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I'm originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee and moved to South Georgia over 15 years ago. I met my husband at Food Lion (our first job) in 1999. We married in 2003. We bought our first house in Tifton, GA in 2005. We had our first child, Deegan, in 2006. We had our second child, Dawson, in 2011. We recently sold our first house and have bought our forever home in Camilla, GA.

A Decade of Life Celebration

Monday, March 14, 2016

When I got home from work, Brandon was outside watering all the plants and trees that we’ve planted. Brandon had stopped at the store to get a long grocery list of items I sent with him.


I immediately started baking some goodies for Deegan’s birthday party. I normally take the Friday off before my kids’ parties but I’m saving my vacation days for an awesome vacation this coming summer. So, I have to get things done throughout the week in order to have everything ready by Saturday.

I wanted to make some cookies that I have no idea what they are called but my friend informed me that they are called haystacks. You use butter, vanilla, sugar, oats, cocoa, and peanut butter on the stove. They are my dad’s favorite cookie.


I also made the Ritzy cookies. They are made of Ritz crackers, peanut butter, and melted vanilla.

I finished off the night by making a cookie cake (Deegan’s favorite). All the while I was making all this stuff, I did manage to make dinner as well. It was a super busy, but productive, night.

Brandon put some chicken eggs in the incubator tonight. We will check them in 5 days to see if anything is happening.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

When Brandon got home from work, he finished hanging beadboard on the fireplace wall.


While he was doing that, it was back to baking for me. Tonight, I baked some brownies and white cake.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Today, I weighed in at Weight Watchers. I did not do well with my diet from Thursday to Sunday. I didn’t track anything. Monday, I started tracking again. I knew I had gained from those days that I didn’t track. It really works IF you track! So, I’ve lost 2.2 lbs since last Wednesday’s weigh in. I’ll take that! So far, I’ve lost a total 9.2 lbs.

Tonight when I got home, I made buttercream frosting and fondant and decorated Deegan’s birthday cake. I’m always anxious until I get the cake done. So, I feel a little at ease now that that is done. I still have the fireplace wall to finish and then decorate for his theme.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

When I got home, it was a-painting-that-I-went. We want the beadboard to stand out, so I didn’t paint it yellow. I want to make it look like it’s been there forever. So, I decided to make it look like whitewash to begin with. I don’t like it so I’m going to try a different technique.


Friday, March 18, 2016

Happy 10th Birthday Deegan!

This morning was quite eventful for me. When I left the house this morning, I realized I had about 57 miles left until empty. I forgot to get gas yesterday and I normally refill my gas when I have about 115 miles left. I was hoping once I got on the road that it would show more miles left, but that didn’t happen. First of all, I don’t like stopping in Camilla that early in the morning. It’s kind of sketchy! So, the next place to stop would be Sylvester. Well, Sylvester’s gas is always about 20 cents higher than Tifton so I don’t like stopping there. I had about 17 miles left when I got to Sylvester. I thought I could possibly make it to Tifton on that. Well, I hadn’t even made it to Ty Ty and I have miles left to go when I look down and I’m at 0 miles left!!! My heart is racing and I’m just praying that I’ll make it to Ty Ty. There’s two speed drops going into Ty Ty and I didn’t drop my speed in case my car died. I wanted to be able to have momentum built up to make it to the gas station. Well, there are two gas stations in Ty Ty and I pass up the first one because the one past that had a digital sign and a lower price on gas. So, when I pull up and turn off my car, I noticed that the lights were out at the pumps. Yup, they weren’t open!!! I’m freaking out at this point. Will my car start again? Will I make it back to the gas station that I passed up? Yes, my car did start and, yes, I did make it to the other gas station. I went ahead and filled all the way up even though I knew gas was cheaper in Tifton. I ended up putting almost 21 gallons in my car. The most I’ve ever put in it was about 19 gallons. I’d say I didn’t have much left to get me anywhere. I’m just glad that I made it to a gas station and not on the side of the road with two kids.

My mom came up from Valdosta today. She met up with me at Deegan’s school so that we could eat lunch with him.


He was able to invite one of his friends to eat with him.


Nana had to get her picture made with him.


When I got home from work, I painted the beadboard white again. Then, I stenciled in yellow paint along the two side trim pieces. I didn’t really want the stencil to show up too much. I wanted it to look old school.


So, after I stenciled, I got some medium walnut stain out and stained the two pieces to see if I liked the look of it.



At that point, I went for it.


I absolutely love it and think it looks like it’s been there forever. We are not done with the wall though. We will be adding some shelves to it to give it a more built-in look.



I have been wanting to hang some cheese graters upside down by the kitchen sink so I could put some ivy in them and towels. I finally got Brandon to hang them for me and I love it!



Saturday, March 19, 2016

I didn’t sleep well last night and woke up almost sick to my stomach. Today is Deegan’s birthday party and I haven’t even decorated yet. So, yes, that stresses me out! I woke up about 7am and started laundry and then headed to the kitchen to start cleaning and decorating.




Everyone showed up around 1pm and we got the party started by eating some delicious food.



Then, we had some goodies!







He opened presents afterwards and loved them all!

After everyone left, I started cleaning up and taking all the decorations down. I was ready for a nap so I laid down, but that didn’t go anywhere. So, I went outside to check on Brandon. I noticed that our potatoes and green beans are coming in. Yay!



This pretty flower is all by itself by our front field. Spring is here!


I went back inside and started tracing some door hangers that I need to cut out and paint.

Before we went to bed, we went to check on the eggs in the incubator. I asked Brandon what we were looking for and he said a spot and then veins coming out of it. Well, about the third egg in, we see it. To me, it looks like a spider inside the egg. So, we had about 8 or more eggs that had that. Maybe we will have some baby chicks in about 2 weeks.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The kids went outside when they woke up. They came running back inside and said that “dad had caught a cat in his trap”. So, I peeked out of the back door and noticed a cat in a trap in the backyard. Brandon told them to let it out. Well, the cat ended up hanging around us all day. Brandon said it was a girl and she just had kittens. (Not sure where the kittens are.) She looked skinny so Brandon fed her a hot dog.

