We have been so busy leading our lives, like  many of you.  Running around from one thing to another, to another (and another,…) and I am just trying to keep it all together! Not sure how well I am doing {but that may be another blog for another time!}

My family always looks forward to Memorial Weekend.  Three days off from school and work, our Annual Drive-In Movie night, BBQ’s. Setting that internal clock that summer is right around the corner.

{We always fly our American flag, but this weekend I will hang our bunting on the porch railing where it will stay until the 4th of July.  There really is nothing quite a beautiful as the  Red, White and Blue waving in the summer breeze…}

This morning,  Buddy and Mr. Cabana left the house early.  Not to go off on some exciting adventure together.  They went to pay their respects to those that have given us the ultimate gift so that we may have the FREEDOM to live our lives, BBQ’s and all.

I am so PROUD of my son for taking the time to honor the Veteran’s in our local cemetery by placing flags with other Boy Scouts.  {He also led the flag ceremony for the raising of the cemetery flag. I know, I am GUSHING with pride, can’t help it!!!}

So while I have a pineapple and Malibu rum drink and watch a movie outside with friends tonight, I will also be REMEMBERING  this picture above.  It has become one of my favorites of this amazing young man in my life.

Happy Memorial Weekend!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

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I Have Been a Basket Case…

Whew!  Where has the time flown to?  It has been CRAZY busy around our house the last couple of weeks.  I have barely been able to keep my head above water.  Are any of you feeling like that ?

The school year is starting to wind down and I am feeling the pressure!  If only I collected a volunteer salary…

I have also been busy with clients which is absolutely great!!!  It really is one of my passions to help someone make their space look amazing or to take a bunch of random items and make them look cohesive.  I am also planning a Retirement party for Buddy’s 3rd Grade teacher and an 8th Grade Promotion party for Buddy.  Party Central right!!!

Sooo, are you understanding the feeling of under me being a basket case and feeling under pressure?

So amongst all of that , last week I was putting together baskets for the Huntington Beach Educational Foundation’s “Home and Garden” Tour.

I was working in the “playhouse” to keep my “mess” contained.  (Let me be honest, I am taking over the playhouse too!)

Somehow this will all come together and look great…

It was after 11 o’clock at night and I have a movie playing (500 Days of Summer, LOVE IT!).   The backyard is pitch dark, the only lights on are the playhouse porch and the lights in the playhouse.  My back is to the door and I am working away, doing my “thing”.  All of a sudden, that feeling creeps up  my spine.  You know the feeling, the hairs on the back of your neck start tingling as if someone is behind you…

Now, I love to watch scary movies.  Just as long as I am under a blanket, on the sofa with the house all locked up, my dog Alexa by my feet and Mr. Cabana near by.  This was different.  I was all alone in the backyard and it was a bit creepy.

I spun around, thinking that I was being really silly and no one was really going to be there.  Well guess what?!?!

It was Baby Girl!  She had wandered outside to look for me because she did not have any water on her night stand.  Seriously?!?! She just scared the “you know what” out of me and she only wants water?  I asked her why she did not ask daddy and she said he was sleeping.  So I get her water and get her all settled back into bed.  My blood pressure has returned to normal and I finish up my work.

The next after noon, I am driving her Brownie troop to a paint class at Timree’s in Newport Beach (That will be another blog!).  Sydney wants me to tell everyone “about how she scared me half to death last night”.  I begin to tell the story when I asked her why she did not have Daddy get her water.  Her response?  “He was snoring like a motorcycle!”  (Sorry for sharing Mr. Cabana!) Well the girls all thought that was hilarious!  I then asked her why in the world she did not just get her own water. She said because it made her have to go “shi shi” (Potty).

Geesh!  Obviously, she does not know about the bladder of a woman who has had two children!

My mom and I had a GREAT time on the Home and Garden Tour.  Sorry, I was not allowed to take any pics of the homes or gardens.  But here are some pics of the baskets.

Basket Time!

All you need to make your summer garden gorgeous!

Great basket for Father’s Day.

Have goodies and wine, will travel!

“Real” men like baskets!

This would be a great basket to give your kids on the last day of school!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

PS.  On Mother’s Day, Baby Girl told me one of the reason’s she loves me is because I put her on my blog!

What a funny girl I have!

Yea~ I can’t wait to try my new Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!

This past Sunday Mr. Cabana, Baby Girl and I went to Historic Downtown Orange (Buddy was at a birthday party) to make a very exciting purchase for me. ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT!!! I found it at Country Roads Antiques and Gardens.

I am fortunate that there is a local distributor of the paint 15 minutes from my house.

Baby Girl all dressed up to go “antiquing”. How lucky am I that she LOVES to dig for treasures like me?!?

I am so excited to use the paint and I have many pieces that have been awaiting my attention. I am so happy I did wait (procrastinate?) to get to work on the dresser, cabinet, head-boards, bed…Mr. Cabana has been quite patient with my hoard loot freebies treasures taking up space in HIS garage.  When we married, we agreed that I “got” the house to do with as I please and he “got” the garage.

Shhh!   This arrangement has worked out very well for me.  It is quite rare that Mr. Cabana balks at anything I do with the house.  But here is the thing, I seem to be slowly taking over the garage now too!  I have an entertaining cabinet, craft cabinet, entertaining storage above the laundry area.  He even built a work space over his original workbench using our old kitchen peninsula laminate counters (reduce, re-use!) so that I had a larger work surface. What a great hubby I have.  He’s a keeper!

Ok, so about the Annie Sloan paint.  I will not have to sand to prep the furniture (unless there are stickers to remove like on the dresser I have), nor will I have to prime it.  No sanding off varnish, paint.  Nope!  I just get clean the piece, paint and wax it!  I now understand Mr. Cabana’s excitement over a new tool. I just need the time to get to work.  Maybe later today…

I was so excited about all of the colors that I had to choose from.  But as I was sticking to a strict budget, I settled for 1 color (Old White), clear wax and dark wax.  I wanted to buy another color as well, but that wait until next month.  I also did not purchase the $23 brush.  But I did “splurge” ($5) and bought a color chart so now I can prioritize my color wish list.

These samples were hung high on the wall. The color are on the right side has a clear wax finish and the color on the left has a dark wax finish.

I better get going on my chores so I can go play paint!  I will post pictures as soon as I can!

Until next time,

Butterscotch Lady

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