Jun 8, 2015

Summer Sabbatical

Hello, everyone! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! 

I have two items to share with you today. 

First, I finally got my dining room boxes unpacked after our new floors were installed. (I know, I can't believe it took me so long!) I put my big metal tray on the dining room table with a few farm house-y yard sale finds I unpacked. The tray fits the new table perfectly, and that makes me a happy camper.

The second item I have to share is that I'm taking a summer sabbatical from blogging here at The North End Loft. I'll be spending the summer refreshing my creative blogging spirit, resting, studying, and hopefully acquiring some new skills along the way. 

Some of the other things I'll be doing this summer are helping my daughters decorate their new homes and gardens, taking long walks in the hills with Tucker, building a new shed for our garden, cooking lots of good summer food for family dinners on the deck, and spending many lazy hours on the front porch with my dear husband. We're also planning a big 4th of July party to celebrate my husband's 60th birthday and my brother's 65th birthday. I can't wait for that!

Blogging these past three years has enriched my life in so many wonderful ways. I never expected the outpouring of welcoming encouragement I received from the blogging community when I began, nor that I would develop so many friendships with amazing women from all over the world, friendships that I will always cherish. I never expected that so many lovely people would be interested in what I have to share, and that has touched me deeply. My favorite part of blogging is when a reader tells me they've been inspired. 

That's what it's all about for me.

I'll miss all of my friends and followers over the summer! I hope you have a great time while I'm gone. We'll have lots of fun when I return next fall, and I'll have tons of new ideas and projects to share.

Happy Summer!



  1. I understand the need to step back, but you will be missed.

    I do home it is just a vacation and not permanent!

    1. Thank you, Carol. It's definitely not permanent. You can't get rid of me that easily! :)

  2. Enjoy your hiatus! I'm taking a week off at the end of the month - no Internet access at all! eek! ;)


  3. Have fun! Looking forward to your return after a great summer...

  4. You have a really full summer planned. Sounds like you'll be having a lot of fun. I've always enjoyed visiting your blog and seeing your charming home, enjoy your time off!

  5. A summer sabbatical sound refreshing Laurel!

  6. Laurel,
    Oh, to enjoy a Summer Sabbatical in Idaho, I know how heaven sent those Summers are.
    Enjoy each peaceful moment, you will be missed.

  7. Happy sabbatical! Sounds like you have a busy and fun summer planned ~ Enjoy! Should you feel a desire to hit a few garage or estate sales, let me know!

    Stay cool tomorrow ~

  8. Sounds like a wonderful plan Laurel...ENJOY!! We'll see you in September!

  9. Sounds like you are going to have a great summer, Laurel! I will miss reading your posts but look forward to all your beautiful inspiration when you return. Take care and enjoy your break dear friend!

  10. Laurel, I love your farmhouse vignette! Summer is already starting to fly by so fast. Enjoy your break. We will miss you and look forward to your return in the Fall!

  11. Laurel, I hope you enjoy your summer. It sounds like you have lots of great plans. Enjoy your time with your family and I look forward to seeing what you have to share come this fall.

  12. You will be missed but I understand, the time off will be well worth it.

  13. sounds wonderful....I will miss your posts but will look forward to your return in the fall. Have a wonderful family filled summer!

  14. I hope you have a wonderful summer...it sounds like a fun one! I will miss your posts...hopefully you will be back! Enjoy! ;)

  15. Hi Laurel, enjoy your summer break and enjoy. Miss you already! CM

  16. Enjoy your time off Laurel! We'll be here when you get back, and anxiously awaiting all new projects!


  17. Ill miss you while your gone but will be waiting for you in the fall.

    ENJOY your family and Tucker. and those long walks


  18. You will be greatly missed! But ENJOY your creativity, dreams and just "being" this summer! Hugs.

  19. Yay for boxes unpacked! And while you'll be missed, I hope you have a restful, recharging, and creative Summer. See ya in the Fall!

  20. Don't be gone too long! :) I hope you have a great Summer. xxx Maria

  21. Enjoy your time and have a great summer Laurel!

  22. Well, you've certainly inspired me! I'm sad to see you go for the summer, but everyone needs a break once in awhile just to enjoy life. I hope you have a great time and I look forward to seeing you blogging agin in the Fall :)



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