Wednesday, July 13, 2011


So, this is what I HAVEN'T been doing lately.
Only 13 more sleeps before the 
"SUMMER BREEZE" girls arrive.
We haven't stopped, well maybe for a few dips in the pool in between all the painting.
 I know it looks the same, but I've moved my 
little PINK shelf.  No biggy since I can't really
move much in this little cottage of ours... but it's a change, and change is good.
 See, it's there behind Randy's lazy boy. 
He didn't want it there, but I won.
Audrey is back where she belongs, centre stage.
Going towards our bedroom which I'll have to 
show you soon, but my beds not made
and Bonnie and Lucky are in there, alone. 
That's better.
Now for the outside.
I'm surprised the dogs aren't all red.
 This cart has been painted 5 times, I like it yellow.
 Hopefully all this blooming going on will last till the girls arrive.
 This is the guest cottage porch. 
Have to paint it too. 
It's only a year old and looks like it's ten, yuck.
 Bought this red umbrella for $19.99. 
CC, Miss Bee and Jeanne 
I'm a sun worshiper. I know, not good.
 A little candlelight for our nights outside.
 Repainted my big old pot.
So much red.
 Sunshine yellow goes well with red don't you think Mr. Cement Bear?
 Pondering all the BUGS too.
What the heck is this green stuff anyway?
 I'm waiting girls.
 Thought I would try and fly my flag here, 
but it's way too big.
It was raining so hard again, I was confined to the garage for this picture.
I also have to paint my screen doors... 
not sure that will happen.
 Look at the rain falling. 
No watering necessary.
 LOVE my bench in the cemetery garden.
We finally buried Molson, Brittany's sweet boy, and our little mama degu. 
R.I.P. my little friends.
 This is VIRGINIA, Virginia CREEPER. 
Man does she creep.
Does anybody know if I can separate this thing? 
She's going wild, with nowhere to go.
The outdoor shower.
I hope the girls bring their pennies, lol.
Oops, how did that get in there : )
I don't want to hear ANYONE complain about the heat around here, you hear MOI?
 The BEFORE garage...
the AFTER.
We are going to have MOVIE NIGHT outside.
This is what I'm hoping to do.
Isn't it charming?
 See you soon Jeanne,
 Miss Bee (Deborah),
and Wendy, minus the horse please.
Every day gets better and better. It's only been 27 days since her surgery. 
She's being released from the hospital on Friday.
She's going back to her apt. with full time help till we find a good long term care facility.
Again, thank you for all your well wishes...
Now back outside.
Hope your summer is FABULOUS.


jeanne said...

Claudie, you are working so hard for the summer Breeze party. Everything looks amazing and I adore the colors you are using. It all looks perfect so please get rested up. No more working. You have 13 days to rest before we get there. From the look of all you have done you are on a painting roll. 'Charming' is the best word I can think of. That goes for you too.

It is wonderful news about your mom. I prayed so hard for healing Claudie. Now take one day at a time and hope for a full recovery. I can't stand to know you were suffering with your mom's fall and all that followed on top of getting ready for the Summer Breeze Girls.
Whew, you had your hands full and I know it was a labor of love for you and your sister. My sister's and I took care of our mom at home when she had terminal cancer. It was so hard to see our mom suffering. I know what you are going through except now there is a hope of recovery. She is a survivor and the cutest little thing. I so admire her spunk.

See you soon Claudie. CC asked me to spend the night before our flight and I am going to agree. It makes sense and I will be so happy to have her on the same flight. I am so trying to pack light. Not easy for me. HA!

I love you to pieces. This post is just the best.
Jeanne xoxoxo

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet Claudie!

Everything looks so fresh and pretty! Yes, charming is a perfect word! I'm so glad your mom is doing well! :) Will write soon! You guys have a fabulous time, and take lots of pictures for us!

Love ya!

Debbie xo

Anonymous said...

What an adorable home you have!!! I love all the color you used in the yard- so cheerful!

Sounds like you are working hard- I had a ladies retreat in May and worked my buns off to make it special- everyone loved all the little touches and I know all the ladies will love all your preparation and pampering! Wish I could come!

Shelia said...

Hi Claudie! OH, I'm so glad to hear your little mother is doing better! You have been one busy pink girl! Everything looks wonderful! The outdoor movie night sounds fantastic! I'm going to miss y'all! Waaaaa!!!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

wendy said...

I was barely just able to get on your post tonight (it is almost 10:00). We have the crappiest internet service at our house, and since it was stormy/rainy all day, it just wasn't working.
I am laughing, cause as you scroll down all these beautifull women, and then there is a cowgirl hat and flannel shirt for the love of all that's holy.
OK...I'll leave the horse at home.
If you don't want all of us overstaying our welcome, QUIT making everything so gorgeous.
I love all your color!!!!!
(we are actually getting a cabin delivered to our property within the next 2 weeks...but it is very different from yours, rustic...go figure)
That outdoor theatre setting looks like something right out of a movie. ARE. YOU. SERIOUS?????
How amazing is that.
But, like Jeanne said. STOP
Rest up for us cause you have done enough.
I can't believe this is really happening actually.
Quite the adventure for me. Way out of my comfort zone, but something fabulous to do before I turn the BIG 6.0.
You are more beautiful then all the colors you put on this post my dear.
love ya......

~CC Catherine said...

