Monday, March 16, 2015

Everyday life . . .

With my wrist issues, I don't feel like I have been very productive lately, 


but when I look at my life through my iPhoto files, I see that I am actually getting a few things done here and there.


I spent some time cleaning up the garden and patio area.


which led to changing the display on top of the yellow cabinet,


I gathered all the different metal containers I could find - I definitely do not need to buy any more.


I even got to the side of the house and cleaned up my tiny little potting bench.


Weeding the garden is slow going with my weak hand, but the garden is beginning to look presentable.


One bit of house decorating today was courtesy of Suzan of Simply Vintageous.


 I won a giveaway on her blog and received a fun package in the mail today.


The metal Paris heart is obvious, but she also included a glass heart necklace and some earrings - beautifully packaged!


After hanging the heart in various locations around the house, I settled on a shelf in the kitchen.


My daughter KC - shown here on our weekend sailing adventure - caused a bit of upheaval around the house today.


KC is moving back to the Bay Area and has returned this cabinet to me - where do I put it, should I paint it, what color?


But, painting and moving furniture will have to wait.


I am going in for carpal tunnel surgery on my wrist on Thursday so sitting with my family or walking on the beach is about all I will be doing for the next few days.

82 comments:

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

My dear, dear and wonderful beach sister! I am wishing you success and total peace as you prepare for your surgery. I know all will be well, I just know it. What better therapy do you have than to sit on the beach with your loved ones. The patio looks sensational, you'd never know that your hand is keeping you from doing the work. AND THAT CABINET! Oh my....I think I like the color it is...OR...hmmmm...how about an AQUA?

So good to see you post. Will keep checking in on you. Anita

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Enjoy this quiet time with family. May all go very well with your surgery and may your recovery be swift.

Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Carol everything looks so pretty...love your gardens...love that pretty yellow cabinet and the great display you added on top! Enjoy the R&R with your family and good luck on Thursday...wishing you a quick recovery!

ANNE said...

Oh! Best wishes for a successful surgery!!! Your home looks stunningly beautiful as always - you can rest easy without touching anything and still look about the house and garden and be happy. :) xox

Debbie said...

oooo, we have much in common, especially a love for beach living!!! your home is beautiful and inviting....good luck with your surgery, resting is a fun change in pace, especially if you are resting at the beach!!!!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Carol, do take GOOD care of yourself! Best wishes on a successful surgery.....hugs!

I just LOVE your home with all of the whimsy and color. You have a slice of Heaven on earth to be so
close to the ocean. You have a happy home!

xx

Claudia E said...

Good luck with your surgery. I bet you bounce back quickly. Your home and garden always look so inviting.

Leslie Harris said...

Oh Carol. I had no idea you had surgery scheduled. I'm sending you all my positive prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery. I know it's frustrating for you because you're always so active and have so many projects going on. BTW-Every time you show pictures of your home and your outside garden I'm so blown away by how pretty and done everything looks. The exact opposite of my place right now. Today there's jack hammering outside my window because we're filling in an old, cracked pool. Life around here is loud and messy.
Take care my friend, and keep us posted on your surgery.
hugs,
Leslie

Dawn said...

Prayers for a successful surgery :)

bobbie said...

Congratulations on winning that spectacular heart from Suzan!!

Know I'll be thinking about you and sending good thoughts on Thursday.

Hugs ~~~

8 days!!!!!!

Laurel Stephens said...

I'm crazy in love with your galvanized metal display, Carol. I hope your surgery goes perfectly. Take care of yourself!

Cream Linen said...

Good luck with the surgery!
I' m sure everything will be OK and you will recover soon!
Best wishes,
Tina

Cream Linen said...

Good luck with the surgery!
I' m sure everything will be OK and you will recover soon!
Best wishes,
Tina

Connie said...

Hi Carol, Love all your metal containers. I had to go searching for some last year to use in our bathroom and around here I ended up shopping at the feed supply store :) When you wrote, " the garden is beginning to look presentable", I about fell off my chair . . . the garden is gorgeous! On a more serious note, I will be praying for you and know that soon your wrist will be strong again.
Enjoy sitting on the beach . . . what a lovely way to spend the day.
Connie :)

Kim said...

Good luck, Carol. I hope it's quick and painless and you are on your way to back to feeling 100% in no time at all! :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carol, I think you have accomplished quite a bit considering. Your garden is so gorgeous and a lovely place to just sit and ponder all the beauty in your part of the world. How I would love to be sitting with you on that beach! I'm beginning to wonder if we will ever see ours again. I wish you much success with your surgery and do take care, my friend. I'll be thinking of you!

