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The Intern: Ben’s Brownstone

Ben's Kitchen in The Intern Movie

I love it when you guys suggest movies I should check out. I rarely go to the movies since there are so few I like these days, but I'm so glad Diána e-mailed me and suggested I do a tour of the wonderful homes in the movie, The Intern. (Thanks, Diána!) There are actually three beautiful homes in the movie, in addition to a pretty cool office space. This post would be way too long if I tried to post tours of all those places in a single post, … [Continue Reading...]

Master Bedroom Flooring Updates & Some Furniture Rearranging

Plaid Tartan Bedding for the Master Bedroom

Welcome to the 389th Metamorphosis Monday! Pssst: Did you know BNOTP is on Instagram? You'll find my latest Instagram posts here: Between Naps On The Porch Recently I shared a mini-disaster I discovered in my master bedroom. While vacuuming that room one day, I lifted up the seagrass rug and discovered it had been deteriorating underneath and the rubber latex backing had welded itself to my hardwood flooring.   I tried … [Continue Reading...]

Cheese For Those Of Us Who Are Lactose Intolerant

Trader Joe's Milk, Goat's Cheese, and Salads

I have become quite the Trader Joe's fan. I'm always amazed how much I can buy and not go into shock at the register when it gets rung up. Their pricing is so much better than the chain grocery stores, at least on the items I usually buy. Today I stopped by and picked up some of my favorites, as well as a few things to take when I visit my son, dil and grandsons soon.   I love their ready-made salads. I always pick up a few … [Continue Reading...]

Some Favorites for Tablescape Thursday

Bee Flatware with Gold Accents

Welcome to the 407th Tablescape Thursday! I had planned set a table this week but when my air conditioning went out upstairs on Sunday during the 90°+ weather we've been having, my enthusiasm for being creative went with it. I have not been sleeping well this week since I've been sleeping downstairs on the sofa and working during the day on my small travel laptop at my teeny kitchen desk, a desk I've discovered isn't the proper height for a … [Continue Reading...]

Restored 1912 Cottage with Beadboard Walls and Gorgeous Lake Views

Beautiful Lake Home

As I get ready for bed this evening, this is what the thermostat in the upstairs part of my home reads. That's a huge improvement over what it was all day yesterday and today, which was 90 degrees. It cooled down a bit after it rained today. Midday on Sunday, the upstairs A/C ceased to work, it just gave up the ghost! I called my heating and air company right away and the person who answered said the first available appointment they could give … [Continue Reading...]

The Metamorphosis of a Limelight Hydrangea

Boxwoods and Hyrdrangeas for the Front Yard Landscape

Welcome to the 388th Metamorphosis Monday! Happy Independence Day! Hope you're having a fabulous one! Thanks for sharing all your experiences in the comments on yesterday's post about my Windows 10 update nightmare and the following scam telephone call I received. I learned yesterday from two different readers that someone actually sued Windows over the damage their update caused to their computer files. It will be interesting to see what … [Continue Reading...]

Today was the Closest I’ve Ever Come To Being Scammed


I'm not going to say I'm unscammable, because no one is, but I try to do everything I possibly can to avoid being hacked or scammed. I never click on links I don't recognize in emails. I have my phone number listed on the National Do Not Call list and I don't answer telephone calls from unknown numbers. I have long and complicated passwords for everything, as well as two-step verification for everything under the sun that offers it. Did you … [Continue Reading...]

Nautical Decor & Tablescape for a 3-Season Porch

Blue & White Medallion Rug for the Porch

Welcome to the 406th Tablescape Thursday! Just wanted to say, thanks so much for all your ideas and suggestions for dealing with the mess left behind on my wood flooring from the seagrass rug I was using in my master bedroom. Appreciate those so much! If you're having a similar issue, be sure and read the comments left on that post to see how others have dealt with similar problems. You'll find that post here: How a Seagrass Rug Ruined My … [Continue Reading...]

How a Seagrass Rug Ruined My Hardwood Flooring

Tartan Plaid Bedding

When updating or making improvements to your home, do you ever feel sometimes like you take three steps forward, only to take two steps back. You get a few things done and start to feel like you're making some headway, while unbeknownst to you, little gremlins are at work messing something else up. I tell ya, home ownership is not for weenies! Recently, I had hardwood flooring installed in my guest room. I had been wanting to do that for … [Continue Reading...]

Tour a 1730 Historic Stone Cottage That’s Storybook Perfect

Cozy window seat in historic 1730 stone cottage

Welcome to the 387th Metamorphosis Monday! Greetings! How was your weekend? I think a lot of folks must be on vacation around here because traffic has been much lighter for the last few days. Maybe they got a head start on the long 4th of July weekend that's coming up. I don't have a Before and After to share this week. If you saw my "list" in Friday's post, you'll know I've kinda been on a "Before and After" spree for the last 6-7 weeks. … [Continue Reading...]

Add Color & Whimsy to the Garden with Colorful Planters and Sculptures

Garden Shed

Happy Friday! Have any plans for the weekend? I hope to do something relaxing this weekend, feel like it's time to stop and smell the roses gardenias that are blooming in my yard right now. The last month and a half has been a whirlwind of activity around here. I sat down the other day and listed all the things I had gotten done since returning from the Netherlands the first week of May. Here's how that list looked: Painted and replaced 19 … [Continue Reading...]

Celebrate Independence Day With a Nautical-Themed Table Setting, Plus An Amazing Find

4th of July Table, Sakura, Warren Kimble Colonial Dishware

Welcome to the 405th Tablescape Thursday! I have to start off this week's Tablescape Thursday with an incredible find. You know this nautical, sailboat flatware you've seen me use so often in table settings?   I just found it available this morning for $26.99 for a 20-piece set!!! I know I paid way more than that when I purchased it several years ago. I think I paid $99. I've never seen it for $26.99 for a 20-piece set! So if … [Continue Reading...]