Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nightstands, Scenery, Food, Muh-duh!

Ken made these nightstands made out of old wood and the dog kennels. I had seen the idea on Pinterest a long time ago. The wood came from an old playhouse that was in the orchard when we moved in. Ken has it nearly torn down now and is repurposing a lot of the wood. Janie and Eli sleep in these two at night.

They turned out so well. It's a great idea, don't you think?
No more dog kennels all over the bedroom.

So I had to get new matching lamps for either side of the bed, of course. Any excuse will do. I love how these lampshades look with the curtains...not too matchy-matchy, but they still tie in nicely with the print. They had some that matched exactly, but I'm glad I didn't get those after seeing how these look.

I finally found some ivy to replace some that we left behind at the old house. It was surprisingly hard to find around here. I've already trimmed it and have the stems in jars of water to propagate some new ones. I've always had luck with Philodendron ivy in the house.

While I'm on the subject of plants...

Susie asked what kind of flowers these blue ones are that I showed in my last post...

Here's the tag that came in them.

I finally got all my flowers and succulents planted in pots and potted a couple of pepper plants too. All the planting is done except for the garden. We'll get that done probably mid-May.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip Pasta

I made this delicious recipe last week. You can find it HERE. We had it for dinner one night and ate every bite as leftovers during the week.

We drove just outside of town to some friends' house yesterday...

This guy had big 'ol clodhopper feet.

We were greeted by my new best friend, Patches.

She was so funny and SO SWEET!

They live about a mile off the main highway.
The scenery as we were leaving...

Those snow-capped mountains are in British Columbia.

A little closer look.


We drove by "The Murder House" as we came back into town.
I'm pretty sure I've told y'all that story? Didn't I?

I saw the story on some TV show like Dateline or 20/20 or something about a few months before we moved here. I was shocked when they started the intro to the show and said it had happened here. (Portions of it were shot right from our driveway!) I thought it was quite coincidental that it was set in this little-bitty town we were considering on moving to. A lady lived in this house by herself and was found stabbed to death in her bathroom a few days after Thanksgiving 2011. It was a real who-dunnit.

Okay, so I looked it up and it was on a show called Murder C*mes to Town, Season 2, Epis*de 3. The episode name is "Who K*lled Thanksgiving?" You can find it if you google it. You have to pay $1.99 to watch it unless you catch it on a rerun. (I put those asterisks in there so hopefully nobody around here can find my blog by googling that. I couldn't talk about everything and everybody if folks around here knew I had this here blog and was blabbing about them.)

The guy that lives there now comes to our poker parties. I don't know how he lives there. I'd be skeered!

Okay, I have to go mop the kitchen and clean the bathroom.
Poker tonight!



  1. I would really enjoy watching that show. I love true crime shows and books. My husband makes fun of me (the Manson Family is a particular crime interest and he thinks I would have been a Manson girl - absolutely not), but he's the one who started my interest by giving me a true-crime book for Valentine's Day one year. So it's all his fault. I love the dog you got to play with, she looks so sweet and cuddly. Those kennel tables are SO COOL. I love them. We repurpose everything here. For a long time, my computer "desk" was a table my husband built for me out of my mother's old kitchen cabinet doors that he screwed onto metal cross-bars and then attached the whole top to some scrap metal pipe for legs. It sounds awful, but it was actually really attractive in a rustic way, and very sturdy. Your pasta looks so good, I would love that. Thanks for sharing. Hope you're having a good weekend!

  2. Lovely post as always. :) Awww Patches is just so cute. Love, love the photos of the mountain views. So pretty. The side tables look great. Your husband did a wonderful job. Wishing you a lovely day. :)

  3. Excellent multi-purpose bedside table idea and looks GREAT!! So do your lampshades with those drapes! (and I love the lights around your headboard... I'm a sucker for lights) That horse has unusually large looking feet! Beautiful scenery there, Pammy Sue!! Hmmmmm.... muh-duh. I'd be skeered, too. Hope by now you're having a winning hand! blessings ~ tanna

  4. Splendid idea with the nightstands! I adore old barn boards! The scenery pics are stunning but I had to laugh at the smile ole Patches was wearing! I have Lithadora in my garden, but your tag says 6+ hours of sunshine a day, ha ha! Here in SW Washington, we haven't seen the sun since last August, lol!

  5. Anonymous9:08 PM

    hi pammy sue...your hubbs did fine work building the kennel/bedside tables...rustic and practical...thank you for sharing the definitely a winner...the views are have chosen a beautiful location to you and ken host the poker parties each time?...or do the other players take turns? all the animals...did you give patches a belly scratch?...take care...sally

  6. I love the rustic nightstand and it looks especially nice in the first photo with the light from the lamp like a halo.

  7. Those night stands are brilliant...but I think I already let you know I like them! Patches looks like such a sweetie. Love the murder who dun it. You live in a famous place! I'm at the lake with my electric blanket tonight. It's going to be a cold one!

  8. That's an awesome idea for nightstands. Reuse, repurpose, recycle!
    Love all those scenery photos!
    And oh my goodness, I'd be scared to live in that house too.
    Enjoy your week!

  9. Patches is ADORABLE!!!
    I think she was showing off because she knew a DOG LOVER when she saw one!
    NO, I could NOT live in The Murder House!!!
    I LOVE those kennel night stand tables Girlfriend!!!

  10. Oh so funny that Patches! What a cutie pie. Love the night stands.. great idea. You are so lucky hubby is so handy! And that spinach/pasta casserole??? wow.. had to print it off so I can make some. I haven't had lunch yet and now my tummy is growling to beat the band! Gray ugly day here.. where is spring? not here yet though DID work in the yard yesterday during a short spat of sunshine. Didn't last very long but at least got most of that ugly mess cleaned up.. now a trip to the dump is in order. I have a comforter that just matches yours.. mine is a "duvet" cover that covers up a blanket with magnets in it (to supposedly promote better sleep and sense of well being) and that is a bear to have cleaned, so the duvet cover went on. How neat to have friends who live out of town in such a beautiful area. I just love views of mountains! Have a good week.. Marilyn

  11. Thank you for solving my plant mystery! Lithodora. It looks like the same blue flower and the heat tolerant sounds like my mystery flower. It bloomed all summer. Not too perennial for me though, only one little sprout has come back so far this spring, but now I know what flower I am looking for to put into that flower pot this year.

    That spinach artichoke dip pasta really looks good, I'll have to come back to it another day because I had to quickly avert my eyes from its deliciousness because I have to have fasting blood work done this week, and that pasta looks like one that would be hard to stop eating.

    Houses where horrible things have happened always creep me out a little. I feel like I have to keep an eye on them and see if I can see any ghosts in the windows as I pass by.

    The scenery where you live is gorgeous. How fun to see the pretty horses and colts. Patches is so sweet. She needed a good belly rub.

    Kennel night tables are a great space saving idea. Fuzzy hasn't been in his kennel in such a long time. His doggie bed and one of the recliner chairs are his headquarters. He just always has the run of the house. Some day I am going to set up a video camera to see what he does when we are gone. I think he may spend most of his time at the door waiting for us to come back again.

    Have a great evening.


  12. That's a clever idea, using the doggie crate as a bedside table. I reckon the dogs will be thinking its great too. That house would spook me out - did they ever find the person who murdered the lady? I'm finding it interesting hearing about life in a small town ..... folk seem to get along much better and socialise more. Love the idea of your poker nights and think its funny how you have to mop the floor and clean the bathroom. I'm sure its spotless all the time anyway! Do you still go to bingo? Just thinking about bingo, I might go to the one here tonight. About time I had a win. Wish me luck. Xox


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