Blessings,
Sandi

Jen Kershner said...

Good luck Carol! I'll be thinking of you. I hope you heal in record time but be kind to yourself during the process!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Good luck on your surgery Carol. I know everything will work out fine. Prayers are being sent your way for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. Your home is always so lovely.
So glad the weather is a little cooler this week. Way to hot last weekend.
Mary

Melanie said...

Your house and garden always look so charming, happy, and colorful. Please don't worry about getting things "accomplished"...just take care of yourself right now. You know I will be thinking about you and sending prayers on Thursday! By the way, I think KC looks just like you. :-)

20 North Ora said...

Looks like you got a lot done to me!! Thinking and sending you, family and doctors prayers on Thursday.

Judy

Kathy said...

I will be sending up some good vibes to you AND your surgeon on Thursday. I hope you are on the road to recovery very soon!!

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I didn't get my email notice of your new post... C'est la Vie. I thought Monday was the surgery so now I will keep you in my thoughts for Thursday. Your cottage is always delighful to see photos of. Cheery, charming and creative! Fun giveaway win! Carol enjoy the surf and sand and rest up for the surgery. Oh and by the way I'm sure what ever color you decide to paint KV's returned cabinet will be cheery and bright.
xoxo,
Vera

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Tricky fingers ... I meant KC's

Gina said...

I always enjoy your posts! I can feel that California sunshine right through the photos! :)

Poppy said...

Your metal bucket display is charming! Good luck with the surgery, Carol. Will be thinking of you!

Poppy

Canadian Chickadee said...

Surgery can be an ordeal, but I hope all goes smoothly and that the recovery time is short. Well, at least you have an absolutely beautiful place to recuperate! Good luck, and take care! xoxox

Katie Mansfield said...

Prayers for you. I hope all goes well.

podso said...

I hope your surgery goes well. Enjoy the rest.

Pamela Gordon said...

I wondered if that is what is wrong with your wrist and hope the surgery goes well and you heal quickly. Enjoy your break and the beach. :) Blessings. Pam

Suzan Sweatman said...

Here's to a speedy recovery Carol -
I'm so happy you received the package safe and sound - it's looks beautiful in your kitchen !!!
Your galvanized pots are gorgeous!
Big hugs
xoxo

Patricia @ Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I'll be praying for you as you prepare to go in for surgery and the day of, too!
I like the way things look around your home-- and yes, you're pretty busy to have the pain that you have.
Enjoy your family and relax. Maybe you have some books lined up to read while healing?
I like that little cupboard.
I don't quite think that Dark color suites your colorful little beach cottage, does it?
I'm thinking a pistachio green color? ;)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I hope everything goes well with the surgery. I'll keep you in my prayers sweet friend. I sure love the heart from Suzan...she's such a sweetie! Hugs, Diane

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, I know you were so excited when your daughter moved there! Life changes. I've been there with the wrists. Try to relax afterwards and enjoy time in your beautiful yard.
Brenda

Laurie said...

I loved the tin full of flowers in your first photo. Heck, I love all your photos. I'm not sure, but I am thinking the cabinet won't stay black. I do love your little heart from Suzan. That's a crazy chick, isn't she? And her conversations with John crack me up. On a more serious note...I wish you good luck with your surgery. I'll whisper a prayer for you. Take care, talk soon.

Sarah said...

Hate that you have to have surgery, but certainly hope it relieves the pain. Hanging out on that gorgeous beach sounds pretty inviting to me. Get well soon!

Botanic Bleu said...

Sending you healing thoughts so you recover from your surgery quickly... More beach time sounds like good therapy.

Judith

Debra Howard said...

Oh wow! yes you have achieved quite a lot! Love looking at your garden pics...maybe this year our drought will end so I can get my garden back into shape.

My Garden Diaries said...

Good luck with the surgery friend....I will be sending you think thoughts! And I love your collection of metal containers as well as those views into your garden! They are stunning!!!! Oh and how sweet is that shot of your daughter! Wishing you all good things buddy! Nicole xoxo

Susan said...

Glad you are getting the wrist fixed. CTS is so frustrating. How wonderful to have your daughter closer. I'm happy for you.

The Junque Seeker said...

Thinking of you and wishing you a speedy and full recovery! The photo of your potting bench - that blue shutter with the hydrangea - gave me a big smile.

http://deezie-sunshinedeezines.blogspot.com/ said...

