I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day! I always look forward to this particular holiday because it reminds me to be thankful and grateful for the good things in my life -- far more good than bad, for sure!
Our office is closed the day after Thanksgiving, giving us a fabulous four-day weekend! There is something so luxurious about having that extra time off! So, while yesterday was given over to solitary contemplation, watching NFL football games, cooking, and enjoyment of my "alone" time, today I left the house at 7:35 a.m. to go for my monthly blood draw. I'm on a blood thinner so the degree of "thinness" has to be checked once a month to make sure my blood doesn't get too "thick" or too "thin," either of which could cause complications since I have heart arrhythmia. Unfortunately, the vein the technician chose and poked with the needle evidently collapsed in the middle of the blood draw and the poor tech became so flustered, something went wrong with the second draw as well (ouch!), and she called in help. That's the first time that ever happened in the two plus years I've had to go for these monthly blood draws, and I felt so badly for her. She not only works a full-time job, she also is attending school full time and, until recently, was a live-in "superintendent" at an apartment building, where she got a break in rent in exchange for cleaning and maintenance duties such as shovelling the sidewalks!
Help arrived, the blood was drawn and soon enough (with bandages on both arms - I matched!) I was on the road back home. This being a weekday, the buses run much more frequently than on Saturdays (which is when I normally go), and so I had good connections to transfer routes. I only wish it had been a little bit warmer and NOT snowing during the entire time I was travelling. But, in less than a few minutes, I was transferring to take the bus ride to the Walgreens half a mile from my home to pick up a prescription and check out the Christmas lights on sale (I shall buy some tomorrow) and from there it was a short walk to the Pick 'n Save and grocery shopping, and then the half mile hike back home. That's how I keep in shape, and it's been a blessing not only in keeping my weight in check, it's good cardio for my old heart. I get extra points for walking on slippery roads and sidewalks for it takes a special kind of "duck" walk and more muscles to do that in order to keep my balance, LOL! Bonus points for doing it all in 17 degrees F with a "slight" breeze from the west/northwest too, for those kind of conditions jack-up one's metabolism to an extra calorie-burning level to compensate for the cold.
I arrived home at 9:54 a.m. I am home free for the day, yippee, except I have to shovel yet more snow that has fallen. Sigh.
|View of the patio. All those lumps and bumps are drifted snow from the last snowfall I|
did not shovel plus myriad squirrel and assorted critter paw prints!
Oh my -- I went out to do the shovelling and before I knew it, 1.5 hours had gone by. Holy Hathor. It didn't feel like it took that long, but the clock does not lie. Wow! Burn, calories, burn!
Today I want to share with you the status of my mistress bedroom. I call it that because there is no man in this household so it seems pointless to call it a "master" bedroom, especially since I'm the only one paying the mortgage, har :) Get ready for several not so good pics, but hopefully you'll see beyond their amateurish nature and see the same beautiful room that I do whenever I walk through its doorway. I'm so in love with this space! I think by far it's the best mistress bedroom I've ever had.
Looking into the room from the door:
The curtain rods were hung near the ceiling - I've read that adds "drama" - yeah, it has! Love the look of ceiling to floor curtains. This bedroom is small by today's standards - 10' x 12' -- but running the curtains as I did seemed to visually enlarge the space.
The curtain rods were installed by Kevin, my wonderful handyman, and two of his helpers. It would have taken me forever and probably would not have been able to do it, to get those rods properly installed (actually, each side is a mere one-half of a giant size Ikea double-rod)! I was able to put the curtains on the rods easily. They are quite long and "puddle" on the floor (a bit too much "puddle"). Next spring, when I take everything down for a good wash, I will probably hem them so they barely touch the floor. It will make them easier to open/close when the windows are open during the summer and much easier to clean the floor, too with the "swiffer" or the "handi-broom."
Looking further right, to the north wall of the bedroom:
Sorry for the dark photos! At this particular time the sun was breaking through the grey clouds outside and since I only have 15 watt light bulbs in my lamps, it was no match for the fire-power of Mother Nature when I took these pictures! Next, looking toward the closet wall (the east wall):
As you can see above, I've only got two pictures on my gallery wall. I have more things to go up, but I'm waiting for some "English style" plate/picture hanging hooks to arrive. I have some things I want to hang but I want to make sure they're secure, and these "English style" plate hangers come highly recommended by many bloggers. The gold-framed chickadee print on the lower right of the wall was a gift from Mom when I bought my first house in 1986. Now I have it in House 3 (retirement home).
