Our Cabin in Paradise!!

Friday, August 21, 2015


We have been in the midst of the porch remodel for about a year now.  We've had trouble finding the time to be over at the cabin to get things done.  Randy finally got the electrical finished up and passed the inspection.  Last time we were there, a few weeks ago, we went into Lowes and found ALL of the window blinds that we wanted.  I had tried to order them, but couldn't find all of the sizes at one place so they would match.  We were really surprised when we made a trip into Lowes in Glasgow and found them all.  We had to trim the edges so they would fit inside the window frame like I wanted.  While at Lowes we picked the flooring and it is there waiting to be installed. After we got home, I ordered the blinds to fit the doors and they were delivered this week. 

As far as furnishing our new porch, we planned on keeping our Lazy Boy Outdoor recliners and moving the green love seat from our living area to the porch.  We had discussed a chairside table to go between our recliners but they were either too formal or too out-doorsey.  Today I stopped by a new furniture outlet here in town and found exactly what we had been looking for.  It has a top to set drinks on, then a shelf to hold our I-pad and Kindle Fire, and then another shelf that we can put a basket to hold incidentals.

Here are a couple of pictures.  The shelves have all of the colors I wanted to include on the porch - tan (the color of the recliners) , green (the color of the loveseat), and blue (for the lake).

Over the weekend, I went to American Freight (not my favorite place) and found the sectional that  I wanted to put in the living area where the loveseat is now.  It's pretty small, but that is exactly what we needed for the area.  Randy still needs to go out and find a recliner to replace the little burgundy swivel rocker that he has been sitting in.  (This was an inheritance from my mom).  We'll bring that home and put it in our bonus room.

I want to wait to see how much extra space we actually have before I decide on side tables for the living area.  I think the new little table I found today will give us something to copy style from so it'll flow from the porch to the living room.  I'm sure Randy will be able to come up with something!

I'm looking forward to spending some time at our cabin this fall!!

Thursday, March 12, 2015


I'd been wanting to do away with the brass light fixture in our dining room for quite some time.  It was not only looking a little out dated, but it had one arm that never had the bright shiny finish that the other arms had.  Granted, when the light was on it was so bright that you'd never see it.  But of course, I knew that from cleaning it when the lights were off. 

I finally found the fixture I wanted at a price I was willing to pay, so I ordered it.  I knew it would come to us in pieces so we were prepared to assemble it, including hanging over 100 crystals.

Guess you'll have to turn your head sideways since I can't figure out how to turn it, sorry.

                           Here is a picture of the dining room with the original light fixture.

                                       After my handyman worked on it, here's how it looks.

After having a blanket hung over the door in our breakfast nook for several weeks this winter when it was so cold, I decided that I wanted a thermal drapery panel to pull shut when it was very cold or during the hottest days of summer when the afternoon sun bakes us as we eat dinner.  Handyman bought a metal conduit, some finials for the ends, and brackets.  Then he painted them with a special bronze paint.  It made for a very nice looking, inexpensive drapery rod.  I found the drapes on and then bought the rings to hang it from Lowes.  Here is the breakfast nook with the "new" light fixture and drapery panel.

                                                       I love it!  Thanks, Handyman!!

Monday, February 2, 2015


It's taken me a while to get this posted, but I was fortunate to get to spend New Year's at the beach.  I've been wanting to get back there for quite a few years, but we just never made the time or took the effort to make it happen.  Fortunately, this year my brother invited us to come and visit them in Destin where they're spending the coldest winter months away from Ohio.  The weather wasn't the best I could hope for, but we did get to walk on the beach while we were there.

 The day was cloudy, but it was still a day at the beach!
Windy day at the beach!

