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

Monday, February 13, 2012

How NOT To Install A Net Canopy

Oy!  So this morning I unwrap the package from that holds my net canopy.  The one I bought has 4 corners and drapes over the bed from hooks installed in the ceiling, which means 4 holes have to be installed.  Why, why, why did I do this?  I should have bought the simple 1-hook kind and let it go at that, but nooooooo, I had to print out pics of several different styles of net canopy and then ask the opinion of the ladies on the bus.

They all preferred the 4-hook version over the 1-hook version. And so, caught up in enthusiasm for their excellent taste, because actually I preferred the 4-hook version look myself, I ordered the thing before I could change my mind.

So, here it is - and look at all of those colors it comes in, too!  Including white white, which is what I ended up ordering.

Looks fabulous, doesn't it?  The look of a four-poster bed without the posters!

Except - the instructions say that two people should be hanging it.  And that is one person more than I have in the house.  That would also mean two step ladders.  How many people do you know who have two step ladders in their house?  How many people do you know who even have one step ladder in their house?

I don't have a drill to drill holes in my ceiling, either.  My step ladder is old and rickety, and may fall apart at any moment.  It rattles and creaks when I get on it, and wiggles and jiggles.

Three different times I went up and down the ladder after attempting to get the first screw-hook affixed in the ceiling, and determined that I was going to wrap up that sucker and send it back to  Finally, on the fourth try, I managed to get the screw-hook to stick in the ceiling with some help from a very large hammer.  I didn't fall off the ladder once.  The first hook was in.  I hung up one corner of the canopy.  Moved the ladder over.  Managed to get the second hook in.  Draped the second corner of the canopy.

Now I'm taking a well-deserved break.  I sure hope when I go back upstairs the damn thing hasn't fallen off the ceiling.

Sort of looks like a spider web, doesn't it.  Oook!  Did you see Grimm on NBC Friday night?  Spooky stuff!

Oh yeah, my chair!  Loaded with the curtains I'm going to swap out at the windows, but first I need to pop them in the dryer with a wet cloth to try and get out some of the storage wrinkles, but I'll probably end up ironing them anyway.  Look Ma, more brown!  That's a nice soft afghan that I like to wrap myself in sometimes, because I keep it pretty chilly in here and if I'm not moving around doing stuff like huffing and puffing up and down a jiggly step ladder 25 times to get two hooks into the ceiling, I get cold quickly.  Hey, this photo actually gives a pretty good look at one of my boudoir lamps (see prior post Lamp Dilemma).

Okay, I am going to go back upstairs now to finish hanging that canopy.  Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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