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6 hours ago @ Design Happens - HGTV's July Color of t... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'd say that the carnival red front door screams "Welcome, y'all. Come on in!"

Hmm, those 25 photos? They might need a bit of a technical adjustment to view. Oops, gotta go -- popcorn's ready!

10 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - The Sweepstakes Entry ... · 1 reply · +1 points

If they want to check your account before confirming your two week "visit", Eugenia, just tell them the funds are in the process of being transferred from your brokerage account into your daily "running money" account and that it should take about two weeks before it all settles.... ^_^

10 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 0 replies · +2 points

Some guys have all the luck... and get to put their designer's sense of style on Urban Oasis 2015.

Some guys get all the breaks... and get to hang out with Josh Temple at Dream Home 2016. https://instagram.com/p/4uqzEmAKRA/

And then some guys (me, in this case) have to go out in the blazing heat at 110 degrees to fix a broken sprinkler! But, the job is done and now it's pool time!!!

Thanks for the reminder, Rod Stewart. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuYvKLZXKhI

10 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 1 reply · +1 points

I suppose we should certainly try not to pester the neighbors or tiptoe down the driveway to get a sneak peek into the Dream Home, but we CAN pester Virginia to keep the cards and letters -- or in this case, more appropriately -- the photos and videos coming our way. After all, from experience, she knows how to deal with our ongoing cries for more and more info: just when we're ready to crack, she surprises us with a timely new blog thread.

17 hours ago @ Design Happens - HGTV Happy Hour: Patri... · 0 replies · +1 points

Hail to the red, white and blue! And for the dedicated barbecue and fireworks fans among us, ask not what a refreshing wine spritzer can do for you, ask how many will do you in.

Happy 4th of July, fellow patriots!

18 hours ago @ Design Happens - HGTV Happy Hour: Tiki ... · 1 reply · +1 points

The Tiki ice cream float sounds as enticing as a Piña Colada jello mold -- made with pineapple jello, coconut milk, rum and pineapple rings -- one of my favorites. recipe: http://jellomoldmistress.com/2009/07/18/pina-colada-jello/

However, there are two minor downsides to a dessert drink. The first is that I can have only one. As the saying goes, "One Tiki, no leaky. Two Tikis, I sinky!"

The other downside is that my dog Terri can't lick the little leftover pools of melted ice cream from a glass as she likes to do from a bowl when I'm finished with my dessert. But it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make for a taste of this tempting Tiki treat! ^_^

1 day ago @ Blog Cabin - Vote for Your Favorite... · 0 replies · +2 points

Red sails in the sunset, pristine white sand beaches and shimmering blue seas -- What could be more patriotic than a glorious weekend spent lounging by the beach for sun and fun by day and the adrenalin-pumping pops of sparkling fireworks by night to honor the birth of our nation on July 4, 1776.

Here's an interesting blend of sights and sounds of the red, white and blue that'll get you in the mood to celebrate:

Red: http://www.dunchurchps.com/DPSjpegs/M1%20PR2-Red%...

White: http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5521f65be4b...

Blue: http://nature.ca/sites/default/files/imagefield_d...

From Youtube, compliments of Theme Park Times, Disneyland's 4th of July 2013 -- "America the Beautiful." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxjGQmTyDTI

Or watch your very own fireworks display and concert here 'live' on the 4th as Disney fills the sky with red, white and blue: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/07/dis...

...And come Monday, we'll hopefully be rested, revved and ready for more colorful sights and entertaining videos revealing Blog Cabin 2015 in all its lakeside glory!

1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 4 replies · +2 points

Ah yes -- this is what happens on a slow news day:





etc, etc, etc.

As you see, finding any real substance to back up the story as reported is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack. Could they possibly interview David Bromstad, Josh Temple, Brian Patrick Flynn or anyone at HGTV to bring us a story of greater value or interest to loyal fans of the Dream Home? What intriguing insights would longtime house planner Jack Thomasson, interior designer Linda Woodrum of Dream Homes past or Senior VP & General Manager of Home Promotions, Mr. Ron Feinbaum, tantalize us with?

Looks like all eyes are on you once again, Virginia, to shoulder the never-ending burden of entertaining and informing the insatiably curious crowds out here in Blogland! But don't keep us waiting too long. I can already sense an underlying angst and growing unease from the restless dreamers waiting for some real news we can use.

And now, let's turn our focus back to the anticipation of a grand and glorious weekend, with colorfully spectacular displays of fireworks bursting in air from sea to shining sea.

Enjoy a Happy 4th of July wherever you are and however you choose to celebrate. (And remember that while we may love those brightly lit, loud, red, white and blue pops of patriotic jubilation that will fill the skies, for many pets it can be very traumatic. Best to keep them indoors, put on their favorite TV show or Lassie episode and let them enjoy their 4th in relative peace and quiet.)


1 day ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 1 reply · +2 points

Is it my turn yet? It MUST be time for A, B, C or D. Maybe all four!

A. Cocoa Beach, FL http://floridadolphintours.com/wp-content/uploads...

B. La Jolla Cove, CA http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-la...

C. South Beach, FL http://www.thundercloud.net/wallpaper/twenty-seve...

D. Hana, Maui, HI http://beaches.hawaiiactive.com/img/beach/hamoa-b...

1 day ago @ Blog Cabin - Vote for Your Favorite... · 0 replies · +1 points

Have you voted for your favorite Blog Cabin space yet, LAURIE? If so, feel free to let us know -- and tell us which way did you go?

And by the way, I was up at Lake Arrowhead on Wednesday checking out the real estate market but didn't see you there. Did I miss you by a day? (I didn't get out on the lake however.) Had a great lunch at Hortencia's in Skyforest. So good, but so much food!

If only we could get a Blog Cabin there! Then I could open up a seasonal Coop's Pancake Palace and have plenty of time to blend in with the locals.

This one wouldn't need much work, but with quality updates and its slice of lake views, maybe you could talk Dylan into it....