Every year I think that autumn is my favorite time of year, but then autumn passes, and think maybe Christmas is actually my favorite time of year. It's so magical, so cozy and warm. I've taken a few pictures of the living room, but also added a couple of dining room pictures because Heather asked to see more of it. And lastly, I'll share 7 random things as requested by Nancy, and what I was doing 10/20/30 years ago as requested by Joyce.
This is our fireplace mantel in the living room. This glow made me feel warm against the outside snow that is mounting by the minute here in Minnesota.
This is the tree we cut down in our back yard. It was in a bad spot, one that would have eventually pushed out some of our stone retaining wall. We didn't want that to happen so we decided to use it as a Christmas tree this year. I don't normally like to cut down trees from our yard, but in this case it had just gotten too big and was going to start causing damage. As I mentioned in my last post, it's a bit of a free spirit. It has bald spots and isn't uniform, but I like it. It's just doing its own thing, perfectly imperfect.
My morning coffee.
"Greetings" banner from Bayberry Cove.
Heather had asked about the dining room. Here are a couple of pictures.
Sorry that the picture is a bit grainy. I was having some issues with it and had to switch to our other camera that allows for additional settings. At any rate, you get the general idea about the dining room at least.
And for Nancy, 7 random facts about me:
1.) I organize my underwear by color, they are folded like a little package, and lined up within an organizing container in one of my drawers. I do the same with my bras. My closet is also color coordinated from lightest to darkest. I also use all the same kind of hangers - they are wooden and are the same color. Does this random fact make you want to run screaming from my blog? Now that I've typed it out, it does sound rather...obsessive. All my handbags are in cloth bags and sit on a shelf in the closet. That didn't sound any less weird did it? Okay, moving on.
2.) I'd like to own a mystery book store - all mysteries, all the time. I'd have antiques in the shop, overstuffed chairs, and a fireplace. It would be called "Creaky Door Mystery Bookstore". I'd have coffee and tea, and cookies available too.
3.) When I get home from work at night I practically run to our bedroom to put on my comfy clothes. I usually wear a black Adidas track suit, or a brown velour pants and jacket outfit. I must be comfortable.
4.) I had lasic surgery three years ago - IT IS SO GREAT!
5.) I love the show "Psych" - love, love, love it. It's hilarious, and it is a mystery show: win-win for me.
6.)I moved from Idaho to Kansas City, MO when I was 18 for college. After college I moved to Minneapolis, MN for work. I bought my first house when I was 22 -was the best investment I ever made.
7.) When I met my future husband and I found out he loved old music, old movies, antiques, kids, and talking about feelings - well, I thought I had hit the jackpot. As it turns out I did hit the jackpot and have been happily married for over nine years.
10/20/30 - Is a request from Joyce to share what we were doing 10, 20, and 30 years ago.
10 years ago: I was 24 and engaged to be married to Steve and we were planning our wedding, which would occur on 8/1/98.
20 years ago: I was 14 and was in 9th grade at Lakeland Junior Highschool in Rathdrum, ID. I was looking forward to my 15th birthday, which is on Dec. 5th. We were about to have a school dance on Dec. 18th, which is when I started going out with a boy named John - we dated for about two years. And no, I'm not guessing about the date. That was the actual date of the dance and when I started dating John. The things we remember even years later.
30 years ago: I was 4 and was about to turn 5. I remember that one of the birthday presents I received was a Little House on the Prairie book. My presents were wrapped and sitting on the floor next to an antique ice box that was in our dining room. I remember them sitting there and I remember that morning when I opened the presents. My mom still has that ice box in her kitchen. We had recently moved to Rathdrum, ID from North Dakota after my dad died in a car accident. We lived on a mountain - a beautiful mountain in Idaho. I loved that home and my years there. My uncle now lives in that house, which is nice to visit when I go back to Idaho.
Sorry for the very long post, but I wanted to accomplish a few things in this one. I hope you are all doing very well and enjoying your weekend. The snow here is beautiful and I'm enjoying some relaxation in our cozy home. Until next time my friends.