Two Weeks

It has been 2 weeks since my father left this earth, suddenly, with no notice, leaving no opportunity to say goodbye, tell him I love him, or how thankful I am for the wonderful life he gave me.  For the past few days I’ve grappled with myself over writing this post.  The thought of a post so personal didn’t really sit well, but neither did simply returning to blogging as usual as if I had been away on holiday or simply busied with everyday life.  In the coming days, weeks, months, and decades I will see my father in many places.  My father’s image will be with me every time I look in the mirror, whenever I see my brother and of course down the road when we both have children.  Memories of my father’s larger than life personality will come flooding back with every passing R. Kelly song (weird, I know) or poorly timed politically incorrect joke.  I look forward to experiencing those moments with a warm heart knowing I spent 27 mostly great years with such a unique, kind, and fun-loving dad.

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Dormitory Doors

When we eventually look for a new home I have a few must-haves. Some of them include a large pantry, multiple fireplaces, and a first floor bedroom with glass doors that lead to my cutting garden.  There is something so peaceful about sipping your morning coffee in the midst of unruly flowers.

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Blood & Champagne

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DESDE MY VENTANA

Spicy Squash Salad with Lentils & Goat Cheese

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I am not typically one to try new recipes. Usually I stick with the same five dishes night after night.  Lately, I’ve been feeling a bit more adventurous.  As a result I’ve been able to add a few new recipes to my arsenal, one of them being the spicy squash salad featured below.  I found this little gem will completing my regular visit over at Smitten Kitchen.

This meal is perfect for the season while being hearty and healthy.  Hop on over to Smitten Kitchen for the recipe!  Also, stay a while and check out some of Deb’s other creations.  You’ll be happy you did!!!!

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Porch Envy

This weekend, my amzing mother started painting our front porch as a much needed aniversary gift to my husband and I. The transformation is causing me to appreciate the space and wish we put it to more use. I hate to admit it, but the front porch swing has gone unswung since we moved in four years ago. Well, thats all about to change. As the air begins to get crisp I invision our family sipping a cup of coffee or sharing a meal our on that wooden throne. In the meantime, I leave you with some front porch inspiration.

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Oh the Joy of Feeling Defeated…

After spending many hours fumbling around in Adobe Elements attempting to create my “Deegan’s Foyer” buyer’s guide, I am back to square one. I think its safe to say I’m feeling defeated.

In the meantime, I thought this wainscoting tutorial might be of interest to all of daring DIYers (the DIY Network is always so helpful.

As for my buyers guide…there is always tomorrow.