Happy New Year 2023 and Sunday Morning Coffee

Happy New Year 2023! Wow. Last year was such a busy year and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for the new year!

In 2022 I wrote and launched a book, remodeled the beach house, and blogged seven days a week. Every day and week of the year. So what’s next for a Happy New Year 2023?

white kitchen with island and table with orange flowers
photo by Public 311 Design for A HOME TO SHARE
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Thanks for joining me for Sunday Morning Coffee. This is a place to share, learn, explain, dream, and have fun. Let’s get started and enjoy a happy New Year 2023.

white house with black shutters and green lawn

About Me

vintage store counter with books and decor
photo by Public 311 Design for A HOME TO SHARE

Happy New Year 2023!

This is going to be such an incredible year and I have a lot of plans and exciting news to share with you this year.

My number one goal for 2023 is to relax and enjoy every single day to its fullest. We will be spending a lot of time at the beach house to enjoy the new remodel. Also, our boys have declared they will be doing the same. (And you know me, I will travel anywhere to spend more time with my boys.)

Does that mean I am slowing down?

Yes. Well, perhaps, a bit.

living room with game table and two chairs and white vintage counter
photo by Public 311 Design for A HOME TO SHARE

But if I think of the hours I spent last year writing and launching my book A Home to Share, and remodeling the beach house, this year is going to be more relaxing because the book is done and the beach house is almost done!

That should free up some time for more creativity, reading, exercising, and relaxing.

Beach House Kitchen Where We Started
We are almost finished with the beach house remodel and I thought it might be fun to share where we started. We bought this home nine years ago!

But wait. I know what you are thinking. How could we have almost finished the beach house if you haven’t seen the nearly finished photos?

Oh, they are coming.

In fact, I will be sharing everything about the beach house this month. I will share the process and the whys and hows of what we did. I may even share with you the headaches and delays we had too! Although, do you really want me to share those too?

I can promise you that this year will be more fun, and more intentional, and will really focus on how to use creativity to enjoy life.

outside table with large was and flowers, candles, and plates
photo by Public 311 Design for A HOME TO SHARE

Why would I promise that? Because that is what I will be focusing on every day. Both in my personal life and here at My 100 Year Old Home.

You have to promise me you won’t panic if I don’t blog every single day of the year. I think it’s likely you will not even notice, but the thought of actually not having to write a 1200-word blog post every single day is really something I need!

But first, before I get too far into this blog post, I want to say thank you. You have all been here, day after day, reading my blog, leaving wonderful comments, and encouraging me always. I believe that I have the best job in the world and I hope you know that I couldn’t do this without all of you. Thank you so much. I wish each of you a very Happy New Year 2022!

New Year, New You

A Home to Share book

Amazon is having an exclusive New Year, New You, health, wellness, and renewal promotion on NEW YEARS DAY (today) and they’ve selected A HOME TO SHARE to be part of it!

For 24 hours, A HOME TO SHARE Kindle ebook will be specially priced at $4.99.

A HOME TO SHARE is perfect for New Years’ Day reading as it provides a new path to follow in rejuvenating your home heading into 2023.

Don’t miss out on this special offer! And Happy New Year 2023.

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My Latest Project

I have been working on this project since August. Remember the stockings I made when the boys were toddlers? Almost thirty years ago?

They take about a year to make. Each one.

Stocking Stuffers for Christmas Morning.

In July I ordered a new stocking, from the same company as the first three, to make for my daughter-in-law Charlotte.

Here is the pattern.

Hand needlepoint stocking with name Charlotte

It arrived in September and I started needlepointing right away. I even signed up for a class at the same local store, A Stitch in Time, to make sure I would have lots of fun decorative stitches to use! I ordered the stocking, and buy all the threads at A Stitch in Time too.

As you can see, I have already made a lot of progress.

Hand needlepoint stocking with name Charlotte
Charlotte’s name isn’t crooked, I am just holding the stocking for the photo which made it look that way. Hehe.

Here is a close-up of some of the stitching. It’s hard to see the stitches on the tree because I haven’t finished it yet. I love the white stitch in the third photo, which is underneath the teddy bear. It will go around the entire tree and it’s so fun to stitch.

