Saturday, April 22, 2017

You Never Know


I try to keep the house neat and tidy because we never know when someone will drop in.


Frequently people call asking if they can stop by the studio to check out a painting so it's important that the entry is welcoming.


That's my excuse for always creating new vignettes


and changing things on the shelves.


Thank goodness I do so because on Easter, my cousin unexpectedly brought my aunt to visit for a few days.


Both the house


and the garden were ready for entertaining.


My aunt, who is 92, didn't bring her kayak with her on this visit so instead of hitting the water, we drove to Los Olivos in search of poppies.


These are the only poppies we spotted, but we saw the ubiquitous California oak trees


and extensive fields of mustard - at least that's what I think it is.


My aunt called this Indian Paintbrush.


The weather was fickle and I'm kind of glad -


if not for the fog, my cousin would never have captured this beautiful shot.


With our company gone, it was right back to fluffing the house and garden because this time I do know.


By this time next week more company will arrive and we'll be hosting 14 for a family BBQ.


The weather has been great so I should have plenty of flowers for the tables, but you never know.

Monday, April 10, 2017

"Ain't if funny"

Well hello there


My, it's been a long, long time


How am I doing?


Oh, I guess I'm doing fine


It's been so long now,


But it seems now, that it was only yesterday


Gee, ain't it funny, how time slips away.


I was thinking about why I haven't been blogging much 


especially because I have been taking photos - deleted 1,428 pics last night!


I decided that's it because I have done very little around the house -


For the most part, our days have been spent out adventuring - 


walking around the neighborhood,


kayaking in the harbor,


sailing with family,


hiking the botanical trail


to enjoy all the colorful flowers 


after a rainy winter,


celebrating 46 years of marriage 


with a long lunch at the San Ysidro Ranch


so we could walk around the grounds in daylight,


and as always, walking on the beach.


I gotta go now,


I guess I'll see you around


Don't know when though


Never know, when I'll be back in town.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Thanks to blogging ...

One of the things that I love about blogging is that it keeps me motivated - I have to be creative so I'll have something to write about.


I mentioned in my last post that I couldn't seem to push myself, but putting a goal in writing and out there in blogland set me in motion.


I said that I wanted new chaise covers 


and when you see the new ones, you'll wonder what the difference is.


On Tuesday, after I hit post on the blog, I actually got busy - what you see isn't yards of purchased fabric, but an old floral duvet and a matching pillow with the striped back of the pillow showing.


Lulu was kind enough to model the two fabrics - both covers were made from old duvets, but the old covers on the left have worn thin and faded.


The first part of the project was simple - I added a pillow form to the large sham and plopped it on the garden bench.


Next I essentially made ruffle edged throws for the chaises and added the very faded matching pillows.


For more color, I tossed the pillow on the second chaise backwards.


Lulu gave her seal of approval to the new covers by taking over my seat today when I popped into the house for a minute.


I had hoped to just laze in the garden the rest of the week, but that hasn't happened.


When I should have been gardening, we've been enjoying the outdoors - the hillside and wildflowers were calling.


The little strip of beach you see below is the area of town where we live.


And now, because writing down that I wanted to make new chaise covers got me motivated, I'll show you my next goal.


If all goes as planned, I'll be showing you plate racks on our dining room walls soon.


We're not tackling the racks -  a neighbor said he was up to the challenge so I'll be lying right here while Joe builds the racks.


Happy April!