My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's Been Happening the Last Several Months

Since the first of the year I've had sciatica. Then I went into physical therapy for it. After 4 months I'm somewhat better but still a burning hurt in my hamstrings. I'm now under the care of a massage therapist who is doing myofascial release for that area of my body. I am uncomfortable much of the time, but I have faith I'll be much better soon.

But during all this I had a meltdown because of being in PT and Chiropractic also. I'm getting better with the crying but I'm still a bit weepy at least every day or two. I'm also very, very tired. I have some women who are a great support for me.

We were planning a trip to California, where hubby would go to Fresno to a model RR train convention and I would stay with our daughter. I decided to stay here in our home. It's an 11 hour trip to the SF Bay area where hubs would leave me with our daughter for 10 days. Then he would travel to Fresno and pick me up on the way back. Just about everyone had me convinced to go so I wouldn't be alone. At the last moment, I sat my hubby down and told him I'd changed my mind. I wanted to stay in my home, my comfort zone. This was terribly important to me.

He left early Monday morning. When he got to Reno he called me and told me he cried pulling away from our home. He was sad leaving me alone. I appreciated his sentiments more than you could ever, ever imagine but I felt good about my decision. I assured him I was fine and he called every day to see how I was doing. I suppose this happens when you're in the twilight years of your life. Sure I cry each day for missing the love of my life for a solid 9 days and pray that we're both well and have no problems. I told him on the phone tonight this is the last time we're apart. No more conventions, only going to visit kids, grandkids and great grandgirls. That's it. It is so much easier being in my own comfort zone, cry alone, go to a local restaurant if I want to and sleep in my own luxurious bed here at home. And I can clean my house and do some projects that have been put on hold for so long. But I'm getting much better and have friends who actually love me very much. I'll be fine. But, yes, it definitely took a lot out of me. I am getting my groove back though, trust me!
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If you love red, white and blue kitchens this will get your heart pumping. I think it's fabulous!


And an exotic bedroom on a step-up level is pretty enticing also.


If only I had this large a space to work in! But I don't do a whole lot of crafting anymore.


I've always loved this look on steps and those plants, which the name escapes me at the moment. ;-)


I love this chair—color, tufted back and on wheels also.


This actually looks quite like a shop with its tall wall but it could be a home. Gorgeous idea no matter what.


I very much like vignettes like this.


I actually have one of these little cages in my living room but it has roses in it. Easy way to add pizzazz to a room.


Beautiful Old World gardens.


Clever way to show off your dishes and store them at the same time.


My friend, Rhea, paints these little birdhouses. I am the recipient of one of these, plus a few other painted things she's sent me through the years. They are displayed in various rooms of my home. I love the way she paints. She's very clever and very "neat" in what she does. She's been very sick for a long time and just lost her young hubby to a medical error when he had an appendectomy. I've talked to her on the phone and want to try and keep it up as she's very special to me.


I love the colors of this room, yellow and pink. That is my favorite color combo. Those colors are stunning together.


A very tidy and lovely office and craft room from all the fabrics behind the doors in the dark cabinet. Just beautiful.


Clever and gorgeous way to store trims.


Another idea for a birdcage.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back Soon!

I shall be back soon with more photos and a bit of an explanation of my absence.
Connie

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In Regards to My Rant Post

I deleted the rant post because that's what happens when those who disagree with what I believe start their venom and vehemence. It wasn't worth it to me. There are those of you who will agree with the rant and then there are those who don't agree but defend your right to say it and then there are those who attack and attack and can't let it go without baring their teeth when faced with an opposing view and then spew their venom. I can take it but hubby said it wasn't worth it. Belittling comments kept coming in from that one person. I won't say something like "I feel sorry for her" because actually I truly don't. I am sorry she disrupted it for those of you who had the courage to comment. Remind you of Nazi Germany in the 30s and 40s? Hmmmm?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Story about Watches

Yes, I know I haven't been blogging much lately but I'll try to do better. Just too much "chaos" in my life right now. And I am not happy about it. It will get better though.
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This is a story of an anniversary gift from our son on our 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago. Although we requested no gifts as he and our daughter were treating us to a 3 day weekend in Santa Barbara on the beach and that was costly enough, our son gifted us with 2 very expensive watches. We had a delightful weekend and then went home. We put the watches back until we could get a few links taken out as they were a bit big. I'm sure these watches cost a couple of thousand dollars because when we took them in to the jewelers they told us they were extremely good watches—or in jewelers parlance, expensive, which is typical of our son and daughter.


It took us a while to get them into a jeweler who would do it. Yes, "a jeweler who would/could do it." They can only be done by the maker of the watches since there were no approved dealers in Boise. So our batteries wore down. Well, to have the battery changed we had to take them to an approved jeweler for these watches or send them in to the manufacturer. We took them to a jeweler who would wrap, insure and send them in to the watchmaker for us. It cost us $250.00 to have the batteries changed. Needless to say, we will now conserve the batteries by pulling the stem out (this preserves the batteries) when we are not wearing them. They are beautiful and have a simple elegance. I just wish our kids wouldn't spend so much money on us. They are both very generous to their mom and dad though. Now that I think about it, they'll inherit them. Hmmmm. ;-)
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I don't think I know anyone who wouldn't love to have this kitchen. It's one of the largest and prettiest I've ever seen.


Or this one either. I love how they've woven new with vintage into a gorgeous kitchen. I wonder how they dust the rafters though. ;-)


I love blue but not a huge fan of blue rooms. But this one is stunning. The color of blue and the weaving in of reds and pinks and yellows is truly magnificent, as are the walls.


This room is a favorite of mine. I like the arrangement of furniture, easy to converse when 2 sofas are across from each other...if you have the room.


Of course the colors struck me first. I am not a fan of old dark pictures on the wall. Perhaps these are relatives but I'd still like to see bright cheery pictures on the wall.


I like this room a lot also. Just a room large enough to accommodate several friends at one time. It's just a lovely room.


A small cheerfully decorated dining room done in beautiful colors.


I had to show you this bar of carved soap. Who in the world would want to bathe with it after all that intricate carving was done? Just a stunning work of art.


A beautiful bouquet of roses in a lovely blue vase. Those look like David Austin roses to me but I am no expert on this at all.


A cute sofa in a french style. This looks rugged enough to have in a family room with a bunch of kids. I like this one a lot. I'll take it in pink however. :-)


More flowers in stunning colors of pink and orange.


I have no idea where this shop is but it's certainly a stunning place for a shop.


A delightful place on a back porch for two. I'd really like this on our patio but our patio faces south—in a desert—so you know eating out there isn't going to happen. I've resolved myself to that a long time ago. But this is how I'd like mine to look anyway. Beautiful!


A beautiful rose arch with a pebble stone walkway. We can dream, right?


I find this cute. Plain and simple: cute.
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