Wednesday, August 26, 2015

NAILING SOME HOME & LAKE PROJECTS







Hi...remember me?  I can't believe I waited so long to post, it's been one thing after another and then a lot of distractions.  You may be looking at this picture and wondering if it's upside down.  No, I'm drying roses from the bouquets I brought home from my son's wedding.  I have vases of dried roses I've saved just everywhere,  I love them, they hold up pretty well for a long time.  I thought about pressing some of these petals and perhaps making a first anniversary gift for the couple.  Something along the lines of framing some romantic sheet music and placing some petals here and there under the glass?  I know you can print out sheet music but it seems I'm always picking out old books of it whenever I'm in an antique shop.  

The wedding is so far behind us it seems.  We really had a ball.  One of the best parts was seeing the friends of the bride and groom (and of my other children as well since they all sort of blended in as they grew up).  Several young guys that Jeff and Kevin went to school with and also played with on the same little league teams came up to me and I didn't recognize them at first.  Then I'd see something in their smile or eyes, it was so cool, these adult versions.  And I don't think I sat the entire night.  Every now and then I think of someone that I didn't have a chance to talk to.  Still, a great time was had by all.  I'm still recovering.




The rest of this post will be an attempt to share the status of some projects going on around here.  I'll even have to refrain from sharing a few new recipes I've made up and promised on Instagram that I'd post.  We'll save those for a rainy day.  But I did have to share my first gorgeous tomato from the vine.  I planted two Early Girl plants in a big container early this spring.  The squirrels got at a few and that made me sad, they don't even like them.  I know I won't have anything more than a few to make salads and some pasta with, maybe a small bowl of fixings for bruschetta.  Still--it's something since I never seem to find the time in the spring to resurrect my old vegetable patch.  Thank goodness for farmer's markets. :)



I'm happy to say that we get closer each day to starting work on the lakehouse.  We have a contractor that has been so wonderful in working with the insurance company on prices of material and labor and we are now starting to pick out the essentials for basically rebuilding the whole interior of the house.  I personally will be in charge of the kitchen.  We've redone it twice in the past 25 years.  I've gone from yellow and white checked wallpaper with white painted cabinets, to white open shelving above and dark "turtle green" colored cabinets below.   Wood floors to tile.  Butcher block counters to Silestone.  Above you can see some of the samples I took home with me from various tile shops I went to with Emily on Monday.  It is an absolute wonder and relief to have an interior designer in the family.  I know the blogger mantra by heart, "I decorate with what I like."  And I do as well.  I walk into these shops with a vision in my head and thank God my daughter knows me and understands exactly how I want a certain room.  And yeah, that's me...each room can be very different, I like to keep my color schemes neutral but I can go from cottage to more rustic in turning a corner.   Decorating is pure self expression, design is technical.

In a nutshell, if you look at the above picture, everything but the hexagon shaped tile is for the kitchen, that particular tile is for the powder room around the corner.  My kitchen floor will be the porcelain with the wood grain pattern that you see.  It has more blues and greens in it much like driftwood.  It's also maintenance free.  My back splash will be going from subway tile to these stone pieces.  And the space between the stove and it's hood,  these glass squares to add reflection and shine.  "Texture!" as Emily says!  Also, easier to clean than the stone---a must in an area where you get grease splatters. 



She put this together for me.  She nailed the light fixtures right on the head.  And I had scoured Pinterest for the open shelving I wanted this time around---something a bit more rustic and natural.  I don't want to say I'm aiming at a farmhouse kitchen, I simply want a kitchen (and home) that reflects our lifestyle there; wildflowers in vases, tomatoes ripening on the window ledge, sand on the floor and little Elsie running around in a tiny bathing suit laughing!

The powder room will be done in muted beach colors.  I'm looking at pedestal sinks and light fixtures.  Very simple.  And I have a long mudroom/laundry room and love all the ideas I've seen for keeping them organized and fabulous looking at the same time.  Believe me, here in the city my laundry room is down two flights of stairs in a dark basement.  I deserve a clean light filled laundry at the lake. :)



I know I left all of you hanging with ongoing projects here in the city.  I left myself hanging (gag, gag).  The den has come together little by little.  I ordered the chairs, I bought the sea grass rug, the chairs came, I had no tables.  Tossed around some pillows.  Shopped the house for a table and lamp.  We could finally sit.  Ahhh...

