Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Welcome to my Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden
Blog Party and welcome to MISSOURI.  
 Did you think
we would ever get here?
 Well, that's what I was beginning to think too!

Well, this is our retirement home which is built on a
 hill and is what they call a raised rancher as you
can walk out the back.  The lower level is almost
all finished and I will have a large "personal tea room" down there.  Yes, I look forward to sharing that room and others with you!
  I love the Forsythia
bush on the right side of the house.

 Back at the end of January we moved 1/2 of our furnishings in a large truck to this house.  After that, we had to go back to Colorado to work on our Colorado home where we have lived
 for the last 22 years.  We worked 39 out of 41 days updating
that home and having our kitchen redone, carpet, etc -
you know, getting it ready to sell.  
Last Thursday night we finally arrived back in 
Missouri with our 2nd last truck load.
  I wondered
what this tree was when we were here in January
and now I know - a Pussy Willow!

This is one of the things I love about the house - a koi pond although I have much to learn about this as I know nothing at all.  We will be having a privacy fence put around our yard and then the garden work begins! 
 When I was a little girl, all the old ladies would dig
up their plants when they moved - well on a recent unseasonably
warm day in Colorado I did dig up a few to bring!

I love the old cedar in the back and a little creek that runs
through - we plan to clean that all out and build a bridge over it -
just not now - we are pooped.

When I saw Cardinals here I was so excited
as we didn't have them in Colorado:

These wonderful Bradford Pear trees (above) are blooming all
over Columbia!

I will be sharing more to come about
 our new ( 15 years old) house.
 It isn't a mansion but
rather a cottage.....in fact, since we live
 in what is called  "Quail Creek",
 I have decided to call this house
"Quail Creek Cottage".
 Right now every
day is unpack, unpack and unpack
 some more. 
I will say this though -  this is much more fun than packing!

I welcome all you bloggers to share in this blog party below!


Beth said...

Your home and yard are lovely, Bernideen! I know you will enjoy retirement in your new community. Best wishes!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...

Your home looks lovely Bernideen! I can't wait to see what you do with your personal tea room!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Welcome to Missouri Bernideen! Your cottage looks lovely and love the name! I need to come up with a name for my house. :) I did not know you didn't have Cardinals in Colorado, I wonder why? There are plenty of those beauties around here for your eyes to behold. Your koi pond is great and your plans of a bridge and a fence sound wonderful! Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
See you soon!

Sandi Magle said...

Your new home looks wonderful and the Cardinals are gorgeous but elusive. They love sunflower seeds on a standstill birdfeeder, which always makes squirrels happy too. I can see your little bridge---already and the cedar will be gorgeous when it's pruned.

Hope you are settling in the nest of Quail Creek Cottage, thanks for sharing, Sandi

organicgardendreams said...

Dear Bernideen, I am happy for you that you finally arrived in Missouri and wish you and your husband a happy life at "Quail Creek Cottage". It looks like you have a good size garden, which is absolutely wonderful! I am anxious to see what you will be doing with it. As always thanks for hosting your Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party. I enjoy participating!
Warm regards,

Linda Jennings said...

I am so happy you arrived safely! Now I know what you were referring to as a raised rancher. I love houses with a walk-out basement. The Bradford Pear trees are in full bloom here, too. No Cardinals in Colorado? Thanks for that little tidbit of information.

Marilyn Miller said...

Love seeing your new yard. Good luck with the unpacking and yard unfolding of dreams.

Lady Linda said...

Good morning Bernideen! You must be exhausted. How fun to set up a new home now. It will be beautiful in no time, as you have such lovely taste and decorate so well. Your home is just the right size for retirement living. Love the cottage name too. Jim's family lives in Springfield, Illinois, and your home looks very much like the homes there. I am envious of the blue skies...it's so grey and wet here in Oregon. I need some sunshine. Happy decorating my friend and Happy Easter.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to your new cottage Bernideen! Glad you and your stuff arrived safe and sound. Can only imagine how bushed you are. Take your time settling in...

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh happy day, Bernideen, you arrived in your new home!! Thanks for giving us a little peek around the yard. I know you are exhausted, but yes, unpacking boxes is much more rewarding. Quail Creek Cottage is a perfect name for your new dwelling spot. God bless you and your hubby and Happy Easter week!

Susan said...

I know you must be excited to finally be in your home. We felt that way coming to North Carolina. I'm just sorry I never got to visit you in Colorado since I come there often for work, but heck, maybe I'll just have to get to Missouri to visit! XOXO

Daniela said...

My darling Bernideen,
your new home is located in such a wonderful place, where Spring was already waiting for your arrive !!!

Enjoy your week, sweetie, I wonder how much work to do,
sending blessings on your Holy Week,
with love and sincere thankfulness for hosting


Annas Nadelbuch said...

Dear Bernideen,
I wish you much joy and good luck in the new home in Missouri, with many wonderful new impressions while exploring your new home.
Happy Easter !!!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Bernideen, I am so glad you're finally settled into your new home! Yes, it will take a while to get everything organized, I remember well. Your home and property look like a little haven and I can't believe the blossoms! The grass looks lush and green. In comparison, we're still in the middle of winter here. A snow storm blew through here yesterday and the temps are COLD. The wind is so strong that it blew the screen door off the patio door. That's a first. I look forward to having a peek at more of your cottage and garden. My cousin has a koi pond and it is simply charming. I am so excited for you that you will have your own little tea room. Thank you for sharing and Happy Easter, my friend!


