Friday, February 1, 2013

FEBRUARY VIGNETTES

Here on the island I have two candles I won in a giveaway last week from Kelly at Coastal Cottage Dreams.  I'm burning the one called Hazelnut Coffee.  Totally Yum!  You may want to visit Kelly, she sells these cute candles and I will definitely be stocking up on some more.  Thanks, Kelly!

My big adventure was taking the dogs to the vet on Thursday.  Dr, Fisher is the nicest lady in the world and my pups are very sweet gentle souls.  But once they get in the exam room, they shake and cry and try to hide...they know the routine!  It takes both me and an assistant to hold them firm so she can examine them and give their shots.  Layla was snapping at her a little, so as much as it kills me, I had her muzzle them.  Afterward, the assistant took Milo back to the lab to do blood work. A bit later the assistant popped in the door and urgently called Dr. Fisher out.  A few minutes later I heard on the intercom, "We have a bleeder in the lab."  I nearly had a heart attack and had to restrain from running down there.  I kept thinking of Milo lying in a pool of blood.  I repeatedly told myself, "I have kids...I've been through everything; stitches, broken bones, concussions."  But I was frantic.  After about ten minutes, the doctor came in and explained that Milo was struggling and scratched his face in two places and they had to put compresses on him...he was fine.  He has some little scabs and one bled a little this morning but he's okay.  They slept a few hours after their big adventure.  I thought about a Xanax and a shot of whiskey!  They are my babies!

So that was my week at a glance.  We have a very cold weekend predicted, but even so, The Husband and I are going to go out and look at cars.  My lease is up soon and I am going to get a Forever Car finally!  Even though I got to drive a new car every 3 years, and I always got the same make, model and color (I'm so adventurous!), I hated giving them back.  So I'm excited.

Okay, have to run.  I will be back soon.  Have you noticed I'm posting a little more often?  Is that a good thing? lol! :)

I'm joining Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, as well as Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for her Favorite Things Party.  Please join in!!

73 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

Candles always add such a soft and comforting glow to everything. Super cute little mousie plate. :-) I know what you mean about your pets being your babies. Our cats try to hide when they have to make their yearly visit to the Vet. Then they sulk for the rest of the day.
I bet your hair will look gorgeous on wedding day!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I love the tea tray with the candles - a lovely setting for tea :-)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

ha ha!! girl I adore the dogs on the table..too funny..I pray all is well on your side of the mountain my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Primitive Stars said...

Evening Jane, oh I agree burning candles makes the home cozy, always have one burning......The tea tray looks so wonderful with the candles, great idea.......My pet is my baby to, love her so much, cute picture of your two......Hope all is well with you, Blessings Francine.

Stacey said...

Brrr! I do not ever want to experience that cold. I'm with you...candles make the whole place so much better. Sounds like you had a busy week. :)

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

Hi Jane... Blondieville... I like that!... kinda like "Margaritaville"!... a fun place to be!... so happy Milo (and Layla) are both okay... I would have probably raced the doctor down the hall too... I am sooo protective of Tessy too!... your home looks so pretty, love the soft candlelight... you need to show a pic of you and your pretty hair... I want to see your highlights... caramel color sounds so beautiful... that new book you showed looks great, going to have to look for it... you are getting the cold weather we have had... finally, the sun was out here today and it was almost 40... yay!... my whining days may just be over!... can't wait to see what kind of new car you get... love the "new car smell"!... xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie at Idyllhours said...

LOVE the photo of Layla and Milo!!!

Sarah said...

Burrrr.....I don't know how you do it. I'd be snuggled in by a fire all day and night. ;-)

Sharing Shadymont said...

You've been busy! I've been lazy! I mean L.A.Z.Y.!!! Oh well, my husband says I've earned it, so I'm listening to him (for once)! Like your vignettes. They look nice! We took our 'tiny dog' to the Vet the other day to be spayed and she was still loopy when we picked her up. She was so cute. She thought she could run up the stairs, but found out her hiney was sore, so she slowed down. She's chiuaha/terrior mix. Someone sat her out, and we rescued her. She's a sweetie. Love our babies. We also have a 96 pound German Shepherd. They get along fabulously! Thank goodness. Have a great weekend!

