Thursday, September 14, 2017

{Life Lately}

Happy middle of September!  Seriously y'all...how the heck did that happen?  September - December is my absolute favorite time of year....so can we slow down already?!  I want to enjoy every single second of it!

So here's what has been going on in my life lately...

About 3 months ago, I jumped in head first into the Instagram world.  I have had my account for over a year, but never really did much with it.  I decided in June to really work on promoting it & it's been such a whirlwind.  I went from 500 followers to over 5500.  I have met so many incredible people who I know call friends & have had to opportunity to work with a few companies.  I have even been featured on Kirkland's & Pier One!  It's time consuming & a little stressful at times...but it's been so much fun!
I've been decorating for Fall!  And once again, Target knocked it out of the park with their Dollar Spot.  Seriously, it's my favorite place to shop!!
Speaking of Fall, we had out first cold front!  That combined with 2 hurricanes, we have had a very pleasant September.  It's been wonderful & felt like real Fall!  Unfortunately the warm temps & humidity are returning this week.
Aggie football returned!  I am not going to say a whole lot about that other than it's going to be a VERY long season.  Again. Ugh.
High school football returned...there's nothing quite like Friday night lights!  And Mason started playing 7th grade football on Tuesday nights.
I got to keep this little cutie a few times & Morgan had a sleepover!
I got a new car...
And broke it in the next day by buying a couch & love seat at Ikea...and fitting it all inside.  I didn't think it would fit but it did!!
Speaking of  - here is my little mini living room makeover!  Y'all - I LOVE it!
So there you have it!  A little glimpse into what's been going on in my life!  Real exciting, huh? =)  The antique festival starts this weekend in Warrenton so I may run out there.  And it might be the last game the Aggies when all year so I'll be watching that.  Other than that - it's life as usual!

Have a great weekend!


Friday, September 1, 2017

{Hurricane Harvey}

Wow!  What a crazy week it has been.  As you all know, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast last Friday night as a category 4 storm.  And y'all, the devastation is unfathomable. I can't stop watching the news & my heart just breaks for those poor people.  So many people have lost everything.  Everything.  

I wasn't even aware that there was a storm in the Gulf last week...and I think a lot of other people didn't know about it either!  It went from a small tropical storm to a category 2 hurricane over night.  It wasn't until the chatter started on Thursday that I realized I might need to prepare for this thing!  I went to the grocery store that night & found this...
Seriously, there was not one loaf of bread left on the shelves.  Our town was sold out of batteries, flashlights, bread, milk...it was crazy!  The rain started around 8:00pm Friday night here...and didn't stop until Monday night. Not kidding.  Thankfully it was slow & steady here so there was no flooding & very little damage.
But unfortunately those along the coast & in Houston were not as fortunate.  Harvey hit Rockport as a category 4 hurricane Friday night around 10pm causing massive destruction.  
Nola didn't take well to not being able to walk for 4 days.  Seriously y'all, I think she had a little doggy depression!  
And the potty struggle was really real....
By mid-morning Saturday, we had a small break in the rain so I made a quick trip to Sherwin Williams to get paint for my guest bedroom {& a stop at Sonic for a Diet Coke}.  I have to admit, I was getting a little bored too.  I had already baked brownies & blueberry muffins and made soup.  Once I got home, the rain started again so I spent the afternoon painting & watching the news.
 
By Saturday afternoon & evening, the news coming out of Houston was horrifying.  The flooding down there was unprecedented.  Saturday, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday was spent rescuing people by boat & helicopter.  I have never seen anything like it or so much water in my life.  Literally the entire city of Houston was under water.  We are talking in excess of 50" of rain!
By Monday evening - the rain slowed, the sun came out & the most gorgeous double rainbow appeared over the Houston/coastal area.  His promise of better days ahead.  And Nola finally got to go on a walk!!  I had one HAPPY dog!
 