Above, the view across the room (south wall), coming full circle. There is my lovely old wing chair, bought for my first home in 1986. I reinforced the seat because it was sagging after all these years, and now it is as good as new. I sit in it every morning to put on my socks, and sit in it every night, to remove them, LOL! I love its color and its soft velvety upholstery. I used to have it covered in a black slipcover, but removed that when I moved here. I like how the "rosewood" color (that is the original color description I still remember when I bought this chair at Sears) adds a layer of color and texture to the room. It's difficult to see because I'm no good at taking close-ups, but the color of the chair is echoed in the four nature prints I recently printed off the internet and hung in frames I purchased some years ago from T.J. Maxx -- you can see two in the photo, above.
I've tried for a harmonious flow of colors about the room. The main theme is serenity and a sort of "zen" feel within a traditional design aesthetic, in the wood tones, greys, blacks, beiges and whites.
You may have noticed some things hanging from the "canopy" of the French-style campaign canopy bed I scored for a great price at Overstock.com. In the center is "The Hand of the Goddess" which was a gift to me many moons ago from my friend and Goddesschess cohort, Isis a/k/a Georgia. It is carved in wood, not stained. It has an eye hook through the top part of the hand (somewhat rusty after all these years) and it hung in other areas of the former Maison Newton throughout the years on a gold chain near the computer in my former den/library. It was a source of inspiration and blessings. It occurred to me - finally (after all these years, duh!) - that it was a no-brainer to hang the Hand of the Goddess from the center part of m bed canopy frame, where the hand of the Goddess can always be showering her blessings upon me as I sleep and dream.
Hanging with the Hand of the Goddess is a natural quartz crystal set in gold, also on a gold chain. The colors of the crystal are varying shades of grey, black and white and the crystal is banded in 14k gold -- a natural artifact to display in my mistress bedroom that was already painted this lovely grey color when I bought the house (it is called "Porpoise.") I intertwined the two chains to try and make it look like the Hand of the Goddess is suspending the crystal over the bed.
According to feng shui, a crystal suspended over the bed is beneficial for focusing positive chi energy. Long before I knew anything about feng shui, I fell in love with this beautiful natural quartz crystal and bought it in the early 1970's at one of the early Milwaukee celebrations of Bastille Days.
The creamy white stars are a few of many stars and planets I removed from the bedroom ceiling of the former little boy's bedroom that is becoming my den/library (or is that library/den? -- whatever). When exposed to enough light they glow in the dark. These days, though, not enough light in the room during the day to make them glow at night.
Close-ups -- captions below the pics describe them more fully:
Above, on the upper left, a lovely gift to me from a former employer, an attorney that I worked with for many years both before and while I was going to law school. It is a "chai' ["living"; "life"] symbol in gold, and the chain holder is a miniature "chai" figure itself -- so it is a double-"chai," both suspended from its gold chain. Mr. G gave me a double blessing for a fruitful, wonderful life.
The round locket on the left was a gift from my Mr. Don. It belonged to his mother, Josephine Anne Marie Therese Bouthillier. She passed away in 1980, years before I met Don, so when he gave the locket to me as a keepsake, it was all the more precious. It is made of copper, and I hung it on a fine gold chain. It opens up to a tri-fold and bears the symbol of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ on its front.
Some vignettes taken around the Mistress Bedroom:
Below, a close-up of my silver and black-framed koi fish. In feng shui, they represent wealth, good fortune and prosperity. Placement is important: these are oriented toward the east wall, where it is my good fortune to have the entrance to my room, to invite riches in, and doesn't face any mirrors to bounce the "good fortune" away from me. The gold ceramic Sun box was a gift from Mr. Don.
On the left end of the triple dresser (nearest the door):
A lovely little mirror featuring a pair of birds looking into it, from Home Decorators. What is that white spot, have no idea, it's not a smut on the dresser, I can tell you that much! The photo is one of Mr. Don and I taken in October 2002 on the other side of St. Martin's Bridge, just across the river and gorge that isolates the ancient city of Toledo, Spain. He was serenading me in a quasi-operatic voice (the scenery definitely called for High Drama). I was nearly falling down laughing, thank goodness he was holding me up when the photo was snapped!
I am on the hunt for area rugs. The room has hardwood floors. They're cold! I've got an old area rug on one side of the bed but nothing at the foot of the bed or the other side. I need to buy three matching, or at least three coordinating area rugs, to fit the design.
I was shocked at how expensive even the cheesiest looking area rugs are these days. Holy Hathor! Do I really want to spend $100 or more for three area rugs? Nope!
Also in the works -- some bed curtains -- see next post. Stay tuned!