Happy Sunday

It has been a glorious week. Coming home from my site visit yesterday I passed field after field of cotton….. or southern snow as we like to call it.

It always makes me smile.

Thank you to friend, Morris Middleton for this lovely image.

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Have a wonderful  rest of your weekend and a happy Sunday as we reflect on all of our blessings!

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Dear Carolina Is Born

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I am such a believer in this sentiment. Perhaps that is why I feel  a connection to my sweet, blogging buddy Kristy Woodson Harvey.

Kristy and her Mom, Beth Woodson, pin one of my favorite blogs: Design Chic and as fellow Southerners we became fast friends a few years ago even though we have never met in person.

Today is a very special day in Kristy’s life. It is the launch of her first novel, Dear Carolina, and I was privileged to get an advance copy to review.

This is the teaser that drew me in:

Frances “Khaki” Mason has it all: a thriving interior design career, a loving husband and son, homes in North Carolina and Manhattan—everything except the second child she has always wanted. Jodi, her husband’s nineteen-year-old cousin, is fresh out of rehab, pregnant, and alone. Although the two women couldn’t seem more different, they forge a lifelong connection as Khaki reaches out to Jodi, encouraging her to have her baby. But as Jodi struggles to be the mother she knows her daughter deserves, she will ask Khaki the ultimate favor…

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Embracing Winter But Dreaming Of Spring

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I hope that wherever you are, you are warm. I love the beauty of this picture and am trying to embrace winter but must admit I am dreaming of spring. How about you?

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Offer: Trip Of A Lifetime

Do you love to paint?

Or have you always wanted to learn how to paint?

Do you love the outdoors and jaw-dropping scenery?

“Imagine yourself on the bank of a wild and scenic river corridor. You have just spent the last four hours rafting through some of the most beautiful and majestic places you have ever seen. Your knowledgeable and experienced guides have set the adventurous, creative and lively tone, while you are still awe-struck by this place. The sounds of rushing water and the fragrance of warm grass and clean air soothe your soul. Then your guide points out a black bear at the river’s edge. She is skittish and risks being seen to stay a moment longer and snatch a wild salmon to feed her hungry cubs. The Bear has broken your concentration but you immerse yourself again, and put the finishing brushstrokes on what you believe to be your most satisfying and moving work.”

Well I have an offer for you of a trip of a lifetime that combines all of those and more. James Sampsel, artist from my last post, has combined forces with Row Adventures (the company that he offers his fly-fishing tours through) to offer a

5 day, 45 mile Wilderness Plein Air Adventure on the Rogue River!!!!!

Where is the Rogue you ask? It is one of the most scenic rivers you will ever see and it is located in the state of Oregon. Unlike our massive rivers in the South you can see across it and the water is crystal clear and teeming with trout. But don’t take my word for it, check out these pictures:

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That Day I Hired An Award Winning Chef

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See those guys? I think I seriously thought they would live with me one day. No really.

You see, many years ago The Writer and I bought a piece of land out in the country. Now this was a miracle in itself because I found the land and drug him out there to look at it and I AM NOT A COUNTRY GIRL- not by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not that I have anything against the country but I am an only child who has been on a life long quest to be around people. PEOPLE… not coyotes, not tree frogs, certainly not snakes, not a single one of them can listen to my humorous stories or tell me theirs. They don’t invite me to dinner or sing happy birthday to me.  Ahhh, but The Writer; that man never met a country he didn’t love. So in my head, I could make this work.

That’s where the trouble began… in my head.

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Sunshine and Waterholes…Longing For Summer

Just because I am longing for sunshine, I found myself staring at these images and imagining parties that involve good friends, lots of family, smokin’ grills, fresh fruit and a long, lazy summer evening.

Swimming pools… they just make the perfect setting for a party, don’t they?

I think these are fab.

 

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cindy barganier's favorite swimming pools

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House Beautiful

Wouldn’t my babies love this?

 

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Or this!!! The 3 yr. old  “Fearless  Force” would kill that slide.

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Western Living Magazine

 

This is more my speed. LOL

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Architectural Digest

I never have been able to get into the natural look.

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A friend/client of mine once had a swimming pool built in her backyard with a black liner. It served as a reflecting pool and was beautiful at night as it reflected the image of her beautiful Tudor home but I could never enjoy a swim for worrying about snakes. I would not survive in a sea of lily pads!

 

Here’s hoping we don’t need the ark tonight. Stay safe out there y’all.

 

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Inspirational Friday

I am blessed to have some people in my life who energize me by their very presence. They are what I call my UP people. My goal is to be an UP person for them also because down people wear me slap out. They make me want to run for the hills.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite UP quotes from Pinterest. I hope you enjoy.

 

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 For I have seen the future… and it is pretty darn great.

May your days be filled with sunshine no matter what the weather is.

May your life be filled with joy no matter your circumstances.

May you keep looking up… for your Redemption draweth nigh.

Happy Designing. Happy Weekend. Happy Life. 🙂

Cindy

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Happy Father’s Day.

No one loves you like your Daddy. They think you are beautiful and smart and perfect …. no matter the truth. LOL

Then.

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And now.

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We just spent a whole week together entertaining/loving on 6 littles ones.  We felt like Lucy in the Vitameetamejamin show.

Sheesh. We needed some vitamins!

I loved catching him in stolen moments with my two little ones.

Gathering sticks for a marshmallow roast with her.

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On the porch rocking and singing to him.

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Or watching them watching him finish with the mowing so that we could move on to the next activity.

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Precious time. Precious memories.

I can’t forget the father of my own children on this special day!

What a great Daddy he has been! His little girl loves him.

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And her little girl adores him. (photo taken as we arrived home from hospital 3 1/2 years ago.) Now little man, who looks like his Pop, will leave me in a flash when Jeff walks into the room and I know it will be the same with number 3 who is on the way. We are richly blessed.

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But even the best earthly fathers make mistakes and fail at one time or another. But there is One who never makes a mistake, never leaves us. Never forsakes us. Never has given a single word of bad advice. And it is that Father from whom we all draw our strength.

In the words of Chris Tomlin:

You crush the enemy Underneath my feet You are my Sword and Shield Though troubles linger still
Whom shall I fear?
Chorus:
I know Who goes before me I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side. The One who reigns forever, He is a Friend of mine. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side
Verse 3:
My strength is in Your name, For You alone can save. You will deliver me. Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear? Whom shall I fear?
Chorus:
I know Who goes before me. I know Who stands behind. The God of angel armies, Is always by my side

Bridge:
And nothing formed against me shall stand. You hold the whole world in your hands. I’m holding onto Your promises. You are faithful. You are faithful.

Thank you to all of Abbas in my life. I love you all.

Cindy

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It’s A New Day Dawning.

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Today is a new day. Embrace your dreams. Do not be afraid. Failure is not an option.

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It’s fun.

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Things I Love… Stone Angels

There is something ethereal about these faces. Enjoy.

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Balmoral Cemetery Brisbane, Australia

 

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Highgate Cemetery, London, England

Highgate Cemetery, London, England

 

New Orleans cemetery angel

New Orleans cemetery angel

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Have a wonderful weekend. See you back next week.

 

 

 

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