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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Bedroom Update & Designing Women

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.  We went to see On The Basis of Sex yesterday and really enjoyed it. The story of Ruth Bader Ginsberg's life is an interesting one.  Hottie Armie Hammer provided the eye candy for the film.

I have been participating in a battle of wills with our resident diva, Chili.  It seems as though I am adding an accessory to her wardrobe every day in an effort to keep her from getting at her back wound.  Every time I feel that I have found the perfect protective armor, she manages to get around it and starts scratching.  I swear she is double jointed.  She must have inherited it from me.

Enough about me.  
I'm even boring myself with my Chili stories.


Say hello to the ladies at the helm of K+S Design.  Kathleen (l) and Suzanne have been in the design biz for 15 years.  They are based out of Scituate, Mass.

I met Kathleen about six months ago at Buttonwood's Supper With The Authors.  We hit it off right away and meet monthly with a few other ladies for dinner. 

I decided last Fall that our bedroom needed a facelift.  I didn't want to make major changes because I love the wall color.  New bedding and artwork were in order.  

I asked Kathleen and Suzanne over to look at the project a few months ago.  They suggested to stick with the blue and white and add a pop of another color. 

So on Thursday, Kathleen and Suzanne came over with their roller bags overflowing with colorful swatches.  They asked me lots of questions to get an idea of what I liked and what I didn't.

The thing that I like about them is that they actually listen.  One other thing - Kathleen and Suzanne never try to push me into something I don't want just because it is the latest thing.

Next stop:  the Boston Design Center.

You'll never guess who I ran into!  My first husband.  This guy never gives up.  Does anyone know the stalking laws here in Massachusetts?   

Kathleen filling out the paperwork for checking out more swatches.

I fell in love with these gorgeous pillows.

This is a fabric with cut-out words.
Perhaps a blogger duvet?

How cute is this darling lamp?

We stopped into a lot of the showrooms.  We spent the most time in Schumacher.  The above swatches are strong contenders. I love the added color of celery green.

The lovely lady in the middle is Monique, who works for Schumacher.  Kathleen and Suzanne notified her ahead of time with my specs and photos of the bedroom.  Monique had a whole table laid out with suggested swatches.  She really knows her stuff. 

Did you know that the public can walk around the Design Center?  At one time, you had to have a designer's card.  You can't check anything out or order anything without a designer, but you are free to browse.

There is an area in the Design Center that is called the Market Stalls where antique dealers sell their goods.  The public is invited to buy things right off the floor.  The only card needed is a credit card.

I wish that I had a spot for this gorgeous chest.

My Sista has an affinity for round tables.  
She would probably go bananas over this one.

No portraits of an overactive Goldendoodle or a Million Dollar Malti-Mutt?

There's something about old books that I absolutely love.

This huge armoire had actual book bindings glued to the front of it.

As we were on our way out, I spotted this darling photo.
The lady in the middle is the spitting image of me in my dreams.  If I had a back like that, I would walk backward for the rest of my life.

It was a delightful day with the designing women of K+S Design.  Next step?  Kathleen and Suzanne come back to the house with prospective design plans.

I'm counting the minutes.

Until next time...


Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Doin' Nuttin', Fig Newtons, & First Dates

Photo by Amy Reed on Unsplash

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you are enjoying your week.  It looks like our first snowfall of the season is on its way to Massachusetts this weekend.

Yesterday, I met my good friend Jill for a lovely lunch in Plymouth.  Yeah, that Plymouth - the one with the Rock.  It was too darn cold to venture out for a sightseeing trip.

Today, I am linking up with my friend Terri for Wednesday Medley. She writes the questions and bloggers answer them.

Wednesday, January 16th is National Do Nothing DayNational Do Nothing Day was proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin.  This day has been observed annually since 1973.  Of course, the way to celebrate is to do nothing.

1. To commemorate Do Nothing Day in SOME way, tell us something about your life (or the life of someone close to you) in 1973.

In 1973, I was a chunky teenager rocking a burnt tangerine colored shag compliments of Sun-In. 

Most weekends were taken up with waiting for the phone to ring from a prospective suitor.

In other words, most weekends I did nothing.

Look at that shag - are you surprised?

2.  Now that we're thinking back, please tell us what your favorite pastime was as a child.

It hasn't changed much.  

3.  What is the best way to cheer you up on a bad day?

Besides spending time with our girls, a fancy lunch and an uplifting movie is the perfect recipe for boosting my spirits on a cold, grey Winter's day.

4. How old were you when you first started dating?  
Do you remember your first date?

I was about 14 when I had my first date with a lucky young man named John.  Don't worry ladies, it was not Dirty John.

We went to the movie They Shoot Horses, Don't They?.
After that date, I experienced a bit of a dry spell.
It lasted for about ten years.

Remember the shag?

5.  Today is National Fig Newton Day.  
Do you like figs/Fig Newtons?

These days, my life revolves around WW points.  

If I had the choice between a couple of Fig Newtons for 5 points


a glass of wine, 

I would choose the vino.

6.  Tell us something random about your week.

It wouldn't be a fun week without a Vet appointment.  
I crossed that one off the list on Monday.

This week holds a root touch up, Supper With the Authors, a trip to the Design Center, and catching up on my new book.

Until next time...

Photo by Josh Bean on Unsplash

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Books, TV, & Movies

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you enjoyed your weekend.  
They really go by quickly, don't they?

This photo pretty much captures the essence of our weekend.  Chili is still recuperating and is due to have another minor surgery soon.  Needless to say, the poor little thing hates wearing both of her new accessories - the donut and the cone of shame.  We are seeing the Vet today so hopefully, she will have some good news.

