Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I'm linking up with Michelle and her Thankful Thursday weekly
group!  As most of you know, I'm an avid bird watcher and
have lots of feeders outside the windows so I can enjoy
my feathered friends all year long.  I've been happily
watching Nuthatches, Blue Jays, Cardinals,
Chickadees, Finches, Wrens and Sparrows
this winter, so it was really nice to see some
Starlings in my crab apple tree yesterday!

I know a lot of people don't care for these birds.
They come in flocks, swooping in like a bunch of
bullies to graze across lawns in the summer or
to take over feeders in a frenzy during the winter.
But I love their iridescent feathers and those
heart shaped stars on their breasts.
And murmurations?  Don't even get me started!

Today I'm thankful for Starlings.
And especially for this last photo.
Sometimes you're just standing at
the window with your camera at
exactly the right moment!
Swooning at those wings!
And look at the little one with 
the crab apple! 

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Master Closet Reveal Before and After

Last week we had our master bedroom closet
redone with California Closets. I wanted to show
you the before and after!  We're really happy with
how it turned out!  Here's what we had before....
a long L shaped closet with sliding doors.

Before they came we took everything out, removed
the old racks, filled the holes and gave the 
walls a fresh coat of paint.

It took the installer about three hours to
make it look like this.  Of course, this is after
a consultant comes for a visit and plans out
what you need with how much you want
to spend and all that kind of stuff.

Have to say, we were happy that we cleaned out
what we didn't need, didn't wear and what didn't fit
a month earlier.  Now the only things in there are
the current style, things that fit and things that
we wear.  Nothing is crammed in, hard to find
or lost in a pile of old things we don't wear anymore.

I think my favorite part is my shoes!
My shoes have never been so organized! haha.
The consultant had suggested I line my boots up
on the floor in the corner of the L, but I
love the fact that nothing is on the floor and
moved all my boots to the coat closet.

We liked the open look so much and how it made
it feel more like a dressing area attached to the
bathroom to the right, that we decided not 
to put the sliding doors back on.
It's also great incentive to keep
it nice and tidy.  So far so good!

As I'm typing this, our contractors are
installing the new flooring in our living room.
Bathroom demo starts next week some time!
Smells like sawdust. 
 And yes, everything is covered in it. 
Fun, fun!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Around Here, Lately

Pepper and Me

  1. Well, we feel like we're living at the North Pole with temps below zero (Fahrenheit).  The guys have had extended Christmas break and we're spoiled with some sleeping late and excuses to flop on the couch and stay in pajamas way too many days!
  2. We had a white Christmas!
  3. The Mister and I decided to have California Closets come and redo the master bedroom closet as our Christmas gift to each other this year.  They come Wednesday, so today we emptied our closet, took out the old plastic coated wire system, painted the ceiling, patched holes and painted walls.  Don't worry.  I even remembered to take 'before' pictures so we can have a proper before and after reveal. haha.
  4. The 1988 bathrooms of the house are also getting a total reno this month and not a moment too soon for this lady of the house!  We've been busy picking out tile, tubs, sinks, fixtures and all that fun stuff!  Demo starts soon!  Construction dust of the kitchen reno is a faint memory but still a memory...haha...so I'm mentally prepared.  Dust isn't so much an issue as the five of us sharing a bathroom.  Oh my.
  5. I've been trying to get my health under control.  Seems like this poor girl is falling apart!  Finally got a prescription that helps with the migraines.  And I got a prescription that helps with the acid reflux after having an endoscopy and seeing some damage.  And I got one to help with the arthritis after the endoscopy revealed I'm taking way too much Advil for my stomach's good.  Xrays revealed arthritis in my back and neck now.  No wonder I was in so much pain.  But I'm feeling pretty good now with all this pill popping. haha.
  6. I ate dinner with a penguin, screech owl and a few other animals last night.  If you're confused.  Check out my Instagram account.  Oh, and the guy on the label of my latest wine bottle started talking to me!  You'll see about that there, too.  
  7. By now you're probably sure that I've gone crazy. :)  Yes, yes I have!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Merry, Merry!

I snapped these photos today from my kitchen desk
and they were just too cute not to share!

I immediately thought of the Henry David Thoreau quote,

"I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a 
moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden,
and I felt that I was more distinguished by that 
circumstance than I should have been by any
epaulet I could have worn."

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season 
and the last few days of 2017!  Sending love 
and good wishes to all my blog friends!  

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Moon Came Out To Play.....

......during the day today!

Taken from my back yard this afternoon.
Hello, Mr. Moon.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all had a happy thanksgiving with family, friends
and whoever else you spent the day with!
We are spending our usual Black Friday at home,
in pajamas, eating pecan pie for breakfast!

Feeling thankful.
Counting blessings.