May 2, 2018:

Hola!

Four days ago I was bundled in my winter coat, gloves and wool beret, it was so cold here! Yesterday, it hit 81. Today it's even warmer and we had a doozy of a thunderstorm about 3 this morning, the thunder was so loud and so close it was shaking my bed and shook me awake!

Last week I still had my heat on, Geez Louise! Now I want to my AC on, but I'm fighting the urge. Too much, too quickly. Tomorrow it will feel like we're back in the Arctic when the temperature goes back to what should be around normal for this time of year (in the high 50s!)

The weather has been so uncooperative that I have only recently begun yard clean-up, and it's a mess! Last week I tossed six of those large size black trash bags that tie closed with yellow ties for pick-up, and I've barely begun to clean-up the mess that is my yard. I am slowly making progess, but there is a long way to go.

Because of the medications I'm on, I tend to sunburn easily and now if I get too much sun I get brown spots all over my face - and they're not cute freckles, either. UGH! So I wear a hat, sunscreen on my lips (can't use on my skin at all, terribly allergic). Wrap up in long sleeve tees and gloves, and I'm miserable when working outdoors! But it has to be done. Can't wait until the first cut - maybe tomorrow when it cools off, if it's not pouring rain. Rain is in the forecast. Oh well. A little at a time. It will mostly all get done. Maybe by July :)

Meanwhile, my perennials aren't waiting. They're popping up underneath half a foot of leaves that somehow managed to end up mysteriously in my flower beds with every wind storm we had over the winter and earlier in the "spring" (we haven't had much of one this year, let me tell you! UGH!

Jan

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kitchen Reno: Black Woodwork???

Hola darlings!

I wasn't going to post again today but what the heck.  I have been watching the latest Property Brothers' adventure in New Orleans and last night watched the kitchen episode contest.  Holy Hathor!

Fell madly in love with Drew's kitchen and its dark grey walls and dark backsplash, and all of the reclaimed wood accents - but loved the art work in Jonathan's kitchen and the black painted woodwork he did!  Tres chic.  I've been thinking about it ALL day.

This Atlanta home featured in Traditional Home (2011) just totally blew me away -- check out the color schemes in the family room and kitchen, WOWSERS!



I was planning on painting the woodwork in my kitchen white to match cabinets that will be painted white as part of Phase II of the Kitchen Reno, which will happen sometime early next year (but first I want to get new countertops).  But after watching last night's Property Brothers, now I'm thinking I should just go for it and go dramatic with black wood trim and white cabinets.  Will I?  Hmmmm...

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