He started messing around on the tractor and I got to use my new jigsaw to cut out the door hangers. I painted just about half of the day. I get so in the zone when I do that kind of stuff. I got 6 door hangers painted.


The kids have been wanting a cat and asked if we could keep it. I told them we will just wait and see and see if it hangs around.

Monday, March 19, 2016

When we were leaving the house this morning, the cat was still outside. So, I guess I’ll be buying some cat food today. It’s a fluffy calico. Very cute!

When we got home, the kids were searching for the cat. I told Deegan to let me know if they found her. About 10 minutes later, he comes running inside and said “we found her!” So, I got two bowls out and put cat food in one and water in the other and stuck it on the back porch. She ran up to it and started eating for the longest time. She must have been really hungry. So, I guess now we have a pet cat. Right now, we are at 18 chickens, 2 ducks, and 1 cat. We are still trying to determine a name for her. Deegan wants to name her Melissa. I told him, no. Melissa is not a cat name. LOL


I painted two more door hangers tonight then called it a night.


Peaches to Beaches

Monday, March 7, 2016

We had set a trap outside of our bedroom to try and catch whatever I’m hearing under the Master Bathroom. Brandon noticed that the food was gone from inside the trap but the trap didn’t go off.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

We didn’t catch anything in the trap today either.

When I got home from work, Brandon decided to let the ducks swim in the tub. It was so fun watching them. They were so happy. They are growing so fast, it’s crazy.


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When I was leaving, I tried to look where we had put the trap and I didn’t see the trap. So, I called Brandon and asked him where the trap was. He said that we caught a opossum and he didn’t have time this morning to deal with it so he stuck the trap under one of the bushes.

I beat Brandon home today. So, I went looking for the trap. This is what I found.


The kids and I kept making all kinds of sounds and it wouldn’t budge, but I could tell it was alive.

When Brandon got home, he took it down the driveway and let it go. He doesn’t think that this is the source to the sound under the bathroom.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I saw a deer on 112 this morning and it’s not a spot that I’ve ever seen them before. That always throws me off when I see them where I haven’t before.

Deegan had an orthodontist appointment today which took a while. He has a permanent tooth coming in better so they added a bracket on that tooth today. I let them know that his birthday was next Friday so when they were done working on him, they got everyone’s attention and sang to him. He just loved me for that. LOL

My mom is spending the night tonight so I had to go get her after work.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Today is Peaches to Beaches which is a 200 mile long yard sale. We started the day waking up at 4:30am and left the house by 5:40am. We drove all the way to Perry and got there right before 8am. Overall, I think we did well today. It was a lot of fun as always. We had to take both of the kids since they were out of school today. They behaved well. Of course, we got them things today.

Deegan brought some of his money with him today in case he saw something he wanted. We came to one yard sale that had a huge picture of the Challenger team and another huge picture of the Discoverer. I looked at the price and the tag on the Challenger said $100 but we weren’t sure how much the Discoverer picture was. So, he asked the lady and it was her husband’s and he said that it was $100 for both pictures. Well that meant that if the guy split it, the Discoverer would be at least $50. Deegan had brought $40 so he asked me for $10 so he could get the picture. I told him no. I didn’t want him spending all of his money on one picture. He was quite upset about it and pouted. So, we left that yard sale and went across the street to another one. At this yard sale, Deegan found two telescopes and asked how much. The guy said $3 and Deegan was super excited. So, Deegan handed the guy a $20 and I asked Deegan how much change should he be getting back. Well, the guy didn’t have change for a $20 so I took the $20 and gave Deegan $10 and the guy $10. So, I asked Deegan again how much money should he be getting back. He said $8. I said, “OK, that sounds right” and laughed. Then, Deegan said $7. When we walked back to the truck, I told Deegan, “See, if you had spent all your money on that picture, you wouldn’t have been able to get these telescopes.”

Later down the road, Deegan discovered that he was given $8 back. I guess he confused the guy or the guy was just being nice. Dawson kept getting free stuff because she’s just so darn cute. We came across an HO scale CSX engine and caboose for $10. Deegan asked the lady if she would sell it to him for $10. I died laughing. She told him that she would sell it to him for $8. We knew he had 8 $1 bills, so I told him to give her all the ones. That train was given to her husband by someone that worked for CSX. When we walked away, again, I told Deegan, “See, you would have missed out on that train if you had bought that picture.” I also explained to him that if the price on something is $10, you don’t ask if they will sell it for $10, you ask if they’ll sell it for less than $10. It was funny. I’m trying to teach him how to bargain! LOL

Later down the road, Deegan discovered that he had 2 $1 bills in his wallet with his other cash. So, he had only given the lady $6 for the CSX train. He bought a box full of HO scale and N scale trains and layout accessories for $18. Overall, I think he had a good day.

Dawson got plenty of stuff as well as clothes. This was her showing Nana that she could fit in that dress. LOL


We ended the day of shopping at 6pm and headed home. I think the best buy was a Jenny Lind toddler bed at only $20!!! Those beds go for around $400. I can’t wait to fix it up and sell it!


I dropped mom off in Tifton around 8:30pm then headed home to Camilla. It was after 10pm when we got home. I was pooped!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

When we woke up, I started doing laundry. Brandon spent all day outside mowing the grass and weed eating and trimming bushes and trees.

Don’t mind the green pool, but he really cleaned up all the trees on the backside of the pool.


I decided to finish painting the hallway upstairs. Previously, I had painted all of the downstairs hallways then headed up the stairs but ran out of paint. So, I got some more a while back but haven’t had a moment to paint.

I ran out of paint again! And, I couldn’t reach one spot of the wall where the stairs are. We need to borrow a taller ladder and finish that up.













When I was grilling dinner, Brandon was outside with a flame thrower that he invented burning the grass on the sidewalk that has been buried since we bought the house.


Dawson found a bunch of tree frogs and Brandon helped her collect them all.


Sunday, March 13, 2016

I spent the entire day today deep cleaning the house getting it ready for Deegan’s birthday party coming up this Saturday. I made a few goodies for the party just so I would have that done and out of the way.

