F Simple and Serene Living: May 2016 09 10
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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