Two Old People and a Hand Truck

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update concerning our home improvement (demolition). The truth is, we had to take a break from it.

We began taking up the carpet on Monday, May 27, 2019.  And it’s been quite an undertaking for two oldies who have never done this before.


To top it all off, two days into our demolition, we had a car accident.  A woman ran the red light and hit us on the driver’s side. No one was hurt, thankfully. However, It was the week of Labor Day, so it was difficult getting her insurance to follow through, leaving us without a rental for five days. At least we had the truck, or so we thought. But, it wouldn’t start.

Six weeks, and two car rentals later (the first one broke down on us and our car is still in the shop) this is the progress we’ve made:




Photos Before and After


Below are before and after photos that I took over the years to use in my digital designs. At the time I created these images I was using PaintShop Pro X6. I have since upgraded to PaintShop Pro 2019 Ultimate.

Back Porch

Back porch before

This is our favorite spot in the spring and summer. We enjoy the sites and sounds of nature.

Back Porch

Back Porch after

In this design, I used a photo of my back porch. The teddy bear is a picture tube that I added for interest. That’s what I love about digital design. You can add or remove whatever you choose.


Front Porch

Front Porch before

Front Porch

Front porch after

As you can see, I added several picture tubes in this design. With the right program you can turn your photo into a dreamland, and get lost in it!


Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle before

My main focus was the Crepe Myrtle hanging over the Azalea’s and Heavenly Bamboo.


Crepe Myrtle

Crepe Myrtle after

Now the photo has a homey feel.


Flowerbed before

I had to do some cropping and enlarging to achieve the look I was after in this one.



Flowerbed after

So, I cheated a little. Okay, a lot. But it works. I took out a bunch of stuff I didn’t want and added things I enjoy: a hummingbird, bird nest and eggs, and a little note with a pretty bow. Now everyone’s happy.


Birdhouse before


What I like about digital design is I can fill in the bare spots of my flowerbed with beautiful flowers if I choose. Or I can leave it like it is and focus on the birdhouse as I did in the following design.



Birdhouse after

See how easy that was?


First Snow

First Snow before

And last but not least, our first snow. Living in the south, we don’t get a lot of snow. But when we do, I love watching it come down. Sometimes my husband and I bundle up and sit on the back porch with a steaming cup of coffee, giggling like a couple of kids. That’s what makes life worthwhile.

First Snow

First snow after

For several reasons, we don’t decorate the outside for Christmas. One year however, we went all out and strung garland and lights on the banisters, put a big red bow on the light post, and hung wreaths on every window. And that’s where everything stayed till the following Spring. When my husband finally got around to taking it all down, birds had built nests in the Christmas wreaths! So the decorations you see here are all picture tubes.