Friday, December 12, 2014


Nothing like the promise of visitors to kick house-fixing into high gear!  When we found out 3 visitors would be coming to see the new addition to the family, hubby went into overdrive.  Finally, I can show you what he's been doing (and what I've been cleaning up) because the house is FINALLY clean enough to show pictures =)

First, we have the table that has been refinished.  I got this from his mom's basement when I moved into Lawndale.  It was in good condition but the finish was rough, so I painted it black.  That paint didn't hold up too well (tip: check to see the base of your paint prior to attempting to wash out an oil based black paint bare-handed in a brand new white sink, kay?), so it lived with a table cloth at all times.  In a breakfast nook with off-white cabinets.

Well, those cabinets are now white (note random colors we've been testing on black cabinets), and hubby stripped that table, stained it mahogany, and sealed it.  It's beautiful and better looking than most of the tables we were considering (which were not cheap by any standards).

Next up, he wanted to make the peninsula a little more fancy so our cabinets looked more custom.  We tossed around putting on beadboard, but that would have required pulling the shoe moulding off and all kinds of adjustments.  Instead, he got some posts and a board and made legs and a skirt for the front of the peninsula (which is now painted the color all our cabinets will be).  Pretty darned talented, if I do say so myself.

The blog has been quiet because, while he's been doing a lot of work, it's been concentrated to ceilings, and, well, sloughing off popcorn isn't super exciting.

But the yellow office is now grey (it looks green on my computer.  Weird.  I need to take daylight pictures, probably...

This is the same room.. looks way more grey.  WEIRD.

While we were choosing a color for the front office, we also chose a color for the guest room.  A week before our guest arrived, hubby took on scraping that ceiling and re-painting.  Talk about down to the wire!  I think it looks great now, though.  Very masculine (which is good, since it's currently Grampa's room) yet soft...

And I've been working a ton, cleaning up, and working on some Christmas crafts.  And decorating for Christmas, too!!!

The stockings are hung by the fire with care!

And even the dining room got a little extra fun this year!

The second tree got upgraded (there are like NO white fake trees around - what gives?), and we sprung for fun lights to go with the Christopher Radko ornaments even though it was a pre-lit tree.

So, that's about it!  Hubby has been working on finishing up renovations at his mom's old house, and we're planning our next, post-Christmas, tasks.  The kitchen cabinets and our bathroom are high on the list.  OH, but before that happens... we're getting new windows!!!  I'm SUPER-excited about that. It's happening next Friday (funny story, they actually called yesterday to do it tomorrow - we had been hoping they'd be done before everyone got here... I actually thought twice before turning them down =) ).  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Our 5th Anniversary - for the birds.

I have some very exciting news.  So, remember when I said we visited an artist in Charleston and commissioned a piece?  Well, it arrived yesterday.  OH. EM. GEE.

OK, first, you have to see the back, where Kevin signed it to us!

And then, we hung it up.  The whole mood of the room changed.  It's so fresh, young, different... and there are the 5 birds, one for each blissful year of our marriage!

Kevin LePrince's birds are in our LIVING ROOM!  And because I love these birds' attitudes so much, ladies and gents, ready for your closeups?

Oh man, they make us happy =) And a little excited, as noted with the excessive use of exclamation points here...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Too long...

It has been too long, and promises of sharing everything we've been working on abound... but in the meantime, I just have to say happy due date to our beautiful nephew =)  We're so glad you decided to join us a bit early!  We've enjoyed every snuggle these last 2 weeks!

And while I get myself back together and start the update process, little sampling of required updates...

Let there be light...

Come to the table...
And a recharge by the sea...

And more - more soon, promise!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Garden Gnomes

I know, it's been a while again.  It's not that we haven't been busy on the house, it's that we've been busy with life.  I've taken time in the past to write something about our anniversary, but this year, I put down the computer and just enjoyed celebrating the here and now that our anniversary offered.  We've been pushing through life - work, house renovations, race training - at the speed of warp-life.  We needed a little downtime to sit back and just be for a while, before life gets absolutely insane again.  So, we ran away to Seabrook Island last Wednesday.

