Monday, September 23, 2013

Lake House Dreams

I've been decluttering before winter and may have spent too much time indoors of late.  It seems all I do is daydream.  We used to visit Lake Junaluska, NC when the boys were little.  We had a favorite bed and breakfast where we stayed for a modest amount.  Of course, we walked around the lake as a family activity.  A game I played as I walked was "pick out your favorite lake house". 
For over thirty years, this was the one I always picked.

It has 5 bedrooms and 2 baths.  I recently discovered it was for sale. 
 I can't keep my mind off of it!  It has a beautiful view from the front steps!

Now when I found out it was for sale, I was so excited because that meant there were interior views online!  Wow!  This is the real deal!

 Beautiful wood!  I wondered what the kitchen and dining room looked like?

Talk about vintage!

I remember driving by the house one summer and someone had draped the entire house and porch in flowing white fabric!  They had just had a wedding on the porch! Oh, how romantic!

I began to wonder what would I wear if this were my house?  Fashions from the 20s, of course.
And how would we drive to the lake? 
In our Model A, of course!  Ha! Ha!

Oh, how I wish I were on my lake house porch relaxing right now...
Wait a minute, I have an old turn of the century house we are restoring...

"Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present."
                                                        ...from movie Midnight in Paris

I better get back to decluttering the house (coping with the present).  I'm sharing my daydreams this afternoon.  By the way, if you are interested in buying the Lake House, I've provided the link below.  I have nothing to do with the buying or selling of the house.  I will say...that I was shocked at the price!  They are asking $649,500  but I was sure they would be asking a million dollars.  The view is heavenly and well worth a million. 

Back to work!  Thank you for taking a break with me today!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Open Letter to Betty

 This is an email I wrote to my friend, Betty, at My Irish Cottage Home. She posts on Wednesday about her weight loss journey. Like every normal person, weight loss is a series of ups and downs.  I wrote a post about how I intended to lose weight in August, and I did, but I gained it back. I'm still trying!
Dear Betty,

I just wanted to share that I finally  had a good weight loss week and lost 4 pounds!  It was really hard to do but I was finally mentally prepared to do it last week.  Also,
  #1  My husband was working out-of-state for the week so it was easier to control what was in the kitchen.

  #2  I ate up all the junk food the first two days he was gone.  There was nothing left but healthy food!

  #3  I wrote everything down in a food diary two days before I ate it, so I planned everything and cooked everything in advance!  Best thing I did!

Betty, I guess I just feel comfortable sharing this with you.  A few weeks ago I visited my doctor and told him about how I had started walking everyday back in July.  I asked him if I could get off or reduce some of the 5 medications I take.  He congratulated me on the walking but said there was another component to reducing medication  -  weight loss.  He told me to lose 20 pounds and continue the walking and then we would reduce medications.

I walked out of his office and wanted to cry as I walked across the parking lot.  I wanted to talk with you, because you understand how hard it is to lose and keep weight off.  It is so disheartening to try and try and still fail.  That day I thought it was impossible to lose 20 pounds! ( I was 70 pounds overweight).

But after this week of planning ahead and cooking, I think I have a chance. It was a pretty easy plan:  Cereal for breakfast, salad and lean protein for lunch, apple and cheese stick at 4,  lean protein and cooked vegetables and starch for dinner.  It was easy.  That's what I need... easy!
I think I can do this now.  Thank you for your inspiration and Weightloss Wednesdays!


Thursday, September 19, 2013

Autumn Decorations

  Autumn will be here in a few days!  Oh, this is such a sweet time.  I wanted to share my minimal decorating with you.  I've never been very crafty or artistic in any way.  But I've learned over the years to display just a few decorations that I really love and I will feel more at home.  Warning: all of these are store bought.

 I love the squirrel salt and pepper shakers!  $1.99 at Walmart
 (Made in China)  We have grey squirrels but that's ok.

