Wednesday, November 23, 2016

THE BIG THANKFUL & MANY INCIDENTALS


November 2016, Diamond Lake

By now I imagine not many of us are seeing carpets of leaves like this.  At the lake we had an abundance covering the grass and our brick patio.  We planned to go up this past weekend armed with rakes and a leaf blower but we woke up and knew there would be a huge change of plans.  After we arrived the snow started about 3 a.m., with 20+ m.p.h winds.  It was blowing sideways.  If we wanted to clear the leaves we needed shovels, not rakes.  It was even more disappointing that we had invited son Kevin, Mary Clare and little Elsie for the weekend.  It had been so pleasant the weekend before, I thought Elsie would have a ball playing in the leaves and going for a walk along the shore.  I made a stop at the grocery store (we still haven't done a good shopping but we will once we are ready to be there consistently).  I had hot chocolate and marshmallows, Teddy Grahams, pancake mix and bacon for breakfast as well as a few toys to fill a basket just for cold or rainy days.  I think grandmothers do this...at least I'm inclined, but we had to have them cancel, the roads seemed too treacherous.  



November 2016, Summerhouse

This is an opposite view of the picture above.  This is our guest house, or the Summerhouse as we call it.  Note: The same maple tree.  One of the best things I ever did was insist we hang on to this tree when so many were removed to extend our patio and build the Summerhouse.  The mason went around it with the brick pavers and left a circle of drainage around.  It's one happy tree.  I have three birdhouses hanging from it and I love to see the varieties coming and going.  Someday I hope I'll be able to identify a few.  ;-D 



Inside we have made so much progress.  The Husband has been working on the garage which had a lot of damage as one side was just below the bathroom where the pipe broke.  Inside I finally finished unpacking those freaking boxes.  Seriously, it seemed never ending.  And I learned a huge lesson.  You just don't need all the baggage.  I have filled 4 nice size cartons with items for the annual lake yard sale in June.  I have yet to go through the artwork...not much close to my heart any more.  There were times when we hung pieces to fill up space.  Nevermore.  And I'm really happy with not trying to 'fill spaces'.  I think time will tell.  

I've been sharing pics of the progress here on Instagram.  If you want to follow, there is an icon on my sidebar.  I post every two days and you don't have to listen to my drivel as you may find on this blog.  I try not to repeat photos so in this blog post I'm sharing another part of the lake kitchen with open shelving other than the opposite wall which is larger.  I've always kept my glassware on this side but I thought I'd break it up a bit with some cereal bowls and decorative pieces.  It was looking really 'reflective' with the glass.



If I splurged on anything it was new dishes, and I mean everyday dishes.  I have this drive to mismatch everything.  Colors, textures, rustic and refined.  Sometimes this sort of thing confuses people and then again, it might make some think you're on to something they weren't.  ^^ ^^

I chose three patterns of dishes I absolutely loved from Anthropology And continuing the totally random theme I had twelve place settings but spread it out over four of this, three of that, 6 of that.  Totally confusing!  I love to share my insanity.  



2016, Lakehouse powder room 


The Husband and I both chose pedestal sinks.  Say what?  Well, if you know The Husband and I, we totally clash on as many things just as we bond.  It was only natural that he presided over the upstairs bathroom and I, the downstairs powder room.  Sounds like he had more space to design but I have more visitors!!!!  Hard to photograph a small space like this (and keep yourself out of the reflection of the mirror) so it's not such a great shot.  I was really chuffed however, when I want into town on Sunday and visited our little 'junctique" store.  Said 'junctique' store now has a huge collection of gorgeous antique furnishings and a lot of vintage items.  Had I not been in the purge mode I could have really stopped to consider a few things.  Still, I spotted this little old stool and it was love.  I needed something in this bath to break up the pastel, summery feel which was getting a bit overwhelming.  Of course it won't always hold toilet tissue, I don't have that little detail installed yet, but it will be a little something for the kids to climb on to reach the sink and wash their little mitts.  More pics to come...Again, I'm getting the feel and taking my time (so unlike me).



