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Jul 30

Coaster Set Winner Announced

Hi all,

I am pleased to announce that Sandra Drayer (screen name SID) is the winner of our first Blog Cabin 2013 Gimme Gimme Giveaway. She is the proud new owner of our reclaimed wood coaster set. Don’t forget to stop by on August 9, when we launch our next giveaway, the complete bedding set used in the master bedroom.

Today’s cinemagraph, courtesy of visual designer Jason Kisner, highlights the home’s amazing outdoor spaces. Enjoy!

  • Posted at 3:53 pm on July 7, 2013
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  1. I did not mean that, Atlantic N. C. I was the winner of your last blog BTW, but I know you knew that.

    nanwes on August 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm
    • LoL!!!! See if you can win today's challenge…

      HuntingQuarters on August 6, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • Have you posted any questions yet? I didn't see any.

      HQ, you sound as though the winner might not be welcome, or that's the opinion I've gotten, if so, you folks aren't a welcoming group, huh?:S

      nanwes on August 6, 2013 at 9:34 am
  2. My post about Hunting Quarters N.C. being what we now know as Atlantic N.C., sorry to all who read it, I mistakingly wrote Atlantic City, without thinking, never even been on the Jersey coast, so don't know why I called it that :S

    nanwes on August 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm
    • hmm a secret gambler lol I have been there a few times they are known for their salt water taffy!!

      coolsmiley on August 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm
  3. Wow what a place love the wonderful way you have meshed the old with the new

    Elsie Carter on August 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm
  4. Another WOW show ! Alison, Chris and company did an amazing job on the Kitchen Show with OUR Blog Cabin ! What a fortunate winner to have all of this. So interesting to see our choices with appliances , tiles, cabinets and so many things . Thanks again DIY and everyone . Now on to next week. Good night all and happy Dreams, Nan ;) <3 ;) <3 Oh, can not to omit the TABLE. Undescribable and soooo very interesting to see as they were building a one of a kind treasure. Lots of love went into it for sure. Thanks everyone.

    Nan on August 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  5. Well bloggers, we'll see how much time I can spend on todays' questions from HQ, I'm in third week of efudex skin cancer treatments and just about ready to scream, so this has been helpful to keep mind off. Thankfully, everything is coming up benign.:)

    I told him I didn't get the impression from things he's said that the winner will be welcomed very well into the community, hope I'm wrong. :S

    nanwes on August 6, 2013 at 9:37 am
    • hi nan…..good news on your treatments……

      i will have to read this string under hunting a little more to see is going on with the HQ strings…i find them educational…

      have a good morning and yoo hoo on your treatments….

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 10:08 am
    • Thanks, I know I'm lucky with my redhead skin and only living in the South, including being a sailor in my younger days. I've had some bad scares over the years, but THANK GOD, none of the melanoma. I always have those folks in my thoughts and prayers when I go through this every so many years. Best to you and the terriers!:)

      nanwes on August 6, 2013 at 10:52 am
    • It's really interesting when you go into google and look into Hunting Quarters N.C. and Corre Indians, such an interesting area, a lot of history.:)

      nanwes on August 6, 2013 at 1:17 pm
    • okay will do……

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm
    • Glad to hear your treatments have worked!! Sorry for controversy, hard to avoid sometimes

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm
  6. Wishing upon a star gain today…………loved DIY show last night…Allison and Josh are fun…

    twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm
    • Did you watch and eat?

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm
    • yes and I am still eating, but swam a mile today…….eating lasagne for breakfast lunch and dinner at least thru tomorrow…..addicting stuff….the show was interesting….it looks smaller to me than on the computer………….however, i love it and the area….have you heard anything about whether Peggy is keeping the smarthome????? i still love it….and pool is a luxury i would love, because that is how i do my workouts…..we have a community pool but it is only available mid June to labor day………..hard to swim laps in the ocean….

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    • I know I keep going back in my mind to SH as well, swimming in my old pool was my favorite excersize as well..EZ on the joints!!Havent heard any recent news from/about Peggy but I imagine she will stick to her original plan ..Hard for me to wrap my head around waterfront property not being valued as high as non waterfront though from previous real estate years, yet I know its better for the winner who hopes to live there! I guess the smart home had a certain chenasequa Cant spell that one guess Id lose in jeapordy as well ha

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:00 pm
    • hey is tonight lotto??

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    • IDK , is it Wednesday, lol P.S. I just used publix yellow onions and instead of gruyere cheese(usually recommended) I opted for slices of provolone on top, was delicious! Gruyere was $10.00 for a very small amount, yikes

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm
    • Trying to act my wage, lol, NOT easy!!

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • U ready for some new bedding??

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm
    • Yes on the new bedding and thank you for the headsup on the email address…..i think i know what i did wrong…..

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm
    • amazing how quickly it can come up on you???????????????

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm
    • ok, so now Im telling you , Your email is showing, did u intend for that to happen, WCG saw mine out on the blog and told me a few days later so I had to search to find it and delete it!! Please let me know if you ever see mine show up as well.

