Those Were The Days

Today I've been thinking back to when my girls were young.

We lived in a modest neighborhood of small brick homes (around 1000 square feet) with one car garages.

There were lots of kids in that neighborhood. And we women were friends and our kids were friends, boys and girls alike. 

So on a summer day, it would go something like this...

We'd all gather at one of our homes. 

We neighborhood women stayed home with our children, so budgets were tight. Thus we made Kool-aid from the packets (they were dirt cheap back then) because sodas were expensive.

The New Changes In The Living Room

I have some new things to show you. About two months ago, my chaise on my couch broke. I put wood pieces underneath, but it was still off. And it being off made my hip hurt. 

So, being on the last month of paying off some long term bills, I went to Ashley furniture and opened an account, to be paid off before any interest is charged.

Here's what I got...

What To Serve On The 4th Of July

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Dancing Dog Cabin - Barn In The Countryside

Vintage Farm House Decor

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A Small Apartment In Norway

This is where Mariana and Manuel and their cat, Bamboo, live in Oslo.

My Yesterdays

It is damned hot. That humid kind of heat that seems to suck the life right out of you. 

So I hover over the thermostat to see if I can keep the electric bill down. I get out early and water the plants. And otherwise I rarely step out into weather that feels like heat from an oven.

4th Of July Decor/Crafts

Six On Saturday 6/25/16


A NY (Brooklyn) apartment that makes great use of the square footage.

On Living Alone

I think there is a misconception about living alone. There is a vast difference between being alone and being lonely. Miles and miles of vastness.

I was far more lonely in a dead marriage that had not yet been declared dead and properly buried. 

Entertaining On The Patio

This is the second segment of our monthly Creative DIY Team's themed posts. And this month we've chosen Outdoor Entertaining.

Cassie: Cassie Bustamante
Cristina: Remodelando la Casa
Susan: Love Of Home

For entertaining, I go right outside on the patio. It is the perfect place to ask my neighbors over for watermelon on a hot summer day.

A Bevy Of Horses

I love to photograph horses and cows. Today I will show you some of the horses I've photographed.

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Little Farmstead - Moments At Home

Tiny Lights In A Jar

One day I was in Hobby Lobby for the half price picture frame sale, and I happened upon a green bottle in the Clearance aisle. It was $4.

There was a smaller one for $2. I got them both.

They sat around for a week or so. 

Then an idea struck me.

I had some LED tiny strung lights. So I put them in the bigger jar.

No Father's Day Memories

I wasn't going to post today. But then I started seeing all these Father's Day posts.

And I realized that I had a story to tell, even if it is short.

I never met my father. Never heard his voice. 

(Me as a baby)

Six On Saturday 6/18/16

Things that caught my eye online this week...

If you think a penthouse is the "height" of luxury, take a look at this three room suite in the sky on Etihad Airlines

Slice Of Friday

It's always a joy to wake up and make coffee.

Make Your Own Wall Art Cheap

Scraps of paper are elevated to new heights.

Galvanized Memories

Anything "galvanized" is trendy right now.

I suppose, in our love for all things vintage, this attracted us because of its plain and simple look. 

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Everyday Living - Sun & Sea

Ten Affordable Storage Ideas For Small Kitchens

Instead of an apartment tour, today I thought I'd address how to find storage in small kitchens, such as apartments like mine.

There's the coffee station. Then the baking station. Now there's a seasoning station. Pick up a vintage piece and create your own.

Blooming & Growing

Forceable Sodomy Declared OK In OK If Victim Is Drunk

An Oklahoma court stunned Tulsa prosecutors when they declared that state low doesn't criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious. 

The case in question involves two high school students who were drinking and smoking marijuana with friends at a Tulsa park into the early morning hours of June 1, 2014.
The female student, who was 16 at the time, had drunk a large quantity of vodka. Blood tests would later show her blood alcohol level at more than four times the legal limit to drive, and indicative of severe alcohol poisoning, court records state.

Hospital staff were conducting a sexual assault examination when the girl woke up. She said she had no memories after leaving the park. 
On March 24, 2016, the Court of Criminal Appeals found that because of the way the state’s sodomy law is written, “forcible sodomy cannot occur where a victim is so intoxicated as to be completely unconscious at the time of the sexual act of oral copulation.”

Tests found the boy's DNA on the back of her leg and around her mouth. He says she consented to performing oral sex. 

The reasoning, it seems, is that because the alleged rape was oral rather than vaginal, Oklahoma law does not apply.

The trial judge dismissed the case.

The Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney, Benjamin Fu, described the decision as "insane," "dangerous," and "offensive."

Fu said that he has learned of other defendants now making the same argument in other parts of Oklahoma in order to avoid charges.

Fu said that he and law enforcement officials plan to push for legislation to address the discrepancy in rape and sodomy laws.

Oklahoma's "rape in the first degree" statute is fairly comprehensive, applying to victims who are mentally ill, intoxicated, unconscious, physically coerced, or threatened with violence.

But the "forcible sodomy" statute only lists two barriers to consent: mental illness and violence.

The difference between the statutes might seem like a technicality, but it’s one that the appeals court took seriously, writing that they could not “enlarge a statute” in order to prosecute the boy.

But it isn't just Oklahoma with these alarming laws. Other states, such as Georgia, Kansas and Oregon, have similar laws.

Jennifer Gentile Long, CEO of AEquitas (The Prosecutor's Resource On Violence Against Women), said of the Oklahoma case, “There are still gaps in the way laws are written that allow some cases to fall through the cracks. 

"This case seems to be one of them.”

Update, May 5
Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, has introduced language into an existing bill that would amend the state's forcible oral sodomy law to include instances in which the victim is unconscious or intoxicated.

House Bill 2398 also changes the definition of sexual consent to state that consent cannot be given by a person who is asleep, physically incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or is under duress, being threatened or being forced to perform a sexual act.

Six On Saturday 6/11/16

A table centerpiece that stole my heart in its simplicity.

Sites For Cheap Or Free Ebooks

I'm having a ball with my new Kindle Paperwhite.

My New Aquascape Patio Fountain

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The good folks at Aquascape were kind enough to send me a beautiful patio fountain.

Here it is on my patio. As you can see, there are lights that shine upward to show the water cascading down the fountain.

Why You Should Live Like You're Already Living In Your Dream Home

I remember the first time I walked into this apartment. 

I had to wait until everything was cleaned and painted before I could go in. So I kind of moved in sight unseen.

Java Talk: Pet Stories

I love to read or hear pet stories. The sillier the better. Pets have such unique personalities. 

3 Ingredient Or Less Recipes

Summer means ball games and pool parties and lots of entertaining. So easy recipes with only a few ingredients should be just what the chef ordered.

In fact I'm getting ready to put some chicken breasts in the crock pot and make myself a three ingredient supper!

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Parmesan Chicken
3 Ingredients

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Ms. Toody Goo Shoes - Violin Shop

More Randoms

Six On Saturday 6/4/16

I've been in love with this potting shed from the moment I set eyes on it.

Decorating Around A TV

I told you I had Israel bring my TV out of the closet to put in the living room. I've been working, little by little on decorating the wall behind it. 

I've also been working on the opposite wall, but I'm not quite ready to show you that yet. 

Butterfly Bush Blooms & Happy Birds

The butterfly bush in the water garden is blooming now.

Cool Beverages For Hot Summer Days

An orange creamsicle float. Yum!