Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Nancy from Nancy's Notes

 Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Happy Saturday and welcome to another Spotlight.  This wonderful holiday week end I would love to introduce you to Nancy from Nancy's Notes Blog.  I just recently found Nancy's blog and love her wonderful posts.  So please take a few minutes to read and get to know Nancy.  Then hop over and say Hi to her and check out the wonderful blog she writes.  You will not be disappointed.

What a huge and a sweet surprise to open up an email from Kris asking if I would be interested in her Saturday Spotlight Feature. Oh my goodness, I was immediately flattered and yes, of course I would be so honored to be featured. 

In my self imposed hysteria, I realized I would have to write about myself!

Well, as I sat, pondered, fretted and yes, for days about what I would write, surely a list would work. So I started a list. A truly daunting task until I was entranced the with all the things I love! Not very many dislikes. List grew by the second, You'll be happy to know that I even left some off. 

Speed Read below. 

Wife, Mom to three and Nana to six.
An only daughter. Three awesome brothers.
Twirler in HS.
Played saxophone. 
Was in 4-H. 
Sang Alto in sextet in HS choir. 
Love singing. 
Avid Texas Aggie fan. 
Sold Real Estate. 
Past member of various organizations and have held many offices. 
My favorite color is - as of late, pink a close second.
Tap-ballet dancer as youngster. I can still tap. I do remember the five ballet positions. 
Love Music. One might find me dancing, when no one is looking.
Love the ranch.
Love to sports, live and on TV. 
Love football, basketball, golf.  Known to be a loud spectator.  
Love traveling. Road trips now. Excellent back seat driver. 
Love gardening. Not one green thumb.
Love entertaining. 
Love playing games. We are a competitive family.
Loved golfing.
Love sunsets.
Love the beach.
Love The Sound of Music.
Love Disneyworld.
Love photography.
Love Mackenzie Childs.
Love shopping for antique - vintage treasures.
Love shoes and purses.
Love time in book stores. 
Love lakes, the ocean, any beach, all waterfalls, creeks and streams.
Like to cook.
Like to knit. Limited to scarves - small blankets. 
Like Pilates.
Like walking. 
Like swimming.
Like sewing. 
Dislike putting away laundry. 
Dislike emptying the dishwasher.
Dislike driving in rain.

Oh my, didn't realize that the list would be so long! I came to my senses and realized a list is not what Kris was talking about. So, I'll leave the list for a quick read. Please stay for a bit or run along! 

I have always loved writing, it's therapeutic. I was frankly looking for an emotional and creative outlet when I started blogging in 2009. First things first. I needed to find out what a blog was really all about. I went out and bought the book, Blogging for Idiots. It helped. It was by trial and error that I created my blog space and header.  I enjoyed the creative part, who knew you could pay someone to do it!  Live and learn. Anyhow, my initial intent was to start the blog, a journal, if you will, for my three grown kids, six adorable grandchildren. I would write a note here and there! Who knew blogging would be so addicting!

Back to why I really began to blog.Long story short. I was encouraged to start blogging when my husband at 57 had two strokes and I became his caretaker in 2006. In a heartbeat life changed for two people that loved life and lived it to it's fullest.  We were avid golfers. Our life was grand. After our youngest was off to college, I traveled with him on business trips and pleasure trips. Like dating! We had always had kids since the day we married! What a gem! Not having any children of his own, then he married us and we became a family of 5! 

Oh, I can get carried away. 

Well, after his stoke, I was a mess, heavens, I was a caretaker. He survived only by the grace of God. If there was a career that I never could have been good at, was anything in the medical field! I was throwing up right along with the kids! 

Here's our precious family. He inherited two teens and a 7 year old! 
30 years ago. August 3, 1985

So BLOGGING became my therapy! Humor is good, isn't it? So to fill the huge void in my life, I began to write about the joys in my life. Then I started linking up to parties! Oh my goodness, never fathomed that there would be parties! Anyhow, I took my trusty camera and yes, I even set up props for my blog and have a photo shoot. I was in heaven! I've taken enough photographs of our kids, grandchildren and treasures that I could wallpaper our entire home! Oh, not to mention the photographs of every flower and tree I've ever seen! 

