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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Snow time! ( with special thanks to LL Bean, Pendleton, and Land’s End)

Much of the East Coast and Midwest has suffered relentless snowfall for most of the winter, but in our little corner of the South, snow is rare and still celebrated.  Our street is steep and shady, so a city crew closed it sometime in the wee hours.IMG_1082 We tend to get lots of ice, which is beautiful for about half an hour—then the power lines and tree limbs start breaking.  Anyhow, last night we had real snow—snowman snow—and it is beautiful!IMG_1083 This morning I pulled on my LL Bean Norwegian sweater (circa 1988), my red LL Bean snow boots (bought in 2006 for a school field trip to Washington, DC), my Pendleton scarf (circa 1984), and my Lands End cap and turtleneck (also mid1980s vintage).  Then, we all went out to play in the snow.  IMG_1087 Big, Middle, and Little slid down our driveway and hurled snowballs at one another.IMG_1081   Maid Marian had a spring in her step as she bounded through the white stuff.IMG_1084   The Mister and I chatted with the neighbors, and then the Mister made snow cream, a delight for the children. 

The sun is out now, and I imagine that most of the snow will be gone by evening, leaving slush to refreeze.  For everyone dealing with much more serious and inconvenient winter weather, be careful.  crocus%20in%20snow

Spring will come again!


  1. The colorful flowers are a sign of hope...of warmer weather.
    Happy Snow Day!

  2. Sadly my Norwegian sweater never survived the 80s... disappeared some time ago. But I still have tons of Benetton sweaters -- in a rainbow of colors!

    Your photos are lovely!

  3. While we've had our share of snow here in Connecticut, there is nothing more beautiful than a fresh blanket of white.

    Sounds like family fun was had by all!

    Happy Valentine's Day ~

  4. That LL Bean Norwegian sweater brings back lovely memories. I just gave my husband's, as it has shrunk, to one of our employees here in Delhi. He was thrilled!! They last FOREVER. Ours was vintage 1979. Enjoy the snow.

  5. Wasn't it lovely? And your family looks like it had so much fun. We took pictures too. Sadly, ours don't have the boys in them as they are on their way back from Kanuga for my parents' parish family weekend. Check out my pictures of the snow though... It was beautiful.

  6. Oh my! Tea Garden Gifts is me! I was working on our new store blog! Ditto what I said earlier...


  7. Hi, I am coming to you from a suggestion made by LPC, so glad I found you. I spent some time in Ecuador a few years ago, the images reminded me how colourful it was. All the best, Coryanne

  8. Beautiful photos, and what fun!!

    I laughed as you told about pulling things together from years ago before heading out to play. That's what we do here too - snow is so rare, really cold temps are so rare - we just don't have much of a need for snow boots. I have to look waaay back in the closets for old backpacking items (years ago, before kids, my husband and I enjoyed cold-weather backpacking).

    It was a fun day in the south Saturday. A good day to shut everything down and be silly.


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