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 11, 2012

Tearing Apart My Bedroom - Part 3

Hola darlings!

Instead of working upstairs hanging my new mosquito net canopy over my newly-repositioned bed, I'm down here in the family room watching the sun going down (its big window faces west) and blogging!  I'm hungry too, hmmmm.  Well, haven't had a thing to eat since an egg sandwich for breakfast this morning.

I'll eat - later.  Right now, I want to post yet more pictures about my epic bedroom adventure :)

Ohmygoddess! Who is that handsome man?  That was Mr. Don circa 1999,
the year we met...  This is a "vignette" of part of my triple dressser.  See, I
know the word!  Next to Mr. Don is a soapstone carving of the Egyptian
Cat-Goddess, Bastet.  She is so beautiful!  I have had her for a long time.  Mr. Don
and I were on a shopping expedition one year when I bought her.  I am NOT a cat-lover,
but Bastet is special.   Pagan that I am, I have prayed to her many times.  She usually comes through.
That sort of silvery-bronzey base belongs to one of  a pair of - well, I forget what the hell they're
called - they go on top of dining-room boufets!  Screw that.  I like them for my
dresser.  Except, one was defective at the top of the "arc" and wobbles. I stuffed
cardboard in it and it works just fine.  But right now the second lamp is minus lightbulb.

This  music box is very special to me.  I purchased it in 1999 in Las Vegas'
Shopping Mall (yeah, the big expensive one right on the strip).  It holds keys to - I
have no idea any longer, actually.  Old, dead suitcases that were trashed long ago,
my jewelry box, I think, that's the green thingy that I want to tell you about, and
assorted pins, nails, and picture-hanging thingies.  I bought this the first time I
went to Las Vegas to meet/greet my soul-sister, Isis a/k/a Georgia.  When I wind it up,
it plays "Hero" (Wind Beneath my Wings) made famous by Bett Midler in the smash
movie "Beaches," that made me cry.  And still does!
By the way, doesn't that wood veneer on my Hack's triple dresser look gorgeous!

Another important memento on the top of my triple dresser.  The first time Mr. Don
and I met face to face, we went to a festival down at the beautiful lake front of Lake Michigan.
I believe it was "Arab Fest."  In one of the many vendor booths we went through, we came across
this particular little box.  I said "ooooh!"  And Mr. Don bought it for me.  It is genuine
rosewood and genuine bronze fixtures but, alas, the "

Oh!  That thing in the green bag - it's a battery-operated horsey from Madrid~
Ir's the cutest thing ever!  It comes with a post.  You string a line (string) from the horse
to the post and then turn on the horse and he goes round and round and round forever,
or until the battery runs out.  If you don't use the string/post set-up, the horse will
just run away from you...  At the edge of the dresser is one of three "scores" I made some
years ago while shopping with my sister, Debs.  We were at Stein's (another Milwaukee
institution) going through the clearance sections when I spied these plastic containers.
Perfect for use in the bath - I' bought 3 and 2 of them are in the upstairs bath!  This one
corralls my body cream, cologne and perfurmes!  They're all mostly ancient - I hardly ever use.
"Horsey" is sitting on top of some board-games research (and a few photos, too). One of
the reasons I'm "redecorating" is to get control (I hope) of my clutter and piled-up research
all over the damn house, once and for all!

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