My parents call their next door neighbors the Anals...there is Mr. Anal and Mrs. Anal. It's been a long history...with lawyers and court involved and now they basically ignore each other.
Myles...your guest stories are funny! I admit I can be a bit of a pain sometimes but I would only do that with say my sister....anyplace else I'm a guest and I work extra hard to not be a bit of a pain or bother at all.
Mandy, that is a cool piece of furniture and that is so great when you find just the right thing for a space.
I have to admit that isn't my style but I also tend to not really like older things much unless they have special meaning to me....like a family piece.
My style is totally arts and crafts/mission. Which was funny when I was picking out stuff for the house and my sister was helping because her style is modern....but at least she was good at knowing what I would like. I would have LOVED to have bought an arts and crafts home like you see on HGTV but we just don't have really that style here. But when I buy furniture and other stuff....that is totally what I gravitate to.
On camping....Lydia...you are BRAVE! I would never take three small children camping...but than again, I don't think that I would take myself camping. I'm not so much an outdoors person and the only camping I have ever done is in my backyard as a kid.
I'm a bit bummed. Yesterday I was all excited planning a vacation for the end of August. We were thinking of spending 3 nights/4 days in Duluth MN. Picked the hotel (which happens to be decorated with arts and crafts LOL), was going to take a train ride and see the train museum since DH LOVES trains, was looking at doing a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Superior......but when we started adding up the costs of everything....gas, hotel, food, sightseeing, kennel for Cosmo (I found a suite one I might be willing to put her in but would have tour in person first but of course it's more expensive than a traditional cage kennel). Well it was kind of expensive. We have the money but will be shelling out the first big check for the adoption at the home visit and that will take us a little below the emergency savings. And I'm not going even further north (it's about 3 hours north of me) than I am in the fall/winter when it's even colder there than it is here. So I'm thinking we might have to put off this trip until next year in June.
For anyone interested, I added pictures of my portfolio pages to the FB group as that is a lot more private than it is here.