It is TOTALLY summer. I mean, really really summer. Our 10 day forecast is for 6 days in the 90's, and the other four? 86 to 89. But they way I really know it's summer time is that I am compelled to drive barefooted with the windows down, particularly at dusk. That is summertime
to me, and living out here in the valley is the closest thing to living in the county that I've had in a long time. I'm totally lovin' it.
Tomorrow Matt and I are headed to Townsend (this side of the mountain from Gatlinburg) to the Smoky Mountain Pottery Festival. Perfect timing for me to get some inspiration before my next round of pottery classes start, not to mention this stuff looks AMAZING, I am totally primed to buy (Woo hoo new budget, I love the first of the month!). I'm crossing my fingers in the hopes I find something for Father's day, too--the most impossible holiday as far as my family is concerned. I know I can make my dad a cake and he would love it, but I'd love to find something else for him as well, something really unique and beautiful, and since my dad is a pottery junkie, this seems like a great opportunity. Y'all cross your fingers too.
Speaking of amazing and crafty people, my mom presented us with the most incredible anniversary present last week--a Sailor's Valentine she made for Matt and I. The lighting in the den was not great this morning, so I'll be trying for better pictures later, but trust me when I say this is the most gorgeous piece of art--a real family heirloom--and Matt and I were completely bowled over. Mom based the design on a compass rose (a nod to Matt and his pirate roots) and decorated it with shell flowers and bugs (for me, the gardener and nature lover).
Also on the amazing and talented front, my very handy in-laws came over last weekend to hammer out the preliminary plans for our deck remodel. Matt and I have been talking about adding a pergola to our deck almost since we first looked at this house, and now we're nearly ready to start the construction. We loved the pergola Frank built for their house in Florida, and Matt is really excited to be able to work with his dad on the project. It's a gigantic undertaking, but I think it's really going to take our already-awesome deck over the top. I'll never want to leave! We'll be adding a two-level pergola to the left side of the upper portion of the deck pictured here, basically across the length of the main part of the house, and possibly adding a third part on the right by the sunroom/office. I took this picture in the morning, which is the ONLY time this deck is in shade. The rest of the day, full blazin' sun--the shade will be MUCH appreciated, and I think this will sort of integrate the deck with the house and make a nice transition. Watch out HGTV, you got nothin' on Hall & Son! I'll keep y'all posted once construction begins. Maybe everyone should come down for a party to help christen it once we're done....
Hope everyone has a great weekend, I'll see you all on Monday!