Checking in...


Things have been much better this month.  Hunter is continuing to undergo testing, so at least we are a step closer to knowing what's going on with him.  He's in good spirits about it all- even the upcoming colonoscopy/endoscopy.  14 year olds and their bathroom humor.

Travis is keeping busy, and yes- the strike is still going on.  It's very close to ending, but he's not back at work yet.  I'm not even going to get into the corrupt politics of what was going on with the union, but suffice to say it was really horrible.  The emotional roller coaster Travis and our family has endured due to this unnecessary work stoppage was unforgivable.

I'm working part time still and absolutely love my job.  I get to have creative freedom and I am teaching teachers, planning curriculum- all while still being able to homeschool our son.  My dream job trifecta.

Travis finished up the atrium cover outside and is working on the decking.  We replaced the old 1970's slider door with the double French door we had ordered before the strike.

This was my Pinterest inspiration picture for the shade cover and the decking...

Here is the finished shade cover...

Our little atrium is a closed in 10x? square.  No ventilation, which in Texas means- small closed in hot box.  Adding the shade structure and an outdoor fan will help a lot.

Travis stained the boards in the same Dark Walnut as the corbels in the front of our house...

Then it was time to prep the ground and build the supports for the decking...

Travis also transformed this old pallet into a vertical herb container for me.  I gave it a coat of stain and then did a little hand lettering...

The lemon tree is doing very well.  Someone on IG suggested that I feed it tomato food, and presto,  Lemons galore!

These are words that I have kept close to my heart over the past few months.  It helped to read them when things seemed really bleak...
Thanks for understanding my feeling the need to quit blogging.  I still want to blog, but at my own pace and when I have something to share.  Thank you also for all the lovely comments and messages- it meant more to me than you could have ever known.


  1. I was so excited when I saw you had posted something new. I am sorry about your depression. I understand, as I have had bouts with it as has my son. It's terribly difficult to try and explain to people who don't have it. It isn't a matter of just thinking happy thoughts. Glad you are feeling better and that you are enjoying your job. Your patio cover is awesome!

  2. I have missed seeing you and your wonderful posts. I thought I would stop by to see what I might see. I'm so sorry you and your family have been having a difficult time. The atrium is amazing and I never knew the lemon tree trick. I must get another lemon tree since the two I had were sold with our previous home. I love lemon trees! Anyhoo, I hope to see more of you when you feel up to it. Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. You and your family are loved and thought of more than you know. I've dealt with depression, as well as several members of my family.....Glad to see you're staying busy. I want to just shut down. So happy to hear the strike is over and Travis will be going to work soon. God Bless. Donna

  4. I was happy to see a post from you. Glad you didn't go away completely. hope they figure what the heck is up with Hunter soon.
    Here's to happier days


Thanks so much for popping in. I appreciate all of your lovely comments...Tricia