But the number one thing this storm did was restore my faith in humanity. Y'all, you wouldn't believe how heartwarming it was to see everyone helping each other.  The city of Houston was overwhelmed so they put out a call for anyone with a boat to come help...and people came from all over the United States.  People spent 24 hours out there without sleeping or eating rescuing people from their homes.  The response for donations and money has been overwhelming.  Y'all - Texas represented & showed the rest of America just how it's done.  Most definitely made me proud to be a Texan.
I couldn't go down there & rescue people out of the water but I went this week & bought all sorts of supplies to donate.  It's the least I can do & it makes my heart feel good to help in any way that I can. We don't have a shelter here, but we are a designated "pass through" community. Given our proximity to the Houston area, we do have lots of folks staying here in hotels & with friends/family.  We also are going to be the hub for the National Guard.  

It's been almost one week since the storm hit & they are still rescuing people from high water areas due to reservoir & river flooding.  People have slowly started to return to some areas & have started the cleanup process.  It's going to take a long, long time no doubt.  

Here's to a WAY less eventful weekend than the last...and the official kickoff to Fall!

Monday, August 21, 2017

{Life Lately}

Oh my goodness.  Where do I begin?!  So a month has passed since I blogged last & we are nearing the end of August.  School as started back & the Texas summer is in full swing.  I am so ready for cooler weather & all that it brings.  Fall is my absolute favorite time of year! 

Speaking of fall, call me crazy, but YES!! I started decorating.  I'm not quite finished but I want to enjoy it as long as possible.
Nola and I are both totally over the heat.  Y'all - it's miserable.  We haven't had rain in over a month & temps are averaging near 100 daily.  You literally sweat walking to the car.  We still try to walk every night & clearly Nola's favorite part is swimming in the creek on the way home.
I got to pick up this little cutie from daycare one day, as well as keep him a few evenings.  Seriously y'all, he is so darn cute & has the absolute best personality.
Mom & I went shopping in Houston last weekend {tax free weekend of all things}.  On a whim, I sold my living room furniture so now I am in the market for a new set.  I am thinking this one from Ikea?! Y'all, I absolutely love Ikea.  That is all. =)
I also went granite shopping with Amanda & the kiddos for their new house...
One evening I pretended it wasn't August & 105 degrees outside and had chili for supper & wine by the fire pit {unlit of course...because hello!  I would have died of a heatstroke}.
And thankfully today, we all survived the solar eclipse.  Gotta admit - it was kinda cool to see!
And I've mentioned this before but about 2 months ago, I joined a "newbie" group on Instagram .  I have had an account for my blog/decorating for over a year, but it never really grew.  It just kinda sat stationary with my 500 followers.  Well now, I'm up to over 3000...I'm hosting weekly hashtags, decor trains & giveaways.  It's been so much fun & I've met so many incredible ladies, but MAN!!  It is t-i-m-e c-o-n-s-u-m-i-n-g.  I lay in bed most nights until midnight liking & responding to comments...but it's definitely a good problem to have!  Can't wait to see where this little adventure takes me.
So until I learn to manage my time a little better - this is Nola & I most nights...
Happy Monday & Have a great week friends!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

{Yes, I'm Still Alive}

Hi, my name is Casey and I have sucked at blogging lately.  I have thought about it, but to be honest - that's as far as it has gotten; it has always taken the back burner.  Y'all, not gonna lie - life has been c-r-a-z-y this past month.  

Around  mid-June, I received a promotion at work & started training the first of July.  I kept a majority of my old job responsibilities & am training someone to take over a few of them so Monday - Friday, 8-5 is flying by!  

