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Blog Cabin 2013 Cabin Comforts Gift Vote

The time has finally arrived! Please help us select housewarming gifts for the winner of the Blog Cabin 2013 Giveaway. Then enter for a chance to win the identical gift set. We will change rounds regularly, so please keep checking back.

Today we launch the Bed and Bath Round, which includes slippers, bath mats and more. Vote, enter and good luck!

  • Posted at 9:10 am on April 4, 2013
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  1. HEY–HEY– I was able to zoom in by the grape arbor,Guess what I saw!!!! A huge package of Scott Paper towels, Hitachi Air Compressor, and a Two-handle Bathroom Faucet-Chrome Finish…now what that stuff is doing by the grape arbor is still a mystery, but YAY!!! I got to see something without too much fuss!!!!

    TishaStanley on April 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    • okay so the truck it was in has been moved to the cabin…

      TishaStanley on April 13, 2013 at 1:23 pm
  2. Hi Everyone, the AR guy has cut down so many big limbs and thinning out Everywhere including the West side between the Cottage and Next Door Neighbor!!I..Taking out so much will take away the Privacy between the two Properties! :( When the property was first shown, you couldn't see the neighbor's house on the west side and now the side of their house has been exposed…The property is so beautiful and Won my heart to begin with because of all the greenery and love all the Cedars and Wax Myrtle…I really hope He doesn't cut out the Fruit bearing bushes and Persimmon trees located near the water…I do wish they had only taken out the dead trees and bushes and left the rest!!:( So Sad:(:(

    Jennie/Florida on April 13, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    • They do it to promote growth Jennie, they were so thick that they were choking themselves and stunting their growth, i'm sure they only eliminated the trashy stuff.

      540sam on April 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    • Jennie, keep in mind that things are just now starting to green up there. The house next door has been visible for a while. With proper trimming, the trees will just grow back fuller and healthier and more beautiful. I'm betting that you won't see the house next door soon. At least they didn't do like they do a lot of trees here. Just chop them off straight across the top….year after year. You end up with a tree that doesn't reach it's full height, and just has a bunch of little knobs every spring that new branches come off of in the spring……ugly as sin!

      karenlin91 on April 13, 2013 at 4:13 pm
  3. OK Sam and Karen, I'm going to take a deep breath and calm down! LOL. I will take Your word for it, but I'm a Tree and Shrub lover and it hurts to see anything cut back so drastically !!!;) Yes your right Karen, I have seen the house next door for some time now, But that was since they cut the other trees and bushes back and tried to burn the debris in the side yard some time back …I know if I did that here in Florida, it would take Years for them to recover and grow back because of the heat we have here in the Summertime! I take it they are not yet finished because there is still dead trees and dead bushes they didn't get. They could have cleaned out All the dead stuff first and then trimmed the shrub and trees that needed to be trimmed, but did right the opposite!
    When We first saw this Cottage it was in a Beautiful Setting under Nice Pine trees. Everyone fell in love with
    all the trees and bushes that surrounded property and the Cottage had so much Privacy..I just don't want to see the property be stripped down and take away All of the Privacy and the Coziness it has in the Cottage Setting!:)<3 I'm Sad but will get over it in time…:(:)B)<3

    Jennie/Florida on April 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm
    • Well I,m with you, know need to go over board! I'm from Maine and love trees. Are camp in the woods is surrounded by trees that you don't even see anymore. They are beautiful, when the sun goes down the tree tops get bright with color and when the wind blows it's like there dancing to mother natures music. We tell our granddauthers that!^_^<3

      WE-Z on April 14, 2013 at 10:42 am
    • When trees and bushes are too thick, they are not attractive, and grow any which way. By proper pruning, they will grow to be symmetrical, and be so attractive. It may look awful right after they are pruned. Pruning out the undesirable bushes will make the others look fantastic. Overcrowding is the biggest cause of tree and bush failure. It is just like pruning fruit trees, thin out the centers, so the sun will reach the inner portion, creating more and better fruit. Previously, in all the older windbreaks and tree plantings, all the trees were planted too close. Now, the spacing has been dramatically increased, and the windbreaks and shelterbelts look so much better, and do not die out prematurely. In the early shelterbelts, and tree plantings, evergreen trees were spaced from 10'-12' apart. Since then, the spacing has been increased to 20', and even the rows are further apart, giving better sunlight, and faster growth.