20 North Ora said...

Whew!! You make me tired with your schedule! Glad puppies are ok. Your vignettes are sweet and look like they are so cozy!

Stay warm.

ZJudy

Heaven's Walk said...

Wow. You are one busy gal, Jane! lol! I love days when I can putter around the house and create new vignettes while clean sheets tumble in the dryer. :) Makes me so happy! I know how you feel about your furbabies. I get the jitters when I have to bring Maizie in for her yearly heartworm test and nail trim! lol So glad that you're posting more often, too, sweetie! I always love visiting here!

xoxo laurie

Barbara F. said...

You're a brave soul to venture out in 1 degree weather! But you got a lot accomplished, and it all looks lovely. Hope your pups are rested from their "ordeal", those poor fur babies. xo

Laurie said...

I love that you are posting more often, you create such a cosy atmosphere in your home, so glad the pup is OK, that was a scary moment, you hair sounds lovely!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your vignettes turned out so pretty!
Using Picmonkey is so easy and once you start editing your photos you'll never want to go back!
Your poor doggies. I remember how much the vet used to terrify my cats.
I hope it warms up for you soon!
xo
Lisa

NanaDiana said...

Love all your candles, Jane, and your bits of red here and there. Love your tray vignette, too. I am sorry it is such a struggle to get your dogs to the vets. We haven't had dogs in a long time but used to have to take our kitties in. They were both pretty good and our Maine Coon used to take his shots without even flinching. The other one would hiss and spit and growl...lol

Hope you have a good weekend and have fun car shopping-xo Diana

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

You had a busy week my friend, I love all the pretty vignettes you created! I would have been frantic in the vet, they are such cuties. I miss my Toby so much!
Have a great weekend Jane��

Kristi said...

Ok first of all, I can't believe you have Sail Away playing because i LOVE this song! I jumped when it started, LOL! I must have come to your blog before with my computer on mute, lol. I love your dogs, they are adorable. And your tray chalkboard is awesome! I need to make one of these! :)
Kristi

Melanie said...

I don't blame you for staying in today - it is frigidly cold out there! And I was out a lot of the day today, doesn't that figure? I went to pick up some lunch at Panera and then drove to my former workplace to visit for a couple of hours. Then stopped at Jewel on the way home for a couple of things. Then out to a movie tonight, and coffee after that! Oh well, you know us Chicago folks...a hearty bunch!

Aw, your poor doggies at the vet's office. My cats freak out too, but they're very good the vet.

Interesting cookbook you showed - I'll have to check out what it's about and the reviews on amazon. Just what I need...another book or cookbook! lol

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Oh, stay warm! I don't do very well in the cold. Poor little fuzzy faces - I hope they are happy to be home now! Love seeing your candles. I love to keep a little flame going too.
Thank for popping in to see me and I think my scale is older. I got it in an antique store.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Charlene said...

Yikes! 1 degree? Did I read thar right? Girlfriend stay inside! Glad the pups are bothIK after the big adventure! Elle has to go in soon for her shots. I can't believe how much she's grown!

Thank you also for the sweet words about the new house. We put a contract on it & have had the inspection. Now we're waiting for the appraisal. We hope to close on the 22 of February. There is soooooooo much work to do on it! It is very dated & the owners had very bad taste. We're looking at it as an opportunity to make it ours! Otherwise if I looked at the work ahead of us I might change my mind! Stay warm!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

1 degree does sound like a good day to stay home:@) Lovin' your cute cheese plate Jane-Happy Weekend:@)

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I am so thankful that I'm back on the NC coast where it's much warmer than the north. Every muscle and bone in my body aches when it's cold! LOL!
Love the chalkboard and all your pretty vingettes. My kitties are so afraid of going to the Vet and I know what you mean. Last night I definitely needed a xanax and some vodka...Gizzy is having a hard time adjusting to her new surroundings and keeps us up all night long.
Stay warm and cozy.

hugs
Sissie

Theresa said...

