DIY Barn Door Headboard

Kortney's Life


In the middle of last year, I searched all over the web and stores trying to find the perfect headboard with a “farmhouse feel” to it. After only finding headboards for $300 plus, I decided to make my own headboard exactly the way I wanted it and at a way better price. All together I only spent about $180 or so, which is way better than $500 for a similar one. I have to start off by saying I could never have made this headboard if it wasn’t for my amazing boyfriend. He did all the cutting and measuring and I did the sanding and painting.


Let me say, I’m sorry if my directions are confusing in anyway.

We first went shopping and got seven pieces of thin wood pallets. You can buy them already cut from Home Depot or Lowe’s. We then cut six of the pieces down to…

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Friend or stranger?


Have you ever been in a position where someone who was everything to you suddenly becomes nothing? For me high school was a place where you made many friends, you ‘clicked’ with so many and you were still under the illusion that these friends would last. It was a pretty stark wake up call, when all the ‘friends’ I made suddenly became nobody to me. All the people I thought I know, now became people I once knew. It’s crazy how staged it all was, like living on the set of a movie. There’s not many of them I can still call a friend neither can I call them an enemy, most have just become strangers that I share memories with.


Not everyone you meet is masquerading as a friend. I, myself, did meet my best friends when I was in the first form in school. Nobody would have thought…

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Holiday Trains in Action.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train came down from  Rouses Point to Kenwood (Albany).  Saturday with shows at Mechanicville and Saratoga. Read more about this train.


As the holiday express train rolls into the historic Steamtown site in
Scranton. Carolers and elves are at the ready to help kick off the holiday season for hundreds of people. Read More

Steamtown Holiday Express
Steamtown Holiday Express


All ashore that’s goin’ ….

Pacific Paratrooper

native outrigger canoes meet one of the ships native outrigger canoes meet one of the ships

As the ships drew closer to Leyte, the American soldiers already on shore were being hampered by logistical problems which caused a severe delay in capturing the island.  When the 11th A/B division arrived, General Hodge was finally able to move General Arnold’s 7th division and their plans came together.


Letter XV                                         Landing                        Somewhere in the Philippines

Dear Mom,

We landed here in the Philippines yesterday morn, but before leaving the ship, the Japs treated us with their honorable (?) presence in the form of bombing planes.  Shore batteries kept hammering at them in the gloom of a misty a.m. and the tracer’s bullets reaching up to the planes made a very pretty but gruesome sight.   The way those tracer shells can pick out the planes you would think that they had a score to settle and just can’t wait to…

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Mytwosentences 121



Years ago, propped on a weather-beaten park bench, she strummed alongside a crumpled paper cup and played the same eight song repertoire that had been scarred into her fingers since the start of her stay at the homeless shelter.
This morning, after actualizing as many makeshift table settings as her house could hold, she passionately put finishing touches on a succulent turkey and homemade stuffing feast that was annually prepared for any listless landlopers who saw one of her countless invitations posted throughout the entire town.
(Photo: Edward Roads)

Written by Edward Roads

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I’m Glad I’m Not a Turkey!

Through Open Lens

Dark-eyed Junco


F/ 6.3, 1/640, ISO 900.

Dark-eyed Junco 

Day 330 / 365

Chicken talking to the turkey: “Only Thanksgiving and Christmas??? You’re lucky, with us its any Sunday.”

Interesting Fact: Juncos are the “snowbirds” of the middle latitudes. Over most of the eastern United States, they appear as winter sets in and then retreat northward each spring. Some juncos in the Appalachian Mountains remain there all year round, breeding at the higher elevations. These residents have shorter wings than the migrants that join them each winter. Longer wings are better suited to flying long distances, a pattern commonly noted among other studies of migratory vs. resident species.  ( )

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With help from Penney Vanderbilt