      Just relax, take an extra deep breath, then think…….Maybe this is just the start of the real plan for landscaping this wonderful site. Not many plants grow in total shade.

      Builder on April 14, 2013 at 12:05 pm
    • Hummmmm, hadn't even thought of that….needing more sun for other plants ….good point! Happy Sunday!

      karenlin91 on April 14, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    • A lot of the trees and shrubs are still dormant or only the sap is only just beginning to rise. Cutting them now is the best for the plants. Some of those like the vines can grow 10 ft in a year. Severe pruning is a good thing in most cases. Early in the blog Alicia said ther was aa lot of dead wood needed removing. When the leaves come out, as they will even on the pruned branches, it will look fine, grow stronger and survive storms better :)

      AnniesOwn on April 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm
  4. Good evening Everyone! I haven't blogged much for the past week–I've been working in the yard. I feel so guilty now for being downcast and disheartened from all the work and how little I seem to accomplish, when I see the work being done at the BC and read everybody's comments! I do think about all the bloggers when I watch the Weather Channel–2012 and so far, 2013, were definitely years to go down in history for extreme weather. It breaks my heart to see the folks who lost their homes, cars, everything. What impresses me is the American Spirit, and how we all pull together and keep the faith, so to speak. I'm glad to hear that everybody is surviving the elements.

    For me, no fingernails left to speak of, scratches everywhere, sunburn, achy bones I had forgotten about, and fingers raw from pulling that St. Augustine grass out of the flower beds! Ouch! The best thing I did today was to plant an elm tree that I rooted from a cutting two years ago. It was really hard work, but it was so satisfying to get it moved out close to its parent plant! My jasmine is blooming by the front door and smells so nice. The gallardia daisies are blooming right beneath my rosemary, which is still covered in blue blossoms. My wildcat rose is blooming by the bedroom window. My blueberries are setting. My cannas are up en masse, so I divided with a friend down the road. My century plants are taking over and I have to dig them up out of the yard! So, that is hardly the end of it, but if I were to win the BC, you can believe I would have plants to replace whatever has been sacrificed and MORE ;=) To me, it is the land that calls me. I almost think I could live in just about anything if I could have my plants, but to have this cottage on the sound would be the best thing I could imagine.

    Hope you all have a great weekend–don't forget to vote for the Smart Home–even though I would simply take the money and run on that one–there is no way I could afford to keep it! I can't wait to enter for our BC…been entering every year since 2007 too! Much love to ALL for a safe and peaceful weekend.

    BrookwoodCarolina on April 13, 2013 at 9:21 pm
    • Moderation, you dont start out running a marathon, you build up to it so I call it moderation; my wife calls it procrastination. LOLxD

      540sam on April 14, 2013 at 2:08 am
    • HaHa! So, I start out early morning and think, 'Today I'm only going to work two or three hours on this,' but then it takes me soooo long to get anything done these days, that the day is gone, and I'm still out there, sitting on the swing, thinking–"You mean THAT'S all I got done today?" Thanks, 540Sam, for the reminder ;+)

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 15, 2013 at 7:28 am
  5. Nice housewarming gifts!

    woonan on April 13, 2013 at 10:15 pm
  6. Such a beautiful house with fantastic bones. As good as it made me feel when I looked at it before it was raised, I can't wait to see the final restoration/redo. HGTV never fails to impress. Wouldn't it be the absolute best to be able to wake up there to the cry of gulls, roll out of bed and go kayaking, swimming or fishing (or better yet, all three!). We get out to the coast whenever we can – it would be heaven to be able to retreat to our own place there!

    Karen Kratz on April 13, 2013 at 10:28 pm
  7. Happy Sunday morning BC! It should be a gorgeous day on the Crystal Coast! Have a blessed Sunday!

    rsl73 on April 14, 2013 at 6:53 am
  8. Good Sunday Morning Bloogers, I see the doors are open at the BC and the red truck is there, So They must be a little behind if they need to work on a Sunday. Looks very nice at 58 degs. at a litter before 9am.

    vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 8:43 am
    • Good morning Vicki and all! They may not be behind Vicki, I looked at the weather, supposed to be rainy and storming next three days ;-( They need to work when weather permits. ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 14, 2013 at 9:33 am
    • Oh I forgot Karen, when it rains there it is a mess. When it rains here you just wait a few minute, and it is dry and the ground has sucked it up LOL.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm
    • Morning Vicki, I saw the same thing. I was actually trying to see if I could see inside but all I saw was someone at the door cutting something :S. haha I tried! Anyway it looks like a beautiful day at the BC. The water is nice a calm. So amazing. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 14, 2013 at 9:46 am
    • I love it when the water is calm, which doesn't seem too often. I tried to peek inside too, but didn't have any luck.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm
  9. Rise and Shine on this Beautiful Morning at the Cottage! I have Sweet Potato Coffee Cake with Caramel Glaze Icing waiting for Everyone and Coffee is ready!!! ^_^ The Cottage is opened and ready for another day of fun and excitement!!!:p I hope the bloggers who worked in their yards yesterday are not still mobile today LOL…o.0

    Jennie/Florida on April 14, 2013 at 9:40 am
    • OOPS "are Still mobile" today!!!^_^

      Jennie/Florida on April 14, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • Yummmm, sweet potato coffee cake! I'm there! and lol, I hope the bloggers who were doing yard work yesterday are ABLE to be mobile today. ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 14, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • LOL, after two days in a row working in the yard all day I'm just BARELY mobil today Jennie! How are you holding up today BrookwoodCarolina? I always do overdo it in the garden, but somehow I don't remember it being quite so painful when I was younger! :( :S So glad today is a day of rest, doubt I'd hold up a third day in a row. So wish I could be there for a slice of your sweet potato coffee cake, it does sound yummy. <3<3:p

      SID on April 14, 2013 at 11:30 am
    • Some of my sweet kids came over and cleaned up my yard. So I didn't have too.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm
    • Now that is sweet!<3<3B)

      SID on April 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm
    • After 2 days working in the yard, I am barely mobile. It is drizzly here today and I had to go back to work, but the truth is I needed a day away from yard work. Due to a shoulder injury last fall, I wasn't able to clean up my flower beds last fall and now I am really paying for that. I bagged up 10 bags of yard waste already and am not even half way done. The lawn mower is being persnickity too, so I only have the lawn half mowed and then it refused to stay running. It acts like it is not getting any gas, so I guess I'll have to figure out where the fuel filter is – I am no mechanic, but since I am a widow I get to try a whole lot of things outside my comfort zone:p. I did get some herbs and some wave petunias planted in a couple of sections I finished cleaning out – still need to get mulch down there. Oh well, this will keep me busy one way or another until the snow starts to fall again:*. Have a good week everyone.

      Windsmurf on April 15, 2013 at 9:43 am
  10. Good Morning, All, looks like I'm a little late today…I, too, saw the red truck at the cabin this morning. I woke up to snow coming down. Not bad, not like the kind that sticks and doesn't go away…still wasn't happy about that!! I've replanted some of the plants that my granddaughter and I started, but not outside yet….still have to get the ground ready, and I can't do that in the snow…..Anyway, have a Blessed Sunday, I will catch up with you all later.

    Tisha

    TishaStanley on April 14, 2013 at 9:43 am
    • I don't mind spring snow, it melts! So I don't bother shoveling. But it is fun to see the BC since I don't think they every have snow.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    • Hi, Vicki, it does snow in North Carolina, just not very often. When it does, an inch will close everything down. no work, no school, no stores open–nothing. Which, because I live in Upstate NY, seems odd because I can drive in it..LOL

      TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    • That is funny Tisha, We have lived in So. Utah for over 30 years and never have the schools been closed because of snow. And we get some big snow storms, like 3' in one. But if you don't have the equipment for it, or use to driving it , it could be bad. There are lots of times the buses wont go up big hills to get kids, but then it is the parents job to get them to school.

      vicki_in_Utah on April 15, 2013 at 6:24 pm
    • We have the same thing here, though usually the parents don't bother to get the kids down the hill…my mom never did…LOL. And you're right, if they don't have the equipment or used to driving in it, it could be a hazard. Just think, if one of us snowbirds win, we won't have to drive in it anymore…LOL

      TishaStanley on April 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    • Yes, I moved here to NC from Illinois. It amazes me every time it snows or even when there is a possibility of snow…..schools shut down, businesses close. Back in IL they would plow through the snow to make a path to work, stores, etc. The snow piles would be higher than your car, and we still drove. It was like a maze, and at times kind of scary, but you did what you had to do. I still have my windshield scraper from Illinois…..it has a METAL blade…..not like the cheaper plastic ones they sell here. LOL But I wouldn't move back to IL for anything…..NC is beautiful! I love it here!! :)

      jamie061363 on April 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm

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