Decorating the Back Porch

In the super exciting news department….

….the dog pooped outside this morning.

I sat close to this chair and applauded him all the way.

He looked at me and circled once.

I stood in my pajamas and cheered loudly in encouragement.

He circled again.

I danced around like a solid gold dancer.

He circled one more time, got ready and then the heavens opened up and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus and sprinkles fell from the sky.

Houston, we have completed our mission. 🙂

miss mustard seed place setting

If you think a beautiful home is out of your budget….

….my friend Marion says it’s not.

Words of encouragement, advice, ideas and this place setting made my week.

See the post….here.

ideas-for-dark-basement

This is a basement.

Yes.  You heard correctly.  All that white and bright and amazing and beautiful, glorious simplicity is a basement.

See the before and after…..here.

summer-dining-room-centerpiece

Last weekend I listened as my friend Vanessa talked about the peace-filled home.

Her words were so true and resonated with me.

Here’s a re-cap of her talk and a little encouragement for your day.

Celebrate Creativity

I’m working on teacher gifts for back-to-school.

Aren’t these birch bark pencils the cutest?  Especially if I added a stack of note cards?

DIY found here.

And in random news this week:

This post made me almost spit out my coffee I was laughing so hard.

Love this before and after.  Be sure and check out the side table.

How to make faux Carrera marble.  Yes, please.

Totally trying this DIY.  She’s brilliant.

And remember when we told each other what we love to read and thanks to you I’m set for the next few decades of reading.

I’m returning the favor.  Here’s one of my favorite bloggers recommended reading list.

Pallet Wood Table Library

And one more for the road.

Here’s a little story of my favorite trash to treasure project ever.

Happy random Saturday to you. 🙂

Comments

  1. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    It's the little things in life, right? Although. . . . poop on the dining room rug tends to evolve into a BIG thing. So glad mission accomplished and it's a good thing he's so darn cute!

  2. Image for Donna Donna

    Thistlekeeping makes me happy. . . .always something to investigate. It also inspires me to keep looking at my 1920s home to bring out the charm. Thanks for a Saturday morning push. The teacher in me appreciates any parent who offers a little inspiration other than No. 2 pencils & lined paper.

  3. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Hehehe...it's gotta be the "Solid Gold Dancing" that's doing the trick:) I have never in my life had a problem potty training a dog- EVER! But I have a 4 year old Shih-Tzu, Stewart, who thinks my house is his place to go #1 all the time! He won't go #2 in the house though! That's a "Things that make you go Hmmm" for sure. Maybe I'll try the dancing:D

  4. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Dear KariAnne: You are too young to know what a Solid Gold Dancer is. That is all. Have a good day! (Loved your post.)

  5. Image for Jill Jill

    Only you could have your readers standing on the sidelines cheering because your dog did his business outside for the first time. LOL You really did have me laughing outloud. I have a little dog with many many health issues. He was bred in a puppy mill and bought in a pet store by my daughter. Of course during one of her moves I was asked to keep him and it's now 6 years down the road and he is "my dog". He has heart issues, joint issues, intestinal issues, and because of a broken leg from jumping off my husband's recliner (that was in the growth plate and never healed right even after 2 surgeries) has only the use of three legs. He will potty outside if it's not raining, but if one drop of rain touches him he squeals like he has just been struck by lightening. Needless to say I have to buy doggie potty pads for him for rainy days and late night emergencies. I don't do potty runs outside late at night because of those nasty poisonous snakes that we have here in Texas. They have been know to lay across the sidewalk and on the porch at night. Any back to the issue of your celebration. I'm sure it was an occasion for fireworks and will send positive vibes that he now that he has is first outdoor experience under his belt it will continue. Have a great weekend Kari Ann!

