Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Favorite Spots to Relax -- Part 2 (Outdoors)

Wow! Once again, I honestly do not know where the time has gone! Here, it is the end of September (please, don't end yet, summer!!) and I still have to post Part 2 of my "Favorite Spots to Relax" series. My friend and fellow-blogger, Joan Davis, reminded me of this fact in the comments section of my last post. Thank you, Joan!! I had completely forgotten that I even had a "Part 2", just sitting in my drafts, waiting for me to hit "publish". 

The spots I photographed and share in this post were taken back in July, so those areas have started to look more "fall-ish" now than how they looked when I photographed them.

I love creating outdoor spaces! We have such a short window of time in Indiana(about 4-5 months) to actually enjoy the warm weather - though, that depends on how long winter lingers and if we have an short autumn season, which is usually the case.

There are a few different "outdoor spots" I find myself drawn to, though. And you would definitely find me there at least 2-3 days every week in the summer, just relaxing or entertaining in these areas.

For example, my front (lakeside) yard:
Now, this area is currently a "work-in-progress". When we purchased the property, the cement patio was cracked and uneven. We did smooth out the cracks and eventually plan on laying decorative stone on top of the cement. But, 'alas, the summer seems to be flying by so fast, that this might have to wait till spring to get completed. Until then, we still enjoy our outdoor dining area, 
 as well as our fire pit/gathering area.
If you have followed my blog for very long, you know that I am a big fan of growing flowers. Since our lake property has limited space, I have adjusted my flower gardening to mostly container plants.

We recently purchased a hibiscus flower for our patio.  
As you can see, it flourishes here. (Once the frost starts to form on the ground, though, I'll be bringing this tropical plant inside.)
Of course, another favorite spot for me is my swing, out by the lakeside. I love sitting here to read a good book or pray.
My potted marigolds(and Spike Plant) also thrive in our Mid-western climate.
One of my potted marigolds sits on the corner of our seawall.
 Here is one of the few lilies I own. I also have a bright yellow one, but it blooms early and is currently done blooming.
Another favorite hangout for me is my back patio/porch. This is where I love to come to have a tea break, as well as where we grill our burgers/chops/fresh-caught fish.
My "flower wall" has done well, also, with my mix of Violets, Allysm, and a few returning Petunias from last year.
In another planter, I have a pretty pink Dahlia.
For some reason, one of Ken's favorite plants is this Coleus, with  multi-colored leaves and purple flower
Near my entrance are more potted plants...another Marigold (Can you tell that they are a favorite flower of mine?) with a Spike Plant in the center. In smaller planters there are a Trailing Lobelia and my other Lily (the one that has already bloomed.) 
Here is a close-up of my Trailing Lobelia. I have one potted on each side of my patio.
To the left of my entrance, I've turned my previous miniature "fairy garden" into a fishing lodge!
This bear is friendly and welcomes visitors to stay and sit awhile, and maybe even have some tea and freshly grilled fish.
My hubby, Ken, is definitely the rock collector/landscaper for most of our property, but I even have collected a few decorative "fake" rocks that have some of my favorite verses from the Bible engraved on them.


Last year, we had a small goldfish pond in this area. We didn't get that set up this year, but instead, I set my silly frog and a small homemade(from old Terracotta pots) water fountain that Ken made a few years back in among the rocks and the Hosta plants that line the side of the house.
My hostas look pretty happy in this area, as well. I love the dainty light pink flowers that bloom on them throughout the summer months.

Ahhh....I never get tired of watching the boaters, skiers, and fisherman that keep the lake all abuzz! 
Before I know it, though, the boats will start to dwindle down. (Already, it is starting to get quieter here.) The leaves will start to turn their multi-colored hues and warm breezes will turn into chilly winds. 
Goodbye sweet summer. Hello, Autumn!!
To see Part 1: Go Here


Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish 

Linking up at these parties:
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Share Party @ Coastal Charm
Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter 
The Scoop Link Party @ The Everyday Home
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Favorite Spots to Relax -- Part 1 (Indoors)


I think I may have done a post on this subject before, but the spots around my house that I love to go relax are always changing, even if the changes are small. 
In this post, I want to share some pics from my favorite room I love to relax in, especially in the warmer months....

