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Sunday, June 13, 2010


I could not wait to post about our weekend. We have met the DOG of our dreams!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am SOO very excited! Ok, let me back up a bit. We had a whole weekend of dogs planned as you may know. We had a home visit with Allie on Friday night. VERY SWEET dog with LOTS of 8 month old puppy energy. LOVED the kids. Maybe a BIT much for our 9 year old Greyhound BOB. But was still at the top of our list.

Saturday, I was looking forward to the
RAL Adoptathon with over 1o rescue groups attending. It was a wonderful event hosted in the Petsmart parking lot. As soon as we arrived into the thick of things I saw "GREG". You might say it was "love at first site across the parking lot" I did not run over, but continued through the tents. My husband actually got to him before I did, and called me over. I told him, I saw him earlier! Once we got him out of the crate, we knew he was the dog for us. Calm, sweet, gentle, and when he leaned into me and started giving me kisses, I can not describe how my heart melted. I knew we found a LOVE MATCH! We brought Bob down and they were great together!
We were so smitten with "Greg" who we will name BRADY, that after a family lunch discussion we decided to cancel our Sunday appointment with Noah, and adopt BRADY...AKA GREG.
HOWEVER..... THERE IS one more happy ending to the story. Brady has a brother. A beautiful black/grey dog with almond eyes that is JUST as sweet and
gentle as he is. they have been together since birth, as a matter of fact they were in the crate together. The Rescue group, "Houlagans' Rest", asked if we would consider being a foster family for the brother, which we have name "Dillon". My husband and I agreed. We will have say over what wonderful family will get Dillon and be able to work with him until he is adopted. We are DOUBLE EXCITED. I do not have photos of Dillon, but we will very shortly. We hope to have our new boys, by the end of the week. We still have to complete a home visit and the dogs need to finish their vet visits. But we have already started shopping for our new doggie supplies!!!!!!!

arriving at the event

BRADY our first up close look see

HUBBY and Brady, he is trying hard to hold brady still so we could get a photo

MAMAS BOY! (thats me- with NO MAKEUP in 90 degree heat cooling off in Petsmart!)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

PostHeaderIcon SHOW N TELL friday!!

WELCOME!! I am excited to share a small redo from this week! I have been meaning to getting around to painting the small downstairs bathroom from the outdated "gold" color to something more streamline and chic. I had off Monday and decided to dive in. But I also wanted to try a bit of cabinet painting. I have wanted to try it for a while. I had some left over beige paint in the shed, and left over Behr wood paint from my deck makeover. I only had to buy a new roller and brush and I was off... cheap makeover!!

Bathroom before.....

And AFTER!!!................

EASY and CHEAP! Looks like a CUSTOM bathroom! I took a bit of brown glaze and added it to the nooks to give it a shadowed custom layered look.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

PostHeaderIcon HUMP DAY!

Our Visit with SEVA was just WONDERFUL! Currently we are scheduling to see a few of the dogs. We have an appointment on Sunday with Noah.....

Friday with Allie (second visit)

And we attending a huge event for dog adoptions on SAT! Its gonna be a weekend gone to the DOGS!

Monday, June 7, 2010

PostHeaderIcon SEVA is COMING!!!

I am so excited to report that SEVA GRREAT (Golden Retriever rescue ,
is FINALLY coming out TONIGHT to do our home visit and talk to us about the dogs. She told me by phone that we would be able to start seeing dogs right away! Which means this week! What a great start to the week!
We still have a call out for Allie (below) but have not heard back yet from her foster family. It will be so much fun to see what happens over the next few weeks!!
Sunday, June 6, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Goodwill Sunday

I got up and decided on a Goodwill trip since yesterday was a bit of a yard sale let! I have decided to re-do my family room to make it a bit more... nautical fresh. With hints of darker woods, stripes and more. For lack of any good decorating terms, I just call it more... Ralph Lauren.

So I got 2 frames at Goodwill... Yellow tag Sunday so they were half 0ff...$1.25 each. They were just beat up, one cherry and one walnut. I also bought these drapes (below). I got 4 of them for 2.99 for ALL! It was JUST the fabric I was looking for and I got a ton of it!

I took the Deck paint which is a nice chocolate brown color and just brushed each of the frames. I did not worry if a bit of the under color showed through really.

don't pretend to be VERY crafty, heck, I can barley sew. But last year I bought a sewing machine off Craigslist and from time to time I try stuff. I am not very good. But pillows...I have gotten better at. I sewed a few slip covers for the pillows that I already had in the room and just covered them up! This is a cheap way to have new pillows!

Another way I have found is to buy the pillows at Goodwill (the sale ones) and use those to cover. This is WAY cheaper than purchasing the stuffing or pillow inserts from someplace like Walmart.


