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Just realized I never posted a photo of our bedroom after we had repainted it with the new color. You may remember I thought I could go with an all white room, but no. I did find that it took forever for this brand of paint to stop smelling like paint. I did all the tricks I researched on how to dissipate it quicker. There were little bowls of coffee grounds and cut up onions scattered about. I brought every single one of our houseplants in there and hoped they wouldn’t die overnight because surely that would be a very bad sign! And then finally burned candles for about 3 days straight. I exaggerate. I did blow them out at night. So that explains the delay in posting the photo, but here it is. I still have to finish up with details, but I’m happy with it.

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My whole house has exploded with boxes packed so we can move some large pieces of furniture. Moving straps have been bought and sliding ‘feet’ to help make it easier. The sensible thing might have been to just paint each room and then move the furniture, but I wanted to see everything in place and go from there. And have been haunting Pinterest for ideas …and more ideas… and more. I wouldn’t have enough time in my life to get all my projects done, but it’s going to be fun to do some of them.


I love all the photos with chandeliers. Chandeliers in bedrooms, in kitchens, halls, living rooms, foyers. I found this yesterday on a jaunt around to a couple of Habitat Restores. Whether I can succeed in a transformation remains to be seen.


I also found some doors that I’m hoping my husband can craft into a daybed for the makeover of the guest room. He doesn’t quite get my vision, but he’s willing to try. What more could I ask for?

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We had some hot, sunny days in the 90’s here and I started doing the Portland, Seattle chant. As in I think life could be oh so much better where it’s cooler with some rain. I know that’s not the answer…but maybe it is? We had a cooler day yesterday and quickly decided it was a day for an outdoor lunch with the chance to take Daisy Mae along. Couldn’t have been more perfect.

We’ve been able to open our windows so our bedroom might finally be done with the paint smell. With a forecast for the weekend of 103 degrees (gasp!) …might have to wait on more painting and be content with mad moving of furniture and rooms. We switched the beds around from the guest room to our granddaughter’s bedroom. She was ecstatic when she came home to a full-sized bed. I’m turning the guest room into a reading/yoga/meditation space with a daybed for guests. I’m delighted at the thought I might have a space somewhat removed to practice my asanas and to sit. Now do I still let Daisy Mae join me?

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Weekend of painting, horses, gardening…and visiting with a florist for our daughter’s wedding. Too tired for many words. Letting my photos do most of the work.


I had been searching online for this chandelier and then when we went to this little gift shop to meet the florist…there it was. I’m still thinking if there is a perfect spot for it. It is indeed sweet.


First eggplant I’ve grown…ever.


I turned around before I left and there was the horse that inspired the painting on the barn where I board. I am going to do this one day on my barn. Different horse. My horse. Sampson. And good night.

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After the white paint fiasco, I ordered some full spectrum paint from Citron Paints. I called them up and said I’m looking for a blue for my bedroom and they suggested ‘Mystery Novel’…sold. Love mystery novels and when I looked at it on their paint chart, the number was 53 which is a good number for me. So today we will see how it unfolds. Will this mystery have a good ending?

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I missed blogging yesterday. It was just too full and started from the moment I woke up. Volleyball camp for the granddaughter, farrier saying she is going to be an hour earlier than expected, volleyball workout in the evening. Cleaning and filling a water trough that made my back a tad unhappy. But here I am today.

We stopped off at a paint store for Imani to choose some purples, greens, and turquoise shades for her room. Our blue arrived on our doorstep so we can get rid of the ghastly white. But now there are another eight rooms for shade choosing. Just like whites, who knew there could be so many shades that could be considered ochre or olive or meditative grey. See my dilemma?


We are starting the summer off with some heavy-duty cleaning. I plan on painting the entire house new colors. I had thought white was the answer as all I do is pin white rooms on Pinterest. However after two coats of paint on the bedroom, I quickly decided that although I like to see them – living with all white is not me. So we threw out our favorite colors and I assigned them to each room. We will see how that turns out.

But our granddaughter, who is 12, was adamant that she didn’t want to change her room. It’s been brightly painted for nearly her entire life with each wall a different color. One wall orange, one turquoise, one hot pink, and one light pink. Sounds a bit shocking, but it’s worked for her and her personality. But I did want her to thoroughly clean to start the summer off with some measure of orderliness. As she was cleaning, she started to ponder …well maybe I could paint it … no maybe not. Finally the verdict came in. One wall dark purple with the other three light purple. She has been filling boxes for give away, throw away, store. It saddens me a bit. But we will be heading into new adventures so will look forward to those.

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