April 6, 2019:

Hola!

The income taxes are finished and were taken to the Post Office yesterday to send out via certified mail, which now costs nearly $16 for two 8 1/2 11 envelopes with return receipt. Yikes! But worth it because I have proof positive once I get the little green cards back that the returns were delivered and received. And just in case, there are tracking numbers that I can also tap the U.S. Post Office for to verify that delivery was made. In these times, it's better to be safe than sorry

I have been working in little bits and pieces outdoors whenever a window in our crappy weather has presented itself. Today, however, was the first day where I was able to spend an extended period of time outside. First, I cleaned up areas on the sidewalk and driveway along the edges where pine cones and branches tiny branches blown off during the seemingly wind storms we endured over fall and winter 2018-2019. After resting for a bit, and removing the winter hat, gloves and jacket, I moved to the back yard because I'm sick of feeling sick to my stomach every time I look at it through the patio doors in the dining room and window above the kitchen sink. This winter left it a true disaster zone. I worked steadily raking small areas and filled two trash can size black trash bags full of debris blown down from my arborvitaes and neighboring trees over the winter, in addition to about half a ton of nut shells. The nut shells are my fault because I feed all the neighborhood squirrels. They are so entertaining, and very smart! I also made a small dent in starting clean-up of the flower beds, where the "mild" (ahem) weather and thawed earth has encourages perennials to start popping through, whether I'm ready for them or not!

All in all, a somewhat decent start to making a larger dent in clean-up operations. I worked outdoors about 4 hours off and on. I didn't want to overdo it, and truth be told, I'm pooped! It's humbling to not be able to work as long or as hard as I used to. I can get it done, but I have to take lots of rest breaks so it takes quite a bit longer now. Good thing I'm retired

Jan

Friday, August 16, 2019

Jif Peanut Butter Commercial - So Good You'd Dress Up Like a Squirrel for It

I love this!  Looks like my yard when I throw the hazelnuts morning and evening - but so far, no guys with a squirrel mask have shown up...


Monday, July 22, 2019

Milkweed and Driveway Garden

Hola!

Yesterday we "ended" a major heat wave here in SE Wisconsin; when the cold front came through from the northeast on Saturday the temperature dropped more than 20 degrees in less than 20 minutes!  But the high dew points stayed around Saturday evening and yesterday, although it was much nicer yesterday because the rain disappeared after the cold front passed through and yesterday was mostly sunny with a wonderful breeze of about 10 mph blowing off Lake Michigan.  It felt WONDERFUL!  Today the temperature is higher but the dew point is lower.  Didn't make any difference; by the time I was finished walking the 9 blocks from the supermarket home with 2 heavy canvas sacks of groceries, I was sweating.  Not dewey - sweating.  I sweat like a man working on an asphalt crew, unfortunately.

The pummeling rain storms did their work on the milkweed which I recently confirmed was such based on the recent photos I took of the prairie plant that Monarch butterflies love so much identified as such while I was visiting Granddad Bluff overlook of La Crosse, Wisconsin, just on the other side of the border with Minnesota.  I tied them up to the decorative fencing I have around the central air-conditioning compressor and they seem to have recovered somewhat today, after nearly a full day of sunshine and milder temperatures (and no rain) yesterday.

Here's a photo I took before the last rainfall that was the straw that tipped the camel (milkweed) over:


No flowers - I didn't even know they got flowers, but flowers they had at Granddad Bluff so maybe they need to receive more sun than they do in this location - you can see how shady it is and it stays that way most of the day.  Or maybe they need to grow for another year or two before they start blooming? 

These are total volunteers, not something I planted.  Somehow or other a milkweed seed found its way to this location last year and sprouted up, and despite my efforts to remove it - I didn't dig the root out of the ground after I failed to pull it out despite lots of yanking, huffing and puffing.  I thought it would die out over the winter after I'd cut it all the way down to the ground (a single lonely stalk), depriving it of all of its leaves.  But nope!  This is what came up this year, geez Louise!  There are eight separate stalks.

I think I'm going to have to transplant them to the driveway garden at the end of this season or maybe early next spring, because they need more sun.  It appears part of the problem that caused the flop-over was because they're "reaching" for the sun when it swings around to the south around 10 a.m. and starts flooding the backyard with sunshine.  This area receives some, but only a couple of hours at best. 