 



The Husband thought sitting was boring in itself so he shopped the sales and bought this awesome curved TV.  I love it.  The picture is 3D,  It's like watching live television.  I found the cabinet at Home Decorators.  I love the hardware and the whole distressed look.  I never thought they would be using reclaimed wood.  I tossed a basket of books and magazines on a Target pouf that I use as an ottoman.  Looks a little silly though.  So...now I have ideas for the walls.  That will happen soon.  I'm pretty sure.  Yes.  Ahem...

 

I've been spending my days doing a myriad of things.  I'm trying to do more reading and in an effort to do that I'm finding it nice to have more than one book going on at a time.  That would have been a horrible idea to me six months ago but with the variety of books I read, from fiction to non-fiction, decorating books to gardening and cookbooks,  memoirs to beach reads, well a girl deserves to change her mind once in awhile.  So, I read what I'm in the mood for.  When I sit on the patio in the afternoon with the dogs lolling in the grass, I love my romantic novels.  Evenings are usually non-fiction and before bed I usually hit the self-help books, I have no idea why.  Maybe the prospect of hope for a better tomorrow gets me to sleep easier.  Ha!

This just arrived from Amazon.  And that's another new thing I've been doing of late.  Ordering less  on my Nook and getting more of the real deal.  I love them both and have always gotten my reference books straight from the source.  They are keepers.  And  I've always loved picking up a soft cover at Target or a hardback in a bookstore.  And why, why, why would I do this after repainting all the rooms of this house in the last two years and taking down each and every bookshelf to eliminate clutter?  Because I'm crazy, that's why.  Don't ask where I'm keeping the books I'm hanging on to (closet shelves, under chairs, a hamper in the guest room.  Shhhh...).

This book is wonderful.  Part decorating, part memoir.  The writer, Frances Schultz, mixes the two with her spunky Southern charm.  Just as the changes in our homes mirror the lives we are living, you can see how this really wonderful lady navigated her way through good times and bad while she created Bee Cottage.  You'll love it.  I just signed up to follow her blog.

 
 



So I left all of you with some teasers  in my last post.  I seriously thought that after Jeff and Deirdre's wedding life would settle into a somewhat predictable and sane order.  I was really excited for Monday to roll around to have a hot shower, a warm breakfast and sort of just lounge on the patio for a week or two or three.  Nope.  Woke up to The Husband, "Jane, I think there's something wrong with Layla."  He continued to get ready for work and out the door he went while I cradled a limp, feverish, eight pound ball of fur.  I threw on some clothes and patiently tapped my foot until the vet clinic opened at 9:00 a.m.  Thankfully I was able to get her right in and even better, they are just 5 minutes away.  I rushed right over, well, at least halfway over.  A really sweet and kind police officer pulled me over en route.  Talk about pleading guilty before charged, I meekly asked her, "Was I going too fast?"  She looked at me like I had two heads and then saw Layla's glum little face peering up from the passenger seat.  "No.  You disregarded a stop sign."  Oops.  That's also called 'blowing a stop sign",  just between us.  I didn't cry or anything, I rarely cry if you don't count weddings, funerals, romantic comedies, John Greene books or the endings of the last two Tiny Houses on HGTV (the proposal and the father/daughter project).  Sniff.  She let me go with a warning ticket, it was all about Layla's sad little eyes I'm sure.  What Officer Friendly didn't know was that if Layla hadn't been so terribly sick, she would have been growling, barking and baring her teeth, the uniform being a huge motivator.  Well...all that's well ends well.  Layla recovered from her virus.  I didn't get a ticket.  I could have bought a weeks worth of groceries with what the vet cost.

All of you are so sweet in asking about the old broken arm.  It's healing, but slowly.  I get physical therapy several times a week but I still can't bend or twist at the wrist.   I awake in the morning peacefully and then once I move my hand, it all comes back to me and I think...when will this nightmare ever end?  I mean---I fell June 27th!  I did go for a second opinion with a great specialist.  If he hadn't recommended more therapy before taking other avenues, I'd have totally switched over to him from the crotchety doctor I have now (excellent doctor and surgeon...just a little like a spark plug when you question his methods).  My 2nd opinion guy had me look at the X-rays with him and explained that one of the three fractures was really quite bad. And that particular bone has healed in such a way that it's shorter than the other bone.  Thus, I have cartilage, a callus and soft tissue changes going on and that spells out a lot of pain.  So I continue the therapy close to home as opposed to the other doctor,  hoping to get things moving (literally).  The human body is amazing but it also takes a beating once in awhile.  I just wish it wasn't mine.  ;-D

I'm trying to visit blogs and to those of you who come by and leave your heartwarming comments.  I've been reading blogs while I'm curled up in my new, somewhat finished den but I don't always comment for fear of having to hit the pain meds again from the pain.  And then you probably wouldn't understand my comment anyway.   :)

See you soon!