So here is how they turned out!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

PostHeaderIcon The DOG Allie

It was most difficult to focus on hunting for bargains when I was so excited about seeing the furry beautiful friends at the adoption locations. It was VERY hot today- 95 degrees! Yard sales were many, but not very plentiful. Few bargains here and there, mostly cool Nicki knacks that I am keeping for myself! :)

About 10:30 I met my husband and we started at
Petco, and then on to Petsmart. We met several organizations such as BARK ( and AARF ( and Henrico Humane Society. At our first stop at Henrico Humane,(
we ran into a beautiful retriever mixed named Allie! She was just sitting in her crate all by herself. No one else around. Once we got her out we could tell that she was very special. She loved my kids and all of us. She was very nice! She seems to have implanted herself in all of our hearts, as we have contacted them to see about seeing her again. (I feel like I am dating!) Except this is harder! Reference checks, job checks, credit checks(only kidding). Maybe we will be seeing Allie in our future?

As you can see, we decided to cool off inside
Petsmart for a bit, when the "kids"(dad included) got a little crazy with the doggie stuff!

meet Allie - lab mix female- . Allie is great! She is housebroken and crate trained, great with all the other animals and absolutely loves kids. She also knows some basic commands. She is ready to be adopted today.

so in summary, ......................i am just in love with them ALL!

SIDE NOTE: the handsome Cooper, below, was adopted TODAY! I was sad since he was on my HOTLIST, but HAPPY to see him get a GREAT home(I even met the couple-they got there before us!)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

PostHeaderIcon WEEKEND! ALMOST AND Show and Tell Friday

I am excited for a few reasons that the weekend is upon us! First, its yard sale time and I am excited to really hopefully get some SPECTACULAR FINDS this weekend! Second, the family is back and ready to go see some DOGS! We have a few Petsmart visits planned with many organizations representing! We are of course, planning to go back to see Cooper(below) again! On a side note, I am so sorry to say that the Golden Retriever rescue still has not called. Its disappointing in so many ways. We truly loved the Goldens and are very disappointed to have not gotten a call back yet. I have emailed them on a few occasions, but nothing from a home evaluator yet. So, the Golden train may pass us by. If ANY of these organizations knew what a SUPERB adoptive family we are, we would be HOUNDED to death. So I am unsure why, we have not had a call back from them yet....never the less, we are VERY excited at this weekends out look!!

i wanted to share a piece I did a few weeks
ago. I got this little table -so cute at a estate sale a few weeks ago....

Just says to me.... Riverside Retreat! Just love this little table!
Sunday, May 30, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Just for fun...Blog Party Sunday

I had gotten these shovels for under a dollar at a yard sale last season. Today, I found them in the shed and decided to just have some fun with them. I think they go so cute with the beautiful purple Hydrangea Bush that is coming out!

How about this?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Meet Cooper....

What a wonderful weekend we are having! House and Yard Sales were few and far between today, but we still got a few things. Will share tomorrow! But today, I have a special GEM to show you! We stopped at Petsmart on a whim and sure enough they had the Southside SPCA ( there today with their wonderful adoptable dogs!

Meet Cooper. He is a Corgi mix. We just loved this little guy! He was sweet and kind and loved everyone. Since my husband and kids were not around to see him today, I could not make a decision to adopt him alone. But he is on my HOT LIST along with the beautiful Wagner(below). I already emailed the SPCA and if he is still up for adoption next weekend, we will be taking a second look at him as a family!

Friday, May 28, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Show and Tell Friday

Happy Almost Memorial Day Weekend! yea! In honor of that I would like to share with you my redo of my front porch.
As you can see it was quite a mess with chips and scratches from the kids and dogs going up and down. It had been a few years since I last retouched it. This time we decided to use a deck paint. The Deck paint covered GREAT, I got the
full coverage, not the transparent, and has not chipped at all. I am very happy with the way it came out! What a difference!

In case your wondering.... I did end up painting the white as well, but I never took those photos. So if your thinking that it looks a bit dingy, never fear, I saw that too!

And the finished product

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Dreaming in Golden.....

Update: I have been just waiting by the phone everyday for a Home Evaluator to call me from the Golden Retriever Rescue Foundation. I still love looking through through the web site daily and dreaming of the opportunity coming to meet some of these Goldens. At the moment I am caught up in a Golden named Wagner. I am unsure that we will get him, or even if he will still be available by the time we finish our home evaluation. But I sure am dreaming....
This weekend i am REALLY looking forward to house sales and yard sales..... should be a fabulous holiday weekend!
Monday, May 24, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Cane Back Chair-given a new life!

I saw this little gem at a house sale that my 10 year old son and I went too! We were having such a wonderful morning. He even helped me carry it out to my car! It needed a bit of modern TLC and I just LOVE LOVE The way it came out.

From 70's

to Modern CHIC

I am pretty happy with it!