The bonus of having these is that this year I've seen Monarchs fluttering around the yard, and other butterflies too!

There's a single stalk of milkweed also growing in the driveway garden this garden - also a volunteer whose seed was dropped by who knows what bird in some poop or blown in on the wind, but I don't think you can see it in any of the photos below.  I took them to show you how much this space has grown all by its self (essentially) over the past four years!  I am especially proud of the hydrangea.  I should buy a couple more, they are soooooo gorgeous, but boy oh boy, while they love receiving the sun in this spot, the suck up water like there's no tomorrow.  I have to say, if nothing else, I get a workout just toting several 2.5 gallon watering cans out to the hydrangeas during hot, dry weather! 

I wish the lavender shading on some of the blooms had shown up more in these photos - they are really quite spectacular.  After the last rain storm when the cold front came through last Saturday, when I checked everything the next morning, several of the top-heavy blooms had drooped to the ground.  I cut them rather than try and tie everything up and they are not holding court on my dining table. 



Oh - there's the milkweed stalk!  You can just make it out on the far left side of the hydrangea - it's about as tall as the birdbath. 

The driveway garden is a trapezoid shaped area created where the previous owner(s) expanded the concrete driveway to fit the entire width of the 2.5 car garage.  It was - mostly - filled with large white marble stones that had not been placed on any landscape fabric before being laid down, EEK!  What a mess.  Filled with decayed leaves, weeds popping through everywhere, and no way to effectively mow or weed whack the area,

I decided it was perfect for development as a garden spot, especially after I had one of the three large pine trees lining that side of the driveway (the south side) in 2015 and the wasteland grew even larger.  The poor pine was very sick and I was afraid it would come down at some point in a bad wind storm if I didn't remove it, so remove it I did.  Well, not me personally, I paid to have people come and take it out because it was TALL and as you can see, very close lot lines here in the city, I'm only about 3 feet or so away from my neighbor's house - and so was that huge tree!  Judging from an assessor photo of the property I saw from 1977 or so, the pine trees (three of them) were just small things then, so I figured they're now more than 40 years old.  More about that shortly -


Above is another view of the driveway garden, and you can see where the concrete angles out toward the south lot line - which is where the neighbor's arborvitaes are planted.  You can see the solo stalk of the milkweed standing tall (pre-Sunday storm) just to the right of the birdbath, in front of the hydrangea.  The day lilies will be thinned out at the end of this season.  You know how they are - they would overtake the entire garden if I let them!  The purple cone flowers are doing fairly well this year although they seemed to have a very slow start, and the tall white flowers to the right of them that I call daisies (I don't know what they actually are) came over with the lambs ear a few years ago when I transplanted one shovel-full of dirt containing what I thought was only lamb's ears plants from one of the backyard planting beds to this then new garden!  The next year up cropped those tall white "daisies," while the actual much shorter white daisies I put in a few years ago have not fared nearly as well.  I'm just happy they showed up this year!  Last year I had a much larger circle of them, this year - not so much.  I never know what this garden is going to do.


Looking toward the garage, you can see how the garden angles to follow the line of the concrete driveway.  This end (the west end) of the bed isn't very pretty - you'll see why.  I do need to get in there, though, and clean up the grass, and I need to add new mulch.  One of my "to do list" projects is putting in a proper small concrete line of blocks to outline the garden bed correctly  - I have them now (I didn't when the bed was first created) so eventually this will get done, like so many other things on my "to do list."  My bleeding heart (the yellowing plant on the left near the hydrangea) is still holding on upright.  I don't cut her down until she nearly fully gives up the ghost.  She's one of my earliest bloomers and is usually done by mid-June if not before.  This year, it was cold, cold, cold, snowy, cold, cold, cold, wet, wet, wet WET WET WET WET and then it started baking outside - quickly.  We really didn't have a "spring" this year.  My poor bleeding heart didn't do very well, her beautiful pink flowers didn't last long at all.  She's been well fed and she pops up well before the columbines do, which come up willy nilly in my uncontrolled garden (I do remove some if they've sprouted where I don't want them and I don't have a place to transplant them, although it pains me to rip out and toss away any living plant).  So I expect she'll be fine for next year.