The sun decided to hide the entire time we were there, but it still afforded us breathtaking views, amazing food, awesome retail therapy, laughter, and a lifting of our spirits. 

While out running, I got to visit with a number of deer, coming within a few feet of some of them - quite an awe-inspiring feeling, being so close without a barrier! 

Winston enjoyed some long strolls on the beach.

We watched lots of "Shark Tank", caught up on some magazine- and book-reading, and I think I fell asleep by 9 or maaaybe 10 every night (yeah, so when I say "we watched lots of Shark Tank," what I actually mean is hubby did while I fell sound sleep on his shoulder). 

We are inspired, once again, to work on the house, and talked about what would be our next projects and how we might accomplish them.  We even visited an artist, who does these birds I love, and commissioned a piece on approval - he sketched out 5 birds (one for each year of marriage) on a canvas for us.  I was so artist-struck, I forgot to take a picture.  Whoops.

Most importantly, we got to enjoy each other's company and the love that makes Turnberry Love so special. 

And then, we got home.  The Garden Gnomes had been to our courtyard! 

Mom and Dad surprised us for our anniversary by finishing up my clean-up job (that had left a rather large brush pile in the middle of the patio after some heavy pruning a few days  ahem, weeks ago) and planting some fall flowers in all the planters!!!  What a wonderful, wonderful surprise.  The photo below looks a little funny because I panned around the entire courtyard.  It looked so amazing, I wanted to try to get it all in.

Winston fully approved of it as well.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


One of the things that has been occupying my time these past couple of months was training for another half marathon.  Two years ago, I got this crazy idea to run 13.1 miles consecutively.  In Vermont.  On lots of hills.  It was hot (90+), humid (92%), and every mile felt like it just kept going up, never down.  Well, halfway through, I had an asthma attack.  Thanks to my aunt Martha's company, I finished.

Well, after 2 other half's under my belt, I was ready to go back.  This time, Dad decided to join me.  We trained (me more than him...), and after an adventure actually getting up to Vermont (note police lights... at 1:26am...), we were ready. 

Dad and I got up early and made it to the race just in time to park very close to the start/finish line... and to see the sun rise.

We picked up our race numbers and packed on our gear...

...and soon, it was race time!  We paced ourselves well, and the family cheering section met us around mile 7.  Aunt Martha, true to her amazing form, jumped out of the car and announced she was joining us!  How fun it was to have a memory of running this with her while NOT feeling like my lungs might collapse!  I made them pause for a picture because, really, when are you ever going to have that kind of a backdrop during a race?

Our cheering squad stopped a couple of times along the way - it was always so reinvigorating to see them! 

By mile 12, Dad sounded pretty tired/in pain, but he refused to walk.  He kept trucking along.  And when I ever saw that timer - HOLY CRAP, DAD!  I yelled (sorry, mom, my language is not lady-like after 2 hours of running), WE ARE GOING TO BEAT YOUR GOAL OF 2:20!!!!  Yes, that's right, we shaved over 32 minutes off my last time on this course.  I was on cloud 9.  I think dad was wishing he was just on a cloud...

It is a memory I will treasure forever - a trip with my parents, time spent with family, and a test of the body and mind with my dad by my side.

After the race, we collapsed into various forms of naps in preparation for a celebratory dinner at the Red Clover Inn, where my cousin is Chef!

I only took a picture of one of the appetizers because my hunger got the better of me, but isn't that just scrumptious?

After a short visit, it was time to head home... and refuel the right way - haha - there are only so many options at the airport...

We came home to an awesome dinner prepared by hubby.  He made dinner at my parent's house because he didn't think our house would be ready yet.  I figured all his clothes were on the dining room table because he was busy scraping the ceiling and installing MY CHANDELIER in our closet.  This picture does not even begin to do it justice, but it's the best I could capture.

Alas, he couldn't cook in our kitchen because he also scraped and fixed the ceiling in there!!!  You have no idea how excited I was.  What a weekend.

Here's the kitchen ceiling before...

And the ceiling Sunday...