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Monday, May 16, 2016


I've been doing a bit of decorating in my new bedroom. The room is fairly small, about 12 feet by 10.3 feet, but since I downsized to a cozy twin bed it really doesn't seem cramped at all. 

white cottage bedroom

I haven't decided exactly on the bedding yet, so I am still working that out. The room is primarily white and blue with touches of beige. I need a duvet cover and a bed skirt, but I am also reconsidering the bedspread. 

Did you notice my new lamp?

blue white cottage lamp

Guess how much it cost. If you guessed free you would be absolutely correct.  

When I was moving, a man was setting things out in front of the dumpster. Everything looked new and I got several things. This lamp was one of the things I got and I love it. It is perfect for my blue and white bedroom decor. 

I moved my ladder where I hang some of my antique linens to the bedroom. I love it here. 

I tucked a couple of my antique quilts on the bottom shelf of my bedside table.

I haven't really hung much on the walls yet because I am waiting to bring things from North Carolina in a few weeks. 

I am making progress and I am not feeling any pressure to get it done quickly. It is fun to just enjoy the process.

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Friday, May 13, 2016


Life is always changing. It's amazing to me that no matter how old we get there is always room for change.

I have been pretty darned tired the last couple of weeks. Moving is hard, and even though I have moved so often in my adult life, I seem to forget just how hard it really is. 

Add to that the fact that I am getting a wee bit older and I have been having dental work done in the midst of it. It makes a girl just want to nap.

I ran across this new friend on one of my walks this week. I was amazed how unafraid it was. Maybe it has something to do with how serene and calm this place that I am now living is.

I have actually been having pretty much of a blast in my new home. I love my new neighbors. There are 42 apartments where I live and although it is quiet in my apartment, I can find someone to talk to most anytime of the day if I start to feel at all lonely. 

It seems I now have to have a root canal. It will be my first. OUCH!!

After that I plan to head on out and get my things from North Carolina. 

I may be driving a U Haul (won't be my first time) so if you see me just honk and move on over. 

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Friday, May 6, 2016


I have been working on setting up my new kitchen this past week. It is the most important room for me to get done, because I am cooking all of my meals.

I took a few photos of one corner, right after I moved in to show you the direction I am taking.  

I won these three little shelves several years ago and packed them away because I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them. 

Since my cupboards are wood, not painted white like my previous kitchens, I thought they would be perfect to hold spices. (which I have since straightened up)

It is fun to go in a new direction with my kitchen decor and I feel like things are just falling together.

I am mixing copper, glass, stainless steel, and wood in this room. I love the eclectic look and it is inviting to be in this fairly small space. 

Just a few quick shots of a work in progress.

I was so tired after the first wave of packing, moving, and unpacking that I have had to rest some this week. My apartment is so quiet and relaxing that I find myself drifting off to sleep at all hours of the day. I am not normally a napper, but I guess my body is letting down from all of the stress. 

Most of this first wave of unpacking is done, but I need my furniture from North Carolina so that I can put the rest of it away. Hopefully I will be able to get that done in a couple of weeks. I need to get it out by the end of the month.

In the meantime, if you are looking for me I will probably be sitting on my new settee staring out at the trees.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Monday, May 2, 2016


WOW!! what a hectic and tiring week last week was. 

The movers were right on time Monday morning and made that part of the move seem very easy. Since then I have been unpacking and starting to think about my decor. 

I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to be in my own cozy space. 

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The last seven years waiting to get into a place of my own seemed to go on forever, but I think the universe was waiting for the perfect time and apartment for me. 

Now that I am here, my body and spirit seem to finally be relaxing. 

It seems enough to just sit here enjoying rainy days when they happen and napping when I feel tired. 

That's what I will be doing for the next couple of weeks and then I will head down to Georgia and North Carolina to sort through the rest of my things. 

Can't wait for that part of my life to be over. 

A new life has begun.

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Friday, April 22, 2016


Today is the day I sign my lease, this weekend I will be moving over all of the things I want to take myself, and Monday the movers will be here bright and early.

Once again I am closing one door and opening another. Another phase in this crazy life.

Changes can be scary, even when they are something we really want. 

Leaving the comfort of the known for a life in the unknown always produces a bit of anxiety. 

For a while now I have felt like I have been on the outside looking in. Wanting so much to have a place of my own again.

Now the door has finally opened and the barriers have come down. 

There is a lot for me to do over the next couple of months, but even though I am feeling a little anxious, I am also excited about the changes.

No matter where we are in this journey of life, if we are willing to make changes and to move forward I think we will be constantly surprised by what lies ahead. 

Find more of the Rewriting Life series here.

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Monday, April 18, 2016


The winner is me of course.

With three minutes to go in the online auction, it looked like I was going to steal it. 

Then suddenly my winning bid was more than doubled.

Ha!!! Who did they think they were dealing with? Did they really think I wouldn't have covered myself?

The next bid I left popped up and I was in the lead. I waited patiently with pounding heart and sweaty palms for the next three minutes to tick by. Who knew three minutes could be so long.

Yes, it was mine.

chintz settee English country cottage sofa loveseat

Tomorrow I will be picking it up. I've bribed my sister, with a lunch out, to go and help me lift it into her SUV.

Oh, the winning bid was $275. Much less than I would have had to pay for a new love seat. 

photos sourced from EBTH

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Saturday, April 16, 2016


and neither is my laptop, my printer, or anything else I own that can possibly age out of this life.

