December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Those OTHER Lamp Shades...

Dug out from the depths of the junk room den closet:


This is covered in the same wallpaper that I used to have on the lower portion of the walls in my family room (replaced in about 1996 or thereabouts).  Wow - that was back in the JEWEL TONES era.  LOL!  I still do find it pretty, amazingly enough, although I would not pick out such a richly colored print today.  What a change my neutral tone-on-tone family room is, now.  How much our tastes change over time, even when we think we're not being influenced by "trends" and such.  Digging around in my closets has proven to be like taking a trip through a decorating time capsule! 

One thing that has not changed in the 21 years I've lived here:  that light grey carpeting!


OHMYGODDESS!  I swear this is the twin to the sponged gold and bronze stripped-down lampshade!  This one actually isn't in such bad shape, except the pleated material has some decided "dents" in it, no doubt caused by its being stashed inside the closet for so many years!  I forgot they'd even been stashed there, to tell you the truth...

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