As we approach the end of another dry summer, the subtle shift in the weather has begun. Although I am sure we shall have a few more Cloverdale hot days, the promise of Fall has started to arrive. The hustle and bustle of holiday overload, school projects, laughter heard in the air of sports being practiced and, if we are lucky, peppered into the mix are moments of down time where we get an opportunity to relax, and for those who delight in it…time made for reading.

Well, on Sunday, September 19th, the grown-up addition is finally being installed next to the kiddos free library on Muscat. As Louise Penny is my favorite author, I was inspired to make a bench top for the grown-up locker so one could rest for a moment while checking out the books. My husband Brodie made an exquisite top of red oak and I painted my favorite Louise Penny quote on the top.

“Three Pines is a state of mind. When we choose tolerance over hate. Kindness over cruelty. Goodness over bullying. When we choose to be hopeful, not cynical. Then we live in Three Pines.” ― Louise Penny

I wanted to keep it simple and not worry about being perfect, but I also wanted to ensure it would hold up to the elements. It was an opportunity for clear liquid epoxy! So simple to mix, applying is simple as it is self-leveling and after 3 days you have a top that can survive just about anything. The best part is it can be used for a myriad of projects, both big and small. My mama and I often say that Cloverdale is as close to Three Pines as you can get, so being able to share the quote with any who visit this new addition makes my heart smile. Not to mention, it is a pretty good reminder.