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

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving: Removing All Traces of Fall and Naked Front Room

To all who celebrate this American national holiday, Happy Thanksgiving, woo woo!

I HATE the gloom and the sub-freezing temperatures this time of year, and we've really gotten wolloped in SE Wisconsin. Early snow, windchills to zero and below zero, eeeuuuuuwwww!  What the Flying F? I've already pulled out my "light weight" (ahem) down walking coat.  In the old days, I think they were called "car coats."  They are constructed in such a way that if you get stuck overnight in a car you may lose your hands and feet to frostbite but you'll still be alive when the deputy sheriffs who patrol the roads here find you the next morning because your heart and lungs will still be pumping some blood to your brain. 

On the first day of my four-day Thanksgiving Weekend, I got up at my usual time (around 6 a.m.) and after doing a pile-up of dishes accumulated during the past week I pulled out the slow cooker and put together a beef burgundy for myself.  Target cooking time 6 hours.  I then set to clearing out the autumnal decor in the house.  Got everything packed away AND labeled, thanks to inspiration from Thrifty Decor Chick about getting organized and such.  Well, I'm sorta organized.  At least I should be able to remember that a cardboard box that reads FALL in black thick crayon writing means "Autumn" and not "Fall down the stairs, woman."  Check back with me next year.

Then I shoved around the furniture trying for a suitable arrangement since the recliner, which used to reside in the family room, is now in the front room.  It fits wells in here, it really does, and I love having it in here where I can catch a snooze across from the fireplace.

Naked Room:



But this is causing a problem now, because in addition to the recliner (which ain't going back into the family room, I worked my butt off dragging, tugging, hauling, shoving, pushing, grunting, sweating, etc. etc. to get it into the front room) I put the beautiful Queen Anne style console table I bought from my sister Yvonne next to the fireplace.

Something's got to give.  As you can see from this photo, the only logical place for the recliner is next to the fireplace.  But that means I have to remove the Queene Anne console.  Oh no!  LOVE that table. Shoot-a-boot!

BTW, tons of stuff piled up on the coffee table from the mantle/mantel, top of the curio cabinet and the Queen Anne console table.  I cannot believe I've go so much STUFF in this room.

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