Oh my how your garden looks so colorful! we still have snow on the ground here :) Love those yellow knobs. Praying for a very speedy recovery so you can get back to having fun, using your hands. Good luck on Thursday
deezie

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

With spring just around the corner here, I love seeing your beautiful flowers! Isn't Suzan the best? I like your cabinet that KC returned, but I have no advice on what color to paint it. Good luck on your surgery tomorrow!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Looks like you've been having such a good time and enjoying the southern California sunshine. Your garden is looking so springy and colorful! I hope all goes well with your surgery tomorrow and you're back doing what you love to do real soon!!!

My Little Home and Garden said...

I wishing all the best for a successful surgery, Carol, and a speedy recovery after it. For someone dealing with wrist problems, you still get plenty done around your beautiful home.

Karen

Kelly said...

It's nice to take stock of what all you HAVE been able to do! I love the sweet heart that you won. It's perfect in your home. I'm glad to hear that you'll be getting something done for your wrist on a more serious level. I'm sure surgery is the last resort, but it will hopefully be what cures you! I don't know how you've been able to do all that you do already with that problem. So painful! I hope your surgery goes well tomorrow and you become pain free very soon.

Jeanna said...

Thanks for sharing all of your beautiful photos.

Best of luck with the surgery. I hope that it helps so that you can get back to doing all of the things you love!

Jen Ham said...

Ah....good luck with your surgery Carol...I will be thinking of you! Your garden is just so very beautiful! The colors! It's so clean too! :) xoxoxoxo Jen

Cynthia said...

First off, good luck with the surgery. Your garden always looks great. I adore Suzan and congrats on the win. Take things slow and make your healing the priority

Cindy

Sally Somervill said...

Good luck with your surgery and wishing you a speedy recovery. Your garden path is just beautiful.
XO Sally

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Carol, your home displays are lovely. Thoughts and prayers for a prompt recovery with your surgery Thursday.
Best get well wishes for better days ahead.
Hugs, CM

Daytona Damsel said...

Best place for healing and relaxing is the beach. Praying for successful surgery and a speedy recovery. Debbie

cynthia lee designs said...

Love, love, love all of your different metal containers on your cabinet...it looks great!! Keeping you in my prayers as you have your surgery...wishing you a speedy recovery.
hugs,
Cindy

Jann Olson said...

Nothing ever slows you down Carol. You accomplish a lot even when you're not up to par. I had carpel tunnel surgery years ago and it was not bad at all. Now days they can usually do it by laser and the recovery is much shorter. Hope all goes well for you!! You will be in my prayers. Love your metal containers and what a sweet give away win!
hugs,
Jann

chateau chic said...

Sitting with your family on the beach is a wonderful way to recover from your surgery, Carol! I hope you can enjoy that time relaxing with family and friends.
Mary Alice

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Even with your issues you are getting so much done! Love the red heart of course! Thinking good thoughts and sending up prayers for a successful surgery.
hugs,
Linda

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Best wishes with your hand surgery. Beautiful photos.

handmade by amalia said...

I shudder to think what you'll accomplish with your hand all better :-) There is so much here. And it certainly doesn't stop you taking photos, these are all so pretty and full of life. Get better soon!
Amalia
xo

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I'll think of you today, hoping everything goes alright and you can spend long hours resting on the beach after that!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

I hope your surgery is/has gone well, and as always love your photos! Listen, enjoy sitting on the beach, thriving in the sunlight and energizing your body and soul...It's time to rest and then when you hand is better you can go rockets full ahead!

Rue said...

Well, you're awfully productive for someone that doesn't feel like it ;)

Enjoy your time with the family and good luck with your surgery. I hope it goes well!

xo

Diane said...

Oh, dear! I did not see this, until today! I hope the surgery went well and you will be "good as new" very, very soon!

Lowcarb team member said...

" I am going in for carpal tunnel surgery on my wrist on Thursday so sitting with my family or walking on the beach is about all I will be doing for the next few days."

Hope all went well - wish you a speedy recovery.

All the best Jan

Renee said...

Your garden looks lovely. I'm sorry to hear KC is moving away again. You seemed so excited when she moved back.

Hope the surgery went well. Prayers for a speedy recovery for you. I had the surgery on both my wrists. I still have little problems but I am able to knit, crochet, cross stitch and sew without ending up in misery. Unless I get too carried away and stitch for way too long. Hope you are back to all your usualy activities soon.

Helen Philipps said...