  6. Image for Jill Jill

    Only you could have your readers standing on the sidelines cheering because your dog did his business outside for the first time. LOL You really did have me laughing out loud. I have a little dog with many many health issues. He was bred in a puppy mill and bought in a pet store by my daughter. Of course during one of her moves I was asked to keep him and it's now 6 years down the road and he is "my dog". He has heart issues, joint issues, intestinal issues, and because of a broken leg from jumping off my husband's recliner (that was in the growth plate and never healed right even after 2 surgeries) has only the use of three legs. He will potty outside if it's not raining, but if one drop of rain touches him he squeals like he has just been struck by lightening. Needless to say I have to buy doggie potty pads for him for rainy days and late night emergencies. I don't do potty runs outside late at night because of those nasty poisonous snakes that we have here in Texas. They have been know to lay across the sidewalk and on the porch at night. Anyway back to the issue of your celebration. I'm sure it was an occasion for fireworks and will send positive vibes that now that he has his first outdoor experience under his belt it will continue. Have a great weekend Kari Anne!

  7. Image for karen karen

    That brother ...wow. and that sister...wow , still thinking about her paper art project she made for you. and then there's you. what other talent lurks in your family and are your folks thinking of adopting? I want in.

  8. Image for Jane Jane

    I love your Thistlekeeping posts! The tale of the dog FINALLY doing his thing outside is hysterical. I tell anyone training a puppy that your enthusiasm (including clapping and shouting and jumping up and down) is what gets through that little guy's mind. Great job and thanks for the links! Jane x

  9. Image for Judy Judy

    Karianne, you crack me up! Congratulations on a getting your puppy potty trained. It's the little things that make our days. Happy Saturday.

  10. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Ah Yes!! I remember those days well -- doggy training, kitty litter training, and last but not least potty training. The pride that a parent {pet owner} has when the loved one reaches that milestone is something to behold. In those we didn't have Facebook, Twitter, Google +, and Instagram. That moment would definitely have made it to the social media with photos. I'm sure the photos would have gotten plenty of little thumbs up and hearts and way to go!! Congratulations!! The sun is shining today and all of the stars are aligned. You did give him a treat? Of course you did!! You are KariAnne the Rock Star and mommy to a Rock Puppy!

  11. Image for Angie M Angie M

    LOL! I'm considering getting a new puppy. That whole pooping outside thing is the only thing holding me back. More like the pooping INSIDE is holding me back. Ugh! Thanks for all the fun links to check out!

  12. Image for Cindy Cindy

    Super post and congrats on the pooping. Take the pup out the same door every day and the task will be achieved. They are routine oriented. Loved the post Cindy

  13. Image for Gail Gail

    I have 5 kittens and a mom that came to us on Christmas. My porch became a delivery haven. Not safe on the porch at 11 degrees we brought them in. Needless to say they are now part of our family. They are trained, not by us, but by our dogs. They go to the door and whine to go out, and when done having fun they whine to come in. I was never a cat person but these lovelies have changed my heart. Congrats on your accomplishment.

  14. Image for christiann christiann

    I remember quite well when my dog, Cooper, a rescue from a puppy mill, (he was unwanted because he was pure white, can you believe it??), did his business for the first time outside! He's 8 now and sometimes decides that letting me know he needs to go out is too much trouble, but that's what puppy pads are for, right! Most of the time it takes him 20 revolutions before he finds the perfect spot outside and it does get quite frustrating when trying to leave for work! However, lately he is bothered by back issues that pop up out of the blue..Today , when lifting him to take him outside it was so sad.. He stood in one place, right where I placed him and did his thing. How I'd love for him to make those 20 revolutions to find the perfect spot, no matter how long it takes him.. :(

  15. Image for Rowena Philbeck Rowena Philbeck

    WOW awesome. I'm dealing with dog/cat sitting for about 8 days…Poop everywhere at times but if outside I have to pick it up. Also watching my 2 year old grandson at the same time and working full time. Going to be an interesting week for sure. I was wondering what all the music was outside my Texas home..now I know it was coming from your house!!!

  16. Image for Mary Mary

    Oh my gosh.... I laughed out loud at you. I have a little 12 pount Maltese and she's quite the lady. After she poops, she pulls the grass out to "cover it up".... I guess that's what she's doing. But she's the boss.. at bedtime, I look over the couch cushion that I'm sitting on and can only see to top of her head and those big black eyes! She stares at me until she gets to go to bed... and even snorts till she gets my attention. Not a day goes by that she doesn't make me laugh... So glad you are having success!! :)

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