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

Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Look for Less: Ballard Designs "Bar" 3

The inspiration image:


I wanted to add this sideboard/table that I found at Penney's and emailed myself back on May 4th, but I somehow overlooked it when I posted about "the look for less" tables and/or sideboards.  It's gorgeous but it's pricey too, at $700, and it's not the same look, per se.  For one thing, it is a brown-finish (not black) and for another, it's got a full "back" on it -- but I think you'll see why I selected it as a possibility for those with the budget:


This is the Kings Bay Buffet Server for $700.  The size is good (compared to the sideboard/table in the inspiration photo): 58 long x18 wide x42" high.  It is made out of rubberwood and poplar and has a mahogony finish (isn't it pretty!)  It has two drawers and two shelves in addition to the top.  The high detail on the turned legs and the proportions are beautiful.  This is a much more traditional look than the inspiration table - it reminds me of the English countryside or the antebellum South.

And now, on to the clock!  Here is the information on the clock in the inspiration photo:

L'Hotel du Vieux Quartier Clock, crackled dark chocolate face, 23" diameter, beaded brass see-through pendulum and pierced spear hands. Decoupage over wood composites. $129.

Hmmm, in looking over my various selections I wasn't very true to the brown/bronze colored face, but I did stick to 23" diameter.  There are tons of wall clocks available on the internet and you may be able to find a really great bargain for yourself in the perfect colored clock face that you love!  Here are my "the look for less" selections:

From Overstock.com, Wood Provence Wall Clock, for $69.00:



Slightly over 23" in diameter.  Personally, I think the black-and-cream clock goes much better with the black "bar."

I took a different turn with this clock (it's got a frame), but think it would look gorgeous on my (your) wall -- with or without the Ballard Designs inspiration bar look.  From Amazon.com, Floral Center Beige and Black wall clock, slightly over 23" in diameter, for $69.99:



Back to Overstock.com for a blatantly French look in the Casa Cortes Republique Francaise Metal Wall Clock, $65.99, with a dark brown metal frame, 23" diameter:


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