Sunday, December 8, 2019

Holiday Decor

For those of you that don't like Christmas and especially all of the hoopalah that goes with it you need not go any further because a blog friend of mine, Carol at A Shutterbug Explores, asked me a perfectly innocent question " do you celebrate the Holidays?" She went on to say "I am dragging my feet ~ Xmas spirit is non-existent at the moment ~ "  
What are friends for?  We are here to answer questions and to encourage and support our friends. So Carol this is for you... In answer to your question, yes, we celebrate the holidays. Christmas is one I used to be manic about. After you peruse the following photos you might think I am still a little sick. Yet if you had seen our place in years past you would know my amour with Christmas is slowly waning. I think when the children grow up and then the grandchildren grow up one sort of loses that drive to go all out. As you will see there is still a lot of kid in me though. I hope a little rubs off on you. You know you have to do what ever makes you happy to be happy. 
Here it all starts with the table in the corner of our living room. On goes the snowflake table topper.
Then up goes the little tree with our most treasured ornaments. 
Then we clear the regular dishes from the hutch.
In goes the Christmas dishes. This is some years only decoration. I have to get the dishes out because I love to use them. This year we did carry on...
The kitchen table got a little swag.
Then I went a little further and decorated around the fireplace. You gotta use your imagination now. ;)
Then the library got one set of bookcases decorated because you can see them when you stand in the foyer. Plus it is my room now that we moved my office in there. I must have a few of those Christmas lights this time of year for cheer.
After all this we get our stuff we usually use on the corner table back on there and clutter up the table with all the things we need and it looks more homey. 

So Carol, and anyone else reading this blather and needs a little push into the Christmas spirit, I hope it lifts you up or at least makes you smile. 
Blessings and good cheer.

Monday, November 25, 2019

House Transformation By Painting

This is our house as it sat in June. The front is brick veneer and the rest of the house is siding that has been on it since it was built 45 years ago. Nice enough but As I have mentioned before I am going through my blue phase. So in June we decided to paint the house as it was looking quite tired. 
 The pretty Pansy Redbud got split for the second time during a storm after this photo so was removed.
Before Painting
This above photo makes me think I might mow the labyrinth in place next summer. I have missed it.
After
I didn't really have the exact angle for the after of the front. I am a little lazy about taking pictures out front. For one thing when I am out there people, neighbors driving by mostly, stop to chat. I had two of them fuss that they couldn't see the front of the house and I should take out the shrubbery and trees. I had to tell them that I have it there to block the traffic as we live on a busy street. Also nosy neighbors are to be excluded. 
A different angle - Before
After
The front walk Before.
 After
Around in back where we do most of our outside entertaining and being was a little more work to get things ready for paint. As you can see the siding was in great need of paint as a lot of the paint had worn off over the years. 
So with this closer look you can see that the paint did the trick.
It certainly was a transformation and is more lively. We love it. 
 Thinking about home it brings family to mind. I hope you and your family are safe over the holiday.
From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving.