Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wall Art

We bought new art at an outdoor show this winter and had it sent back home. I finally hung it with the idea of my company critiquing them.


For some reason the color was an issue for me because the room is eggplant and terra cotta, which is odd because I have never bought art for it's color before.  It ended up a non issue because everyone likes the trio and Bill thinks it has a calming effect.

This side photo shows that the twigs are elevated in two of the three so that it was a challenge to pack and send.  I had it done professionally and it traveled perfectly.

The girls all got facials yesterday.  It was a blast.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


This is my sister Mike's dog Chai, a Shih Tzu and Bichon mix, also called a Teddy Bear dog.  She is over the moon that Bella is back from Florida.  She likes to cozy up with us gals in the studio.

She tried to stay awake during the final shows of MadMen but just could not make it.

Today we are doing lunch (girls only) having facials and then meeting up with the golfers for some gambling and more chow.  It's that kind of weekend.

Friday, May 22, 2015

It's All About Bella

I just made an appointment for the summer grooming sessions for Bella and found out that she needs to have the dog flu immunization before she can come for a 'do'. I guess it's pretty rampant in the Chicago area although I have not heard of anyone's dog that has had it. Oh well, she will get yet another shot next Tuesday and then a followup booster in three weeks.

We were happily surprised to receive our own  famous label chardonnay from Frank and Nancy from California.
Apparently the picture was taken when they visited Florida this winter because I can

see her quilt that she rests on when watching tv with me.

Always a lady, she has not let this newest stardom to go to her head, at all.  That's my gal!!!

We are getting ready for a house full this weekend.  There is gonna be very little prep on my part.  I am still getting my head around where everything is, so the meals will not be elaborate or possibly even at home!   Everyone is fine with that!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Sweet Home

I am back home to blustery 42ยบ wind and rain and grey. What am I doing here? I left sun and fun only to come back to a house that has gone through many changes (for the better) that I neglected to address in the short time I was here last winter for the holidays. But of course it is unsettling to be gone for five months and expect to just pick up where I left off.


I gotta say tho' that it is certainly green here. And not a sprinkler on yet.  They haven't even been turned on for the season.

This is the view from my computer desk (which is new since I left, and therefore empty).  It took me a good hour to set up computer, monitor and printer but the access from this smaller desk is way more appealing.

I could never access the cords because the desk before had less than two inches clearance on either side wall so pulling it out was a non issue.  I got a smaller (Room and Board) version of the same desk which was initiated by the fact that the pull down desk door was broken off during the renovation.  It is way better.  I have a lot of things to address but I am just gonna take it easy.  There's always tomorrow!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Taking A Break

I am taking short hiatus from the blog.  I just have too much to accomplish in a short time.  It is self induced of course, my method of leaving everything to the last minute is what I am good at.  I'll be back soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Busy Day

My day is packed.  I have taken Bella to get groomed.  I have an endodonist appointment this morning and a dental appointment this afternoon.  I need surger thread and a stop at the grocery store.  The warning light for a bad tire pressure in one tire just came on.  I could use a man right about now!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I Love My Cabinets!

I an still sore from sitting on the floor making the drawers but the Love spewing out of me for my new cabinets makes it all worth it!
I am about half way through putting my fabric into the drawers and shelves.  I ordered four shelves per unit which makes 16 as was suggested by IKEA employees.  It ended up being 8 too many.  I also purchased soft closures for the glass doors and after paying a guy today to put them in,

we realized that they made the drawers impossible to open.  So then I paid him to take them off.
In between making drawers and being the supervisor I managed to

cut up all the flannel I need to work on my Days For Girls charity.  It's time for a nap.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In With The New

I am very surprised that out of the sixty two boxes I had delivered from IKEA I only had one bad apple.


I should have known when I went to open the box that there may be something wrong.  Now, you gotta know as an IKEA worker guy that having a box sent out like this is blatant.  Actually I was surprised that there wasn't more damage inside.

