I’m not going to mention its almost Easter and we still have snow flurries and we’ll be wearing our Christmas bonnets. No, I going to give thanks for all my blessings!

Just a short tour of our home this Easter.




To all our friends and family Happy Easter!!!!!


My Favorite Chairs

I know I’m late to the party!! This is the first time I’ve ever joined a party and I’m late. http://thepolohouse.blogspot.com/ I know I don’t have it linked correctly, I’ll work on how to install it the proper way…I promise. Back to the party. This party is about favorite chairs. I thought, Hey I can do this one!!! So on with the show. The above chair I found at Habitat For Humanity for $10.00! That was before I hauled it to the guy how does upholstery work at the antique mall where I have my small booth. After I paid him then found this lovely little pillow that cost about as much as the upholstery job I have a lovely little chair. Make sense to me. Lets move on….

Now this chair I found at Goodwill. It’s was marked $8.00! I said YES!!! Then I found some Ralph Lauren fabric and again lugged it out to my trusty upholstery guy. Lets just say when I come to check on my booth he always comes by to say Hi….he may just want to see if I need something either refinished or reupholstered but I prefer to think he just likes chatting with me. I have to say he’s made every chair, that’s been falling apart, very comfy and attractive.

That brings us to this little chair. Yes I found this at a local thrift shop too. It was love at first sight. I know it has seen better days but I love the fact the wood is so worn on the arm rests. The seat also needed to be recovered but I actually was able to handle that job. Then I fell in love again!!

When I saw this one across the room I knew this cutie was coming home with me! It didn’t matter that MBP would need to glue it back together and it’s so dainty no one can ever sit on it! Who needs function when you have beauty? Hmmm I’ll need to remember that line when I don’t feel like cooking. I mean look at this!


So you don’t think I drag all my chairs home from reject aisles I’ve included this chair. I recently bought this chair to go in the corner of our bedroom…. NEW!! MBP was thrilled. Coco was devastated. She loved the old chair. You can’t please everybody. We’ve had a talk reminding her she is a DOG so she can deposit her hair in her own dog bed and like it.

Small Town Charm

Wooster, Ohio Courthouse…this photo is from their site.
Several WRBP readers are from Ohio living in other states and some still live in Ohio. So I thought I take everyone on a little tour of a small town in rural Ohio. I always enjoy reading about where other people live. I’ve learned so much about different areas from reading other blogs. I love reading about small towns. So much is already known about the usual large cities. I particularly enjoy seeing how regular people, like me, live in other smaller communities. Its amazing how much I still learn about Ohio and I’ve lived here 30 years. I thought I’d introduce this small town to those that have never been there, heard about it or haven’t visited there in years. There have been some big changes in little Wooster, Ohio!

This is a glimpse of the end of one of the downtown streets. I found this on their site too. The rest of the photos are my own.
Years ago Mr. WRBP and I visited Wooster. There were beautiful old buildings, but like so many small towns, most sat empty. It was kind of depressing. It was easy to see the town had to be very affluent at one time. I should explain surrounding the small downtown is farms. For years we never went back. Then for some reason…I can’t remember why… I was in the area with a friend. We were hungry so thought lets see if there’s a place to eat at near by Wooster. I can’t say I had high hopes. We discovered someone renovated one of the beautiful old buildings and there was a new bistro in town!!! We loved it. I should explain there’s a lovely old college in the town so the bistro was a great success. It’s was perfect for parents coming into town for visits. That seemed to get the ball rolling.
It’s now ONE of my favorite places to go that’s close to home.

This beautiful shop sells handmade tiles from all over the world. It makes me want to think up a new project just to use their tiles. Lucky for Mr. BP they close early on Saturdays so I rarely have a chance to go in.

Broken Rock
This is one of our favorite places to have lunch. They have the best flat bread pizza, soup and breads.