Kim said...

Your new home and garden, Bernideen, looks lovely. Your own personal tea room....I can just imagine how beautiful that will look with all your pretty china. Those red Cardinals are pretty fellows. I love the idea of a bridge over your little creek. May you have many cups of tea this week, whilst you unpack.

Thelma said...

Hi Bernideen. Your new home looks so wonderful with all the trees and bushes. I love the new name you chose for it. I wish lot of joy and happiness in Missouri.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Oh what lovely property you have! Welcome home Bernideen - I can't wait to watch you make it your own!!

Szara Sowa said...

How beautiful spring is in Missouri. Happy Easter!

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Can't wait to see your tea room and the rest of your new to you house. I love cardinals too. Fortunately, they are abundant in my part of Georgia. Thanks for hosting.

Vee said...

Oh it's a beautiful yard already and, once you get your breath back, it's going to be gorgeous. How nice to find your forsythia blooming so cheerfully!

Mrs.T said...

How exciting! I loved seeing your daffodils, forsythia and cardinals. Looking forward to all you will be sharing about your new home! and thanks for hosting. Happy Easter!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you have a wonderful new home and a lovely yard. I love koi fish; I envy you! Also the red cardinal birds are terrific. So happy that you are finally able to unpack and set up your new home.

NanaDiana said...

Bernideen- I am so happy for you. What a lovely home and I love your yard..including the pussy willow tree and your little creek. I went out looking for pussy willows today!! I found some but hubby wasn't feeling well so I didn't stop. I will have to go back by myself one day soon.
I can't wait to see more of your new place. I am glad you are finally moved. xo Diana

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Bernideen, so happy you are finally home for good! How beautiful your new home and property is! I love the spring shrubs and your daffodils are blooming already! I still have snow here and they say more is coming this week. But that is the usual for here! Take it easy and enjoy seeing all your pretties again! This will be so fun for me to see how you decorate your new home! I am also so glad you can be with your Son and family!
Wishing you a wonderful Easter in your new home!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Bernideen, I am so excited to be joining the party at Quail Creek Cottage. Sounds like you are starting to settle in and how nice of you to host the party with all the other work you must have going on. Am excited to see what you are putting together..Happy Tuesday.Judy

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Isn't it exciting finding what's in the garden, you will enjoy the weeks ahead Bernideen.
I imagine you're worn out after all that's been going on between the two houses.
You're a trooper for hosting the partyb this week - thank you!


Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
How exciting! You really must be pooped! I love your large yard and blossoming tree, creek and I can't wait to see the inside of your beautiful new home! It hardly looks like a retirement home. Lol. You are so young and energetic! I can't imagine moving so far away and packing up like you and your hubby have done. Thank you for hosting BTTCG. Love your Quail Creek Cottage! Easter Blessings! Karen

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...looks wonderful!Love the Forsythia. Hope the trip wasn't too rough. I always love the unpacking and settling in. Looking forward to seeing your new home. Thanks for hosting!

Deb said...

It looks like a beautiful spot to call your own, Bernideen. It's so nice for you to walk around and see what is coming to life there. I think that little Cardinal was there to welcome you. :) Deb

Anonymous said...

Bernideen, I love the name "Quail Creek Cottage". So sweet! Your koi pond looks magical. My daughter has a koi pond too and the koi fish aren't too hard to take care of. I am excited to hear more about your Tea Room! It is nice to see that the cardinal stopped by to say welcome!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Glad your finally moved into the little city of Columbia

Hope to visit with you before to long

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bernideen, glad that ordeal is over and you're finally settled into Quail Creek Cottage. Can't wait to see more of it, especially the personal tearoom.

Margie said...

Quail Creek Cottage looks wonderful, Bernideen. I don't know anything about Missouri but I'm amazed by how green everything looks! I can't wait to see your personal tea room!

janice15 said...

So nice you have arrived safely... I can't wait to see it all unfold and the tea room how exciting.. Happy new Home with love Janice

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I am looking forward to the bridge....koi pond....well, everything in the yard! Glad you made the trip safe and sound! Have a blessed Easter

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

How exciting to find a cottage! How blessed you are to have a Forsythia AND a Pussy Willow in your yard! Look forward to seeing the inside of your new home. Thanks for the party!

quakerhillfarm said...

Your home looks lovely! How fun to be able to see so much spring when you arrived! Have a beautiful Easter! Lynn

Anonymous said...

Hi Bernideen! Oh, I'm so excited for you! Your new house looks lovely and what pretty grounds you have! I'll be looking forward to seeing more!
Happy Easter to you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Deborah Montgomery said...

Congratulations Bernideen on getting moved into your new home. Quail Creek Cottage sounds delightful. And a whole tea room, too! I'm amazed you have the energy to fix up a house, move, and post here and on FB! And good news about the interest on your house in CO.
Have a very Happy Easter. Blessings, Deborah

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