Good afternoon Folks,
I hope you all are having a nice weekend.
Do take time to remember and be thankful for all of our military personnel for serving this country to protect us and our freedoms, and to their families who are behind them, and have to be separated from their loved ones, doing their best to keep family and home going. Being in the military is not an easy thing.
Thanks to all.
This morning I cleaned the ‘almost new’ Weber charcoal grill given to us by friends after they bought a gas grill and no longer used this one. I’ve got chicken breasts, steak, and hamburgers defrosting in the fridge to grill tomorrow, weather permitting. I wanted to grill up several things so that we can eat something, and freeze the rest for later meals. Will be great on days I work. I won’t have to think about what to fix for supper.
Yesterday morning before I left for work, DH and I hung a mirror he found curbside on the street east of us awhile back. He revived the finish last week and I cleaned the mirror after we hung it. I love this piece and what it does to our tiny cottage. It adds light, sparkle and makes our place feel bigger. Any way you look into it, you can see so much. I noticed that this will make me want to keep clutter to a minimum and counters and table top cleared, because you can see so many spaces in the mirror now. Our cottage is around 750 sq.ft.
This mirror goes wonderfully with our Dade pine board ceilings. It looks like it was made for our cottage. The cottage was built around 1950. The mirror is centered more or less in the middle of the wall space as we can’t center it over the sofa, and to give us maximum viewing into other spaces. You can see all the way into the scullery from this angle.
Here in the mirror you can see into the hallway on your right and a bit of the stove in the kitchen. Through the arch to the right of the mirror you can see my little creative space, part library too and where my computer is.
This is another view looking into the scullery.
Here I am standing in the entry into my little creative space looking north, into the hallway, and into the scullery. Plus in the long mirror you can see the new mirror with a reflection of the scullery in it too.
The stained glass window is in the bathroom door.
A reflection in the long mirror of the stained glass window on the south side of cottage. The paper heart hanging on the mirror is left over from Valentine’s day.
This is DH’s corner. He uses his keyboard in his lap.
A close-up of the paintings. I really need to go around and take pictures of our artwork. We collected these through the years at flea markets, yard sales and thrift shops.
My corner and a view into the kitchen. You can see the Bose speakers mounted on the wall above both our corners. Bought that system many years ago. More paper hearts hanging over the archway.
This is on the other side of the wall of my corner. This is the main entry into our cottage. Weird I know, but that’s how we are. You can see ‘part’ of my cookbook collection.
Below, more cookbooks and kitch. I have over 300 cookbooks, plus books on gardening, natural healing, crafts, etc., in this area. You can see ‘why’ we don’t go to yard sales etc. anymore on a regular basis. Besides the downturn in the economy, a cut in pay and tightening of our belts so to speak, we do not have any more room for ‘stuff’. I like what I have and am not into ‘collecting’ anymore. Not to say we still won’t buy something if it strikes us and is a good price.
The bell on the wide embroidered ribbon we bought in Switzerland when we were on vacation/leave while living in Spain while DH was in the US Navy, ‘70-‘73.
That’s it for now. The new (to us) mirror inspired me. It is like having the Christmas tree up with ornaments and lights and it makes me feel happy, thankful and blessed.
Hugs ~ FlowerLady Lorraine
"A house is made with walls and beams.
A home is made with love and dreams."
"Be grateful for the home you have,
knowing that at this moment,
all you have is all you need."
Sarah Ban Breathnach