Dogs in the Hood

We met a new dog this weekend and he was sure happy to see us!  He was quite the barker and Maggie stayed far away!  I’m not sure what his name was since his person said it changes daily so I’m just going to call him Happy Yappy.


This dog visits The Shed quite a bit but we haven’t been formally introduced.  So I just call him the Big Red Dog.  He’s very laid back and would like to be Maggie’s friend but she has sent him ‘stay away’ vibes and he respects her feelings.

Big Red Dog

And here’s Ruby.  She used to run loose at the Shed but she was a bad girl at some point and now is on her leash at all times.  Ruby is almost the sweetest dog ever.

I haven’t been able to get Maggie to pose for me since I started photographing other dogs.  She used to be quite the model and got very excited whenever I got the camera out.  Now she just acts miffed and turns away.  But I tricked her into this shot by telling her that her nemesis Daisy was on her way to have a conversation. Maggie was like “DAISY-where?! I can take her!”  They’d already exchanged a few choice words and they weren’t nice ones.

Magster the wagsterAnd here’s a special guest.  Reeses doesn’t really live in the hood but I went to visit her the other day.  Her people are renovating their house and she’s helping by disposing of some trash wood.  “Just trying to do my part!”


That’s it for the Dogs in the Hood this month!


Another look at the master bathroom

Back to the masterbath. Lovin’ it.  Especially in these calm gray tones.  Ahhhhh.  Almost zen like.

Big soaking tub
All that tub needs is some bubbles and a glass of wine!

It wasn’t always so peaceful.  The last step in a really great renovation experience was picking the paint colors.  I said gray. But Clay, my really great contractor, said all the different woods needed to pop.  I’m easily convinced when it comes to colors so I went with pop:

So we lived with it for about six weeks.  Yes, the wood popped, but I needed calm.  I got a bunch of color chips, took Terry’s and Michelle’s advice and now it’s two lovely lovely calm shades of gray.  (no, no,no, not like the book)





Pebble Tile

Walk in shower and freestanding tub

Cloud pictures



I spent hours going through shelter magazine, catalogs, and Pinterest before buying anything for the bathroom.  The cloud pictures came from  Love this blog.  If I had an extra bucket of money and lived in Utah, I would hire Kirsten Curtis-Krason. She put cloud pictures that her pilot husband took into Ikea frames.  I said–I have those frames! Took the pics from my back yard, ordered 12″ x 12″ photos online from–so easy!

The candle shelf came from  I showed the plans to Terry and told him what I wanted to put on it.  He went right out and built a protype with scrap wood that he had in the garage.  Then we went to home depot and bought some good stuff.  He built it the same day and I painted it with glossy white spray paint.  If anyone knows Ikea, you know that they have their own special shade of white and it’s not glossy white.  So I convinced him to build another and I painted it the same gray as the bathroom.  Ahhhhhh, lovely.  (And the shiny white candle shelf will be in my dining room someday)

Other than what Terry built, or I had on hand, or could get from Ikea or Target or Home Depot, everything else was ordered online for this renovation.  Contact me and I will give you the details.

My Gardens

My gardens are all doing beautifully.  (The squirrels are really loving the tomatoes in the vegetable garden) The flowers are at their peak.  We’ve been getting rain and it’s just starting to get really hot.

This is supposed to be my "white and blue" garden. I planted endless summer blue hydrangeas but they defy me by turning pink even though I'm adding aluminun sulfur as suggested on all the gardening websites.
Shooting Star
This is a shooting star hydrangea in the "white and blue" garden


Amazing - a blue hydrangea!


One of the bouquets of hydrangeas in our home.


Shed garden
Impatiens and other shade lovers do well in my shed garden.
Pink hydrangea
This one is supposed to be pink.
Butterfly garden
The butterfly garden is doing it's job of attracting bees, butterflies and dragon flies.


A hanging planter of impatiens and sweet potato vine in the backyard.
Pots on the dock enjoy morning sun
Pots on the dock enjoy morning sun.


Pots of flowers on the deck.


More flowers on the deck.


Pink impatiens and vinca.