Brandon worked on the fireplace wall. The goal is to get it somewhat finished before the party. We want this wall to stand out around the fireplace so we are going to use the bead board we found months ago and trim out the fireplace. Also, we had gotten a huge round mirror from the farmhouse from a dresser we left behind because it was too far gone. We are going to use the round mirror above the fireplace.





The mirror doesn’t look so huge now. LOL This is all we got done today and I love it!


Here is the sidewalk that Brandon was flame throwing at last night.


He still has to shovel the dirt and dead grass off of it.

The house and property are really coming along and I love it more and more. Until next time!

Easter’s on its way…

Monday, February 22, 2016

When I got home, Brandon let me know that we had lost one of our original chickens. This makes the third one we have lost since we have moved.

We ate dinner in the living room so that we could watch a movie, The Martian. We weren’t able to finish it all because it’s a really long movie.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

While I was at work, I learned that there is bad weather in the forecast for tomorrow morning. School has been canceled for tomorrow so that means I won’t be going to work since I have the kids.

Tonight, we finished The Martian. It is a REALLY good movie! Deegan especially liked it because it had to do with space (his birthday theme this year)!

Before we went to bed, we got our flashlights and weather radio out in case we needed them for the storm. It started pouring down rain about 10:30ish and sounded horrible throughout the night. The weather radio went off several times really loudly. That was annoying.



Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Brandon set his alarm for 3:30am but when he woke up it still sounded horrible outside. So, he stayed home. We woke up around 8am and all was clear and beautiful outside. Brandon got ready and headed to work. My goal for today was to start decorating for Easter. Fun day! I started in the front entrance/hallway.

I have been wanting to hang some metal flower baskets on the wall on both sides of the front door and finally got to do that today.





I grabbed the cross-stitched Home Sweet Home sign from my Great Aunt’s trailer at the farm. I love it!






I added a shelf underneath for little knick knacks.






Then, I focused on the entry table in the front hallway.






The milk glass vase was a find from the farm. The picket fence basket was a yard sale item picked for 50 cents.






I brought the fern (on the right) in from the front porch and stuck it in an galvanized olive basket.


While I was decorating that table, the kids came in from outside and brought two bird eggs that had fallen out of a pine tree in the backyard. Brandon told me to wrap them up in a paper towel to keep them warm. We are going to try and hatch them.

Then, I moved to the living room and decorated a basket for the coffee table.


When Brandon got home, I thought I heard a noise so I met him in the kitchen and there he was with a Tractor Supply box. He bought us some ducks!


We got a galvanized tub from the farm and Brandon got it ready so that we could keep the ducks in that until they get bigger. I added a bowl of water for them to use as their “pond”.



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Nothing to report for today.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Brandon let me know this morning that he saw two deer off of Hwy 97. When I was headed to work, I came across three deer. I had to slam my breaks on so I wouldn’t hit them as they crossed the road and everything that was in my passenger seat fell into the floorboard.

Someone was selling an antique washstand for $50 on Facebook today. I asked Brandon if I could get it. I was thinking of using this as the vanity in the upstairs bathroom. I picked it up after I picked up Dawson from school.

Once I got Deegan, I took them to my in-laws’ house so that I could go help my brother, Nathan, move to his new temporary residence. Brandon was going to meet us out there since he was coming from Valdosta.

It took us until around 11pm to finish getting everything from his old house to his new place. We still had to go get the kids from the in-laws’ house then go home. I was just ready to climb into bed. Brandon was the one wanting to drive home. It takes an hour and a half from his parents’ house.

When we got to their house, we warmed up some pizza they had gotten for dinner. His mom asked if we were spending the night. I knew she wasn’t going to let us drive home that late! Brandon caved….and we spent the night.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

His dad cooked us some breakfast then we headed out of town. But first, we made a pit stop at Bob’s nursery in Tifton. $250 later, we had 5 1 gallon Leland Cypress trees, 2 3 gallon Leland Cypress trees, 4 Stuart Pecan trees, 1 Cape Fear Pecan tree, 2 blueberry bushes, and 3 blackberry bushes.

When we got home, we cleaned the pool then loaded up the trailer so we could start planting.

This is how our daughter, Dawson, rode on the trailer. She’s a dare devil.

2 3 gallon Leland Cypress trees planted in front of the fence.

The kids had to keep going back and forth to the house. This is how that happened.

The kids each got a free plant from Bob’s flowers and they planted them in the mailbox planter.


We want to line the drive way with pecan trees. So this is just a start and you can barely see them but here are all 6 pecan trees.

We planted the 5 1 gallon Leland Cypress trees where the easement used to go. We will be planting some grass seeds there as well.

We ended the day with planting the 4 rose bushes that Brandon had gotten me for Valentine’s Day. We will be putting in a tall white fence around the pool and I want to line the front of the fence with rose bushes.




(Again, you can barely see them.)


Sunday, February 28, 2016

I woke up and started cleaning the house and doing laundry. Brandon got the tractor out and went to the front field to stir the dirt.

While I was doing laundry, I decided to finally put some plates around the dining room. I also added all those small crocks with the plates and I love it!






Dawson loves riding the tractor!

This was when he was changing out the attachments. Dawson did NOT ride like this!

We are planting White, Red, and Yukon Gold Potatoes in the front field.

Deegan’s turn to ride the tractor!

The kids love helping plant!

We had enough left over that we planted some in the small garden in the backyard.

I don’t know if you watch Fixer Upper but when Joanna goes to Clint for some furniture, he pulls out a sketchbook and calls it the “Book of Jo” so she can draw it out and he won’t lose it. I thought that was a great idea and since we just moved to the house and haven’t really got to start a bunch of projects, this would be a great way to keepsake things or ideas we have about the house.

So, after I put the kids to bed, I got our sketchbook out, the “Book of Dow”, and put it in front of Brandon and asked him to draw the small garden in the back. I wasn’t sure if he would have time during the week to do some planting and I wanted to make sure that we are on the same page with the layout. 🙂


Monday, February 29, 2016

I decided to draw the garden in color.


Some lady was selling an old dresser on Facebook for $40 and right now, Brandon and I have my wicker furniture in our Master. We really need to get some new furniture for our room so I thought maybe this could be a starting piece.


Brandon told me to tell her that I could pick it up today and I was thinking that meant he would come up and get it for me. When I told him that, he thought I could fit it in my car.

