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 . . . .

Removed the Window!


If you remember, these are the cabinets I bought from Ikea to flank the new fireplace. My neighbor and I removed the window a couple of weekends ago.

I actually finished the insulation, sheetrock and mud & taped the seams but I forgot to add that pic!

I guess you can see the sheetrock, etc. in this pic. The good news is that it didn’t have to be pretty because the fireplace will cover it perfectly! I pulled up the carpet and pad from the area of the fireplace and under the cabinets and I found 1950’s linoleum. I remember finding it in my bedroom too when I finished that floor. The carpet will stay in the living room until next year when I’m ready to replace it with laminate planks. Fireplace install is scheduled for October 12th!!

Ahhhhh A/C Mini Split


My son-in-law & family came up this last weekend to help me install the “mini split” air conditioner in the studio. He used to work on HVAC and has done a few of these.

Pulled the connections through the hole in the wall.

He got it all hooked up – just need to pull the electrical to the unit and release the coolant stuff in the line.

Studio Floor


What do you think? I wish I would have been able to finish the house, but the studio looks great. Another step forward!