How to Chalk Paint a Foyer Table

This post describes each step for chalk painting a foyer table, which includes lightly sanding, painting with chalk paint, sanding off the chalk paint in strategic spots, and sealing with polyurethane.

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Building Retaining Walls, a Concrete Path, and Steps

In this post, we share the steps for creating retaining walls, a 7-foot wide concrete path, and steps to our dock. This is a major project and beyond our skill level and capacity (we also don’t own a bobcat) so we hired an experienced contractor. However, Neal did all the electrical. He and I also built the steps, ramp, and railing, and all the finishing work.

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Advice for Transitioning to Retirement

Many of us work hard most of our adult life and look forward to retirement. However, transitioning to retirement can be a little challenging for some of us. In this post, I offer some suggestions and advice for those preparing for or who have recently retired.

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Updating Old Windows with Paint and Wreaths

I am always amazed how paint, ribbon, and a wreath can totally update an old window. We purchased two of these windows at a thrift store many years ago.

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How to Chalk Paint an Oak Dresser

This post shows you each step for chalk painting a dresser, which includes, sanding, chalk painting, sanding off the chalk paint in strategic spots, and sealing with polyurethane.

Below is a before picture of the oak dresser. This was my husband’s childhood dresser.

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The Basics of Composing

My recent passion is growing beautiful flowers and I am also venturing into gardening. Composting is a vital part of this process. In this post, I will share the purpose of composting, things to put in your compost, what not to put in your compost, containers or areas for composting, the magic formula for composting, and how to use compost. (I will continue to update this post with additional composting tips.)

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Chalk Painting and Hanging Three Old Windows

These old windows came from the first house we renovated; the house was in Cullman, Alabama, and built in 1937 so these windows are old. Continue reading “Chalk Painting and Hanging Three Old Windows”

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How to Crochet a Basketweave Scarf

I like the basketweave crochet stitch because it has texture and depth. It is also reversible which makes it perfect for items in which both sides will be seen, such as a scarf. Continue reading “How to Crochet a Basketweave Scarf”

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Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Casserole

Initially, we made this casserole as a dip (perfect with tortilla or corn chips) without the chicken and penne pasta. Recently, Neal added chicken and penne pasta and . . .

Voila! Neal created a delicious casserole! Check out the recipe below.

So, if you want a yummy dip, don’t add the chicken and pasta. If you want a yummy casserole that also freezes well, add chicken and penne pasta. Continue reading “Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Casserole”

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