Autumn Lanterns

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Saturday evening, when we girls slept out in our gazebo, we lit three of Mom’s fall lanterns and set out there for a cozy light.  We put tea lights in each lantern, and they burned well into the night.

Moses, a little kitten that Mom and General found in the ditch on a morning walk last week, loves to sleep out in the gazebo with us:) That has made for some fond memories- one time I was dreaming I was eating apple pie, and I woke up and Moses was playing/biting my lips! Ugh. Another time I woke up because he was purring in my ear. Then I realized that he had crawled up unto my arms and curled up for a nap. He is so sweet!


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The Front Garden Remodel Part 4

This is Part 4 in a four part series documenting re-doing our flower bed in front of our house. Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3


This is one of our most recent pictures of the zinnias! They give so much color to the garden. We definitely will be planting them again next year!



They seemed to take forever to come up! Some of the taller varieties didn’t come up, so I had to replant them. Even now, there are some bare spots. (I did try transplanting a few recently, but most didn’t survive.)


One reason we picked zinnias, was that they do well in dry soil. They also bloom into late summer 🙂


I think that in the very-soon-to-be-here fall, I will plant some iris rhizomes that we uprooted last year. But otherwise, we all really want to see these beautiful zinnias in the garden next summer!







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Friday’s Storm


On Friday, we got a lot more rain and hail. The hail we got this time was smaller than before- about quarter size.


The smaller hail caused more damaged to the crops and some of the plants in the garden.(it shredded the corn leaves and flattened our squash and lettuce.)


There was so much water that the ditches couldn’t hold all of it. Elisabeth and I found two small waterfalls like this one where the water was spilling over the top of the culverts.


We didn’t really need all the rain, but the clouds afterwards were quite pretty!


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~ Gabrielle


The Front Garden Remodel Part 3

This Part 3 in a four part series documenting re-doing our flower bed in front of our house. Part 1 Part 2 



Our front garden was looking very nice after putting fill in and smoothing it out. The kittens enjoyed playing in it, and we enjoyed admiring our hard work! But we had to finish the garden, so we bought lawn edging and proceed to bury it!


First we dug a straight trench along the route we wanted to bury the edging. I had never done this before, but I thought it would be simple. Haha, it is, kind of, but it goes a lot easier when there are two people!


After making a few adjustments to our trench, Gabrielle and I started to lay the edging in. It helped if one of us held the edging down in the ground even after burying it, because then it wouldn’t come back up while we were trying to straighten the rest of the edging out!


We realized halfway through the project that we laid the edging a little crooked, but it gives it character, right?


Before we finished, Gabrielle cut the extra edging off. She used some heavy duty cutters that she found in Dad’s tool box 🙂



We finally finished burying the edging.


After picking up the tools we used, we got the seeds out to plant. 🙂 This year we planted zinnias- Cut and Come Again, Thumbelinas, and Envy. We want to put more perennials in, but for this year we went with the zinnias so that there would be some color in the garden!

In the next post I’ll show you some more pictures of the final look. Well, at least it’s final for this year!

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This Part 3 in a four part series documenting re-doing our flower bed in front of our house.

Part 1

Part 2 

Part 4


Summer Sunday Fashion


It’s no secret that we girls love dressing up, especially on Sundays! On Saturday nights, we sort through each other’s closets and generously advise each other on what to wear. Here is the outfit that I assembled this past Sunday:



My pink v-neck ruffle shirt is Candie’s brand from Kohls. I fell in love with it’s bright color and feminine style, and it was on clearance for $8.00. I just couldn’t go wrong, now could I?



The skirt is Worthington brand, originally from JCPenney’s, but I found it at a thrift store for $7. What a deal! I love its straight-cut style and subtle plaid print. The faux belt is another favorite detail. I’m sure I’ll be wearing it a great deal this fall… imagine it with a cranberry blazer perhaps?



Check out those shoes! That’s right, they are my favorite black heels from Payless Shoes. They cost $21 brand new, but I’ve used them so much this summer that they hardly cost anything now.

(Please tell me that I’m not the only girl who divides the cost of an item by the number of times she wears it!! It must be the economist in me.)



I wore my hair in no-heat curls over night. In the morning I loosened the curls and divided them into a few sections. Then I twisted them into several “mini buns” and pinned them up. I added a healthy splash of hairspray to hold it together and a white bow clip with gold polka dots.


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