Well, I picked up the kids then headed way out of the way to get the dresser and I could not get it to fit in my car. I have a sporty SUV so with all the curves, it just wouldn’t fit. So, Brandon is going to have to come to Tifton tomorrow to pick it up.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Dawson’s dance class got their 2nd costume in to try on. It is super cute and I cannot wait until the recital gets here.

Don’t you just love her fake smile! 🙂

Brandon was able to come to Tifton to get the dresser while I was at dance.

After I put the kids to bed and Brandon was asleep, I was watching TV in the bedroom when I heard something. It sounded like something fell. I start practically beating Brandon to wake him up then we search all over and find nothing. So, we go to bed.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

When I got up this morning and went to the kitchen, I found my ivy from on top of my kitchen cabinets on the floor. So, I immediately think that this must have been the sound that I heard. I think nothing of it…..pick it up and put it on the counter and leave.

A bunch of us from work started Weight Watchers today at ABAC. I weighed more than I thought I would. Not good! I’m excited to start this journey!

Brandon stopped at a nursery in Thomasville and got what 3 gallon pots of Leland Cypress trees they had left.

When I got home from work, I started cooking dinner on the stove….in the oven. I get everyone’s plate made and we go to the living room to watch a movie, Fantastic Four. So, not far into the movie, we hear a loud crash like something fell again! So, I run to the kitchen and the kids run right behind me….Brandon is pausing the movie and when I walk into the kitchen, I see items from on top of my kitchen cabinets on the floor and Dawson is standing right next to them. I turn to tell Brandon that there has got to be something up there and when I turn back around to look at the items…..I see a SNAKE (#3) trying to crawl up the front of the stove with it’s tongue sticking out. I immediately yell at Dawson to move away and (bless her heart) I scared the crap out of her and she started screaming and running away. Brandon went and got his gloves while Deegan kept his eye on it. I went to grab a flashlight because it started crawling under the stove. Brandon yanked the stove away from the wall trying to get it and it crawled into the cabinets. So, I shone the flashlight on it so he could see it. I went and grabbed the fireplace tools for him to use to get the snake. He gets it and pulls it out and it’s an oak snake or grey rat snake. Either way, it was non-venomous.

Ok, at this point, I’m thinking…..

Where the heck was this thing while I was over here cooking?

Was it dangling down looking at me?

Was it crawling up the wall?

How the heck did this thing get inside the house???

So, Brandon takes it outside and kills it. Yes, I know it’s not a bad snake, but if you crawl into my house, you are a DEAD SNAKE!

I’m thinking at this point….maybe we should start a pet cemetery!!

We’ve lost 3 chickens, killed 2 rattlesnakes, killed 2 oak snakes, killed 1 rat, caught 3+ dead mice on sticky traps……

When he came in, we put everything back in place. I threw some moth balls into the fireplace. I think that’s where it came in from. I told him that we needed to do a house check before bed. So, it took some time, but we walked the whole house and didn’t find any more. That didn’t make me sleep any better at night!!! I stayed up as long as I could before my body was just ready to shut down.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

When Brandon left the house at 4:30am, I’m pretty sure I heard something coming from our Master Bathroom. So, I get up on my knees on our bed and I reach around the wall to turn the light switch on in the bathroom and I look at the floor beside the bed and get out of bed and go check out the bathroom. I couldn’t find anything but I sure as heck could not go back to sleep. So, I got my phone and played on it for a while. Then, my body shutdown again but minutes later my alarm went off so it was time to get ready for work.

I can’t help but look around EVERYWHERE now that there is a good possibility of other critters getting into the house.

I sent Brandon to buy some snake away and other items to help deter the snakes.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Last night, I heard sounds over and over coming from under the Master Bathroom. I’m pretty sure it’s a big rat under the house or in the walls. But, it kept me up pretty much all night.

I went to Valdosta with the kids and spent the night at my parents’ house. I kept the kids with me so that Brandon could snake proof the house.

He stopped by and bought some trim for the rooms upstairs. There used to be carpet up there and someone ripped it out and there is a huge gap all the way around all the rooms up there. You can clearly see into the attic.


He got Deegan’s room done tonight and started on Dawson’s room.

I fell asleep at 5:30pm….NO JOKE! I was tired! I’m glad that I had a place to sleep, worry free!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Mom and I did good yard saling. I had a bad headache and was ready to call it quits sooner than normal.

When we got home, I noticed that the neighbor finally put in a mailbox at the end of his drive. I told Brandon that and he said that he saw the mail lady come to ours, turn around, deliver his and then go on. So, that means that she is not delivering mail to the mailbox down the easement. YAY! She shouldn’t have to do that when he has a mailbox at his own residence that’s in another location.

Brandon was done with Dawson’s room and had started on the playroom. He was at a good stopping point so we headed to Albany to some nurseries there to get some more Leland Cypress trees that were cheaper.

When we were on our way to the first nursery, we stopped at a Tractor Supply on the way. Hoping to see what chicks or ducks they had. But, they were out. While we were there, we looked at getting something for Brandon to be able to water plants up front. We ended up leaving with a new Spot Sprayer.

We went to ABC Nursery and got 10 1 gallon Leland Cypress trees and 1 Pineapple Pear tree.


 Dawson picked some weeds while we were there. She asked me to take her picture when we were in the truck.


Then, we went to Mark’s Nursery where they had better prices. We got 4 1 gallon Leland Cypress trees, 4 3 gallon Leland Giants, and 1 Peach tree. $90

When we got back home, Brandon got out his new toy.


He rigged it onto the trailer.


This was our load for today.


We planted all the 3 gallon Leland Cypress trees that we had along the front of the property by the fence.





View from the front yard.


By the time we were done planting those, it was dark and the sun was setting so we were done today.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

I woke up and started cleaning the house and doing laundry. My hopes were to tackle cleaning the dining room. I know that it’s getting on Brandon’s nerves. Stuff that we’ve retrieved from the farm is in there as well as stuff for my booth.

I tagged a bunch of items to take to the booth tomorrow. Cleaned a LOT of items from the farm.

