On Laundry Rooms and Perspectacles

October 26, 2014

Not long ago I found myself muttering under my breath that I just didn’t have enough room to really spread out as I laundered my family’s clothes. Then I remembered three things:

1. I used to do my laundry in the garage.

2. I’ve never had to do my laundry in the creek or haul water to get anything clean.

3. I make my kids do their own laundry.

Nothing like a little gratitude to snap things back into perspective. And truly, after re-reading this post by Glennon of Momastery, I (at least for the moment) have my perspectacles back on. I think I need to set a reminder on my new-fangled interwebz calendar to re-read it on a regular basis.

Note: this is by far the most difficult space in the house to capture. Low light and close quarters, you know, but even with sub-par pictures, I wanted to share my space and my thankfulness with you.

Check it, y’all. I stick junk in here, push a few buttons, and it comes out clean. Wonder of wonders.


I even have a place to hide all my junk. Take no notice of the shizzle behind the curtain.


Just across from this magical machine, I have a little room in which I and my people can get ourselves clean, again, without hauling one fluid ounce of water.


With fancy antique French shoe molds hanging on the wall. I mean, really! IMG_1336 It’s hard to see, but I even have a table to fluff and fold that flips up when I need it, down when I don’t. Right there next to my whiz-bang machine.


And when my poor little fingers get tired from all that button pushing, I have a door that leads me out to a beautiful space where I can forget about how terribly complicated my life is. It’s just about then that someone shows up…

IMG_1359 IMG_1361 …to lead me out the door. After he helps with a little folding, of course.


family, stuff I like

I Promise It’s True

October 23, 2014

Dear friends, I want to share this darling children’s book with you.


As life is happening all around me in all its crazy, busy glory, I sometimes forget to tell my loves just how much I love them. All. The. Time.  My friends Houston and Karen Heflin have managed to capture those words as a reminder of just how much our kids are loved, even (and especially) when things don’t go as planned. And the illustrations (original watercolors by Karen’s sister, Heather)? Are you kidding me? Check out the nod to Van Gogh. You know I love that!

IMG_1374 My photos just can’t do this book justice. Truly. But a precious little voice (and daughter of the authors) reading it can. Check it out here. Pure delight.

So, where can you get your hands on a copy? Local friends and those visiting our fair city can purchase a copy here in downtown Abilene. Not from the area? Not to worry. Head over to amazon.com for yours. It comes in a Kindle version, too, for readers on the go. The perfect gift to give and read under the Christmas tree, don’t you think?

Parents, Memaws, Papaws, Aunties, Uncles, teachers, this is one your littles will want you to read to them over and over. I can just hear tiny voices “reading” along time and time again. And I can’t think of a better message to hide away in little hearts. You will love it. And so will the littles in your life. I promise. It’s true!


Quick and Yummy Potato Soup

October 13, 2014

Y’all, Fall finally fell around here! I’m not sure how long it will last, but I’m soaking up every last cool breeze. I’m also taking this opportunity to whip up one of my family favorites, potato soup. It’s quick, it’s cheap, and most importantly, it’s yummy. Think I’m kiddin’? Check it out:

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One BIG russet potato for every two people (I don’t recommend waxy potatoes for this recipe)
  • chicken stock (we’ll talk more about this later)
  • water or milk
  • celery salt
  • salt n’ pepa
  • sour cream


First, peel your taters and cut them into large chunks. As you can see, I’m not a stickler for getting every last speck of peel off. I think it lends a rustic quality to the soup and reminds people of what exactly they are slurping up. Plus, I’m lazy. Slide those suckers in your stock pot.


Next, add just enough chicken stock to cover them. If you need a bit of water to get you there, have at it. Continue Reading…

Cedar Cottage, home

At Last! A New Roof at Cedar Cottage

October 7, 2014

Remember the hail storm that wiped out the north side of our little town this summer? Well, we are finally getting a new roof!


As I pulled up to the house (after an extra early school drop-off) even the heavens seemed to be beaming down on the new cedar shake shingles! We still have lots of repair work ahead, but I am so thankful to get the real dirty (and noisy) work done. They should finish the house today and will move on to the other structures on the property. I look forward to showing you the progress in the coming weeks, dear readers. Until then, I’ll be the one with the earplugs and a big smile!