Replacement Dogwood

A couple of weeks ago Charlie had to take down a dogwood tree in the front yard.

The same dogwood today has no leaves like the others in the yard.

While it flowered this spring it has not leafed out as the others have done so we decided it must be replaced.

This dogwood tree is so young it has never flowered yet which should make it a good replacement.

I asked Charlie to move a young dogwood from a spot near the street into the now empty spot.

Charlie carefully dug up the tree and loaded it into our yard cart..

The hole was a couple feet deeper into the yard so it wouldn’t interfere with overhead electric wires as it grows taller.

This area of the yard used to be shaded until all the tall oaks died and were removed.

Charlie planted it and watered it very well but it became droopy.

Since the tree was not growing straight Charlie used stakes and strings to make it plumb-ish.
Between heavy rains and the hose, we’re trying to keep the leaves from drooping further.

Dogwoods are a little finicky but can be transplanted if well cared for.

Do you rearrange plants in your yard?

Managing the Dogwoods

We have many beautiful dogwood trees in the yard.

Glade Cottage is framed by dogwood blossoms.

At this time of year they are stunning.

The red tree in the foreground is the dogwood in Fall of 2017.

Unfortunately the dogwood tree in the front of the yard at the entrance to the driveway has died an untimely death.

The same dogwood today has no leaves like the others in the yard.

While it flowered this spring it has not leafed out as the others have done so we decided it must be replaced.

Our electric chain saw cut easily through the branches.

Charlie cut the branches off.  Then he cut down the trunk close to the ground and finished trimming the branches.

This was a small dogwood so not difficult to take down.

I was sad to see the space in the yard where the dogwood had been growing.

This dogwood tree is so young it has never flowered yet which should make it a good replacement.

Happily I have identified another young tree in our yard near the street that can replace the dead one.

The plan is to put another tree in its place.

Charlie has already dug the hole.

Do you have a favorite tree?

Furniture Trade Off

When Sug decided to get a bigger bed she wanted to downsize her side table.

The heavy oak side table just fit next to the wall-mounted heater.

While her original side table held lots of stuff she didn’t actually use it for storage.

Sug is moving from traditional style to a more Bohemian vibe.

My son said he could use it at his house so he picked it up.

This compact cabinet will fit better in the Cottage.

In its place is a cute little vintage demi-lune cabinet that I was ready to part with.

The top is just big enough for a clock and lamp.

Now everybody is happy.

What would you trade away?

Tour Glade Cottage 2019

We haven’t toured Glade Cottage for a long time so I thought I’d present some before and after photos.

After:  The chaise side of the sofa has been switched.

Over time the furniture has changed and been moved around.

Before:  Sug started with furniture from her former house.
After:  The furniture has been updated.

Some furniture was totally replaced and other pieces were painted white.

Before:  Sug’s reading corner has been cozied up.
After:  The theme of the corner has become hummingbirds.

The reading nook is a favorite spot.

Before:  Interior of The Cottage
After:  The Cottage is tiny but cozy.

Sug calls Glade Cottage home and is prepared to stay there indefinitely.

What change would you like to make in your home?

New and Bigger Bed

Over the past 3 years Sug has been making do with the twin bed that was in the Cottage when she moved in.

The twin bed fits well against the floating wall.

She was concerned that a bigger bed would take up too much room.  I assured her there used to be a queen size bed in the same space.

The dogs loved the newly opened space.

Oddly the space looked even smaller when the bed was gone.

The bed is a new-style memory foam with cooling gel.

So for her birthday Sug treated herself to a full size bed.


She used the new Bohemian quilt set I had purchased for her.


I can’t wait to hear how well she slept on her new mattress.

Nighty night.

A good night’s sleep is important to good health.

Do you prefer a firm or soft mattress?

A New Window in The Cottage

Recently Sug, who lives in Glade Cottage, determined that a stained glass window would look nice in the small window near the kitchen sink that overlooks the woods.

The window in the kitchen area has a sylvan view.

The color scheme in The Cottage is generally aqua blue and ruby red with heavy doses of white.

The hummingbird from Cuba can be taken apart in 4 pieces — wings and beak come off.

For no particular reason I had started getting hummingbird items for Sug because we have both become fascinated by them. When I saw this stained glass window at Plow and Hearth on sale I texted it to Sug.

The window package.

Sug ordered it and it came in a few days very well-packed in styrofoam.

Plow and Hearth window.

When she unpacked it we were both excited to see that the window (18″ by 24″) was in the colors of The Cottage.

Well-built stained glass window with hummingbirds.

And it fit the window almost perfectly.

The window is bright and beautiful.

Ultimately the plan is to hang the stained glass in the top of the window.

What is your color scheme?

Deck Stain

Sug decided to stain the Cottage deck with solid color wood stain and sealer. Solid color wood stain lasts longer that transparent stain so restaining doesn’t have to bee repeated as often.

Before: The natural treated lumber deck.

We conferred on the color and decided on “Desert Tan” so the deck would be light and natural looking but protected.

After: The deck is stained.

The Cottage is looking bright and neat for summer.

Do you have a deck? Is it sealed, stained, or both?