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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Getting Ready for Spring!

I was so happy to get out the patio furniture on the weekend.  And best of all we purchased a new table as well ... our original table was much larger, but a strong wind lifted up the umbrella and table last summer and the glass top smashed to smithereens on the patio.  Here's the new table ...
Well, once the snow melts away!!!! you'll be able to see it better :)
This morning I spied this poor little soggy mess hiding out in my compost bin ...
Can you see him in there?
My Resident Rabbit who has been chewing everything this winter and I guess he's had a pretty tough time out there in the very worst of it.  I've noticed a few trees in our neighbourhood with the tell-tale signs of winter nibbling around their trunks from rabbits.
Inside, where we still have the furnace chugging away, despite warm temperatures yesterday of almost 20C, I have my mom's amaryllis blooming ...
Such a gorgeous bloom.  She really loved these flowers and this is one of many that she had that I brought home with me after she passed away.
This beauty broke out in bloom on the anniversary of her death (April 8), and I can just hear her saying her favourite exclamation when something amazing like this happens, "Praise the Lord!". 
Not a lot happening here, and therefore not many posts ... plus it's tax time and I'm immersed in that during all my spare time.  So if I'm not back before the weekend, I hope you all have a wonderful Easter.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Night Table

As I mentioned in my last post, I had gone into the thrift store last week with an actual purpose.  I've been on the lookout for quite a while now for a little night table for my daughter's bedroom.  Since she moved to university town, she took most of her bedroom furniture with her.  That's all good and fine, but when she does come home for an occasional weekend or holiday, I needed to outfit her bedroom a bit so she's not living out of a suitcase.
I still had her original dresser, so I brought it back into her room.  We bought her a bed to take to her other room, and she left her old bed here at home.  It used to be mine and has quite the 60s look.

The set of plastic drawers to the right was what she was using for a night table before.
I've come across about three or four candidates for a night table at the thrift store.  But every time I find one, I can't make up my mind quick enough, and by the time I go back, they're always gone.  Last week I finally found one that is in excellent shape, the right size, a complimentary style to the existing bedroom furniture, and at only $12, a bargain to boot!  I like the deep shelf and the drawer is a good size too.
I know this furniture style is very dated, and I'm sure a lot of you would be tempted to update it with a coat of paint, but I like it the way it is.  It's clean, in good shape and it's solid wood.  I painted a few furniture pieces last year, and it was fun to change it up, but my house is full of natural wood furniture, and I find the painted pieces look out of place if I try to incorporate the two.  I find wooden furniture to be very comforting, and I much prefer the feel of it over painted surfaces. 
I think my daughter will be happy to have a place to put her book and a drink at nighttime now.  The little chalkware dog was given to her by Santa one year.  Santa left a note to say that this little dog had sat amongst his bookshelves for years, but since my daughter was so anxious for a dog, he was sending him to her.  His name is "Booky". 
The walls were painted a while ago too, when my daughter was home at Christmas.  Although these photos are far from the actual colour, it's a very calming aqua/robin's egg blue sort of colour.  I'm really happy to get this room back together again.  I know it won't be long before my daughter is out of the house completely, so I really wanted to make it feel like an inviting room again, and not just a temporary unfinished stopover spot.
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