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...


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, 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 for $91.27. 

From, 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.