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, March 19, 2012

Family Room Re-do: Curtains!

It seems the Goddess of the Hearth, Hera herself, is smiling upon my fledgling project, as yesterday's paper was filled with lots of different pale blue, green and aqua in varying shades.  I was looking specifically at curtains.  Here are some candidates:

Target:  Home Faux-Silk Pieced Colorblock Window Panel - Rocky River/ Brown; $20.99 - $24.99
The brown looks very brown, definitely not dark taupe!  In this image the "Rocky River" color looks light blue but in other images on this computer (and the office computer where I online window-shopped during lunch hour earlier today) it looks more like an aqua color, which is more of the color I'm going for.

J.C. Penney:  Studio Trio Grommet-Top Drapery Panels - Brushwood multi; $35 - $60
The blue looks pretty light blue (but a very pretty color); the other two colors looks like a cream and a light taupe.  I like the sheen but they are pricey.

Penney's has other candidates - too numerous to put up here (besides, I'm tired after a long hard day at the office and The Voice is on right now :))  I think I need to make a trip to the nearby Mall and check out the actual colors in person.

K-Mart: Jaclyn Smith Faux Silk Panel - Mineral; $10 each (wow).  This color is deeper than I was looking for, but it is so gorgeous!  It is a true blue-green and has an irridescent shine to it; the panels are not made of thick material and so light comes through, almost like they are a semi-sheer, which would also help to "lighten" them up (maybe...)  The price is certainly right!  Could just be the real POP of accent color the room needs and would bring drama to the window wall.

I will keep looking.  I see there is a shopping trip coming up this weekend.  Sigh.  Did I mention how much I hate shopping?  Well, yes, I believe I did, a post or two ago...


  1. Jan,
    HELLO!!!! I have to catch up on your posts and I will be doing that later today as I am off now for 2 days.
    The wreath on my door is a grapevine wreath from Micheal's. A.C. Moore has them too. I use my coupon for 40% off and that takes them down to about $3.00. Just cut the flower stems to about 2 inches with a wire cutter, apply glue with a glue gun to the ends of the stems ( watch for drips as I am convinced that I have no fingerprints from glue burns!) and just stick it into the wreath. If you put the stems into the wreath at a bit of an angle , it will be easier. That is it! Simple!
    I made Easter Wreaths with Bunnies for work and I have orders for 8 wreaths. I will be showing them in my next post. I usually get my flowers at the Dollar Store!!
    Hope this helped. Any questions, just email me...


    1. Hi Debbie! I'm so glad you got some sales for your wreaths, I will watch for the pics at your blog. Thanks for your instructions on how to make the floral spring wreath. I will try my hand at it -- but I need to get a glue gun :) Well, I am going shopping to Menard's tomorrow night, I think they have a "craft" section now and I will look for one there. I have wild grapevines in the backyard and can cut some to make my own wreath. Nothing cheaper than free! I will be doing some blogging here tonight and updating my "progress" on the family room redo. Take care!

  2. They look pretty cool. Thanks for sharing. Please put more pics