The First Day of Spring

Spring is my favorite season.

I look forward to the purple iris each spring.

It begins today.

As soon as the weather warms just a bit the garden will be green with edibles.

The weather has been cold and snowy so the yard and garden haven’t had any attention yet even though I purchased seeds a while ago.

We should have a backsplash for the master bath vanity by the end of the month.
We’re cutting and painting the closet lumber methodically.
We must finish the bedroom shelves, too.
The bedroom trim needs to be finished.
The footboard and headboard of our king size bed must be refinished.

I’m planning to keep us focused on the master suite by leaving as least one chore each day for Charlie to accomplish while I’m at work. How that will go I’m not sure.

Your favorite season?

Decorating with Yellow Spring Flowers

I was going to buy flowers for this week’s party.

Some of these forsythia branches are over 4-feet long.
Forsythia makes a grand statement on the mantel.

But I am fortunate that both our daffodils and forsythia are in bloom.

Most of the daffodils were closed when I brought them into the house.

I brought the daffodils inside a few days in advance hoping they would bloom by Friday.

I’ve love grand-scale arrangements especially when they’re free. (The red car ties into our party theme.)
The daffodils blossomed.

They didn’t disappoint.

Do you turn your clocks ahead tonight in your part of the world?

Bucket List

When I recently read Jessica’s Bucket List I realized I hadn’t looked at mine for a long time. First I’d like to wish Charlie a very happy birthday today. See you tonight at the party.

I’ve had buckets in my life.

Having just had a birthday myself I decided it was a good time to monitor what I wanted accomplish during my life.

Travel is high on my list.

To that end here is my Bucket List: Items in grey have been on the list for awhile; items in orange are new to the list; items in blue have been accomplished.

  1. See the pyramids in Egypt

    I’d like to visit Egypt.
  2. Inspire somebody to do something great
  3. Own my house 

    The Glade is my home and I own it.
  4. Write a book and have it published
  5. Visit the Louvre in France 

    I’ve seen the Mona Lisa.
  6. Ride in a hot air balloon
  7. Take a ride in a gondola in Venice

    Venice would be the start of a great adventure.
  8. Go on a cruise
  9. Audition for a movie
  10. Own a beach house

    I’d love to live nearer the ocean.
  11. Invent something
  12. Have a million dollars
  13. Go whale watching
  14. Buy a stranger a meal
  15. Do something I know is reckless!
  16. Fly in a helicopter
  17. Read the Bible

    I will finish this in May of this year.
  18. Save somebody’s life
  19. Fly 1st class
  20. Make and sell a product
  21. See the Southern Cross in person

    The Southern Cross.
  22. Visit Greece
  23. Visit London
  24. See the Northern Lights
  25. Visit New Orleans

That’s 25 items.  I reserve the right to add more.  As I was looking at other people’s lists and trying to add to my own I realized I had already done quite a few things in my lifetime that would have been on my list had I made one earlier in my life.

There’s a big world to see out there.

I have a lot to do and see in this world.  I better get busy.

Number 1 on your bucket list? Accomplished or on deck?

A Mini Greenhouse

A mini-greenhouse like this was gifted to us.
A mini-greenhouse like this was gifted to us.

While we were building the back yard greenhouse someone gave us a mini-greenhouse.

The shelves in back of our garden greenhouse are from the mini-greenhouse.
The shelves in back of our garden greenhouse are from the mini-greenhouse.

I put the shelves in our backyard greenhouse but kept the reinforced cover in tact.

The olive tree was happy in the living room window.
The olive tree was losing leaves in the living room window.

Last week I put one of my olive trees, my favorite one, the Greek Koroneiki tree, outside.

A layer of protection until the weather warms up.
A layer of protection until the weather warms up.

Of course this week the temperature went down at night so I used the zipper cover to encase the tree on our front porch.

The tree inside its cover.
The tree inside its cover.

I’m hoping this layer of protection will help sustain the tree until the weather warms consistently.

What’s your first sign of spring?

Pillow Shopping

I visited our local model home clearance center (I try to visit at least once a month to check out the inventory) and found some good deals on throw pillows.

The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.
The watercolor paisley gives a pop of color to the rattan bench.

The pillows are only $5 each. The first one I spotted was this oblong paisley pillow. The back is blue velvet.

A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.
A navy velvet pillow in the conservatory.

A soft, beautiful, blue velvet pillow which would work in any room in the house was also available.

I keep tweaking.
I keep tweaking.

Since I’m planning to keep the loveseats in the conservatory I’ll use it there to start.

I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.
I like a substantial pillow in the 1950s vintage Bergere chairs in the living room because the seat is very roomy.

I bought grey cut-velvet pillow.

A very elegant embroidered grey velvet pillow.
A very elegant embroidered grey faux suede pillow.

Just as I was getting ready to stand in the checkout line I saw a smaller pale grey pillow embroidered with over-size pussy willows.

Soft and cute.
Soft and cute.

I’m using this one in the bedroom with my new pale pink sheets that I received as a birthday present.

What have you had fun purchasing?

Next Item Leaving

When I finally sat down to use my grandmother’s sewing machine, the one she bought the year I was born, it wouldn’t work for me.

I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.
I always loved sewing with this 1950s Singer sewing machine.

I had always liked this machine because it would sew through almost any thickness of fabric and it has a knee treadle.

The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.
The needle and adjusting screw are just a blur when the machine is running.

When I say it wouldn’t work that’s not fully accurate.  The needle would go up and down but I couldn’t set the tension correctly to get it stitching.

The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.
The knee treadle is more subtle than a foot pedal.

After playing with it for an hour I finally had the thread running and the needle stitching.

The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.
The vintage Singer sewing machine resides in a sturdy lift-top table.

After looking up similar machines on Craigslist I decided to list it for $65.

What happens if you can’t give away or sell an item?  Would you throw it away? Or be more patient?

Day 2 in NYC

We expected to see some good theatre in New York.  But it was better than that.

Sunset Boulevard -- a dramatic musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber.
Sunset Boulevard — a dramatic musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber.

Friday night we saw Wicked which was good but Saturday afternoon we attended Sunset Boulevard, an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical patterned after the vintage noir dramatic film starring Gloria Swanson.

Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and Julian Forsyth as Cecil B. DeMille.
Glenn Close as Norma Desmond and Julian Forsyth as Cecil B. DeMille.

The stage version playing for 16 weeks on Broadway at the Palace theatre stars Glenn Close who won a Toni  Award for her original portrayal 22 years ago.  Ms. Close is now 70 and brought the house down.

Sardi's is famous for its caricature-covered walls.
Sardi’s is famous for its caricature-covered walls.

After having dinner at the vintage NY restaurant, Sardi’s, we strolled over to the Minskoff Theatre to see The Lion King.

The Lion King's grand drape -- photos of the actual show are forbidden.
The Lion King’s grand drape — photos of the actual show are forbidden.

The opening number of large puppet animals all coming together for the Circle of Life is amazing.

Looking forward to The Book of Mormon -- a comedy.
Looking forward to The Book of Mormon — a comedy.

Today we have tickets for Book of Mormon and then we’re heading back home.

Is there a show you would love to see?