Monday, November 23, 2015

Life goes on

The sun rises on an autumn day.

Clouds move in.

Snow comes.

It melts and takes the Autumn leaves that were barely hanging on with it.

The birds go on about their daily lives.

Bubba barks at the mailman.

Mini relaxes in the streaming sunlight.

Tomorrow comes again.

And life goes on.

So must we all.

Please stay safe.

Hug your loved ones.

And enjoy Thanksgiving.

For we all have something to be thankful for.

I'm certainly thankful for all of you :)


Thank you for the birthday wishes. 
They mean the world to me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A break

Hi everyone.

I'm sorry I haven't posted in over a week, but with the recent events going on, I just haven't had the heart.

Hopefully after this weekend, I'll be back to feeling something other than what's been on my mind.

For now though, I'll leave you with this image...

and say...

God Bless all that have been affected by this.

My love to all of you and may peace be with you,


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Autumn random

Morning shadows.

Carving pumpkins.

An ever watchful Bubba.


The joy of being able to close the door between the kitchen and the den, while someone watches an annoying tv show ;)

Snow one day...

Gone the next.

And as of today, I'm 4 years away from 50.



Just a little glimpse into my everyday life this season ;)


Monday, November 9, 2015

The first snow

The other day I was busy cleaning up my desk and when I looked up, it was snowing!

So what would any blogger, worth her salt, do?

Grab her camera and take pictures ;)

Of course, I waited until morning to go outside :)

Autumn colors covered in winter white... amazing.

Guess who wasn't happy about the change in temperature that came with the snow?

Poor baby... he hates his sweater.

Don't feel too bad for him though.

A fire was lit at my first glimpse of the white stuff...

and he cuddled with me under a blanket.

Bubba's life is not as rough as he would have you believe.

But don't tell him I told you that ;)


Saturday, November 7, 2015

The yellow dining room

Last time I showed you the living room and promised to show you my newly painted dining room in a day or two, but I was distracted by a few things. 

One of which I'll share at the end of this post ;)

So here it is...

I chose the next color up from the living room color, which is a little lighter. It's called Behr's Whisper Yellow, which I also used in my bedroom.

Here are the three rooms together now that they've all been painted in different shades of yellow...

Looking into the office...

Looking into the kitchen...

Just like I did in the living room, I used Behr's Sagey for inside the cabinets.

I think it all flows pretty nicely and it's much more cheerful in the house now :)

So what have I been up to, since I last posted?

Well, quite a few things, but the most important was my daughter, Annie's birthday.

She wanted something simple this year so there was just three of us... Annie, her friend Nikki and me. For dinner we had, at her request, filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes and steamed artichokes with marbled brownies for dessert.

The flowers were one of my gifts to her.

My baby is now 20 years old.

Amazing how time flies.



I promise I'll get to your questions on my last couple of posts, answer your emails, and visit you soon.

It's just been a whirlwind of activity around here, with going out of town, birthdays and cleaning and this is the first time I've been able to sit down long enough to post.

Oh and snow... but I'll share that soon ;)

Monday, November 2, 2015

The newly painted living room

Last time I painted, it was in my office.

My home isn't considered open concept by today's standards, but it is open enough that the rooms flow from one to the others seamlessly. So I figured, since you can see from the kitchen to the dining room to the office and then the dining room to the living room, I should carry on the theme of green and yellow. Especially since that's what was recommended, not only in decorating books in the 1930s (when my home was built), but also in books of today.

I started with the living room, so that's where we're starting today.

 I chose the same yellow that's in the kitchen, which is Behr's Melted Butter.

In the following photographs, you'll notice that the color changes with the light, depending on the time of day.

Just so you remember, here's the room before:

It was a color that I like to refer to as baby puke brown (although it looks green/griege here), which the entire house was painted... inside and out, including the walls and cabinets in the kitchen.

That is why you'll sometimes see that I refer to the previous owners as the "brown paint people".

I like the yellow better, but I know some of you will prefer the former one.

People love their neutrals these days, but it's not for me ;)

Anyway, it was a large undertaking, because I have a lot of stuff in a little house with hardly any room to move it around, so I took things down on one side, shoved it over, waited for that to dry, put it back and then did the same thing on the other side.

Then I realized that the trim looked awful next to the new wall color, so I had to move everything again to paint that as well. It's painted Behr's Cotton Whisper.

My apologies for the quilt on the plaid chair that Mini is on, but I didn't want to make her move just for pictures. 

I hope you understand :)

In my last post about the living room, before I painted, I didn't really explain much, but since so many of you were curious, I thought I'd delve deeper into some things.

The giant English pine library cabinet, below on the right, is from the 1800s and it hold books up top and extra china below.

The chair on the right is from the 1940s that I picked up in a local shop for $40.

The coffee table is an old butcher block table that was cut down at some point. It's also English pine from the 1800s.

The little humidor under the window was my great grandfathers.

I'm not sure of the era of the couch, but it has the lines of a couch from the 1930s. I had it recovered, because someone in the past had covered it with an unfortunate design from the 1980s. I paid $100 dollars at a nearby auction house.

The table on the right is a sad little thing from the 30s or 40s that's in bad shape and is waiting to move somewhere else, when I find the perfect side table. The other one on the left is actually a card table that unfolds. I think it's from the late 1800s or the early 1900s.

Oh and you can see I found a better shade for the lamp on the right ;)

The cabinet that holds the silver tea and coffee set below, is an old record player. It was my great grandmother's and it was the first of it's kind, replacing the Victrola.

The little table between the two chairs is from the 1920s.

The plaid chair with the quilt was my mother's and the chair on the left is from the 1940s. It has the original material on it :)

The coat rack is one of the few reproductions that I have, but it's over 30 years old.

I painted the inside of the shelves the same green that's in my kitchen and it's called Behr's Sagey.

 The next post will be about the dining room.

I love the change, but Bubba is unimpressed so far.

"Aren't you, Bubba?"

"Yes Momma. Come sit down with me."

"Okay, Bubba. Just let me say goodbye to everyone and then we'll relax together in your favorite chair."

Have a great day or night everyone.

I'll be back with the dining room in a day or two :)