They have a Hungarian Bakery

The Saint Paul Hotel
This was recently renovated and once again a hotel. I’m pretty sure in its day it wasn’t exactly a European type boutique hotel. When the owner was renovating the hotel……that was in total disrepair….a local antique dealer told him he had something he thought he’d be interested in back at his shop. There sitting in his shop….across the street…was this beautiful stain glass window that came from a church in France. The old hotel was originally named the Saint Paul! Hence the Saint Paul lives again.
There a few more things I’ll show in the next post. I don’t want this to turn into a “You want to see my vacation pictures?” No not really haha
Until next time!!!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!


I know I’m not doing a great job posting more often. I do think about it….often. Then something comes up and it gets delayed. I wanted to make sure I’d send off greetings for Valentine’s Day.


I thought I’d give a brief tour of ALL our Valentine decorations!


So yes this will be a very short post.


I used to have some wonderful tacky heart lights that I would string around our back door. It just wouldn’t be quite the same here. I find in old homes you can get away with more “artistic” touches than in newer homes. In the old place it looked fun and quirky like an eccentric old aunt. In this newer place it looks like you’re just plain tacky. And I strive NOT to have that look!!!!


This is the day for chocolate so indulge!!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Welcome to my library.



I thought I would pick up on the topic Karen, from Garden, Home & Party, brought up in one of her previous posts. Yes, it’s taken me a bit of time to actually do this post. Anyway, I’ve always loved going to the library. One of my favorite memories was walking downtown to the library with my girlfriend and wandering around the library on a Saturday afternoon. If it was a really great Saturday when we also went to the five and dime and had a coke at the counter. That was a day when kids in first grade could go places without fear. So I’m really showing my age. I thought It might be fun to take a little tour of some of the areas in my home I keep my books.


In our previous home this was our kitchen cupboard. It held our everyday dishes. I now have it in our living holding some of our books. Normally the glass doors are closed. Which works out perfect to keep out dust, but doesn’t work so well trying to take a photo.


I also have little stacks tucked here and there.


Above are a few of the books I brought back from our trip to France. Well not the one titled “History Of United States. The little skinny ones that were easy to tuck in my bag and carry around the city on a very HOT day.


This is my favorite bookstore ever! I could spend all day here. Lucky for me they have nice cushy chairs for people to sit in and read. It feels more like a library than a bookstore. That’s where Mr. BP spends his time while I wander.



If you’re a book lover and ever in Cleveland, Ohio this is a must see destination. And this is the lady that makes everything happen.


And now that brings me back to my little home.


I have to run. Someone is telling me ENOUGH ALREADY! It seems its time for dinner. I’ll continue this another time. I’ll also need to work on how to link to Karen’s beautiful blog. I thought I better go ahead and post this now before I make more mistakes.


So where were we?

That’s right Kari and Daniel walked off into the sunset.


And this guy,


our son, flew with Mr. BP and me to…


We had a great time taking in the sights, walking, walking,walking and


and lots of this!


I have to say at the time it all seemed a bit surreal. It’s funny how no matter where you go in the world with technology your everyday world follows you.


It seems one minute you’re checking on work while you’re walking down an alley in Paris,


then suddenly you’re picking up Coco from Meadow Run…then began the chore of reminder her there are rules around this place.


You settle back into the regular routine and before you know it its time for our grandsons to help their dad and Santa!!


I hope everyone has a very healthy, happy 2013.


Where we left off..

The first photo is Mr. Butler’s Pantry and our oldest grandson. The next photo is our oldest daughter, SIL and their other two boys. We were waiting to board the plane to….
The Lake District of England. We had several days to enjoy the countryside and small villages. The break from our hot summer was a treat too. Then the day came why we were really there.
Our youngest daughter Kari’s church wedding to Daniel. As I said way back in a previous post they had a civil wedding in the USA one year before but the church wedding was held in England. This gave our family a chance to meet ALL of Daniel’s lovely family. What a day. The sun came out the temp. warmed up and the outside wedding reception was a tremendous event.

