December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Being Lazy - Neglecting Projects

Hola darlings!

I am being sooooooo lazy lately.  I blame it on the ridiculously hot and humid weather in SE Wisconsin for this time of year.  Ummm, not a really good excuse but - it's an excuse! 

Instead of doing all the stuff around here that needs to be done, I'm like on permanent summer vacation :)

Yesterday I did exert myself long enough to move the sprinkler all around the backyard all day long (in between bouts of sitting on the deck with my feet up with a big glass of ice cold cheap pink wine) to keep it nice and green back there.  And last night I took some bad photographs of the living room mantle as I experience it at night.  Do I wish I was a better photographer?  Yep.  Do I want to learn how to do it better?  Yep. Will I?  Nope.  Don't have the time right now. So just grin and try to imagine what it really looks like at night with the candles going and my little lamp doing it's thing -- soooo happy I put it up on the mantle.  I should have done that YEARS ago! 

By day, it's a regular mantle, nothing out of the ordinary.  But at night...

I think it's really special...

I especially love the egg-shaped shadow (look at the picture in the middle) that is cast by the lamp underneath the bullseye mirror.  It is so Goddess!

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