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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. This morning there were what looked like two beautiful snowy egrets standing on the dock. Do we have the bird stamp of approval now? Later there was a huge flotilla of birds that erupted into a feeding frenzy right in front of the dock. A couple minutes later they were gone, like it never happened. Just happened to be there at the time!

    Grammagail on April 7, 2013 at 11:54 am
    • Yes Gail the birds were on top a feeding school of fish.

      540sam on April 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm
    • How cool!!! Sounds like a bird stamp of approval to me…..and a fish one too, thanks Sam ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 7, 2013 at 1:32 pm
    • If I were there, I'd have my line in the water, right off the dock… and share the fish with the birds… we've had the little egrets –actually I've been meaning to get a real bird ID book — I can't seem to remember anything more than 10 minutes any more! Thanks for the lovely description! I was working again on my internet. Just aggravating, to say the least. Hope I have it all fixed now. I miss reading the blog and seeing our little cottage come alive.

      BrookwoodCarolina on April 7, 2013 at 9:35 pm
  2. Last I looked the red truck was still there..and a van was over by the far edge of the drive. Was hard to see thru the trees, but a think it was pulling a boat, maybe. I have a vision of them taking the day off to go out on the water and enjoy Sunday……relax so they're fresh tomorrow. ;-)

    karenlin91 on April 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm
  3. Good Morning, coffee's on, it looks like a good day to sit on the porch and watch the mist over the sound…..maybe offer a cup and donuts to the guy in the red truck and the others when they show up;-)

    karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 7:18 am
    • Good Morning Karen, I think I need coffee!!! LOL…The workers would probably enjoy coffee and donuts this morning. Mind if I join you on the porch?

      TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 8:56 am
    • scooching over…..plenty of room, good morning ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 9:16 am
    • Thanks…..now just relax…..and watch as the sun comes over the ocean, sparkle like diamonds and we mustn't forget keep the workers on their toes by adding our "two-cents worth"…LOL

      TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 9:48 am
    • I Would Love to join You Girls but I'm up to my ears in Yard Work, I'm still raking "FALL" leaves!!! Go Figure!
      The bad thing about Fall in Florida is We have 3 seasons from October to April. freeze/Cold, Mild, Warm and they take turns all those months and We freeze one day and have on shorts the next…So That's why we keep our Flu's and Colds so much longer and the leaves don't know whether to hang on or fall off, so they decided to fall for 6 or 7 months! o.0…Just Go With The Flow:p:);)^_^ Have a Cup of Coffee and Donut for me..That's Coffee/Cream and Chocolate Donut…Enjoy !!! :p<3B) Later!!!:p

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 11:41 am
    • Jennie, years ago I lived in Tampa for a while. As we drove into, and thru Florida, everyone kept telling us that " it just turned this cold today"…..and I remember the leaves doing that….Saving you the last chocolate donut ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm
  4. It has been a beautiful weekend on the Crystal Coast of NC! My kids spent tons of time outside!! The warm weather bring bugs and I started to wonder about a screened in porch for the BC. Anyone, know if there are plans for that? I hope that the landscaping includes some bug repelling plants as well! Have a blessed Monday everyone!

    rsl73 on April 8, 2013 at 7:19 am
    • I have some ferny mosquito plants with pretty little flowers…..they would look wonderful in pots on that porch…sounds like they will be a must! ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 9:18 am
    • Would love to know the name of the plant and in what part of the country they would grow. Always looking for control that is natural. ;) Thank you Karen for sharing! ;) <3

      Nan on April 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm
    • Here's a link to the plant that I have http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-mosquito-… And this link has other plants that repel mosquitos……Marigolds? Who knew? lol http://eartheasy.com/blog/2011/04/5-easy-to-grow-

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    • Hello….I heard somewhere that rosemary bushes repel mosquitos….anyone know if this is true?

      jamie061363 on April 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm
    • According to this article on ehow.com, they do…….well, the oils from all these plants do…..it recommends crushing to release the oils….. http://www.ehow.com/facts_4856179_what-plants-rep

      karenlin91 on April 9, 2013 at 10:27 am
    • I agree with a screened porch and yes, a lot of plants to keep the bugs away. I am sure there are gardners among the bloggers. Karenlin91 has a suggestion. Great! ;) Hope the local places will also be helpful. I just love attracting butterflies with my Butterfly shrubs. There are Bats that eat the miosquitoes and help to keep them under control. Lately we are not seeing many of the bats. Last year we had a lot of miosquitoes. Some were saying it was because we had such a mild winter around here and the ground did not freeze enough. The state even sprayed areas to try to control the situation. The oil bill, or should I say the gallons we used , were the lowest that I can remember. A mild winter. Anyway, we still hope to win the BlogCabin , Right bloggers? ;) <3 Love seeing the Cam. Have a great day everyone. Thank you DIY for this Home for the winner .It is fun to share with the voting. ;) ;)

