My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Some Thoughts Today 9/26/2013

I realize I've not been posting a lot lately but a lot of things are requiring my mostly undivided attention. Blogging served a very high priority in my life a while back, not so much now. But I'm not giving it up so keep watching for new posts.

Now, Pinterest is holding my attention and I love posting there. It's fast, easy and I don't tell stories about my daily life. ;-) Anyway, for those interested in viewing the 11,600+ photos on my pinterest and the 9,300+ followers who deem the images worthy enough, you might like to view them also. There are only the gorgeous images I've collected from the internet. All beautiful and "eye candy." I don't think I'll ever be able to get them all on this blog, but putting them on there is so easy. Visit it and see what I'm talking about. You can just sit back and dream while viewing them. I do!

I had a friend several years ago who was a psychologist. She invited hubby and me over to her house for dinner one night. Now, her house is entirely different from mine. Actually, she had a lovely condominium and it was furnished rather starkly. And we all know I do not do "starkly" in my decorating. Her home was lovely though.

We were over there to also watch a video conference of our Church since we don't have a television and usually watch it the day after when we can view it on one of our computers. Her television was on a plant shelf so we had to look the ceiling. My neck ached so badly from watching it I never would go back to watch television with her ever again.

Then she and her hubby had a "sandbox" in the traditional Japanese style in her home. He told me to take the miniature rake and make any design I wanted. Well, I'm not into those sort of things and being kind of shy about doing such things, I felt very intimidated. I made a few strokes and that was it. I just wasn't comfortable. We've lost touch but I did get a wonderful recipe from her for a salad dressing. I doubt I would pick up the rake again and make a fool of myself though. Very nice people however.

I'm always watching hubby's speed when he's driving my car as it doesn't have radar in it as his truck does. I bought that for him so it would be a reminder to watch his speed. He always goes over the posted speed by about 3 MPH and sometimes more, mostly just forgetfulness on his part. Plus he doesn't have cruise control in his truck either. But he's gotten 4 or 5 tickets in the past 5 or 6 years and I haven't had one in many, many years. I go the posted limits but will occasionally catch myself.

So on the way to Southern California recently I reminded him to watch his speed. He said, "I'm not speeding." He was going over the limit, but I simply said, "Tell that to the cop that stops you and see how far it gets you." He was silent. I think he probably was thinking of throwing me out the door at that point! I can smell that territorial bloom of testosterone. ;-) But I did shut my mouth up at that point.  It doesn't take me long to figure out when to stop. Sigh.

Oh, one more thing: I've lost 32 pounds on my diet in the last 2 months. I'm beyond thrilled!

Love this little sign. Wish I could fine out where it came from and I'd buy it!

Another room I love.

This is a sink in a bathroom. Designer sinks are becoming very popular with a lot of homeowners.

A lovely garden vignette.

And a gorgeous turquoise pool in Asia, I believe. I can't remember where some of the places are that I find in photos. Forgive me!

A comfy French chair.

A lovely small pendant probably handmade by an artisan. This metal working is becoming very popular among Etsy sellers and home crafts people. I don't need another thing to do so I'm not even pursuing it. ;-)

Another gorgeous vintage table surrounded with more modern French chairs.

The one thing I do love is to redecorate old lamps I have found at thrift stores. However, there is only so much room in this house for lamps and I think I need to give it up until I get tired of the lamps I have now. Then I might refurbish them again. It never ends in this house!

I love these curtains. Exquisite lace with a silk ribbon threaded though for a thoroughly unique look.

Our peonies did beautifully this year.

A clever little window dressing for privacy from peekers but still allows a lot of sun to shine through. Of course, you know I love the colors.

Put a pink flower in a stunning bowl and what do you get? A gorgeous vignette for a photo shoot!

Truly, what more could you want in a beautiful relaxing room like this?

This is in another country and it's a beautiful kitchen. They mostly have open cabinets, no doors. I love the look but think of the dust. I prefer doors on my cabinets in the kitchen.

Linking up with Pink Saturday.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Just Random Comments 9/16/2013

I now have 11,425 pins on my Pinterest and almost 9,200 followers. I invite you to visit it and see all the glorious and gorgeous photos/images pinned there. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.