I called my 91 year old mother yesterday and said, "I am not as young as I used to be". Her response was, "HA!!! You're not. Welcome to my world." I personally thought that was insensitive. I expected something more along the line of, "Of course you are, Laura. You look exactly the same as you did 40 years ago, and I'm sure you must feel just as young". I think there should be an unwritten rule that mothers should not be so honest. 

purple flowers rustic fence trellis

As you know, I am packing to move, and my move has been moved up. I will be signing the lease on Friday. Next weekend will be spent moving all of the things that I want to heft and carry myself, and the the movers will be coming on the Monday morning after that to get my furniture and boxes. (My stuff that is in North Carolina in storage will be dealt with next month. I am trying to avoid thinking about it.)

purple flowers field wild

My body is not happy. I slept eight hours last night without moving. I don't think I have done that since I was a teenager. Of course, when I was a teenager I would wake up refreshed and ready to jump out of bed. This morning my body rebelled big time from that lack of movement. I think I must have slept with my neck in a corkscrew because I had a headache that didn't want to quit. 

purple flowers mailbox clematis

And speaking of aging things, why is it that electronics know when they are reaching their third birthday and begin to cough and gasp? My computer and printer decided to break up last week. 

Suddenly their relationship came to a shrieking halt. They literally turned their backs on each other, and it was heartbreaking. I had to use my counseling skills, big time, for four hours to save the relationship, but I'm worried it might not last. I think they should be paying me for my skills, but I'm afraid I am the one who will shortly be forking over the big bucks.

English chintz floral pink blue

Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me. I am bidding on a chintz settee (don't you love that word) on a local online auction. It will be perfect for the English country cottage decor I have planned for my new cozy little living room. Since I can't give other bidders the evil eye like I can in person, I am trying to do it virtually. Not sure how well that works. 

I'll share full photos of it if I win.

The weather is perfect here, so I am going to throw open the windows and get busy.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

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Monday, April 11, 2016


Life can be tough, but I know that we can be tougher.

I love this quote. Every time I think that life is just getting too tough to handle, I think of this and I know I can deal with whatever is thrown at me. 

So I am going to leave you with just this quote today because I have an extremely long TO DO list today. 
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P.S. Thank you all so much for your sweet words on my impending move. I am excited and a little scared all at the same time. So much to do in the next few weeks, and of course there is still my business to take care of. I will get it all done though, because I know I am tough.
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Friday, April 8, 2016


After a two year wait my name has finally come up, and I will be moving into a retirement apartment in about three weeks. 

I just got the call this past week and didn't think it would happen this quickly once they called.

I'm excited, but I also realize how much there is to do. I am of course making a list. (Is there a limit on how long a list can be?)

I think "retirement" might not be exactly accurate. Of course there are people living in the apartments who are retired, but I don't see myself exactly in that category. I am over the age of 62, but I see myself as having a very busy and long life ahead. 

I am looking forward to finally having my own home again, a place where I can shut the door behind me and know I only have myself to answer to, a place that I can decorate how I want, a place where I feel safe and secure. 

I am also looking forward to going to North Carolina next month, cleaning out my storage unit, dividing some things between my daughters, keeping what I want and need, donating and tossing other things, and putting that part of my life behind me. 

The future looks bright. 

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Monday, April 4, 2016


The last few days I have felt as if my childhood is fading away. For the first 9 1/2 years of my life I lived here in Lexington next door to the Fleming family. 

Mr. Fleming was like my second father. As my own father was away much of the time travelling for his job, Mr. Fleming was there to step in. He was one of the kindest men I have ever known. 

When I was nine, Mr. Fleming was killed in a terrible car accident. I remember feeling as if I would never understand why. I remember my grandmother soothing me and saying that when God goes into the garden he always picks the the most beautiful flower. 

Our families had been so close. We were living the American dream of the 1950's. We had a neighborhood filled with children who played together and our two families were like one family.

Six months after the accident my father received a big promotion and we moved to Canada. Our families remained close, even after the move. We visited them in Kentucky and they visited us in Canada. 

Saturday We got the terrible news that Ike, who was a year older than me, had passed away from a brain tumor. Like his father, Ike was always kind to me. As a child he was the first boy I ever danced with and as an adult he helped me a couple of times in his role as an attorney. He would never charge me, as he still felt like I was family. 

I felt a thread of my childhood fade away.

Yesterday I drove by our old childhood homes, and as I approached, I saw that the tree in front of my old house, the tree my father planted more than sixty years ago, had been uprooted the day before in a wind storm.

It was yet another piece of my childhood fading away.

My thoughts were troubled, and I wondered why this was happening.

Then I remembered what my grandmother had told me so many years ago, and I knew that I had to change my thoughts to positive ones. 

Ike is now celebrating with his mother and father in Heaven. 

Maybe the family who lives in my old home will replace that old tree with a new tree, a tree to bring them memories. 

Today I will be spending the day attending Ike's funeral. It will be my turn to comfort his brother, sister, wife and children. It will be a time of sadness, but it will also be a time for remembering. 

Ike's wife told my sister on Saturday that Ike spent his last hours talking about his childhood with my family. I am glad that his memories were as happy as mine. 

Our childhoods may fade away, but the memories are always with us and it is the present where we must live and be happy.

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