      Nan on April 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm
    • Bats, as you say, are one of the best the best natural controls of mosquitoes (together with purple martins and dragonflies). The little brown bat can consume 1000 mosquitoes per hour at night. Encourage the bats with strategically placed bat boxes in the trees and the mosquito problem will be significatly diminished. Put a light up in the trees to attract the bugs then sit back after sunset and enjoy the bat show. :) :D^_^

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • Even worse the 17 year locust are due back this year. UGH:@

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 4:39 am
    • Oh good Lord! Aren't mosquitos and ticks enough ;-) Do the locusts really eat everything in sight?

      karenlin91 on April 9, 2013 at 10:29 am
    • LOL :D I think you mean the 17 yr cicadas – not locusts. There are no locusts in the US since the demise of the Rocky Mountain locust in about 1900. I agree however, the cicadas, although completely harmless, can be a big nuisance getting into things and making a tremendous noise at night when they're that numerous. And they're just plain ugly. :)

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 11:23 am
    • I know locust is a misnomer for cicadas, but in the south its a coloquism. Im in VA and most people from here southward call them locust

      540sam on April 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    • Thanks. Live & learn. I never heard that before. :) Happily, cicadas can't do the damage that locusts can.

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    • About the worst thing the cicadas do is die and drop from the trees. In some areas there may be as many as a billion per square mile – get out your rake and broom! Oh yeah, they can make A LOT of noise.

      Ishmael on April 10, 2013 at 1:38 am
    • The dead flower heads and seeds of the Chrysanthemum family of flowers (especially the white C. cinerariifolium and the red C. coccineum) contain powerful natural insecticides, pyrethrins, which are used in many commercial bug killers. Pyrethrins attack the nervous systems of all insects, and inhibit female mosquitoes from biting. When present in amounts less than those fatal to insects, they have an insect repellent effect. They are harmful to fish however. Grow them in beds or pots around or on the deck and other places where you like to sit (arbors, firepits etc.) When the flowers die dead-head them and leave them in the mulch around te plants. This will get the crawling & burrowing bugs also. They don't hurt insects such as bees while nectar collecting and pollinating but these insects & butterflies tend to avoid the flowers.:)

      Clive on April 9, 2013 at 10:54 am
    • Thanks for the plant info! I will use that at my home as well!

      rsl73 on April 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm
  5. I voted for the second time and my results were the same, I pick just one item that is popular; oh well.

    What is up with the slipper choices? They all look like they are shearling lined. I would not expect a need for that level of warm foot wear in NC (of course I was raised in a much colder climate and the lined slippers only come out after fall sets in and the temps stay below freezing). They all look comfy and well made, just not designed for year round use (in my humble opinion).

    DGustaf on April 8, 2013 at 7:41 am
    • Those are my thoughts also. I wouldn't think you would need one that warm.

      peachdoctor on April 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    • Don and peachdoctor, I agree. Even in Winter, those will be rather warm and cozy. my 1st self question was: one pair only–or two? Next I voted for the open backed ones for ease of wear and a little more air. They'll be nice for some Winter days, but not quite so useful in NC over-all–unless one is a chilli-willi. :D :) Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on April 8, 2013 at 8:32 pm
  6. Did anyone notice that the old dead tree just to the right of the dock, just to the upper right of the sawhorses, is now gone?

    builder on April 8, 2013 at 8:17 am
    • Good Morning Builder, did you notice they moved the dead tree over by the Pecan trees and Now the Big bucket machine has been moved that was blocking Our View of the Daffodils??? Yeah!! I think they do read Our Comments! :p:);)xD

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 8:37 am
    • PS, couldn't remember the name of the Backhoe machine LOL Have a Great Day!!!:pB)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 8:46 am
    • It is a Case backhoe with loader.

      builder on April 8, 2013 at 11:00 am
    • They must read our comments…….the minute I saw the machine used, I thought of you. Jennie, you need to keep speaking up, they seem to listen to you! ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 9:14 am
    • I hadn't noticed, but I've been having trouble keeping the camera from panning.

      TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 8:57 am
    • LOL, I did wonder where that dead tree came from over by the pecan trees, but then got occupied trying to guess what they were gonna do with the white wood over by the dock. ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 9:12 am
    • The top five feet of that might make an interesting coat rack if they can find something to use for legs.