After lunch, we went outside to continue planting. We had set a trap the night before to try and catch what is under the Master Bathroom. When we checked it, the cheese was completely gone and the trap hadn’t gone off. Brandon tried to make it go off and it was broke. Just great! So now we are feeding the thing. LOL We need to get the trap fixed or use the bigger one and try and get it….now, especially since it thinks nothing will happen if it goes in.

We planted all the 1 gallon Leland Cypress trees down the side of the property line. I was being silly and using the pots as shoes. Dawson thought that was funny so she did the same thing and used one as a hat.



We planted two Crepe Myrtle trees on both sides of the driveway where the driveway bends. We had purchased those last year sometime before we moved but never planted them.

Then, we planted the Pineapple Pear, Peach, and Mulberry plants up at the front of the field. We will have a fruit orchard up there.


Then, we went to the back by the small garden and planted a Yoshini Cherry tree (it’s going to be so pretty)


and two Hydrangea bushes in what will be a quaint flower garden area next to the small garden.


Brandon and I have been needing to get the four bushes that are left in the front of the house out. So, we tackled that next. He got the tractor and tied a chain around the bush and yanked it. But, these were some strong bushes. He had to get his chainsaw to help him out.


Bush 1


When he took out the first bush, he found a small critter hole near the front porch.

When he took out the second bush, he found an even bigger critter hole under the third bush.


After all of that mess, he was done for the day. And, I don’t blame him! He did a lot this weekend!





Last of the Farmhouse Treasures

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nothing to report for today.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Today is the second day after starting the gym. It seems to always be the most sore day when starting the gym back. I am super sore and am moving very slow.

Brandon stopped and bought some posts for the fence on his way home. When he got home, he finished doing the front fence on the right up front.

When I got home with the kids, I started dinner. While I was making dinner, I sat with Dawson and read her book from school with her. When Brandon got done outside and came inside, he sat with Dawson and drew a picture for her based on the story from the book. She picked out the colors and told him what to draw.


Thursday, February 18, 2016

I wasn’t feeling well and progressively got worse as the day went on. My head was pounding so bad I was about in tears. I ended up leaving work early.

When I got home, I took some medicine and laid down. When Brandon got home, he starting working on the fence to the left side of our house where the easement used to be. It took him about an hour to put one post in. When he came inside, I made some dinner and took some PM medicine. We ate in the living room and watched the movie Pixels. I tried so hard to stay up for the whole movie but I ended up falling asleep probably halfway through it.

Friday, February 19, 2016

When I got off of work, I went and got the kids and headed to Valdosta. Brandon and I want to do a date night tonight and mom and dad said they would watch the kids. When Brandon and I went to leave, I was standing by his truck and he was right behind me which shocked me because he was going to open the door for me…….so I thought. Weeks ago, I watched a man open the door for a woman and told him, “Someone used to do that for me….LOL”. So, he opens the door and the seat and floorboard are full of seed potatoes that he just purchased. LOL He had to move them out of the way. So, we headed to town and we decided that we wanted to eat at Cheddar’s before going to the movie. It was about 5pm so it wasn’t so packed and we got great service. After we were done, Brandon walked me to my side of the truck and opened the door for me. How sweet! Then, we went shopping at Gander Mountain to waste some time before the movie started. Brandon did not open the door for me when leaving Gander Mountain. 😦 We went to see Dead Pool and as we were waiting on the movie to start, we saw a woman walk in with two small children that looked to be about 3 and 4 years old. Brandon quickly said that based on things he had read on the movie that this was NOT a movie for small children. Shortly after that, another woman walks in with three boys that looked to be about 10 to 12 years old. Brandon just shook his head. Well, throughout the whole movie there is really bad language, some nudity and some other stuff that is just NOT appropriate for children. Not once, did those people get up and leave. I just could NOT believe it. The movie is definitely an adult movie. I wasn’t looking forward to watching it based off of the preview I had seen, but I have to say….I really enjoyed it……although it could have done without all the things I just said about it though. If you go see it, you need to stay through the credits….there is something at the very end to see. When we went to the truck, Brandon opened the door for me! Overall, this was a very good date night. We had a great time!

Guys, I have to just say this…….women LOVE when you do small gestures such as opening the car door for her or touching the small of her back or kissing her forehead. It really doesn’t take much to make us happy. These small gestures show us that you really care for us and it makes us feel special. Never hesitate to make your woman feel special!

We spent the night at my parent’s so that mom and I could yard sale in the morning.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Mom and I did okay to start with but it got much better near the end of yard saling. Today was a day of miniature stuff for me (and my house).

This is a bunch of crocks that I got for $8.


Some miniature baskets and miniature cheese grater that I got for decoration for my house. Some lady asked me when I was buying the tiny baskets what I was planning on doing with them……if ya’ll know how sarcastic I am….I so badly wanted to answer her, “Go pick berries with them”. But, I just let it go.


When we were done, we headed to the farm to try and finish getting some things. We got some stepping stones from the property and then we got some louvered windows from the farmhouse.


We plan to use them for our greenhouse.

Then, Brandon and I went into the kitchen and noticed some old spice tins. He climbed up on the cabinet and noticed something on the top shelf. He sounded excited and when he showed me what it was….I was excited….it was an egg scale.









Sunday, February 21, 2016

When we woke up, Brandon went outside to work on putting up the fence along the left side of the house where the easement used to be. I stayed inside and continued deep cleaning the house while doing laundry and dishes.

I decided I wanted a change in the bedding on our bed. This is not what I want for the long run but it will do for now.




I added a pitcher I had retrieved from the farmhouse on our end table and put an arrangement in it.


I added the old spice tins to my Lazy Susans.



Then, I headed upstairs to work on the kids’ playroom. It looks horrible….like a bomb went off in there. We had gotten a dresser from the trailer at the farm so I used it for storage in there. It took me about 4 hours to go through the room.










I hung up my Easter door hanger.


This is a hard picture to really see the difference but this is the fence.





This is the chicken coop area where he finished putting the boards going along the top.


