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Creating a New Blog

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I have been toying with the idea of creating a new blog for a little while. I love Star Hill, Coldspring, and my weekend country life but right now most of our projects and life revolve around our new lives in our new community and new suburban home.

My Burb Home

I am going to be chronicling the rapid growth of this booming community , our progress as we turn our builder basic home into something that is more unique and us finding our way in a new place.

I hope you will consider following My Burb Home. I will continue to write about our wonderful weekend home and the projects up at the Garagemahal on The Weekend Country Girl, but the things going on in the new house will be on the new blog.    We have a few projects in the wings right now up in the country.

I started blogging because I wanted an outlet to share with my family and friends. Never, in a million years did I expect others, from a variety of states and countries to read my blog. I often wonder what in the world would someone who lives so far from the Texas Piney Woods ever want to read what I write. Thank you for choosing to be a part of our lives.

I look forward to continuing to share my small, small corner of the world as we explore the third quarter of our lives!

We have a lot planned and I am excited about the possibilities.  Here is a link to my first post:  My New Blog

Blessings,

Karen

Salado, Texas

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I really do love being a Texan.
The diverse landscape, the mix of old and new, Geman, Mexican, French, Czech, Greek, and English settlers made Texas home and we all get to benefit. One day I am going to introduce you to my favorite foods, from all the melting pot that is Texas, but not today.
Today we are out exploring one of my top five Texas small towns. Salado, Texas. A Scottish town that has a long history.

 

Salado House of Clans

 

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My Hubby grew up in Central Texas near Salado. He wanted to visit where he grew up to celebrate his birthday. I was thrilled to visit this area in the fall. (Thanks Hubby being born in the fall!) I discovered Salado on one of my first spring visits to my Hubby’s family. My mother in law and I would go to Salado when we could sneak away. The Stagecoach Inn is an institution It really was a stagecoach stop way back when it opened. The food in the restaurant is good.   I love that there is no printed menu.  The waitress tells you what is on the menu and takes the order verbally.

Stagecoach Inn

 

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I recommend the Yellow House Bed and Breakfast. It is a weekend trip worth taking in fall or spring. It is boiling hot in the summer and unpredictable in winter. It can be beautiful in winter or there could be ice and sleet.   This bed and breakfast is in downtown, but really close to the road.  It may be awesome, I just don’t know.

The Salado Inn

The stream that runs through town is beautiful. An old grist mill next to the stream is now a shop to visit. There are sweet little artsy type shops everywhere and a couple of great wineries nearby.

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Melons growing downtown on a stairway.

 

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The Texas drought is really taking a toll.  This stream is normally running freely.

 

Salado spillway

I have waded in the water here before.  The spillway usually has water running over it all the time.

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Salado is a quirky artsy little town.  Who paints bikes and hangs them on a fence.

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The historic bridge has a troll and goat guarding it.

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We even got the chance to visit friends who live at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. What a view!

Stillhouse Hollow Lake View

 

The Roquemores

Our Baytown friends have quite the view!  I love their home.

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Enjoy our day and visit Salado when you can.

The Homeplace

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My husband grew up on a farm in Troy, Texas. 46 in his graduating class. When I say farm I mean the party line phone, water well that dries up in the summer, hard work kind of place. The home hasn’t been lived in for 25 years or so, and shouldn’t have been lived in for longer than that but it is a place of happy memories for my husband and his family. Both his parents are gone but the kids still own the property they grew up on. This weekend Hubby and I went back to the old home place. Hubby hadn’t been out to the farm in a few years and I love this area in the fall.

The weeds and trees were so overgrown you can no longer drive in. This definitely limited the wood we got.

Here are some shots from the farm. We picked the perfect weekend. The first cold front of the season blew in while we were there. The temperature dropped all day. We needed jackets by the evening.

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On the way to the farm.

Pavement Ends Sign

This really is where the pavement ends.

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The gravel road was in great shape.

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The road into the farm was not so great.

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The culvert stopped us from going further.  Washed out.

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Not much left of the home.  This window was about all that was in tact.

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Here are some of my treasures. We found:
An old ceramic sink. It will be part of my backyard kitchen soon.

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An old Kerr jar.

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A tractor seat. There is a project in the very near future for this.

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Some barn wood

A door off the shed. I love this but need to figure out what I want to do with it.

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All it took was a circular saw, a crowbar, drill and muscles to get the treasures out!  The old place has a wild beauty now that really doesn’t resemble the place my husband grew up on.  The windmill has been stolen, the fields are full of trees and the  buildings are all down but the happy memories remain.

