Saturday, July 11, 2015


For your viewing pleasure, a pretty yellow daylily from the many that are popping up everywhere along with the peach varieties.  So pretty and I love mixing them up.  I like how every area in my yard has them blooming at different times depending on the amount of sunlight.  A real treat.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I went to our local farmer's market and bought a three year old hydrangea.  Look how big those blooms are!  Can you spot Milo behind them?  :)   Wow!
I'm short on words.  Thanks so much to all the ladies who emailed me, wrote in their comments, and gave warm healing wishes on Instagram.  I just feel so happy and truly blessed.  All of you gave advice that was right on target...get casted and get back to the doctor.  I was in such pain for ten days solid after being told I had a sprained wrist..  Long story short, three fractures in the two bones in my arm.  How on earth did I do all the chopping and cooking and cleaning before the 4th of July party?  I'm not looking for accolades, nor sympathy and pats on the back.  Maybe a few fingers shaken in front of my face telling me to stop the 'people pleasing' and trying to prove I can do it all.  That's the truth.  Even now---I'm typing with two fingers and the hard cast keeps hitting the keyboard.  But hey, I want you all to know the situation and secondly, I love to write.  And I can't sit still. 
My days are filled with errands and 'housework' (can we please come up with a better word?).  I'm not invincible but I have a routine that keeps me sane. I HAVE to get out everyday and I may be a hazard on the road but I do it.  I push myself because I would go nuts sitting in the house alone day after day.  Call me weird---the other day I was taking a shower.  I don't wrap the arm in plastic as the nurse suggested.  I just hold it out and up and away from the spray.  I started to think of people with disabilities and those who have lost a limb like an arm.  What if...and call me crazy, we all had three arms, if that's how God made us.  And then we injured one and could only use two.  There we are in the shower mad as hell that we can't soap up, shampoo and shave our legs at the same time with those two arms  We grumble and whine and then we do the best we can.  I'm not trying to  sound like the quintessential optimist but really, we take so much for granted and we have the ability to adjust.   Seriously though, I have my rainy days when I lie on the bed reading magazines and dozing.  I don't deny the pain and the need to take care of myself.  I'm probably the biggest baby you've ever met! ;-D
Before the big break (Ha!) I took down the wall decor I had on the wall in my family room and with the help of The Husband, hung these windows.  I SO love old chippy windows and it's amazing how something can change the way you love a room.  To the right of the windows I have a cute group of picture frames yet to be filled.  Sort of reminds me of people way back when who carried wallets with unknown faces in the plastic picture slots!  I'll get around to it. and white or color?  People or nature?  This may take some time. 
I've left you with so many projects just hanging.  This is the den.  My new furniture from Emily's shop arrived about 2 weeks ago.  Club chairs in a nubby but soft fabric.  I found the sea grass rug at Amazon for a super low price.  KariAnne from Thistlewood Cottage wrote about a sea grass rug she's had for over 6 years without one speck of problems.  I've had jute and sisal so I wanted to give this a try---I really love the natural look and fibers.  The room is in the early stages...I tried a few things on the shelves and am searching for a media center (and if I had my druthers, just a small cabinet I could paint), for a television.  This will  be a little room for The Husband and I to read in and watch a movie or two once in awhile.

We've been making our dinners outdoors a lot lately, The Husband mans the grill and I usually make the side dishes.  I have been hearing for a long time about the wonderful flavors you can get from grilling fruit.  Last weekend when Abby was home, The Husband was making the main meal on the grill  and we sliced up peaches and let them cook a bit while we had our dinner. Checking them once in awhile, we ended up with soft, warm juicy peaches that tasted a lot like peach pie.  We dove into our dessert and I only wished we had some vanilla ice cream.  I picked up a pineapple and some mango  at the grocery for our next extravaganza and yes, a carton of ice cream!
I've had enough than I need for typing now---if you find a lot of typos, be patient!    Thank you for all of your thoughts, advice and well wishes.  I'll be in this wretched cast for three weeks.  But I'll keep pushing on.  Believe me---I have plenty of time to rest and I will.  I just love to connect.  You can find me on Instagram under Blondies Journal (see sidebar) if you want to get a day-by-day life update. ;-D
Hope you are having a great weekend and I'll be back later in the week,. :)
Jane x


Bluebird49 said...

Oh--I'm first?! What a fine post--and with only two fingers!

I am so glad you got the doctor to x-ray and get that arm "fixed"! Three fractures! I don't know how you dealt with the pain! You are a trouper, girlfriend!