Doctors, Presents, Antiques…OH MY!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Today, I got news that our farm in Thomasville is officially under contract. I met the buyer over the past weekend and he was super nice. I’m glad that the property is going to a good family who will appreciate it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Brandon had a follow up appointment concerning his hip/leg issue. His appointment was at 3:45 and we got there at 3:30. We got called to the back within a few minutes of being there. The nurse asked him questions and typed it into the computer and then said the doctor would be in shortly. We sat in the room for about an hour before the doctor came in. Then, it was just repeating everything we just told the nurse. I insisted that he be referred to a endocrinologist for his thyroid issues. I feel like right now it’s a guessing game for the doctor on what to prescribe him and it’s just wasting our time and I would rather him see someone that knows what they are doing and how to help him. I asked for blood work for certain thyroid tests and xrays on his hip and knee. So, by the time we got out of the room, we were trying to hurry and go to their lab so he could get his blood work done. Well, by the time we went to this window and that window and finally got to the lab, we asked the lady if she could do Brandon’s blood work and she said “No, she couldn’t do anything after 5pm”. It was 5 on the dot. It made me so mad. I told her where we live and where he works and how inconvenient it is to have to come back to do that. She would not help us. He is coming back up on Friday so he plans on getting his blood work and xrays done at Affinity.

When I picked the kids up from daycare, Dawson informed me that Deegan was in the office because he scratched a girl “like a lion”. So, I go up front to get him and I was told that the girl asked him to scratch her so he wasn’t in trouble. When I got home, I noticed a scratch going across his neck and asked him what that was from and he acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about. So, I lifted up his shirt and looked at his back and he had scratches on his back. Apparently, both of them were scratching each other. What in the heck are they doing at daycare???

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Brandon said there was a note in our mailbox from the mail lady asking him to call her. When he called her, she asked about when we were putting up our gate/fence. He told her that the plan was that we were going to put it up this weekend. She said that she had tried to contact the renters next door and the previous owner about moving their mailboxes and she told them that once we put our gate up that her supervisor would not allow her to use the new easement to deliver their mail. (Their mailboxes are in the back of the property and not by the road.) So, she told them that they would need to move their mailboxes to the end of the road or she would not be delivering their mail. She said the neighbor’s wife gave the excuse that her husband is a farmer. We are not sure what that means.

Before we went to bed, I went ahead and gave Brandon his Valentine’s Day present. I had just gotten it today and I hate waiting to give presents especially when they are good! I had gotten him a Bushnell flashlight that has 1200 lumens. Deegan had gotten a small one while in Cub Scouts and Brandon really liked it because it was such a bright flashlight. Since Deegan got his, Brandon has gotten a bigger one. Well, I got him the Mack Daddy of the Bushnell Flashlights. He loved it!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Brandon drove up to Tifton after he got off of work. We sold a stove to a lady. Then, he went to Affinity for blood work and xrays. While he was doing that, I went and picked the kids up from school and dropped them off with Brandon’s dad and then went to meet his mom for a little shopping. After shopping, I went and picked up some Chicago’s for dinner. I’ve been craving their pizzaroli. So delicious! We ate dinner together with his family then I headed to Valdosta to spend the night at my parents’.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Mom and I did okay yard saling. My favorite buy was a Charles Chips Tin sealed with potato chips still in there for $1. When mom and I were done yard saling, we headed over to Thomasville and stopped at yard sales along the way.

When we got to Thomasville, I drove her to show her where my house used to be then we met up with Brandon and my dad at a place called Fallin’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q. It was really good! When we were done and walked out into the parking lot, Brandon noticed that one of the trailer tires was flat. He filled it up with air and headed to the farm. Mom, Dad, and I headed to a place called The Bread Wagon. They make the best malted chocolate balls ever!


If you haven’t ever been and are in the area. I suggest you go to those two places.

When we got to the farm, Brandon and Dad needed to head back to town in order to fix the tire. Mom and I started cleaning up the trailer then we went over to the old farmhouse. I wanted to go back through that room that hasn’t been entered into for over 40 years. I was able to get a bunch of old Old Spice items from the bathroom.


Mom was quickly overwhelmed and wanted to take a break. So, I waited until the guys got back before going back in. Brandon fixed the tire and put it back on then we went over to the farmhouse. Brandon climbed on into the room and started going through everything.

After a while, my dad left and it was just me and Brandon. We found two enamel lids, a canner, two enamel tea pots, an old perfume bottom, some copper punch templates, and other knick knacks.

When we were done going through the room, Brandon and I went into the woods to get some granite stones that were out there. Then, we headed home.

We dropped off everything at home around 6:30ish. Before we left, Brandon wanted to go ahead and give me my Valentine’s Day present since I had given him his early. I had told him that I want to start planting flowers that I can pick from throughout the year to make arrangements in the house. So, he got me some rose bushes and Charlie Puth’s CD.


Then, we headed to Tifton to get the kids. We got there around 8:30 and ate dinner with them, talked a little bit, and left about 10:30.

We got home at 11:30 and called it a day. A BUSY DAY!

Sunday, February 14, 2016


I woke up and started deep cleaning the house. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to really go through the things we have been bringing back to the house and getting everything situated. So, I went through a lot of things and cleaned a lot of it too.

Before – Enamel Lid


After – Enamel Lid


Old Lance Peanut Can


This is some decorating I did on a small Lazy Susan I have.


Before – Enamel Teapot


After – Enamel Teapot


Before – Enamel Teapot

I about gagged when I cleaned this one. UGH!


After – Enamel Teapot


Both Teapots




Old Stapler still in the box with staples


Copper punch templates?


Laying Hen Dish


Lidded dish


I decorated my big Lazy Susan and I added this dish because it looks kind of like a pie dish and there are pies on the front of the book. I also found the small cow bell in that room.


Crystal lidded frog dish for flower arrangements


While I was spring cleaning, Brandon was outside with the kids putting up the gate/fence. The mail lady also asked us to move our mailbox sideways because we are her “turnaround” point.

Dawson having fun in Daddy’s trailer




After – with gate



After – with fence and granite stones from the farm and mailbox turned sideways



We ended the day by watching Minions together. I think we got a lot accomplished over the weekend.

Monday, February 15, 2016

This was the first day with the gate up and locked. The kids went with Brandon to Valdosta since it’s President’s Day and they are out…they are staying with my mom today. So, I had to open the gate and shut the gate all by myself. 😦

She took the kids to Tallahassee to JCP to get their pictures made.



