Back in the saddle again!!! Last weekend – I did a spontaneous makeover – and by that I mean that I mean the decision was made at 10 AM and the work started at noon – to make over our somewhat grungy back porch into a mud room. AND by MUDROOM – I mean a… Read More WEEKEND MAKEOVER – A NEW/OLD MUDROOM
This time last year – I was moving my only daughter into her Freshman College dorm room. I can remember every inch of that day. The out-of-body feeling – letting her go – joyful and pushing down the lump in my throat. Making sure to save my tears for the car. Knowing things would never… Read More WE SAY TO FAREWELL SUMMER
I started this post Sunday. But I kept feeling like how I felt, WHAT I felt – was too BIG for this Blog – maybe just too much. Or maybe the blog was not the place – would my words be redundant?…unproductive…and then… I just stopped THINKING so hard. ************** CHARLOTTESVILLE has been my home… Read More CHARLOTTESVILLE. MY HOME. MY HEART.
Greetings! I am still here – just not HERE~ It appears that I have been hijacked by non other than an 8 pound teddy bear! SHE HAS ROBBED ME OF SLEEP AND MY HEART AND I am a willing accomplice in all her shenanigans. ““““““““““““““““““ We are traveling this week. Our one and only… Read More I’M STILL HERE !
When asked “What would you take from your house in case of a FIRE?” – I have always replied – “My Loved ones and My photos” This is still true BUT if I could also take ONE PIECE of furniture – it would be, without question – my Round Oak Coffee -Table. WHY you ask?… Read More MY VERY FIRST PIECE OF FURNITURE
Recently, on vacation in Maine, we were sitting around the table playing cards and talking about funny things the kids did when they were little. My almost 21 year old son just casually mentioned that one of his WORST childhood memories was how upset I got when he wrote on the refrigerator — and through… Read More “DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF”… “JUST LET GO”…. “LIFE IS SHORT” – AND OTHER BRILLIANT ADVICE I WISH I HAD LISTENED TO
THE #1 PAINT COLOR THAT PEOPLE AGONIZE OVER IS.. WHITE ….Once upon a time – I used to think ALL WHITE paint colors were alike – I have long since let go of that notion! ALL WHITES ARE NOT ALIKE! There are hundreds, thousands of whites to choose from. It can feel overwhelming. One way… Read More WAY “COOL” WHITE PAINT COLORS
HAPPY FOURTH!!!! 11 DAYS UNTIL WE GET THE NEW PUPPY! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The fireworks and the barking last night reminded me of our sweet Muffin and how much she HATED Fireworks and storms! She was such a quiet dog – EXCEPT during storms when she would bark and run around the house, sometimes for hours…. THUNDERSTORMS!… Read More HAPPY JULY FOURTH! – DOGS AND THUNDER AND FIREWORKS!
Life is funny, during those months and months of preparation and anticipation of their impending departures – THEIR LEAVING occupied my every thought…every moment was “THE LAST TIME” sniff, sniff, sniff, and simple events took on extra significance… …but NOW that we have successfully launched them both – I see that IN TRUTH, while they… Read More DORM SHOPPING – and PHOEBE’S “MUST HAVES”
THIS is the first summer in 3 years, that I will NOT been preparing to send a child OFF to college. Fall 2015 I sent a son to college and Fall 2016 I sent a daughter. Their basic needs – bedding, toiletries, food – were about the same. My daughter was a bit more invested… Read More COLLEGE BOUND – and My “REVISED” DORM PACKING LIST