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

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tearing Apart My Bedroom

Hola darlings!

It's now 10:37 p.m. my time according to my computer.  I've been taking pictures (gasp!) of the entire process of tearing my bedroom apart, except I couldn't quite get me actually vacuuming and photographing at the same time, so I won't be posting any of those photos...

This photo is totally out of sequence.  But I'm eating right now (it's 1:00 a.m.)
and I don't give a Royal Hoot! Updated on February 11:  This "before" photo shows
my triple mirror and dresser and my old but still comfy wing chair in the corner, loaded
with stuff that I'm pondering either trying to fit into by losing another 15 pounds or
giving to Purple Heart...  Junk on the dresser too.  And my cold air return is filthy, yech!
After I hang my mosquito net tomorrow I'm going to haul the ladder over to it and
clean that sucker.  This photo is one of the main reasons why I decided to rearrange
my bedroom.  First, my feet are sort of pointing toward the door - according to Feng Shui
lore, this is NOT a good thing; second, having a mirror directly opposite your bed
is also NOT a good thing according to said lore.  And so...

But, I did get photos of "before!"  Ta Da!  I started taking these shortly after 9:00 p.m. Central yeah, it was dark as hell outside.  I finished taking the first round of pics at 9:33 p.m. on my digital clock...
View of master bedroom walking in from mini-hallway.  What's that on the bureau?  A glass of wine,
 you say... This photo was taken in "Scene Mode."  But even in this  light, you can see that the toile drapes
 just don't "go" with the wall color...  New lamp from J.C. Penney on top of bureau, until it finds a new home...
Hmmm, in this photo, the room actually looks pretty good...  That's a picture of a birdy above the bed in a pretty frame.
The comforter and shams are a cream/grey/beige floral toile print on one side, and grey/cream/beige stripe on the other side.  At the  foot of the bed is a down "throw" that I added for warmth when it's extra cold outside (like tonight, brrrr).
"Pharmacy style" lamp over the nightstand was never meant to be there, but I never replaced the lamp after I switched
out the room from\bubble-gum pink.  The pharmacy lamp was a temporary fix... since November, 2009...  I donated
my mini pik and white floral lamp to the Goodwill.  I didn't know about "re-purposing" and such, back then...

I tried a "close-up" of these drapes, and just like trying to take a close-up
of Gloria Swanson during the filming of "Sunset Boulevard," it just didn't work!
But, now, I'm beginning to see the light, sort of. My "Powder Puff" walls
look sort of pinkish (not surprised, since it covered over bubble-gum pink paint!)
in this light.  My toile drapes are definitely yellow, but an icky shade of yellow. And they do not
go with the crisp black and white check of my sheets and pillow cases...

My nightstand, to my right.  And I'm left-handed!  Old pharmacy-style lamp gives me light.
But really, I don't read in bed.  I sleep in my comfy bed.  But I do read in my bedroom --
in the chair.  And there's no light near it!
Hmmmm... Anyway, my wonderful little Nikon Coolpix 5600 which, yes I know, is by current standards extremely ancient, has been giving me BATTERY EXHAUSTED signs all night long.  And so I've been shutting it off and then turning it back on some minutes later and taking pictures in "Scene" mode because I don't know how to turn on the damn flash any other way (I've tried, believe me, I've tried) and now the bedroom is more or less rearranged in the position it will be in when I put up the - GASP!!!!! - (REALLY BIG GASP HERE, PLEASE) MOSQUITO NET CANOPY OVER MY BED!!!!  That will be sometime tomorrow, after I finish priming and painting the kitchen and dinette wall areas where the ancient wallpaper border was removed.


While I'm waiting for the battery on the camera to "recharge" itself I'm going to go scrub myself off after a long hard day of of working. It's 10:41 p.m. right now.

I'm very proud of myself.  I started shoving furniture around,after taking numerous "BEFORE" photos, at 9:33 p.m. on my Dream Machine (radio alarm clock that works like fricking magic and it scares me half to death, really it does; plus I set the time like 6 minutes and 200th of a centipede of two giga-minutes faster than "real" time, just to get my ass moving in the morning five days a week Monday through Friday when I work in the Jerkoid Filled Real World.  Sigh.  After I moved everything around I plugged the Dream Machine back in and - it was on the correct time!  Now how the hell did it KNOW, I ask you...

Anyway, while the battery on my lovely little Nikon is recharging I'm going to go pee and then scrub up and I'll be back!

Yeah, I've actually got my trusty "old" Toshiba laptop hooked up here in the bedroom right now, because none of my local radio stations plays smooth jazz anymore, and so I listen to it online!  YEAAHHH! Love listening to Smooth Jazz on SKY FM.  I'm no techy chick, that's for sure.  But there sure is something to be said about this "wireless internet connection" stuff...

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