November 12, 2017:

Hola!

It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board on Christmas Decor for the Dinette

8:49 p.m.  I will be returning the Darby curtain panels to Cost Plus World Market on Monday (when I get back to the office).  The company has a 10 day "price guarantee" policy.  I discovered this sale on day 15 after the date of my order, and merely by accident, because I wanted to post a link to the product in my earlier post today about the beautiful curtain panels.  It was then I discovered the panels were on sale.  If I buy them at the sale price, I will save about $22 on my purchase price. After emailing the company earlier this evening and receiving a reply, I am shit out of luck. The product is going back.  I will reorder it (maybe), at the sales price, but I have to tell you that right now, I am so pissed off, I may never ever buy another thing from Cost Plus World Market.

Now how fricking stupid is a policy that pisses a customer off so much, I ask you!

Updated Sunday November 16, 2014:

Hola everyone!  It started snowing last night and by this morning, we got about 1.5 to 2 inches.  Today felt positively balmy, temperature wise, when I got up, got dressed, and headed out with the shovel.  I cleared the sidewalk (didn't have one of those for 24 years, now I've got one again, sigh), then the walkway to my front door so the mailman has a clear path, then the driveway, and finally, the patio.  The squirrels were waiting eagerly for their hazelnut ration and I wanted my breakfast!

Squirrels are fed, I'm fed, the Sunday paper reading ritual is nearly complete (I'm taking a break to write this), and -- oh, it is pretty, light flurries at the moment.  The snow residue has melted off the patio.

I did some research on my rug issue and found this very informative website.  The rug it used as an example of one coming out of long-term storage has the same lumps and bumps as mine:

Their rug.
 
My rug.
By the way, I realized while taking the photo (above) that it is not navy blue, it's black!  I couldn't believe my eyes, but the bright flurorescent lights in the wreck room reveal all secrets.  My slippers are black, so I did this to test it out:


Yep, sure looks black to me. 

In the meantime, just having the rug resting flat overnight in the heated wreck room has made some difference in "relaxing" the ridges, ripples, bumps and bubbles.  I can let it rest and relax for the next three weeks and give it "regular" wear by walking on it and vacuuming, or I can help it along by placing weight on it.  So I think I will help it along because I don't have three weeks until my 4-day Thanksgiving Day weekend!  I'm going to flatted out some of my cardboard boxes to cover the rug evenly and then place my unpacked boxes of books on top of the cardboard, starting in the center and working out to the edges.  Another work-out today, wow (not to mention having already gone up and down the basement stairs about ten times while doing laundry).

Meanwhile - BLACK!  The dark areas in the rug are NOT navy blue, they're BLACK!  Holy Hathor!  I honestly did not remember that and yesterday, in the upstairs light, it sure looked navy blue to me.  But it's not. 

So, what to do, what to do? 

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