November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Wishes

Wishing we could share a slice of pie and and an afternoon by the fire, gal pals!

Cuddle up with your loved ones and enjoy the day as we give thanks.

"Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough."
-Garrison Keillor

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 11, 2013


Dear Lady Bug,

Why are you in my coffee cup?
I almost killed you with hot espresso.
I'm thinking you must be a rebel...a risk taking Lady Bug.

I have news for will not win against the machine.

I scooped her up and took her outside to the lemon tree.
I think she'll be happy there.

Although she'd be pretty here.

Autumn... the year's last, loveliest smile.
-William Cullen Bryant

Hoping it's a beautiful autumn day wherever you are!

November 7, 2013

Transforming Office From Masculine to Mine

Achy breaky arms...and back, neck, legs.
Even my hair hurts.
I stole this office from Magoo a few years ago 
when I made the call that he was too loud and messy to office downstairs.
All this custom built cabinetry was beautiful but after all this time, I have had enough of it.
I had to take a stand.
The general said "don't you dare paint that room".
Are you laughing?
I thought so.

All three of the male inhabitants walked in and expressed their horror at the sight of the first coat of paint.

Can I just say that the first three days my paintbrushes were flying 
like little bluebirds of happiness...the change was so wonderful to me.
That was about the time that my body began to scream and demand rest.
The last three days have been harder, but the payoff is in sight.

It took two coats of ASCP Country Grey to cover the fruitwood stain, 
before adding the MB Sugar Cane.
One and 1/2 cans of Country Grey, one can of Sugar Cane, one sample jar of Sugar Cane, one can MMS furniture wax.
A word about painting and waxing in an entirely enclosed room... 
this room has a giant single pane window that doesn't open yet I didn't suffer from a single headache.
That would have been impossible using other paints...even low VOC which still smells strong to me.
Miss Mustard Seed's furniture wax is so lightly scented that it's barely detectable and it dries like a dream.
I'm chemical sensitive and I'm thrilled to tell you that I had no reactions to any of these products.

Six days and a few nights...all by myself except for dogs under my feet.
The non believers did supply me with food and cold beverages.

My assistant having a nap amongst the chaos.

Almost done...more buffing to do and the french doors have to be finished, but I'm almost there.
And still breathing!
This is my computer area.  There are three additional paneled walls.
How many rooms can a woman destroy in a home?  My family will tell you...
Every single one of them.

I'll share photos of the room soon...I'm anxious to move the pretties in!