Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter

Just a quick hello. It's been a busy week, as all holiday weeks tend to be.  I was putting the dishes away from our Easter dinner and did a quick table setting to show you how it looked.  I loved the table this year!  I made the napkin rings by grabbing a multi stem daisy floral from the craft store, snipping them apart and leaving enough wire stem to bend into a circle. I wrapped floral tape around the stem to hold it in place.  I was able to use a lot of our jadeite and white ceramic serving pieces and it all came together.  No fancy multi plate stacks here, just a simple plate  that was covered in good food. 
 The menu was ham, mashed potatoes, home made rolls, green beans and broccoli salad with triple lemon blueberry cake for dessert. Yum!  I'm so ashamed... kind of.  Not really.  Anyway, we had a wonderful warm sunshiny day, church followed by dinner with youngest daughter and hubby, and a sister and mom.  We missed the family that couldn't attend but hope they can make the next big dinner.  Eldest daughter and her husband are coming for an extended visit in a couple months so yay! I have that to look forward to!
I had to show you the eggs. We have 11 hens and they have been doing a bang up job of supplying us with beautiful, multicolor eggs.  Prettier than dyed I have to say, and the daffodils are from the garden.  Things are starting to bloom left and right and I couldn't be happier. 

Did you have a happy Easter weekend?  I'm trying to catch up on blogs.  We were without internet for an entire week and didn't get it back until last Wednesday.  I'm so far behind I don't know when I'll get caught up!

Tell me about your plans for Spring! Anything new on the horizon?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On Getting in Shape and Lots of Green

 It's April!  We are almost 4 months into the year and a little over a week away from Easter, which I just realized last night. This is important because Easter is at our house so time to get planning!

In other news, I joined a gym.  Can I just say up front, I hate gyms? I do. They are money pits and you all KNOW how frugal I am.  I hate gyms, but I hate feeling weak and out of shape just the tiniest bit more so I signed up.  I had an "evaluation" today so they could sell me on a personal trainer. *sigh* seriously, it was a battle with the frugal me who was screaming in outrage at the cost.  Fat, out of shape me wrestled frugal me to the ground and paid up.  Later, frugal me retaliated by eating a peanut butter cup thereby making my 1/2 hour on the treadmill null and void.

Frugal me is a little vindictive.

"Are you excited?" the gym owner said, as he took possession of my credit card. "Sure", I replied halfheartedly, because really? No. I was not excited.  If he was handing me as much money as I was handing him at that moment I am sure I could have whipped up more excitement.
 There will be no before and after pictures because....before pictures. But I will attempt to keep you updated on whether 1. I can stop eating peanut butter cups. 2. The personal trainer can whip me into shape.  I can be a challenge.

But in more fascinating news, I am so excited for Spring to be here.  It's my happy time, my favorite time of year.  When the flowers start coming into the stores? Heaven!  Let the flower buying begin!
I am also on a green kick.  I can't get enough. Green bottles, green plants, green everything.  It's Spring and Spring means green!
And that means I painted the dining room buffet a light, Springy, green.  I'm loving the change it brings to the room.  For a while I painted everything shades of white.  I needed to calm the house down a bit with all the color I had brought in.  Now it's time to add a bit of color here and there because all white ain't my "thang."
I had to open the front door for this photo because we have been having such dark, grey rainy days for the past few days.  We have a few more coming up but then the forecast gets warm and sunny :) I can't wait!

