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Things I need/want

While my process of settling in my house has been a slow one, I have discovered some needs/wants. In no particular order:

1.) Treadmill / Bowflex Treadclimber: From the commercials, I really want the treadclimber, however, I know NO ONE with a treadclimber. I would like to  try it out before I were to purchase something like this.

 

 

 

 

 

2.) Full Wall Black and White Mural of Paris: My bedroom has a very french inspired theme, as I was looking on-line, I came across this great idea… however, it is a little out of my price range. Wouldn’t it be great to wake and see the city of Paris every morning.

3.) A new roof: As I am learning, roofs come in various forms… some are forever, some are not… I would like a metal roof… If I could make it fit my budget. Metal roofs will outlast the house… I think while it maybe a little more expensive in the beginning, it might be a better investment. (any thoughts?)

4.)My own landscaper: This is a dream, as I can do the work. However, I am lacking the knowledge of what to put where. I know things are moveable… so I am making the best of it and slowly making my yard mine.

5.) Hanging Daybed (outdoors): I have seen these in a variety of different magazines… I want to have one of these in my outdoor room. Eventually, I will be tearing off part of my garage to make an outdoor pergola room. When I have that room ready, this is something I would like to do.

6.) A Flat Screen TV: Would really like to pick out a new Flat Screen TV… I don’t have one picked out, but I would like one that I can hang on my wall and that fits my room, not too big, but big enough to read the print on the TV when sitting on my couch. Probably around 40″ or so.

These are the top 6 needs on my list, number 7 would be the winning lottery tickets… so I could take care of all this and then some. What are you needing?

 

What my town needs… at least in my eyes

So I have had some time to get sort of settled in my house and my neighborhood. I have some wants for my town to add to my list of things to make this little part of the world a little better. Now I know no where is perfect, however, I am loving my neighborhood. I have joined our neighborhood organization… and provided some ideas of things that I think would be fun for our neighborhood. There are also some things that I think my town needs…

1.  Trader Joes… or Whole Foods… I’m leaning toward Trader Joes, they have great cheese and wine.

2.  A wine bar or a place grown folks can go to meet other grown folks. How does one make new friends as a grown up?

3. A better public transportation system. One that runs into the evenings… so you cane be the responsible one and not drive after enjoying some of those adult beverages.

4. They need to build up the downtown area. I can tell, and actually know that at one time it was a busy city center, however with the invention of the mall, the store front stores went out. 😦 Just a sad state of the world.

5.  A real farmers market. When I lived in Kansas City, I fell in love with Farmers Markets. Here is the link to the Kansas City Market http://www.thecitymarket.org/ check it out you will see how amazing it is. It has a little bit of everything and some great produce. This could also build up the city center. Just a thought. One of my biggest frustrations is that the current farmers market is on Fridays from 8am – 2pm. Makes it very hard for a person who works to go and enjoy the farmers market.

Those are my 5 things that I think my town needs to improve the lives of those living here… mainly me 🙂 Thanks for reading!

 

My weekend in pictures… Things that made me happy

This weekend was a busy one, some of the best times from the weekend, I didn’t take pictures of… Friday night, I went to dinner with one of the coolest, strongest woman I know, didn’t take pictures. Saturday morning, had to get an oil change… during the oil change, my mom and I walked around the “French Hens Market” and then checked out the stores downtown. When that was done went out to my parents house and found a cute little tree frog in the garden. Then on to church and Cruise Night. Sunday morning, my parents headed up to my place to help me pick up a free stack of bricks. Two truck loads, loaded by hand. Did I mention that I have GREAT parents? I have no pictures from the bricks… because we were too busy moving the bricks to think about pictures. After moving the bricks, on to Home Depot… where there were no pictures taken either. Picked up some new plants, some hardware to hang some shelves, and some bug spray. Pictures from my DIY planter to come! 🙂 Check out the other pictures:

Car from the cruise night… I could see myself driving down the road, wind blowing through my hair.

Look at this little bug, check out the driver’s door…

check out the passenger’s side door… see the difference?  🙂 Love it! And the colors!