Girlie, you sure have been busy:) Happy the pups are ok and you too! Love the pictures! My favorite is the coffee table with the bottles and the white chair in the background... MAGAZINE worthy:) Have a blessed day dear friend, can't wait to see your hair! I went darker this time too! HUGS!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

oh my , 1 degree..

stay in and light more candles. They sure make it feel warm and cozy inside.

Cant wait to see your new hair tone. I need to get mine done soon.

give those furbabies a lil hug from auntie sonny:)

podso said...

It sounds like a good week for you in spite of that intense cold. I love that you burn candles during the day. Hope you find the car of your dreams today! Stay warm.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Sounds like a great day to play around with some vignettes, Jane! We had some snow overnight and it is supposed to snow all day today. It has been really cold here, too. Stay warm! Let me know if you are reading anything good. : ) I just started reading Katie Fforde books. I like them and she makes me think of Maeve Binchy {if you like her books}.

Always Nesting said...

Poor Milo! Glad for the mending. I always love your posts. Keep them coming :)

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

I was out in that cold taking Alfie to the vet. What is it about our furry friends? Alf has been sick for several days and I plunked out $200 for x-rays, etc.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

This has been one strange winter for us as well, 70 one day 6 above the next. Glad to hear the puppies are ok.. I adore the silver tray chalkboard going to get on a mission for one of those.
Stay warm have a great w/k.
hugs ~lynne ~

Susie said...

Blondie, I love all your new vignettes. The cheese dish is sweet. I laughed about you and the dogs flying back into the warm house.:):) Now taking the dogs to the vet, I know you could trick them into taking xanax, but how are you going to get them to drink wiskey?LOL.
Your hair will be beautiful, I am sure. After all you are Blondie. But you know we will all want to see pictures from the wedding. Stay warm and safe. xoxo,Susie
p.s. hope your hubby is brand new again.


Marigene said...

Sounds like you are having the same cold weather most of us in the midwest have been having...hurry up spring! That cheese plate is adorable. Hope Milo is doing okay.
Stay warm and have a great week, Jane!

Pondside said...

Busy lady!
I like the idea of what you're doing with your hair - change is good, a little at a time!

Claudia said...

Oh my god, I would have gone nuts too if I'd heard that over the intercom! Thanks goodness Milo is okay! Love your vignettes, my friend.

Thanks so much for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congrats on your win. I also love candles and trying new scents. I can't take cold weather! We are in central Florida and it was cool today at 73 degrees.
xx, Sherry

Lulu said...

Hey, I would love to stop by whether or not you baked something up. I can promise you we'd be staying inside as it's way too cold to be out. When we have dogs though that's not always an option. Stay warm.

Gina Gao said...

These were great! I loved the tea tray. This is a great post.

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Sonia said...

One degree!! OMY that makes my bones hurt! I love your sweet puppies and that cheese plate you found is just adorable!
Miss Bloomers

Linda said...

Now what time is tea? I will SO be there!!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Whew! That is cold - I love the idea of spending the day shopping through your house! I'm going to have to look for that cookbook - looks terrific! I hope you have a blessed day,
Kathy

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Jane,
All of your new vignettes are lovely.
I am focuses on the cute containers from Pier One!
Your visit to the vet was a work day and a half in itself!
I'll bring some Limoncello to add to the tea!
~Lynne
w/L.

Kelly said...

I really like your new vignettes! When it's cold outside it's fun to piddle around the house inside and do something creative. I can't believe your temp was only 1! That must be so uncomfortable. Regarding the vet visit, I can relate to once having a dog that was petrified of going there. He was so nervous and upset. He had to be muzzled too. Then after his passing and we got a different breed, we were pleasantly surprised at how jovial he was with the whole visit! He thought he was just visiting friends. LOL! What a relief!