 How is your Spring going? Are you ready for Easter?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Progress

Happy first day of SPRING!  This is my happiest day of the year, no lie.  The thought of flowers and grass and gardens and warmth just fills me with delight.  Be gone dreadful winter!  Aren't you loving it too?
So here's an update on all those things I have been working on.  I finally finished the wallpaper. There are a few more details that we are working on so I'll just give you a teaser photo.  I wish you could see the beautiful celadon green, (I think it was called livable green from Sherwin Williams) that I painted the wallpaper with.  I absolutely love it. The color changes with the light. I tried taking photos in bright sunshine and on a cloudy day but to no avail. I just can't get a true color in the photo.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a good photo for the reveal of this tiny space.  It truly is the smallest entry ever. Just room enough to swing the door open and then either turn right and up a few steps to the kitchen or straight into the basement, but it was a bear to wallpaper! Dangling over the steps on that ladder made me feel like a real daredevil. 
 Secondly, the quilt I have been making for my sweet son in law came back from the quilter and I was able to bind it and it will soon be on it's way for his birthday :)  My quilter is Kathy at Stitch by Stitch and I always love her work. She makes my amateur quilts look like a million bucks!  At least to me ;)  It's big enough for him to wrap up in, (queen size for my 6' 3" ish SIL!) and is extra snuggly with a blue checked flannel backing.  I can't wait for him to open it!
 The antique mahogany server is installed under the new tv.  See my amazingly artful attempt at hiding cords?  Ah well, it's a plaster wall and the husband doesn't want to drill into it.  I'm ok with that.  Getting rid of the giant bookshelves and entertainment cabinet really opened this room up!  It looks so much bigger and brighter now.  I'm loving it all. 
It's good to have those all finished, now I have another list to work on, but not today.  Today I take it easy and wimp out because I have a bad cold.  I always feel guilty if I'm not working on something, so illness gives me an excuse to veg and be a baby about things.  I was able to whip up a batch of brownies to nosh on, because medicinal chocolate don't you know,  and now I'm headed for a Netflix binge and lots of fluids.   Hope you are enjoying your first day of Spring wherever you are!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

My One Weakness

Disclaimer, This post title is inaccurate. Obviously my first and foremost weakness is my sweet husband.  Love that guy to the moon and back. Ditto my girls.  No, what I am talking about is a material weakness.  If you know me at all, you know I'm frugal to a fault. My usual attitude when I am shopping is that I don't need to actually own something to enjoy it.  I like to look. I like to enjoy the item and go home without a thought to where I will need to make room to store it. I am actually in the process of a MAJOR decluttering which includes biting the bullet and getting rid of some things I really have enjoyed over the years but that need to move on. 

I'm not a shoe fiend, I can pass on lots of decorative frippery, but my weakness, my Achilles heel if you will, is dishes. Crockery. Plates and mugs first and foremost but I like alllll the crockery.
Now in keeping with my incredibly frugal nature, I have built my collection at yard sales, and thrift shops for the most part. My daughter, Victoria gave me a set of beautiful Johnson Brothers blue and white transfer ware for Christmas that I am now using for my every day dishes as a change from the plain white I have been using for several years. She knows me so well :) 
Today I was in Homegoods, (and I know you know where this is going), and I spotted these...
And immediately I'm all.They're called Devon Cottage from Johnson Brothers, one of my favorite makers.

So I texted Victoria and asked, didn't she thing these would go great with the plates she got me for Christmas?  She agreed they would and she liked them so much she wanted some too.  Well.  CLEARLY I was supposed to buy these plates so I could hand them down some day right?  I had 6 in the cart, she asked how many they had and I said 8 ,(I was wrong they only had 7), and she pointed out that I would regret leaving those plates behind.  I knew she was right, so I got the last plate and told her if she found one at the store near her she could get it for me for mother's day.  Oh my dear little enabler.
So now it only remains that I have to explain to Earl that I bought more dishes. Good thing I'm HIS only weakness :)  Besides, I can always show him this photo.  I saw this grill in Homegoods,

My first thought was, good heavens, who would buy that? But the yellow tag hanging from it's ear actually say SOLD.   It wasn't me. I was just buying these dishes. You're welcome honey!

