December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Going Birdy

Before I tore my bedroom apart, I used to have a lovely single large print (about 24 x 24) stationed above the center of my bed.  It featured two birds and had a sort of "oriental" feel to it:

Well, you can't really see the print clearly here, but this was the ONLY thing I had hanging on the walls in my bedroom after it was repainted to this "Powder Puff" color (Sears Easy Living Satin Finish paint) in November, 2009.  I had bought the paint in 2007, meaning, always, to just get around to repainting my room, to banish once and for all the bubble-gum pink I'd painted it 19 years before!  But I never got around to it until I put the house on the market in November 2009 and hired Kevin the handyman to do all sorts of things around here that badly needed to be done!

Kevin, oh Kevin, I miss you so much!  Why, oh why, did you have to go back to a full-time well-paying job with good benefits, leaving me and dozens of other customers bereft of your services???

Sorry for that - sometimes I get distracted, darlings.

After the recent tear-down and reconstruct, my bedroom currently looks like this:

Wow! As you can see, I've been a Busy Beaver (har!)  Okay, enough of the off-color references. 

As you can also see, nowhere now to place wall art above my headboard unless I suspend something from the ceiling, and I aint gonna do that.

And, because of the configuration of the room and it's smallish space (11 x 14), with the: (1) entrance door and mini-hallway, (2) closet door, (3) two windows, and (4) angled bed, limited as to how I can configure the art work.  I've much less wall space now to hang art work and such than before

I would like to keep the large bird print in the room, if possible.  Which leads me to the other birds in my life --

Prior to a mini-revamp after our second trip to New York City in 2009, I used to have these prints hanging in the guest room.  After that "revamp", they were stashed in that same black hole of a closet from which I pulled out the two lamp shade (another post).  To photograph these birdy prints, I arranged them on my old light grey carpet) in the "den":

There is something about each of them that just speaks to me, I find them so compelling.  So beautiful.  They are greeting card covers that, over the years, I either sent to people or received from people.  I saved them and eventually framed them. Seems I have a thing for birds. Wonder what that means...

The black/gold frames are old.  I bought those prior to 1986; I don't remember exactly what year I bought them, but they once resided in an apartment I lived in during my undergrad years.  I graduated from college in 1980. The dark wood frames are Walgreens purchased in c. 2005 or 2006.

These cheap Walgreens frames (in the junk room den) currently hold some of Mr. Don's fab photos from our first trip to NYC in 2005, when he was still working with his old FILM camera (we had not yet moved into the digital age during that trip, but it was during that trip that we realized we should do so...) 

At some point or other I printed the photos off in black and white, because my old scanner (since junked), refused to do anything in colors other than fuchia and white. Trns out they worked fabously in the down brown/off white of these fames.  The top and bottom photos were taken at sunset in Times Square; the center photo was taken at the well-known circular fountain at Columbia and Fifth Avenue.  I'm sure going to use them somewhere else in the house because they are both personally precious and really really great photos.  Maybe in the guest room, which has sort of evolved into a New York Remembrances room.  But I may need to find new frames for them, because...

...I am thinking about reframing those birdy cards in the frames that hold the New York pictures and rehanging them somewhere in my newly-rearranged bedroom. 

But wait, you say, there are only three frames shown in your photo (above).

So true, so true, mon amis!   I accumulated these frames (and identical frames, but in black), from Walgreens over the years, at $5 each (spectacular bargain!!!)   Finally, one recent day when I stopped in at my neighborhood Walgreens and went to the aisle where the photo stuff is, there were NO such frames left.  OH NO!

I had, though, managed to locate and purchase a fourth brown frame during a prior expedition.  Where there is a will, there is a way! 

But wait!!!  I discovered last night in a stash of family tree research tucked away on a shelf on one of the deep bookcases in the family room, yet a FIFTH brown frame, still in its Walgreens bag! When did I buy it? Total blank-out. Anyway, an abundance of riches! And just for the hell of it, because I was giddy for not having taken my blood pressure meds a week or so ago, I went to Walgreens in the Shoppes at Grande Avenue downtown one lunch hour and picked up a black frame (identical in structure). It was the only such frame of its kind, and still at $5. I could not resist.

So now I have an odd-out brown frame and an odd-out black frame. Can inspiration be far behind???

Ahem!  Back to the point.  If I re-hang the birdies, where do I put them???  Which begs the question, because now I need to get off this damn computer and actually start doing some real work, like reframing my birdy prints.

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