First week of summer

Isn't summer glorious? It's my favorite time of year and the hotter the better! I took a couple days off work last week just to chill with some friends from out of town. We had a great visit! It was also my bff's birthday so we hit the local Blues Festival. What fun! We saw lots of ladies wearing some beautiful maxi dresses. Just don't think they are for me but the ladies wearing them looked amazing. I just think I'm too short. Then there's the possibility that since I hated them in the 70's I've just never given them another chance. A maxi dress may be in my future just to see if I'm giving up a cool (in both ways) summer dress choice. If I could ever get out of just grabbing my shorts I'd be much more elegant :o)






Ellie Lee and Bluesfury were so great and I loved her dress! It looked like a Hell Bunny Dress to me which I've been wanting. You can find them also on ebay here.   I was able to find a video someone shot at the show which if you love the blues like me you'll enjoy. Ellie can play that guitar and is truly awesome!





And the snapdragons are in bloom! Life is good ♥




Guess who won a Shabby Apple gift cert? Why it's me!



WHOOO HOOO! I am absolutely thrilled to have won a $50.00 gift certificate from the lovely Maria at Avenue M in her giveaway from Shabby Apple. She has a beautiful blog you should definitely follow if you don't. Her blog is filled with gorgeous photos, shopping links, tips for all things pretty and well written stories. Very informative and entertaining.
  
A few weeks ago I finally got around to checking out Shabby Apple and found some beautiful clothing so when she listed her giveaway I knew it was one I had to enter since I already had a dress picked out from there (plus some matching sandals). I was totally surprised when I got up yesterday to an email stating I had won. I never win anything! Things seem to be going my way here lately. I sure hope the momentum keeps up. But now that I have the code for my gift I'm torn as to whether or not I should get the Puca Pucara dress or a more expensive one since I have some free money. Decisions, decisions. I can never make those! They have so many lovely dresses to choose from. I think I'm going to sleep on it.

Thank you so very much Maria and Shabby Apple! ♥

After sleeping on it I bought the dress I wanted and the sandals. As it should be :o)

Update: You can see my outfit here. I love it!



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Well, we finally closed on our house! Yippeee! We already own one house (our kids live in it) and we were buying the one in the country on land contract which had our balloon payment due and owing May 1. Our kids are going to have to wait awhile until they can buy the other place so I was a bit worried we might not be able to get financing and were going to have to move. We do not have tons of money by any means so I really didn't know what we were going to do. We didn't close until May 31 after applying 3 months ago. I was beginning to think I was going to have to give up my firstborn or at least a few pints of blood. Talk about down to the wire! I really have been so worried! I definitely let out a sigh of relief after the paperwork was signed :o) After 1 year of yearning, 3 years of living there and feeling as if the last 2 years I've been on pause it is such a relief and wonderful feeling that things have worked out and she is finally mine. I guess there really is always a way if you really want something so don't ever give up!

Now for the important stuff.....decorating! Time to not just live there but to make it a beautiful place to live. I've been buying up some stuff, moving furniture and cleaning. I have been doing lots of surfing the internet, dreaming and getting decorating ideas from all the blogs and I think things are going to come together nicely. I'm going to do one room at a time. My only big project right now will be turning my junk room into a walk-in closet. I've managed to get a couple pieces of furniture out of there but still trying to decide how I want to do it.  I'm very excited, though!  

Since I've been living in work clothes I haven't been taking any pictures of myself but I did manage to take some pretty pictures around my yard awhile back with Instagram I thought I'd share until I can get some pictures of my finds and projects.  You can follow me @darlindarlene

Fadra is thrilled too! Guess she is a country dog after all ♥  





Music Monday - The Beatles





In moving some stuff over the weekend I came across all my books about The Beatles and I just had to take a few minutes to glance through some of them and I woke up this morning wanting to hear this song. I think it's quite amazing  ♥