Thursday, January 07, 2016


We had a wonderful Christmas celebration this year.  Kim, Marc, Aaron, Adam and Evan traveled 1100 miles without stopping from the Raleigh area of North Carolina and Doug, Drue, Trent & Carly came 550 miles from the Colorado Springs area.    Not surprisingly, we started out more than a little tired.   Everyone caught up and I think had a good time.

Christmas Day dinner menu looked like this


and this


The weather was nice most of the time so we played outside




We had a beautiful full moon on Christmas Eve


Tomorrow, a few more surprising activities.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016


It seems like pictures of the sun rising and setting are all over the internet, specifically Facebook.  I  enjoy the beauty in the pictures, but I’ve pretty much quit taking pictures of those beautiful occastions unless I can capture some one or some thing with it to give it a little more meaning. 

Having said all of that, I did take a picture of a sunset several weeks ago that was great.  So, here it is. 


Mismatched but I like it

I checked “mismatched” to make sure I spelled it right and the sentence they used to illustrate the meaning was, "funky mismatched chairs and tables.”  Perfect.

Normally, I wouldn’t be posting pictures or writing about our bedroom furniture. Since it spent over two weeks in our livingroom where anyone coming to visit had full view, it seems a little less personal.

Two pieces in our bedroom are my Mom’s.  I think she told me her age when she received the furniture, but I can’t remember.  She was born in 1915, so if she was 10 years old, the manufacture date would be around 1925. 

It is walnut, not solid but veneer. 


I think it has an interesting look.  We have never used the headboard and footboard because they are made for a double size bed rather than queen. 

Then we have a piece of furniture Dan made in high school.  It is solid walnut.  It doesn’t fit with mom’s furniture at all.  But, I like it.  And, it is functional.

To round out our “funky mismatched bedroom” is a bed frame from Ikea.  It is black so doesn’t look too bad in a room with 1920’s and 1960’s furniture.  We do not have enough storage in our bedroom for off season clothes.  We have packed those clothes in totes and stored them in the basement for years.  This bed frame has four drawers which allows all clothes to be stored in our room. 


There you go, more than anyone would ever want to know about our bedroom furniture. 

Sunday, January 03, 2016


That’s my excuse in one word for not putting anything on here for a while.

Dan and I decided we needed to work on the house before Christmas.  There were several things that needed attention outside, such as painting the garage door, treating the deck,  just regular maintenance which we were able to do during the late fall.

The one room in the house that we haven’t addressed for years is our bedroom. I know we  aren’t the only ones who have remodeled a bedroom—we have before ourselves.  Maybe because we weren’t as organized going into it, but this project seemed to disrupt our lives for way too long.

Everything in the bedroom had to be moved to the living room.  All carpet torn out, closets remodeled (which meant clothes removed), ceiling and walls cleaned and painted, clean and oil furniture, put together a new bed frame….  We also learned  we aren’t as young as we used to be.  No ten hour days like back in the day.  Still, it was fun and I am so pleased with the outcome.

Then there was Christmas and all our family came home. 

So, writing my blog just seemed to be put on the bottom of the to-do list.  I am back, though.  And, I’ve got lots to write about—actually I’ve kept a list of topics.  Of course a few pictures too.  So, please stay with me.  I have two weeks to cover everything in the past and then there might be a little travel coming.

Tomorrow—my awesome new bed frame!