It has been a very quiet week for me. I intentionally took a few days to enjoy some down time to get back into my daily routine after being away for two weeks.
Before the week ends, I thought I would share a few things with you that were part of my week and tell you about a new book that just came out that one lucky reader can win.
I wish I could have all of you come over to my house for coffee or meet each and every one of you. Wouldn’t that be fun!!! We could chat for hours about all sort of things… but mostly about what we have been up to, our passions and little things that make our day.
For today’s post I am going to share stuff that I would if you and I were sitting across from each other in a coffee shop with mugs of steamy coffee in our hands and maybe even a warm chocolate croissant sprinkled with powdered sugar.
Sound good? Let’s chat.
I love the series of ads in the photos below that Chock Full of Nuts coffee ran a few years ago. They inspire me every time I see them.
The photos are set in a different time when there were no cell phones, social media and texting. The images remind me to make a point of trying to meet up with my friends and family in “real-live-person” more often and not only connect by text, Facebook or Instagram.
It feels nice once in a while to put my phone down and have a conversation that doesn’t require WIFI or a password to get started.
We can get so busy doing BUSY that we forget that connecting in real life is a good thing for our well-being and just plain fun and enjoyable.
The Hydrangea Bush in my Yard
You know I love hydrangeas and was so happy that there was a well-established bush on the lake side of our house when we bought it. For the past 3 summers the flowers have been pink.
This year they are blue/lavender and I haven’t changed a thing! A few years ago I wrote a post about how to change the colors of hydrangeas by adding lime, MirAcid, pennies, and other stuff to change the ph of the soil, but I didn’t add anything to this hydrangea.
When I walk around my neighborhood, I have noticed that all the hydrangea bush flowers are the same blue/lavender color, so it tells me the soil ph conditions must be similar. This got me to thinking that the previous owner of the house must have added something like lime to raise the ph in the soil to make them pink or they had a lawn service that added something to the lawn that also made it into the soil around the bushes and shrubs.
I like either pink or deep purple hydrangeas so I am going to have to decide what color I want to see more of next year and add lime or acid to the soil to get that color. I still love the blue/lavender and have cut a few to place on my kitchen table.
Do you have hydrangeas in your yard, do you do anything to the soil to change the color of the blooms?
BOOK Give Away: Amazing Furniture Makeovers
If you like to transform furniture or want to learn a few new painting techniques and creative ideas then I think you will really enjoy this book and learn a lot.
My favorite projects from the book are, The Glamorous Nailhead Dresser and the very creative Suitcase Dresser on page 143.
Book Giveaway is OVER
- Congratulations to the winner: Elle Knowles
Here is the link to the book if you didn’t win and would like to order it: Amazing Furniture Makeovers
Coolaroo White Light Filtering Cordless Exterior Shade
Since moving to the lake house and making drapes for all the sliding glass doors and then buying a few white Roman style shades for the windows that needed covering, I haven’t looked much at what is new in the window treatment market.
That changed when my daughter, Mandy asked me to help her find something affordable for her kitchen in her rental apartment. She was not a fan of the dark grey mini blinds.
She wanted something that she could take with her if she moved and that would be easy to open and close. She thought we could make four of the No Sew Fabric Shade I made for a single window for her sister’s apt a few years ago. They would look nice and colorful, but ease of use to open and close four shades would not keep them simple. That window treatment is perfect for one window.
So we went out in search of something else and while browsing the window treatment aisle at Lowes….
…we found Coolaroo outdoor shades. They are made of a very nice, fabric feel – vinyl mesh that lightly filters the sun and come in a variety of colors and sizes. Best of all they were very affordable. $25 dollars to cover a 48″ wide double window.
If you know me, you know I don’t care that the label says “Outdoor Shades”. That doesn’t mean they can’t be used inside too.
We found just the size we needed in white and brought them back to the apartment.
The two shades couldn’t have been easier to hang. You do need a screw driver, drill and bit to make a hole for the two brackets. Once the brackets were installed, the shades click right into them. It took about 30 minutes.
What a nice difference and now Mandy only has to open/close two shades and not four mini blinds. Plus these Coolaroo Shades have a simple lift mechanism and no cords. She can lift the bottom to roll them all the way up, half way down or all the way down with ease.
Mandy couldn’t be happier with the new shades and that in turn makes this mama happy too. :-) We bought the shades at Lowes. but the company makes quite a few different styles, colors and sizes that are also sold at many other retailers.
Here is a link to the shades we bought: Coolaroo Light Filtering Shades
A Toy Story That Will Make You Smile
I like to read about happy things and when I read about this doll company it made me smile. I think it will make you smile, too.
Have You Ever Heard of Restless Leg Syndrome?
It has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. Both my twin sister and I have it. If you have it or know of anyone who does, you know that inactivity can make it worse. Trying to sleep becomes impossible since my legs are still and they literally ache to move. There is a drug that helps, as does magnesium and a few Advil before bed.
Two weeks ago it flared up again big time – even with me doing everything I know to keep it at bay. When I called my twin sister to tell her about it, she was experiencing the same flare-up. Being an identical twin has some advantages in that we can consult each other to find out if the other is experiencing the same thing. If they are then we know it is our genetic body clock doing its thing and not something we did to make it flare up. :-) When you don’t have an identical twin, you will never be able to know what is genetic and what is being caused by something you ate, drank or did. :-)
Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?
This week I started two novels and didn’t finish either because of my restless legs. I got one from my library and the other from Amazon. I was excited to read both since I had given myself the time to enjoy doing nothing, but devouring a few good pieces of fiction.
Now that is summer I want to create a reading list. Want to help with the list?. What books have you read and enjoyed lately or are planning to read?
My New Love
And lastly… It would not be a coffee chat if I didn’t tell you at least a little bit about my grand-dolly, Zoe. She is the love of my life.
I love her expression in this grainy phone photo taken over the weekend. She is being held by a friend of my daughter, Kelly (Zoe’s mom) who is sitting in the background.
Ed and I got to spend two weeks with Zoe in May. Over the summer we will get the chance to watch her again while my daughter finishes her medical residency. I am looking forward to those visits. :-)
It has been fun chatting with you. Anything you want to share?
- Don’t forget to leave me a comment if you would like to enter to win a copy of the book – Amazing Furniture Makeovers