I joined the YMCA on Thursday but started today. I’m going during my lunch break because by the time I get off of work, I just want to get the kids and go home. Plus, the classes I would take at night are later and I wouldn’t get home until really late.

Brandon and I had our dentist appointments today. My teeth are fine. They found a cavity in his teeth. He’ll go back in March and get that fixed.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The kids were with me this morning so it’s Deegan’s job to open and close the gate. I think he thoroughly enjoys it.


Brandon took his trailer to work this morning to get all the extra pallets that were going to be thrown out. OH! The things I could do with these! LOL


I decided it would be nice to stop at Taco Bell on the way home and make today, Taco Tuesday. Deegan keeps insisting that’s what we have on Tuesdays. Thanks Lego Movie! LOL

We ate in the living room and watched Inside Out. That was a pretty good movie!

Farmhouse Hidden Treasures

Monday, January 25, 2016

When I got home, I could tell that they had cut a ditch by the easement. Brandon was outside digging by the propane tank checking to see if it was possible to just rotate the tank around to get it on our side of the property line. He said that it would be no problem to move it ourselves. Thank goodness! That saves us roughly $100.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

This is the view I had this morning while driving to Tifton. So gorgeous! The picture does not do it justice.


When I dropped Dawson off at ballet, Deegan and I went downtown to Southern Pickers to check on my booth and while I was down there, you could hear sirens and see that traffic was stopped. So, I went outside and saw an older lady laying in the road with blood running from her hand and her head. We weren’t sure if it was a hit and run, but according to witnesses, she was crossing the street and tripped and fell. The ambulance was parked right behind my car and I wasn’t sure if they would be gone in enough time for me to be able to leave to go pick up Dawson. But, they did end up moving in enough time for me to leave.

When I got home, Brandon told me that he and the guy that is doing the easement would be moving the propane tank on Saturday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Nothing to report today.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nothing to report today.

Friday, January 29, 2016

I’m spending the night with my parents so that mom and I can go yard saling.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

I got home around 1:30ish. Brandon and that guy had moved the propane tank by the time I got home.


This is the view of the easement thus far.


Brandon got out on the tractor to start getting the soil ready for our garden.

This is the garden area in the front yard where we will plant things that don’t need to be tended to daily.


There is a plow attachment for the tractor that is at the farm. So, we will be going to get it tomorrow so that he can plow.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

When we got to the farm, we went into the farmhouse (my great grandfather’s house) to get what wooden doors we could get. Also, there was some scrap 2x4s and such that we got as well. This house has sat like this for maybe 25 plus years. When my great grandfather passed, no one was allowed in the house. It’s so sad.

The Farmhouse


Front Door


This is the front room/porch.


This is the living room.


This is the fireplace.


One of three bedrooms.


Another bedroom.


Dining Room








This was our load that we got from the farm.


When we got back home, I saw a huge bird fly into the front yard from our pool. It was a crane!




Brandon plowed the front garden then plowed a smaller garden in the back.





While he was doing that, I was painting a child’s chair for my mom.





Monday, February 1, 2016

Nothing to report today.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

This morning was super foggy going to Tifton. When I approached the curve on Hwy 112 where County Line Rd is, another car was coming around the corner and two deer jumped out in front us. I think it was meant to be that we were both coming around the corner so that our lights could shine on them and we both see them. There was a car on my tail that about ate me when I had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting the deer.

When I got home, I had to pack my bags. Tomorrow, I am leaving to head to Callaway Gardens for a conference for my job.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We left shortly after lunchtime and went over towards Albany then North. We drove through some really bad weather, but we made it!





It is absolutely beautiful here!

We checked in, took our bags to the room, then headed out to find some food. We had to take the luggage carrier back down and if you know me, I love to have some fun so I ended up riding it down the hall just to make things a little interesting.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

We were in conferences all day until around 5ish. We got in the car and drove around. They were closed but the gates were open so we were able to drive around and look.

We stopped at a field and took a selfie.


Then we went to the Chapel which is gorgeous!


So, then after driving around a while,we were trying to find the exit and couldn’t find it! LOL We about got lost in there but luckily we finally found how to get out of that place. But, it’s definitely worth going back when it’s open and I have a map. 🙂

Then, we drove around the town and found an antique store that was supposed to be closed by the time we got there but he stayed open for us to look through. I found a lot of things that I liked however everything was WAY overpriced.

I found a yellow hand chair and just had to get a picture of me with it. My friend Kristi actually has two of these. They wanted $495 for this. Ridiculous!



We made it back in time for dinner then went back to our room.

Brandon texted me that we have a hen that is sitting on some eggs. So, maybe we will have some chicks soon!

Friday, February 5, 2016

We had a few conferences to go to this morning then we checked out and headed home. We took a different route coming home. We went over towards I-75 to Byron so that we could stop at The Big Peach Antique Store. It was such a beautiful drive. It reminded me a lot of Tennessee.

I got back to Tifton in enough time to drop off the rental car and then pick up my kids from school. I really wanted to go to Valdosta so that mom and I could yard sale but Brandon wanted me to come home. So, with the agreement that he would go yard saling with me in the Camilla/Thomasville area, I went home.

We watched a movie together while we ate dinner.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

We woke up and started driving around looking for yard sales. We only found two today. It was a little disappointing but I was ok with what I had gotten. We drove around Thomasville and found where our house use to reside.

This is the social hall to First Baptist Church.


This house is across the street from it.


Then, we went to the farm. Brandon wanted to get one of the sheds that is out there, but he realized it was bigger than he thought and it would have been a mess to try and take. So, we went through both sheds again and got a few more things. My dad called and said that someone wanted to look at the farm and he needed the keys to get in but we left them at our house. So, we have to come back tomorrow to let them in.

This is our load from today.


After we got home, we unloaded then headed to Albany for a date night with our friends Kenny and Kristi. It was a good chance for us to just hang out at their house and catch up while the kids played. One time, their son, Shane, came out of the room and his nose was bleeding. Apparently, Dawson knocked him in the face. Way to go Dawson! LOL JK Kristi! 🙂

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Before we headed to the farm, Brandon FINALLY shaved his head and beard. I was more concerned with the beard than his head. LOL It was beginning to get a little too bushy for me. After he shaved, he looked like he had lost about 10 lbs. He looks so much better!

