Friday, September 14, 2018

When life gets in the way of blogging . . .

A series of events, both good and bad, have kept me from my computer,

The first event occurred on August 15, when we moved to this house on Seahorse Avenue, just half a mile from our house.

Not a permanent move,

simply a great landing place while this was happening in our only bathroom.

Our son's in-laws left for Europe on our Demo Day and we took over their house.

Event #2 was a visit from two of our favorite people

We don't get to see Andy very often

so we stayed off social media when we were with him.

Event #3 was very sketchy internet at the Seahorse house which would work sometimes in some rooms and then go out completely - once was in the middle of a call with Apple dealing with Event #4.

Event #4 involves this picture and unfortunately many others - I edit pics in PicMonkey, pop them in my photos file on my MacBook Pro, click on them and watch as they disappear right in front of my eyes.

The photos only disappear when I put them into photos and only on my computer (not Steve's or my Apple caseworkers') - I'm now 4 rungs up the ladder in seniority of trying to solve an issue they have never seen and I have spent countless hours on the phone as we try out different solutions to the problem.

We are back home now and Lulu is quite happy - the toilet is installed, but we still shower on Seahorse.

I snapped this pic 2 days ago and so much has happened since- today the tile man finished, the shower was installed, the electrician finished installing the lights and all repairs were made to the walls.

Tomorrow morning our pedestal sink (the only thing we are reusing) will be installed and we will be one day closer to a 21st century bathroom.

And I will be sharing my fall decor -

that is unless random pictures continue to disappear.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Simple Changes

Welcome to the Transitioning from Summer to Fall Home Tours

organized by Amber of Follow The Yellow Brick Home.

If you are visiting from Panoply, doesn't Rita style her vintage collections beautifully!

Summer actually lasts way into October in my neck of the woods

and days like this are common even in November.

The easiest way for me to transition from summer to fall is with flowers.

I have noticed seasonal changes happening at the flower stands - oranges and yellows are taking over.

With my basic color palette of blue and white, adding fall flowers is really about all I need to change things up.

Lantana from the garden changes from summer to fall simply by using an old metal container instead of a vase.

A quick flip on the old red chair turns a summer garden

into a fall garden.

The eucalyptus leaves on this wreath have faded to a dull brownish green

and simply exchanging the dried roses with wilted sunflowers

creates a fall look in the entry.

I am far from finished with fall decor, but I'm inspired - these napkins are my next project and they won't be on the table.

 I'm scouring Instagram and Pinterest for ideas for a new sign to hide the television.

How about you - are you transitioning to fall?

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Now it's time to head over to Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson to see what fabulous ideas Jann has for you.

Be sure to visit all 23 blogs for great fall inspiration.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Old and Withered

"I must have flowers, always, and always"

I feel the same as Claude Monet, but it gets expensive buying fresh flowers for every room each week.

Despite having lots of flowers in my garden,

I don't want to cut them because I love seeing them in the garden.

So, I have taken to drying flowers

once they begin to fade.

This has been my drying rack - hanging in the kitchen,

but I thought it was time to read read up on drying flowers 


and I found this website - Johnny's Selected Seeds where I discovered that I was doing one thing wrong.

Some of my roses retain their pretty color and these hydrangeas kept their pretty green,

but white roses don't stay white.

The article said to hang them upside down and I was doing that, but they need to be in a dark place to retain their color.

I need to buy some orange roses and hang them in the garage to compare the colors of these that were dried on my rack.

These Matsumoto Asters are on day two of no water in hopes that they will dry to this pretty color.

These Black Eyed Susans in the garden need to be snipped and hung in the garage before they wilt too much.

But, I like this rustic look - they will be fun in fall vignettes.

I'm a beginner at drying flowers, so any tips you have will be appreciated.

Meanwhile, I will simply enjoy decorating with dried flowers.

Like me, they are old and withered, but still have a lot to offer.