January 31, 2018:


Today is the Super Duper Blue Red Full Eclipse Partial Eclipse Moon, depending on where you may be viewing from.

Three years ago this day was my last day of working and I retired after 46 years of full-time work. I've enjoyed every single moment of my retirement since then - three years and hoping for twenty more, we'll see how things go...

February and March can be cruel months in southeastern Wisconsin where I live. January itself was nutso here weather-wise, with two separate thaws. I don't ever remember getting two January thaws before, and many years none happened at all.

Before I know it I'll be headed to Las Vegas to visit my friends and celebrate some sunshine and warm weather, and see a show (I always try to squeeze one in). Meanwhile, I am continuing, slowly, to make this smaller retirement ranch into a home that makes me smile in every room. I still have lots to do, including major painting projects. I keep putting them off. Seems at 66 I'm not so keen on painting as I was at 36. Gee, I wonder why...


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Starburst Mirror - OH NO!

...he's here, he's there
He's everywhere.
Is he in Heaven?
Is he in Hell?
That demned, elusive Pimpernel...

Geez, worse than the Scarlet Pimpernel, darlings!  They're not only here, there and everywhere - those Family Dollar Stores are in my Sunday newspaper and online too!  I couldn't believe it.  Tonight when I did a google search "budget decorating" guess what popped up!



I have to say, I'm all for saving money when decorating my home.  Am I as budget-conscious as some of the ladies on the internet who have popular budget (and many that purport to be "budget" but really aren't) decorating blogs?  Hell no. 

I draw the line, for instance, on the MUST HAVE thingy for bedroom (more often than not, hanging above the head of the bed) decor, the Sunburst (or Starburst) mirror.  Guess what popped up on the home page of Family Dollar this evening:

It's big and it's only $10.  Gee, what a bargain.

And do you really want this in your home???  I don't.  Not because it's ugly, because it is not ugly.  I don't know what it looks like in person but I assume it's mostly spray-painted plastic.  That would be okay with me.  I have nothing against plastic.  I own many things made out of plastic, including my much-loved 1977 or 1978 bedroom suite that is partly made of "plastic" wood! 

My objection to this popular item is that tens of millions of people, all eager to be "fashionable," will have this or a similar looking mirror, at all price points, somewhere in their home.  Not because they like it, mind you, but simply because it is an "IT" thing to have in order to be "in," to be "cool," to be "fashionable" -- for the moment...

But - the point of decorating one's private, personal space is to BE YOURSELF! It is to reflect YOUR taste, YOUR vision, YOUR wishes, YOUR desires. Why, then, try to do an imitation of what the rich bitches do in the pages of Architectural Digest, and the geared-toward-the peon-middle-class-with aspirations-version, Traditional Home, and etc. etc.bring to the check-out stands at the local supermarket every month? I mean, really

I'm myself, and perfectly unique.  So anything I invite into my home, anything that I spend my hard-earned money on, is not because some rich person owns it or it showed up in some fancy-pants decorating magazine populated by the homes of gazillionaires.  Or even at Ikea. Or Anthropologie (they spell it wrong, of course.  How utterly de trope, darlings). 

You don't have to follow the "trends" just because everyone seems to be oooohing and aaaaahing over the latest thing.  You won't ever ever be truly satisfied with such things if you do that instead of being, pardon the cliche, true to yourself.

Learn how to decorate to satisfy your own personal heart and soul, and not because you're trying to stage a blog photo to compete with Architectural Digest or whatever. 

By the way, I do not believe that true to yourself changes every six weeks or so...  But hey, what do I know?


  1. Jan,
    I LOVE this post! LOL!!
    Thanks so much for your visit and kind comments.
    I so agree with you in that you have to follow your own heart in decorating your home. I know what style I love and what makes me happy at home. I don't care if it is not the "In" or "now" thing to do. Now I do like to take ideas and inspiration from many other bloggers but then I mold them into what I like and what will work in my house. Victorian is my thing and that is what makes me happy . It took me a long time to get to this point and I could really kick myself that years ago when I was young and stupid, that I followed decorating trends because my friends were. Now that I am older and wiser, I do what works for me .
    So Thanks so much for saying that I am an original. I take that as one of the best compliments anyone can pay to me!!

    Wishing you a fantastic day!!


    1. Hugs back, Debbie. I definitely meant the "Original" title to be a compliment! Your style may not be everyone's cup of tea, but you have the guts and gumption to follow your own vision and, at the end of the day, it's you and your loved ones who live in your home space, not anyone else. What makes YOU happy is what counts. Honored to "meet" you. Wondering - do you play chess???