Say hello to my jade plant.  A true hero in my eyes.  This huge guy was almost twenty years old when I bought it at an estate sale.  And I've had it for ten years.  When we first saw the flooded out house I was in such shock that it never occurred to save anything much less potted plants.  The insurance company had a service company pack up and take away our belongings within 2 weeks.  When we began moving back in this past Labor Day, I happened to be in the crowded mess of our garage and behind one of our boats something caught my eye.  And there was my survivor.  It had fallen over at some point as you can see on the somewhat barren left side, but it was 80% green, alive and well.  Eighteen months without water or sun!  It's a succulent but it still amazed me that it beat the odds.  I cleaned him/her up and he/she is thriving in the sun again.  Long live Jade!



And talking about rescue, daughter Abby and Tom had been talking about having a dog for ages.  They visited PAWS Chicago several times and fell in love with this Husky Shepherd mix, Squall.  There were several obstacles, no one to blame.  One night when they were sure they'd be able to finalize everything, the facility was closed for some reason.  Abby lost it many times thinking he wouldn't be there.  But he ultimately was and he's home with them and getting showered with love.  An eight month ball of fun, he is so loving and friendly.  It breaks my heart that he has spent his whole life up until now in a shelter.  Thankfully the rescue animals are housed together in a single room with crates to sleep in.  Makes you believe in happy endings.


And finally, we can't forget the birth of our little granddaughter, Madelyn (affectionately called Maddy).  I can't begin to thank all of you for your kind comments.  Emily read each and every one.  I am loving every minute with her, she is a miniature Emily.  Mike is infatuated with her, and Rusty is quite protective in spite of looking a little envious in this photo.  

We had some scares...I'll try to keep it brief (yeah, right).  Her pregnancy was without a glitch.  She went into labor on November 10th just after midnight.  She called to let me know they were on the way to the hospital and as planned, they would call when all was said and done and they were settled.        About an hour later I received a call from Mike (I sleep with my phone under my pillow.  Doesn't everyone?).  His voice was a little shaky.  The baby's heart rate was going up and down and they had rushed Emily into an operating room.  The Husband and I dressed in about 60 seconds and headed to the hospital, thankfully just 5 minutes away.  But it was insane.  At 2:00 a.m. all the doors were locked with directions to try other doors.  We tried parking in two garages and walked what seemed like blocks only to find we had to try another way in.  By the time we sat down in the proper waiting room it hit me hard.  My daughter was in surgery for the first time and  perhaps this little baby had a serious heart problem.  No one plans this.  I was on the verge of crying when Mike bounded into the room dressed in scrubs from head to toe.  My heart stopped for a second and then he smiled that big smile and gave us the thumbs up.  Man, oh man.  We couldn't see Em or the baby but we were up the next morning.  Emily was in pain and tired.  I was able to stay most of the afternoon and hold this precious bundle while she slept.  Madelyn is doing very well, she rarely cries and sleeps a lot.  Can I say she is loved by tons of family and friends?  I'll share more pictures as she changes, that's for sure!  

I have to also share that my two daughter's in law are both doing very well in their pregnancies.  We are so excited to have even more babies in the family.  It's not overwhelming at all, I'm just loving this new phase in my life.  And please have a look at the most recent picture of Elsie on my sidebar from her Christmas photo shoot.  Isn't she precious?  She is growing and changing by the minute.  We all just love her so much.  

And in summary, can you believe Thanksgiving is in two days?  I'm feeling pretty good about delegating a few main dishes to those who wanted to help.  Hopefully I can focus on being with the family.  I have tons to do in decluttering a few rooms.  We have, at last count, 26 coming for dessert. Sounds unbelievable but as Nana used to say, "I love a crowd.  People mingle."  As if they could do anything else.   Dinner is pretty manageable but I like extended family and friends for dessert and we love to go well into the night.  Many times we've reheated appetizers and made a batch of popcorn.

