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, March 17, 2013

Got My Console Table!!! Now What?

Hola darlings! Spring shows no signs of returning to SE Wisconsin anytime soon, alas.  More snow and below freezing temperatures expected tomorrow; today we had sunshine for part of the day, and the iced-over snow already here melted a bit. That means the sidewalks on my trek to the bus stop tomorow morning will be - treacherous.  Sigh.

Today B-I-L Jer delivered the Queen Anne style console table I bought from my sis.  She's so pretty!  I shined her up with a coat of Old English furniture polish right away.  The wood is dry!  'Sis had her sitting in front of an eastern exposure window for more than 20 years, and it took its toll.  But overall, the table is in excellent shape.

Check out her sexy legs:



I'd already rearranged my paintstakingly put together (NOT) gallery wall on this wall in anticipation of test-running the table on it.  She's a match made in Heaven -- not too big, nott to small, although I thought she was taller than she actually is, for some reason.  Her dimensions are 27" tall, 47" long and 16" wide.  There's plenty of room to walk past her from the hallway and the kitchen into the family room.

In my anticipation of receiving this lovely little lady, I raised the pictures of my gallery wall too high -- well, that's a story for another day...

So now, there she is!  Ta da!  And what the heck do I put on her?  Oh.

While I'm pondering that, meanwhile I took off the switchplate for the lights because it was -- I discovered after all these years -- crooked!  And what I discovered inside was -- euuuuwwwww!


This photograph doesn't do it justice!  For instance, two mini-spider webs can't be seen, but trust me, they were there!  And all the construction crud -- from 22 plus years ago!  So, I pulled out the Dirt Devil and sucked things out as best I could without touching anything, and it's cleaner now than it was.  I cleaned up the face place and got rid of that crud outline where the faceplate rested and reset the faceplate.  Thought my problem was solved.  Ta da!  Meh.  Still crooked.  Damn!  I never noticed it before because I didn't have photographs hanging above it before.  So, removed the nearest photograph and that crookedness is not quite as noticeable even though now there's gap that in the arrangement I've had to balance (sort of) on the other side of the wall.  Arrrggghhh!

So, now on the hunt for ideas how to decorate that lovely little console table.

2 comments:

  1. Your new table is gorgeous! I love those curvy legs. Looks like the perfect spot too. I think anything you put on it will be beautiful.

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    1. HI Taunnie, thanks for visiting! She is a pretty table. I've seen several just in the past 10 days or so online painted in varying shades of light blue or aqua. Lovely, but I just can't bring myself to paint this still perfectly good wood finish in her present condition. I've been visiting various websites looking for inspiration for table-top and surrounding decor, and will post about some of my findings soon.

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