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Dirt Road Adventures – Family Time

Hey Friends! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

This week at the end of the dirt road, it has been hot, hot, hot! But I began putting away my summer decor and I’m about ready to start pulling out Fall.

I probably would have except we had extended family visiting and I wanted to enjoy some family time.

We finished a couple more projects at the guest cottage, just in time for our first guest.

After three attempts, I finally like the bathroom mirror color. LOL

We also solved a major storage problem and I’ll be sharing that one with you later this week.

Family Time

We had so much fun with our son in laws family from Vermont and New York. The kids loved the pool and all the fur babies. Brad cranked up the grill for burgers and hot dogs.

When we started our renovations here at The Ponds, we wanted to create a place for friends and family to gather.

This is what all our hard work has been for. A place to enjoy family time.

Last Weeks Dirt Road Adventures

I had so many wonderful comments on last weeks Dirt Road Adventures – The Ponds Before and I thought I’d share one more before/after photo.

I ran across this photo of the cabin right after my dad built it in 1957.

The cabin was a cinder block construction with a stucco finish that was originally pink. The flat roof, front door and front windows were missing by 2006.

This is what the cabin looked like in 2006.

Before - The cabin before it was transformed into an outdoor kitchen

If you missed last weeks adventures, be sure to see The Pond’s Before & After.

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

I began the week with 10 Best Herbs to Grow and Why! In case you missed it, you can see post here. I was definitely using some of my tips as we had company coming for the weekend.

Fall Adventures

I started to pull out some of my fall decor and was reminded of these two posts from last year.

The Secret to Making Vintage Bottle Labels

How to Make Jute Tassels

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

I love a blue and white table but this centerpiece is stunning. See more details from my friend Chloe – A Late Summer Blue Green Tablescape

Blue and white floral tablecloth with a blue and white table setting and bohemian crystal stemware.

Stacy shared the Basics of Deadheading Flowers.

deadheading flowers

My super talented friend Michele at Vintage Home Designs shared The Most Beautiful Boho Wedding Reception. Even if you are not planning a wedding, you will be blown away by the creativity.

centerpieces for a boho style wedding

Bits & Pieces

Do you love getting tips on good books to read? I loved The Nightingale that KariAnne recommends but I’ve not read all of these suggestions. See What I’m Reading Lately for the full list.

My friend Kristen at White Arrows Home not only has a wonderful blog but a great podcast. Check out all her great topics here.

You have to see this Thrift Store Vase Makeover from Michelle at Thistle Key Lane. So creative.

Here’s a recipe that’s guaranteed to be delicious. Peanut Butter Marshmallow Smores from Leslie.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have the best week.


Monday 16th of August 2021

Thank you so much for sharing my Boho Wedding post! It was a wonderful day and event and I love sharing the idea with others!

I love those vintage bottle labels you shared too!!

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Tuesday 17th of August 2021

You did such a great job.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Looks like a great time was had by all.....and the pool looks so inviting! I really enjoy your posts and am going to try the label process. Have several very old brown bottles had planned to donate but may have to keep them a little while longer. Downsizing is so hard!

I love the before and after pictures of your place and you have done a great job bringing it back to life.

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Monday 16th of August 2021

On thanks so much. I agree down sizing is hard. I got rid of a lot of my items but I've been adding them back slowly. LOL


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend Rachel with your family from Vermont❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Monday 16th of August 2021

Ann, Thanks so much for this.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

So glad that you had a wonderful time with your family. There is nothing better than that. The floral arrangement on chloe’s tablescape is gorgeous! I so enjoyed your post.

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Monday 16th of August 2021

Renae, I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Thanks so much for stopping by.


Sunday 15th of August 2021

Happy Sunday, Rachel! You are such a sweetheart, sharing my tablescape! This coming week it is all about oranges before I dive headlong into FALL!!! I am so envious of you all having a ball in the nice cool pool! It has been so hot and humid here, I am waiting for the temps to fall and to get back to my early morning walks. My weight loss this year has slowed since I have holed up in my air conditioning! LOL!! Have a great week!

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Monday 16th of August 2021

Chloe, I completely understand. It was very humid this past weekend here. Storms every evening.