Don't know why one of the pictures won't show up for me--but the others are beautiful, as usual. I think it was the one before the "windows" picture. I love the windows up in the family room, and I absolutely adore your new chairs and rug, too. I know you're going to really enjoy the "new den". Hope you find your cabinet soon.

All the pictures were lovely, anyway. Loved the fruit pictures, too. You should get a little print of that made and frame it.

I just sent you an e-mail, right before I checked here. Not as "up" as your posts and e-mails always are, I fear! (Wish I could "un-send" it now!) I need to take a course in "looking at things more positively" from you, my dear. :)

Please take good care when you drive with those little fingers poking out of that cast, Jane! Of course, it sounds as though you are already doing quite fine without any advice, especially from this old lady!

Take care, dear friend!
xxx Trudy <3

Karen (Back Road Journal) said...

I am amazed that you were able to write such a nice post with just two fingers…your terrific. Your den looks great and I can't wait to see it when we have it completed. I'm sorry that you had to go through so much pain because of a wrong diagnosis…thank goodness that you are being properly cared for now. Please take care and don't do too much until you are completely healed.

Theresa said...

Bless your sweet heart! I hope you heal quickly and enjoy a little R&R:) I just cut a pineapple, perhaps will grill this evening for dinner! Love the windows! Great look! Have a blessed day!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow / Sacred Eclectic said...

So glad that you went back to the doctor and you are a trooper ! : )

I grilled pineapple last year and loved it. Totally forgot until reading this :)

JoAnne said...

Love your chippy windows, Jane! Your grilled peaches sound so yummy, and yes, I would want ice cream with them too. I hope your arm heals very quickly!

Susie said...

Blondie, Hugs for you are a trooper. I love your flowers and those nice new chairs. Take care, give yourself time to heal. You can be planning out the walls while you are healing. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Stacey said...

Bless your heart, Jane! I'm glad you did go get a cast even though I'm sure that's not fun. I love your optimistic attitude and the three arms thinking. :)

Jen @ The Light Laughed said...

Oh Jane, I had no idea, that must be so painful, I'm sorry that you have to go through this. And sending wishes for speedy healing, and full recovery.

Girl, you are one tough woman, now take good care of yourself...and don't let that cast get too wet...soggy isn't good at all, lol.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

I see such a good woman with an amazing heart that pushes through anything for her family. What a beautiful spirit you are.
I have to say shame on those Doctors, and now thankful that you are going to heal ! We had pineapple on the grill before we sold our home, sort of a splurge ( never had it before either ) it was the yummiest! Be good to you!

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh,, all those broken bones and you soldiered through, lol, typical ,,,
well now is the time to rest for sue,, your photos are beautiful, please take time to heal,

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Oh my Jane, I did not know about this because I've been lazy lately and not visiting all my favorite bloggers. I'm so sorry that you are having to deal with that awful cast, but it's for the best and I hope you'll heal quickly.

Stupid me, I was getting things out of the trunk of my new Jeep Renegade and shut it down on my head! I saw stars and blood was gushing everywhere! All I could think about was trying not to get blood all over my new vehicle trunk! I grabbed a quilt that I had thrown in and let the blood flow on it. I finally got some help, and 14 stitches later, a tetanus shot, a mild concussion and a few days rest, I was up and running.
Much like you I cannot stand to sit still, got to be on the go!
Love your new furniture and the windows on the wall.

Take care of yourself and keep healing.


Primitive Stars said...

Oh Jane, that is terrible, so many broken bones. Now you can relax or you better. Love the Day Lily, such a pretty color. The new chair and rug is beautiful, cozy.Hugs Francine.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh my dear Jane, I didn't realize that you had broken your wrist. I must have missed that post. I have been so busy lately with sick people and friends dying, going here and there. My one dear friend has vertigo and cannot drive and she will call and say please take me somewhere I am going nuts in this house. So I go over and pick her up and we go shopping.
Plus I have been watching my neighbors daughter, Zoie (who I showed in my last post) as her mother is taking care of a friend that has kidney cancer and lives about 1 hr away. But I do love being helpful to people. I try to payback to people that need help. Everyone has always been so helpful to me. I know you are the same way - always a giving person.

I love the chairs for your den, they look very comfortable and I like the color. The chippy window frames look wonderful on the wall.

It is amazing how we can adapt when we loose something that is important to our way of life. You just pick up and go on and that sounds like that's what you are doing. Good for you! But you must take care of your self so you don't have problems later on.

The grilled fruit sounds so good. Peaches are my very favorite fruit of all. Peach cobbler, peach ice cream, fresh peach pie. Marie Callandar's should be having them soon. Yum yum. Do you hve those restaurants in the Chicago area?

