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Dirt Road Adventures – A Cool Summer

Hey Friends, and Happy Sunday! Today on Dirt Road Adventures, we are taking a look back at all things happening here on the dirt road, some behind the scenes, a recap of all the blog inspiration, and other inspiration I found around the web.

So Welcome to Dirt Road Adventures – A Cool Summer

The Pond Farmhouse white farmhouse in rustic setting.

We have been having unseasonably cool weather for June. I know it’s not officially summer, but It feels like we are off to a cool start.

However, it feels great for our morning walks, and my flowers are loving it.

The hosta plants are huge this year, and I actually split them earlier in the Spring.

Hosta plants

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Adventures at the End of the Dirt Road

This is a look back at all my adventures this past week.

Although the pool has been open for several weeks, the weather has prevented us from dripping in.

I prefer a warm pool, and it’s still in the lower 70’s.

Today was the first day we didn’t see the smoke from Canada. Can you believe we were affected here in North Carolina?

Dirt Road Adventures - A cool Summer pool and pier

For some good news, Rudy is finally out of his cone. We have been struggling to get his gland issue healed for over two months. He’s been in a cone for over a month but finally, his little issue has healed, and he’s free of the dreaded cone.

Plus, he had a spa day this week, so he’s looking extra sharp.

Rudy has a hair cut.

Want to know how to turn having a mammogram into a fun adventure? Plan lunch with your favorite person beforehand. It was a perfect day for an alfresco lunch at Village Traven in Greensboro.

We planned our mother/daughter beach trip for next week. We have been postponing the trip since Mother’s Day, waiting for the weather to cooperate. Fingers crossed!

Jennifer at alfresco lunch

In Case You Missed It

Inspiring Ways To Decorate With Glass & Metal Cloche Domes

If you’re looking for some unique ways to showcase your favorite decor or collectibles, you will want to see what adding a cloche does to add style to your home for all occasions.

metal cloche with concrete bunny.

15 Summer Crafts for Budget-Friendly Home Decor

Another scrap fabric idea to inspire you to make a patriotic pillow cover. It’s a no-sew project that anyone can make.


DIY Outdoor Kitchen Before and After

Sharing a look back at how the outdoor entertaining area has progressed over the last 15-plus years.

DIY Outdoor Kitchen from old cabin

7 Must-Have Country Porch DIY Ideas

I love decorating my front porch each season, and all the DIY projects have saved me so much money. I’m sharing all the projects, plus other tips for budget-friendly decorating.

Country Porch DIY Ideas

How to Make A Patriotic Wreath From Twigs

Finally, foraged and free decorating is my favorite. This patriotic twig wreath is easy and cheap to make.

Foraged Twig Patriotic Wreath

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

Have you ever painted shoes? It’s on my bucket list, and you can learn how in this creative tutorial.

Check out this cute nautical 4th of July wreath. It’s so clever and unique.

See how easy it is to make Spongeware Mason Jars for a patriotic centerpiece.

These cute DIY outdoor tables are a steal for under $10.00.

Check out these inexpensive and festive summer decor ideas.

Want to plant the best flowering annuals? Check out all these great tips.

What’s In My Cart?

Oh, I found the cutest, most comfortable shoes. I love them.

I also ordered these brown sandals, but they haven’t arrived yet.

We uncovered our cantilever umbrella to find the canopy was dry-rotted. We planned to have a new canopy made, but the cost of the fabric was more than this NEW umbrella.

We ordered these hinges for an upcoming DIY project. Remember the windows we replaced at our beach cottage? Hint, the old windows may be repurposed.

These rustic handles will match perfectly.

I’m interested in this Rug. What do you think?

I’m really loving the new rug on the front porch.

Coming Soon…

  • DIY Planters Tutorial
  • Ways To Use Ticking Fabric Projects
  • How To Decorate Kitchen Countertops with Budget-Friendly Thrift Store Decor.
  • DIY Napkin Rings
  • Summer Cocktail Recipes
  • How To Plan a Tropical Cocktail Party
  • How to Keep Your Porch Looking Fresh All Summer.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Sunday 18th of June 2023

I'm so happy to hear that Rudy doesn't have to wear that dreaded cone any longer. And he does look very handsome after his spa day.


Monday 19th of June 2023

Kim We are so glad also. He's a handsome boy. Thanks for stopping by.


Friday 16th of June 2023

Love that you guys are making a day of getting a mammogram and have plans to spend some time together soon. There's nothing like spending time with your favorite people. Glad Rudy is ok too! I know it's hard when they're hurting and not feeling like themselves. He definitely deserves some extra treats this week. Hugs, CoCo


Saturday 17th of June 2023

CoCo, Thank you so much for your kind words. Rudy doesn't complain about the cone but we are so glad it's gone. It messed up his cute ears. LOL

Anne from Simply2Moms

Thursday 15th of June 2023

That’s a great idea to schedule something fun on mammogram day! So glad Rudy is out of the cone of shame. 😂 Thank you for including our table tutorial this week!


Thursday 15th of June 2023

Anne, You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 11th of June 2023

So glad you are still enjoying the cool weather, we have been too. It is very unusual for us too this time of the year. Your daughter is adorable and I hope you get some time together at the beach. Thank you for sharing my shoe post.


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Wendy, you are welcome. Thank you for stopping by.


Sunday 11th of June 2023

Hi, Rudy is Adorable. Glad he's Free of the cone. Is he a Goldendoodle? I think the rug you're interested in is very pretty!


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Ellen, Thank you for stopping by. Yes, Rudy is a mini-Goldendoodle.