May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Beautiful Bedroom: The Look for Less!

Hola darlings!

Well, I need to distract myself. This has been the Summer from Hell at Maison Newton and, unfortunately, no end in sight.  My Mom is sick.  She's 85 - okay, lived a long life, etc. etc.  But she's still my Mom.  I can't really focus my brain right now on anything, not even my own health issues.  Like - Damn, People!  Damn!

So, tonight I picked out this photograph of a "neutral" bedroom with "animal print" elements in it from the Traditional Home Magazine online and decided to see if I can duplicate it for "less."  Mind you, I've no idea, actually, what the original elements cost, but as we know they were featured in a Traditional Home room, changes are they're more than I would ever dream of paying for an entire house of furniture, let alone a single room :)

So now, onto distraction!

Here is the link (I hope) to the photo of this room from Traditional Home online. 

Tomorrow I'll put up photos of the storm damage around my house that occurred earlier today when a violent storm system blew through just before 4 pm. I was at work.  We got a torrential downpour downtown around my building but no violent winds that I could see, no tons of thunder and/or lightning or hail.  I came home around 8:10 pm from the hospital, flicked on the light out back to a scene of - well, let's just say Mother Nature threw a rather wild party.  I had hints of her follies on the 9 block walk home from the bus stop -- I could see tree limbs down, and lots of leaves plastered in places where they wouldn't normally be plastered!  Wow!  It was too dark out to take photos, even with the flash, and I'm in no shape to do it in any event.  Some folks got hit a lot worse than I did.  At least I didn't have a foot of hail stones piled up against my patio door!

Here's the bedroom! I love the decidedly traditional slant of the decorating; but notice that no nightstands are flanking the bed -- and no mirror (starburst or otherwise, ha!) or painting above the bedstead!  This room is remarkable, actually, for its lack of wall decoration.  It is not by any means devoid of decorative elements, but the ones that are present are all the more striking for the restraint in which they were used.  Of course, the reading lamps are in the ceiling, and there are individual control panels on either side of the bed head (you can just see the one peeking out on the left side of the bed, about in the center at the edge of the striped pillow!)

So, let me see what I can make of this room for those of us of more modest pocketbooks. I will look at (1) bed) (2) dresser (3) mirror (4) love seat (5) secretary/desk (6) side chair.  Right now, I need to go to bed and try to get some sleep!

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