6.04.2009

The Color Purple, I Mean Turquoise!

I recently discovered a new decorating and products blog showcasing the color turquoise. Anything and everything is in various shades of that wonderful color. The site is House of Turquoise. Erin scans the internet for decorating treasures to fill or accent your rooms with the turquoise color.

So I started thinking about the color turquoise, how years (decades) ago I used to not only love it but wear it and have it around. I was drawn to it. I think I still am, but currently as a mom of 2 toddler boys, I am wearing dark colors to go with my never-ending frumpiness!

In the 80's it was all about turquoise and pink - yes, I had a swimsuit in those colors. And, waaayyy back, a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away I think my first pair of real jewelry was a pair of turquoise earrings...or could have been a necklace!

What do or did you have that's turquoise?

Hooked On Moving (not!)

My husband and I just went on a 24hr moving 'trip.' I was exhausted. We are both in-sync with eachother and follow the same path which is usually a good thing in a marriage, but can also be not so good. See if you can follow our trip...

Our discussion went like this: I'd like to decorate....we'd both like to reduce our mortgage and taxes...we'd both like to build up our savings....we should refinance...I don't want to pay closing costs on a refinance if we're not going to stay here long term....closing costs are ridiculously high...gosh, houses in our neighborhood are selling....we could sell the house and get a smaller one.....ok, what could we live without....would you be happy with a longer commute?....should I re-decorate to sell?....we have work that should be done to sell....I'd like to be on a lake...or closer to a big city....he'd like 20 acres....I'm ok with an older farm if its near a city....he could transfer job locations.....wow, we can move almost anywhere!

We go to lunch and pick up the real estate catalogs at the restaurant and scan them while eating. After kids go to bed, I spend the entire evening into the wee-hours looking at real estate online.

Do I really want to be waaaayyyy out in the country 20 miles from a Staples or Home Depot? I'm starting a biz, I need Staples. He needs Home Depot and Auto Zone. I really would prefer to be closer to a city. Oh, what about school systems - need to check into that.

A new house would need a screened porch, a big yard, character, a shed, lots of cupboards, a huge finished basement for the kids.

Oh, wait we have all that, except for the basement. I woke up thinking, "This house is ok. Yes, it's expensive, but we'll just need to work harder on our finances. I'm just not ready to pack up and move again. Moving here was our 4th move in 4 years. My husband said the same thing! We just aren't ready to jump into the whirlwind of moving!

Are you hooked on movingor not?

6.02.2009

Wordless Wednesday!




I think this is such a cool pic...
We found a tractor show to go to on Sunday....he loves John Deere! When he first was learning colors, there was no green....it was John Deere.



And my little guys:





6.01.2009

Time For Mom

With summer here, I know where & how I’ll be spending my summer hours…sitting on the front porch watching the kids ride their bikes in the driveway. This means, I cannot do other things, like work, blog, clean, cook, or nap. But, a blessing in disguise…I can read! I never read books or magazines anymore. It’s another enjoyment that disappears when starting a family.

So last week I grabbed the magazine, "Cottage Living," I found at my salon and I read it! I mean I read the words! Not just looking at the pictures, but reading. I felt inspired to decorate. I found the paint colors for our bedroom ceiling (between the beams), a muted blue-ish green that will work perfectly with the spa color scheme I want to do. And a lighter grey-tan for the beams.



On occasion, I read a magazine passed on from a neighbor, “More.” I love that magazine. I can relate to it and for once I am not constantly staring at super-thin 15 year old models on every page. I am looking at women who are my age, reading articles relevant to mature, sophisticated women. (did I just say I’m mature & sophisticated? Definitely not, but you know what I mean)

And I did something I haven’t done in years…. I just ordered a subscription to More! I think it’s about time given my husband has more than a few magazines piling up on the back of the john! So, yes, it’s time for mom to relax, read, and get inspired about things that once excited me!
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