Hope the Lake House is coming along well with all the work that they had to do.
Your flowers look amazing and I see Milo likes to check them out.
Take care of yourself Jane and have a wonderful week.
Hugs and get well wishes,

It's me said...

Enjoy a beautiful summer Ria...x!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I can't believe how much you were able to type! Good job! :) I've thought the same thing about taking things for granted...sometimes I complain about doing laundry and then I stop and think how lucky we are to have a washing machine that does all the work for us! Can you imagine how cumbersome is was to wash everything by hand and hang it to dry? Yikes! I also get that way about grocery shopping. It's definitely a chore and takes a long time, but again, how fortunate we are to be able to afford to fill our pantry and fridge with all those goodies?! Anyway, take care of yourself and try to rest. I had to laugh at you wanting to go somewhere every day because I'm the opposite. I could stay here in my little cocoon all week long and be happy as a clam. Lol!

Carol said...

You are amazing, Jane! How are you managing to do so much with a cast on? I hope someone else cut up those peaches for you, which sounds delicious! We have a close friend who had to have her leg amputated just below the knee due to diabetes. She is hoping to get into a prosthetic soon, but has been able to do so much from her wheelchair. I think we are all pretty resilient, maybe more so than we realize; and we manage to adapt to most lemons that life dishes out. I hope you heal quickly and can get out of that cast very soon.

Melanie said...

I can't believe you were able to go around for two weeks with a broken arm not casted...oh, the pain!
Love your chippy windows on the wall.
I like seagrass/jute/sisal rugs, too but unfortunately, I've had to give up on them in this house because of the cats and their umm...puking. We used to have a jute rug under the kitchen table and for whatever reason, my female cat loved to puke up her hairballs on that rug. It is so hard to clean up and left stains everywhere. I had to end up throwing the rug out.
I have seen pictures and recipes for grilled fruit in summer magazines for several years, but have never actually tried it. It's something I never remember! We don't grill often - especially now with Brian working the evening shift. Maybe that's why. But I would love to try grilled fruit, especially peaches. Sounds so good.
Back to your previous post...I love the dress you have picked out for Jeff's wedding.
And sounds like you had a wonderful time with your 4th of July party. I don't know how you did all that work with your broken arm! Your little granddaughter is a doll.

Kim said...

Wow, Jane, you're like iron woman. How did you manage with those fractured bones? So glad you went back. I know that the cast stinks, but at least you are on the mend. Two finger typing, huh? I'm pretty impressed. I hope you feel well now and you are back to 10 finger typing very soon! ;) ps- pretty lily! I spent the day deadheading mine. Fun!

Doreen@househoneys said...

You do more with broken bones and a cast than most of us without any issues, and that includes writing a post. Can't believe the doctors didn't give you the correct diagnosis. Actually, sadly I can.

I love grilling fruit, especially pinaepple and peaches, though I haven't done the later in a while. You just inspired me to do so.

The sofa and chair are pretty. The way you described the fabric sounds perfect,

I should follow you on Instagram, but truth be told I'm terrible with it. I really need to get with the program.


Junkchiccottage said...

Wow Jane you must have a high tolerance for pain. Three fractures!!! Glad you went back and got a better diagnosis. Hope you start to feel better. I have done fruit on the grill so good. Enjoy. Hope your week starts out to be a good one.

Kathy Moreland said...

So sorry about your injury! Hope it heals quickly now. I don't know how you were able to do so much in that pain! Loved your dress for the wedding, and sweet baby picture. She's a beauty. Take care!

Shelia said...

Poor little Janie! I'm so sorry for all you've gone through with your arm! Having three fractures sounds awful painful! You take care of yourself and I hope you heal really fast and no more pain.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

podso said...

Love your chippy window frames, Jane, they look good. I'm so sorry about your broken arm … no wonder you were in pain!

Vel Criste said...

I'm sorta glad you got your hand casted dear, hopefully, this will speed up your healing.

lOVIN all the decor your adding, excited for you on your new den!

Kathleen Grace said...

Good heavens, how did you get diagnosed with a sprain when you really had all those broken bones!? I would give that doctor a piece of my mind. Glad you finally got a good diagnosis though and are on the mend. The furniture is beautiful. I have become a big fan of light colored furniture because you can change the accessories at will for a totally new look. Is the new rug rough to walk on? I like the look but I really like something soft underfoot.

Beth said...

Jane, Please take care of yourself and get better soon. I love your den furniture. Reminds me of ours in our living room. Peaches on the grill sound good. I've never tried that. Now I want to! Your hydrangea and daylily are so pretty. You are having a good gardening year - much beauty!
Hugs, Beth

Maria Elena said...