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm
    • oh and by the way…………..i did powerball today, first time in many moons….not even looking at the numbers until the morning….

      twoterriers on August 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm
    • Oh good luck guess u saw how high it is, right ..Wanna do halfsies on our tics, U win we split I win we split doubles our chances!! What a blessing , think how many we could could help in these trying times..To pay off my childrens college loans WOW and buy a small place close to them again and help my sis, etc etc

      coolsmiley on August 7, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    • wouldnt that just be spectacular…………….i would do the same for nieces and nephews and friends in need……etc……and let the rest sit and grow for more causes..

      twoterriers on August 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm
    • if i won powerball….you know what i'd do play the millionaire….are you old enough to remember that show?On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 1:19 PM, Debra Meyer <> wrote:wouldnt that just be spectacular…………….i would do the same for nieces and nephews and friends in need……etc……and let the rest sit and grow for more causes..

      twoterriers on August 7, 2013 at 9:23 pm
    • Uh, I don't think so, Do you mean the one with Regis Phelbin originally? I am 57. BTW< your email is showing again, Can you believe this … I DID HIT the Powerball number, but just that number, with my moms birth year, Oh so close and yet so far..$4.00!

      coolsmiley on August 8, 2013 at 1:22 am
    • Oh, my – please amend or delete – your email address showed up!!!
      P.S. My hubby and I have all the same planned out for a huge lottery win, everyone in our family and all our friends would benefit as well as a large number of charities. Good for you and yours. Good Luck!!

      Wind Chime Girl on August 8, 2013 at 1:32 am
    • Hi Windchime….thanks for the heads up on my email…i forgot how to delete…..I can just see windchimes in dc…..

      twoterriers on August 8, 2013 at 10:18 am
    • Cool will have to tell you how, I'm not logged on thru Intense Debates so I don't have that option –

      Wind Chime Girl on August 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm
    • je ne sais quoi!

      Ishmael on August 7, 2013 at 3:02 am
    • TY Boy, Was I way off!!

      coolsmiley on August 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm
    • fortunately your spelling led…me to find quickly on internet………we learn something new everyday….and thanks for the info on location…that will be a fairly quick move to NC

      twoterriers on August 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm
    • Thank you, I was in my dictionary!

      Wind Chime Girl on August 8, 2013 at 1:28 am
  7. Lots of thunder and lightening here, I don't mind the rain but the crash noise gets on my nerves occasionally!!Wish I could have seen the show, glad you all enjoyed it!!

    coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    • I didn't get to see the show either… :( It has been so good to be up in Maine, doing NOTHING for a change. The weather can change rapidly here at Pemaquid Point Light, in New Harbor. It's so naturally beautiful here–I love storms as well as sun. Gazing at the surf breaking on huge granite rocks is mesmerizing, as well as a relaxing sight for me and Gary. At night, when the skies are clear, one can almost see into eternity, the stars, for the skies have no competition with neon and streetlights. Awesome!

      In Virginia, we have a rather large home, with bells and whistles such as DIY puts in their builds and remodels. But in reality, Friends, IMHO, one doesn't really need that much to be comfortably provided for and happy. Happy is a state of mind, that comes form having inner peace–about where one is now, and where one might be, if suddenly, things change tomorrow. I have that. It's not tangible though. What's so special to me, and I must rant about this a lot is, I have had and lost everything including the clothes on my back before, due to natural disasters… :) Things don't matter. When it comes to it, I'm happiest in a simple cottage, such as this one I'm in here in Maine. I am a lover of cool weather so my body compass likes North, if there's no AC. AC Unfortunately, is a luxury to which I cannot say "no" since I physically have problems with heat. So that's my vice. Shhhhh…. But Gary and I are in a log cabin with a stone fireplace. It has 3 rustic, basic bedrooms and one bathroom, built in 1920, with a clawfoot tub. A previous owner updated the kitchen around the '80s:basic fridge, no icemaker/water dispenser, a basic electric range and oven and a single basin deep sink. There's H/C water, but it is well water from deep below rock formations, has sulpher 'aroma' in it sometimes and we don't drink it–we buy our water. One more luxury. I have friends who are appalled at how simple our vacations are and that we'd rather be here than on a cruise or somewhere in Europe. Reality is, this is all we need. There is no sheetrock or plaster in here, just logs and wide plank wood floors. The smell of clean air, the view down deep into clean ocean water—well, those are treasures we claim and hope Maine will continue to protect. I know on our Blog and DIY/HGTV we speak of gorgeous new design, convenient inventions and upgrades for the home, and dream of winning the stunning Blog Cabin–but I just wanted to share with all of you something, well, you already know, but I wanted to say it again. Disappointment. Life has lots of that. When Scripps and DIY draw the Blog Cabin Winner, Lots, if not all Bloggies who have dreamed, thought about and put so much love into and voted on Atlantic, NC, will walk away empty handed again. Or if one of us wins, for one of many reasons, one may not be able to keep that beautiful place–and will likewise be disappointed. IF, perchance this happens, because my hunch is there will be well over 40 MM entries competing, remember the simple life of the Robinsons in NC–or the little log cabin Gary and I longingly vacation in. There is a huge difference between want and need. My heart's desire beyond ANYTHING is for a Bloggie–especially a Bloggie in GREAT NEED, wins the BC!!! But if not, try to recall the simple things about life that have thrilled you over time, and re-fill your hearts with the warm fuzzies, the laughter, the escape from it all, or the peace that that particular simple thing or situation brought to you. Embrace that memory, for you own it for life. DIY is giving away far more than a need–it's a dream on cloud #9. May a Bloggie win, I pray–but if not, may every Bloggie win anyhow, for you still own your place…that special place…no one can touch but you! Love, Kitty;)^_^<3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    • Oh Kitty you hit the nail on the head in more ways than one! I prefer the Northern weather and those clean starlit skies, gazillions of them!! I am happy you are enjoying your down time, I have never been to Maine but it sounds delicious!!Surprised to hear the water is sulfur smell no matter if you have supplies. I have noticed B. Bush and George Sr. seem to love their Maine home as well, saw them sitting out by the ocean and rocks on a recent interview with a shawl around their laps, looked so content, I'll replace that vision with u and Gary now. I miss my children, mostly up North and the recent passing of my Mom. life is so short and filled with disappointment as you say, very hard to admit or give up control. I don't miss my old house as much as I miss my family being close! So many people with hearts of gold going homeless now and I , in my controlling mind, always thinking I could prevent this, especially for MY Family! Hard to stand by and watch, Blessings to you and yours..