Tina W said...

Beautiful vignettes!
Tea, snow and a lovely view....a blessed day to be sure!
Pleased to make your acquaintance via Mockingbird Hill Cottage :)

Debbie said...

Sweet vignettes in Blondieville!!
I especially like your family room, Jane. It's so cozy in there.
I agree with you. Having candles burning during the day keeps the warm feeling going during the winter months.
I'm hoping your hubby is feeling better?
Enjoy your week!!
xxoo

Cozy Little House said...

Love your little touches of warmth and cozy candles. Judy and I took my dogs to the vet a couple of weeks ago for their annuals. Glad to get that over with.
Brenda

Babs said...

One degree outside! Yikes! But your vignettes give a warm and cozy feel in the photos. The "vignette" with Layla and Milo is the cutest. I started using Picmonkey and really like it. It's sooo easy to use and free! Hope you have a great week and stay warm.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

We are all huge Roald Dahl fans around here, and we've followed Sophie for a couple of years, but I hadn't heard about her new book. Thanks so much for posting about it! I'll check it out FOR SURE!

I love your candles, and that little cheese plate is sooooo whimsically cute!

Your poor fur babies. Bless their hearts! I know you're happy that ordeal is *over.*

I have a few appointments this week (ones I had to cancel when I was sick). Trying to get caught-up!

xo,
RJ

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh your poor babies! They must be terrified at the vet's and I know you were scared to death. Glad Milo is okay. Loved the photo of the two of them. My son said you guys got some snow. We got just a dusting this morning which is enough for me. xoxo

Lori said...

Love your little vignettes ~ I bought a new lemon candle last week and I cannot wait to light it up ~ it just smells so fresh in the kitchen. Poor little Milo ~ why is the trip to the vet so traumatizing for some of our little fur babies? Luckily Molly has never had any issues and she does not stress out when she goes. Congrats on finding a new car ~ we just went through that and I am happy with our pick. Have a great week Janie. xo

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Hope you found the car of your dreams Jane, thanks for stopping by, I'm finally feeling a lot better!

Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a busy and wonderful week Jane! I am posting less often - what's up with that? I have been going through closets and cleaning out and trying to juice and eat healthy - now who wants to hear about that?!!! Have another wonderful week.

Debbiedoo's said...

Looks so cozy Jane. I love the candles. Your dogs are too cute.

Lori E said...

I love the coziness of your home. It is lived in and warm.
Poor puppy. Our dog loved going to the vets. Our cat...not so much. We had quite a history and his chart was notated in a rather unflattering manner.

SmilingSally said...

Poor Milo! I always felt badly whenever I had to take my "babies" to the vet.

Your hair sounds gorgeous! I'm jealous

I like the way you keep so busy all week. Since I've retired, I've become so lazy.

Have a good day, Jane. Stay warm.

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Hi jane,

My daughter used to suffer with eczema and I used Eurcerin cream and it really helped.

I love all of your candles, they are lovely. I thought about how cold it was near you and shivered. We haven't had a very cold winter in Massachusetts. Just a few days.

That cookbook looks wonderful, I will look for it. Have a beautiful day.

Congratulations on your win.

Karen

Designing Domesticity said...

Keep it up. I like the posting more! Liz

April said...

So wonderful to hear from you, Janie! I can't get over the temps. you've been having! And to think that I thought 30 degrees was COLD! I am bonkers over candles and have numerous ones sitting all over the house. I just love how they look...and smell! Happy Monday!

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Love your little vignettes! Have a great week!

Donna said...

Love your wintery vignettes, Jane! Especially the tray chalkboard, and your pretty white wicker basket tray too. Your fur babie's are so cute! I bet you were worried at the vet's office, glad things turned out ok!

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

So shall we still call you Blondie if you change your hair color, lol.

