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Monday, June 27, 2016


WHEW!! It has taken me six days (not as fast as I used to be), but I have sorted through and put away most of my belongings. 

I am now in the process of starting to do some decorating. After seven years of not having a home of my own I am loving every minute of it. 

Okay, all the bumps and bruises and a possible broken toe haven't been fun, but they will go away and I will hopefully be left with a space that is all mine.

One of the first things I had to do was fix my old pine cupboard. It had been completely shaken apart in transit. The movers, who unloaded for me at the last minute because the original movers I hired didn't bother to show up, looked at it, shook their collective heads, and pronounced it dead. (no, of course I didn't take a before photo)

I just shooed them on their way and told myself that I never give up. However, in this case I thought I might have to call in a furniture restorer, which I definitely can't afford. 

I fixed myself a calming cup of tea, pulled up a chair, and studied it. Thank goodness for my good mechanical skills. 

After pulling out all of the shelves, I figured out which peg went into which slot and got them started on their way. Once I had that done I lifted the bottom piece, and with a hammer I lightly tapped it into place. Voila!!! The entire cupboard just slipped back into its rightful place. 

Once I had all of the shelves back in it was as sturdy as could be. Time to start decorating. 

First thing I did was place the remains of my childhood rocking horse on top. It is over 60 years old and has seen a lot of use, but looking at it makes me smile. 

I had originally planned to put the cupboard in my dining area, but it was just too large, so my fall front desk is in there. I'll show you that another day when I have it ready.

For now I am using a combination of pieces, including some of my white vintage china, white ironstone, and some of the blue and white Dalton china that my father gave my mother when I was growing up. 

My mom gifted the china to me several years ago and I loved pulling out all of the pieces that I had packed away and stored in my sister's garage.

I am so happy to have my cupboard back. It fits perfectly into my small space living room. 540 square feet is more than adequate for my needs. 

Now the only thing I need to do is replace one piece of glass that was broken and I will be done with this project for the time being. Believe me, I have plenty more to do. 

It is so much fun being able to decorate again, and I will definitely be sharing it all, so stay tuned.

This also means I will have more time for visiting. Hooray!! 
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Monday, June 20, 2016


Through The Eyes of A Child 
Ah, to see the world through the eyes of a Child,
They seem to make life so simple!
It is through their eyes that there is such a pure honesty in life!
It is their simple understanding and love that one should seek.
They hold no grudge or anger that lasts.
They show their sadness when they are sad,
And they show their love to everyone.
Their minds are not cluttered with trivial things.
To them life is simple and they see it for what it is!
And ah they accept us for who we truly are!
They have the power of knowing who really is true to them.
And when they quarrel everything is said and gone and all is forgiven !!
Their needs and wants are simple,
And they bury the past and go on.
They heal quickly from tragedy as they see it for what it is!
And they smile with delight with all their happiness.
I see their needs are small and but their joys are great!
Ah through the eyes of a child,
We could learn so much.
by MaryP 

Being ill and then spending a week with my grandchildren helped to put life into perspective. 

I was very disappointed when we unloaded my things from North Carolina last week. I realized that yes, the woman who had tried to steal all of my personal property, had indeed stolen many things, and what she hadn't stolen she had done her best to destroy. 

Gone or smashed was most of my great grandmother's china that had been brought over from Germany in the late 1800's. Gone was the beautiful cut glass dish that my grandmother had received as a wedding gift and then lovingly passed on to me when I was married. My furniture was beat up and I literally threw away half of what had been in storage.

I was still able to give some things to my daughters and keep a few things for myself. The truck has arrived here in Kentucky and will be unloaded tomorrow. I will have my work cut out for me working on the furniture, but as I looked around at my family last week I realized I had the most important things. 

So like a child I will bury the past and go on, because the only person I would be hurting by holding a grudge would be me.

Life is meant to be lived with joy, in the moment, and with gratitude. I will be trying hard to do just that.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I know that some of you have been wondering where I have been and why I haven't let you know what is going on.

I can't believe it has been almost a month since I posted, but I have actually been quite ill. 

I contracted some type of bacterial intestinal illness that was extremely virulent and caused me to get colitis. 

green leafy garden arbor

It was the sickest two weeks I have ever spent in my life, and during that time I had what I can only describe as a near death experience. 

Thank goodness for my mother, who brought me things I needed every day and kept on me many times a day to make sure I was hydrating. 

old potting shed leafy bower

I have spent this last week recuperating, and although I am not 100% back to my normal self, I am so much better.

Tomorrow I am packing up my probiotics, Greek yogurt, kombucha tea etc. and heading down to Atlanta. 

My two daughters went to North Carolina last week and oversaw the loading of my storage unit into a You Pack. That You Pack is now sitting in my daughter's driveway and I am going down to spend a week with my family looking through my things and deciding what I want to keep. 

old greenhouse water garden

I think all of the grandchildren hugs and kisses I will get will definitely help in my recovery. 

I will probably not post again until I get back home, but then there may be something I just can't wait to share. 

Thanks so much to those of you who checked on me. I can say that being so ill made me realize what is truly important in life and so I will probably cut back on posting for at least the rest of the summer. 
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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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