I haven’t shared this yet because it was a big surprise for Charlotte on Christmas.

And no, Charlotte wasn’t pregnant yet when I ordered this. I am going to try to finish another stocking (for my grandson) as well this year to have them both in time for Christmas 2023.

Wish me luck!

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

Beach House Kitchen Where We Started
The kitchen progress, from a month ago.

The Beach House is my biggest challenge this week. But in a good way.

It’s a challenge because there are a million different pieces to organize in order for the house to be completed. There are a lot of decisions to be made and the rain is delaying the final plaster on the outside of the house. Aargh!

So I am constantly reminding myself that a few more weeks are just fine until the house is done. I mean, what’s the rush anyway, right?


I want to move in and decorate the house with all of the amazing things I have for the home. I want to sit in our new primary bedroom and enjoy the ocean view and I want to hang out with our family and cook lots of great meals. Finally, I want to sit by the fire pit on the top deck and enjoy some cocktails!

I can promise you, you won’t recognize our house when it is done.

Progress This Week

Here is the main living area and it looks so different. The floors are sanded and the big picture window looks amazing. Can you see the waves through the window? There is a tarp and plastic coating on the outside of the window but soon the view will be amazing! The fireplace mantle is designed and will be installed hopefully this week.

Also, the recessed lights are covered with plastic so they look funny!

Remodeled beach house with new floors, fireplace, and large window.

This week we will be finishing the bunk beds, banister, fireplace mantle, countertops, and floors. We still need to install all of the appliances and plumbing fixtures which will likely happen the following week. The wine cellar is almost done but the glass doors aren’t ready yet. Landscaping and the backyard surprise (more on that later) will happen in a few weeks.

You will see more beach house photos in my blog post tomorrow. I will be sharing progress photos throughout the entire house which are amazing!

Here are my favorite Amazon purchases for 2022. Tap here to see them all.

Check out these Dried flower Candle Melts.

My friend Julie Blanner shared How to Declutter Your Home.

Janine at Happy Happy Nester shared her Home Organization Solutions.

Organizing Moms has a post titled Your Home Is Living Space, Not Storage Space. This post is perfect for me!

I spent all last week looking back at 2022. I shared December memories and the Top Ten blog posts for table setting ideas, blog posts, most popular rooms, craft projects, and favorite home decor items.

This week has a lot of new things for the new year. First up is the Beach House and I will be sharing a two-part series called the Beach House Remodel … Where We Started. Next, I have some great ideas to Choose a Winter Palette and Winter Decor in the Living Room. Finally, we will make some Cherry Blossoms, Get Organized in the Kitchen, and Share Five Ways to Get Organized Now.

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  1. Sounds like a good year ahead! Love the stocking you are making. All the different stitches make it so interesting. As to the beach remodel — yes! I would like to hear about delays and glitches as well as how you handled them, maybe re-thinking, maybe just waiting! Still, it would be helpful and relatable.

    1. Happy New Year Leslie! It all sounds fabulous! I love the Christmas stocking and seeing the progress of the beach house. All so inspiring! Cheers to 2023!! Susan

    2. Hi Elle! We are so excited about 2023 🙏❤️ Seeing the whole process (good and bad) is so helpful, I totally agree!

  2. Happy New Year! So enjoy your posts and blogs ( but not blogging everyday is okay too!)
    I know you have been busy but I had emailed you that I was unable to attend your launch party due to a family emergency and you so kindly said that you would mail my books to me but I haven’t received them. Please contact me if you need for me to send my address again.
    All the best for 2023! Thank you.

  3. Whew! Just reading what’s ahead makes me wonder “she’s slowing down, really?” 😂 Can’t wait to see it all. Here’s to only good things happening in 2023!

  4. Blogging once or twice a week is a good idea. That would keep things interesting and fresh for all of us including you. New info and ideas rather than repeating/recapping from a prior post. Give yourself a break! Take time to renew and relax in 2023! Cheers!

    1. Hi Renee!! I totally agree with you- think it’ll be a wonderful start to the new year and will keep things fresh ✨ happy 2023!

  5. Happy new year
    I love your stockings they are all beautiful, Charlotte will b so happy to have one, I am sure!! Love your ideals, love the blog

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