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...


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Pretty Ad for Ballard Designs: The Look for Less - Gourd Lamp

Continuing the quest of producing the Ballard Designs look for less, there was a French blue gourd lamp in the magazine spread that I found at its website.  Here, I'm looking for a less expensive lamp that still gives the look.

(4) Substitute for Suzanne Kasler large gourd lamp at $169.00 in French blue, 29" tall. 

From Penney's, double gourd ceramic table lamp in light blue, 25" tall, 13" wide shade (bottom measurement), $40.00 everyday price:

From Wayfair.com, ORE ceramic gourd-shaped table lamp in blue, 28" tall, 16" wide shade (bottom measurement), $120.99 and free shipping:

This identical lamp can be found at Amazon.com for $91.27. 

From lumens.com, Continuum table lamp in light blue with pale blue shade, 27" tall with 16" diamater (lower measure) shade, $117.00:


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    1. Hi! I do too, and it just so happens I visited Southridge Mall tonight (not far from where I live) shopping for curtains for my "family room redo" which is now turning into dinette and kitchen redo as well, sigh -- anyway, on the way out I have to pass the lamps and I kept an eye out you know, just in case, and I SAW it - the actual lamp I found on line. It is very pretty in person, but I couldn't buy it and lug it along, was already loaded down with six sheers panels, two heavy side draperies and curtains for the window over the sink in the kitchen (first time in 21 years real curtains will go up, I swear!) and two cafe curtain rods to hold them in burnished bronze. Lugged everything to the bus stop to go back home and then trudged the 9 blocks from the bus stop to the front door. What a woman won't do for Love, I ask you! Back to the lamp - gorgeous - the color was a true aqua, not too blue, not too green, and the proportions were spot on. But I am not in the market for a new lamp or lamps for the family room. Not in the budget. Swear it, absolutely.