Thursday, July 31, 2014

Date Night

Last Night was date night......well sort of.  I started working in my classroom this week so I worked until 4 came home showered off all the stink and dust from the classroom.  My husband did not make it home from work until after 6.  I made us some quick chicken spinach wraps, unhealthy chips  and some cut up fruit.  I cleaned up the kitchen while he watered the plants.    We stopped at the atm machine for cash for parking and off we went to the 7:30 show.  Now you can tell we have been married for 30 years because for intermission we shared an expensive bottle of water.  I know.....big date.

That's what happens when you plan something on a work night.  The play was wonderful.  I loved the sets.  I was impressed with the way they moved and transformed.  Of course the singing and music was amazing.   I love going to the theater.

I hinted to my hubbie that I would like to see The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Anything Goes and he wants to see Motown.  I hope that means I have to lot of theater productions in my future.  I may have to pick just one because we do have to save for our Christmas vacation.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dreaming ......Craft Room Ideas

As I have written several times I am working towards a space of my own.  I am dreaming/planning of ways I can turn my family room into a craft room/office for me.  I have made two small changes that I can share soon but I am waiting for several things to happen before I can make some big changes:

1.  I need to move the  very large and heavy TV cabinet out of the family room.  I want my boys to carry to the basement however they are not excited about the task because it is big and HEAVY!

2.  When my daughter moves to an apartment she wants to take the white sofa with her.  I am not sure I want to give it up but I know it will not really fit in the craft/office room.

These two things will clear a lot of space in the room.  Right now I am starting to save for new shelving and entertainment center for the large wall.  I found some new shelving at Ikea.  I know I already have shelves and I should just paint them white however that seems like a lot of work.    What I like about these shelves is the glass doors match what I have in the laundry room.   I think that will bring some continuity to the first floor.  The bridge shelves on the top will be perfect for my little bowl collection.
I don't like the little media center above so I am hoping this larger one will fit in the same space.  The glass doors really appeal to me and three shelves for baskets....PERFECT!
Then I want to paint the brick on the fireplace and find an oak mantel (the oak wood mantel is for my husband who loves oak wood.) ...
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Next to our fireplace I want to put some type of wine/bar storage (white) for thought is my craft table will make a great table space for parties.
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I want to refinish the wood floors into an lighter wood color and get a new door for the closet.  I am thinking of painting the room a light gray or soft blue, some kind of color to make the white furniture pop a bit.  

I know this will take a long time to accomplish because I don't have the funds right now however I know if I make little changes each month in time the big picture with all fall in place.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Updating my Outdoor Herbs

Two summers ago I put together these cute signs for my herbs....

The problem this year is something is eating all my plants.  Especially my herb garden, so I have had to move them up higher.  I have a temporary plan.  I found a DVD rack at Goodwill and I painted it red.  Then I used chalkboard paint and painted some plants.  Here is my final results.
I think the herb plants turned out cute.  Here is the bonus I will have some wonderful herbs for my dinners.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Busy Weekend

For the second year, I attended the community production that many of my former students were performing in.  This community production was very good.  I had a wonderful time.  The singing was amazing.  Another thing that made the night wonderful was the chance to go out with my fellow teachers.  It is nice to go out to dinner and to a play and not have to worry about getting back to the classroom.

I was also able to enjoy some time with my little grand baby.  She is so sweet.  She is beginning to look around and smile more.  She can hold her head up on her own now.  She is so precious.   I cannot believe how fast she is growing.   I can not go by the baby section at Target without picking out a new outfit for her.  

My husband took two days off of work and we tried out some new bike paths.  The first one we went on was the Lake Country Bike Trail.  It was a bit of a challenge.  There was lots of steep hills.  We are not used to such steep hills especially on the tandem bike.   We did make our 20 mile goal.  

Then today we went on the Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail.  This one was more our level.  There was one  long incline but we could handle that.  We went 24 miles today.  It was a lot of fun.  We woke up at 6 am and went really early because it is so hot today.  
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Favorites

This week I am cleaning my bedroom and I am thinking of what can I do to improve this room.  I am not happy with this room.  It is not what I would call a relaxing retreat.  This last time I let my husband make some of the choices because he said the room was too girly in the past.   Now I am not happy.  So I am looking for ways to soften the room.  I cannot change the furniture because he really likes it so I have to work around it.   So I am looking for ways to add white accents to soften the room. 

I love these lamps from Pottery Barn.  They are a bit expensive so I may have to save or look for a knock off.  I think I would need to buy three.  

I am going to spray paint my black picture frames white and I am going to add these white shelves from Target to the empty wall next to my dresser.  Also I was thinking of getting these little stools and painting them white as well.  They are from Pottery Barn however I am going to look around and see if I can find something cheaper because I am going to paint them.  I need to bring in more white.