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm
    • Coolsmiley, my heart sank when you mentioned losing your Mother recently! It was 3 years ago July 15 that we found mine, at our home we had shared with her for over 19 years, and it still hurts, so I understand your grief. Maine always brings an additional flood of memories, for she loved it so. I like to picture her here, gazing out the picture window, playing Scrabble or Monopoly, and eating lobster. She was so funny about that: she watched Gary like a hawk, when he cracked her shells and picked the succulent meat out for her, as her hands were too week and deformed to do it herself. She'd give Gary's every move a stare-down, lest he snitch just one morsel, though he never gave her reason for such distrust. But in my family, lobsters were and are serious business! :D On the well water here, I suppose one can purchase special anti-sulfur systems. Gary's and my last home in Virginia was on acreage and had well water. We had a Culligan, salt-treated system, with holding tanks, so as not to run out of treated water. They also had some kind of light treatment that rid any sulfur smell. It depends lots on the state of rainfall, minerals etc. but one gets used to it. But you are so right about family, the great disappointments of loss or distance or even joblessness that leads to homelessness. I am aware of Bloggies here who give and give and are wonderful contributors, but who fit in that last category. I love them and want them to win. It's not that I don't want others to win. Only one individual can. I know of Bloggies besides myself who are caregivers, in the most demanding of and pressured ways, 24/7. Oh, I wish I could alleviate them too, for they are now friends whom I care about and shall respect all my life. Disappointments are harsh, families hurt, are apart and how wonderful, if BC could bring them together again! It is always the most difficult thing, to stand by and be forced to watch the dear ones hurting or disabled or having to live too far away, with transportation costing prohibitively, for frequent family visits, isn't it? I'm sending you virtual (((hugs))) of sympathy in your loss of your Mother! And hoping and wishing God's loving mercy and special provision for new joys to unfold and His comfort to fill those voids in your life… You are such a wonderful delight to this Blog, Coolsmiley! Thank you for who you are!!! :) Lovingly, your friend, Kitty <3^_^<3

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    • by the way smiley….i think ive asked before what part of the country are you in….my aging is attacking my memory at the moment…tx here..

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 7:35 pm
    • currently Central Florida!

      coolsmiley on August 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • Cool, hadn't caught that you live in Central Florida before, me too. Bought into a 55 community after selling larger home in Fort Myers.

      nanwes on August 7, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    • My good girlfriend from LI, NY moved to Fort Myers. Im in Citrus County, Leesburg does the bike week thing right?

      coolsmiley on August 7, 2013 at 4:25 pm
  8. Anyhow, 3 more days to blog for bedding… I have my comment ready and waiting…I L<3VE bedding!!

    coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm
    • That is beautiful bedding. I too love bedding, probably the last thing I should ever win, but then I could give some of mine to those who haven't any.:D<3<3

      nanwes on August 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    • Sounds like a plan, Nan, do u quilt as well?

      coolsmiley on August 6, 2013 at 4:09 pm
    • i love blog cabin bedding….

      twoterriers on August 6, 2013 at 7:33 pm
  9. Congratulations SID! How exciting to have a piece of the dream home all of your own.

    TWJ65 on August 7, 2013 at 10:19 am
  10. I'm so excited!!!!! Sid, congrats!! Good Luck Everyone!

    Ruth on August 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

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