 
In the photo above, you can literally see the "root" of the problem as to why I haven't properly finished off the west side of the garden with a concrete block border.  It's the left-over of the pine tree stump that I had removed in 2015 and you can also see a part of a large root sticking up out of the earth to the left of the center bare spot, too - that popped up (literally!) out of the ground this year.  That I can cut away with my hand-saw and will give my arms a good workout, but the stump is beyond me.  Honestly, at this point, I am also leery of trying to hire one of those people who are always advertising around the area that provide "stump grinding" services.  You can see some of the white marble stones in the photo above near the lower right center of the photo.  Who know what lurks below the grass, etc.? 

The stump grinder of the folks who removed the tree for me was no match for the combination of the white marble stones that were EVERYWHERE buried and eaten up by the tree stump and the size of the stump itself, plus all of the roots.  They gave up and left me with a mess.  It's not sticking up above the ground exactly, but what a pain in the neck!  Like trees do, it raised a "hill" where the trunk sprang out of the ground and this area is also elevated above the surrounding ground.  Some grass has actually grown over part of the stump, but other areas have remained bare. 

What I have thought of doing is somehow getting a row (or two) of blocks down and then building out from there in a large enough area to expand the garden and create a raised bed, burying the stump totally.

There are two more pine trees further along the drive.  They are also infested with the same insect or fungus or whatever that is killing off the needles, and the trees show all the signs of distress that the first tree (now removed) did, only not as far along.  I am loathe to take them down because what shade I presently have on my house, my front lawn and garden beds will totally disappear when those trees go.  I can't afford to pay several thousand dollars to have a taller, more mature tree or a line of already taller arborvitae put in what would be a new barren area left on that side of the driveway overlooking my front yard to try and provide some meager shade!  What's a girl to do...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation! The Rest of the Photos

Hola!  It's been hot as Hades here in SE Wisconsin and dry, dry, dry.  Amazing how dry and scorching the Sun can be after 10 straight days of it, even after all the rain we had in May and rain daily at the end of June when I left for my vacation.

Here are the rest of the photos from my vacation.  These are all from Grandad Bluff Park just over the border from Minnesota in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  It's a sight-seeing place that provides views for miles from bluffs and buttes formed over hundreds of thousands of years (millions of years, maybe - my geology is not up to snuff these days) by both river erosion in the "Driftless Area" where Wisconsin and Minnesota meet along the Mississippi River, and possibly also by the ancient "Inland Sea" and sedimentation that ultimately formed the bluffs and mesas hundreds of feet tall.  Whatever the origin, it's gorgeous - and worth the hair-raising ride up the narrow twisty-turning road to the top of the bluff where the viewing spot, etc. are.

I'd no idea what direction I was looking in, or what areas of the border area between Minnesota and La Crosse, WI and surroundings I was looking at, so - no descriptions.  You may notice that the sky in all of the photos was a bit hazy, both in these photos and also in the photos I took in Prentice earlier.  When I got back home I read that there had been terrible forest fires in Canada and the haze that was seen as far south as Milwaukee, WI was from those fires. 


You can see a couple of the bluff formations on the left side of the photo.


I tried to get a photo of the steep pitch downward over the other side of the railing and the rock outcroppings.

I wish I'd been able to get better photographs of some of the wild flowers growing along the bluffs - just
beautiful!  I have no idea what any of them are.
I've never seen milkweed in bloom!  It's got pretty sort of pinkish-lavenderish flowers!  Last year a solo plant suddenly
appeared in the garden bed holding my AC compressor along the backside of the house.  I tried to pull it out, wondering where on earth it had come from (from the Goddess of Nature, I guess) and couldn't, so I cut it down to the ground.  This year, it came back with a vengence - no less than 8 tall plants coming out of the same spot, and I noticed a
new one that sprouted right next to my hydrangea in the side garden - wasn't there last year!  So far, no signs
of flower buds, but boy oh boy, this year I'm noticing a lot of butterfly action around those plants!  So, they're keepers.



I came back to Milwaukee the next day. Once the train arrived.  It was about 2 hours behind schedule - tracks getting too crowded with freight trains that are given priority - not sure what's going on with all of that but I suspect it's because the for-profit railroads that haul primarily bulk goods and manufactured products are refusing to spend the money to add additional tracks although more and more of such shipments are being done by rail rather than by truck.  Evidently there is some kind of agreement with the Federal government to allow use of the passenger line(s) by freight rails, and now they're clogging the lines - taking advantage.  Profits over people.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Vacation, Vacation, Vacation!

