Living Room Makeover – Final Version!

Last week I wrote about how we rearranged the living room furniture to make the space flow a bit better. To remind you, this is the “before.” And this is sort of the after. The little upside-down table was helping to flatten the rug, and the coffee table was obviously not in its final position,


Living Room makeover

We LOVE this house, don’t get me wrong. It’s big and open and has a fantastic kitchen with a huge walk-in pantry. The only thing that’s been kind of awkward is the living room/dining room area. It’s basically a long rectangle. On one side, there is a 5 foot wide entrance to the kitchen, and


Update on our foster dog!

So, Dog has been fine here all week (I think today was day 10 that we’ve had him), and he and Zora have really gotten along. Dog doesn’t have any desperate need to be “alpha” or “top dog” so Zora realized he wasn’t a threat (and that he was a cool playmate) pretty quickly. I


Sep 02 2008
Rescue Dog

I placed a “found dog” classified in the paper, but the lady said that there weren’t any “lost yellow lab” ads placed recently. I’m really getting the feeling this guy was simply abandoned. Which makes me really angry. In happy news, there are a few people who have expressed interest in possibly adopting him once


Update on our Rescue Dog

Here he is, taking a nap without having to worry about bugs biting him or cars hitting him. His tummy is full and he’s out of the hot summer sun. At the same time, our dog Zora took a nap in the kitchen. Of course, they have tons of regular kids books on every topic


Aug 31 2008
Our Rescue Dog

Zora and I were going for a walk the night before last when this dog came up to us looking for love. He and Zora sniffed each other, played a little, and then coexisted nicely. The dog followed us. No collar, skinny as anything, not neutered. I borrowed a collar and leash from someone who


The Newest Member of Our Family!

So I probably should’ve written sometime in the last couple weeks about this… but so much was going on! First, we went to South Carolina for a week, and since then we’ve been settling in and getting our newest family member used to the way things work here. About a week before we went to


Yesterday was my birthday. I turned 24! Woo hoo! And today is JoyfulAbode.com’s birthday. Check out the first-ever real post, from May 28th, 2007… Desk Makeover. I didn’t really do anything to commemorate JoyfulAbode.com’s birthday but maybe I will do a belated thing later… it’s hard to keep up with things in the middle of


We’re here in Meridian, Mississippi. We got in on Friday, after driving through the rain from Milton, FL. We checked into the bachelor’s quarters (sort of like a hotel on base, aka the Q) and got settled. We met up with another couple who is here, and they showed us around the base and around


7 years today… happy anniversary!

I love you, and I’m happy to be your copilot. Thank you for being by my side these past 7 years, even when we were far apart. I’m looking forward to what the next 7 years brings us. We’ve been married 7 months (and 3 days)… this is only the beginning of our adventure! “Look


Self-Portrait Tuesday – Pensacola Bay

Is it too late in the day for a Self-Portrait Tuesday? I haven’t done one in forever and I’ve been meaning to… I’m cheating though, because I took this picture over the weekend. I’m a generally photogenic person, but I don’t think this is one of the better pictures of me (like, I wouldn’t put


Pre-Thanksgiving Preparations

If you asked me this afternoon how many people were going to be at my house for Thanksgiving this year, I would have told you four, including me and The Man. Then I extended an invitation to a co-worker, who may be coming and bringing another co-worker. So four, maybe six. Then I got home,



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