Happy March!  Spring is only 19 days away :)









Monday, February 20, 2017

Fascinating Facts about my Day

I have been informed by my daughters that it has been over a month since my last post. Yes, yes it has.  January / February are so uninspiring that I usually end up sitting on the sofa binge watching whatever I can stomach and trying not to look out the window.  It's Michigan, and Michigan winters will do that to you.  This month marks 10 years of nonsensical ramblings on this blog and I sometimes think I have hit the wall.  In honor of that 10 year anniversary, I will dig down deep, even though it is still February, (the sun is shining and it's a balmy 40 degrees out so that helps!), and find some fascinating news for you and for my kids. You're welcome.

First of all, I have gotten exactly two pieces of wallpaper up in the back entry.  I will pause to allow you to stop laughing.  Earl and I finally started the wallpapering Saturday.  He put up the first piece, intending to do it all, because he is just that kind of husband.  He thought I wouldn't want to get on the ladder and he was trying to be gallant. He IS gallant, all the time, but he hates / detests/ loathes/ and despises wallpapering. That became evident IMMEDIATELY.  After the first piece I gently talked him down off the ladder and proceeded with the second piece.  Both pieces had bubbles I could not get to lay down, so I decided the best thing to do was to retreat and see what happened when they dried.  Here is a sneak peek at the paper so far.
Fortunately, when the paper dried the bubbles disappeared!  I love the paper and now I can finish it, hopefully this week. I will be painting it once it's all up. I think I know what color I want to go with but since I am fickle and prone to last minute changes it could go any number of ways.

No photos of the new t.v. area.  When we got rid of the bookshelves and entertainment center we noticed the drywall tape was bubbled so it is in the process of being fixed.  I'm almost finished and hoping we can get that project knocked out of the way this week too. 

In other news, I stopped at Kroger today and picked up these discounted hydrangeas for a whopping $3.50 because discount flowers are my spirit animal. 
I go to a ladies bible study on Monday mornings. It's a Beth Moore Study called Breaking Free and I'm really enjoying it.  Today I decided to stop at Tim Hortons and pick up the big pack of donut holes to share. Now, I almost never eat donuts, but I just had a craving today and thought I would share.  There are about 22 of us who attend.  Do you know about 18 of those ladies have more willpower than I do?  I saw one skinny girl eat one (bless her heart!) and most of those silly things were still in the box when we finished for the day. I left them for our Pastor...after I ate about 3 more.
Right now I'm kind of wishing I brought them home, but glad I didn't or the self loathing would be intense.

There is this photo of my feet that I put on Instagram, because everyone wants to see my feet right?  It was in celebration of the temps hitting 57 that day. Flip flop weather in Michigan.
You're welcome.

Oooh! I did get some happy mail!  I got the most fabulous box of hand made chocolates from
La Chatelaine Chocolat Company, Best chocolate I have EVER tasted.  Earl and I had so much fun trying all their amazing flavors.  I highly recommend these for a special gift or to treat yourself. No, they did not sponsor this post or pay me. Just my recommendation.
Also, I should have blogged about this earlier, but BJ at Sweet Nothings had a giveaway a few months ago and I won! I won this gorgeous house number from Ramsign and I can't wait for Spring so I can put it on the house.  I have been wanting one of these for ages!
While I am on the subject of BJ, Some of you probably have already heard that dear Mr. Sweet is going through some health problems that may be very serious.  Please say a prayer for him and BJ.  They have been together a long time and have the most wonderful family.  BJ and I have been blog friends for pretty close to the whole 10 years I have been blogging, and although we have never met I love her dearly.  Funny how that can happen isn't it? We share so much of our daily lives I sometimes think we know our blog friends better than we know some of our friends that are right here with us. I keep Mr. Sweet and the family in my prayers each day and I hope you will too. 

And there you have it, all the news and up to date.  Hopefully I can get my blogging mojo back and be a little more regular with my posting.  Hope this finds you all well, I do visit but it has been a bit more sporadic lately.  Just a few more weeks until Spring. I can't wait!