Monday, August 6, 2012


We got home about 6:00 p.m. last night and it's a little of a relief!  Vacations can be a time to renew and they can also exhaust you!  Bot moreover, they add balance to your life and I sure needed that!  Now it's back to a routine and enjoying the second half of the summer.  

If I have missed commenting on your blog, I am so sorry.  I did very little blogging while I was gone, but I promise to catch up this week.  I hope I didn't miss anything juicy!  See you all soon! :)


Terra said...

Your summer time spent on the lake in your cottage home sounds idyllic, and the fishing, the Beast, your heart shaped chairs/flower pot holders, and your new firepit all look fabulous.

Sonny G said...

welcome home.

love the new firepit and what ya'll did with the bristo set.. adorable~!

Barbara F. said...

Jane, the fire pit is gorgeous. And the potted plant bistro chairs are wonderful, too. I can completely understand if you did want to do a tablescape, I get like that a lot! xo

Barbara F. said...

Oops, I left out the word "not" lol xo

Olive said...

Welcome home Jane, the pots in the chairs are awfully cute. It is humid here too but we have had much needed rain. Happy Monday, Olive

Sarah said...

Vacations are wonderful, but it's always good to be back home. Of course your lake home is also your home, but the routine isn't the same. ;-)
Cute vignette with the bistro table and chairs. You'll need to do a tablescape the next time you're at the lake.

Beth said...

Welcome back.

I like the pots in the chairs. Very creative of the husband.

Bring Pretty Back said...

Jane - AHHHH vacation - sounds like heaven !! That was co cute - luke grilling - ( :
I need a firepit like yours!!!
Isn't it wonderful to sit around a fire and simply relax??
Thank you SO much for the comment on my blog about the book!!
Meant a lot!
Hugs !!!
Have a pretty day!

Anonymous said...

I just love the pots sunk in the chairs , that is so cute, glad you had a good time, sounds wonderful!

Debby said...

Love the pots and the new fire pit. Sounds like such that I miss as you already know.
Glad you are back. I missed you.

Anonymous said...

The flower pots look so cute in your soda shop chairs and I love your new outdoor fireplace. What a great thing to have this fall! Enjoy getting home and back to a normal routine.

xinex said...

I love your fire pit, it looks like a fireplace. That's the kind I like. Good job for Al putting it together. I am glad you are able to relax, Janie...Christine

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Nice fire bit, it is always nice to come home and sleep in your own bed too! Love your bistro set also.

NanaDiana said...

Jane- It sounds like you had a wonderful time but are also glad to be home. I so "get" that- I feel the same way when vacations are over. Hope your settling into your regular routine isn't too hard- xo Diana

Susan Shull said...

Glad you had a relaxing time! You are so right about balance-fun + routine, both needed, at least by me!

Lynn said...

Sounds like you had a great time Jane, no fresh string beans for me yet this year (the rabbits keep eating the plants) but I just put more seeds in last night. Love the "potted chairs":@)

Pondside said...

Your lake house must be a wonderful place to renew yourself, and it's always a good thing when you are happy to come home - it just means you had enough time!


The creative redo on your heart shaped bistro chair is wonderful.


Theresa said...

Welcome home. We were gone for just a week and I am exhausted. Get rested up dear friend. Big hugs.

Lori E said...

I know what you mean about coming home. I like to get away but home is where my heart is.
I just love the little bistro chair planters. Brilliant.
Back to work tomorrow for me as well. I managed to get 3 blog posts done this week and that is probably more than what I did all the rest of the month.

Lori said...

There is truly no place like home. Love getting away but coming home and getting back into the groove is always welcome. Love the new fancy fire pit!

Leslie said...

Fishing boats, pretty bistro arrangements and fire pits ~ the stuff a great summer is made of!
Welcome home.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I told my husband I was so tired of traveling, I never, ever thought I'd say that but it's
Love the plants in the chair seats, so cute!

Maggie said...

Like you I love to travel but always enjoy arriving back home after a trip.
The fire pit is fab and I'm sure will come in handy on those chilly, out of season, visits to the lake.

Barb said...

Hi Janie,

So good to hear from you.

I love your pictures....just wonderful family life on the lake. I understand about vacations wearing you out....they sometimes just exhaust me.

I hope you have a blessed day.


Monica said...

Hehe welcome back. Hope you recharged your batteries.

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Welcome back! Love the new fire pit. Thanks for visiting with your lovely comment! Hope you have a wonderful week.


Mary said...

