Thursday, January 30, 2014

I Don't Do Winter!!!

I think this may be one of the hardest Winter in a long time.  We have been hit with multiple snow storms and below zero weather this year and I know my blogging buddies in the South have been hit with cold weather too.   I am so over Winter!!  :-)  This little girl is actually a fountain with a pond full of goldfish.  I really don't think my fish are still living under all that snow and ice..:-(    The guy at the store said they would hibernate in the Winter but I have a feeling after all the below zero weather that's not going to happen, so I guess I'll be back at the pet store come Spring and warmer weather because I really did enjoy them!!

This is a lake right by my work.  See all those little black spots in the middle, those are geese and that's not even half of what is usually there.  I felt so sorry for them everyday I drove to work.  They sit in a huddle all around that ice hole in the -10 below weather which at times felt like was bitter and I don't know how they survive.   So how's everyone doing in this cold Winter of 2014?  Are you enjoying this time indoors or are you ready for Spring?  I heard today that we might be hit with a giant storm next week!!  NOOOOOOOOOOO...........LOL   If that happens you might see me like Jack Nicholson in The Shining!!  :-)   Stay warm and safe everyone!!!   And say a prayer Spring comes early!!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A few projects to share.............

So before I left for Hawaii, I had a couple of my rooms redone.  My office and my bedroom.  My bedroom was actually finished while I was away.  I'll start with my office..first off it's amazing how much junk one person collects after they lived in a place for long time and I have lived in this home for almost 30 years(yikes!!!)  LOL  The desk is actually really old and you see how worn the top of it is but it's a solid desk and I'm not sure they make them like this anymore.  :-)   The whole room was cleaned out and the closet door was taken off and made into an area where you see the little storage nit. The old fashion map canvas is now hanging up above the storage unit.  I got the storage unit from Target and also the map canvas and the pretty chair that sits by the window.  Love the chair!!  The room was painted a nice neutral color too.  And I don't know if you can see the big red clock really well on the wall but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!  ha!!  I waited for a few weeks for it to go on sale at Hobby Lobby.  Everything eventually goes on sale at Hobby Lobby so it was just a matter of time before I got it.  I didn't want to put too much back on walls or on window so I just have a bamboo shade and the clock and the map canvas and the beautiful giant canvas that sits behind my chair.  I got that on clearance at Kirklands and I also had a new light fixture(from Lowe's) put up since the last time a new light fixture was put in might have been 1988..haha!!  I have a small collection of globes because of my love of travel too.  The office is now clear of clutter and junk. This was my son's room and now it's my own very pretty office.  Isn't it pretty?  I did have someone help me with the work because my days of doing all that work are done.  I painted and painted for years and I'm just done doing it myself but I'm lucky to have someone who does good work and is totally trustworthy!!  I think it's weird that the color of the walls look totally different in each pic...oh's a great color!!

And now for my bedroom!! I wanted this room to be a calm beautiful space to be in each night and I just love how it turned out.  The walls were painted and patched and fixed where there was once wallpaper, border etc.. and all old window treatments and curtains were taken down.  Once they were all down I knew I didn't want anything back up there that blocked the natural light so I looked around and decided these honeycomb pleated shades were just perfect.  They block light at night and give me privacy and let in the natural light.  The bed was moved to a new spot in the room and a new ceiling fan was put in.  Once again I decided not to put too much on the walls so I have a few metal type wall hangings on the wall.  There's actually another tree metal wall hanging to the left of the window which leads to the master bath,  The master bath was also painted the same color as the bedroom.  I had the lamps from years ago and I still love the Tiffany look of them.  I found one of the pillows on the bed at Target but just loved them so much I decided to get a few more but by the time I went back they were all gone, luckily they were online at Target!!  YAY!!!  The three birds above the bed were also a Target find and at first I wasn't sure if they were big enough for the area but when you see it in person it is fine.  I love that each bird is a different color.  So most of updating was either a Target or a Hobby Lobby find and some things are from Home Goods.  Anyway, just thought I would share with you guys.  It was alot of fun looking for stuff and fixing it up and hopefully this year I will get to the other two rooms upstairs.
Things change in life and I wanted the two rooms where I spend a lot of time in to show the changes in my life.  This is where I'm at right now and from where I look, it's not a bad place at all to be!  :-)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Singing the January Blues.....

This was my backyard last night..UGH...I'm so tired of Winter already!!  LOL  But it's ok, I have enough coffee in the house to keep me warm and toasty, so all is good.  I tried this pour over method today when I made my coffee and it's not bad.  The Casi Cielo brand of coffee at Starbucks is out in the stores right now and it is my very favorite one.  I'll have to stock up on it because I don't think they keep it all year round.  Try the pour over method sometime, it's just hot water poured over coffee and it drips right into your coffee cup.

Anyhoo...I've been trying (way before the first of the year) to get in shape.  I started right after I got back from Hawaii because I brought back a few extra pounds with me...LOL  I use my fitbit and go to weight watchers and also I go to spin class so you would think I would be a tiny thing by now.  NOPE, I decided I just love food too much.... I do love my is the one thing that goes everywhere with me (except the shower). It's an awesome tool to keep you motivated if you ever thought about getting one, go and do it.  I try really hard to get my 10,000 steps in a day but on the days I work it's hard so I'm thinking my boss should get us one of these fancy gizmos to do our work on....somehow I don't think that's going to happen.  :-)

And I'm doing some Summer dreaming.  I have no big travel plans for this year yet.  I am going back to Hilton's where I relax the best.  Anyone have any great travel plans for 2014?  Can't wait to be able to dip my toes in warm water again!!  :-)  In the meantime, stay warm and safe!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Rico the Crazy Cat

Rico is now two years old and he is always funny!!   Hey, he even has his own hashtag on instagram, it's called #ricothecrazycat...LOL   He is also a lot of fun to take photos of because of his coloring and eyes.   Look he's sticking his tongue out at me and trying to take over my ipad.  :-)   
So it's already January 12th and I am so over Winter and can't wait for Spring and Summer.  The only good thing about Winter is that some of my favorite shows are on.  Watching Downton Abbey is where you will find me every Sunday night!  
Life is good and full and fun right now and I'm hopeful for 2014.  What are you hopeful for this year? 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Welcome 2014!!

The last sunset of 2013!

And the first sunrise of 2014!
Hope 2014 is good to everyone!  Happy New Year!!