The Mister and I got a lot of reading done and also went to see The Upside which we loved.

I wanted something light to read during the holidays, and this one filled the bill.  It's a quick read with a sweet sentiment.

A page-turner that beats all page-turners.
When you start it, make sure that you have plenty of time because you won't want to put it down.

The Mister and I listened to this one on a road trip and really enjoyed it.  Wonderful story and intriguing three-dimensional characters.


The Mister and I adored The Silver Music Box. Dreams of Silver is the sequel and fell flat from the first page.  


You think your Mother-in-law is a witch on wheels?  
Let's talk after you read this book.
The Other Woman was a fast read with a slight twist at the end.
I'm a sucker for a plot twist that I didn't see it coming.


I just started listening to this one on Audible.  I should have read it instead because I'm having some difficulties keeping the wives and their kids straight.  It's pretty good so far, though.  Has anybody read it?


This was my choice for my book for Prime Reading.  A young girl emerges from the woods filthy and starving. A woman who appears to have everything in life finds her. 
Spoiler alert: that's not the end of the story.
Great reviews on this one.
I started this one last night.

The Mister and I listened to this play, written by and starring Billy Crystal for Audible.  I loved it.  It's got a clever premise and as you can well imagine it keeps you in stitches.

Killers of the Flower Moon takes the reader back through exhaustive research, to the time of the United States oil boom.  Exposed is the exploitation of the Osage Indian Nation, some of the primary benefactors of this windfall.  The FBI, in its infancy, played a role in uncovering one of the most despicable and corrupt periods in our time.  Hard to put down and realizing this all took place in relatively recent times is eye-opening. 

This book began rather unlike most "design" books, by talking about comfort and coziness instead of form function.  Sounds good so far.  I like my home to feel lived-in rather than staged or arranged in vignettes, as though I expect someone to come to shop my home any minute.  Then it kind of veered off in a direction that had me scratching my head. "Quieting" a room, completely furnishing, (including hanging draperies) and then repainting just doesn't make sense.  There has to be a happy medium between design that sucks all the life out of a room and wishing a home would experience a natural disaster so one could start again... without all of the old crap... 

As an avid DIYer and newly "retired," I am teetering on the edge of conquering nearly every art and craft known to woman. However, floral design eluded me.  It was an epiphany to me that one could actually learn to arrange flowers by simply buying a book!  
Featuring actual step-by-step instructions, the mysteries all came to light, and floral arranging is no longer intimidating.

A great tip about hobby books- if you check the "used" books on Amazon or other bookselling sites, you'll likely find amazing deals - like $6.00 vs. $30.00.  A great way to invest in educating yourself at a bargain basement price.  

If you enjoy theater, you'll likely decide at some point to visit Broadway to see where it all began in the United States.  This fascinating account of the district, which goes back to when Broadway was a parade route in Colonial times, is more about the history of the street and its place in NYC than the genesis of the actual theater.  It tends to get a bit caught up more in the routes and architecture than I expected.  But if you are a fan of NYC itself, you'll be intrigued as this book leads you mile by mile The Great White Way.

Thank you, Ellen, for another month of your fabulous non-fiction reviews.

A woman discovers an old picture taken of her parents and a baby.  
Spoiler alert:  she has a twin brother.
Or does she?

This novel centers around a woman seeking shelter from a blizzard with five strangers.  Did I mention that one of them is a kidnapped child?  Hopefully not a whiny one.


An antique dealer finds an old photo and a tin box filled with secrets.  I will definitely read this one because I love the cover.


This is another thriller that has gotten great reviews from my Instagrammer buds. I enjoyed The Wife Between Us, so I will definitely give this one a whirl. 

This is another book about a woman finding old photos.  Only this time they are contained in an old suitcase in Grand Central Station.  I enjoyed The Orphan's Tale, so I am definitely going to download this one.


A woman moves to a small community and uncovers many of her neighbor's secrets.  Is it just me or does it seem to you that this theme is a little overdone?
I'll probably give it a chance though.

A woman scientist leaves her husband and runs away.  
Oh yeah, by the way... she becomes a famous actress named Hedy Lamarr. 

A woman receives an anonymous letter from a person claiming that her mother committed a horrible crime.  This is another book that I received for free from Prime Reading.  I'll keep you posted.

How many books can this woman write in a day?  
Steel's latest novel centers around a divorced doctor who heads up San Francisco's busiest emergency room.

This one looks kind of cute. 

I always think that even I could make a recipe with only five ingredients. 
The Mister is not so sure. 

Little Miss Skinny Pants has another cookbook out.
I bet she's never cleaned her plate in her life!


The Mister and I are finishing up this dramedy that takes place in Australia.  It centers around a hot heart surgeon whose life goes on the skids.  He then moves back to his home town and works in a small hospital.  
It's pretty cute, and so is he.

I watched both seasons of Dr. Foster.  The wife is a doctor, and the husband has a roving eye.
I still can't figure out which one of the two is crazier.
It was like a car wreck - I couldn't stop watching.

There is lots of Oscar hype for The Favourite.  
I just thought it was okay.  
Warning:  the ending is so abrupt that I think that they may have run out of film.


I'm sure a lot of people will have their own spin on Cheney's public life.  
The movie presents the story with such creativity, you can't help but be entertained.
I think Christian Bale is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood.
You can quote me.


I never expected to like this one as much as I did.  Clint Eastwood gave a stellar performance, and he also directed it.  
Added bonus:  Bradley Cooper is in it!

Both stars were phenomenal in this one.
The costumes and makeup were phenomenal.


If you are down in the dumps, don't walk but run to this uplifting movie based on a true story.
Btw... Bryan Cranston stole the show.

Until next time...

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