Friday, January 28, 2011

What do you do when winter sets in?

Ok, here is the North East we have had snow, snow and more snow......6 majors storms in 30 days! Yuk!
Now it is pretty to look at, but it is icy and messy and I would love to just stay home if at all possible.

Come on in for a cup of Ginger tea or hot chocolate? Don't slip the walk gets icy and I keep putting driveway heat on it, but it melts and freezes again.

         My sweetie warming her toes after sledding. I love to keep the fire going all day when I can stay home. I can't tell you the countless times the kids have snuggled up in this very spot along with the cats and dogs.

Can you remember THIS shot from before?  I always dream of summer and look at my garden pictures to make plans for next  year.

This is my upstairs see my upstairs is in a time walnut stain on the woodwork. This is my project this year while winter is nipping at my door. Most of my woodwork has been painted and all I have left is the guest room and the hall. The hall has six, count them six doors to sand, kiltz and paint. So I started with the guest room. We had wallpapered a few years ago and then our son needed to come home for a bit and I never got around to painting the trim with all his stuff in the room. When the girls from APP magazine came to shoot some pictures last summer, I would not let them upstairs to see my dated stuff. This may be what has gotten me to do something about it. The hall paper needs to be taken down and I want wainscoting installed then new paper and paint.

 So I started and this was a work in progress. I hate the prep, but it is so important.

So now the trim is done I can shop for new bedding and some other things for the room. I hope my sister comes home for a visit soon and enjoys the room. It has the best view of the gardens and pool.
So now I can start in the hall. So now tell me what do you do when winter sets in?

Monday, January 3, 2011

January 2011

What is it about the New Year? I feel refreshed and ready to tidy everything up. Clean closets, floors, fresh paint, shiny windows and file all of last years folders from work. My Christmas is all done and packed away until next year...I have a system. Thank goodness for Rubbermaid! The door on my Christmas closet is closed with Christmas neatly packed behind the door. Phew.

My snowmen grace our home and will stay until I start Spring. Hey, I need something seasonal. My candles are lit and the fireplace on days when I can work from home. The sun is shining in and it feels like Winter here.

My son Ben is settled into his new place and at the same time our daughter moved to a new place in South Boston. Big changes around here. Having both children close by is such a comfort. Sunday dinners may be possible again. Everyone has been so scattered the last few years. This feels so wonderful. I want to start the New Year being happy about all my blessings of which there are many.

Lots of blogs are talking about their word for the year and I know I want mine to be BALANCE
This is what I need so much, balance of work, home and family. So with this in mind I will march forward into 2011 seeking balance in my life. 

 to all my Blogger friends, may you all be blessed with happiness, health, and prosperity in 2011.