One drawer (out of 24) was damaged.  Unfortunately I will not be here when the replacement comes.  It takes 7 to 10 days (how ridiculous!)  But my house sitter will get it for me and I will do the last drawer when I get back in September.

My ass is killing me.  I was up and down on the floor more times than I can count.  But lookie, lookie.  3 out of the 4 compartments are complete, minus a couple shelves in each and the doors.  I did not put the frames up.  My handy guy did it and is doing the last one now and then he will do the doors.  I can't wait to fill up the 23 drawers.  And, they are twice as deep as my prior shelving was.  Maybe I can get all my hand dyed and commercial under doors.  That would be something!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Out With The Old

I had a marvelous dinner at our neighbors, Kathy and Sam. It was fit for a queen. I think they took pity on a lone mother on Mothers Day.

Now I am giddy with joy at getting closets with sliding doors for my fabric.

The hand dyed is all over the place, filling up any possible area.

The cupboard is bare
The dismantling is complete. Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

This is an addendum.  I just got back from the grocery and couldn't get over how funny it looked in the store.  All the customers were guys (more often than not with a child or two) buying balloons and flowers.  I only wish I had my camera with me.  Not a gal in sight.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL YOU MOTHERS! As is usual, G has gone fishing with his brother and three of my brothers for the start of walleye season in Minnesota, so I am enjoying the day with Bella.

I don't know how my daughter and son in law, pulled this off, seeing as how they are  in Paris but I got these absolutely beautiful flowers, including my favorite sterling roses, that I can't take my eyes off.  That is, in between

nine bolts of flannel that will probably consume my life for the next few months.  I have cut them all in 2 1/2 inch pieces, in order to be able to handle them.  Now they are in the process of getting washed and dried.  The pile of cut fabric is a mountain in my kitchen but will soon be ready to cut.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 09, 2015

The Animal Kingdom

I just got back from the outlet mall where I met up with Jodi, the girl in charge of the Days For Girls charity and got tons of things to work on while I enjoy the summer up north. Kathy and Linda are working on feeling comfortable with the long arm and continued working as I

eft to get supplies.  They are doing real well.

A few days ago we took a golf cart ride to check out the golf course.  Kathy was looking for some adornment for her infinity pool and I had told her that I saw a cute turtle on the course so we went

to see it.  We were staring in someone's lanai that looked like they had left for the season but no, they were there and came out and asked if she could help us.  We explained that we weren't peepers but wanted to see the turtle.  It was all okay.

On our way home we ran into some Bambi's.  They are not scared in the least bit.

My last picture of the day was this beautiful heron, gazing at the water lilies.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Birthday Bonanza

This is definitely gonna make you hungry. This was the food served at Beach Bistro for my 65th birthday.  I should have posted it before because now I have forgotten some of the descriptions of the food (there were six of us) but I will muddle through anyway.

We ordered and then found out that we got a pretty healthy sized amuse bouche.  There were two different platings, one for those who ordered soup with the meal and the other with a touch

of soup.  The was a crispy hunk of bread with a jam (maybe onion), a pesto and I believe roasted red pepper.

This was a salad with a creamy center (forgot what it was!) in radicchio and pram.

My soup was roasted tomato.
G's salad was very fruity and delicious.

Another app was shrimp and mussels.
This was G's entree.  It was lamb and lobster and truffles.
This beautiful fish was either snapper or grouper.  I forget.

My entree was duck, with bread pudding and a wonderful sauce.  I got roasted fingerlings on the side.
This massive steak went home.  We clearly ordered too much.
Last entree was coquilles St. Jacques.

We all passed on dessert but I was served one anyway.  Yummy.

And I was gifted a rose.  How cool is that?

Oh, and I have already used my medicare card!  I got to use it for blood work I had.  It's sometimes cool to get old.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

My Daily Life

I think I may have put too much stuff into my last two weeks of my Florida stay. I am starting to get confused. Ha Ha! Like that's anything new!
I go to my Cause A Stir Kitchen Club in a little over an hour.  It's Karens turn so it should be good.  I will take my camera.

