HAPPILY EVER AFTER

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Friday, September 21, 2012

FIRST DAY OF FALL

I am thoroughly ecstatic it's officially Fall!  I can't say Fall in Georgia is the Fall I knew as a child growing up on Long Island, New York, but never the less, the calendar says  FALL.

I am not a Summer Girl.  Due to my very fair skin, (oh I am so delicate...that's a hoot), and in the last 20 years, medications, I am not able to take the summer  heat or  sun.  As I child I had two very severe sun burns.   I will never forget the pain or the ghastly way I looked. I endured it and swore as soon as I was able to stand on my own convictions, I would not put myself through that torture!    FINALLY, in the last years, I  have reached a point in my life where I can remain inside and not partake in outside activities.  I no longer have to try and "fit in"! It's OK, I can be different.   That was the hardest part all these years.  In order to be one of the group I had to be OUT THERE!   NO MORE.....

Kristy and Beth authors of My Design Chic,  here ,  remarked on how they admired the elevation of our Bucket List Home and wanted me to share some of our "outside" spaces!  I have put this off.....we don't have enough outside spaces to make a big deal over!

THE BUCKET LIST HOUSE

Now adding to the fact of my reaction to heat and sun, I kill every single flower, plant, bush or tree known to man!  and.....I found if I don't kill them the deer eat them!!!  Last year we actually had two urns filled with beautiful Inpatients  stately placed at our front door.  Neighbors complimented how pretty they were!  They lasted one week!  We awoke one morning and all the foliage had been eaten down to the roots by the deer that roam here at night!  That freaked me out.  All I could think of was waking up and seeing a huge deer at my front door! 

This year, the urns, with advice from a knowledgeable gardener neighbor, we planted ferns.  She was smart.  They actually are still alive! 

Last summer we replaced the  concrete pad on our terrace with  blue flagstone.   The contractor did a wonderful job and gave it a very graceful curve.  We love it.  We had two more urns that we planted boxwood in.  They lasted two months!  They remained bare the rest of the summer!  This year, again with that smart  neighbor's  advice we tried petunias and so far they are holding up!   I don't think the deer know we have a back terrace!

We have two loveseats and a nest of tables to use,  when needed!!!  Did have two chairs, which I moved inside and am now using at my "desk" kitchen area!    I actually sat out there once in May!  Have proof.  Have a picture.  That's it.....We enjoy the space from inside!  It's pretty,  and our view is great!  No need to go outside!



Notice the sweater, didn't want that sun to get me!  It was 99 out there!  I was pretending to be happy and believe me....I did not stay one minute after MC took the picture!


The view from inside and from the terrace


Which brings me to report that MC is working on the drapery panels.....He informed me that it's going to take awhile...the fabric is very thick!  He has to take a long time to get the iron on tape to work!

See you whenever.....

24 comments:

  1. i would love to read on that patio!!!

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  2. You are certainly welcome to ....any time...Remember it is HOT and the sun is there all afternoon

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  3. I love your back porch and you look like a movie star lounging on your settee!

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  4. Patty I have the same problem except it is not with deer...but my lack of attention. Hee Hee.....I wish I was more of a gardener but when it gets hot...I just can't take it either :) Have a great weekend.

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  5. I'm with you Patty-Welcome Fall! It was a long, hot miserably and buggy summer. Your back terrace is lovely. I can't imagine sitting out there in 99 degrees with a sweater on. You do look quite gorgeous perched on the settee with your cup!

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  6. You can add actress to your list of talents, because you look like you couldn't be happier enjoying your lovely patio!

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  7. Oh what a treat Patty and thanks for the shout out. It all looks so warm and welcoming, and I love the arches!! I know exactly where I'd be drinking my morning coffee - on your wonderful back porch - you look fabulous - sweater and all!! Happy weekend!

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  8. Make mine a pinot noir. lol I love outdoor spaces and I'd be drinking my morning coffee out there.

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  9. Patty your home is lovely. It looks very Southern and welcoming! How lucky you are to have a knowledgeable neighbor. MC is doing the drapes? Is there nothing that man can't do? He needs a weekly DIY post.

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  10. YES...MASTER CARPENTER, MC, IS ALSO MASTER OF A LOT OF TRADES!

    GO TO THE "ARCHIVES" AND CHECK OUT THE MARCH 8TH POST, TITLED:
    MC MASTER CURTAINER!

    HE WILL BE DOING THE SAME PROCESS FOR THIS PROJECT!

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  11. AHHHHH Patty! It's SO NICE TO SEE YOU! How cute are you drinking your coffee? Makes me feel (as i drink mine) we are sharing a moment! I love your home, its truly beautiful and that back porch/view is breathtaking. happy saturday to you and MC

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  12. I love seeing the outside of your house!! It's gorgeous!! and so are you Patty!! haha that's so funny about you only being out there long enough for the picture to be snapped and then running back inside! Having spent most of my life in Florida, I've definitely had my fair share of sunburns so I can't say that I blame you- they are awful!

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  13. You crack me up, Ms Patty! Oh, but you look good lounging on that settee!! I hate the heat, too, BTW. Your house is beautiful....love the front view :)
    Talk soon,
    Loi

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  14. Our father had the best philosophy - "cut what grows"

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  15. wow, what a beautiful outside space! I would NEVER want to come indoors. That is just gorgeous!

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  16. Gorgeous patio! I am an indoor girl too, nothing to be ashamed of.

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  17. Your yard looks stunning! I get rashes in the sun. I love the outdoors, but the outdoors don't love me!

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  18. You have a lovely home Patty, and bravo to MC for making draperies! What doesn't he do?
    Nancy
    Powellbrowerhome.com

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  19. Patty,
    Love love this picture of you. I can tell I would love hanging out with you. So fun!!
    xo Kathysue

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  20. You are too cute! You do look happy in that photo - I love that you said you didn't stay another minute! Too funny! Beautiful home.

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