Chairs makeover

Though I can’t recall when or where these four chairs caught my eye, I do remember thinking how much I loved them and needed them in my life.

They were rough, obviously rescued at least once before by someone with the same good intentions I had when I first saw them. Did I pile them in my car? Did my husband pick them up in his truck? I just don’t remember- all I recall is that these chairs were just the “right everything” that I wanted.

My intentions were good. I figured we would work some magic and the chairs would stand sentry at my table in no time flat.

Sadly, the timing was off. We were far too busy to take on the task. My beloved chairs spent months, then years, stacked in the garage. More than once, Ninja Man offered to put them out of their misery and let someone else discover them at the local secondhand shop.

But no. I held on to them as if they were some cherished heirloom. As the years went by, they gathered dust and spider webs. They eventually were loaded on to a moving van and into a storage unit, all the while with me cautioning the movers to be careful not to break one. I think I must have realized that if one was irreparable, the others would just have to go because, surely I would always miss chair number four.

They came to Six Little Acres and were just as important to me as most of our other meager furnishings. Their new home would be in a stack in the corner of the EBR (Emotional Baggage Room), waiting to be important enough to be restored.

One day very recently, I decided we would refinish the chairs. To my delight, Ninja Man agreed. We are both retired now, so it made sense to get started. So off we went to find paint, fabric, foam for the seats and backs, and all the other supplies.

I cruised the fabric store while simultaneously surfing Pinterest. I found a display with 50% off upholstery fabric, and began the decision making process.

Six Little Acres needed a splash of color. Heck, I needed a splash of color! I narrowed it down, tilted three bolts of fabric out of the display and asked Ninja Man which one he liked best. He chose the one I loved the most, which was awesome, because I wanted him to love my chairs as much as I do. I’m sure by now he was weary of the stack of chairs taking up space in corners.

Fast forward to when we had obtained all of the supplies, watched all of the YouTube videos we could find on reupholstering this type of chair, and the work began. Ninja Man did everything except paint. I was so thankful he took an interest, because it was a task I am now certain would have taken much more than the week it took him. We still need to put the trim around the edges, but I’m already loving them just as they are.

Here are the pictures of my wonderful chairs that I hope to enjoy for many years. They truly brighten my day and I’m glad we gave them a second chance.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. I hope you find them cheery and as fun as I do!

The beginning. Stripped down to the bones. Good bones!
Please excuse the mess. The EBR is where we do all the things that really should be done in a garage.
Isn’t she lovely?🎵🎶🎼 and by the way, Ninja Man designed and made that embroidered king sized quilt you see in the background!
This fabric. Oh, it is just so happy. I matched the paint to the teal.
One day I’ll tell y’all about that table. It’s pretty important also.
I didn’t realize how much the paint matched my purse!
I just love how these turned out.

Thank you for coming by, and God bless.

Blueberries

We are harvesting blueberries, our July tradition. We will have more soon, followed by grapes, muscadines, scuppernongs and figs. These pears were from last week.

Baby grapes. Can’t wait!
First year blackberries.

Just for fun, I’m sharing one of our favorite videos EVER. Y’all be blessed!

Blueberries , blueberries!

It’s been quiet here

I’m thankful to say that it’s been quiet here at Six Little Acres.

The BEST news of all is that our grandLittle Wren is still in remission! God is awesome, y’all. He really is.

In other news, Ninja Man and I made it through the whole weird season of the pandemic – that is, if it’s actually over…

We are happy to be going out to our favorite local diner and other inner-city shops, and we even took the grandLittles to a movie in the recently opened theater in town. Just being able to buy the popcorn and kick back in those reclining seats was up there with some of our best times in well over a year.

Oh, what we used to take for granted, y’all….

And what we can actually live without….

While we CAN go without such luxuries as an afternoon at the movies, it sure is nice to indulge.

Now back to the happenings here: when we bought Six Little Acres, we were planning on building a Barndominium, but the county wouldn’t allow it. We ended up renovating this doublewide, and just as well, because we were able to pay cash along the way.

Also just as well, because we made lots of changes and now have a floor plan that works perfectly for us.

The property is perfect for us as well. It is slightly hilly, lush grass and mature fruit bushes and trees.

We enjoy walking around Six Little Acres and today were excited to see these little beauties:

Blackberries
Blueberries
Figs
The TINY things are scuppernongs
Muscadines
Pears
Wild cherries
We used to call these whirligigs – they flutter when dropped in the air
Pecan tree canopy. One of three huge pecans trees. We love them even though they randomly drop branches!
The LONE corn garden. There are only a few planted and no clue if there will be real corn in our future.
Ninja Man planted these lilies in the fall. We are enjoying them so much.
One of my favorite views.

Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

It’s almost fall at Six Little Acres

I love this place so much. Today was perfect, just a slight chill in the air with wind making the wind chimes sing. Fall will be here on Tuesday. If I could buy it a present, I would. I will be SO HAPPY to see it arrive.

I took a walk in the yard and thought I’d share some pictures.

One of our pecan trees. The squirrels are so happy to eat as many as they can. We are not so thrilled, but it’s ok. We enjoy our squirrels.
My intention was to share how the squirrels have left pecan shells. And then …we’ll, “that” happened. I can’t make this stuff up, y’all.

Thanks for stopping by.

God bless!

Kathy Bo

Fruits of our labor

We are picking blueberries everyday here at Six Little Acres.

The thing is, we really haven’t labored much, but because they are kinda small, we may have to do a bit more before the next season. Here’s the pick from this week. Most are frozen, we just wash and add to the bag!

We are watching the figs DAILY. This bush is loaded, y’all. It’s going to be a haul if we get them before the wildlife does! See what I mean? LOADED.

