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July 4, 2014

Behind The Scenes: Petting Zoo.

Hey ya'll! 

I wasn't planning on posting this week since we have some family staying with us and a few activities planned for the holidays, but I was going through some pictures on my phone this morning and decided to share a few funny tidbits from the week with you.
Happy Fourth of's an awkward post about two pudgy cats and a Rat Terrier. 
My gift to you.

So, remember Ellie, my mom's really old and really precious rat dog? The one who just wants to sit with her head on your leg and stare at you?

 Well, she's back. 
My mom went to D.C. for a friend's wedding, and Ellie got stuck snoozing on my sofa for a week.
She's clearly having the time of her life.

She's gotten two baths (which she seems to love), and spends 92% of the day snoring, 
so I'm hoping she leaves a good Trip Advisor review.
You just never know.

Meanwhile, Tootie and Cheese have been performing reenactments of Mean Girl.

And I've captured a few moments of Cheese perfecting her intimidation tactics.
Tootie tends to relax and has even gone so far as to cuddle with Ellie, 
but Cheese is NOT having it.

Every so often Cheese forgets that she's a terminator, and gets distracted by sunbathing. And then Ellie gets hours of glorious relaxation.
This happens like 10 times a day, so don't cry too much for Ellie.

So, basically, Ellie has spent her week following me everywhere I go, and camouflaging herself in the couch-pit.

She'll also sit and watch me do projects for hours...and you won't even know she's there. She just loves to watch.
It's a totally new and exciting pet phenomenon that I've never experienced.
Cheese and Tootie want to crawl and paw on all the things.

So, while I have to put the cats downstairs when we work on stuff, Ellie gets to stay and hang out.

She seemed to enjoy watching Jesse work on the doorway trim yesterday, and just kinda sat on the couch the entire time, snoring, sighing, and occasionally grunting.

So, anyway, it's been a funny little week. I've been working on a few little projects. I'm still working on painting and installing all of the new trim, and I even started on a new furniture project. And since my in-laws (who are just the sweetest people you will ever meet...the kind of people who bring joy everywhere they go) came to stay with us for a bit, I spent a couple days earlier this week cleaning out the guest bedroom. It's been used as my hoard-zone since February, and you could barely even fit your foot in the room. So, I went through about 15 boxes and whittled it down to just a bed and a few little items that I might want to use later (for now all stuffed in the closet, which has no doors), so oddly enough this feels like quite the accomplishment. 

So, maybe now that I've gotten the ball rolling, I can finish this room and show you something a little more exciting.

Other than that, I plan to enjoy the weekend at the lake, hopefully spending a little time on our very old but very cherished 1990's boat.
We've been fixing up and restoring old boats for years, kinda like Jesse's version of what I do with thrift store dressers. So, sometimes we get to really enjoy a boat, and sometimes it sits in the garage broken and I stare at it longingly. :)

And maybe, if the mood strikes, I can convince myself to get tossed around on a tube again.
 I'm in the center, below. That's NOT me on the tube in the above picture. That's a dude.

So, that's all for today, ya'll. 
I hope you have a really, really great weekend, and thanks for letting me talk about animals and share a piece of my little world. I love ya for it.

I'll leave you with this picture of Ellie. 
I feel like this one really captures her essence.  

'Til next time!

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  1. Absolutely love reading your blog all the way from little Gibraltar in Europe! You make it all seem possible and I`ve rediscovered my life long love of paint brushes again! Thanks! xx

  2. I enjoy reading your post too! Thanks for taking time on this holiday. Be safe, have fun and hope your 4th of July is a 'blast'.

  3. Absolutely seriously make everything seem more fun! Our 4th is over here in Korea...but you have fun wrapping yours up in the States!

  4. I love your blog! Thanks so much for sharing so much of your home with us! :) My hubby and I just moved into our first house in December 2013 and are just now starting to do a little painting and decorating here and there. We're really excited and your blog is such an inspiration to us, not only because you have a 70's house, too, but also because you are a local blogger, too. :)

    Much Love,

    1. Aw thanks so much, Macey!! Congrats on your new house, too!!

  5. Hi Virgina, The cats look so funny on the steps as though they were just about to pounce on poor Ellie. I think you have your hands full with those two. Ellie is a cutie pie. Love your blog and home updates. Looking forward to more soon. Happy 4th!

  6. It's refreshing to find someone else who is as crazy about their cats as me. I'm working towards the "crazy cat lady" title. Love your blog and looking forward to more living room updates!

  7. I love dogs (I have 2), I love cats (I have 1) and I LOVE your blog! I have so much to do in my house but not much cash to do it with and you have been such an inspiration to me. I only discovered you a week ago and I've been trawling through all of your previous posts ever since - I've picked up so many great tips already! Oh and I can't wait to make one of your gorgeous wreaths at Christmas. Colette, Liverpool, UK

  8. You are a peach my dear! I just found your blog while searching through Pinterest for helps with chalk painting. I will try your recipe, but I did break down recently and buy a quart of Annie Sloan's Duck Egg. It is fabulous, but I'm just too thrifty to do that all the time. I am going to try your tip on the "floterol" and see if it impacts the brush lines I have had on a little wooden rocker I am painting a wonderful pink for my granddaughter.

    I have especially enjoyed reading through your house renovations! Please keep them coming! My husband and I bought an old house 20 years ago when we were in our 30's. Our 2 children grew up here. We are now in our mid 50's and still enjoying care-taking this lovely old home in Oregon (it was built in 1904). You make me want to continue my vision for our home.

    Kitty Cats Forever! ;D

  9. I was searching for Christmas ideas and landed on your blog. First I love the button ornament! I have never seen one done so well. So I have been here for over an hour reading, I love your house, you did an amazing job redoing it. I read the floor redo and , I agree you should trust yourself as you have a great eye for decorating. I hope it is what you do for a living!


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