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...


Monday, March 4, 2013

Changing Up the Mistress Bedroom

Hola darlings!

More snow is on the way but, for now anyway, the forecast has been downgraded from 6 to 10 inches to 2 to 5 inches, hooray!

This weekend I decided I wanted to change up my bedroom a little bit.  This is what it looked like in January:

Oops!  How embarrassing.  I was certain I took several photos of the red/black/white floral print comforter on the bed, right around January 1st or so.  But I checked both laptops and can't find them anywhere.  I have no idea what I did with them -- and that is very very scary, eek!  Maybe I didn't take them like I thought I did???  So, no "before" pic.  This is the print, though -- because I had put up the matching valances earlier in the season -- check out Readying the Bedroom for Winter from October, 2012!  Wow, I got ready for winter early. 

That's the pattern of the comforter, trimmed out in the lovely red/black/white mini-check - pleated!  It really is a lovely comforter, and quite heavy.  It took a great deal to get it folded properly and stuffed back into its plastic storage bag, I'm not going to take it out and put it back on the bed in order to get a photo of it, LOL! 

And this is what is what the bedroom looks like now (try to imagine the red/black/white floral pattern on the bed, before):

I took down the red/black/white floral valances and put up the Waverly toile curtains on the windows (black toile pattern against an antique white or ivory background); also swapped out the heavy (and uber-warm) red/black/white floral comforter for this lighter quilt in cream/taupe/grey.  I've been waking up with the night sweats again, it was time to change out my blankey since the temperatures have moderated outside.

The curtains were purchased in 2007 on clearance from Penney's, as was the comforter.  I don't remember what I paid for them but I wouldn't have bought them unless they were a good deal :)

They totally change the look of the room.  Lighter and brighter, ready to move into spring. 

I tried to take a close-up of the toile pattern, but rather difficult to do when the curtain won't stay spread out flat, LOL!  I think I need another hand.  Amazingly, because I never save stuff like this, I somehow managed to save the original packaging these curtains came in.  The pattern is Wellington Country Toile. 

Here's a close-up of the floral "basket" pattern on the quilt:

Mother Goddess still on her pedestal :)  She approves of the changes.

Not the best photo (above), but I love this frame!  I found it at TJ Maxx a few months ago and it was very inexpensive,  like $4.99.  It's picture size is small, only 4 x 6, but I remembered three beautiful hand-made note cards I had purchased in December, 2011 -- still sitting in my desk waiting to see the light of day!  This is one of them.  It's a little short but width-wise it fit perfectly.  It's a lovely graphic of koi, in Buddhist philosophy they represent good luck. The graphic adds an important touch of red (Feng Shui Principles 101) to the room and the good luck symbols are powerful attractors of positive qi (chi) that you want circulating in your sleeping space to renew and restore you and stoke you up for the next day.

I was thinking at first that I would keep the white mesh canopy up, but maybe fold it back so it's "in half" and tack up the top to the ceiling half-way back to the hooks above the bedstead and then hook what is now at the foot of the bed on the hooks at the head of the bed. But I'm not enamoured of the very white color with the cream/ivory tones of the curtain quilt and the curtains. So, for summer I am thinking of going with one of those little mini "tent" canopies.  I'll see.  It depends on whether I can get a good deal on a cream-colored canopy in the style I want.  I may also move the furniture around, just to switch things up.

I love feeling like a princess every night when I go to bed.  Some form of canopy will be present for the foreseeable future. 


  1. Jan,
    I just love your bed with that canopy of sheer delight!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I ended up using those pink carrots in baskets and vignetters rather than on the eater trees. Will be posting pics soon....


    1. Hi Debbie,

      Where do you get all of that ENERGY, girl? I wish I knew your secret, or could buy it off of you, LOL! You know I love visiting your Debbie-Dabble, there are always so many interesting, delightful and wonderful things to look at, and sometimes a little zany too. I always leave your site with a smile. I'll be "seeing" you soon. You and Joe take care! Jan

  2. Hi, Jan!
    I'm so glad you visited my blog & left a comment. My reading rabbit was a gift from my sister when I retired from teaching in 2008.

    Your bedroom is so charming! I love all the elements you used.


    1. Hi Carol, thanks so much for visiting. What a delightful and thoughtful gift from your sister. The bunny is really unique, I do not recall seeing another like it at any of the blogs I've visited. I'll start my search by looking for "bunny with book" or "reading bunny" -- Heaven only knows what the search results will be like, LOL! Your home looks wonderful, BTW. Right up my decorating alley :) I am very happy with my bedroom. I had wanted a "grown up" canopy bed for a very long time, but it was last year for the first time I discovered through the joys of the internet what one could do with an expensive mesh canopy; I'd had no idea such things even existed, geez! Lately I've developed a hankering for a pencil post canopy bed, I just love their elegant clean lines, so timeless that can go with just about any style of furniture and decorating. Well, we'll see, maybe some day I'll have some $$$ saved up :) If I am successful in my bunny with book search I will do a post.