A good mistake!

A few weeks ago I went to Lowe’s to get paint. My colors were Mindful Grey in eggshell and Alabaster in semi-gloss. I was talking too much and didn’t check my paint until I reached home. There it was. Minimalist Grey which is a much darker color.

Out of total laziness (Lowe’s is 30 minutes away) and some embarrassment I decided to keep it.  So this morning, while feeling the need to show that we are accomplishing SOMETHING I painted our den (we have always called it the wood stove room). The trim will be done tomorrow but so far it looks great.

Minimalist Grey by Sherwin Williams

The walls in this room are covered in paper . Not wallpaper. Brown kraft paper. We tore squares of paper and applied them to the wall with watered down glue. It almost looked like leather on the walls. I loved it, but 10 years later it’s time for a change. If it wasn’t for my mistake, the walls might still be brown. Some mistakes are good.

I always take the before picture after starting to tear things up!

The rug has been ordered for this room. It’s a soft grey, blue and off white. The floors are red brick so the contrast should be pretty. A sofa cover has been ordered in off white. Steve doesn’t want a new sofa. He has this one perfectly broken in (ugh!!)  The curtains aren’t picked out yet but I’ll probably go with just a valance on black metal rods.

Navy, soft grey and off white rug

Sophie and I talked about grey because I was worried that it was a fad and would be out of style before long. However, she pointed out my grey stone behind the wood stove which was there for 30 years.  The side door entry has grey stone on the floor. There has always been cast iron and black metal objects displayed. I wear lots of grey and black clothes. So maybe it’s not being trendy after all but finally organizing what I like.

Since I last checked in we have moved the chalk painted cabinet up to the kids room. That was something else. Needless to say at one point it was jammed in the hallway with the top on the toilet and Zac standing in the tub.

Andrew is out doing Passion Flower Farm business and Zac is mowing our yard. Taz and Breezy are having quiet time at their house and my dad is asleep in his recliner.  The woods are beautiful with the sun shining off the gold, red and orange leaves. We need to collect some pretty leaves later today to use for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.


Smokey, my little grey sweety, is lying on my clean clothes that need to be folded. Time for the next job .

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Back in Business

For a few weeks now I have had issues with my website and the blogging page. Hopefully, this is in the past and if there are any other kinks maybe they will be minor.  I have missed blogging on a regular basis. There is so much going on here I feel like I have to type fast to get it all in.

Painting continues in all areas of the house, partially because I purchased two gallons of paint that were either the wrong color or wrong finish.  So instead of wasting them I decided to use them in different rooms.  At this point the kiddos guest room is painted and Andrew is installing the floor.  The cabinet that will house their books and toys has been chalk painted.  Bedding has been purchased.  If the floor is finished today, the furniture will go in tomorrow.  Yay!!

The floor is going in and looks beautiful with the wall color – Aleutian by Sherwin Williams.

Guest Room #1 (the first room I started) is on hold because Andrew is living in it.  However, I finished painting the crib ends that will become the headboard and that is almost ready to be installed.

Primer – then the semi-gloss

The hallway painting is almost finished.  The banister is a huge job and I am still working on the primer coat.  The doors and trim have all been primed so we are close to being finished with that.

Needs a little tweaking like outlet switch plates but I love it.

My coffee center is finished.  The walls were painted with Alabaster by Sherwin Williams and the shelves were stained with Medium Walnut Danish Oil.  Not only does it look great but it frees up my kitchen counters. The Pioneer Woman has some pretty mugs that would look so nice there (I just adore her products).  Things in the kitchen are beginning to feel more organized.

An antique coffee grinder finally has a home.

We received these Oma and Opa coffee mugs as gifts. The larger ones are from Taz.

This wooden bowl gets moved from room to room. Pumpkins and fall foliage bring the outdoors in.


Steve and I bought this bakers table in Hillsville, Virginia at least 20 years ago.

The cats have their own kitty cafe. Here is Apollo snacking. The first wooden bowl Steve made is their food bowl.

The electrician was here to install the panels in the workshop. Duke Power should be hooking us up to electricity soon.  The boys have purchased woodworking tools and have several prototypes ready.  We are preparing wooden serving trays to give away as promotional items to Fall church festivals.  And the list goes on and on…

Taz and Breezy seem to be getting over the crud which we have been giving each other back and forth for a month.  Runny noses and coughs are no fun.  Maybe the Elderberry Syrup I made helped make us all feel better.

Pictures are so much better than words so I hope you get an idea of what we have been working on.  I am glad to be back at work and am looking forward to sharing more Passion Flower Farm with you.

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Baking and Painting

My back and legs are feeling the strain of the last few days. I have been painting.  The wainscoting in our playroom now has a coat of white primer.  My coffee center in the kitchen has a coat of white primer and my shelves are getting ready to be stained.  The stair banister has a coat of white primer as does the french door going to the dining room.   Little pinkish spots of terra cotta that were bleeding through the gray paint in the hallway have been painted over.  Yes, I have been painting.

Nothing makes a change in a room like paint. The room looks fresher and cleaner.  A painted room means something was accomplished.  Something or some things can be crossed off my list.  However, this was just the primer.  More painting ahead.

On Friday I took a break from all this painting and made Pumpkin Bread, which was delicious.  Everyone has their own favorite recipes and this was one I hadn’t made before.


Pumpkin Bread Recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 T water
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup raisins (I used dried cranberries)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Turn into 2 greased 8 x 5 loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.

I added a pinch of ground cloves just because I love the smell.



I also started a new Sourdough Starter.  I had gotten busy and didn’t feed the last one in time and it went flat.  Easy enough to start a new one which is what I love about my recipe.


Sophie and Conley were in Raleigh yesterday participating in the Autism Walk which is something they commit to every year.  The Greensboro  Alzheimer’s walk is this coming Saturday. Our team is growing and we are all excited about the opportunity to honor my mother in this way. There are so many great causes.  Pick one and dedicate yourself to it.

Family dinner will be a little different this afternoon.  My kitchen is torn up so we are getting pizza and eating at Zac and Sarah’s.  He has a hockey game tonight and we are going to watch him play.  Taz and Breezy will be there to cheer for their daddy and that will be fun to see too.

Enough of a break – I need to iron curtains and put them up.  Have a great rest of your Sunday!



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