Home is where the heart is so I guess that means you can make a home in both lovely spots! Glad you had such fun - the veggies looked awesome, and the fireplace is fabulous!

Welcome back to the city - will you get to the lake again soon Jane?

Hugs Mary

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh I can't show my husband the fire pit... he will want to make one!
I bet things come out of there that are beyond delicious!

Lynn said...

You DO realize how fortunate you are to have a lake house, right? Thanks for sharing your time with us! Love the things you have done.

Mimi said...

I always SAY there's no place like Home...except a second HOME!!!LUCKY YOU!!!We are in the mind set of looking for a cabin UP NORTH...where it is 30 degrees cooler then here!!!I cannot take this heat one more summer....I say that every year!!We do get away at least once per month to survive...kind of like you guys in the winter I suppose.....
Loved your post!!!
Loved your table addition!!!

Lynne said...

Welcome home dear Jane!
What a wonderful and RELAXING vacation you have described in your post. (You know how charmed I am about your Lakehouse.)

Your husband has definitely caught the upcycle bug! The chairs look darling!

Isn't a backyard fire pit the best way to kick back on an evening in the burbs?

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

So glad that you feel relaxed Jane! Love the new "planters" what a perfect thing to use those bistro chairs for! Your bathroom looks really great....absolutely love the color! Nice job :)
Enjoy the beautiful day today!!

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane, sounds like you had a wonderful time at the lake... I LOVE your chairs with the flowerpots in them!... and I also love your firepit!... always good to get back home and relax too though... thanks for sharing... I always enjoy your posts so much!... I think we are having your heatwave here now... 100+ degrees... just too darn hot for me!... xoxo Julie Marie

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

The fireplace looks like something that your family will enjoy for many years to come. I know what you mean about resting up after a vacation. Thanks for coming by and the sweet comment.

Linda said...

Hi Jane:) So glad you are enjoying the Summer! We have really had a hot one here in New England. And Fall is just around the corner. This year is flying by. Have fun:)
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Ashley ~ said...

LOVED those heart shapped chairs with pot plants*!!! Loved ALL your pics*!!! -Ashley

Lynn Wood said...

You paint such a pretty picture of everything summer! I just don't want it to be over this year.

Town and Country Gals said...

what fun spending time by the water! Sounds like you had a very relaxing, fun time! Your flower chair pots are very cool! Love your firepit, it will be so fun to hang around on those cool evenings!

Susie Q said...

So glad you had such a lovely vacation away! The veggies looked so good. Nothing like the is there!

That fire pit is amazing! Wow!

That bistro set is perfect!

Welcome Home sweet Jane!


Ricki Treleaven said...

Jane, your little bistro chair planters are absolutely adorable! :D What a nice addition to your garden. I know you are happy to be home to recover from your vacation, LOL! I feel like I have lived out of a suitcase this summer, yet I feel like I need a vacation! :/

two birds said...

what a beautiful yard...i love the potted plants in the chairs! and that fire pit looks amazing!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Jane, I'm so happy to hear that you had a wonderful vacation, relaxing is what's it's all about!

We had some sadness in the blog world (see my post). I think you were a follower.

We're enjoying the rest of the month in Maine, then on the 27th it's back to work for me! Schools open on the 28th!

Have a wonderful August!


A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Janie!!!

Looks like you all had such a blast this summer! I really enjoyed reading what you had been up to. Alas, summer is practically over for us bc the kids start school next week...even I start school again too! Oh well, at least I look forward to the autumn season and the cooler weather. :) Enjoy your weekend!


Laura said...

Oh Jane-
Your down time looks wonderful!

It has been so hot here, I go outside for small stretches at a time.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

White Spray Paint

That fire pit is amazing!

koralee said...

Welcome back home...we are just about to start our vacation next week. I can relate about how nice it is to be home again..but it is nice to go as well. Hugs to you.

June said...

It really sounds like Heaven Jane. I am so glad you had such a wonderful time! When the weather cools, it will be so nice having out by your new fireplace : )
hugs from here...

Gypsy Heart said...

Love the chairs with the plants in them! I can only imagine how fun the firepit will be when it cools down. Supposed to be 106' here today...ugh.
Glad you enjoyed the down time ~


Sue said...

I didn't do any blogging while we were on vacation and for once, I decided not to feel guilty about it. I took pictures (some are still in the camera) and have several things and places to write about, along with lots of what I call "food porn". All the fattening food took a toll and I gained back all of those 6 big pounds that took forever to lose!