image_thumb.pngIf you are new here, first let me welcome you and let you know that I am thrilled you stopped by.  Check out this post if you are new to blogging.

My blog is more about home and less about the dogs, so why did I choose the title Three Dogs At Home for my blog?  The day before I created my blog someone asked me how I keep my house looking (and smelling) good when I have three dogs at home.   That question was still on my mind when I was faced with naming my new blog.  It made sense to me since our dogs are a big part of our life and I decorate and renovate with them in mind, picking materials and colors that work with our dogs and wear well.  Click here to read more.

I began blogging on accident.  I was an avid reader of “Rate My Space” and I kept coming across comments referring to this blog or that blog.  The first blog I checked out was “Between Naps on the Porch” and the author was having a give-a-way.  The next thing I knew I was creating a blog for myself so I could enter the contest.  I had no intention of writing a single word but after reading a couple dozen posts I thought “I can do this, it doesn’t look that hard.”   Silly me!  I quickly found out that blogging wasn’t all that easy but by that time I was hooked.  If I had know where it would lead me I don’t think I would have ever started blogging so I am glad I was clueless.

I have always had an artistic side and a knack  for decorating.  Long before the Internet my Dad taught me that if I wanted to learn to do something there was probably a book about how to do it.  I have read books on everything from how to lay bricks to how to paint house trim and soon I was no only doing my own projects but I was helping my friends with theirs.  For the first time I felt pride in what I was doing.  DIY projects give me a sense of a accomplishment that I wish every woman could feel.

In January 2015 I began fostering rescue dogs from a local rescue (  It was my dream to bottle feed abandon puppies.  The experience has been life changing for me and I want to share that with other so I began including posts about my experiences.  Currently I am working on a YouTube channel aimed at encouraging and helping others learn how to foster.  Once that it us and running those videos will be posted here as well.

I love encouraging others to try projects on their own.  I firmly believe that if you can work a 300 degree straightening iron you can work most power tools and I enjoy helping others find their inner DIYer.

I love going to the dump, weird but true (click here to learn why) and it always inspires me to reuse and recycle items and keeping them out of the landfill.  I love getting a barging and a trip to my local thrift store is more fun than a treasure hunt. Check out a post on thrifting by clicking here.

I am a true blue Dr.Pepper addict and it is on the top of my list of supplies needed for every project.
I find painting very relaxing while I find writing to be vexing at times but I keep doing both.

I am married to a fabulous man who enjoys DIY as much as I do and we love working together.  My husband likes to proudly tell others (sometimes known as bragging) about my barging hunting and home improvement successes at which my heart melts and I feel the best kind of pride.

Is my life all hearts and flowers?  Of course not and I never want to give that impression so I work hard at keeping it real which means readers get to see my house in all kinds of disarray during projects as well as my projects that flop.

I have Fibromyalgia and while it is not the main focus of my blog I do mention it occasionally.  It is a frustrating disease and severely impacts my abilities to foster dogs, work on projects and to blog.  Blogging has allowed me to have some purpose in life and that has been a life saver for me.  It keeps me using my brain and learning new things at my own slow pace.  More importantly it gives me direction and goals that I didn’t have after becoming disabled.   Even thought it is not a regular topic I am always willing to answer any reader questions about Fibromyalgia.

I like to sneak in pictures of the dogs in each post, sort of like Alfred Hitchcock appearing in his own movies. So don’t be surprised to see Gidget or Zoey in the background.

I write at night, in the dark, with only the light from the computer while my husband sleeps next to me and my dogs are cuddled up at my side.  I am a night person and I think and write best between 11pm and 1am, which is one of the reasons Dr.Pepper is on every project supply list.

I hope you will be a frequent visitor and I look forward to learning more about you.

Thanks for reading,

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    February 28, 2017

    Pablo Picasso: My mother said to me, “If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general; if you become a monk, you’ll end up as the Pope.” Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

  • Stephanie
    March 6, 2015

    It was great meeting you at target a few weeks back! Love your layout!!

    • Traci
      March 11, 2015

      It was a wonderful surprise in my day to talk with you and your husband. I do have a few resources that I want to pass on to you but my email is giving me fits today so it will have to wait until tomorrow. I am glad you like the layout. It is a work in progress. One of the things that I have found with this theme is that the comment box is too far below the actual post. My comment have dropped off since I changed to this theme and I think it is because readers don’t scroll down far enough to see it. Have you decided on Blogger or WordPress yet? Thanks for stopping by, it is nice to know another blogger here in Bakersfield.

  • Tina Matteson
    April 7, 2014

    Hey Traci, this is Tina in East Texas! I only just got around to reading your story, but I loved it and I look forward to getting to know you better! What a blessing to have a supportive and helpful husband! I don’t know if mine quite enjoys DIY projects but he is willing to help me and I appreciate that so much… plus, like yours, he brags to our friends about all that I do, which makes me feel really good! Have a wonderful day!! Hugs from Texas.

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