Saturday, September 02, 2006

The new year begins

I don't know about the rest of you, but I still seem to measure my life in semesters. Yes, even at 51, September is REALLY the new year on my internal calendar. Life begins anew at Labor Day. And, well, looky. The calendar shows that this is Labor Day weekend.

Alicia over at Posie Gets Cozy is on a little hiatus as she gets her new shop area set up at an antiques mall in Portland. Oh how I long to go back to Portland now that I know about her and so many other creative bloggers who live there. It's almost as though I've found a nest of kindred spirits there. Someday, perhaps. Someday.

And Kuky at Kuky Ideas is making the CUTEST dolls. I adore them! Kuky just has this incredible simple, cute style that makes me laugh, even on the days when that's the last thing I want to do. I feel so lucky to have stumbled on her blog. And her baby is getting new teefies too. Look at the photos. The other day I also discovered her blog about her dogs. I don't know how I've managed to miss out on that one for so long. I've fallen in love with them too now. Go visit Waldo and Nestle and give them a treat and a hug.

It feels as though the summer's heat has finally crested. We've had some rain the past couple of days. But no, we're in that period where it's still hot as hades most of the time. We may be scorched for a while, but not parboiled like in August.

What's the latest on the A/C? Well, Eddie tells me they have now been able to ORDER the part that's been on back order, and I should check with him on Tuesday. So no great holiday driving adventures for me over this long weekend. Not unless it snows. I'm not happy that I'm having to alter my lifestyle because of this machine, but that's life. I'd much rather have the freedom to get in the car and go if I feel like it without worrying about melting into the floorboards. Sigh.

One of my message boards has been having a thing where we show each other photos of our homes. Pretty much everything is fair game -- people ask to see parts of your house and if you're willing, you show them.

Well, you may know how this goes, if you know me. Clean, clean, clean... photograph. Move to next area. Clean, clean, clean... photograph. Oh, but that means moving stuff from Area 2 to the space you cleared out in Area 1 for the photos there. Eventually the clutter from the guest room somehow winds up on the kitchen counters because that's the only space still open! Sigh.

My goal for today is to actually move some of that clutter all the way out the front door if there's not a proper place for it. I'd like to preserve some of the clean spots!

Here, I'll share one of my favorite rooms with you since I'm kind of proud that I finally got it looking livable again. My den. I've gotten rid of all my dead plants. At one time it was a lush room with many living, gorgeous plants. One day I made a semi-conscious decision that I wasn't going to fool with them any more. I can't believe I did that, but I think it was at a particularly hard time when I did not have the energy to be concerned with them any more. Now I wish I had maintained them. But I'll start replacing them, slowly, so I can stop when I get to the point of "enough!"

I love this room, but don't spend enough time in here any more. Most of my waking hours are spent in my office. Time for that to change some. The den is a place where I feel most cozy, especially when I have friends over to share the space.

Here, come pull up a chair and let's chat!

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Genevieve said...

I love your den, Trixie. I especially like the fabric of your drapes.

This photography of the house thing seems like a good motivator. I don't need to join the board. I could just take some pictures around here and take a good look at them. Ugh.

Trixie said...

That is the truth! I tell you what, you see things in the photos that your eye gets used to seeing as you stand in the space. I think the Monday holiday will be spent trying to cull out even more clutter!

FrenziedFeline said...

Love this room! It looks like a great place to wile away the winter months. :)

Where is this board? I might need the motivation--lol.

TECH said...

I like your den. And that carpet is cool.

CrystalDiggory said...

What a lovely room. It just looks like a place where friends would gather.

Trixie said...

Come on over, all of you! The curtains are really quilts. I happened to find five of them and they were just the right size to go floor to ceiling. The windows are really old-fashioned French doors that were fashioned into the walls of this room (without the hardware of course.) It's one of those little quirky oddities that makes me love the room. Another is the fact that this used to be the patio. The original porch light is still working in the ceiling (right above where I was standing). Some portions of the walls are the original brick exterior of the home. It's a real "handyman's special" that never ceases to surprise me.

So here, let me issue a challenge to each of you. We don't need a message board for this -- show me your cozy corner! Go on, take a photo then come here and let me know when you post it to your own blog. Leave your blog address so we can come visit you at your place!

Erudite Redneck said...

That room looks downright relaxin'.