Open House at the Rockin’ F Ranchito

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Map of Texas highlighting San Jacinto County

Map of Texas highlighting San Jacinto County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you remember my Social Planner, Tanis? She and her husband Larry retired to Coldspring, Texas and have spent the last year selling their two homes- a lake house and their city home, clearing land, planning a new home, and finally building and moving in to their dream home. They really did find a slice of heaven when they found the 22 acres that they are quickly turning into their family gathering spot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past weekend they held an open house. Friends and family were invited up to visit and enjoy their world. The Social Planner went all out.

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You know it is going to be a place in the country when you have to have signs  because the GPS might not work.

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The house was in full fall decorating mode,

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I love the front porch.  I wish I could bottle the view,

Texas Wreath

 

The Social Planner’s niece made this awesome wreath.  Love it.

 

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The barn red front door looks perfect.

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Beside the front door there is this great fountain.  It is so peaceful and the etched rocks remind the person sitting on the porch why the couple chose this spot.

 

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I love the fall mums.

There was a hay ride, the covered porch was loaded with ice chests, places to sit and eat and things for the kiddos to do.

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The Social Planner has three grandkids already and another on the way. She also has a nephew with three kids and when all of them are over the place is hopping. It is great to see a place that is so full of laughter and love.

Out at the back of the property the guys hunt doves, do target practice and just hang out.

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The Social Planner got lots of loot at her open house. I am so happy for both of them. They have a beautiful home and open hearts.

 

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The frame above and the chalkboard below are in their awesome laundry room.  The Social Planner found the two windows on the side of the road.  They are as found, except for a couple of coats of poly.   One day the house will be empty enough for me to take pictures of the room.  This weekend it was full of purses, phones charging, dogs, and toys.

 

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The Social Planner and her childhood friend working in the kitchen.  This kitchen fed a ton of people.

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Enjoy the photos from their beautiful home and friends who visited for the weekend.  I hope the photos reflect their style, the love their friends feel for them, and family.

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Reclaimed Wood Wall

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reclaimed wood wall titleI have wanted a rustic wall in our master bedroom for a while. This weekend that was the project. I first wrote about the wall in April but we are just getting the garage cleared enough that I didn’t feel guilty starting something new. #Hashtag inspired me to get moving on this long overdue project.  I actually started two projects and finished a few other small projects too.

We found this old cedar fencing on the free part of Craig’s
List. Hubby did pay the guy $20.00 to help him load it.

It has been sitting in the wood hoard since April. Here is how the project went up:

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7:30 am We set up the table saw, carried 50 pieces of wood to the porch and got busy. We have had Ole Betsy, our table saw for more than 25 years and bought her used all those years ago.

Hubby got busy “Truing up” the boards. That just means he cut the boars all exactly the same width and straight by running both sides through the table saw. He cut about a 1/2 inch off each side.

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Yes, I made him use a wood pusher but in this picture he was finished with the cut and I wasn’t able to take the picture and help him catch the wood.

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8:30 am Hubby got busy cleaning the sawdust and I carried all the boards down to the fence to clean them. This should have been step one but we don’t do easy at our house. I used the jet spray choice on the sprayer It took off the dirt but an added bonus was that it took a lot of the silvery aging off the boards. I made sure not to leave lines from the sprayer but I really liked the results. The wood looked a lot more like barn wood and less like fencing.

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9:30 am Hubby got out the compound miter saw ( chop saw) and, even though the wood was damp, he got busy cutting off the rotted ends and the dog-eared tops of the boards. That left a lot of different lengths of wood. We wanted a random pattern in the joints so we were happy with the wood left.

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10:30 am We moved all the furniture to get started, went to borrow a stud finder and level… We left ours in the burbs. We removed the

crown moulding and baseboards,

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11:00 am I decided to paint the wall behind the wood. I was concerned that the light wall would show through at knot holes or cracks. In the end, it was probably paint and time wasted, because Hubby did such a good job with the wood there were few gaps and none showed through. As soon as I finished painting Hubby marked a level line and marked the studs with tape ( I will tell you why later.)

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12;00 pm At this point we realized we only had a few nails for the 18 gauge air stapler but decided to go ahead and get started. We decided to put the row up below the window first to make sure we had that row where we wanted it and level.

Hubby manned the air nailer and called out measurements. I found the wood and cut it to length. He was able to move the tape as he went along to keep up with where the studs were in the wall.

