RancherMan & I had a wonderful porch addition built to augment our back porch. Even before the porch addition, we’ve always spent our evenings out there enjoying that Texas sunset.
And when we have company, we all naturally congregated on the back porch. But now with the addition there’s even more room to spill outside & visit. And I’ve landscaped it up (on the cheap though, y’all)so it really is an oasis!
Now living out in the country without city lighting & all, it gets really dark at night. So a bright light outside will certainly attract every flying bug in sight! I prefer a soft, gentle light.
Recently I found several cute glass jar lantern lights at various craft & antique shops when we took a fun quick trip to Granbury, Texas. Of course I thought to myself: “I can make that!”
I’ve always used cloth napkins. I mean, why not? They can even make a meager meal feel decadent!
It’s a smart financial as well as environmental move for me. There’s no disposable plastic-wrapped paper napkins for me to buy over & over again & throw away! I’ve got cloth napkins that are over 20 years old. They still look great & are serving their purpose quite nicely.
Recently I wanted some red/white gingham napkins. But y’all know how much I hate to get rid of this whatsit to buy that whatsit. It just seems like an environmental waste to me. But I REALLY wanted those cheery red & white napkins!
My baby sister has recently been bitten hard by the ‘green’ bug. Oh she’s been environmentally-aware all her life, but now all of a sudden she’s taking it to the next level. These days she’s even making her own homemade yogurt and cottage cheese.
And although she’s always enjoyed hanging a few things on the line, she’s transitioning into hanging more & more clean laundry under that blue Texas sky to dry. Not only does she love the savings, but she’s discovered there’s really no substitute for that amazing aroma of sunshine on clean laundry!
When she had a birthday recently I put on my thinking cap. Y’all know we like to make homemade gifts whenever possible, but what would she like. Hummm… I KNOW! I’ll make her a clothespin apron!
Recently I wrote about framing a very large mirrorwith wood removed from our 1880’s barn during it’s exterior renovations. The mirror included embellishment using our Elwood barbed wire dating back to 1882. We enjoy using items from our ranch’s past and bring them close to us in our home.
To save our 1880’s barn we hired a contractor come shore up the exterior. We originally asked them to remove the the old ragged exterior boards and replace them onto the barn after the repairs were made.
But after removing these old boards and sorting through the ones too far gone for the barn, it was apparent there would be nowhere near enough wood to replace the entire surface. So we had them use new similarly-styled wood planks. We allowed the new wood to age for one year and then we sealed it for protection from the elements. They did an awesome job and our old barn has maintained it’s beautiful old look. (If you’d like a virtual tour of this beautiful old barn you can see it here.)