Hola darlings!

Ahhhhhhhh, got back home early Monday evening after 12 days up north Wisconsin.  Family has land outside of Prentice, Wisconsin, way up north.  Unfortunately, the weather there was stormy, and then hot and humid and buggy just as it was in the city I left behind to escape to less humid, cooler temperatures (but still with far too many woman-eating bugs this time of year in the woodlands).  Oh well.  Still had a nice restful time.  B-I-L added a three-season porch to the back of the cabin a few years back and until the Sun came around overhead at 10 a.m. daily I was able to sit outside for about 4 hours and doodle around on my computer and read in peace, quiet, and coolness, surrounded by endless trees, a stream, and wildlife. There's something to be said about being the first one up in the early morning, when the mist is still on the ground, the dew is heavy, and the deer are out.


Above is a view from my sister's and B-I-L's front door in Tomah, Wisconsin.  That was home base (with the train from my home to theirs).  They live in "sand country," where mile after mile of endless rolling hills are covered with tree cover and underneath, are tons of sand and gravel.  Sand and gravel mines are a mainstop of the economy throughout this part of Wisconsin.  More views below:


Above, looking to the left - you can see a continuation of the ridge from the first photo.


The ridge continues along the road and encircles the subdivision.  This is looking toward the mid-right out the front door.


Looking further right near the corner, that road is one of two that provides access in and out to the subdivision.  That used to be a working farm.  Right now, it's used to board horses.


This is the one photo I captured up north at the cabin, LOL!  It had rained and been stormy most of the day, but at sunset it cleared.  This wooded area looks toward the deer feeder my sister keeps filled year round.  I had a photo of a fawn eating at the feeder, but it turned out too blurry to be of any use.  I'm hoping my sis got the same pic, as we were both snapping away at the same time when we took a quick evening walk after being cooped up in the cabin all day.  This looks toward one of their ATV paths on their 120 acres.This year we took a day trip to La Crosse, Wisconsin the day before I headed back home.  La Crosse is a beautiful small city located on the east side of the Mississippi River.  We  took a quick driving tour of La Crosse while checking out the tall sandstone bluffs left behind eons ago from a long-disappeared massive inland sea!  I especially fell in love with the homes on Cass Street. I'd been briefly over the Mississippi through La Crosse years ago on route to visit a friend at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester - but I primarily remember going through lots of small towns in Wisconsin and then stopping in Minnesota at a large barn filled with "antiques" and souvenirs.  I still have the souvenir I bought back then - a creamy white alabaster egg.


Welcome to Minnesota!  Photo is self-explanatory.  My sis wanted to see a lock.  It wasn't operative at the time we visited though.  Behind that fence and below the concrete dock is the mighty Mississippi.


Above is the "exit" of Lock 7.  Wisconsin is across the river to the left, I took this photo in Minnesota on the right side of this part of the river.


This is the view further along the exit of Lock 7.  You can see one of the many bridges that joins Wisconsin to Minnesota crossing over the river at this relatively narrow point.


This is one of the sandstone bluffs across from the entrance from the highway to Lock 7.  Closer up, which I wasn't able to get, the sandstone at the top reminded me of a Mayan ruin covered over by centuries of jungle!


Moving my camera a bit further to the left, I just had to get a photo of these "twin peaks," LOL!

Next post will contain photos from our stop at Grandads Bluff Park back in Wisconsin just over the Mississippi.  The views are spectacular.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Revamped Wreath for Front Door

Hola!

I still haven't gotten around to painting the front door that bright red.  I've got the paint, I've got the supplies, I just don't have the "get up and go" to do it.  But I'm working on that...

Meanwhile, the old wreath that I got from my mom when it was already old and starting to fall apart has been used on my front door during the spring and summer since 2016 or so.  The artificial flowers used on it are so old that they are made out of something that resembles styrofoam, not silk.  Every time I touch one of the accidentally, little bits fall off.  And like styrofoam, they stick to you like glue and refuse to behave to be cleaned up easily. 