      Ishmael on April 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm
  7. Good morning everyone. I hope everyone had a great weekend. I see they are working on the dock and the house this morning. Maybe we will be able to see something at the dock today. The weather is really nice. Much Love!! <3<3

    Rebecca on April 8, 2013 at 10:18 am
  8. The yellow dog has found a nice little patch of shade to lie in while his owner works on the dock. I'm not sure what they are doing, but it looks like they are getting prepared to add some sort of railings. Anyone out there know what it is they are doing?

    Windsmurf on April 8, 2013 at 10:44 am
    • I was just going to ask the same thing, been sitting here trying to guess, lol.

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 10:55 am
    • Hi Windsmurf! Your guess is as good as mine. The cam is stuck on panorama right now so we really can't see much of anything going on. It shouldn't be long for the railing though. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:26 am
    • I love when they bring their dogs with them. It is such a nice beautiful place for them to play and then sit in the shade and relax. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:27 am
  9. Good Sunny Morning to All :pB) I see they are continuing to work on the Dock, soooo glad they haven't completed their work…I didn't think they were finished…The more they add to the dock, the Nicer it will be!!!
    I think Jason and Crew will still add their finishing touch to the Dock !!!!
    I have a question for anyone who knows or has an idea..Now that the Dock has been built over the drainage ditch or what ever you want to call it, I take it that it is deep for drainage, so how will the New Owner get their Riding mower across to mow that area of ground??? Just Curious!
    Also I think the Old Dead Tree by the Pecan trees will be used as some kind of Decorative piece for the yard….Maybe Jason will create something Nautical or Beachy for the Yard scape! That would be a Great Conversation Piece and add a seating area where a handcrafted bench could be placed to sit and enjoy the Beauty all around…Sounds good to Me!!!:p<3B) Any Thoughts???

    Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 11:06 am
    • Here's an idea for the Old Dead Tree…hollow it out, fill it with potting soil, plant flowers….just a thought, though.

      TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm
    • Hi Tisha I was thinking something along those lines would look great, maybe Bird's nest ferns or Star Jasmine Something with color and a nice fragrance …Something to attract Butterflies and Birds would
      be good..I'm not familiar with NC's flowers and plants…Now we'll have to wait and see if Jason and the Crew they will use the Old Dead Tree as a decoration! I think it's a good Idea!!! Have a Good Evening!:)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 5:38 pm
    • Sorry didn't proof read, was in a hurry, I bad!!! o.0B)

      Jennie/Florida on April 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • How about keeping one of those plywood sheets? LOL…if it was me, I'd plant the other side of the ditch in meadow to blend into the natural grasses and forget about mowing ;-) . And I hope they do use the old wood, a bench would be good with it…and I love the idea of using plants with it!

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    • That's a good idea as well! So, how about a combination of the two? Half bench, half flowers? I also like the idea of making a meadow of the natural grasses/flowers on the other side of the ditch…I guess we'll just have to wait and see what the guys will do with it….

      TishaStanley on April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm
    • I believe if the trees are really dead and not dormant, as they may well be, that DIY will remove them. They're a major hazard if there's a storm or hurricane. They could cause a lot of damage when they break up and hit the house.

      Ally on April 8, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    • That would be a wonderful way to resource the old tree! Great idea!

      mclaughp on April 9, 2013 at 9:02 am
    • Good morning Jennie! How are you doing? DIY is so good about using old trees and things so I am sure they will make something nice with it. Have a great day. Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:24 am
    • Hi Rebecca, I'm doing Great and Today I have a lot of Energy so I'm ready for yard work AGAIN :pB)
      In the Spring, it's clean up time in all My flowerbeds and trimming back plants and flowers from
      the winter frost we had this Winter! Lots of work but I love getting out in Our Beautiful Weather–:pB)
      High today 85 with a nice breeze….
      Hope you are doing well and keeping an Eye out on the Cottage:) Busy place today and lots of work going on…Doesn't the Porch Columns look Great?? You have a Good Day and will talk at you later!!
      :p:);)

      Jennie/Florida on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm
    • My only concern with leaving the dead wood around is that it might encourage termites.

      Windsmurf on April 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm
  10. Does everyone see the additional 2X4's that are being fastened to the sides of the deck/pier ? Now, the nice wide, white poly vinyl skirting is being attached. Pretty classy deck, don't you think ? Hope everyone has a fantastic day. :)

    builder on April 8, 2013 at 11:31 am
    • I have a stupid question. Is the skirting just for looks, or is there a practical reason for it? At first, it looked to me like there was a groove along the dock and I thought maybe they were putting an electrical line all the way to the end..now I don't know ;-)

      karenlin91 on April 8, 2013 at 11:47 am
    • Hi Builder! I haven't seen much since the cam is stuck on panorama. How are you doing today? Much Love!! <3<3

      Rebecca on April 9, 2013 at 9:19 am

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