My first newspaper article for the Chicago suburb paper was published last week.  I bought three copies.  It was and is an incredible feeling.  A few years ago I never would have thought I'd be here.  Blogging has been invaluable in helping me with writing.  So many of you have given me encouragement over the years with my writing.  I want all of you to know that I have always fallen back on that when I've thought I couldn't possibly be published.  

 I'll end my long droning on with a wish for all of you, my friends.  Have a wonderfully perfect, festive and blessed Thanksgiving.  I have a huge amount of thankfulness for your friendship, encouragement and all around interest in this little old blog.  Sending good wishes and love,



Whew!  

Jane x


34 comments:

Karen Ann said...

Such good news all around! So glad mom and baby are just fine, and you lucky girl to have so many babies to dote over. I hope for the same someday myself.

Loving what you're doing at the lake house, and how did I miss the guest house?? Is there a tour somewhere?

Maria Elena said...

Lovely post, Jane and full of great news. We also had a scare when our little grandson was born. I am so glad your baby girl did well. I just wanted to stop by and wish you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. xxx Maria

Stacey said...

Loved this post and there's no droning on about it!

I'm so happy for you for many reasons. The lakehouse in all its glory, the babies, that jade plant is a little miracle, and your new gig at the newspaper.

Wishing you and your family such a Happy Thanksgiving. ;)

Rita C. said...

Jane, I love your life right now! It's so full of positivity, hope and new life!! I noticed Elsie's new picture right off the bat - she's like a little model of beauty, that one is. Your lakehouse peeks - I want to see it all!
Have a wonderful, crowded, loud and fun Thanksgiving!
Rita

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Jane, I am so happy for your for all the wonderful new Blessing. The new baby and Elsie and of course the lake house and the fabulous newspaper articles. Congratulations. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Linda said...

Morning Jane...
How lovely to have a guest house...I am very envious...
Your story about you and the husband at the hospital is hilarious...you do get into some sticky situations...so pleased that everything was OK with your daughter and sweet Maddy...
Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful...I also love a house full of people!!
Have a wonderful weekend...
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Mary said...

Sorry the weather restricted your lake visit - hope it improves before Christmas arrives and you can all spend some time whilst the leaves are pretty.
Glad to know all is well with Emily and sweet little Madelyn - lovely photo with dad and doggie - and that new one of Elsie is adorable on your sidebar - she has that same expression I've often seen on your lovely face Jane!

Lake house makeovers are looking great - love the shelves in the kitchen. Congrats. on the article - it must be such fun reading your words in newsprint.

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving - sounds like you will be surrounded by all who love you and A - that's so special.
Love from us both -

Art and Sand said...

I am in love with those Antropologie dishes - I too have a "dish" thing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kit said...

Happy Thanksgiving my friend! Wow, you have so much to be thankful for. So glad your Emily and baby are fine and healthy and ready for your abundant love. :) Every time I eat my breakfast and watch the Weather channel, I glance over to the East at Chicago and check and see how Blondie is doing. Have a fantastic time with all your family. Hugs, Kit

Susan said...

I was going to follow you on Instagram, but I can't locate the icon on your sidebar. Anyway, blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Happy Thanksgiving Jane! Enjoy those grand babies :-)

podso said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, Jane!

Marigene said...

Jane your newest addition is beautiful!
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jane Elsie is beautiful and so is Maddy. So glad that mother and baby are doing well.

Grand babies are so special and you are getting a wonderful start.

Loved the post, with so many great interesting stories.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don't wear yourself out preparing food and cleaning the house.

Finally we are getting some cooler weather, which I love, but not what your getting.

Safe travels for all your family and friends.

Hugs,
Mary

Kathleen George said...

A lot to be thankful for, Bless the new baby girl Maddy. Your family is growing by leaps and bounds with more little feet running amuck with love and laughter in the future. And I wouldn't forget happy paws too, Squall:). The Lake House will be filled to the brim, yes, a lot to be thankful for this Happy Thanksgiving Day:).
Kathleen in Az

Anonymous said...

Wishing you and yours a Happy and a Blessed Thanksgiving.
Marilyn

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

So many wonderful things in this post Jane! The house, the rescue pup, Maddy, your article...you are one blessed lady, and I know you appreciate every moment.