I don't wear T-shirts with logos on them. I don't need to advertise or draw attention to this chest. And as hubby has said, "Men are hard-wired."
The speed in which a woman says "nothing" when asked what's wrong is inversely proportional to the severity of the coming storm. (Personal experience!)
I'm a very reserved person in just about any public situation. I'm definitely assertive but reserved also. In my experience women are more so than men. Men? I've found that you put 2 men who are strangers in a room with a case of beer, 2 bags of chips and ESPN and they bond faster than crazy glue. These past 2 weeks in Southern California with our son and his boys testified to that bonding. Although, there was no beer involved, Diet Dr. Pepper, Pepsi and any kind of salty, spicy chip works just as well. ;-)


I love the looks of this home—the stone facade, the roof, the lushness of the flowers and the windows and the stone fence surrounding it. Just my kind of place.

Such a deliciously simple pillow but just adorable.

I was looking on the David Austin site for roses but found many other sites with his roses. I love his above all else. They certainly do well for us in this hot climate.

It's pink and adorable. Need I say more?

I also love the looks of this dining room.

We've eaten at similar-looking places in Mexico. It is a real treat to eat out and watch the ocean.

I thought this was a very clever way to dress a trailer or caravan.

A David Austin rose. They're so fragrant.

Just some adorable little do-dads make into magnets for a refrigerator.

A beautiful village street in Europe somewhere.

Is it apparent my thoughts are on sweets right now? I tell you I could mug a shopper if I thought she had chocolate in her bags!

And aren't these cookies adorable?! Sigh...

While in San Diego, I saw these Coach loafers and had to buy them. I had to fight my son and his wife to pay for them myself. We were treated royally by them. Best time I've had for a long time.

What an adorable vignette with a Good Seasons bottle filled with pink water, roses and an embroidered dresser scarf or tablecloth.

I ordered these shoes a few days ago. They'll be delivered tomorrow. Aren't they adorable? I love loafers and these were rated highly. Being raised in the 40s, 50s and 60s by a mother who believed in Classic clothes and bought them exclusively for me, I've never lost the love of "Classic" styles in clothing.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Blogger isn't working for me

Everything is back to normal now. I'll be posting later today or tomorrow. Got a fish fry hubs is dragging me to today! I love fish but can't eat anything fried or coated with anything during this diet. I'll probably eat baked salmon and cry at all the fish I'll not be able to eat. :-(

I'm not able to see any of my old posts on blogger and have had a hard time logging in for 2 days now. So, I'm still here, just can't do anything! Sorry. I'll be back when I figure out what's wrong. Anyone else having this problem? Connie

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Wonderful Week in Southern Caifornia

It's Sunday and we've had an exhaustive, wonderful weekend in San Diego. Let me tell you about it.

My son and daughter-in-law treated us to the weekend in San Diego. He and his family live near San Bernadino so it was a 2 hour drive down. When we lived here many years ago, the Pacific Coast Highway was the only way to get there. Now, there are freeways everywhere! We had a blast.

Saturday, we, our son, his wife and 3 boys—drove down and went to USMC Recruit Depot and to the post exchange for shopping. Son and his wife wouldn't let me or hubby spend a cent. Hubby and I were gifted with a free room, USMC merchandise from the post exchange (where only the high-end clothing, shoes, perfumes, cosmetics and purses are sold), designer perfumes, dinners, lunches, breakfasts, a day at the Hilton spa in downtown San Diego and massage (which was exquisite), the facial (which was exquisite) and some very pricey cosmetics at the Hilton Spa. The facial made me feel 10 years younger. My daughter-in-law is over 50 and has an amazingly beautiful, wrinkle-free face. I absolutely loved being pampered for a couple of hours. I'll remember the experience for a long time. I had to stop picking things up and admiring them or they'd pick it up and put it in the basket to purchase for us! I did spy a pair of Coach loafers and wouldn't let them see them so I could pay for them myself. They're darling, but I was getting too spoiled. It would be easy to get used to this life! :-) I even made our son raise the screens on his Mercedes to pretend we wouldn't be mobbed by any "celebrity seekers." LOL It was really a fun time. But truly, I miss my Idaho! I'm just a simple woman but I'm incredibly happy where I live now with my sweetheart.