We headed to Thomasville after we had some breakfast. When we got to the farm, mom and dad were already there. Brandon and I went into the farmhouse to get a few more doors out and some mirrors off of some old dressers. While I was in the house, I really wanted to go into one of the bedrooms that you can’t even walk into because crap has just been thrown in there for years. I’m not kidding when I say there is crap piled in there from the floor up to about 4 ft.


So, I got some gloves and started digging. I’m not sure what I was hoping to find but you just never know. I was able to get a nice basket, an old metal trashcan, some glass candy dishes, and old boxes with cool advertisement on them.


The dishes and skewers are still in the package.



Everything is still in this Water Color Set box.



Everything was still in this Stain Glass Set box.





We found some old recipe books.


The coolest thing was…..Brandon was able to move all the crap from in front of the closet in that room and open the closet.

Inside the closet, he found some white boxes. Inside the white boxes, we found china dishes and sterling silverware. JACKPOT!!




And, we found a cigar box full of old pictures. Here are some that I plan on framing and hanging in my house.



After going through the farmhouse, Brandon and I went down into the field/woods and retrieved a tractor attachment.


There was also an old travel camper trailer out there that he wants to convert into a flatbed trailer. He was unable to get it because he didn’t have the right size ball.


When we got home, I finally put up some Coke items that my mom gave to me. I did happen to retrieve some old aluminum Coke cans from that room at the farm.




Monday, February 8, 2016

Brandon went over to the farm and ended up loading the trailer onto our smaller trailer and bringing it home. LOL


Snow in the South

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

On the way to work this morning, I came across a fresh dead deer in a spot that Brandon had bumped a deer within the first week of our move.

On the way home from work, they had cleaned up the deer from where I saw it this morning. As I came around the curve, I saw a white-tailed doe jump into the woodline. She stopped and listened. I’m sure she was listening to my deer whistle.

I told Brandon about it and he said that he saw a deer on Hwy 97 before he turned onto our road coming home.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Nothing to report today.

Friday, January 22, 2016

After I picked up the kids from school, I headed to Valdosta so I could spend the night at my parents’ house so my mom and I could go yard saling on Saturday. While Brandon waited on me to get to Valdosta, he went and bought an inversion table to help with his back/hip problem.

After we ate dinner, my parents, Brandon, and I started planning our vacation that we will be taking during the summer. I don’t like to put it out there on social media sites where and when we will be on vacation. So, I can’t really tell you where we will be going. But, it’s going to be epic! That’s about all I can say about it for now. I’m super excited and can’t wait for it to get here!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Mom and I had looked at the weather last night and we knew that it was going to be a cold one. There weren’t very many yard sales listed in the paper but most of the time we find tons of yard sales that aren’t listed. We didn’t expect to have too many today with the cold weather. The first yard sale that we hit up was awesome. We would ask about an item and then set it down. Then the lady would start coming off of her prices again and again….to the point, we just had to get them. By the last yard sale that we went to, we saw snow flurries. That’s about as close to snow as we will probably get down here in the south. If you look really hard, you can see snow flurries on my mom’s windshield. LOL


We did so good today. I have tons of things to add to the booth next week.

My son, Deegan, stayed last night as well so that he could help my dad work on some things. When we were done yard saling, I picked up Deegan and headed home. We made a pit stop in Quitman at an estate sale and Deegan got a big cardboard picture of a space shuttle. Then, we stopped at Publix in Thomasville to grocery shop.

By the time I got home, Brandon had just about finished re mortaring the brick back on the fireplace. However, he ran out of mortar so he didn’t get to completely finish it. But, he did enough that we are going to be able to have some fires. I’m so proud of my man! He has so many talents and if it weren’t for him, this house would have been a money pit!


In the midst of him finishing the fireplace, I started laundry and cleaned the dishes. Brandon started a fire when he was through cleaning up all that mortar. After all of that, we were able to just chill. Something we haven’t really done lately.

We made dinner and watched Antman with the kids. If you haven’t seen it, you should. It was pretty good.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

After lunch, Brandon and I went outside to try and finish the new chicken area. On Friday, Brandon bought some 2 inch chicken wire that was 8 ft tall and 150 long. So, we had to take down the two different sizes that we had started to put up last weekend and put up the new chicken wire. After that, he added 1 inch chicken wire 3 ft tall to the bottom all the way around to help with critters. Then we added some 1x4s around the base. We will be adding some to the top as well later.


While he was doing that, I went and got the youngest chicken out and put her in the new area. She is bearded and has feathers on her feet. She is our sweetest hen. The others like to pick on her.


Brandon screwed some small trees that he cut down previously to some trees inside the area to give them a roost.


We had to make the other chickens an area detached from the coop so that we could move it. We just made the lattice into a triangle.


Now the fun part! We get to move the coop. Brandon used the tractor and some chain to pull it towards the new area.


Move 1



When he moved it, I saw a mouse run towards the coop back under it.

Move 2 consisted of a post pinned between the coop and the tractor and Brandon scooted the coop back on the left side. I didn’t take pictures because I was the one pinning the post between the coop and the tractor, all the while hoping Brandon doesn’t pin me between the coop and the tractor.

Move 3

Brandon then hooked the chain to the front right corners and pulled it.



I kept seeing the mouse come out and go back under the coop. I finally was able to get close enough to take a picture of it. It was so tiny.

Far Away Pic


Close Up Pic


End of Move 3


Move 4 Take One

We hooked the chains to two corners and tried to pull it but it wouldn’t move.


Move 4 Take Two

We tried to push it about 3 feet towards the chicken pen and it wouldn’t budge.


Move 4 Take Three

Then, Brandon tried backing the tractor up to it and push it that way (we added some boards under the other side) and it still wouldn’t move.


So, it was getting dark and we decided to just leave it for tonight.

We went inside and started a fire, cooked some dinner and watched Mad Max Fury Road. I don’t care for movies like that but I watched it with him. The kids were upstairs playing. Definitely, not a kid-friendly movie. 🙂