Sweet Mr. Notes is doing well. God love this man! He is home 24/7 and has been since 2006! Oh and I haven't killed him yet! Okay, I should say, or vice- versa! Remember I could have never made it as a real nurse. Ask him, oh maybe not! 

We will be married 30 years this August! 

Here we are! 

Here's our family, kids and grandchildren at the ranch~ 
Our family heads out to the ranch for fun many times a year. 
Their are 28 of us, including our Mom and my three brothers and families.   

Our grandchildren at the ranch~

This photograph taken soon after we moved into our new home.  

We moved this past October to live near our three grown children and grandchildren. There are basketball, lacrosse and soccer games, dance recitals, name it to attend! We have a fun filled life. we are blessed. 

Nancy's Notes is full of love about my immediate life, of memories of the past and dreams of the future. You never know what my "Note" will be about, but it'll be a happy note!

Again, thank you Kris, my heart was warmed by your sweet invitation. I look forward to meeting new friends in this enchanting place we call Blog Land!

Thank you Nancy for sharing about yourself and your beautiful family.
Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July.

New Chippy Transom Window

Happy Sunday.  Last week I went to a Out Door Market with a couple of girlfriends.  I found this awesome window from Jeanine Chippy Shabby that was a vendor at the show.  I own a lot of pieces from Jeanine's collection.  Love her chippy pieces.

This window has a transom that opens and latches open at the top.  I loved adding this in the center of my chippy shutters in the living room Re do.

Love the unique and different style to this chippy window.

So chippy and full of charm.  I loved adding it the the re do of my living room.

As soon as I get my slipcover to finish up the living room space I will have the whole room the reveal.

Come back on Saturday to meet another great blogger in the Spotlight.
Have a great and Safe 4th of July.
Kris :)

60 Inch TV Cover Up!

This is the 60 inch TV that Terry has in our living room.  I know men like these "big ole" TV's but they really are hard to hide in the decor scheme!  I cannot deny him his big screen with all the white and chic he lives with in our home.  So I came up with a way to hide this monster screen in my new living room re do.

Remember this old church alter I got awhile back for the TV to sit on.

Yep even with the pretty altar that screen just grabbed hold of your eye every time.  Even Libby had a hard time looking at it anymore lol!

So to start the transition in the new living room.  We painted the altar white and distressed it.  Then we took this old chippy cabinet door and mounted it to the front for more chippy uniqueness and character.

Terry and I went out to a couple of Antique places on Friday and we found these awesome old shutters.  There were three of them for $18 dollars.  I forgot to take a picture before he cut them down to size.  

So Terry and his trustee tools made these shutters into doors to hide the 60 inch TV.  I am hunting for some cool knobs for these shutter doors.  

Yeah win win!!!! He gets his big screen TV and I get to hide it when we are not watching it.  $18 dollars and some left over wood made for this great cabinet box to cover the TV.

This is how we covered up the 60 inch TV in our house.  You got a few sneak peaks at the living room Re Do.  Just waiting on my white slipcover for the couch.  Lisa actually emailed me today and said the slipcover for the couch is ready and she will ship it this week. I have a few more decor change ups for this room and then I will have the reveal soon.  My chippy white and cream and gray living room is coming together nicely.  So far the only money spent was $18 for the shutters.  Love when I can make a major change to the decor and use what I have.
Hoping these rainy days will end and we will get some sunshine so I can get some better pictures of this room.

Have a great rest of the week.  Thank you always for your visits and sweet comments.

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Simple Bathroom Cover Up

I have a double shower in my master bathroom that I love but I hate seeing the double glass sliding doors.  I wanted to soften the doors and seeing into the shower.  Terry and I are the only two that really see the shower but I still wanted to look less at the glass doors and soften the double shower somehow.

Here is my solution

Double slider glass doors.

 So my solution was to use these grommet top sheer panels that I had from the bedroom.  They slide easily on the shower rod and they can be opened from either side of the doors.

They just add some softness and hide the glass doors.  Love this new softer look to the our master bath and I did not have to spend any money just rehung some drapes I already had.  

This is another pretty old vintage church window I hung up in my master bathroom.  Love the unique shape and chippiness to this old window.
Have a great start to the new week ahead.  Thanks for stopping by.