Saturday, September 07, 2013
I've just read an article from Buffer, which is a web blog, about Decision Fatigue! What a light bulb is on event! I totally believe this is true, that I suffer from Decision Fatigue, too many to make in one week! I'm a pretty sharp woman but as I age, I find it more difficult to juggle multiple jobs at once. That was something I was pretty good at in my younger days. Now, I just want to dump it all out of my head. Today is a must day for me to head to the sewing machine, to mindlessly force fabric through that machine bed, sewing strips together.
I've got several projects going on right now that require a decision and I'm dragging my feet as they are dragging me down. I need to make lists to handle them but for some reason, I just want to dump everything out of my head and go for the fabric! Think I will do that today.
Friday, August 30, 2013
I have had friends here on spark ask me to post some decorating tips and info so here goes. I've been working with this client and created an amazing living room for her. But this sad dining room just needed something. It is visible from the living room and so we had to spruce it up.
Add a little paint called Restful Green from Sherwin Williams and some amazing draperies and here you go!
We still need some accessories and flowers on the table but what an amazing transformation.
Why would you ever stop your drapery at the bottom of an arch window? It just cuts it in half and we left the blinds for privacy as the draperies are somewhat sheer with a tucked diamond sewn all over it.
And this years color of the year is Emerald! Wow I'm right in style! Love this room and the living room is just as comfortable!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I lost my MIL in May after a prolonged illness. She was 94 and lived a good long life so no regrets. We had fixed up a room for her in our home and when I walked in there this week, I could smell and feel her presence. We have company coming on Saturday so it was time to make room. My husband took all of her clothing to a woman's shelter and they were thrilled to get it. She had a lot of nice clothing, some never worn and she took good care of her things.
I kept a few things, a jacket and pant that I bought for her for Christmas and she never wore it, a new blouse and her housecoats. Right now I am sitting in one of her housecoats, all soft and warm and enveloping me in her love. What a comfort to feel her still with us. Hard to let go but the memories will stay forever.
Monday, August 26, 2013
We had a full week on our vacation to New England. On the second day, we drove to Conway NH where we boarded the notch train and took the scenic route through the notch to Crawford and the mountain. Living in Florida, I rarely see any hills let alone mountains so it was a treat. We rode an old train and listened to stories on the way up. We had lunch in the dining car and then walked around the mountain top enjoying the scenery. A slow trip back down the mountain and our drive home. Dinner at a local pub and driving around my husband's old neighborhood was the end of the day.
Let me regress a bit here to talk about the ice cream. Baskin Robbins give up. There is no comparison to the ice cream that you get in New England. Those cows feed on nutritious grass I guess because the ice cream is sooooo yummy and they give you a healthy scoop of it. One scoop is more like 3 scoops at Baskin and Robbins. We stopped for a dose of it daily and I got a different variety each time. So lovely.
On Thursday of our trip, we left Concord NH to head for Portland Maine where they have a narrow gauge railroad museum and a train that you can ride for a little ways. My husbands father was a railroad man and he made a career out of taking photos of every train he had ever seen in his lifetime. He had kept two photo albums of nothing but narrow gauge trains back through the 1930's. Most of the pictures were ones that he took and each photo had a typed description of the train, time, event, when taken, etc all lovingly put together by his father. We took the albums with us and met with the curator of the museum there. We donated them to the museum as we knew that is what my husband's father would have wanted. They were thrilled to get them, especially since every photo was documented. They had a lot of old train carriages needing restoring and they said that the photos of the interiors of the cars were very helpful. I had never really looked at the albums and was impressed. We even found a photo of my husband's grandfather sitting in a train car taken in the 30"s. He died shortly thereafter so we kept that photo and a few others.
My husband's father had purchased a caboose from the narrow gauge railroad for $25 back in the 30's and he had fixed it up as a man cave for himself in his backyard. Then he eventually donated the caboose back to the museum and we were able to go into that very caboose and sit in it and take pics. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the day and he knows his father would be pleased.
Afterward, we walked down to the port and had a lobster dinner lunch right on the docks. Then we walked up to the Longfellow house and museum and toured there. VEry interesting it was and amazing how prolific Longfellow was and how much of his prose is still used in every day life. They also had a Civil War Display at the museum and we walked through that, looking for folks who had died in the war with our same last name.
