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4 hours 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!

7 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 1 reply · +3 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.)


10 hours 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...

11 hours 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....


15 hours ago @ Design Happens - HGTV Happy Hour: The M... · 0 replies · +1 points

Yippee... TGIF! That means happy days are here again, along with happy hours!

Better yet, the Magic Hour. Especially anything with gin and lemonade... and oranges and strawberries. Plus a hint of mint. Totally tempting.

I'll breeze (and sip) my way right through summer's hottest days, when every day is a TGI HGTVHappyHour day!

PS: I say, forget the time of day. Whenever it's over 90 degrees, it's time for a cocktail. Hmm, I see it's currently 92. Time to go make some Magic!

16 hours ago @ Design Happens - This or That: Pick You... · 0 replies · +1 points

It takes a good eye and a talented architect to put together a really interesting, more-than-your-everyday Midcentury Modern, but when it's done right and all comes together, it never fails to appeal.

The Craftsman? Almost always delightful, especially the originals that haven't been thoughtlessly renovated into tedious 70's or 80's wannabes. Even a new-build Craftsman carefully thought out can bring on a serious case of the 'Honey I'm Home to Stay' , gotta have it, sentimental dreaming.

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

Mostly a good thing, Kayla, until the alcohol sneaks up on you. ^_^

16 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 1 reply · +6 points

I wonder if this is what you'd call Florida Flamingo Hot Pink? Or just Flaming Hot Pink?


16 hours ago @ HGTV Dreams Happen: Sw... - HGTV Dream Home 2016 L... · 1 reply · +4 points

I think in Florida a screened-in pool might be a necessity to keep out unfriendly critters of all sizes! I wouldn't want anything that buzzes, stings, bites or otherwise attacks while I'm enjoying my siesta. ^_^

17 hours ago @ Blog Cabin - Vote for Your Favorite... · 1 reply · +5 points

I wouldn't mind the 5 acre lake, but being responsible for maintaining the remaining 11 acres of forested Bucks County, PA land sounds kind of intimidating.

On second thought, go ahead DIY, surprise us. We'll dream about the land now and face reality later!