Silence for over several weeks. Must be thinking…”what’s with this woman? Either she posts daily, or she goes silent for days”! Well, my excuse is that for a change, I’ve been doing more than I’ve been thinking. In fact, yesterday, I crossed off 3 to-dos off of my list. Normally, if I can turn one to-do into a ta-done, it’s a great accomplishment. Yesterday was an extraordinary tour de force!
This past weekend, the goal was to make the house post-holiday presentable. Bare shelves, where Santas and snowmen stood at attention less than a month ago, needed to be refilled with pottery, plates, and random other ”dustables”. Mission accomplished, but just barely.
Finding the right pieces to fill two prominent shelves into a pleasing arrangement can be a daunting task. Even with the right stuff, it can take days of shifting bowls and other “tchotchkes” (Yiddish word for knick-knacks, or in my vernacular, dustables!) until a combination that pleases my eye is achieved.
It became apparent during this process that I have lots of tchotchkes, but they are entirely wrong for this house. Our previous residence sported a vibe that I would describe as a “beachy British Colonial”. There are lots of Caribbean-themed pictures, starfish, and even a silver-plated Pottery Barn crab in the collection, but they would look sadly out of place in this mountain home. Clearly, I need more (different) tchotchkes. Thrift stores and consignment shops, here I come!
The pictures in the dining room, which change with the seasons, went from pine cones and wreaths to flowers and birds…harbingers of an early Spring, we hope. As an aside, I found awesome, and very inexpensive, picture frames at Wal-mart back in the fall, that make it a snap to change your wall art on a whim. The frames are a thin black plastic [so thin, you can’t really tell what the material is]. A mat and a piece of glass complete the package. The glass easily pops out of the frame, and just as easily pops back in. In typical Wal-mart fashion, they did not reorder them (I’m guessing they were too popular?). Being very familiar with their refusal to restock the really good stuff, I bought as many of them as I could, but really wish I had more!
Sigh. January always makes me want to change the house all around. New Year, new look, I suppose. And we have an entire downstairs that need some serious love. However, with the decorating budget at an all-time low, thanks to the construction projects of 2014, I am going to have to fashion any changes with a sewing machine and paint. Sounds like a challenge I can’t refuse. Repeat after me: “Necessity is the mother of invention”!
Bear update! Sometime during the wee hours of the morning, Bear went out the doggy door to relieve himself. I didn’t hear him go out, but his return created quite a ruckus. He thoughtfully brought a frog into the bedroom (who knew that frogs are even around in January-February, and even so, how the heck do you spot and catch one in pitch darkness?). Greg chased the frogger around and finally captured it in a towel. By the time he tossed it back out the doggy door, Bear was back in bed, snoring… :>}