Monday, August 30, 2010

Time outside

I don't know about you, but I am tired of the heat! It has been 100' or hotter for what seems like forever here in Texas! Everything is starting to dry-up, even with daily watering. Spending time outside (unless in the pool) has become short, and on an "as needed" basis. Therefore, even my urns by the front door leave something to be desired! I consider myself a summer girl, but I must admit, cooler temperatures and the time to putter around outside is sounding like a slice of heaven!

I have a little courtyard outside my kitchen. Mr. Pearl and I rearranged the furniture in it one Saturday morning, and I am ready to get in there and turn it into an outdoor oasis. I have empty pots waiting to be filled with flowers and herbs. I am waiting for a cool 90' and less than 100% humidity day, so I can get to work. I have a LONG list of things to accomplish around the house now that the mini-pearls are in school. I always start off the fall with a bang! It's kind of like new year's to me. I don't know how much I will actually finish (it's an overly ambitious list), but the courtyard is at the top and everyone out there in blogland can hold me accountable!

My absolute favorite!

I included some of my inspirations. I hope these inspire you, too.

Here's to cooler temperatures!

photo sources: 1- Mary Engelbreit Magazine, 2- Southern Living, 3- Decorating magazine Summer 2006, 4- Better Homes and Gardens February 2006, 5- Garden Shed 2006, 6- unknown, 7- Southern Living, 8- Mary Engelbreit Magazine, 9- unknown, 10- Southern Living, 11- unknown, 12 - Southern Lady Magazine, 13 - House and Home May 2010, 14 - unknown, 15 - Better Homes and Gardens May 2007


  1. such gorgeous inspiration. Its been way too hot here too. Absolutely no fun to be outside.

  2. Loved this inspiration! Add two more votes to cooler weather too!!


  3. I'm so glad you found my blog. I love yours!! The music, it!! It's so nice to meet you, fellow Texan!


  4. Oh my goodness these pics are adorable! We are working on our "curb appeal" and these are lovely inspiration at the right time:-)

  5. Thanks for sharing! These are all gorgeous photos! I am the same way w/ the fall gusto&inspiration to get oh-so-much accomplished. =)

  6. Thank you for the sweet blog comment! I truly appreciate it. I need that encouragement sometimes! ha. Your children are beautiful!