February 27, 2015

Farewell to February

Hey, folks, this is just the briefest of pop-ins, hardly worthy of being called a post.We're about to end the shortest month tomorrow. It is noteworthy for Valentine's day, which is fun and the beginning of Lent, which isn't. My attitude about this season is so bad it seemed as if a little visual reminder might be in order. While culling some toys my grandchildren used to play with two were promoted to the religious chest in the hallway:
When the sheep and goats are separated where will I be? Yes, the music is depressing and dwelling on sin is never pleasant, but we just have to hang on till April and Easter!

Have a wonderful weekend!


February 26, 2015

The Perfect Present

Hello, Friends,

Last week middle daughter Mary was in town for work and came to see us. My birthday was last month, but she said her gift was too heavy to mail, so she brought it when she came to visit instead. This is what it is:
The color in this photo isn't right; it's actually a true red. It's a big metal hamper with handles and a hinged lid. I love it. It contained some goodies that are great as well. Plus, the timing was ideal. Switching from the most recent holiday it was immediately put to use:
Could there be a better container to stash Valentine's Day decor in? I think not!
Cat sold separately!

Who wouldn't be thankful to have such a thoughtful child? I certainly am!

Have a good one.


February 25, 2015


What I did today:

I switched out the door

 and vacuumed a  floor,

then straightened up this board,

plus gathered up some discards to lighten up the hoard.

Dusted up top

and made dinner too;

now I'm ready to sit down,

how about you?

Till next time,

February 24, 2015

Bird Cage Restage

Greetings, all,

I hope your Tuesday has gone well. Mine hasn't been terribly productive, but an attempt was made to re-do the bird cage in the library now the Valentine stuff is put away. Here's what I came up with:

It features white candlesticks and silver containers.
And here's the whole shebang:
Not spectacular but a bit of shine and interest, and who can't use that in February?

Take it easy,


February 23, 2015

More Monday

Hello, all,

How cold is it where you are? I feel forthe poor souls in the Northeast of the US and all the snow and misery they're still enduring. It's cold here, for us, while not technically frigid by normal standards. Still, today it was necessary to go out, to work at Manna, then leave a bag of packages at the post office. This is in advance to make an excuse for not being very (if at all) creative today by the time I was finally home. Yesterday it seemed long overdue to re-style the coffee table, given the Valentine decor was put away, so that is what was tackled. Not anything to write home about, but the best it was possible to come up with on this cold Monday.
I tried to use a wooden cigar box for the remote controls, but figured realistically that would last five minutes before Mr. B ditched it, so decided not to bother.
A big round tray, the crown sort of metal holder, a bronze orb--maybe it doesn't work at all, but the idea was to use the repeating circles as an antidote to everything else in the room which is universally square or rectangle.
A box with vintage pictures inside. The one on the right is me with my mother, age about eighteen months old. The two gold votive holders were a recent score from Goodwill, four of them new, with labels on the bottom from World Market. They were $6.00 each originally, .69 cents at GW. Magazines and a few books make up the rest of today's effort. 

That's all she wrote for today, folks. Maybe the Idea Fairy will visit me overnight and tomorrow much more creative. It would help if it would warm up enough and stay dry so it's possible to go outside and spray paint! All those of you who have a basement or garage, be grateful! It makes life more difficult without one. 

Stay warm!

February 16, 2015

Mostly Monday

Hey, folks, if it is cold and wet where you are I hope you can stay inside and warm. It started the day wet here, then moved on to cold. Partly because of the icky weather and also to wait for a repairman I haven't stirred outside today. More cleaning, sorting and organizing was done and a whole lot of vacuuming. Since a lot of the activity was in the living room, I took time to hang this little shelf bought Friday at Sand Dollar for .99 cents. 
Here's where it's hanging in context:
on the left of the washstand, below the cat shrine. There is a heart ornament on the peg and a little miniature suitcase embellished for our most recent holiday, too.

Gotta go, I hear the furnace guy. 

Have a good one,


February 13, 2015

Best of 2014 - cont'd.

Hey, folks, it's Friday.

I am continuing my best finds per month of 2014. In February, the prize went to:
This bright cheery tray. Not a big furniture score or anything major, but I love the little horses and the flamboyent colors. It is propped by the backsplash of the kitchen sink at this house, so there to enjoy multiple times every day.

Have a great weekend!