Just a few autumn colors to decorate the side porch.  In October, we will fill this space with plastic pumpkins!

A scarecrow lady seems to be a common theme in my house! I wonder why????

And that's it!  I have a pretty fall tablecloth I forgot to take a picture of to show you.  It is really not about the store bought decorations.  It is all about love and home and winter coming down the road.  My heart goes out to the people in Colorado with all the floods and destruction still going on.  Just like the people in New Jersey and New York with Sandy and the Gulf Coast with Katrina, it is about love and home and winter coming down the road. 

Thank you for visiting today!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

Time for a Chat on the Farmhouse Porch 109

Everyday Ruralty

Hello Bloggy Friends! 
I have so enjoyed these chats on Patrice's farmhouse porch! I'm a little behind in posting this week as I read the questions and then went for my daily walk to think about the answers.  By the time I had come back home, I forgot to post them!  (Have you ever forgotten that you were going to do something?) 

1.  Did you ever take piano lessons, as a child or adult?
Yes, briefly in the 3rd grade, my brother and I took lessons.  It seemed all the kids in the neighborhood in Grand Prairie, Texas, took lessons in the early 60s. 

2.  How many times do you eat out each month?
Since DH and I retired, I would say ten to twelve times a month.  Here's how it goes.
Every Tuesday morning, DH and I love  to eat breakfast out at our favorite family owned local restaurant where we always see people we know.  The waitresses are former students of mine and  DH loves the waitresses to flutter around him to refill his coffee every sip he takes.  Ha!

Every Sunday for lunch, my grown son takes us out to his favorite family owned restaurant after church.  We see the same people there every week and the dining room is always full.  They also have a different cobbler each week for dessert.  (Yes, there are some perks to getting old.)

We  go out for birthdays and anniversaries to someplace nice at least once a month.  We've also fallen into the habit of eating lunch out on Fridays as we run errands.  

3.  If you could snap your fingers and change one thing about your appearance, what would that be?  (Temporary or permanent)
I'm 5 foot 2 inches short.  Every dress or pair of pants my whole life had to hemmed.  Also, I always have to ask for help reaching things.  If I could snap my fingers, I would like to try to be 5 foot 6 inches for awhile.

4.  Do you like looking at art or photography?  Do you go to any place that displays them?
Yes, I like looking at both.  Being married to an artist for forty years has been wonderful!  We have visited many art museums in many cities!

5.  Do you have new things for your fall/ winter wardrobe?
Yes, I have a very comfortable orange dress with leaves on it.  Also, I bought an orange blouse with orange embroidery on it!  These should look nice when I go out for breakfast this fall!


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Putting Food By

We've been busy freezing blueberries, peaches, and okra.
  DH has been canning apples, applesauce, apple butter, and pears.  
We have been "putting food by". 

"To 'put by' is an early nineteenth century way of saying 
to "save something you don't have to use now, 
against the time when you'll need it.' 
...Putting Food By, 1975

 We will enjoy these pears on those cold days of Winter!

"Putting food by is the antidote for running scared." 


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Pink House Dreams!

I just love pink houses!  But I don't live in one.  My blue cottage is our home and I'm happy with it.  DH calls the color gray, but its blue.  We both love our home ... and there is no way I'll ever get a pink house as long as I'm married to DH so all I can do is dream.  I don't mind. I've been married to DH for forty years this year and its like living with Cary Grant some days and Sean Connery the other days.  Not too bad!  I have a lot to be thankful for, but back to a pink house...and dreaming.  If you haven't been to OLD HOUSE DREAMS, you must visit it and "pick out" the old house of your dreams.  That is what I do when I can't sleep at night.

1900 – $99,900 ( listed on link now $85,000)  – 59 E High St, Union City, PA – MLS #24020
Kelly's blog has over 2,000 houses with links to more pictures. She has nothing to do with selling these houses nor do I.  I just wanted to share the website.

Sweet Dreams and Happy Pink Saturday!