Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Social Media at its best...and it's worst.

Social media. I was talking about it on the phone today with a friend today. A friend I went to high school with but didn’t really know. But now I do. Yep, you got it-through social media. We have connected over social media and this blog. How cool is that? I love reconnecting with old friends, meeting new ones, keeping in touch with family and friends back home and just generally seeing what is going on in everyone’s lives.
I enjoy seeing all the wonderful videos, posts and statuses from around the world. It’s truly amazing. I share stories of my family. I share this blog, along with decorating likes and dislikes. I share a lot! It’s sometimes hard to imagine life before it all existed. I mean seriously, what was it like?

Monday, August 18, 2014

Random thoughts...

So I thought I’d just share a few random thoughts and ideas.
I am very saddened by the death of Robin Williams. Such a tragedy that he must have spent the last moments of his life feeling as though he had no hope or joy. He must have been so despondent to have believed that ending his life was a viable option. My heart breaks for his family. 
I hope if there is anyone out there reading this that feels like that, you will talk to someone. Tell someone. Seek help. Scream it from the rooftops, but don’t believe for a minute that there is no hope for you. And know that you are loved whether you know it or not. And yes, I am talking about God. He is there. And He is hope. Talk to someone please if you have even considered this.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Well it's still raining here in southeast North Carolina.  I believe it’s now been about a month straight of rain! This is a place that is generally sunny. I mean every day, cold or hot -the sun is shining. But not this summer. It's the first summer like this I can remember. Tons and tons of rain. I happen to really love rainy days. They are cozy and peaceful to me. But enough is enough!
And I don't know if it's because of the rain or not, but I haven't managed to get much of anything  done in the last couple weeks. A little putzin around, doing some odd jobs cleaning and organizing around the place, but really not much. But it sure is amazing how much easier it is to clean when you are organized! I am also preparing (mostly in my mind) for a big garage sale at the end of August. Ugh... I will do this one and that's it! I really don’t like having them. It’s a lot of work.

So, I asked in a previous post "why can't I commit to the color RED in my house?" even though I like a touch of it as you can see here....

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Where Oh where is my comment box????

I am being told by friends that my blog is still asking you to sign in with a Google account if you want to comment.  I don't know why this is happening, it's so frustrating! I really want your feedback and for some reason I can't get the comments to work. Please bear with me while I try to fix this issue. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Frustrations and a Fun Girls Night Out!

Wheres the other daughter? Shooting!
So as I said in my previous post this has been a frustrating weekend. I spent all weekend trying to work on my blog’s “comments system”. It’s so frustrating to me that it was difficult to comment on my blog all this time unless you had Google account. I fix the problem but lose ALL my comments! Ugh…So again, to y’all that took the time to post a comment in the past, I thank you! And I am sad to have lost you. L And now after 2 years of blogging I am starting completely over with it! Dang.
And all week we were also having issues with our internet. It goes from slow to non existent. And we can’t figure out what’s wrong. We have an appt with our carrier to come out Thursday. 3 days with no internet??? Yikes! What will I do???
On a less complainy  note (Yes I said “complainy”) -I did something I have never done before last night. I went to Ladies Night at the shooting range here in town. I had so much fun! And talk about letting off some steam. J ...

Sunday, August 3, 2014


UPDATE: So I updated my comments with IntenseDebate and Commentluv....someone PLEASE comment so I can see if it works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it will work better now since anyone can comment not just google users but the down side? I LOST ALL MY COMMENTS TODAY. :(  NOT JUST SOME, BUT ALL, ON ALL MY POSTS FROM THE BEGINNING. I AM SO SAD!!

Ok, today I am beyond frustrated! I can not work out my "comments" box on this stinkin blog. I didn't realize when I 'hooked' up with Google plus comments that only people with Google accounts could comment. No one else can! I don't like that idea and lately I have had people telling me that they tried to comment on my blog and couldn't. So I have decided to go with another comment system such as Disqus or Intensedebate which appear to be some of the top comment systems out there. But I can't do it!!!! I have followed all the directions for both and neither show up. Only Google plus. It's like it attached to my blog and I can't destroy it! I "took my blog back" from Google as I read to do. All that seems to have happened it that I lost my openID, and it removed my google profile from my blog. But it left behind the Google commenting system! The one thing ...

