Last month was pretty terrible.

I was hit head on by a drunk driver, my car was totaled and I didn’t have a car for over a month while insurance sorted things out. If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is the second time this year that I have been hit head on. Both times my car was totaled. The actual wrecks bother me less than the insurance, paperwork, phone calls and endless waiting. It’s the pitts.

On top of the mess with the accident, my grandmother has been put in Hospice care, and work is particularly difficult right now. I’m trying to keep my chin up, but I can’t deny that I’m having a hard time right now.

During the time I have been away from this site, I witnessed the Great American Solar Eclipse at 99.98% totality, listed my spare bedroom on Airbnb and have had 3 guests, painted the trim on one side of my cottage, saw a real beach in the middle of the mountains, bought an adorable halloween costume for my dog, and cleaned out my closet. My life may be in shambles, but I have stayed busy! I will try to get caught up on posts this month.

So here’s the update on my wish list:

  • Custom Ring – This ended up a total bust. Jeweler couldn’t follow directions and botched the whole thing. I threw up when I saw the results knowing I was on the hook to pay for it. Very upsetting. I am going to have to take it somewhere else and have it melted down all over again.
  • New Computer – I FINALLY DID IT! After not having a personal computer for over a year, I bought a new MacBook. I have been doing what I can from my old iPad mini, but I just needed the full functionality of a computer.
  • Hunter Shearling Soles for my wellies
  • Headache Hat – This is a new discovery and as someone who frequently suffers from migraines, this looks AMAZING.


Yesterday I was hit head on by a drunk driver. This is the second time this year that I have been hit head on. My brand new car is totaled and I’m a little banged up. Considering the severity of the crash, I am very fortunate to be alive.

Excuse the brevity of this post.

I’m just taking some time to recover.


Lately I have been spending a little more time outdoors.

For a while now I have been frustrated with the way my yard looks and have been wanting to make a change. The mood to finally do something about it struck in the dead heat of August… of course.

Sometime in the spring, my water went out due to a ground line issue. To restore water to my house, the yard was torn to pieces and never really put back together. I moved my walkway and created space to park my car closer to the house. My new path ran right through a couple dead trees that were full of spider webs and dropping sticks all over the place. I am thrilled with my new path. I need more pebbles so until, then I’m making do with some step stones. Now I park where a tree is laying in the photo below.

The cabin was looking very tired. In the springtime, the flowers made up for it’s drab appearance, but during the summer everything was very very brown. I slapped a new coat of paint on the shutters and VOILA! I painted the panels next to the doors the same green as the shutters and it made a really big difference.

Now that the shutters look fresh, it has become very apparent that the window trim needs painting also. I certainly have my work cut out for me, but I’m enjoying it!

How did I not know that Lululemon has a sale rack?

The other weekend I was home visiting my grandmother and had some time to kill. I popped over to Birkdale Village and saw they have a Lululemon store. Somehow I had missed that it had been in that shopping center for 3 years already. I just hadn’t noticed. I went in just to look around and see what was new, and then I saw the sale rack. It was pretty picked over, but I did find a great new pair of shorts.

These super light weight shorts were reduced from $68.00 to $49.00. They are my new favorite shorts and they go great with the black top I bought from Target. These Pace Perfect shorts are still on sale online! Get a pair before they are gone!


There is very little to do where I live. When people ask what I do in my spare time, I answer honestly. I watch Netflix and I rearrange my furniture a lot.

Last night I couldn’t wind down enough to go to sleep so I stayed up and completely flipped my room. I don’t have a before photo, but my bed was where the sofa is, the shelves were on each side of the sliding glass doors to the left of the chair, and the sofa was in front of the sliding glass doors. My bed is now in a corner on the other side of the room with my desk as my bedside table.

I LOVE this arrangement and it gives me so much more space and better light.
Pinckney loves being able to look out of the sliding glass door and go out on the balcony. The balcony was just fixed so now we can actually enjoy it!

My next organizational project is my upstairs bathroom. I have set my plans and I am one shopping trip to Ikea away from really fixing that space up. Stay tuned!


C9 by Champion at Target is my new favorite thing.
They are offering the latest in activewear trends and the price can’t be beat!

I have been doing my walking and outdoor work in t-shirts and they become heavy with moisture this time of year. I needed to freshen up my fitness wardrobe and couldn’t believe how many different styles Target offers. I purchased 4 tops and a pair of cropped running pants. That’s 5 items for what only 1 or 2 would have cost at Lululemon.

Performance Long Tank $14.99

Mesh Back Active Tank Top $16.99

Premium Mesh Capri $34.99

These items are great deals on their own, but keep an eye on Target’s Cartwheel app. They often offer promotions for athletic apparel!


As I mentioned in a previous post, I have been helping my brother pull together his first apartment on a shoestring budget and it has been going really well!

After buying a few basics for his kitchen and doing some basic rearranging, I went shopping! We have TJ Maxx to thank for the Kilim pillows. They were only $16.99 each! The tan Ralph Lauren pillow in the middle was something like $25.00.

Brother really needed a TV stand and additional storage for DVDs, games and knickknacks and I hit the jackpot at Ikea. The shelves are just shy of 6′. They just look small in the photo because my brother is a giant human being.
Bookcases: Finnby $29.99 | TV Stand: Lack $14.99 | Lighting: Maglehult $14.99


I picked up a couple little tables (Lack $7.99) and a neat lamp (Hektar $54.99) at Ikea also.
Brother’s apartment is finally beginning to feel like a home!