4:00 pm We ran out of staples. Bummer. At this pint we were hot, tired and grumpy. We cleaned up, moved stuff so we could sleep bathed then headed over our friends’ house for supper.

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8:00 am Hubby went in search of nails. I cut the boards to go on either side of the window while he was gone.

10:00 am Nails were found and we could get back to work.

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Well, some of us got busy. Others conked out on the floor and made us walk over them.

The wall went up quickly and we were able to get finished quickly.

2:00 pm The wall was finished! Enjoy the finished wall. I love the color.

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Did you notice the door headboard? We finished it when I painted the French Provincial furniture, but I wanted you to see it on the wall first. It even has door knob- that it did not have when we bought it thanks to my friend, Tanis.

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We are going to have mason jar lights on either side of the door bed and I am planning to make roman shades for the windows. I am trying to figure out what color bedding. Any suggestions?

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What to do With my Furniture

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Weeeelllll….keep your fingers crossed for us. We submitted an offer on this beauty today.

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I know.
Pretty huh? I so hope this is the house for us. Hardwood floors, slate porches front and back, a barrel ceiling entry way that is calling out to be lined with reclaimed wood, a huge, beautiful kitchen… The list goes on and on.

But if this is our home, I have a problem. Some of my furniture is not going to fit and others just won’t make sense in this very rustic, Texas style, home. Remember that our City House was a 1979 Brady Bunch style home with soaring ceilings and funky angles. My bright rug and living room art won’t work, and my yellow night stands won’t fit the way the guest room is configured. Hardest of all, the mudroom bench may not fit in the entry way. It will be tough getting rid of things that I have an emotional attachment to, but more stressful for me is what to do with these beloved pieces. I will have to sell it in order to buy or make things that will fit. I have not sold any of my furniture before and I may have a hard time pricing it. I am going to need help on this part from those of you who do sell your work!

On the bright side, I will need a ton of new stuff that I look forward to collecting and creating…if we get the home.

Fingers crossed. There may be some thrifting, resale shopping and garage sales in my future!

Painting Therapy

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One of the great things about being a happily married empty nester is that I can stuff my car full of treasures before work then head off to Star Hill after work to paint until bed time. Hubby is home helping put up backer board at our neighbor’s house for a backsplash project we are working on tomorrow night. I got here, fed the birds, looked in a nest near the house, left the doors open then got busy. It doesn’t match seeing my kids, but it has been a restful evening!

Happy Texas Independence Day

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Today I had the opportunity to take a group of students to  Austin, Texas to visit The University of Texas.

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They really were happy to be there… I promise.  They just seem to have this thing about not smiling!

Today also happens to be the anniversary of the date that Texas declared their independence from Mexico.  Yeah March 2!  It struck me as we walked around the campus that this was a quintessentially Texas day.  I hope you enjoy the  photos of one proud Texan.

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The Texas Flag.  It was breezy today so they were beautiful.  Love the lone star.

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The state flower, the bluebonnet, was already starting to show up on roadsides and in flower beds.  I love a state where spring comes in February!

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This shot covers a lot of Texana.  Longhorns, cowboys, live oak trees, and wagons.

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Horses.  Okay, I know that they are not real, but real horses would have had a rough time with the crowds in Austin today.

Texas Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders.  Texas wouldnt be Texas without cheerleaders and…

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and football.

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The state capital.  I love visiting this building.

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And Buc-EE’S.  It wouldn’t be a trip across Texas without a stop in Buc-EE’s.

Happy March 2nd!

Spring is Just Around the Corner

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I took some pictures this weekend at Star Hill. It was almost eightry degrees. In January! Everything was showing signs of spring coming on. I am proud of a few of my pictures. I think they are improving.

Goldfinches at Star Hill

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My daughter thinks I am a scary bird lady. She even tagged a nice lady’s picture from a bird sanctuary holding a falcon as me on Facebook. I do love watching the birds at our lake house, we call Star Hill. I keep Birds of Texas books on my end table and binoculars at the ready. My kids think that is funny, and probably a little creepy. Every year Lesser Goldfinches come through Star Hill during the winter. I love seeing them. They come in in droves, feed on sunflower seeds and thistle, and give me joy. I love these little yellow birdies. They fight with each other on the feeders and line up on the fence for their turn when the feeder is too full for them to fit any more. The whole yard is covered with the little birds when they fly in. The feeder is a sock like device that is filled with thistle seed. It was hard to get pictures of it full because every time I got the camera out and stood by the door our goofy dog started barking. The birds I got to photograph were just happy that they got a turn after everyone else flew off.
I am enjoying my new camera.

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