Friday, August 1, 2014


Meet Max. He’s the newest addition to our crew. -Or I should say Mad Max cuz he's an absolute adorable, but psycho kitty. Non stop running through the house, up the stairs, around the corner, back down the stairs and yes....right up your shoulder on to the top of your head. All in a split second before you have time to duck. :) But he is a doll. He is a rescue from a rescue group in town, as are all our little four legged family members. You can see the others here.
So there’s not much going on here around the old homestead other than... 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Putzin around the

Me, my daughter and granddaughter
Oh my goodness what a busy couple of weeks it has been. But it is summertime and I am lovin' it.We celebrated Independence Day with a big outdoor pool party and barbecue and it turned out amazing with a great group of people, both family and friends, and a whole lot of food and fun! This week I just putzed around the palace. Y’all know putzin means doing a whole lot of nothing in particular and a little of everything in general. Just sorta cleanin' a little, movin' and rearranging, and all around just tweaking things here and there? And well, my palace? lol..I try to make it our home our own humble little castle.

Monday, July 14, 2014


Well, just like my home which is continually going through changes and being redecorated, I thought it was time to give my little blog a re-design. So with a little tweak here and there Building Sand Castles in the Wind has a bit of a new look. I hope you like it. I do!
But on to other things...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


So instead of writing about DIY projects or decor in the home, I thought I would just write a bit about the outside of my home today. The gardens. One of my favorite things about my home is the greenery around it. I love planting flowers, gardening and working in the outdoors. Living here in North Carolina there is just so much beauty and it lasts so long since winters don't really exist here as they do in the north. At least not the freezing low temps and mounds of snow I was use to in Ohio.

Sunday, July 6, 2014


I think one of the most fun decorating trends of the last few years is Chalkboards. It's just plain fun. C'mon, it's like being the teacher and being able to write on the board any time you want. And talk about functional. I use mine for grocery, "to do" lists, writing favorite scriptures and welcoming greetings at parties. Oh and the most fun???

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


What lies behind this beautiful door????
I have wanted to get this one post written simply because I like the title so much! lol.... Seriously, secrets aside, we all have those junk drawers, junk rooms, dumping areas etc that we don't let others see. Especially if you blog and take pictures. We all know pictures lie. We don't all keep our homes "Home and Garden" beautiful all the time. At least this girl doesn't! We live here. So, I have this area that is just off the kitchen hallway and is under the stairs. I have used it for everything. It was my "Hurricane Hideout" when Hurricane Hannah hit here in 2011? I think. And it has been my junk room. The little area that EVERYTHING gets thrown in because no one will see it and I don't know where to put it. So off it goes...into the junk room. Okay so here is a picture of the before. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014


I like to start with a pretty picture cuz that's what shows first!  lol
Its been weeks since I wrote anything! apologies though. I am just living life so sometimes I just don't blog. Sometimes I get so busy just livin my normal life...I actually forget about blogging or facebooking or twittering this or that! Imagine that????
So what has been goin on?

Sunday, May 4, 2014


The ability to paint just about anything in your home is what makes decorating so much fun! And furniture so versatile. Paint changes the look, feel and temperature of a room. It takes an old piece of furniture and makes it new. It brings a room or a piece of furniture to life. It should make you smile. I love painted wood and I don't think for a minute that it ruins a piece.

Thursday, April 24, 2014


So this week I decided to give my "Martha Washington" sewing cabinet a much needed and belated face lift. These little stands were made popular back in the early 1900's when everyone was broke and manufacturers were looking for smaller wares to sell during the Depression. I bought mine in my hometown of Madison Ohio at a yard sale back in the 80's. They actually have nothing to do with Martha Washington and came along after her time. 
They sell on eBay, depending on the condition anywhere from