Jane x

56 comments:

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sorry to hear that wrist is still giving you such an issue. I think I mentioned before my boss' wife who fell in the bathroom. She was on a flight that night to Europe and didn't even go to the doctor until she got there because she was afraid if she went to the doctor here, they wouldn't let her fly. Needless to say, healing took a lot longer and she said the therapy, though extremely painful, was what really helped. I've been doing more reading, too. I prefer to hold a real book since I stare at digital screens for so many other things. Each day I read a little from several books and magazines. Much more interesting than sticking with only one thing. My husband bought a new tv while I was away. A smart tv, though he says he's not smart enough to use it. Ha! It's much bigger than what we need, and definitely too big for the cupboard it is sitting on so I will be on the lookout for something new down the road. Glad to hear the wedding was so memorable and that you are finally able to get to work on the lakehouse. Take care, Tammy

Sarah said...

Jane, sorry the healing process is slow and still painful. I wish you well!
Good news on the progress at the lake house. Good luck with the process and all the decisions that you'll need to make.
Take care, Jane.

Val said...

There's nothing as great as that first garden tomato of the year. Heaven on earth!

How wonderful to be able to redo the whole house like this. You had me at yellow gingham wallpaper...but whatever you decide will be lovely, I'm sure.

'Glad your pup's okay now. Those scares are horrible.

Linda said...

Bless your heart!! This post is filled with the good, the bad and the PAINFUL!!! As always, you try to focus on the GOOD!
Prayers that you make a good recovery SOONER rather than later!!

Nancy's Notes said...

Hey Miss Jane! Nothing like a fresh tomato off the home grown plant! Ahhh, tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn and cornbread, okay, I am good!
How fun to have such a great lake project, lucky lady! I count it as one of life's favorite things! Sorry for your pain, glad you are in PT. Take it easy, sweet friend!
Nancy

Rita C. said...

Jane, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your design selections - all of them - for the lakehouse. We were just in Naples again, and that tile with wood appearance is quite popular, and I really like it - it fooled me the first time, thinking it was actually wood. Have fun with your project, and be sure to keep us updated on all the twists and turns.
I remember the feeling of my daughter's wedding a couple years ago, and it's a wonderful feeling still, remembering the good times, and just having everyone all together. Savor those memories! I'm sure most, if not all, of your guests felt the same as you of your son's wedding and reception.
Love your method of reading various genres when the mood or time of day strikes. I've been wanting to pick up the Bee Cottage - sounds like she's the type of gal I'd want to hang with.
Well, I sure hope your wrist will heal itself into its new formation. It's so hard NOT to use the wrist everyday, so it's no wonder the aches haunt you each day. It's encouraging, though, that you feel relief in the mornings.
It's good to hear from you again, and all that you've been up to. :)
Rita

Theresa said...

Oh girl, I am happy that all turned out well with Layla and NO TICKET:) You are really going to enjoy the new lake house, a blank slate to decorate! Enjoy your day dear friend! HUGS!

podso said...

I can't believe all that you are doing with that arm still healing. I am just amazed. It looks like the lake house will be beautiful--I guess a bonus of the bad news you had there months ago.

Stacey said...

Your lake cottage is going to be amazing! Between you and your daughter, it will be magazine worthy I'm sure. Last week I went to visit a friend in upstate New York. Their next door neighbors are currently redoing the whole interior of their house. While they were out of town a pipe burst and the whole entire house filled with water. When they came home there were 5 ft of water in the basement! I saw the interior and it's gutted. I just can't imagine!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

It must be wonderful to begin the planning stages for the cottage. Hope you wrist heals soon.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

OK, Jane- you know how we seem to be connected with an extraordinary amount of coincidential parrallels in our universes? (Your broken hand, my broken foot, your son's wedding, my daughter's wedding, etc.) The list is much longer than that, as you know. But I'll be danged if you didn't just mention crying at John Green novels, as last night I finished "Looking for Alaska."

Just makes one wonder sometimes. Ya know what I mean?

Big hugs. Good health to you, friend - love your choices for decor, going to be awesome.

SilvanaJoanne said...

Hi Jane I've been following your blog but never commented before. The wrist will take some time but each day will get better :-). The cottage will look great I'm sure! get well soon and congratulations for your son's wedding. You all looked wonderful!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

I love everything you have picked for the cottage! Can't wait to see it all come together and I agree - your daughter is a really talented designer and you are lucky to have her help :-)

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

A lot of life going on there, Jane! Hope your arm is feeling better soon...no fun. I like seeing all the projects you are working on...your lakeplace will be beautiful. And I am so glad your pup is better, too! We nearly lost our Sophie a few weeks back due to sudden breathing problems...so scary...we do love our dogs, don't we? Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hi Jane, you have some awesome projects going on. How fun to re-decorate and remodel. I love getting new looks. So sorry about your sweet doggie, but I am glad to read she recovered. I hope you get the help you need for your arm. It's takes time, I suppose. Enjoy your reading. xo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Jane I always enjoy catching up with your life ... I honestly feel your enegy through your posts. A pretty first tomato, I didn't plant any this year. Too busy with the update and renovations. Plus the farm stands had Heirlooms for a very fair price this Summer, bumper crop for them.
I love all your lovely Lakehouse choices, adding rustic charm just seems the way to go. Adding much myself and loving it.
No ticket, thankfully the officer who pulled you over had understanding and empathy for a sick fur kid. Glad Layla is back to health.
I'm like you with books but find bookcases add warmth and I would love one room totally surrounded with wood built in bookcases with a library ladder. But that will have to wait until another home or lifetime since I haven't the space!
Kisses to your arm and you.
xoxo,
Vera

20 North Ora said...

Glad to see you back. Missed you! Sounds like you have a lot going on. Glad Layla is doing okay now. Take care.

Judy

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! It takes a while to get over a wedding. As wonderful as they are, they're draining! Your tomato is gorgeous and I'm sure it tasted so good. Glad you're getting some projects together. Yay! Take care, read your book and love on that doggy!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim said...

Oh no, that wrist. I am glad the pup is better though and that you didn't get a ticket! :) Ps~ Love the tile!!

Lorrie said...

Your lake cottage is going to be so lovely. The description of how you want your kitchen to be warmed my heart. It's all about the people, isn't it?
You've got a lot on the go. I hope your arm continues to heal - I find that healing seems to take longer after....30 or so. Guess the healing slows down as well as the metabolism and other things!
Fun story about the police officer.

Kathy Moreland said...

I'm so glad you are getting to make some choices regarding your lake house. I know it will be lovely. Love the tile you showed. Sorry your arm is still wonky. Maybe the therapy will work quickly and you will be all better! Enjoyed your post!

Dewena said...

Jane, don't worry about commenting! I can't believe how much you get done even with that arm that's still hurting, and weddings and remodeling and so much else!

I liked reading your design philosophy and that and having a daughter who is an interior designer will have a finished product that will be just right.

Thank you for telling us about the Bee Cottage Story. I've never heard of her and she sounds just down my alley.

You take care!
Dewena

Barbara F. said...

I am so glad Layla is better. Your kitchen at the lake house is going to be beautiful!

Deanna said...

Hi Jane! So sorry about your wrist. Sending some healing vibes your way! I can't wait to see your kitchen at the lake house.

Junkchiccottage said...

Jane,
You do have a lot going on. Glad your fur baby is doing better. Sorry your wrist still hurts hope the therapy will help you.
Been loving our beautiful weather. Have a great Friday and wonderful week end.
Kris

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Jane, I just love reading your posts. They are almost like a book - telling us all what is going on.
I am so sorry that your wrist is still bothering you. I do hope that it gets better soon.
Be sure to go to your therapy.
I love all the choices that you made for the Lake house - I think it will be beautiful when you gt it finished.
So glad that your baby has recovered and that you didn't get a ticket.
Sounds like you are having great weather. I sure wish it would cool off here - 100 the last couple of days. I can hardly go outside. The dogs run out and take care of business and right back in the house to the A/C.
I'm just like you have a couple of books and magazines going all the time. Monday I got three of my magazines that I subscribe to and I sat right down and went through them. Then I go back and read everything.
Have a terrific weekend. Loved that tomato..... home grown ones are the very best.
Take care dear friend.
Mary

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Jane,
It is so good to catch up with you. Your Summer has been so abundantly full, and if we really think about it, you have very good bones that were able to heal with so much movement and activity, I am hopeful that the therapy will help you regain movement and freedom from pain. It truly may take awhile, even after the therapy-be patient with yourself:)
The changes for your lake house are going to be lovely, and the mood board that your daughter created is spot on for your "look." I have been attempting to create a few for our house to to help me stay on track. It is easy for me to veer off in another direction, wish I wasn't that way. I went to Sherwin Williams yesterday, and picked up some paint chips-I found the ones you recommended-going to the house this weekend to see how they look in our light:)they are lovely hues.
Layla, what a blessed little pup to have you for her Mom, so thankful she is back to feeling like her self again. We have had furry loves during the course of our life, but we don't have any now. I always play with the idea of getting another one...
Enjoy the harvest of your tomatoes, I too love a fresh one from the garden, sometimes with just salt and pepper on the back porch:)
Have a lovely weekend,
xo
Jemma

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh so sorry for your accident and the pain. My husband had hip replacement in April and he's still recovering and in pain at times. I love dried roses. I've never dried any myself but bought some from a friend's booth. They finally fell apart after 3 years when we were moving. I love the muted colors of your den and the chairs look so comfy. I really need to get some slip covers for mine so that I can get the cottagy look that I love. Thanks for your encouraging words about Hutch.

Nancy Crowley said...

Hi Jane,
your tomato looks gorgeous, who can blame the critter for wanting to try it. I didn't know your daughter was an interior designer, it must be fun to make choices with her. It will be nice when you are at the point where you are ready to move in, and can welcome family and friends again. xx Nancy

Doreen@househoneys said...

I love everything in your mood board, but none more than the flooring. Stunning, and I hear you about creating a space for the way you live. That's the only way to do it imo.

I hate to say it, but total healing takes about a year, sometimes more. I suppose it depends on age, activity, injury, etc. but that's been my experience anyway and those of some friends.

Layla is a sweetheart. I miss having a fur baby, and someday hope to have one again. There's really nothing like them, and you're a great mom!

My tomatoes have been coming in like gangbusters! I like them plain with salt, or maybe some fresh mozzarella and basil, which I have tons of this year. Just call me Mama Leone ;)

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

What a nice, long newsy post...I read it through my eggs and toast and bacon breakfast :)

When you hadn't posted for awhile I figured that you were recuperating from all of the wedding excitement and the work entailed.

Poor Layla...I guess the vet gave her meds or took care of her and I hope that your healing continues.

My Early Girls are doing well...but almost finished, I think. I have some Roma ones coming in now. Put some plastic forks around yours. The squirrels are probably digging around in there to store nuts or something :)

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I love how you want your new kitchen to be...wildflowers in vases, tomatoes ripening on the window sill, sand on the floor and Elsie running around laughing! That sounds like the perfect combo! I love your design choices you've made. Sounds like it's going to be beautiful! So glad Layla is better. One of my mom's new kittens got sick last week too and she had to make a trip to the emergency vet. After a round of antibiotics, she's much better, thank goodness. Hope you have a great weekend!

Poppy said...

Hi Jane,

So wonderful to catch up with your latest posts, after my two month blog break! Congrats to the happy couple! You all look so lovely and the venue looks beautiful.

Sorry to hear about your arm! I last posted mid June, so have missed all the updates. Hope you are feeling better and it is on the way to full recovery. And speaking of recovery, hope Layla is also doing better, poor little thing.

Your choices for the new kitchen, etc., are very pretty. Isn't it wonderful to start fresh again?

Happy weekend!

xx
Poppy

Melanie said...

Your lake house is going to be so pretty with that beautiful flooring and backsplash you have picked out! That flooring is so cool, how it looks like wood but is really tile. I hear ya about your arm...remember when I had my rotator cuff tear? That was over 8 months of PT and almost a year of pain. Not fun! You commented on my post about Lake Geneva...yeah, we've been going for years. It's only 40-45 min. from my house. Hope you're having a good weekend!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Jane,
You have had so many things going on. I say, you are a real trooper!! I also thought you did a great job writing your story about heading out to the Vet. It make me chuckle, yet, I was cheering for you to NOT get a ticket.
You are such a good mom, to your kids and animals.
Sending a HUG,
Carla

Kit said...

Hello busy girl! Glad you are doing well. Nice to hear of your redecorating plans. :) Kit

ann said...

I took a peak at the wedding photos; I must have missed the last post. Love the colors that your are choosing for the lake house. I guess I missed readying about what happened to it or wasn't following you then. I really am sorry to hear about your arm. I broke an ankle in 2007, very badly, but it healed and gives me little trouble now with weeks and weeks of physical therapy. I hope for the same for your arm. Have a good week.

Lulu said...

With nonstop company since July, I am so behind so I totally relate to your absence from the blog world. I am always amazed by what is going on in your life. It certainly seems like never a dull moment. Like you I read multiple books. I'm told that's good for your brain. We'll see! Carry on and take good care.

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

Hi Jane - it was great catching up with what you've been up to. You have been a busy lady. Some great ideas for your lake house - how fun! I just know it will be lovely. Sorry to hear your arm is a slow go; hopefully there will soon be light at the end of the tunnel. Jane

chateau chic said...

Hi Jane,
Your plans for your lake house sound wonderful!! Love your ideas so far. I'm just a little bit envious that your kids are close by for you to see and get together with so often. Such a treat!
Your den looks so comfy...
Always enjoy your very sweet visits,
Mary Alice

Helen said...

Dear Jane,
I cannot claim a very painful wrist injury as the reason for my lack of commenting. I did read your wedding posts and celebrated with you .. although it was via cyber space! I love how similar our design tastes are and how you (me too) can turn on a dime when inspiration strikes. Your lake place sounds so nice and makes me miss living in MN. Though Bend Oregon offers its fair share of mountain and lakes beauty. Been dealing with a medical issue with youngest son who turns 53 this week ~ spent a week in Minneapolis as he went through surgery. Followed by four days in NYC with son who lives with me, turning 54 in October, followed by a week in St. Louis with first born son who turns 55 in October. As you can tell, Fall and having babies seem to work well for me! Last of the bunch, a daughter, turns 48 in October. Smiles.
Take care. You are one of my favorite women.
Helen

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

HiJane,
I finally got a chance to stop by and read your last two posts. So fun to see all the wedding pics, and you all look beautiful! And especially little Elsie...what a doll baby she is!
I loved seeing your plans for the lake house and the wonderful family room your working on.
Oh and your poor arm. So sorry it's taking so long to feel better.
The last month has been a bit of a blur. But I am thinking October for a get together.
I didn't realize that Dan's boss was taking some time off with his new baby and he had the September schedule up the end of July. Geez. Would the second weekend in October work for you? Addison's bday is the first. But really other than that and maybe the last weekend we are open. Let me know what you think. Love ya friend,
And your dress at the wedding looked amazing! Cindy

Shelia said...

Thank for popping in, Janie, and I hope you have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ellen Thompson said...

Our bodies are amazing, and they will heal themselves. Sometimes it does seem like forever, though, doesn't it? Glad the pooch recovered!

Barb @ Bella Vista said...

Hi Janie,

Wow, you sound busy.

I love drying roses and looking back and remembering what they were for.

I am reading The Bee Cottage Story at present.....so entertaining.

Sending you love and blessings,
Barb xo

Linda said...

Did I not comment here? Geesh.....sorry Jane!
The den is looking great....very cosy♥️
Hope your arm is better....
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Hi Jane, so that arm is still bothering you, so sorry...augh...that's a long time isn't it? Hopefully it will improve and you will be back to normal once again.

Sorry, I keep missing your blog, the comments you leave on my blog don't have a link to your blog unlike everyone else's. So to keep continuity as I work my way down the list, and because I get distracted too easily I have to leave the ones that have no link until the end. By which time I forget once again...but this time I remembered.

Love the details of your tiles, that's going to be a beautiful reconstruction when it's done.

Jen

Lori E said...

So glad your little furball is doing better. She should have rushed you through traffic with the lights & sirens going to get you there quicker but I guess not getting a ticket is also a good thing.
So many projects on the go as usual. You are so creative. Nice that it is a family affair with the decorating.

Carol said...

It's so true that life just doesn't want to let up so much of the time, and give us some sort of leisure-time break. I really like what you are planning for the lake house -- it sounds wonderful! I'm so glad your little Layla is doing better, and I'm very glad you didn't get a ticket! I'm so glad your wing is healing, even if it is going slower than you had hoped. I hate to tell you this, and I know you are much younger than I am, but the older we get the longer we take to heal. It's just all part of the mantra I've always heard from older folks, "Gettin' old ain't for sissies!" Now I'm one of those older folks passing on that tidbit of info......lol!

Rue said...

I'm so glad Layla is okay!! Every time Bubba gets sick I stress so hard. That little ball of fur is my life and I imagine it's the same for you.

(((hugs)))
rue

beth said...

i love decorating so your fun palette of newness speaks to me...as those are my colors…or should i say the colors that calm!!

Traci said...

I love all the choices you've made on the lake house! I can't wait to see it all put together!

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