Good morning! I’m just hopeless, I suppose, at keeping up with this blog lately. Excuses, excuses!! But let me tell you, retiring from somewhere is busy. Whew! Yes, I left my position at the hospital where I have worked for the last 10 years. I am changing course, not quite midstream, as I am getting close to what I feel is my “real” retirement age; however, I am making big changes at a time when I did not expect to do so. There has been a lot of paperwork. A lot of emotion from this change has got me cleaning house, purging possessions that I am sick of moving around (pretty soon I will be down to not much of anything except paper goods for A Bit of Birdsong, my guitar, and necessities), and looking for something new to do for a job.
Anyway, I saw my sweet mama over the weekend. In case any of you are not aware, her blog is called Henny Penny Lane. It’s a wonderful blog! I asked her if I could make a video of her lovely sewing room. I thought you all might like it!
Below is the sweet picture my mom included in her recent post about this same video. This is me and my sister from a few years ago. I was happy to see this picture again! I love it so!
Thank you for stopping in! Thank you all for the comments about my sweet children and my getting to see them. They sure make my heart sing!!
One thing we can always count on: change. I am always aware that I am hoping for good change. Life can bring about slow change or quick change, bitter change or sweet change. Thankfully, I think most days for many of us are filled with subtle, pleasant day-to-day life changes of things like new clothes or furniture, decluttering to make room again, seeing old buildings come down or get revitalized, trying a different restaurant, slowly aging, and so on.
I mentioned getting a new (to me) baker’s rack for our dining room, and when I say “our,” it usually means with Jason, at his home. We spend a lot of time cooking together or playing music. My apartment is tiny and is only a transitional spot for me right now. I have been in transition since the day I walked away from my old house where my children grew up. My children are all grown now. The youngest are learning to make their own way. I am divorced and healing from abuse and adoring the friendship and love of someone who makes me laugh every day. So, yeah, I have reached a point where I am okay with dragging home one of my “finds” to Jason’s to organize a few things.
It is change.
When I took this picture I did not hide anything or try to make anything look perfect. I find that I am not really great at making everything look like a magazine. I always have a dash of utility thrown in. Actually the bottom shelf of this rack houses a huge bottle of vinegar and some kitty supplies. The framed Marilyn nearby is an extra from the shop that is just hanging around right now. She is waiting for change as well. I love a mix of the deliberate staging of decorative things and LIFE.
We have had a sad change of late. A very sweet, very friendly neighborhood cat has had to be euthanized due to mast cell disease. Pouncy loved being outside, and especially loved sitting on cars or trucks in the ‘hood. Pouncy was pretty high up in the Meowfia around here, and there is a vacuum of a power struggle as the neighborhood cats try and put someone else in power. For sure, Amelia and Mars will miss Pouncy, though Amelia and Mars were only allowed to view Pouncy from the windows of their own indoor abode. Ahhhh, the limitations of being an indoor cat.
I was tired of stuff all over the kitchen table. Then I saw it. Jason and I were wandering around in World Market. I fell in love with a shelf/storage unit, but was not sure I could use it as I wanted to. He said, “take a picture of it so you can remember what it looks like when you get home.” I did.
Then I got home and I could not quit thinking about it. So I went back and bought it. I love it! I had to relocate just one painting (guitar painting, of course) on the wall, but it is perfect. It offers a lot of storage.
One bin is full of coffee. Others hold tea bags. One has dish towels. Another has chocolate. Again, I love it. It was well worth the price of 129 dollars. I can see this lasting for a long time and being useful anywhere! It can be used as a hanging storage unit as well.