I'm looking forward to getting back there in just a couple of weeks and am hoping for some nice spring weather to enjoy walks on the beach. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


This has been a different weight loss journey for me.  It's very slow going.  I'm down about 10 pounds from when I posted in August.  I am amazed that I'm not really tempted to go off of this diet.  I never crave anything anymore.  Actually I don't think about food much other than to figure out what I'm going to have for meals.  I'm not perfect.  I still occasionally splurge and have something that is full of carbs.  For me this has been the easiest diet I've ever tried and I never would have believed that I could go no sugar/no bread/no starchy veggies for this long.  Well, not exactly none of those, but very limited amounts.  But it has been my goal each day to eat the least amount of those things that I can without depriving myself of something that I truly want to eat.
I've had to  break down and buy some new clothes.  The only clothes that are still in my "skinny" closet are summer clothes so I won't be wearing those this winter even if I lose a little more weight.  I have even given away some clothes that were in that closet.  Not because they were too large.  I could still wear them, but I've aged since I bought them and just didn't think I'd ever wear them.
My goal is to not ever stop eating this way.  Hopefully that will keep the weight off and I won't have to try to lose again.  Maybe I'll set one day a week to have those splurges but keep my carbs low the rest of the days. 
I'm still lifting hand weights but have stayed at the 12 lb weights since that it actually over the suggested limit for my age range.  I haven't been on my treadmill lately either.  I know I should, but I've just not been motivated to do it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


From the beginning, we've talked about enclosing our screened in porch so that we could use it year round.  Randy has made several trips over to the cabin the past few weeks to finally make this a reality.  Here are a few pictures of the work he's done.

Took out the back wall.

Replaced the back wall with windows!

Back from outside.

Side wall with framing in for one of the four windows.

 Knocking out more of the side wall.

From the front.  I can't believe I forgot to take a picture with the siding on it.  Oh well, will get that this weekend!!

Friday, August 15, 2014


I'd love to say that I've lost a lot of weight, but that's not the case.  I have lost some.  But more importantly I've had more energy and felt better than I have in years.  Losing weight for me this time is not a race to see how quickly I can get there.  Actually I haven't decided on where I want to get to.  I'm just taking it a day at a time and hoping it will be a life style change that I can stay on forever.  I've dropped a size.  Actually it's closer to 2 because my jeans had gotten pretty tight.  Every week or so I go back into my "skinny" closet and take out some smaller clothes and try them on.  It's been great to have some of those clothes that I haven't worn in 9 years to fit again!  I've also had a couple of dresses that still had the tags on them that I can wear now.  My sister-in-law said that it's fun to go shopping in your own closet and I agree!! 

I'm still lifting my hand weights 3 times a week.  I've gone from the 3lb weights to 5 lb to 8 lb to 10 lb to 12 lbs.  I feel pretty good about that.  I'm still only walking a mile most days.  I know I could walk more but I just don't want to invest the time knowing that I'd have to keep it up for years and know that I won't, because I didn't when I lost weight before and was walking 4 miles.  

I went this week and had my blood drawn at the doctors office for my yearly checkup.  When the doctor looked at the results he was amazed!  My numbers have always been within the normal range but they were even better this time.  I can't remember the numbers (I should have gotten a copy of the labs and maybe I'll go back later to get them).  His printout showed my results in the left hand column, the good range in the right hand column and notes in the middle where you veer off from where they want you to be.  I only had a notation and it was on cholesterol and it was LOW, and he said that was VERY good!  I'm below where they want a person who has already had a heart attack to get down to.  At the bottom it gave an indicator of your chances of having a cardiac event.  My number was only 1.6 .  I think the doctor was very surprised with the results but after all that I've read about the low carb diet I was hopeful that would be the result.

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Back in 1997 we purchased a double bed for the bedroom that our exchange student had been occupying for 9 months.  We replaced a twin bed with the double because her parents were coming for a visit from Denmark.  The room is rather small so we never thought about getting a larger bed.  The bed has served us well for 17 years.  After sleeping in a double bed at my parent's house when we visited, I know that it's not the most comfortable after having a queen at home.  We always managed with that so we didn't worry about it when the kids came to visit.  Recently we've had some other guests come to stay with us and we just felt like the bed wasn't very comfortable for others of our generation.  You know when you're younger, you can adapt a little better to inconvenient circumstances.  We had to give up a little floor space but decided it would be better to have more space in the bed rather than space next to the bed.  It is a little tight if you get in on the side next to the wall, but really, how much time will that be?  Hopefully, we'll have lots of guests come and stay in our guest room over the coming years!  And it will be a nice change for our kids when they come to visit.