Maximus Moment


I've tried doing "series" posts on here, and my life and schedule are just too chaotic. However, this dog o' mine is pretty funny. We have our issues, but the big ol' dope makes me laugh. So here's my attempt at a series. The Maximus Moment. Maybe he'll make you giggle too. We had a heavy snow hit last week, and it was starting to melt back just a bit. This means a whole lotta deer come out to … [Read more...]

Flooring Woes


I don't even know where to begin with this one. Remember when Maximus almost died, and I was all, "Oh…that's sad. I'm so glad he's alive!"? So that wiped out our bank account. Yay. And then remember when my dining room looked like this?  Welp. Now it looks like this. I'll give you one guess who did it. His name starts with N and ends with Emesis. Long story short, he developed a bladder … [Read more...]

Craft Room Renovation


So…my craft room (I call it my project room, but that’s neither here nor there) is undergoing a transformation. It’s gone through a few transformations, and I’ve never been super happy with it. You know that feeling when you “finish” a project, and you still have a checklist of things you’d like to do to it? Yeah, that’s never a good sign. This new project involves a wall of bookshelves. And a … [Read more...]

How to Coexist with Dogs


How’s that for a title, eh? When we first got Maximus, I asked my students who have dogs how their moms (‘cause let’s be honest here) keep their houses from smelling like dog. The universal answer? “Yeah, our house just smells like dog.” Nooooooooo! As much as I did NOT want to take on the responsibility of this 140-pound slobber ball, I knew it would be mine. More importantly, I knew I … [Read more...]

Porch Urns


I’ve been on the hunt for porch planters for two summers now. Because our house sits off the road a bit, I knew I wanted something tall—something substantial. I also knew that that they needed to be tall, but not too wide. That’s an easy find, right? Two. summers. later. I went to Lowes, and they had something close. Tall, but too wide. Home Depot? Narrow, but not tall enough. Grrr. These … [Read more...]



We’re off. We’re headed to Florida to visit my best friend, and we are ALL excited about the much-needed time together. I’m looking forward to pedicures and shopping, my husband’s looking forward to golfing, and my kids can’t wait to get on an airplane. Ahhh…kids. So…today I am busy doing a LOT of this. And yes, I stop short of packing for my husband. He can handle it. In between laundry … [Read more...]

Landscaping: JaG Style


I’m not gonna lie. I love my house. While I definitely have complaints about how much work we have to do because my husband we wanted to live on a large piece of land, I do love how it looks when that work is finally complete. Well, it’s never complete…you know what I mean. Because my husband is so cheap we wanted to save money, we put in the entire yard and landscaping by ourselves. With a … [Read more...]

I Don’t Know What to Title this Post.

For the first time in a while, my husband had the weekend off. So you know what that means, don’t you? I got nothing done. No spray painting, no hot gluing, and no decorating. Sorry. In an effort to save face, I did do a couple of things. Namely, laundry. See? I’ve got baskets to prove it. So here’s a dilemma. I washed a couple loads of whites, and these are all the socks I washed for my … [Read more...]

Poppies at Play Parade of Homes

Welcome to stop #11! Poppies at Play is hosting her annual Parade of Homes and asked yours truly to be a part of it. Knowing how much I love a good house tour, I had to jump at the offer! If you’re a new reader today—welcome! I don’t show a lot of exterior shots simply ‘cause you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in Michigan. But…here it is in the spring! Yes, that’s my … [Read more...]

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again.

T-H-A-N-K  Y-O-U for every kind word, comment, message, e-mail, card, and prayer that was sent my way since we last “spoke”. I truly can’t tell you how much it means to me. More importantly, it all  impressed my sweet grandpa—and that’s not easy to do. I’ve had family here from all over the country, so you can imagine how much my creative time has been squelched. However, an ice storm on our … [Read more...]

A Guest Post by Maximus

It is me. Maximus. You may know me as The Nemesis, but privately my mom calls me Bubbers, Bubbaloo, Bubber-bears, or Dummy. It just depends on the moment. I thought it would be a good idea to write about my favorite moment of the day. Oh sure..I love when Dad wrestles with me or when I sit on Mom snuggle by Mom in front of the fire, but this? This is the big one. Mom comes home, … [Read more...]

A Girl and Her Dog

It’s no secret that Maximus gets the most attention from our daughter around here. Perhaps more attention than he wants. The worry of getting a big dog while she was little quickly subsided one day when Maximus ate one of my daughter’s toys. She walked right up to him, opened up his mouth, and reached in there with her hand to get it back. At that point, we realized he was probably gonna do … [Read more...]

Maximus Files

It’s been awhile since Maximus has graced us with his presence here, and I thought I’d keep you posted.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, you girls like your Maximus fix.  In all honesty, your comments on these posts make me laugh. Here’s a little picture tour into how Maximus rolls. One bite… Two bite… Three bite… Four!! Of course, after I cleaned up his mess (once … [Read more...]

First Aid Fancy

When I first started blogging two years ago, I briefly mentioned the kit below.  I had three readers.  Two of them were me and one was my mom.  Seriously.  I looked at my own blog so much that I count as two.  Anywho, with the great weather this weekend, it brought out “the kit” again.  I thought you might want to see how it’s set up. I bought it for $3.99 at our local scrapbooking store … [Read more...]

My Babies

Guess what arrived today?  And guess who were my models all evening? Of course, some were more willing than others… I love you, Canon Rebel T1i.  Will you marry me? I’ll be back in a while with Feature Friday.  For now, I’m spending some alone time with my new best friend.  L-O-V-E it. … [Read more...]