Poor doggies, it must be very traumatic for them...I took one of the farm dogs in to the vet once, she shook so badly. Boots doesn't seem to care, so for a scardy cat that's impressive.

Hope all is well with them.

Jen

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hi Sweetie! Not blond anymore? It's fun to have a change..but I have to admit I do love the way you look blond. I loved your blog today...from room to room is neat!
Hugs,
Mona

wendy said...

I think it is always kinda fun to try new things with your hair. Go for it.
We are warming up some here and I am sooooooo thankful...been in the high 30's.
That way I ccan get out and walk which I love to do.
I know what you mean about your doggies being like your kiddies/babies. Ours is a spoilt little girl.
enjoy the car hunting.

Karen said...

I cannot imagine 1 degree, oh my goodness I'm freezing when it gets down to the teens. You sure made a lot of pretty vignettes. I despise taking the dogs to the vet, they act like they're walking the green mile LOL. It always make me feel scared and helpless. I'm glad your fur baby is okay, that must have been an awful feeling.

Tammy said...

Gosh! That is way too cold for me. Hope things have warmed up a bit. I'm so glad to hear that Milo is okay. Very scary situation indeed. Your home looks very cozy by candlelight. With cold weather like that, I would definitely be cozied up inside. Hope you are having a good week. Tammy

Amanda (Small Acorns) said...

Staying in and lighting lots of beautiful candles sounds the perfect antidote to the cold weather Jane. I'm not sure I'd be motivated to do much at all, except perhaps snuggle up with a good book, but it's nice to have the chance to potter about at home. My dog quakes and shivers every time he knows he is off for a haircut - which happens to be this week, not that he knows that just yet. Once he gets there he usually behaves - just!

Haworth said...

Your pictures are lovely, Jane. I particularly love the images in your family room. I've been lighting scented candles a lot, lately... they're so soothing in the house on a cold day.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

If I lived where it was 1 degree out, my dogs wouldn't think of doing their business outside. How does that technically work anyway? Isn't 32 degrees freezing? So... You can tell I'm a wimpy California girl! Your vignettes are darling. You really know how to keep handily busy on a blustery day. Everyone keeps telling me that if I'd get rid of my 14 yr. old mini van and got a new car, I'd like driving more. I hate driving, so my old car is a good excuse. If I got a new one I'd feel guilty if I didn't drive it all the time. My daughter got a new Jeep Compass recently and LOVES it. Good luck on your new car. Sorry about your pup and his vet incident. Mine hate the vet too. But then again they also shake and quake when they go to the doggy spa, and I just don't get that. Nothing I love more than a good spa treatment! You keep warm now darlin'.

Tricia said...

It seems like you always have so much going on! I'll bet that vet visit was a nightmare, it doesn't help that it's so cold out when you have to go either. The vet keeps sending me reminders to bring my cats in, but I'm kind of avoiding it for the moment. Good luck with your car shopping :)

Deserae said...

Your vignettes look so pretty! Glad to hear the pooches are home re cooperating :o) Aren't you glad they don't hold grudges? LOL
~Des

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your gorgeous vignettes, and the candles just make everything seem so cozy and inviting. Thanks tonsf or joining TTT. Hugs, marty

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Lovely vignettes! Blessings, Tammy

Vee said...

Blondie, how is it that your playlist works when everyone else's I know is broken? That's so cool.

Love these pictures of your home. Perhaps you could link up to Mary IF she does follow through with her "home" theme.

Yes, I'm a wreck when at the Vet's. Good thing he's a personal friend or he'd be worried about me. Molly, my miniature poodle, tries to climb into my arms to get away from him. It's awful. I'm glad that nothing was terribly wrong with your furbaby...just a scratch. Too bad that they can't dispense tranquilizers for everybody concerned! =D

Lisa Lynn said...

Everything looks so cozy and inviting! I would love to have you share this tomorrow on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-2.html

lynn said...

your home looks lovely, jane:) glad layla is good now--poor thing. l love your hair--wish i could do blonde:) happy vday!