Friday, January 20, 2012
When you wake up in the morning you don't know if it will be a good day or a bad day. You have no idea if you will have gained weight or lost weight. You don't know how the day will turn out. You can have plans, you can have appointments and you can have schedules; but we all know that while they may help us keep on track for the day, things have a way of going astray at times.
YOU alone can decide if it will be a good day or a bad day! Sure, someone could scratch a fender on your car while you are in the mall shopping -- but no one has control over how you react to it -- except YOU! Even gaining or losing weight is sometimes due to many variables. Perhaps your sodium was just right and you made good choices, even did your exercises. Probably you lost weight. But if the scale shows a slight gain, it doesn't have to ruin your day! You could have made good choices, but your body reacted to whatever foods you ate that caused you to have a bit of extra water weight. If your body held onto just 1 extra cup of water that would be a half pound. So is it so hard to understand why your weight may vary by 1 or 2 pounds every day?
Most of the time our "bad" days add up to how we are reacting to various things going on around us. It may not even affect us personally. Seeing an accident could trigger something in you and cause you to eat "comfort" food for lunch when you were planning on being good and sticking with a salad. Perhaps you grabbed a candy bar and ate it, without even thinking, kind of a chain reaction.
YOU are in charge! Good day or bad day -- it's all in the way you perceive it!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm an impatient person! I have known this from Day 1. And if I didn't know, I'd had plenty of friends who have told me in plain English.
Most of you who read my blogs know how excited I was about getting granite counters in my kitchen. In fact, the day after the salesman came from the company I went with, I knew (from the samples) what color I was going with. The sample showed tans and a deep rusty gold with flecks of gray, etc. I just KNEW how it would look in my kitchen. I'm very visual. With that in mind, I went to the computer to shop for new window covering for our two very large windows.
The ones in there now are pinky-mauve, as you can see in the photos on my blog about the "Update on Kitchen" blog. Looks OK -- old as the hills but look good. I found online some beautiful woven woods in pecanwood. I could picture how they would look with the new counters and new paint on the walls. I ORDERED THEM! Yes, I know any ordinary person would have waited until the counters were installed to get a better feel for it. PATIENCE LACKING SEVERELY!
The next day I went to the granite store to make the final selection upon seeing the full slab of granite, not a 5-inch square! I find the one I adored in the little sample had this HUGE 2-foot wide river of deep rusty-gold running through it! It literally drew your eyes to it, overpowering! I knew I couldn't have THAT in my kitchen, or it's all you'd see! Looking behind me I see this elegant, cool gray with lots of movement, white running through it, and in places a touch of tan. It was love at first sight! I switched my choice to that one!
When I got home I was contemplating how my woven woods window covering would look with elegant gray instead of tan/rusty gold. My mind was telling me I had just made a big boo-boo! I tried to console myself by saying "wood goes with anything." It worked to a point. But deep down I was still worried. After all, we weren't speaking of pocket change -- each window was over $1000!
The granite was in. It looked beautiful. I would look at my kitchen and wonder how the woven woods would look! Then the manufacturing company called me. They were out of the pecanwood and wouldn't have in another supply until Mar. or April. Did I want to WAIT or CANCEL. Thank you, God, you've saved me yet again!
and I'll work on being patient!
Friday, January 13, 2012
OK, this is it! Obviously the setting is just after sundown, still lots of color in the sky, but the mountains show a range of colors, darker and darker as they get further from the sunset. There are 3 evergreens, very dark, almost a black-green. One is on the far left, and two are just past the center toward the right, at the bottom. Almost indiscernable in the dark.
What's your opinion? You won't hurt my feelings. I have also put it in "My Photo's" so you could click on it and make it bigger. (on my Spark Page)
Friday, January 13, 2012
I've wanted granite countertops ever since I first heard about them; but like lots of people, the house I was living in wasn't always conducive to putting them in. First there is the cost. Secondly, you don't want to over-improve for the area, blah, blah, blah! I never had it listed as a goal of mine, just something in the back of my head. I finally got them on Wednesday, the same day as my 1st wedding anniversary!
This photo shows the majority of the kitchen. About 4 feet left of the stove is one of the entries into the kitchen. And to your right (if you were walking in) is a door leading to a walk-in pantry. Next in line is a black refrigerator, and beyond that another 4 or 5 foot counter.
In this photo, the camera has turned slightlly and looking toward the sink and you see the two very large windows the kitchen features. The one over the sink is 59 inches wide and the one next to it is even wider at 84 inches. So you can see there is a LOT of granite counters. They even did the window sills.
In this shot the angle comes from within the family room, and angles so you can see the low wall that separates the kitchen from the family room. At the end of the wall, it is similar to a pillar as it is quite a lot larger, forming about a 20-inch square. I keep a large flowing plant on it. The granite people suggested covering the top of the wall with granite too, and it looks great. When it gets over to the counter, it steps up about 6 to 8 inches, and continues on the depth of the counters.
This angle shows the refrigerator area and the only counter on that wall. Then there is a doorway leading into the living room. And another doorway next to it, leading to the back patio. The refrigerator, the oven portion of the stove, and the dishwasher all are black.
This is the island, which is between the stove and the kitchen table.
Here is a close-up of the kitchen sink. Love the new faucet, and it has a matching dispenser for soap.
Last, but not least, is a shot of the sink area in the Master Bath. It's the only place we had the granite added to that room.
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