My Sun Porch!
This is where I love to bring my laptop and books and read and write, to my heart's content.(Of course, my canine friends follow me there.)


I love when the outside temps are not so hot and humid, so that I open the windows and feel a cool breeze and hear the sounds of lake activity and birds singing.

Some decorative items in this space I've shared before, but have since rearranged them into different "vignettes" around the room. Here is one with my fish plate, nautical teapot, and seahorse candle holder. I set them on a small table, covered with some beautiful blue and green patterned fabric I found at Walmart. 


There are also a few "new" items that I want to share. This small wicker fish basket was an item purchased at a flea market we visited. It's perfect for storing small items and adds to the room's lakehouse theme.


I also found this lamp, with a clear glass base, filled with seashells. The painted glass lampshade wasn't originally a part of this lamp (it's actually a candle cover made by Yankee Candles), but my hubby did some adjusting, so that it fit nicely on this lamp. I love how the lighthouse design matches our lighthouse border on our walls!


 Along another wall are a wicker chair with matching ottoman, a shelf of seashells, and a wood hook rack that says, "Lake Gear".


Here is a close-up of the shelf. Below it is a plaque with different nautical knots, a miniature ship, life preserver, and lighthouse.


 As you can imagine, on a warm summer day, this is where you will be sure to find me!

SIGNS
One thing you'll find a lot of around my house, including on my sunporch, are signs. Whether it's intentional or unintentional (I have several that are gifts from friends.) I seem to have lots of them. Check them out!


Then, there are the "silly" signs. I like to have a little sense of humor, here and there.


This is one of my favorite signs. It says it all!

 Hop on over to "Part 2 of "My Favorite Spots", for a view of my most cherished outside spots I love to relax.

Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish 

Linking up at these parties:
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Show and Share Party @ Coastal Charm
Making The World Cuter @ Making The World Cuter 
The Scoop Link Party @ The Everyday Home
Knick of Time Tuesday @ Knick of Time
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A Beautiful Day To Go Fishing

Summertime brings so many fun things at the lake!
Sounds:
-Boat motors, revving across the water
-Kid's squealing and laughing, as they are being pulled on tubes, behind boats.
-The girls, at the Girl Scout camp, singing songs.
-Birds, singing and chirping

Sights:
-Fisherman in their boats, poles in hand, pulling in their catch.
-Families,in their anchored boats, at the shallow, sandy beach spots.
-Our famous eagle, gliding across the blue sky.
-Beautiful sunsets and sunrises
-Amazing cloud formations, different ones every day.

Smells:
-Campfires burning and smoking
-Barbeques, grilling.
-The musty smell, at waters edge.

Sunshine:
-Brightly reflecting on the top of the water
-Warming my face and making me sweat

Swimmers:
-Children, playing at the local Christian camp
-Splashing and soaking up the sun

(Water)skiers:
-Jumping and falling into the waves

Ummmm....fishing:
(I know, that doesn't start with an "s", but it's all I can think of, as I want to share my next video.
It's aptly named,
"A Beautiful Day to Go Fishing" 

We've had some gorgeous weather, here at Cairn Cottage and on our little lake. And, when the weather is this nice, my hubs and I get the itch to go fishing.

Now, even though the weather was great, this was anything BUT a normal fishing trip. The fish were biting(we actually caught around 25 bluegill, which I did not mention in the video.), but our patience was definitely being tested, anyways. We hoped and prayed to get a big bass...we haven't caught a really nice-sized bass this year, as of yet. Unfortunately, as you will see, the bass didn't want to be caught. But, there are lots of other creatures in the lake. Even more unfortunate was the fact that those creatures were not what we wanted to catch. Sit back and enjoy my home video...you will also get to see a sweet sunset, my cute doggies, and so much more!
I hope you all are enjoying your summer, too!!