I just contacted Traceys Tables in Wisconsin because the wheels on my ironing cart/cutting cart are falling apart.  They are


 slowly disintegrating every time I move the thing.  It must be a Florida thing because they have done all my studios and the movable parts in the studios for over ten years and I have never had a wheel problem until now and I have the same cart up north.  I have requested new wheels pronto so my handy  man that is coming next week can put them on.

I went to the nursery yesterday to get some replacements for less than thriving plants in my pots and in the lanai.  G thinks I should wait until we come back but I don't want the place to look untended for the neighbors.  After all, it supposedly rains every day in the summer and plus I have friends who are gonna water and a service that does everything so that's considerably more than I do myself!!!

Check out these amazing placemats that I got from Pier 1.

They are all beads and go great with my kitchen chairs.  I just hope that don't fall apart and will hold up to warm plates and wear and tear.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Shopping at IKEA

Well, the dilemma with the closets for my fabric is cleaned up.  Kathy and were out the door at nine and were one of the first people in the store and got all the stuff I need and a delivery date of this Saturday so that works out perfectly.

Then we went shopping. I got these plastic trays that I thought were just adorable.

They even had pillows that go along with the theme but
I took a pass. Too much matchy matchy is not a good thing for me.  I was traveling through the kids section and got myself some cute plastic colored hooks to hang up my serving trays (that have handles) on a big wall (or relatively big for a laundry room) and because there is currently nothing on the wall, I thought it would add a little character to the room.  And anyway, it's right off the kitchen.

I also got these plastic bins with little plastic wheels the move easily and you can scoot them with your foot.

My plan for two of them is to put in the bottom pantry with maybe boxes of coffee little individual coffee and tea or something else.  I have all the time in the world to thing on it.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

What A Day I Had Today!

I was gone all day.

I had a morning meeting on social activities for the rest of the year for Welcome Club.  Then I had a luncheon.

I came back this afternoon to a itty bitty delivery from IKEA.  I enlisted a neighbor to help me figure out why and we put our heads together and realized that the checkout person only looked at the first page of our order and sent only that.  Now I have another long day tomorrow getting up and heading to the IKEA store which is an hour away to get the rest of the order and get it delivered (for another $129) by next Tuesday because that is the day that I got the handyman to come and put the stuff all together.  Yikes!  Does anything go smoothly?

I wanted to postpone my bloodwork I have planned for tomorrow afternoon for a little later but of course everything is automated and I couldn't, for the life of me, manage to talk to a human.  It's one of those days.

Gordon is in his Jeep heading home to get his stuff for the start of the walleye season in Minnesota this weekend.  Last I talked to him he only went over 80mph once.  That is a miracle for him.  He tends to speed and weave.  I gave him the sermon as I would to a offspring on the virtues of staying alive long enough to catch a fish.

I need a drink and IT IS five somewhere - here!

Monday, May 04, 2015


I have been working with a handyman trying to put together some plausible way of putting sliding doors on my wall of fabric that contains a design wall made out of insulation boards.

The hand dyed wall of shower curtain just isn't cutting it for me any more.  So, after

viewing my neighbor Kathy's beautiful cabinets we went to the store where she bought them.

What a shock it was to find out that they came from IKEA!  They looked custom to me.  So G and I went to the IKEA yesterday and found a sliding unit that will be just perfect for my 164" wall.
They will not be the design wall but the design wall that is currently in the office part of the studio can at least be propped up on these sliding doors.

These units are two forty inch sides so I will get two making it 160".  I will have six drawers on each bottom, so the count will be 24 drawers and four shelves on top of each.  They will be delivered tomorrow but I will have to run back to get eight drawers that they were short for my order.

Then it was downstairs to the $.50 hotdog but what really caught my eye was this wall of

candy.  I was over the moon and wanted to grab a bag and fill it up.

That is, until I noticed the tightness of my waist band.  I salivated some more

before the little ones moved in and I was kicked out of line.  That was probably a good thing!