December 6, 2017:

Hola!

It's COLD here. Cold and windy. But the Sun has been out for the past 2 days so it's bright, and that helps me to bear the cold and the short days. Only 15 more days to Winter Solstice, and then each day, a few more minutes of daylight will magically begin to be added, and even though the cold and snow will continue, the "worst" will be over because I know we are over the hump and headed toward the Spring Equinox.

Meanwhile, I am busy decorating the tree. I dug out an old collage of photos from the former Maison Newton (above). Gosh, that was a beautiful fireplace. My current gel fuel fireplace is great, but no match for that large and lush gas fireplace in my former home. In my case, downsizing meant not only much less square footage and a single story (which IS nice), but no fireplace until I purchased my gel fuel fireplace. I love it, but there was only one wall I could put it on, and this current living room is much smaller than my former living room, so I sized the fireplace accordingly. (It was also much less expensive and did not need to be installed by professionals).

Yesterday I womaned up and muscled, huffed, puffed, cussed some, breathed heavily and heaved mightily to get my Christmas tree up the basement stairs and dragged into the living room, and then into position in front of the picture window overlooking the front of the house. Whew! Quite the work-out. But I wasn't ready this year to switch to a "single woman of a certain age" (4 foot tall) tree. Maybe next year...NAH!

Jan

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Shezebo Coming Soon!

Hola!

Still alive, still here.  I have much to catch up on here and I will.  Just wanted to let you know that I purchased a "Shezebo" to anchor a chunk of my ginormous blob of concrete in the backyard.

I was inspired to call my gazebo a Shezebo because it will be my private get-away that will keep me safe from bugs (I'm one of those people with bug magnet DNA, sigh), and I think the FYE Network show "She Shed/He Shed" is so darn cute!  Lots of inspiration there for design ideas.

It should be delivered shortly after 4th of July.  Here's a photo, it's a 10x10.  For aesthetic/size reasons (in relation to size of house and size of yard), I didn't want to go with anything larger.  It will (as you can see from the sale image below) hold seating for 4 comfortably or a nice dining table.

It comes with mosquito screening and a second "rod" for privacy curtains -- but if I want to install them at some future point I will have to buy an extra "kit" of some kind of drapery hardware that goes on the rod during construction, because once the Shezebo is put together, there is no way to detach the rod to add a drapery.  Not sure I want to go that route.  I may just go with magnetic rods or velcro tape to hang future curtains.


I purchased it from Wayfair. It is Sojag's "Dakota" steel roof/aluminum body gazebo, something strong and sturdy to stand up to the winters in SE Wisconsin.  It is a permanent structure that will be anchored to my concrete patio.  I won't have to be messing with hiring somebody to put up and take down any covering(s) on a gazebo that is not a "hard top" every season.  I can't do it myself, nor would I want to even if I could!

Stay tuned.  I STILL want to show you what I did in my living room, and then what I did in Mom's kitchen - lots has happened.  I hope some sanity, peace and quiet (which I expected to have once I was retired, geez) will return to my life!

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