Jane, I hope your arm heals quickly and you get better soon. You sound like me, it takes more than a broken arm to slow you down. :) Love, love the new den. The windows on the wall are beautiful and your new chairs, gorgeous! I also love seagrass. I have two in my bedroom and one at the entrance of our home. The ones in the bedroom we had for years now and they still look brand new. I am thinking of purchasing some for my family room and breakfast area also. They do so well with heavy traffic. Get better soon!xoxo Maria

Barb @ Bella Vista said...


Take care of your hand and arm. I know that it is hard not to overdo, but you must.

Your den is lovely.

Thinking of you!


Jen Kershner said...

Bless your heart! It's amazing how we take a simple physical act for granted until it becomes difficult or impossible! Hope you heal quickly and are back to your normal routines in no time.

Helen Philipps said...

So sorry to read about your injured hand and arm....and that it was worse than you thought at first! I hope it heals quickly now. It is hard to keep still when you are used to being such a busy person. Love the den, the natural colours look lovely. Take care, sending healing thoughts, Helen xox

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I was here the other day and commented and it didn't publish. Darn blogger. I have had that happen so much. Anyway, I was saying that I'm sorry about the breaks but I'm really happy you went back to the doctor and got the cast on so now the healing can begin! I don't know how you've done so much work, you are a tough girl!

I love your new chairs and the windows on the wall look great. It's fun to change things around once in awhile. I need to do that more often myself. I have been gathering stuff for a gallery wall but that's as far as I've gotten. Need to make myself get out the hammer and picture hangers and get to work!

Take care and I hope you heal quickly!

chateau chic said...

I agree, we take for granted so much in our day to day lives until something goes wrong. Gives us a new appreciation for those who live with disabilities of one kind or another. I appreciated your thoughts on this...but please take care of yourself and hope your wrist is soon healed!
On a lighter note, I adore the old frames you hung...they're just perfect and add so much interest to that wall!

Always fun to stop by and get caught up!
Mary Alice

Tarnished Royalty said...

Pineapple on the grill is out of this world! I need to pick one up this week! Old windows are the best and yours look fabulous! ~Ann
Tarnished Royalty

thistlewoodfarm said...

Pineapple on the grill sounds amazing!

And the old windows have so much character!

Happy day friend!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Jane,
You poor thing! So sorry about your arm. I am sure that's not fun and hurts too.
I love, love the old windows! What a great look.
I have to say, everytime I read your blog I get hungry. You have a way of making the food sound heavenly.
Oh and I want that hydrangea! It's beautiful.
It's been a tough few weeks here.
My daughter has really struggled and I am worn out from it all.
Take care and have great weekend too,
Love ya,

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

I hope your wrist is getting better. We all tend to take advantage of good health.
I love fruit on the grill. You are so lucky your husband grills. Mine doesn't...
Your den is looking great with your new chairs and those chippy windows define character. Have a lovely weekend. xo

Decor To Adore said...

Oh my I can't believe you had to wait so long to be casted. Get well soon. I love your hydrangeas.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Barb @ Bella Vista said...

Dear Janie,

Your comment to me made me smile. Bless you.

I hope you are doing well....take it easy. I am healing but having to take it easy and slow. It will take a while. But....I constantly remember how good God was to me.

Hope you have a most splendid weekend! :-)


Sarah said...

Ahhhh ~ so it was broken. I felt it must be with all the pain that you had. Glad you are in a cast now, and hopefully it will mend quickly. Sorry the pain is still there.
Take it easy and let the husband and those kids wait on you!!! ;-)

Art @ Home said...

I am so sorry that I missed you broke your arm....not like you have ANYTHING GOING ONG RIGHT NOW.....OMGoodness....UGH!

I hope you're managing your pain better. I can relate with this tooth thing that I thought was sinuses at first. Pain is awful! I've been way too spoiled not having any paint in my life!

I hope you can stay cool, too! Sending healing prayers your way, my friend.


Traci said...

I love day lilies too! I also love the fact that apparently you can't kill them! I love hydrangea's but haven't had a lot of luck. I had one planted in the yard that didn't survive. Currently, I have one in a pot that I've kept alive for 3 years!! I bought it at Easter one year at Sam's & then put it in a pot.It's only bloomed once a year & only one big flower. Not ideal but at least it's alive! I cannot believe you've done all you have with those fractures! I hope it gets to feeling better soon.Love the club chairs! I keep hearing about grilling fruit but haven't thought to try it.

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