Claudie, I WANNA COME NOW...The stripes are CALLING me......... I love ALL the red & Yellow. The flowers POP around those colors! Can't wait to hug the puppito's - even Pepper. But most of all, can't wait to hug you my friend. Love - Love - Love you. I posted tonight'll see the new custom Tea cosey I finished making tonight. I had fun... :) Love you honey! 13 sleeps yet - wow........ Can't wait for movie night outside. ;) xoxo

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I can at least LOVE EVERY PICTURE and moment of joy as I sit here sad....sad to know that I was so graciously invited, but finances dictated the outcome...but dearest Claudie, I can see the heart of hospitality oozing out of these photos, like the bright RED, YELLOW, PINK, BLUE of LOVE. THANK YOU FOR PREPARING A FEAST FOR US..I am with you in heart and spirit because this invitation is etched in my heart. What a glorious TIME YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE!!!!! REMEMBER ME? THINK OF ME???????


Jo Ann said...

WOW you have been busy...looks great! That deck you don't like...pressure washer makes it look like new...just did our back deck...and reminds me I have the side one to do!

Great news about your mom...I am in Cornwall for the weekend and will pop in to see her...are you coming down??

have a great day...I am off to cut the grass for the morning! :) xoxox


Sherry from Alabama said...

What a beautiful place in which to entertain your guests! I know you'll have a great time!

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG your all going to have a blast!
Oh Claudie, you have done such a marvelous job outside and in!
My favorite colors with the red and yellow! And your gardens look simply gorgeous!
You have the knack girl!
Your having a huge big girls slumber party!
Glad to hear your Mom is improving too,
Hugs and Hi to CC and Sheila?

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my wonder you haven't been doing any resting. Good gravy girlie... You've accomplished so much and everything looks divine... YUM. Love all the red. I'm having that mini-love-affair with red right now...

That's so funny that you have the Ikea spread like my fabric... I could only find the shams! Three of them, actually, all at different times.

What's going on with the counters? Anxious to see what you're up to next.


PS... I was just thinking about you when your message came!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh, and PSS... glad to know your Mom is healing and doing better. That's great news.


Claudia@DipityRoad said...

I have to say it is VERY hard to post and not POUT -- but I love you all and want you all to have fun EVEN without me.

I am so tickled to hear about you mum and want you to take a break from all your "fluffing" to rest BEFORE everyone arrives -- it will be no fun if you do. (wait a minute i have to remember who i am advising LOL...never mind you will have fun) then CRASH after.

love you -- have a drink for me!!

Love yall.


dana said...

Hi Claudie!

First, I was so sorry to read about your hedge trimmer accident, but I did start to giggle while I was reading your fact, my daughter and hubby had me read it out loud to them. Your description of the event was a hoot! However, I really am sorry that happened cuz I know that even though you have worked your buns off getting ready for your SB Party, you no doubt still have lots you want to do before the girls arrive. Maybe this accident was your BIG message from "above" to slow down and rest so you can truly enjoy your time with the Girls!!

EVERYTHING looks amazing....I know you guys will have the most fantastic time! You did such a great job with your painting! Love it all!!

SO GLAD your mom is doing better!! That's such a blessing.....and the answer to lots of prayers.

Gotta get busy.....the Grand Boy's BD Party is today and I have a little more shopping to do!

Have a great weekend....and REST!!!!!!!!

L, Dana

"Create Beauty" said...

What a fun party you have planned! A beautiful retreat, what could be more fun?

YOur preparations are beautiful.
~ Violet

She'sSewPretty said...

Your cottage looks like so much fun Claudie!! I'd never want to go home! I love all the yellow and red in the yard! You are going to have so much fun!!

Anonymous said...

I am seriously waiting, waiting and waiting for an invite to your movie night - That looks AMAZING!!!

Very glad that things are looking OK for your Mum :)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Looks like somebody is going to have a blast! Am I a tad bit jealous? No....YES!

It's all so very charming Claudie and yes, you can do pretty much anything to Virginia Creeper. :) xo

LuLu Kellogg said...

Look at all that you have gotten done! Everything looks so pretty and I know all your girls are going to LOVE being there with you!!!

Sending love and happiness your way!

Jori said...

Your cottage is completely adorable! I love all of the yellow and red. Cant wait to hear about al, of your good times with your friends. So happy your mom is doing better!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

YEA for MOM !!! Girl your place looks fabYOUlous ... I can only imagine the fun ya'll are going to have.

Shelia said...

Hi Most Beautiful One! Oh, I'm so glad you popped in to see me. I'm going to miss you all too! Have lots of fun and snap lots of pix. You all will have to snap a Bathroom Beauty Diva shot for me! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Grace said...

You are so over the top beautiful in everything you do and who you are. I love all the pictures. Your friends will have a wonderful time. I am so happy your mom is getting out andis doing so much better. Will keep you all in my prayers for continued health.
You asked what is Kims event Affaire at Tiffany. It is Kim Allistaire Caldwell from CA, her upcoming event. (the second post)I can not make it. I wish I could Kim throws fabulous events. Grace xoox

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Claudie Sweetie...
Oh what fun. A girls week/ gathering blast. The time will fly by. How beautiful everything looks. You know I love red, so I am SO enjoying the outside colors. That yellow along with sure does pop. How beautiful it is.

Swimming, laughing, eating, movies, and so much love sharing. You all have the BEST time ever, and I will be sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see a few pics of this glorious gathering.

Everything is gorgeous Claudie, now rest a little so that you can enjoy your visitors when they arrive. Please give them a hug for me.

Many hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Sandy Michelle said...

I can't wait to see pix of your get-together :)

Sandy xox