The day was done and we motored on to Brunswick, Maine where we were staying with my husband's cousin and his aunt who is 98. She is my mother-in-laws remaining sibling, sharp as a tack still at 98. When we opened the door, 2 of my husband's other cousins were also there. He was so surprised to see them and had such a nice visit reminiscing about growing up in New England. They had fond memories of his mother. We had not been able to travel to New England for many years due to his mother not being able to travel and it was so nice to go and see family. We had a beautiful dinner of lobster macaroni and cheese and other Maine specialties. Corn, fresh tomatoes, cucumber, swiss chard. The veggies in Florida do not compare to those grown in that Maine dirt.
I took some geneology information that I had obtained working on ancestry.com and shared it with hubby's and cousins. It was so much fun. A good nights rest and ready for the next day!
Thursday, August 15, 2013
iTS time for me to sit down and tell you about my vacation so I won't forget it. We were supposed to arrive in Concord NH at about 3:00 in the afternoon on July 22. However, we had bad weather and the planes coming in from Atlanta that were supposed to carry us out, were cancelled due to the weather. So my husband, former travel agent that he is, managed to get us booked on a late afternoon flight which was the first one out of here. Our planes go to and from Atlanta and then on from there. So we got to Atlanta, had dinner and waited for our flight to Boston. By the time we finally rolled into our hotel in Concord, it was 3:00 a.m. on July 23, a full 12 hours later than anticipated. We fell into bed but had to get up as the burial of his mother's cremains was at 9:00 a.m.
Up, breakfast and at the cemetery. There were two ladies from the church that MIL had attended waiting for us in a soft rain. The minister and another lady whom my husband had been conferring with. A short service, burial, and then off to the church where we visited the room that is named for my husband's brother Stewart. Stewart was killed while teaching school in Santo Domingo in 1967. An early terrorist attack before it was labeled terrorism. So the church folks named a room after him. My MIL had a portrait of both Stewart and my husband hanging in her room and we felt it would only be appropriate to have the portrait hanging in the room named for him. The church graciously accepted this offer and my husband sent information concerning Stewart and the events that had occurred. We were very pleased when we walked into the room and saw the portrait hanging there with the documentation. I will say though, that the draperies hanging on the windows were in shreds and I, as a decorator, realized that I will probably have to donate some new ones eventually in honor of hubby's brother.
The room was full of students being taught English as a second language. I thought how appropriate that would have been for Stewart as he was a teacher teaching in a foreign land! I think my MIL would have been very pleased with the events. and that Stewart will never be forgotten! I have pics on my phone but right now I just want to get this down.
That day we had planned to go to the Shaker Village in Canterbury NH and we motored over there and found that the tour started at 3:00. We had time to drive up to Center Harbor NH which is where Keepsake quilting is located! I had about an hour to go through the store while hubby waited in the car. Surely not enough time but I did manage to buy a few things. We had lunch and then went back to Canterbury where we took the tour and I learned a lot about the Shakers and was very impressed. Back to Concord, and then a band concert on the steps of the Capital in Concord.
This band was established during the Civil War and has been in existence ever since. My husband played in the band for 8 years while in high school and college. Actually got paid professionally for doing so. There were members in the band still that had played with him and remembered him and he was thrilled. They even asked him to conduct the band during the Stars and Stripes forever which is their last song they play at every event! He was so thrilled and excited to do so! Made his trip and only the first real day of our vacation. Afterward, we went to the local Irish Pub and had chicken pot pie. They had an Irish band playing tunes. What a great day! At this point we were tuckered out having only 5 hours of sleep and a full day of events so we headed back to our room and went to bed!
P.S. When we were at the Quaker Village, they had a really nice gift shop but the items were pretty costly but worth the price. I wanted to buy a pin cushion that was like a large screw carved out of wood that attached to your table and there was a large pin cushion on top of it. The thing was $54 and I realized that I probably would never have used it and it was a lot of money for something for show and tell. They also had a handmade quilt on display that was going to be auctioned off in a fund raiser. Value placed on the quilt was $1000! I looked at it and it was pretty but really, I need to move to NH and put some of my quilts for sale!
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