May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

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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