I think the past 10 days we've cooked 2 meals at home. The rest we ate at restaurants the whole 10  days. What a treat to not have any of us tired out from cooking!! If I mentioned a restaurant, we went to that restaurant: Outback, Chilis, Olive Garden, Pacific Fish Co., whatever I wanted to eat, I got! The spa experience was as if we were being treated like royalty. Fantastic people being incredibly caring to us. We enjoyed the whole experience.  Both my kids are fantastic to us.

I think this is an absolutely charming dining room. I especially love the chairs.

This one also.

Isn't this an amazing chandelier? I couldn't duplicate it if I wanted to.

Charming vignette in a garden.

A darling tiny screen house in a garden. Doesn't look too big but sure adds a lot of pizzazz to the yard.

This looks like a stone home in another country but I love the red roof with the light yellow front.

What a cute window treatment and chandelier for a vintage kitchen.

A beautiful tin tub of dried flowers, ribbon and tulle surrounding it.

Beautiful bedding and roses on top.

You know I'll always show you gorgeous bouquets of roses. Well, here are some.

I have some Christmas balls just like these.

One way to decorate an old galvanized bucket. This  homeowner outdid herself on this one!

An antique lace shop. I'll bet it would be fun shopping here.

And living in this old house is someone's dream I'm sure. ;-)

What a colorful living room. I'm not fond of orange but this is cute!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Still in California

I now have over 11,300 images on my Pinterest with well over 8,700 followers so you know the images are beautiful. I can post them on there faster than on this blog, so go visit and follow if you'd like. You'll not be disappointed at all the images on there. Promise.

We're in Southern California and will be for several more days. But yesterday we went to the local mall to have sized the watches that were given to us by our son for our 50th wedding anniversary two years ago. We couldn't find any jeweler near us that was qualified to do it! It has to be done by a certified Movada representative, including replacing the battery. If there isn't one available in our area, we'll have to send them out for even a battery change. The woman at the jewelry store said they are very good watches. Little did we know our son would spend so much money on watches for us! But he's a very good son to us and we're blessed to have him. We have incredibly caring children who treat us well.

Anyway, while at the store, I saw a beautiful ring and to make a long story very short, hubby bought it for me. It's an opal center surrounded with tiny diamonds and very gorgeous. Not having a light box for photography, this is the best I could do in the house and I'm not venturing out in this 100° to photograph anything! And I have to admit it looks beautiful on these ol' spotted hands. This is it:

We're heading for this season very soon. I love winter!!!

Simply more pix of the coming season.

I rarely ever see a decorated bottle I don't like and want to emulate. I love decorating and exhibiting them in my house.

While this looks like an upholstery and fabric store, this chair cover is adorable. I'd love to have them but too lazy to figure out how to make them. ;-)

I love white in my house but I truly could not live without color, especially pink. I'll always have color in my home.

These are similar to pizzelles, an Italian cookie I make, but not the shape of most pizzelles. I made some recently and my old pizzelle iron wasn't heating properly so had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to find one but still had to order it. It'll be there when I return home soon. My whole family loves pizzelles. This batch had coconut flavoring in them. Next time I'll use vanilla. The traditional recipe has anise, licorice flavoring, in them but I cannot stand the smell or taste of licorice so I use other flavors instead. Very simple to make. I read where one woman makes about 6,000 to 7,000 pizzelles during the Christmas holiday season for her friends. I think I'd start selling them if I had to make that many! That's a LOT and a very long amount of time to make them. They turn out crisp and keep for a very long time also.

See what you can do to an old candelabra that you were, perhaps, going to throw out. Marvelous!

One of my favorite fruits, but this year I've not been able to have any kind of fruit on this diet. Nothing, nada, and I'm drolling over this photo!

I love sweets, any kind. Pastries are probably my favorite. I love pies the best and then donuts and then...well, just anything sweet. LOL

Cherries lookin' good.

I'm not a quilter and have absolutely no desire to be. I don't decorate with the quilts I do have, but this is a very pretty vignette for this homeowner and her pink walls.

A gorgeous little tea set that just happens to coordinate with the chair.

I'll always love the pink and yellow in flowers.

A vintage vignette with a rustic urn similar to one on my front porch. I took blue-green paint and verdigris-ed them and they look beautiful.

Beautiful rose pillows.