May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Monday, February 13, 2012

A Lamp Dilemma

Soooo, the bedroom is rearranged the way I want it and although it's a little funky looking with the bed poking out from a corner at a strange angle (it's not centered on the corner, but off-kilter, sorta like me) I like it, I like it! 

Redecoratitis had a hiatus yesterday while the ladies of the investment club were here, and then I had a friend come over with her computer -- she was having issues with it and I offered to see if I could get it up and running for her again.  Couldn't - major motherboard issues it appears.  So, her 3-year old Acer is dead and she's out of luck because the Acer schmucks won't replace the defective motherboard despite it being a well-known issue from a batch of computers they shipped in 2008 (the year she bought it), since she is no longer under warranty.  If it were me, I would seriously consider hauling Acer's butt into small claims court in Milwaukee County.  They have to have a registered agent in the USA and it's simple enough to track down who it is; I'd pay good money to have that registered agent served with a small claims Summons and Complaint, ha!  You bet I would!

I do not plan on replacing the two "boudoir" lamps on my triple dresser.  They are wood and have light brown (or, if you prefer, dark tan) shades.  Well, they're not "boudoir" lamps, strictly speaking; they're buffet lamps I bought online for real cheap!  But I like how the look on the dresser.

So, I've got the new lamp I bought from Penney's on the nightstand.  It's shade is really dark brown and if I want to stick with my "idea board" (which consists of half a dozen pics printed off the internet from searches for "black and white bedrooms"), that cute little lamp doesn't go in the direction I want to go in at all!

The lamp isn't crooked, but this picture sure is, whew! The photo quality isn't the greatest either; I took these pics at night using the "scene" mode on my camera (yep, still on "scene" mode).    Notice my genuine vintage princess phone in grunge beige!  Yeah, I still have actual telephones in the house - no cell phone for moi.  So, you can see from this "close-up" that the shade really is pretty dark brown, and the faux marble body is, well, brown speckled.  The rest of the lamp is antique bronze (now they call it "oiled bronze finish.")  All in all, a very brown statement. 

It looks great with the wood color (even the plastic wood color) of my bedroom set.  I'm not going to be painting that set, either!  No white or black paint will besmirch the pristine, dented and somewhat faded beauty of my bedroom set! 

What to do, what to do?  I pulled out the lamp from the guest bedroom that sits on top of the bookcase next to the wing chair and took it on a test run in my bedroom:

I tried to get this photo at the same angle as the top photo, but this shot is a lot closer to the night stand.

And a close-up of the guest room lamp:

It's got swing-arm action.  It's not a white-white, it's sort of a creamy white.  Hmm...  Of course, with about 250 million different shades of white, it's going to be nearly impossible to get a room where some of the whites don't clash, I suppose.

I moved the new Penney's lamp into the guest room, but it takes up more visual "space" than this lamp, and so if I keep it in there I will have to re-hang the pics that are on the wall above the bookcase so things look more in balance (it's just a two-shelf case that provides room for books and storage as well as a convenient surface next to the chair.  Actually, the guest room set-up makes more sense than my bedroom set-up!) 

I'm torn right now, not sure if the guest room lamp is the right fit for my bedroom; it looks slightly out of scale to the night stand.  Since the lamp has a painted finish to begin with, I wouldn't feel any qualms about spray painting it a whiter white or trying black on it to see what it would look like.  But only if I decide it fits in my bedroom better than in the guest room.  I would hate to paint it white white or black black, and then have to repaint it again because I want it back in the guest room!  What a lot of work that would be for nothing.

I also have two very old junky lamps wrapped in plastic bags, stashed in the basement.  Either one could be painted, but the shades, oh my, the shades!  I would need a new shade and depend upon it, I always go for a shade that costs more than I'm willing to pay.  Argggghhhhh.   One I painted a couple of times, at least, after I ripped the old wallpaper off of it.  Yeah, it's been through several remakes already; one is so old I actually bought it from Woolworth's when they were still in business and it's not a cloth shade at all, it's wrapped in some kind of plastic material!  Honest -- although you can't tell it's plastic unless you feel it; it looks sort of "silky." 

Well, I shouldn't be fretting about lamps right now anyway; I've got a canopy to hang!  And then I have to figure out what, if anything, I'm going to put on the walls.  With the bed poking out from that odd angle into the room, it's really broken up the wall space so there is no clear vision now of where to hang art/pics.  And once the canopy is up, that will obscure things even more...

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