Hey everyone! I really thought I'd cave and bring up more fall stuff but I haven't. I'm still thinking I'll have an excuse to go downstairs and take a peek at what I have but I've been neglecting laundry, too, so I haven't been down there much. Ugh...is it a funk? I have to get in gear. The holidays are going to be in swing just weeks from now. As much as I say I'm going to do tons ahead of time, well, that never happens, and at this rate I may only have a Charlie Brown tree with that one lone red ornament. In fact, the more time I think I have, the more I add to my list of brilliant things to do, and thats a no~no for all of us.
I sort of feel a surge of energy in the evening, a second wind of sorts. Maybe its just that ahhhhh feeling that the day is over. Last week while feeling this way I grabbed my phone during a commercial on TV and under Notes made this list:
Challenges/Goals/Advice to myself
Go to bed day early...get up early
Discipline is the key to success
No whining. Be tough and get it done
Treat everyone with kindness
No gossip or complaining about others
Stick to calendar
Complete To Do's or make up next day
Don't let fatigue or burn out make you veer off plan
Push on always
Have a me day
I wasn't sure if this was something I wanted to post. I feel it's overly ambitious, rigid and somewhat sad. A bit hilarious, too, I might add. The pressure we put on ourselves often doesn't make sense to others much less ourselves but sometimes I think we need to look at ourselves in the brutal, cold light of day. I know my faults...a ton of procrastination and lack of discipline. I'm thinking I'll have to revise this list or maybe, do as so many recommend, make a list of all I've accomplished in a day. Or a list of my blessings. And that list will be much, much longer. I've opened up a bit here and I hope you weigh in. Do you set up expectations for yourself? Maybe you just roll with it all. As we get older and hopefully wiser, does life get easier? I'm getting all introspective here and that's very un-Blondie~like but we all have our moments. ;-D
I'm going on two years of writing for what I call 'The Lake Newspaper' but it is actually distributed in thirteen towns and twenty-two lakes in Southwest Michigan. I should give it more credit than I do. I love writing and I've said before, my columns are much like my blog, a lot of touching on this and that with recipes and a bit of my own experience in gardening and decorating. I love how free and fun it can be to write an article that might get people to laugh and maybe try something new and different. Experiment with a new recipe. Set a pretty table. Plant a little herb garden. I just love what I do.
I've been working hard for the past few weeks on something but I didn't want to curse anything or create any expectations. I sure could have used some prayers but finally, I got the great 'news' last week and I've got a job!
I have a true blue professional job as a writer of a column for a regional newspaper here in Chicago. Actually, the paper serves several towns/villages in suburbs adjacent to the city. I am beyond thrilled. I never thought I could sell the idea of a lifestyle column to a paper that has been in circulation for over fifty years, much less get the job as a writer! There were times when I had to make follow up calls and I thought it was hopeless, but by the grace of God, this editor gave me a chance.
A large part of my job will be seeking out stories in the community. I'm thinking I may just change my name to Lois Lane (Ha!). I will be writing a column and can also submit articles for possible features.
I had the confidence of many people, including my children. One of these sweeties had a bit of doubt, "Mom...there are people who have degrees in journalism that can't get writing jobs. Don't go here." She had good intentions, didn't want me to be let down. I felt I had nothing to lose and I think I pushed harder because I don't feel we should have limitations based on preconceived ideas of background, education or age. I've done a lot of soul searching in how I want to spend the second half of my life. My kids are off and running. The Husband still has his career of over forty years with no sign of giving it up despite threats (gulp). I think I'm really doing well. The glass is definitely more than half full. Wish me luck.
On to the decorating front. Just some small changes besides apples and pumpkins on the dining table, some little Cinderella pumpkins on the mantel as I shared in my last post, and this vignette on the coffee table. I've always loved this basket made out of wood and chicken wire and it works so well in autumn as well as winter. I added some old books, glass candle holders filled with cinnamon scented potpourri and a few candles. And I finally found a copy of Bella Grace that everyone has been talking about. It jumped out at me on a recent trip to Michael's. I'm savoring it little by little.
It's so hard to get a good photo of the glass coffee table (Hello area rug!). Hope you get the picture.
On the lakehouse front...I have been decorating the guest rooms and started off with bedding. I think that pretty much captures the style and colors you want to go with. Funny, the room my daughters shared, or the Gulls Room, has always stayed feminine and that's stayed the same. I chose this floral 8 piece set from JC Penney. It was a fantastic deal and once it arrived I was really happy with the quality. The comforter is super soft. Isn't it pretty? I wanted something sort of happy and carefree in this room. Emily and Abby have accused me of being very old ladylike when it comes to florals but they approved of this. Funny thing is, I was going to make up all the guest room beds last weekend and then I thought, no one is really going to be here until next spring, why take these things out of the packages to get dusty? So I washed all the comforters I previously had and made up the beds for now. And its nice to see the rooms so fresh and clean after the sad, sad state of the house eighteen months ago after the water damage. Makes me smile from ear to ear. :-D
I still can't help but call the other guest room the buoys (boys) room, and I wanted a little bit of nautical. I found these comforters (which also come as duvets) at Target. This one is from the Industrial Shop. Is this new to any of you guys? I love it.
This is from the Beekman 1802 Farmhouse line at Target as well. This fits perfectly with what I want. I have three twin beds in this room so I mixed them up. I can't wait to see how everything looks. I have months to choose the details. I'm having a ball!
Last weekend was a nice time at the lake in spite of working non stop to continue emptying boxes and the never ending clean up of drywall dust. As I said, we bought a Swiffer and a Swiffer Wet Jet. The Wet Jet worked like a charm getting up the drywall dust and dirt but it sort of pushed regular old dust and dog hair around. We chose a dark stain for the new wood floors. My son has them and strongly discouraged us from getting them as they show every little speck. I'm stubborn but he was right. A friend stopped by and she said in between a good washing she uses an old fashion rope mop which she sprays with a little Pledge or Endust. I'm wondering if any of you can pass tips on. My floors here in the city are a pretty old and not so shiny oak and only look good after a good wash with Murphy's Oil Soap. I don't mind at all, these floors have made it through endless pets and children that I actually let rollerblade through the house. Really. I'm older and fussy now. At least until those little grandkids want to wreak havoc in the lakehouse (and I'll let them because I'm a softie). So...weigh in on your method of keeping your wood floors looking good.
No lake this weekend. The Husband has tickets to the Cubs game Saturday night (Go Cubbies!). He's going with son Jeff. He actually gave his tickets to both Jeff and Kevin but Kevin's employer has clubhouse seats. And poor Abby lives a stone's throw from Wrigley Field and the traffic, noise and general partying is deafening. She's coming here. If they win we will have all the fireworks and celebrating but my area is more full on White Sox. The Northside and Southside are like that but we are united when it comes to a winning team. lol!
Last thing. Here's a link to get your very own Nasty Woman T shirt. Get them while they (we) are hot. They are $25 with 50% going to Planned Parenthood.
That's it for now. See ya soon!