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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


First off, thank you to everyone for your kind comments over the past few posts.  And thanks for understanding my lack of posts this week; I’ve been a bit under the weather. 

Second, I want to thank Tina at The Enchanted Home and Lisa at The Lisa Porter Collection for awarding me with the Stylish Blogger Award and a Gold Star Award.  I’m truly honored and humbled.  Tina’s lovely blog documents the building of her beautiful home, and her posts are full of wonderful design inspiration.  Lisa writes consistently lovely posts about living an elegant life.  She also regularly interviews artists, and offers thoughtful insights about life’s small but important details. 

gold-stars-boxAnd speaking of details, both awards came with questions to answer.  I’m playing fast and loose with those, however, and have combined them to those below.

Why do you blog?  I started blogging when a yearlong freelance writing assignment came to an end. I wanted to keep up the discipline of writing regularly, and I also wanted to see what it was like to write about whatever topic I chose. 68876-wreath-window-r-l

Obviously I could have achieved both of those goals with a private journal, but I am such an egomaniac that I wanted to see if anyone else wanted to read what I wrote.  Ironically I unwittingly blogged for almost six months without realizing that I had set up my blog so that Town and Country Mom didn’t allow comments!   Clearly, I was off to a slow start.IMG_1818 - Copy

Name your three best memories. The easiest and truest answer is our three children, Big, Middle, and Little, who have provided many happy memories for almost 19 years!

Name four of the best fiction books you have read. I love to read, so I found this question to be really tough.  On another day, I would almost certainly have different answers, but for now I’ll say Raney by Clyde Edgerton; Stuart Little by E. B. White; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; and An Excellent Woman by Barbara Pym.

What are the five best movies ever made?  I really couldn’t say, but five of my favorites are: The Sound of Music, Mona Lisa Smile, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Babette’s Feast, and Father of the Bride (Steve Martin version).  The Mister and I really enjoyed The King’s Speech, as well.   Don’t be put off by the R rating; it was, in my opinion, completely undeserved.images Name five things I cannot live without.  Good strong coffee, art, a good pen, my Bible, books, my laptop, and thick, crisp cotton sheets.  I know that’s seven.  I’ve been sick.  I feel needy.tomatoes1024 Oh, make it eight.  Ripe tomatoes.

If you could change your name what would it be?  I’m fine with my name, but someday I would love to see the word author before or after it! 

If you had a freaky Friday experience, who would you change places with?  I think it would be a draw between Hilary Clinton and Ina Garten.  Better just make it Ina; too much is at stake for me to be further complicating foreign policy issues.

So, there you have it—probably more than you cared to know.  Lastly, I would like to pass these awards along to some blogs I’ve recently discovered and am enjoying immensely.

The Southland Life

The House of Fowler

Small Apartment Big Life

Nine and Sixteen

Happy reading, everyone!


  1. Congratulations on your awards! I hope you're feeling much better... Stop by if you get a chance. I just posted my BEST tablescape ever.

  2. Very nice nice getting to know people through the way they answer these questions....I posted something similiar today. You and I sure have the 3 great kids, strong coffee,(love Peets these days), a ripe warm perfect tomato, love for Ina, and love for writing in common!
    Thanks for sharing..have a wonderful day.

  3. thank you so much! aww!!! so flattered! Loved your list and getting to know you better! I fantasize about living Ina's life occationally. Big, HUGE, fan!! Some of your favorite movies are mine too, Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream Home and Father of the Bride. I 've watched both more times than I can count. And really, life without ripe tomatoes - unthinkable!! :) Have a great weekend!

  4. Love Father of the Bride... If just for the home decor! So glad to be catching up!

  5. I love that photo of your three...very chic! Congratulations, now lift your arm and wave from the elbow ala' Parade/Queen Mother!


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