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Life Lately, Summer 2021

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It’s been quite the year here at our little stone cottage. After the difficulties that we all went through last year I thought for sure that we would be heading into a great 2021.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

It’s been a while since I shared our last update so I thought I’d fill you in on what’s been happening with Roger’s back injury, my lingering lack of enthusiasm for blogging and what I’ve been trying to work on.

Health update

The good news is that Roger’s back surgery in February was considered a success, although he is still working through his recovery.

He was home from work for about 5 months but at the end of May he was finally able to go back, and I finally got my house back. Yay!

Of course he’s still taking it easy but he’s been good about doing his exercises daily and has continued to going to occupational therapy, which will hopefully be done at the end of August.

I know that he’s really looking forward to finally being done with the doctors.

One fun thing that we have been able to get back to is a little bit of camping.

We haven’t gone too far from home, and we have kept our trips short, but it’s been nice to be able to get away.

cargo trailer conversion in campsite

As for me…

I’ve been staying pretty busy around the house doing all the daily tasks that need to be done, plus taking over the little jobs that Roger usually does.

I like that I’ve been able to stay busy but the blog has been suffering from my lack of time to devote to it.

Ok…so the real truth is that I haven’t really had the desire to post lately.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still doing projects…lots of projects…but sitting down to edit photos and write a post has not been something that I’ve wanted to tackle.


So what have I been doing?

We had a beautiful spring so I was able to be outside on most days to try to catch up on some of our outside projects.

I did a lot of clean up in the yard, pulled up rose bushes, dug a flowerbed, planted a garden (that is not doing well) and built a water fountain in the backyard.

There was a lot of starting and stopping with the fountain build, because of weather related issues, but I was finally able to finish it.

crock fountain in flowerbed

I used a vintage crock that’s been sitting in the basement for 4 years, and it turned out better than I thought it could.

Hopefully I’ll be able to finish up the post and share it before Christmas is here.

Once the weather turned hot I moved inside to work on my living and dining rooms.

If you follow me on IG (where I share my day to day activities) then you know that I switched my dining room and living room way back in February.

vase of flowers on coffee table

The room switch has put into motion a whole host of changes for both spaces.

I ended up selling a bunch of furniture and decor, switching some older pieces around, getting a few new pieces and I just started painting the “new” dining room.

Hopefully my desire to tweak will fade after I’m done painting.

You never know though.

BTW, this is what the space looked like before I started to redecorate it after the switch.

small dining room with furniture

The room switch has turned into a lot more work than I thought it would, but we both love how the new spaces work for us.

vase of sunflowers on dining room table

Getting Ready for Fall

I know it’s still summer but this is the time of year that I start doing my fall projects.

I’m not exactly sure what the projects will look like but whatever they are they will be easy and budget-friendly.

Speaking of fall, I may or may not have already started decorating.

I know, but with all of this tweaking I’m doing in the dining and living rooms it’s hard not to experiment with a bit of fall color.

So what’s up with the paint and pumpkin?

It’s a project that I’m tackling this weekend. Fingers crossed that it turns out the way I want it.

Oh, and check out my baby gourds. Aren’t they the cutest?

felt pumpkin and spray paint on countertop

I couldn’t resist putting them in my photo, even though they have nothing to do with the project.

So that’s been our summer, in a nutshell (or baby gourd).

I hope that all is well with you.

P.S. I just wanted to give a big thanks to all that have emailed and messaged me asking about Roger, and me. We both appreciate the well wishes and prayers you have sent our way.