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Dirt Road Adventures – Greenhouse Dreams

Hey friends and Happy May 1st!

Wow, did April slip away or what?

Greenhouse Dream Come True

Today I’m celebrating a dream come true.

Two years ago this past week, we started construction on my dream greenhouse.

We didn’t have a clue what we were doing but I knew we could figure it out.

Due to covid, my husband wasn’t traveling for work and we began our project.

Although I knew we could do it and he was somewhat skeptical.

All the really hard work fell to him.

I still have nightmares about trying to hold the ladder steady as he installed the rafters and the roof.

We both worked tirelessly for a full month and here’s what our dream looked like by Memorial Day! If you’d like to see more of the process, you can see all the details – How To Build a DIY Greenhouse.

This past week I shared the greenhouse or somedays she-shed decorated for Spring with a Basket Centerpiece.

If you missed it, you can see it at Easy Spring Basket Centerpiece Ideas which was part of this months Pinterest Challenge

If you’d love to see another fun DIY gardening shed or She Shed, check out this darling shed by Wendy at WM Design House

an old chicken cage is great for storage

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way

Have you heard “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way”?

It’s words to live by.

If you believe you can, you are right and if you believe you can’t, you are right.

I’ve lived my life believing anything is possible when you set your mind to it. You may fail and make mistakes but that’s how you grow and learn.

We made so many mistakes building the greenhouse and learned so much that we will probably (or hopefully) will never use again.

Since the success of the greenhouse, we felt more confident about remodeling our tiny beach cottage.

With each success, our confidence grows and we feel we can accomplish anything and the good news is we can!

Growth requires stepping outside our comfort zones and attempting things we are not confident about.

It’s also requires not listening to naysayers!

I learned a long time ago that there are two types of people that try to hold you back from your full potential, the naysayers!

  1. Those who fear you will fail because they love you but they themselves don’t have the confidence to step out and take a risk.
  2. Those who fear you will succeed and will be jealous of your success. They will try to undermine your confidence.

Don’t let either of these naysayers hold you back from your dreams!

Below is a quote, that years ago, gave me the confidence to ignore the naysayers.

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

I began the week with a trip to my favorite garden center to start the planting season.

Going the Whitaker Farm Garden Center is such a treat. I can’t wait for you to see the gorgeous geraniums I got for the front porch.

In the meantime, here are some views from my trip to the garden center.

They have a beautiful greenhouse filled with amazing flowers. I wanted to take one of each home.

Wouldn’t you love to get some of these hanging baskets for Mother’s Day?

Colonoscopy Screening –

In other news, I was on a restricted diet all week in preparation for a Colonoscopy Screening on Friday. It’s always a dread because of the preparation but the procedure is over before you know it. It’s something that is very important for us to do.

I’ve been having colonoscopies since I was 40 and I’ve never missed my recommended follow up screenings. I have previously had colon polyps removed during a screening and therefore have been considered higher risk. People at average risk should begin screenings at 45 years of age.

If you’d like to know more about recommendations and importance of regular screenings, here is an article from the American Cancer Society.

I was very happy to receive a clean bill of health this time and will not need another screening for 10 years.


After the procedure, I was starving and although I was a little sedated, I managed to wolf down a Chick-fil-A sandwich in celebration.

Birthday Celebration

In happier news!

Since I was finally able to eat again, we celebrated our son-in-laws birthday on Saturday.

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In Case You Missed It

10 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas and a yummy Spicy Cheese Wafer Recipe

Vintage Tea Party Ideas – Tea for Two and more – Rudy was such a gentleman! Food Ideas for Tea Party

Last Minute Gift Ideas that you can still receive on time.

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

Easy DIY Charger Plates and Budget Entertaining Tips – Thistlewood Farms

This is so cute and easy and I’m definitely wondering why I didn’t think of that. LOL

How to Make Beautiful Tea Cakes – Perfect for Mother’s Day – Peacock Ridge Farm

They are so pretty I would not want to eat them.

Tea Cakes, mint, Mother's Day, Spring tea cakes

These May Day Floral Cone Bouquets are just adorable from Master Pieces of My Life

floral cone bouquet DIY

The Crowned Goat shared these Personalized Monogram Ideas for Mother’s Day and I love this idea for Graduation as well. Beautiful gift idea for any occasion.

How to Lighten Furniture with Oven Cleaner – Vintage Home Designs

Why SubShrubs Like Lavender and Rosemary are hard to divide – Shiplap and Shells

Scandinavian Spring Homes – Dabbling and Decorating

Red Rose Napkins for a Kentucky Derby Party – Celebrate and Decorate

9 Tips To Have a Successful Yard Sale & What to Look for at Yard Sales – Heather Krout

How to Choose a Paint Color to Compliment Cherry Cabinets – Simply 2 Moms

I really appreciate you for stopping by today! I hope you have the best first week of May!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Thursday 5th of May 2022

You and your husband did such an amazing job with the greenhouse Rachel. It really is so beautiful. Loving all your inspiration this week and appreciate you sharing my post on subshrubs.


Saturday 7th of May 2022

Kim, You are so welcome and thanks so much.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

You are so sweet to share the monogram I gifted my Mom and aunt, Rachel, thank you. They're really beautiful and I can't wait to see their reaction. LOVE your greenhouse so much! It's one of the prettiest places in Blogland. I could hang out there with you any day of the week! Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

CoCo, thank you so much. I hope they like it, I really enjoy it.


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

It was such a great week! Enjoyed having tea with you!


Tuesday 3rd of May 2022

Stacy, it was a lot of fun.Thank you!


Sunday 1st of May 2022

Thanks for sharing Rachel. Happy 2 years to your fabulous greenhouse 😂🌸


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Ann, I really appreciate this.

Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 1st of May 2022

Happy May Rachel, your greenhouse is so beautiful. I am going to have to crate space n mine for seedlings next year for sure. Thanks for sharing your process. And that you for sharing my shed too. XO Wendy


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Wendy, You are so welcome. Thanks for taking the time to stop by.