Also in June, I embarked on growing my Instagram account.  I joined a "newbie group" and we went thru several weeks of training.  I have connected with some pretty amazing ladies & y'all - it's been a pretty wild ride.  I have gone from posting an occasional photo with just a few hundred followers to almost 1900 followers, hosting hashtags & being asked to collaborate with businesses. It's been so much fun & I can't wait to see what's to come!  You can follow me here.
Speaking of decorating, I did a little mini-makeover in my breakfast room.  I painted my table, got a new rug & chairs and am changing the decor up a little.  So far I am loving how it is turning out.
I took a day off the other week & kept sweet baby Bo.  Y'all, he is seriously the cutest & the sweetest.  I had to so much fun with him.  I mean - just look at him?!
Other than that, I honestly haven't been up to a whole lot!  Nola & I are both so over the heat.  Seriously y'all, it's HOT.  We have to wait until after 7pm to walk & even then it's still 95+.  We do about half of our normal walk & Nola's about to die. Often times I think I might have to carry her back!
Speaking of Nola, I had a little dog-mom panic attack the other night.  She went outside to potty around 9pm & came back in a few minutes later with a red, swollen eye that she was clawing to death.  I called the vet & he told me to wash it out the best i could with contact solution and to give her Benedryl.  I still don't know what exactly happened, but thankfully she was back to herself by the next morning.  
And I'll end with this....we have a relatively new BBQ place in town & they have a little dish that's not on the menu but I have heard is amazing - mac & cheese with chopped brisket & bbq sauce on top.  We went to lunch there the other day & I tried it and y'all - best.thing.ever!!  It was so good...don't knock it til you try it so if you are ever in town - go to LJ's BBQ & get it!!
I'll try to get back to blogging more regularly but can't make any promises.  July is almost over & I consider August the "unofficial" start to fall...so the pumpkins will be going up soon!  =)  Football is about to start and we are only a few short weeks away from the beginning of the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy {almost end to} Summer, friends! =)

Monday, July 10, 2017

{Life Lately}

Happy Monday, friends!  We are 1/3 of the way thru July & summer is in full force here!  It's hot & dry...and yes - I am still counting down the days to fall.  I consider August the "unofficial" start to fall so only a few more weeks...and those pumpkins just might start going up.  =)

Speaking of pumpkins...remember my pumpkin patch I wanted to grow?  Well, the seeds sprouted & I've got some beautiful vines & flowers...but no pumpkins.  =(  Unfortunately it doesn't seem that I have a single bee within a 20 mile vicinity of my house.  I have tried pollinating them myself, but so far - no luck.  Any suggestions as to how to attract bees?!  I have blooming plants near them & have even gone so far as to sit an open Coke out there in hopes of attracting them.  

It didn't work.  Y'all - I just want ONE pumpkin to grow.  One...and I would be thrilled.  I'm not giving up hope yet, but it's not looking so good.

So, besides mating pumpkins & sweating to death, here's what else I have been up to lately!

Last time I blogged, I told you about all the babies that were born!  Kelly & I went up last Monday & visited Carol & sweet baby Megan.  So fun to add another girl to our group!
Fourth of July wasn't too exciting.  In the end I just stayed home & it wasn't so bad.  I caught up on a few things, cooked supper & watched fireworks on tv...not quite the same, but I can tell you I was way cooler in my house than those people outside.  Nola wasn't too impressed.  
Mason's All Stars team kicked off the next tournament on Wednesday.  Unfortunately back to back loses eliminated them & ended the season.  Certainly nothing to be ashamed of...they had a great year!
Saturday I spent some time with this little guy...seriously y'all - is he not the cutest thing ever?!
Sunday I played hookie from church & was feeling really guilty about it.  Just before lunch, Nola was outside barking & so I went outside to check and noticed smoke coming from my next door neighbor's deck (her backyard backs up to my side yard).  I tried to look through the fence to see what was going on, but it was hard to tell.  I only saw smoke, no flames.  I have never met this neighbor so I didn't want to appear to be a crazy, nosey neighbor.  I gave it about 10 minutes & went back out to check. Still smoke & this time I saw flames.  So I went inside & put on clothes (I was still in my pj's) and walked over.  I knocked on the door, introduced myself & explained what I saw.  Unfortunately the lady that lives there is legally blind & so she was unaware of what was going on.  We went outside & sure enough, the corner of her deck was on fire.  I grabbed the water hose & we got it put out. Her daughter had been outside earlier that morning to smoke & she had put her cigarette in a plastic potted plant.  Unfortunately something ignited & it started smoking, melting & eventually a fire.  It burned thru the deck in one area.  Thankfully I was in the right place at the right time because a little more time & it could have been a very bad deal...so thank goodness I hadn't gone to church that morning.   About 2 hours later, there was a knock at my door & they delivered these.  I certainly didn't expect anything in return but it was super sweet of them.
I ended the weekend by making semi-homemade pizza!  I have never made it before, but it was fun, tasty & I'll definitely do it again!  Maybe a little chicken Alfredo & spinach next time?!
Have a great week everyone!
{anyone else as excited as me about Christmas in July on the Hallmark Channel starting this weekend?!}

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