Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hello Spring


I'm joining a wonderful group of bloggers for a Hello Spring Blog Tour.

You'll find the links to the other blogs at the end of this post and if you're visiting from one of the other blogs, thanks for stopping by.

We actually had a winter this year so like most of you, I am thrilled that spring weather is finally here.

The harsh winds and heavy rain have abated and I am busy getting our house ready for outdoor living.

Spring is happening in the house, 

but the majority of my time is spent in taming the jungle that popped up in our garden due to rain, rain, rain and more rain.

The first section I tackled was the side of the house and there is still much to do, but at least we can walk down the sidewalk.

Steve is happy that the weather once again allows him to sit on the bench in the sun each afternoon.

This little spot under the living room window was a disaster, but it's coming along nicely -

 an old red chair (found on the side of a street) adds colorful height to the space.

Far and away my favorite spring change is my little garden house.

I wanted to use it as more than a shed for holding tchotchkes so I created a fun little library for myself using whatever I could find around the house.

The denim chair cover had been hiding in the attic and it is simply thrown over a plastic garden chair.

The house is tiny, but there is just enough room for a little table.

I would love to say that I have been spending my days sitting in the little garden house, but the jungle is calling.

Fortunately, I love working in the garden

and then stepping back to see what I have accomplished.

And now let's see what everyone else is up to this spring.





Friday, March 17, 2017

Keeping It Simple

For more than a year I have been cleaning, organizing and purging in an effort to simplify my life - I am far from finished.

Instagram and blogging provide a "diary" of my daily life and one of the things I have noticed is that not only do we have less stuff, but my decor is becoming less cluttered.

We had family visiting for a few days and as I stepped back to look at my table setting the other night, I marveled at how much less was on the table.

Rather than rushing out to buy flowers, I used what I could find in the garden which meant using small pitchers to hold the blooms.

The meal was paella so bowls were required and I used a very old set of World Market dishes.

I don't know if it's my iron or me, but I really did iron the table runner.

Keeping with the blue and white theme, I used some vintage napkins and added a little more color to the table with simple bouquets.

Less stuff means less time for cleaning and more time for gardening

and that's a good thing because I am trying to get my garden ready for the Spring Blog Tour.

Please stop in to see how bloggers around the country are decorating for the season.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

a little adventure . . .

In January I wrote a post titled, Beading Frenzy, and I talked about a workshop I hoped to attend called Digging LA led by Kaari and Molly Meng of French General.

Well, yesterday a dear friend and I left Ventura at 6:30 a.m. to drive to Los Angeles.

14 of us including the Mengs gathered at French General for chocolate croissants and a little bit of shopping in the fun little pink shop.

I apologize in advance for the pics - I didn't want to carry my good camera so all the pics are taken with my phone and I certainly couldn't ask anyone to turn off the lights!

French General carries a wide variety of beads

and lovely notions both old and new.

I spent more time looking at the beautiful cabinets

displaying goods throughout the shop

than I did shopping.

Before I could eat one more croissant, Kaari handed us cute little totes,

showed us the enclosed map and told us to meet them in a parking garage in the flower district - of course we got lost.

And that is almost the last of my photos - many of the shops had signs saying, "No Photos".

I snapped a few shots of the United Artists Theater (it opened in 1927) on a quick tour after lunch at the adjacent Ace Hotel.

The interior is spectacular, but it was impossible to get good photos with my phone.

I didn't go home empty handed - I couldn't pass up the chipped enamel Mardi sign.

Vera of Rowhomes and Cobblestones recently mentioned that she was born on a Tuesday and I actually had to check the internet to see the day of the week of my birth - turns out it was also a Tuesday.

The fabric came already hemmed on the edges so all I have to do is hem the ends to make a table runner.

Of course now I'm sorry I didn't pick up some of that fun red, white and blue fabric or the cloth measuring tape - might just need to go back.

Or maybe I'll save for the France Getaway - anyone want to join me?

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Slow, slow, slow your boat . . .

When I was teaching, my co-workers frequently referred to me as "The Energizer Bunny".

I taught a 0 Period class beginning before most of the staff had arrived, taught classes in addition to being the Activities Director (dances, assemblies, field trips, games, etc.) and coached volleyball after school.

I retired when I still had all that energy and for the first year of retirement, I tackled my days as if I was still on the job.

On my first day of retirement, I began a personal 30 Day Pinterest Challenge and spent that first month checking things off my list - Done and Dusted.

But, things change.

My body goes on strike after a day of gardening so gone are the lists.

Nowadays I slowly "row my boat" - crafts and sewing rarely occupy my time.

Playing house will always be a favorite diversion -

I always seem to be moving something around.

These days I get my kicks from long beach walks

and the thrill of finding pieces of sea glass in rare colors.

I take pleasure in simply looking at the sky

and enjoying the palm trees that abound in our neighborhood.

And then there is this one who is always getting in the way of my photos - I guess it's her way of saying, "put that camera down and take me to the beach!"

Lulu has always had her priorities right so I'll take her on a slow walk along the beach - I can't believe the color of the water on our beach today!

Slow, slow, slow your boat
Gently down the beach
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Paradise is within reach.

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