Awww the little tree frog!

Sign would look great in my bedroom!

Found in one of the downtown stores. I have an old lamp and the silk lampshade is falling apart. When I saw this, I thought what a great way to use something instead of adding it to the landfill. Watch for another DIY project to come!

Great words to live by!

Cute planter, Mom and I both liked. Looks like another DIY project in the works!

Still have a lot to do to get my house together, but things are slowly coming together both inside and out. Love the chance to get out and get ideas to do to my house.

DIY Fairy Gardens

This weekend, my mom and I attended a class on building/creating Fairy Gardens. Blumen Gardens was offering a crafts and cocktails afternoon. Sounded like a great girls day out, garden stuff and drinks. So we headed out for our trip to Blumen Gardens… it was about 2 hours from my parents house. So I headed out early to their house and we started on our way. Upon our arrival, we had some time to walk around and see lots of great plants. So our class was about to get underway. We were given an empty box and some basic explanations. Next we would fill our box with dirt, and pick out plants for our fairy garden. Some of the people brought items from home, some picked out a lot of additional items to add to their gardens. My mom and I focused mainly on the plants and rocks. As we didn’t have a lot of ideas as to what we were doing. So my original fairy garden looked like this.

All this for $15 plus a watermelon mojito (really tasty) 🙂

However, today, as I was looking at the fairy garden, I wasn’t happy with it. It didn’t turn out how I wanted, and I had more ideas of what I could do. I actually created two fairy gardens from my original one.

New Fairy Garden #1 –  Using a bucket that I was going to plant in, this was the perfect plan for the bucket.

New Fairy Garden #2 – using the box we got at the class

This is a really fun craft/gardening idea… next is to add accessories. Hobby Lobby here I come. I think in the doll house sections we will find some cute stuff.

Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and I

I fell in love with the TV show Sex and the City many years ago. Through out the years, I found myself connecting with each of the characters at different times/seasons of my life. Over the past weeks, I have been watching reruns and find at this season in my life, I have a little bit of all the ladies in me.

The side of me that has Carrie, is my love of fashion, my belief that Mr. Big is out there… and my love of great shoes… well I love great shoes, but can’t afford them.

Samantha is the wild woman… and the one who has her heart close off for most of the series. While I don’t have a lot of Samantha I love her attitude and her strength.

Miranda is the serious one… focused on her work and career. Doesn’t want anything to get in her way. While my career isn’t the most important, it is one of the focuses in my life. Being successful is important, and I don’t think a career is the only way to be a success.

Charlotte is the “good” girl… I probably most relate to her.

While Mr. Big isn’t one of the girls… He is what I am seeking… It has nothing to do with the money, it has nothing to do with the job. It has to do with the tingles. It has to do with the butterflies. I want the one that I don’t want to live without… I can always survive on my own, but I want to share my life with someone. I want to be with the one who I can’t live without and the one that can’t live without me.

These ladies are incredible women, each in their own right, but together they make an unbelieveable strong supportive group of women. One of the most important things a woman can have is a wonderful group of friends. Thanks for reading…

Sepia Sunday

It has been a while since I have done a Sepia post… These are some pictures I took when out wandering in the city. I think they turned out great in color, and even better in Sepia.

 

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Photo Challenge – Red

Red… I took a picture of this at a friend’s house. I loved this picture from the first day I saw it. I don’t know if it was because of the color… Red is one of my favorite colors. The sparkle of the ring… the size of the picture. My photo doesn’t exactly do it justice, but it is one of my favorite things. It also fit the photo challenge of Red.

WWW… Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you just finish reading?
  • What is next on your reading list?

Thought I would join in on this posting for today’s post. Reading is one of my escapes, so it makes sense on a day that I want to escape I write about it.

My current read is comfort food, only a couple of chapters in and already, I’m hooked. As far as I can tell it is about a mother and her daughters relationships. We will see where it goes.

 

 

 

The book I just finished reading, was a dual book from Nora Roberts, it is the first of two books on the MacGregor Clan. Playing the Odds and Tempting Fate. The books are basically about a family, and the patriarch is determined to marry off his children, which surprise, he does. Since reading provides an escape for me, these books do just that, give me an opportunity to escape.

