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About countrygirlbling

Hi, I'm hoping that my blog and my experiences will help to encourage you. Our journey through life can be unpredictable at times but KNOW that if you are a believer in Christ, HE will always have your best interest at heart! (Even when things don't make sense!) Toodles

Zinnias – OMGeeee


I’ve never planted flower seeds before. My daughter-in-law encouraged me to try it! I purchased the only 2 packets of Zinnia seeds I could find at Home Depot and seriously, pushed back the dirt in a line with my finger, sprinkled the seeds, covered the seeds up with the same dirt I pushed away and kept up with my watering. This pic with the seed packets was taken on May 15th.

I started seeing signs of seedlings coming up about 30 days later. I just took this pic July 27th and have been cutting my Zinnias since July 14th!!

These were my first cuttings on July 14th – I was amazed by the little tiny star like flowers around the center! I had no idea!

I cut these on July 27th – so vibrant and happer! The easiest thing to grow, EVER!! The gift that keeps giving. I’m planting more next spring for sure!!!! Absolutely love them!

Peel & Stick Wallpaper


I’ve always wanted to try “peel & stick” wallpaper so I finally decided to go for it! I found this roll on Amazon and loved it.

I have this little wall between 2 of my bedrooms and thought this would be a good practice wall! Wrong!! I chose it because it was a small area and would only take 1 roll, which it did only take one roll. But trying to hang it behind the door trims, which is only like a 1 inch gap, was a pain!!

I love the water color look and love the grays!

I love the way it came out and will attempt it again at some point. I’m not over the trauma drama of it yet! LOL

Crazy Storm


A crazy wind/rain storm blew through Saturday night. I’ve never seen anything like it! Winds were crazy, rain was going sideways and it caused some tree damage! Branches everywhere!

The wind blew the lid off my firepit about 10′ and all my goats went down!! See the one on the right – his head was buried in the ground! LOL The middle goat flew about 4 ft. and was lying in a bunch of water! Nuts!!

Oklahoma Trip


Pawhuska Bound – Only an hour away! Pioneer Woman Love

Owen had just started school so he didn’t make this outing. “The Mercantile” in Pawhuska and several other little shops were on our list. The upstairs bakery in “The Mercantile” is a must!

New candy, old candy and ice cream – perfect pitstop!

Back at home, this girl loveeessss going to the pond/lake with her dad, catching tadpoles, little minnows & tiny snails.

Jason is in his element! Fishing from the water’s edge or in his kayak, catch and release! The lake is just down the street from their house, just for the local homeowners.

“Mad Eats” – this place is awesome! I’d seen this giant shakes in their pictures and couldn’t wait to see them in person. They are huge and delicious!!! Looking forward to going back to this place – their brisket nachos were amazing!

So excited I got to be out there for Owen’s 14th birthday!! Time really does fly! A little top golf and pizza was his birthday wish!

Shortly after this trip, Belle has taken up golfing. She’s going to a golf camp and goes out golfing with mom and dad. I think she’s a natural! LOL

I miss these two living closer but Oklahoma is perfect for them! So excited to watch them grow up out there and see where their lives go! xoxo

Belle Day


Belle and Tara were visiting from Oklahoma last month and I got her the day!

We always like to do a project when she’s over so a quick trip to Hobby Lobby did the trick!

How is it that grandkids grow up so fast! Seems like just yesterday when we were making twinkie bunny cars with Owen!

Seriously!! Where has the time gone!

Joanna Gaines – Banana Bread


Sometimes I just buy bananas and wait for them to start turning brown, LOL.

I meant to post this back in February hence the Valentine them, lol. Joanna Gaines’ recipe for banana bread is sooooo good! I love that you sprinkle sugar on the top before baking. Adds a nice bit of crunch!

Fireplace Update #2


I added a 2×4 backboard and supports for my mantel.

Then added a 1×10 nice pine board for the top & bottom and a 1×6 nice pine board for the face and sides.

I used a Varathane poly-stain called Kona for a dark brown finish and I love it. I’ll use the same stain when I get to the shelving above the cabinets.

Taaaa daaaa! I seriously just finished the shiplap yesterday! Short a couple of boards on the right, but I’m good for now. I want to add shelves on each side and then onto the flooring!

Fireplace Update #1


I started the shiplap on my fireplace wall. The wall is bowed in the middle (of course) so I had to add some 1/4″ trim to level out the boards.

And of course the ceiling isn’t level or plumb so I’ll be adding trim pieces at some point, but I did get the boards to line up pretty darn good!

I’m loving it so far. Hoping to work on the other wall soon . . . .