Just catching up here....good luck with your surgery, Carol. I hope you will soon be better and able to enjoy all the things you like to do. Your pictures are always a delight to see, your home and garden are so lovely. (And I so enjoyed seeing your husband's wonderful paintings.) Sending you warm wishes for a speedy recovery.
Helen xox

Jackiboo said...

Speedy recovery. Focus on healing beautifully. There are a lot of lovely colors to choose from in that picture above that cabinet. Use it for inspiration when you are strong enough to tackle the job. Thanks for this blog. It always cheers me here in north TX too far from the sea.

By Neymes said...

Sua casa um verdadeiro cenário,parabéns por sua criatividade.Bom fim de semana.Valéria.

CatieAn said...

okay so your surgery was yesterday and have been thinking of you and praying for little pain and much love and family time.
Oh you must be bummed KC is moving away once again!!! I am sure while you are sitting around 'doing nothing' but getting better you will be making lists in your head of all the stuff you want to change/paint/rearrange, etc......sending healing hugs your way

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Your home looks lovely, inside and out, Carol, so you can take some time off from tweaking! Your surgery was yesterday, so I hope everything went well and you're not in too much pain. Long walks along the water sound lovely and the sunshine should speed up your recovery!

Kirby Carespodi said...

I LOVE IT ALL! Good luck with your surgery and take care of that wrist!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Hope your surgery went well, Carol. Wishing you a speedy recovery! I always enjoy seeing the bright colors in your home. LOVE your kitchen canisters!

Daphne Bryson said...

Good Afternoon Carol, I am sorry I have not visited in a while, but life has been very busy of late so I could not find the time to visit as I normally would.
I am sorry to hear that you have had surgery on your wrist... I hope that everything went well. It will take a little time to recover, but then I'm sure you will be back to your usual 'busy bee' self.
The heart and jewellery you received from Suzan is lovely. I do have a 'thing' for hearts and I also hang them in my kitchen.
Enjoy your beautiful sunny garden and take care of yourself.
Best Wishes
Daphne

Carla said...

love all the metal containers. LOL If I did something like that my husband would tell me I was too lazy to stack them
properly instead of thinking it was artsy like yours
Hope the surgery went well. Here's to a speedy recovery. Take your recovery slow and behave.

Karen L. Bates said...

I adore galvanized anything...love your display....very cool with the daisies. How fun, a new fun piece of furniture to play with. Enjoy recouping on the beach, take it easy and you can plan all your furniture colors.

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

I somehow missed this post, but want to wish you a speedy recovery and enjoy the sand and sun while doing so. Look forward to your return to the blogosphere after all is well again with you~~ Jackiexx

Twinkle Terrior said...

Hi Carol...your blog makes me smile! What a great day I have had catching up...Your pretty flowers and amazing decorating = pure happiness!! oxox Have a great week :)

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Goodness Carol! Your home is gorgeous. If I could put together color like you do, my house wouldn't be all gray black and white. You really have a gift for decorating. My mom just had arthritis cut from her wrist. She's now left handed for 6 weeks or so... She's doing okay. I wonder if the surgeries are similar. Funny, she handles the bills and such... and she had to borrow a typewriter so that she could type out the checks etc... so my dad wouldn't have to get in "her business"....
The beach photo makes me long for summer! Enjoy your downtime with your family. I know you'll come up with the perfect solution to the cabinet... although it looks good to me as it :)

Consider It All Joy said...

I have been on vacation and away from my computer, so sorry I didn't read this before you had surgery! I pray it went well and you are recovering nicely! Sending hugs your way! Blessings, Cindy

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

Enjoy the forced relaxation! :)

Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Wishing you the best! All you can do is walk on the beach!! Get well soon. Lynda

Algodão Tão Doce said...

Cada novo amigo que ganhamos no decorrer da vida aperfeiçoa-nos e enriquece-nos. (Maria Miranda)
Tenha uma linda semana!
Doce abraço, Marie.

Debby said...

Your cozy cottage is so wonderful. You will find the right place for that cabinet. Good luck with your surgery.. I have had that done on both hands. It doesn't hurt but it is very important to not use the hand. They had mine all wrapped in this huge bandage. The next day I went back to see the doctor and they put two bandages on. I would advise if your doctor doesn't bandage yours to do it yourself. You need some padding and it is hard to not use it. I hope it goes well and you return to a normal pace soon. Hugs

Art @ Home said...

The metal on the yellow cabinet is making me smile…I love that vignette!