 

As for what is next on my list… It sort of depends on when I finish and what boxes get unpacked next. One book on my list, Cesar Millan’s – Be the Pack Leader (borrowed from my parents), Rachel Cline’s – What to Keep (found at Good Will, liked the look of the cover) or Jennifer Weiner’s – The Guy not Taken, (ie – my life also found at Good Will, read all her other books).

Not only do I love to read, but I love to shop for books, I love bookstores new and used – large and small, thrift stores digging through their book section, or going to garage sales and finding someone who loves books as much as I do.

One of my favorite bookstores I have ever spent time in is a little bookstore in Hyde Park in Chicago, 57th Street Books. It is a bookstore you can get lost for hours in, one that no one will bother you (unless you are with someone who is in a hurry) and you can browse and browse. It is a lovely little bookstore, something very different from the big bookstores if you ever find yourself with time on your hands in the Hyde Park area, make your way to 57th Street Books.

So thankful for spring as garage sales will be starting which means adding to my book selection.

What have you read recently? Where do you shop for books and/or what is your favorite place to find your books?

Takes Me There

Music has had a profound impact on my life; a song can stop me dead in my tracks and take me back to a moment in my past or remind me of what I am looking for in life. I love music of all kinds, all genres from classical to rock and everything in between. In fact, one song is playing right now (Need You Now by Lady Antebellum) that takes my mind to a place where I don’t
want it to be, but for whatever reason, this song takes me there.

Last night I watched Gray’s Anatomy, their music episode. Very powerful and touching, the music fit each scene and the characters situations perfectly. I swear, that I have days like that, although, I don’t break out into song, much to the appreciation of my co-workers.  For similar reasons, I use to love the TV show Ally McBeal. Theme Songs playing as you walk in the room, the song that gives you the power to get back up as life has kicked you to the ground.

As I was thinking about the impact music has, I was thinking about songs that have a spot in my memory. Some are theme songs from different times in my life and some are songs that take me there… The weird thing as I was thinking back on my wild and wonderful life, some songs cause me to remember everything so vividly, what I wore (clothes and perfume) and who I was with; yet other songs just take me to a place in my memory or a place I have not been, but am longing to be and I still know what I would wear and who (I think) belongs there with me.

Some of the songs in no particular order are:

  • Ironic – Alanis Morrisette
  • Rain King – Counting Crows
  • Seasons of Love – Cast of Rent
  • According to You – Orianthi
  • If  You Don’t Know Me By Now – Simply Red
  • Ice Cream – Sarah McLachlan
  • Woman – John Lennon
  • My Sharona – The Knack
  • The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
  • My Ding-A-Ling – Chuck Berry
  • Alive – Pearl Jam
  • People Are Strange – The Doors
  • Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
  • Blister in the Sun – Violent Femmes
  • This – Darius Rucker
  • Avalon – Roxy Music
  • I’d Really Love to See You Tonight – England Dan and John Ford Coley
  • Who You’d Be Today – Kenny Chesney
  • Need You Now – Lady Antebellum
  • Wanna Be – Spice Girls
  • Better Man – Pearl Jam
  • Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
  • Marine Corps Hymn – USMC
  • Picture – Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow
  • Bring Me To Life – Evanescence
  • In the Garden – Church Hymn

While I could share stories of where these songs take me, it is best to just know that these songs take me back. If you know me, one of these songs might remind me of you, do you know which one? If you don’t know me… well, maybe we have some memories yet to be made.

What songs take you back? Do you have a theme song?

Sepia Sunday – Toes

One of my favorite pictures, even better in color because you can see the pretty red on my toes. This picture takes me back to the summer. This was at a Joliet Jackhammers Game, sitting out on the lawn, on a blanket, toes out. Even though there is no sand makes me think of the song Toes by the Zac Brown Band. I am ready for spring… I hope to have a nice long spring and a great summer to have my toes out in flip-flops and sandals.

What are you most excited about for spring and summer?