Yes…. we are still in full Christmas mode here…and will continue to be so for the next 10 days. I’ll tell you more about that when we get to the end of this post, but for now, I want us to just look back at Talk of the House for the 2017 year.
We kicked off last year in January with some decorating for New Year’s Day. That was followed by a look back at 2016. Then our family gained a new member….Gabbie the Labbie, and it was like having a new baby in the house!
(Oh my goodness…look how small she looks in these photos!)
In honor of our new puppy, I shared a post on dogs in decorating.
Then for the rest of January I shared posts about our trip to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
February began with that sad Falcons Super Bowl game.
(At least the party had good food and games!)
Then we were back to decorating the house here,
first for Valentine’s Day with a fun movie theme….
and then with yellow and green for spring.
Back at the house, because I like to change things up around here, I redecorated some spaces again for spring and shared it with you in a post about fickle females.
We looked at some green tablescapes for St. Patrick’s Day.
We explored the wonderful gardens at Charleston’s Magnolia Plantation.
We hosted a doughnut themed birthday party for my doughnut loving mother,
and for the final post of the month we explored the Disney resort on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.
That was the last of the travel posts for the year.
April began with the first of three posts about decorating our house for Easter.
(I used a lot of blue and green for a change!)
After that, I shared with you a gorgeous Tennessee farmhouse that I had been admiring for awhile on Instagram.
All during the year, my husband had been working tirelessly on repairing and painting the exterior of our home. It was becoming apparent to me that the exterior work wasn’t going to get finished without some help. So I then announced that the blog was going to have to go on the back-burner while I tried to help out with the painting and yard work. The next post in April announced my blogging break and left you all with some “recommended reading.”
In May, I was able to tour James Farmer’s yard in a spring garden tour. So I hopped back on the blog long enough to share his house and garden with you.
I spent most of the summer mowing our yard, mowing my parents’ yard and pasture, and painting part of our house, but I did manage to decorate for summer and share that with you in two posts in July.
The outside chores continued on through hot and humid August, but I did find time to share a very fun school themed wedding celebration for some friends of ours who had married earlier in the year. That was my only post for August and September.
In late October, I could finally cut back on the grass mowing (“cut back” get it? 🙂 …sorry I couldn’t resist that.) The exterior painting still continued, but I fit in decorating the house for Halloween and shared a post about that with you.
The outside Halloween decor didn’t make it into October’s blog posts, but it did appear on the first of November. (Better late than never, right? 🙂 )
And then there were 2 posts later in the month sharing all the Thanksgiving decorating around here.
We made a trip to very snowy Vermont for a few days in December, but I was still able to get everything decorated for Christmas and write three posts to show you all of the holiday decor here.
And now that brings us to the end of 2017 but not the end of the exterior work on the house. 🙁 When we started this, all of the stairs needed to be replaced along with the handrails that go with them, and now I am wanting the railing on the back deck also reconstructed in a different style. Countless boards have had to be replaced due to the fact that they were rotting. The house will be better than it was when it was new when we finish. 🙂 If I can get a couple of days with mild temperatures, I can finish the long side of the house since I have done all of the trim work there, and that will pretty much leave just the back to go (and I have already done the screened porch on the inside.) My husband says the end is in sight, but I am not so sure about that. 🙁 At least there is no grass to mow for awhile!
I mentioned at the start of this post that our Christmas decorating will be up for 10 more days. That is because we have a photo shoot on the 12th for a holiday magazine (to be published next year.) I am afraid I do not know the name of the publication because there were a whole bunch of them this year that sounded the same, but I do know it is a special edition type – not a regular subscription one. I will let you know when I know the name for sure. 🙂 Fingers crossed our trees are not totally crispy dead by the time they get here on the 12th!
Thank you sooo much for reading the posts here this year along with the year in review today. 2017 was by far my most challenging year to keep up this blog since I started it almost 6 years ago. I hope 2018 brings an end to our house upkeep projects and more time for fun things! And I hope your new year is filled with laughter and fun times that bring a smile to your face. 🙂
Happy New Year friends!