.....and other random stuff......

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

SOME Assembly Required…..

Did I mention I moved my ‘office’ out of the master bedroom and into the studio?
Picture trying to get ten pounds of ‘stuff’ into a five pound bag and you’ll get the idea.
But, after a lot of purging and rearranging, and rearranging again……success! (I think…...I’ll let you know……..)

I gave things away, I threw things away, I put things out at the curb…..
Surprisingly, the things I thought would be snapped up right away weren’t (an antique knee hole desk) and the things that were broken or damaged (two old chairs) were taken lickety split!
Go figure….

I even treated myself to a new desk chair!
Best $60 I ever spent! (Day after Black Friday sale! Who Knew?)
It shipped to the house because they had no more at the store.
Some assembly required.

Husband is brilliant at these things and had it ready to go in just a few minutes. (Not that I couldn’t have done it myself but husbands like to feel needed, right? wink-wink, nudge-nudge….)

It’s padded  and comfy but the best thing is…….I can tilt back and dangle my feet off the floor.
This is a MUST for any desk chair, IMHO.
Just ask the sales clerk, who watched me try each and every chair in the store to find one that was ‘just right’!   

Monday, November 28, 2016

Punny Monday

Where does a polar bear keep his money? In a snow bank!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Perseverance Pays Off

We often go to the Edison/Ford winter estate.
 I LOVE it there! I don’t know if it’s because the preservation of the two homes reminds me of my grandparents house (it smells just like their house did) or if I’m just a history nerd.

The minute you step out of the car you feel like you’ve been whisked back in time. It’s quiet and peaceful.
The property is thirty acres all of which Thomas Edison cultivated with exotic plants. My favorites are the bamboo groves. There is one stand of bamboo with a bench tucked discreetly amid the stalks and if you sit there on a breezy day the bamboo makes the most amazing clacking sound in the wind!

But all that isn’t what this post is about. Not really. Except that’s where I first saw it.
The bicycle.
In the gift shop.
It was red and diminutive and adorable. And ridiculously more money than I thought it was worth. So, I looked at it and walked away. And went back and looked at it some more. Then circled around it again. Husband asked if I wanted it. I said no.

You know how they say you should buy a thing when you see it because you might not get another chance?
Whoever said that doesn’t know me.

A year later I was still thinking about it so I called the gift shop and asked if they still had it.
They didn’t.
I asked if it was possible to get another one. They didn’t think so.
I asked if I could speak to the manager. She wasn’t there. They took my number and said she’d call back.
She didn’t.
So I called again.

I ended up going to the gift shop in person and asking about the bicycle.
(They were surprised that so many people were suddenly so interested in the bicycle!)

After some discussion and computer searching they said they would try and order one for me.

Several weeks went by and I was just getting ready call again when I received a phone message that said they had just acquired two and would like to know which one I wanted.
I raced to the gift shop. When I got there they had eight!
EIGHT delightfully diminutive red bicycles! Four girl’s bikes and four boy’s bikes! It was all I could do not to buy them ALL! But I controlled myself and only bought one.

I’m not sure why I wanted it so badly, except for its cuteness factor. And I’m not sure I would love it as much if it hadn’t been such a challenge to obtain!

But I am now the proud owner of a beautiful red model bicycle!   

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Call Me Narcissus

When we first moved into this house it had mirrors everywhere.
There was a large 4’ x 4’ one in the entryway.
The previous owners were kind enough to leave their huge entertainment center in the living room….that was mirrored.
In the dining area there was a floor to ceiling five foot wide mirror.
The boy’s bathroom had one that covered the entire wall above the sink up to the ceiling.
And our bathroom had a gigantic one that stretched over the double vanity up so high I needed a step ladder to clean it!
Not to mention the closet doors in the master bath are mirrors!

I had become accustomed over the years to catching unflattering glimpses of myself at odd angles in the bathroom. I learned to ignore what I saw…… (thank you, denial!)
On the other hand, I used them to my advantage when I cut my hair. The closet is set at such an angle that I could see myself in the mirror over the sink as well as in the closet doors simultaneously. It is helpful to be able to see the  front and back of my head at the same time.

The funny thing is, since the remodel, I can no longer see my reflection in both mirrors unless I go into contortions that would make a circus performer jealous!

We didn’t change the layout of the bathroom. We didn’t change and angles of the walls. We didn’t change the closet door angle….so tell me, why can I no longer see myself?????

At first I was pleased not to have to see my dimpled reflection every time I entered the bathroom. (You’re welcome for that mental picture! Think about it…..ba dum tish……)

But I’m finding I kinda’ miss it....... 

Just call me Narcissus! 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Punny Monday

My new theory on inertia doesn't seem to be gaining momentum.

Friday, November 18, 2016

And as We Bid a Fond Farewell to The Bathroom Re-Model.....

Husband chose the towels. 
Notice how they matche the shampoo bottle! 
Happy accident or planned design?  
He's not sayin'! 
Plantation shutter! A splurge but I like it!
 Notice how I color coordinated myself with the decor???? (No detail is left to chance, lol!)
 Perfect spot for exercise equipment (or a dressing table if you're into that sort of thing.)

Onward to the bedroom! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Husband (or rather I) finished his side of the closet and I now declare it COMPLETE
I washed and ironed everything (that's never going to happen again!) 
I had things dry cleaned and got plastic shoulder covers for suits and jackets.  
I find myself going in there just to stand and admire how beautiful it looks! 
Nothing like patting yourself on the back.......but it was well worth it if I do say so myself!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Punny Monday

John Deere's manure spreader is the only equipment the company won't stand behind.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Most Beautiful Closet EVER!

Now known as my 'dressing room'! lol
I wanted to put my dresser in the closet to give us more space in the bedroom. Plus it just makes sense to keep all your clothes in the same location if you can, right? 
(Besides....all divas have dressing rooms, right? snort)
SO, without further ado.......
drum roll please...............(okay, so some ado.......)
Presenting the newly tiled, painted, rearranged and highly organized 
I 'weeded' and purged, dusted and donated two (and then some) large garbage bags full of stuff to Goodwill (not to mention the stuff I just threw out!) 
Is it not beautiful???? 
Now let's see how long we can keep it this way! 
(Husband hasn't done his side yet. Which, I suspect, is why it looks so wonderfully uncluttered, lol)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Who Knew????

We’ve had Mr. Cactus for a few years now. 
He’s grown quite a bit from the tiny potted specimen we bought at the big box store. 
I love his big paddles and his tiny spikes but I never knew he would produce a FLOWER!

Much to our surprise Husband noticed this on him.

It’s small and it didn’t really ‘open’ (I think it took all his effort just to produce the bud! lol)
But it was there.
And then it was gone.
Practically overnight!
I’m glad I got to snap these pics. Not sure he’ll ever do it again! 

Monday, November 7, 2016

Punny Monday

What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway.)

Friday, November 4, 2016

One Less Thing

I graduated!
That’s what my oncologist said. After six years of annual follow up appointments I’m done! And four years early to boot!!! He usually follows his patients for 10 years, but I’m doing so well he said I’m good to go! (Either that or I’m getting boring…..lol)

So, as Forest Gump says, one less thing! 

I’ll just have to find something else to obsess about...…….I’m good at that! 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

When You’re Stressed…..Sketch Harry!

As I sat there, up to my eyeballs in piles of clutter and chaos, I needed something to relieve my anxiety…..so I grabbed Harry and started to sketch.

You may remember when I ‘birthed’ Handsome Harry.
I feel better now.