcakes decorated.

They used the Wilton Tip #104 for these flowers. It’s a petal tip.

The colors for the shower and Katie and Andrew’s wedding are purple, silver and cream.

My niece Michelle took this photo and the one above it…

My sister Lana provided the salads and the beautiful flowers.

Thank you to Michelle for these two photos of Katie at the table, too.

My mom, Katie’s Baba, made the meat and cabbage pirog.

We had a fun afternoon preparing for the shower. The shoes Katie is wearing were her grandmother Verna’s.

Tomorrow I’ll show more photos of friends and family who attended the shower. Hope your day is going well. We have sunshine and clear, clear, blue skies here in the Seattle area. We’ll be barbecuing dinner tonight!

Have You Seen These?


It’s a Cupcake Vase that comes in a few different colors.


It was fun to fill it with these white and yellow flowers. It’s spill resistant and non-breakable. You squeeze the top to open it up. It feels like those silicone cooking cups.


I bought this at Rust and Ruffles on 1st Street in Snohomish, Washington. The packaging says to “Enjoy decorating your 100% fat free Floral Cupcake.

Hope your week is going well. Wednesday is Katie’s final wedding dress fitting so we’ll need to find a spot to store the dress until the wedding day in this old house. Hmmmm…

Photobucket replaced all my photos with ugly black and grey boxes and they are holding my photos hostage until I pay them lots of money. I’m slowly going through all my posts and trying to clean them up and replacing some photos. Such a bother.

Moroccan Shower and Tablescape

I’m posting my photos from our Moroccan Bridal Shower now and will link these up for Tablescape Thursday later in the week on Susan’s Between Naps on the Porch Blog. I’m traveling back to L.A. from Seattle tomorrow for a funeral on Wednesday and won’t be around the computer much. I’m staying at my condo in Camarillo until Monday the 20th when I fly back to Seattle and finish off my scheduled time here.

My daughter and I decorated our deck gazebo on Sunday for a Bridal shower for her friend Kristen. Katie is in the wedding in August. We decided on this theme because Kristen has enjoyed this culture and has taken Belly Dancing courses. It took Katie and I a couple hours to decorate the gazebo.

Here’s what we started with. The pile of stuff in the top photo are things I’ve accumulated from Goodwill and other thrift stores with this theme in mind. Yards of fabric and window scarfs are inexpensive second hand for the amount of fabric you get. We also used large tablecloths we had on hand that worked in with the colors.

This is the final result. The Bride to be was so pleased and “blown away” at what we created in honor of her.


We could have used a lot more safety pins then we had but ties really came in handy as did the good ole stapler.






I prepared Rack of Lamb with Ina Garten’s recipe from her Barefoot Contessa Parties book. The mustard mixture that coats the racks seasons the lamb so well. I’ll share the recipe later. I also made basmati rice with almonds and raisens.  The salad we served was with persian cucumbers and a persian salad dressing.


Because Kristen is gluten intolerant we found a gluten free brownie mix and prepared the brownies and served them with rasberries and a chocolate sauce.


As dessert was served the winds whipped up and the rains came down followed with thunder and lightning. The girls evacuated to the family room for opening presents and some nice hot tea.

Thank you for visiting. I hope to get around bloggyland on Thursday after my travels and the funeral. Blessings!

On Thursday you can see more scapes at Between Naps on the Porch.

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

A Cloche Party!

Welcome to A Cloche Party hosted by Marty at A Stroll Through Life. If you’ve wondered what in the world a Cloche is or what people do with them today is your day! Click on over to A Stroll Through Life and see a day in the life of a Cloche or other enclosures…

This is my wired bird cage cloche that I picked up at Michaels along with the feathered birdie and nesting material. I don’t have a more traditional glass cloche…

I’m only a bird in a gilded cage
It’s the place that I call home
The window’s large with the nicest view
The bars are pink and all the locks are blue…

My 99 cent ginger jar with pink glass flowers in it. The stems of pink and white are from K-Mart- Martha Stewart Christmas decorating stems that I bought at the after Christmas clearance. I’m thinking I should add something in the bottom to cover up the stems… But never mind, I’ll just put my shells in it instead. I could have put sand in the bottom first but I didn’t have any sand so it’s just the shells. I picked up all these shells myself at Emma Wood State Beach in Ventura, California.



Cheese and fruit in a cheese dome. I could have put a cute birdie knick knack or something like that in it but all my little cute stuff is in Washington and I’m in California right now.

I gave the dome a little height by putting it on a Glass cake plate.

What’s nice about this piece is that the glass dome fits over the glass bottom  not into it unlike this dome below.


I had to put the dome upside down and fill it with the limes and lemons and then put the bottom on upside down so the fruit didn’t get in the way of closing…

Now say “Bye Bye, Birdie” to all our nice guests who have visited us today!

Photobucket is holding all my photos that I stored on their site from 2007-2015 hostage replacing them with ugly grey and black boxes and asking for a large ransom to retrieve them. It is a slow process to go through all my posts deleting the ugly boxes.

Trim the Tree Thursday

Welcome to Trim the Tree Thursday hosted by Brett at the Southern Hostess.


This is what you see when you come up to our front door at our home in Washington. See that gold ribbon? It is tied to both the wreath and the wall hanging. I just drape the ribbon over the door and the wreath hangs nicely on the outside of the door and the Ho Ho Ho wall hanging hangs on the inside of the door. No hooks necessary and the weight of each keeps them in place during the whole Christmas season…


This is a little glimpse into our living room where we always have our tree…

To see more Trim the Tree posts click over to Brett’s.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007 to 2015 hostage and has replaced them all with ugly black and grey boxes asking for a ransom to have them re-published. Such a frustrating bother.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Diane at A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words hosts this Tuesday Meme called Trash to Treasure.  Click over to see lots of trash/thrift items bought or saved and turned into a treasure.

This week I’m showing my Dresser Mirror that I saved before it was sent away with a Christmas themed arrangement I placed on the added shelf on the bottom of the mirror. My husband added the shelf to it before we hung it on the wall. If you saw my Blue Monday or Tablescape Tuesday you’ll see a lot of the items from my Blue Christmas table re-grouped here. This will serve as my Christmas mantle at the condo.


The gold pieces are ornaments for the tree as is the Santa. The Pewter creamers are filled with Christmas Sprays in blue and crystal and silver. Here’s a collage with closeups of the items on the shelf. Now just so y’all know we at our house know that Santa is pretend and we love him in a pretend way but above that we know Jesus is real and saves us from what we deserve and then gives us our Hope and our future. We love Him in a real way…


If you live in the USA I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. To everyone else have a great last week of November.

Photobucket is holding all my photos from 2007-2015 hostage and demanding a ransom for me to access them. I’m slowly cleaning up many of my posts where PB have added ugly black and grey boxes where my photos used to be. So frustrating!