I actually noticed Elsie's pic as soon as I got here, and I did that thing with my fingers to make it bigger :) Damn, that girl is gorgeous!! Good genes :)

XXX

P.S. Wanna know something? Well, I'm gonna tell you anyway. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I think about you, next thing I know there's a post from you in my inbox. So strange!

Scribbler said...

That sweet baby looks so alert -- like she's not missing anything. I am glad it all turned out well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your clan.

Melanie said...

Really enjoying seeing what you're doing with the lake house - love those open shelves and the lighting! So sweet that Abby and her BF adopted a dog from a shelter. He looks like such a handsome pup.
What a touching photo of your SIL and Maddy - she is looking right up at him!
And, I noticed that photo on your sidebar of beautiful Elsie right away. She has the most beautiful, expressive eyes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Jane!

Kathy Moreland said...

Love the peeks at the lake house. Very pretty! And those precious babies...oh my! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Bluebird49 said...

Hey, busy girl! The babies are on their way to bombard you with love!
I love that jade plant---really a beauty of nature, and shows us how strong we, ourselves can be. I know you're strong and getting stronger. So proud of you!
Love, Trudy

Vee said...

Your jade plant is truly amazing! And how wonderful that Madelyn is fine and that her mother is as well. These are exciting days for your family with all the growth! Congratulations on the punlishing of your newspaper article. Of course, you bought multiples! Who wouldn't?! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

Vee said...

Sigh...some days I can spell!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's getting late but I wanted to stop by to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

It's me said...

Hello Jane....enjoy thanksgiving..with your familly love from me Ria x ❤️

Primitive Stars said...

Happy Thanksging beautiful friend, enjoy this wonderful holiday. Happy tears that the Fur baby has a loving family now, love happy rescue stories. Little Elsie is a living doll, always a joy to visit with you.Blessings Francine.

A Joyful Cottage said...

So much to be thankful for in life, isn't there, Jane? I'm so happy for you and your hubby. . .new babies are such a blessing. I always think a healthy newborn is a miracle. Elsie is a doll. Your summerhouse looks so charming, would love to see more. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day. Hugs, Nancy

Lynne said...

Much to love here . . .
Birth . . . new . . . awe . . .
Little Miss Adorable on the right . . .
Wait mode for more babies on the way . . .
Survivor Jade . . .
Pedestal sinks . . .
Bead board . . .
Maple tree . . .
Leaves . . .
Snow
Cottage time . . .
Blessings, Thanksgiving . . .
One more . . . first article . . . published . . .
Must go find where I saved the site so I can read!

Maggie said...

Too late to wish you a happy Thanksgiving, Jane, but I'm sure you all had a wonderful time together. As always it has been great to catch up with your latest news you do indeed have much to be thankful for!

Burlap Luxe said...

HI Jane, what a Giving of Thanks for so much this year with you Jane, beautiful babies, pups, and life itself.
Your summer house is a dream of mine and how sweet yours is, as for Anthro, I love the dishes, they always have such interesting pieces to add to ones collections.
Blessings in abundance to you my dear and yours.
Looking forward to your holiday posting and all the season inspires.
Xx
Dore

Theresa said...

Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Congratulations on the new addition to the family and YEAH to the Lake House coming together:) I am running behind reading blogs but SO happy you all are enjoying your time with family! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Carla from The River said...

Hi Jane,
I am so proud of your publishing! xx oo

I am praying for your family. Yes, that would be a scare. So very happy Emily and baby are well.

Lots of love,
Carla

laurie said...

oh my gosh so much happening and all the grand children you will have next year this time, wow!! You have beautiful babies to hold, even though a scary delivery for your beautiful daughter it all ended well thank goodness, ,
your summer lake house is back and beautiful and you have your dream job,, how perfect!!
I'm still shocked that jade plant made it!!

Traci said...

I'm playing catch up. So happy to see that you're back at the lake. I know you must be thrilled! How fun to have all those babies so close together!