Then it was time for goodbyes.

I’ll continue the next part of our adventure tomorrow….I hope. I have every intention of posting tomorrow….I mean it. Please excuse the errors. I fear if I keep trying to fix this I’ll never get it posted!

Best Regards,
Also I started posting on facebook. I have a feeling I’ll do a better job updating over there.
It’s…. Kathleen Warren Carracher
If you have facebook and we’re not already “friends” I’d love to hear from you.



We’re off!! We will be spending ten days at this beautiful cottage. My daughter’s in-laws have graciously offered the use of their cottage for a week. Our entire family is going! A few of us will be staying at the cottage above.

Our youngest daughter moved to England a year ago April, right after they were married in our home. It was a charming civil ceremony. The fact that his parents were able to be here made it perfect. My daughter and husband planned from the beginning to have a church wedding in England. It was important to both of them that his Grandparents and sister share in the festivities. They’ve completed the requirements of the church, he has just finished his degree, they’re having a church wedding then heading back to New York City! This has be a big year.

The rest of the family will be staying just down the road.


Friends and family from all over the world will be flying in for this joyous occasion.

From there my husband, son and I will be hopping over to here!

We'll be in Paris four days. Little did anyone know years ago, when their relationship started one day our entire families would be partying out in the country in the "Lake District" of England.

While we're in the country celebrating, Coco will also be in the country getting a refresher course on good behavior. She has to be reminded she isn't the center of the universe so don't be so pushy. Stacey has done wonders teaching Coco and us what is NOT acceptable behavior.

I don’t have time to figure out what I did wrong causing the print to turn to blue. Sorry!
See you in a couple of weeks!!! Stay well.

Old Glory

I hope everyone has a very nice Fourth Of July!!


We’re planning to stay close to home. I’m hoping the weather cools off enough in the evening so we can take a walk downtown. That’s the best time to window shop then go admire everyone’s gardens.

It’s been so hot here. I’m trying to make sure the plants get a good watering at least once a day.

Let’s just say this isn’t Coco’s favorite holiday.



So far my herbs have doing pretty well. Last summer the herbs were not worthy of taking photos. I had to come up with a different way to grow them when we moved to our tiny home with a tiny enclosed patio.


The first year I had huge pots on the patio. The plants grew like bushes! At first I liked it, but then it got to the point they were taking up too much space. It just looked like a cluttered mess. That’s when I came up with the idea to hang window boxes on the fence.

As you can see garden design is not one of my many talents! I had one basil plant left over so I just tucked it in here. It seems to like this spot. There have been times I’ve fussed over getting basil planted just right and ended up with a pathetic sprig with a few sad leaves. Note to self….just stick in a place that won’t look very attractive! My urns by the front door are planted with thyme and rosemary. This year I seem to be having more success.

I threw this photo in here just because I love this old bunny planter. He’s been around for years and has taken lots of abuse. I’m sure you’ve noticed the dead vine in the fence. I wanted a vine that would cover the fence. I like fences to be a wall of green in the summer. I was told this would do the trick. It did. BUT I wasn’t told you’ll never be able to sit on your patio again. You know how you read the honey bees are disappearing? That’s because they were ALL living in the vine on my patio! Sadly, out with the roots! I left the vine so the clematis, the new vine, can use it as a trellis. Hopefully, that will take off and cover that glaring wall of white. I would also love to have a brick patio….like we had at our old home. The one that needed lots of weeding and after every winter the bricks buckled and dipped and had to be pulled up and arranged again. That one! I loved it. Someone else didn’t.

I don’t recall the source of this beautiful picture.

I LOVE this patio! It has all the elements I want. Even the color of the house is fun! Isn’t it a riot how you see where that house ends and the next color starts. I imagine the homeowner has colorful personality. I just realized! No wonder I love this, it’s very similar to the colors of our old farmhouse. Oh now I miss it haha. Well, looking at it that is.

I hope your week is going well!


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