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...


Monday, September 3, 2012

Powder Rooms and Bathrooms!

Some of these are just so pretty, they make me want to totally redo mine -- and the bath upstairs isn't even finished yet from the last (long-time coming -- started in November, 2009) redo.  Enjoy along with me:

So pretty from Free Stylin':

A Stenciled Bathroom (How to Stencil)
August 24, 2012

Photo from Free-Stylin' blog.

Love the pattern and the color, but I would never have the patience to do this.  Kudos to Beth for hers!  The room was utterly transformed.

Debbie-Dabble's blog never fails to inspire me.  Check out her bathroom transformation using, among other things, double wallpaper borders!  She's a brave woman, flying in the face of convention that currently calls borders a faux pas.  Fie to you, Debbie says!  She does what makes her happy and it works every time.

Check out her blog

I Now Have a Pretty Bathroom!
August 16, 2012

Photo from Debbie-Dabble's blog.
Debbie added a border to both underneath an existing wallpaper border on the lowers walls as well as to the ceiling ("above" the existing wallpaper border) that coordinates beautifully not only with the existing border but also with the material she used to make a valance to add to the shower rod.  She edged the valance in lace and added silk flower arrangements and Home Interiors sconces to the one "free" wall in the bathroom (behind the door) in addition to framed prints. 

Looking at one of Debbie's rooms is like being in another always peaceful, beautiful world...

At Hydrangea Love, I haven't even seen the entirely redone bathroom yet and I'm already loving it, just on the basis of the light fixtures, the wall color, and the shower curtain! 

Chrystal Chandelier for Under $45
August 13, 2012

I've no clear idea of how, exactly, Kirstie did this, but she combined an already-owned "crystal" candle-holder with a light fixture kit she purchased at Home Depot and somehow ended up with this:

From Hydrangea Love
...which she installed herself after removing the old and tres uglee fluorescent light fixture herelf.  Yeah, she does wiring! 

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