Sunday, January 20, 2013

Dining Tablescape

My dining room table is really prominent. The dining room is open to my living room and you have to walk thru it to get to the kitchen and back door (which is our primary door). The table is a dumping ground for everything coming into the house and me emptying my purse junk. I've been trying to keep it clean and I've been wanting a "tablescape" for it so it looks more interesting than just a blank table. My problem is that I don't really like lots of stuff around. And I wanted something interesting that doesn't need to be changed out for each season and not too fussy. Maybe something a little Hollywood Regency-ish. Oh and I didn't want to spend a lot of money.

I purchased a bunch of mismatched glass candlesticks at thrift stores and grouped them together. There is still enough space for me to sit and eat my dinner without moving stuff around. I like it! It makes a statement and is a little different. It really fills up the space without feeling cluttered. I spent about $10 for 16 candle sticks and $8 for candles at Ikea. So for under $20 I have a really nice look.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ugh ... Sick!

How are you? I'm sick. I got a flu shot back in November when my dog bit me. (I don't think I told you about that. He just went crazy when somebody was at the door. He's a medium size dog so it was a small bite). I went to the Dr. and got a tetanus, flu and whopping cough booster shots during that visit. I figured since I was there and was getting stuck for the tetanus shot then why not? So I'm not entirely sure how I have the flu. Maybe it's just a bad cold? I don't know but I've been pretty miserable since Thursday. Today the fever has broken but I'm just exhausted with a cough and running nose. 

I had to venture out to the grocery store today as I was almost completely out of food. I felt so bad for the people around me as I coughed and sniffled and sneezed but I had no choice. The nice thing is that I didn't have to work Friday or today so I was able to just lie (lay?) around and watch some TV and troll Pinterest. 

I've seen more Storage Wars and Pawn Stars than is probably good for a person. You know that I just got a TV after not having one for 8 years, right? I seem to remember better TV shows on in the past. I have 200+ channels and seriously there is nothing good on TV. I'm really disappointed in HGTV. It seems all the shows are just these massive home remodeling shows. What happened to the decorating, crafting or even organizing/cleaning shows? The remodeling shows have nothing for me as I won't undertake any of those projects in my condo.

I'm going to take it easy for the next couple of days and recover. Hopefully this weekend I can start on some projects around the house.

I hope you stay healthy during this flu season!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Back to School

On Wednesday I took my son to O'Hare Airport so he could fly back to college. He goes to SCAD in Savannah Georgia. His only break until the end of the school year is Spring Break and he has to work (he is a resident assistant). I won't see him again until June.  It's too expensive to fly home for a weekend visit. Since I miss him so much when he's gone I try to focus on the positives. The condo stays much cleaner for longer when it's only me here. Also there are less dishes to wash, less food to buy and prepare, and I no longer have to share a bathroom. As the holidays are over and I'll have more time with him gone I can focus on getting some rooms finally completed. Now the big challenge will be to not change my mind on the planned designs and actually get things done!

First things first though. I need to "reset" the condo. For me before I tackle new projects I need the condo squeaky clean, with everything put away, laundry done and folded and put away, no outstanding household chores. I never feel like I can work on something new if have to clean the bathroom or am worried about dishes in the sink. Maybe that's why I don't always get things done. I'm waiting for the "perfect" time to get started.