I wanted a new wreath.  Have you priced beautifully decorated wreaths?  Holy Hathor!  And so I got the brilliant idea of redoing the wreath myself.  The grape vine wreath itself seemed to be in rather good shape, despite its age.  Ahem.  The original plan was to create a dream of a wreath decorated with black and white ribbons and red flowers, like this one:

Image result for black white and red spring wreath

In my wildest dreams.  Surely, I thought to myself, I can recreate something that at least vaguely resembles that gorgeous wreath using the same colors and similar ribbon!  But that plan came to nought when neither the Family Dollar nor the Walgreens nearest me had either nice black ribbon, or nice white ribbon, or black and white polka dots, plaid or striped ribbon, or really - practically any kind of ribbon at all!  Nope.  It appears these days, everyone is expected to use gift bags that don't require ribbons.  Hmmm....

I also couldn't find anything remotely resembling the beautiful red mums or whatever they are, or the gorgeous greenery.  Or even the little red daisy-like flowers with the yellow centers.  Or the little white flowers - other than the really old and falling apart little white flowers made out of styrofoam already on the wreath I wanted to totally strip down!

So - Plan B.  Okay.  I had no Plan B. 

Then I thought, well - I could try spray painting the wreath, or some fake flowers - or something.  Maybe fake birds?  Um - I nixed that plan too (thank goodness).  The thought of hanging up a spray painted bare naked grape vine wreath on my front door did not appeal. 

So, I dug around and dug around in my linen closet, my junk cabinet, the corners of all the closets and underneath the beds and in the drawers, and all the stuff stashed in the basement that I'd never bothered to unpack and voila!  I found several rolls of white tulle/fine netting - probably meant for bridal use.  I remember buying them at the Dollar Store at the Greenfield Shopping Center some years ago when the Dollar Store still was stocked mostly with things that only cost $1.  I also found some slightly used white satin ribbon that I must have taken off of a gift years ago and stashed away, knowing just like my Grandma Newton did during the height of the Great Depression, that someday I might need it!  And I found some black wide ribbon-like substance that resembles grosgrain ribbon, but isn't, and some skinny slightly used curling white ribbon along with a partial roll of what was left of the unused curling ribbon.  I thought - I've got enough to work with here.  I also dug out some white silk daisies that I ended up not using. 

Working on the kitchen counter, I started removing the styrofoam flowers.  Being a frugal kind of gal, I didn't throw them out like I should have.  Nope, I tossed them into a plastic bag for "future use."  I'll have to think about that.  Here, you can see bare areas where I already picked off or pulled off or cut off the flowers.  You can also sort of see the mess they made - little "dots" of white styrofoam and bits of stem all over the place.  I was going to go with an entirely bare wreath, but I decided that caution was warranted and I left about 1/5th of the flowers on the wreath.


When I'd finished removing flowers and was satisfied with the styrofoam "beauties" left, I started wrapping the tulle/netting around the wreath:


I used the entire roll and had enough left over to make a "ribbon."  Oh brother!  


Rather than frighten you half to death, I decided discretion was the better part of wisdom (or whatever)  and didn't take pics of my feeble attempts at bow-making.  The ones I ended up with are bad enough.

To make matters worse, I made a "bow" out of the slightly used white satin ribbon.  Then because it looked so awful I attempted to cover it up with what was left on the roll of tulle.  Okay, take a deep breath:


I thought - WAAAAAAAY too much like Maid Marion's wedding wreath plunked on her head at the end of the darker "Robin Hood" movie that came out against the blockbuster "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" movie starring - get ready for it - Kevin Kostner who played the role with no English accent.  I liked the darker Robin Hood movie much more, and Maid Marion was played by Uma Thurman in that film, with a bad ass attitude!

So, I wonked up the dangling tails and went with Option #2:


So there you have it, TA DA!  Too bad I don't have a close-up of the wreath "before."  Oh well.  Believe it or not, this is an improvement.  Oh - yeah - that's a bright red wreath hanger, that people usually use for Christmas.  Since I don't have my red door yet...

Monday, May 27, 2019

Making Progress on Curb Appeal for the Front of the House

Whew!  It's only been nearly a year since I more or less settled on a slowly evolving plan to add some curb appeal to the front yard and front facade and "stoop" area, a plan that's been evolving over the past four-plus years!

