After a day of scorching heat, it rained yesterday evening…a heavy rain. When it started I decided to sit out on the porch to listen to and smell that rain. Isn’t that just one of the best scents around?! … earthy and sweet. I love to swing on that porch swing when it is raining.
Well after a few minutes of the downpour, the trees started swaying..and then more… and more until I could see leaves and debris begin flying in the air! It was blowing enough to open and slam those screen doors over and over again. The umbrellas on the deck looked ready for take off.
So I smartly decided to hop off that swing and get myself back in the kitchen! The storm quickly moved on, but this morning our yard wears the aftereffects…limbs down, pine cones thrown all about, leaves everywhere. But I am super thankful for the rain. Our yard needed it badly! And it was nothing like the folks in Texas and Oklahoma have had to endure in the past few days. My heart goes out to them.
This morning is sunny (and already 80°) so we can enjoy a little time out there. (I did have to wipe the water off the table because that wind and rain decided to baptize it!)
Did you notice the basket of yard games a couple of photos up? The fun and games theme continues out here. (Of course it is most appropriate here, because this is where we grab them.) Over by the buffet table you can find the shuffleboard pieces – tangs and biscuits in case you didn’t know the terms. (You just never know what you can learn here! Right?)
The now dry table has its red, white, and blue full on today.
The blue buckets were marked way down at Michaels, so I grabbed up a few. Our local Kroger has those melamine gingham plates in red, blue, and yellow. One of my sweet readers wrote to tell me that I needed to buy them. I finally decided the blue ones were the best for our summer table, so I finally purchased some a week ago.
And of course I could not resist those red gingham napkins with the cute hem stitching from Pier 1. (You know those babies will get some use around here!) The centerpiece is the huge At Home With Marieke bowl from HomeGoods filled with geraniums and a few flags. I hope when our brand new HomeGoods opens in August, they will have some of the pieces from that line. (It has been discontinued…boo hoo.)
The chalkboard finishes out the summer theme with its list of games. I know all of them are not necessarily only summer games, but they are games we do play in the summer.
Cards and frisbees ready for play.
And now let’s go inside again. I wanted you to see two more rooms. First, our daughter’s room already has red all year round, but I did add a spot of fun and games on her dresser.
In part 1 of our tour, I promised to share my workroom with you. So come on in.
I’m afraid I abandoned the fun and games theme in here. I am dying to go to the beach so I went beachy with the decor.
The craft supplies are gone from the jars, and shells are in their place.
And I pulled out one of my big model boats for the cabinet below the window. I used to have a huge collection of them when we first built the house. (You can read about its nautical style here,) But I have sold off most of them in yard sales over the years.
I’m afraid that brings us to the end of the tour. I hope you have enjoyed it because I have enjoyed sharing all the rooms with you!With all the red that is in this house year round, it is pretty easy to add in accents each season. Thank you so much for stopping by!
Until next time…