Just to give you an idea of how tall this bush is, Ninja Man is just over 5’10”. I drew a line at the tip top- the place we may never be able to pluck figs from! (By the way, his shirt says “I love IT WHEN my wife DOESN’T KNOW I BOUGHT A NEW GUN” LOL!

Besides blueberries and figs, we are excited to see grapes on the little vine our daughter planted in 2016. It will be our first grape harvest, and we really don’t know what to expect, but so far, so good.

The scuppernongs and muscadines are slowly bearing fruit, but nothing very exciting just yet.

It looks like we are in for a SWEET summer!

Oh my goodness- this pretty girl just showed up as I’m blogging from the front porch! She just stood and stared at me, just as curious about me as I was of her. Just another reason I love it here.

Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Fruits and veggies at Six Little Acres

It’s June 11, 2020, and things are wonderfully slow and quiet here at Six Little Acres.

We have planted flowers and a few veggies, plus there are thriving figs, blueberries, muscadines and scuppernongs we hope to harvest soon.

Enjoy the pictures, I’ll try to caption correctly!

Blueberries!
Tomatoes
Future figs
Muscadines or scuppernongs – we have both!
Some sort of pear- please comment if you know
A neat way to plant squash! We planted in containers, and this water bottle was perfect!
Squash and a watermelon vine.
Tomatoes and yep, more squash! This is at the fire pit.

I hope you enjoyed this little update. Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Quarantined at Six Little Acres

There comes a thunder! Or just a big wind, either way, it’s awesome to just be here with the pre-storm breeze. It’s the kind of wind that carries just enough sprinkles to make the dogs run to the porch, but the hummingbirds continue to flit around the feeders.

And so it goes with sheltering in place at Six Little Acres. We are senior citizens now, so we are extra careful with staying safe. Grocery delivery is the norm now, as is staying home as much as possible. The result is lots of time spent lounging so we have started walking the property every single day just to try and stay active.

The walking is especially helpful now because I had some pretty serious surgery in March. It was the 16th to be exact, just as the door was closing on the world as we know it. I was given the option to postpone, but I was the first patient of the day so it was safe enough for me. In the weeks and months that followed, I made the decision to come out of this better than I went in.

“Better” means losing weight, which is lots of fun when there’s nothing to do. But I’m diligent and determined. In order to get back to normal, I’m working with my physical therapy and walking the property each day. Both help with my recovery.

So today after my walk, I sat in my little garden and enjoyed the breeze. There’s a new corn cob on the squirrel picnic table, something I know will entertain us as soon as the rain subsides. More on that squirrel table in my next post.

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God bless,

Kathy Bo

It’s 2020 and work aplenty!

Ninja Man has been busy in the back of Six Little Acres. There are the muscadine and scuppernong vines that were overtaken by random vines and overgrown weeds.

What looked like two HUGE mounds of viney-weedy-snakey growth is now on its way to being an arbor once again.

These are very mature vines and they produce buckets of fruit each year. We are blessed to have them here at Six Little Acres, but only this year has Ninja Man been able to put clearing them out on his priority list. He is reclaiming our grapes from an invasion of the wilds!

Can y’all believe these before” pictures? #trueStory.

Here he is, chopping away: He still has a bit to go, but three cheers, y’all!! Once that with is finished, we will be constructing new supports to function as the arbor.

Meanwhile, we did a walk about this morning, and I am so thankful God blessed us with THIS place in THIS town! I just wanna hug it all! So our walk revealed a sweet little jonquil waiting to be discovered! He’s like, “Hey! I’m here!”

I’m smitten with his beautiful yellow self!

He happens to be blooming near the fig tree! Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be a “bush”, but y’all: Not kidding, it’s about 10 feet tall! Here is a happy little fig bud!So Ninja Man has been cleaning it out as well. Ninja is a happy camper because he keeps fueling his precious fire pit with all the limbs, vines and brush he is pulling out of the grapes and figs!

I love it when he gets out and makes our sweet little homeland even more awesome than it already is.

That’s it for today, please continue praying for our sweet Wren. She’s doing well and is stable! God is SO good, y’all.

Kathy Bo

Outside, and it’s nice and chilly!

Since fall arrived, we have taken to walking around Six Little Acres. It’s just such a pleasant place to be, this respite from the many, many hours we worked before retirement.

Here are some snippets of life here today.

Two thirds of our pups: (Our oldest Boston Terrier can’t play anymore)and I promise, they are BEST friends, they just love to play hard with one another. Just moments before I began recording, they were running laps around Ninja Man and me. Miele (Mee-luh) is the Boston / Sneaky Neighbor Dog mix. Winston is the Boston.

And this:

This is the grandLittle’s “Climbing Tree”, and in the summer and spring its branches are full of giggles.

Then this:

Ninja Man had to repair some fencing. It’s the fence surrounding the dog’s yard. They are 100% indoor family members, but have their very own door when they need to go.

He didn’t waste a minute figuring out how to stretch that wire.

Quick repair, all done!

After our walk about, we settled into the little garden in front of the house and discussed whether or not we should cancel our $50 a month YouTube TV. We have this conversation about every six weeks or so.

We shall see.

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!

Kathy Bo

It’s Fall, Y’all

We are enjoying retirement at Six Little Acres! This morning we sipped from our coffee cups while the wind chimes played with the breeze.

I really wish I could find an AFFORDABLE set of those old wind chimes we had back in the ’70s. The sounds they made were just perfect for a day like today! Do y’all remember them?

By the way, Wren’s latest MRI was “stable”, which means no growth in the tumor. Her MIBG is next week. Please pray for benign.

Thanks for stopping by, and God bless.

Kathy Bo