Last year I made a big push and I ordered (and received) a bunch of items:  (1) new porch light (2) tall shutters to frame the picture window (3) new address plaque (4) new mail box.  As a reminder, this was what I started out with when I purchased the home in 2014 (listing photo, below):



One of the first things I did after I moved in (July 2014) was paint the old black mailbox fire-engine red, with possible plans to later paint the front door red as well (still to be done).  In 2015 I added planters to flank the front door and filled them with annuals:



And that was the way it stayed, more or less, except that the grasses started dying out and the small viburnums weren't doing well.  The flowering tree on the left (I don't know what kind it is, it gets covered in pink blossoms in the spring) and what I think is a purple leaf sand cherry on the right anchor the ends of the house, and are thriving.

In 2017 I decided to stop spending money annually to buy plants for the front porch planters and I bought two artificial topiaries through ebates online from the Home Shopping Network to flank the front door.   I also added a 57" tall white vinyl trellis from Home Depot to fill in the blank area between the two ranch style windows on the left. I finished things off with a new coir "Welcome" mat for the front door that I saw in HGTV magazine.  I found it at Steinmart for a great price.

I won't bore you with all the details about disappointments in trying to find a reliable handyman in 2018, making appointments only to have them cancelled, etc.  Suffice to say, it was not a fun time.  I have neither the tools nor the skills to do the sort of installs that were needed, and I was stuck!  Feeling so stuck, and wondering if I'd just wasted money buying items that were never going to be added to my house, I  didn't get around to painting my front door red like I wanted to, even though I bought the paint!  I had originally planned for everything to be finished by July 4 - 2018!  It didn't happen.

So here it is, nearly a year later.  And, finally, some progress!  On May 24, 2019 my new handyman arrived and did the installs of the items I bought last year, hooray!  I also added new plants under the picture window to replace the items that had died out over the last few years, leaving a large blank spot across the front of my house.  I added a second set of white planters I already had to the stairs and filled them with white "Pot Mums" that look like daisies.  More to do, but here are a few pics:






Of course bad photographer that I am, I didn't realize I was taking a picture of myself in the storm door, LOL!  Ignore the woman in the glass! 

You'll notice I have two address plaques.  The one underneath the light is actually inset into the brick facade on the house, there isn't anyway to (easily) remove it.  I thought that the new light fixture would mostly cover it and that's why I custom-ordered a new plaque and installed it to the left of the door. 

Still more to be done, but it's coming along - finally.  The next step will be getting that front door painted, and adding a cement stone border to line the garden beds.  I have the paint, I have the cement stone blocks - I just have to do it if it ever stops raining!  Five out of seven days, rain rain rain.  Including today, Memorial Day.  Ugh!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Temptingly Cute Finds at Home Depot

Hola!  Yes, that's right - Home Depot, who subsumed into its corporate structure Home Decorators some years back.  They upped their game considerably by doing this.

It being Memorial Day weekend, everybody is having sales, including Home Depot.  Here are some finds that appealed to me.

Do you envision a lovely 5 foot long classic styled tufted linen bench in your home that would blend with anything (that's what classic style does, win win!) any time soon?  Then shop Home Depot's Memorial Day Sale - this gem is online.  It's the Linon Home Decor Isabelle Dark Espresso Mobile Bench, for $143.02 (15% off regular list price of $168.26), includes free delivery by ground by June 4.  The "mobile" is for the removable.  The Dark Espresso is the finish on the legs.  It also comes in other wood finishes for varying prices.  Comes with burnished bronze nail-head trim in 100% polyester "Natural" linen color.  Dimensions:  17.72 inches seat height; 62 inches wide; 16.69 inches deep.  Pictured below:


For those with smaller homes (like my spaces in my retirement Maison Newton), one of these beauties in my den/office/library, or two in my living room to add some punch to the otherwise rather traditional decor, in the black natural leather finish, Ameri-Home Black Natural Leather Butterfly Chair, $74.99 (24% off regular list price of $99.00), includes free delivery by ground by May 31.  The chair also comes in different finish colored natural leather for varying prices.  Dimensions: 29.5 inches deep; 28 inches wide; 37 inches high.  Pictured below:


What about a classy real marble top side table with gold metal and a secondary glass shelf in a classic sleek modern style - goes with everything!  Take a look at the Walker Edison Furniture Company 20 in. White Marble and Gold Simone Round Side Table, $83.51 (25% off regular list price of $111.34), includes free delivery by priority ground shipping by June 3.  The table also comes in different finishes for varying prices.  Dimensions:  22 inch height; 20 inch diameter.  It has four legs for stability and the bottom clear glass shelf rests on two crossed bars for sturdiness.  Pictured below: