Take me out to the ballgame. Notice this is a blue font? Well, it's always blue font but it now means more. GO CUBS!
As first baseman, Anthony Rizzo said, "Chicago needs this."
I'm so glad to be back on a somewhat timely basis. If you read my last post, you know I've been struggling with a discipline dilemma as my schedule gets more and more busy. All of you ladies were so honest in describing your own issues with getting everything done and the pressures we put on ourselves to live up to that sort of expectation. I really love your support and I hope you continue to read and reflect on some of the areas I want to go to in the future. I will always post anything and everything about decor, gardening, recipes, good reads, travels, extreme tangents and hysterically insane happenings with The Husband (which are entirely his fault) ...you get the picture.
So onward and upward to decor. Back at the lake: I have a little conversation area in a corner of the Great Room. Actually it's my favorite little spot as it is smack dab in front of the huge glass windows that looks out at the bay. As opposed the the sofa and loveseat which are positioned around the fireplace, these are the best seats in the house. For over twenty years we have had the same settee and glider rockers in this space and we can't imagine giving any of these pieces up. The rockers are beyond comfy and the camel back settee is still solid, the cushions impeccably firm. So we decided to upholster these pieces. The rockers were very simple. They have seat and back cushions which are attached. Below you can see the fabric I chose.
Above you can see the fabric I picked out for the settee. I'm bringing soft blue and grays into the house but I don't want to be blocked into that color so its subtle. I can't wait to share pics but we aren't there yet.
These pieces should be done in January. I'm so excited.
We have had a little round table in the middle to set our drinks and books on. I think I've posted it before but I'm too lazy to go back in my posts to find a picture. Ha.... I painted the table with chalk paint and thought I was very cool and on the game but nothing can deny the table was a simply ugly to begin with. Outdated and vintage are totally different so the table will be down at the curb should you be in Southwest Michigan in January. Any who, I received an email that Pier 1was having a sale on ottomans and after looking at coffee tables to replace said ugly little table, I knew that I had to find something smaller. Ta Da...there you see it above. I ordered it in Taupe in light of the patterns I have going on in the furniture fabric. I love the tufted top and nailhead detail. It's very sturdy as well. I've bought furniture from Pier 1 and it hasn't disappointed me. On smaller items my mindset is: if I can't get it cheaper elsewhere, if it's really original or on clearance, then I'm okay.
Speaking of junk, the last time we were up at the lake I was working away inside and The Husband was cleaning out the garage. He called me to give him a hand with something. We still have a dumpster in our driveway which is overflowing. I helped him carry a few heavy pieces over. It was in miserable pouring rain and of course I was barefoot. When I got a close look at the dumpster I nearly collapsed in a puddle. So many of my treasures, my favorite pieces that had been packed in the garage had been tossed away. Things that were in perfect condition. Outdoor candles, glass holders, lights, garland, 4th of July decorations. Beloved signs and beachy decor pieces. A beautiful set of glass jars filled with sand to hold votives which were a gift from Pottery Barn. It was all fine albeit a little wet. I started to paw at it, tears running down my face in the rain. The Husband thought I was nuts. "These are perfect. Why? Why were they thrown away?" I cried. Thankfully no one had come along and taken them so I made trips back and forth to save what I could. I guess it ended up being my own dumpster diving experience. I'm just so grateful I was there before the monster was hauled away. Sheesh, long story!
For all the excitement Saturday night, realizing we were going to the World Series, there is a feeling of being on edge with these final games. I still think hometown glory and pride can do a tremendous amount of good, win or lose. There have been so many folks waiting for this moment after 108 years since Chicago was in the World Series. If you are that old you may remember that. Okay, Jimmy Fallon said that tonight...shoot me.
I have to share this Facebook post my very, very sweet sister in law, Mary Jane, wrote about my brother. He and I were texting throughout the game. He is not only a longtime Cubs fan but he has a 45+ year career of teaching high school and coaching baseball in southern Indiana. In fact, he's in the Indiana Hall of Fame. MJ wrote:
"He was born on the South side of Chicago, and saw his first game at Wrigley Field with his beloved grandpa at age 5. When he would visit his grandparents in the summer, his grandma would pack him his lunch, and at the age of 11 he would catch the bus and go alone to watch them play. He would pay .50 for a bleacher seat and be sure to get there early to watch them practice beforehand. Very few times in our married life have I seen him shed a tear. Tonight was one of those nights."
Me and my brother, John (2015) Louisville, KY
I mentioned in my last post that The Husband had tickets for the game and thankfully they were for Saturday, the night the Cubbies won. As comedian/actor and long time Cubs fan, Bill Murray said...people in Miami, Seattle and such don't get it. We've waited for this forever.
The Husband and our son, Jeff, were there together as well as Kevin but he was in a swankier place with his people from work!! I have a great video they took from the bleachers but I can't seem to load it. I'll keep trying. I was by my lonesome but I had the excitement of a zillion fireworks going off, Milo, totally frightened and trying to crawl under the sofa, and Layla vomiting. Can I say I'm dreading July 4th? My saving grace was that my men could not possibly hit the bars in Wrigleyville with the crowds and they were home by midnight with McDonalds. Yes!
Finally...a HUGE thank you to all of you ladies who congratulated me on my new writing job! I felt your confidence and it boosted mine. We have such a great community and I feel something so powerful and real. I think I'm going to be okay. :)
You can look at the Reporter online at the Reporter. I will have an article every third week of the month (this is a weekly newspaper). I will also have feature articles and I'll definitely let you know when that happens. Again, thanks for your best wishes.