......... and i'll be me.


Have you ever had a vision of the way you think you should be living your life....but instead you ignore all the bells and whistles going off in your head...and keep on your steady path.  A few weeks ago (before school started back), It started again... a nagging internal I wish I wish...I started journaling these thoughts... the same ones from years ago.  Why didn't I do it? What stopped me?  Responsibility to others?, Fear? Self talk can sometimes be a bad thing, OR a good thing when you listen to your intuition.  ...Things around here are changing..... a lifestyle change... and fingers crossed a creative dream fulfilled........ I'll update soon!!!!  


A couple of small changes in my little corner of the universe...  A large NYC print and a few changes in the dining room....

Be Back Soon! 

Michelle Adams style crush

every. single. thing.
Michelle Adams Michigan house... oh my gosh.

Everybody has a dream house.... some are spacious estates or a tropical paradise... mine is...this charcoal grey, Ann Arbor, double windows, sidewalk lined street, beautiful casual home of Michelle Adams. 

those bookshelves....the small and cozy comfort of this beautiful room... PERFECTION

oh, by the way...  I finally got  new chair.... the same color as the old one, just a different style, however... it sits like a cement park bench... it was an online purchase... so I am pretty much the owner of an upholstered park bench... return shipping was crazy expensive....
 
 
and..... wild things growing in the kitchen...
I hope you have a great rest of the week...
 
till next time,
 
 

weekends ....Ikea

Friday afternoon....
Finally the weekend, and no definite plans...but a lot of fun ideas.  First, replace my old dressing table... it is awful.. I mean really awful... which means a quick trip to Ikea....and that leads to a trip to
Julianna's crepes in midtown.  (a long history with that little place).

 

 

 
Julianna's is on the corner, of my old neighborhood.  I loved living in the city..... 
 
but for now..... 

 
c.o.f.f.e.e.... it has been a crazy busy week........
 
till next time,
 
 
 
 
 
 







small spaces suits me well..

I have been away from my little blog for quite some time... I wanted to stop in and give a few little life updates as well as a few house changes. 
One of the most rewarding hobbies for me is making something old new again.  Staining furniture, painting, wallpaper, moving furniture from one room to the next... I love it...mindless therapy.  Instant gratification.

 
Things I love... that is the way I do everything.  I know instantly if "I love" something.  my heart literally sings when I surround myself with art, music, color and people that I love, and who doesn't love Lennon? 
I have several canvases stored in my garage, some of them were used... I just painted a few of them charcoal grey and a little mod podge later... new black and white art. 
The dining room picture gallery was added after Christmas.  My daughter Loren painted the black and white abstract...some of the others were gifts from friends...
Our Christmas this last year must have been themed "ART",  My middle daughter Cori, loved this print of Bob Dylan.... I enlarged the print and mounted it on canvas....She was so surprised..
 
 
 
I made a mural for a closet door....Bansky is another one of my favorites.... my daughter caught a quick pic of me chasing rocky the food snatcher...
 
one other little change... if you can't find what you want .... make it...  I loved the black and white mixed pattern .. but I couldn't find it ... or reasonably priced... I found 2 smaller mixed patterns that I thought would work well for the little space.. one trip to home depot... one roll of carpet tape.. and
it was exactly what i wanted in that little room...wild neutral patterns.  and for $40.00... i don't even care if rocky rolls all over it...."which he does"... and one other little addition... wallpaper... high ceilings and ladders ... (and 2 glasses of wine later)...done!
 
 
Things around here are going nicely...Loren graduated and is currently working in marketing, Cori will be graduating very soon (psychology)...and Erin loves her retail management career..  I couldn't be more proud of the strong independent women that have become....they are "always in all ways beautiful"...  xoxo

 
till next time...
 
 


a tidy-ing up sort of day

spring break has been a little (to say the least) stressful... auto emission fail, mechanics for 2 days, tag office, my first traffic ticket in 30 years.... and still recovering from the worst fall i have ever had...gosh, the hip didn't heal as quickly as i had hoped.... but... today i really need to get "stuff" done...



mirrors and table wiped and polished....windows sparkling....

 dusting and fluffing... vacuuming.... scrubbing.....and also a little planting and pruning..







a much needed break....
biscuit and raspberries...
even though i am staying inside and domesticated today.. it has been quite blissful..... netflix and sweat pants planned for the evening...

enjoy your day...
till next time,
Sandy


be good to yourself...

depression... it is like a vacuum sucking the energy right from your body.  i knew i had to make major changes in my life. i remember a quote "don't expect to see a change if you don't make one"... and boy did i want a change.  of course winter is the worst of all times possible .. its cold, dark and wet, but it wasn't getting better.. so... one day.. as soon as climbed from my bed.. i made a decision. "lets get on with it"... inhale/exhale...... as i was dressing for the day, i thought about some changes i wanted in my life. things i wasn't enjoying or things i wanted in my life... and i started a simple journal.  its strangely peculiar how predisposed we are, and how getting to know yourself is almost odd.. to live inside yourself and not really know yourself, and suddenly you are awakened...i didn't not want to like squash, but no matter how hard i try.. i don't like squash... i don't like to swim, i do know how to swim, but i don't like swimming...we simply are who we are.  music, food, clothing, hobbies, books and even our friends... i realized so many of these personality traits are based on exposure.  (exception; squash and swimming)...
so, that brings me here... exposure....
i recently had a conversation with my oldest daughter Loren... we were talking about life and choices, and the fact that in the end it is the experiences that you will cherish not the "things".....

she agreed and we decided in 2016 to create 16 experiences.. something neither of us had done before (but wanted to).  we started a list..
our first is a picnic lunch on the atlanta beltline


our second is a carriage ride in charleston..girls weekend getaway..
one of the places i hope to add is a night on beautiful cumberland island. ... the planning of our 16 experiences for this year has been so much fun..the list continues and is updated weekly...


some other recent changes.... health, mind and body.  habits are so hard to break.  I have succeeded in breaking several... (a little pat on my shoulder).. i am quite proud of myself.



eating much healthier, my bad eating habits were catching up with me... feeling sluggish and slow.  I have started with the basics, water, water, water and raw veggies... oh and raw honey.
i was speaking with a friend at school, i couldn't say if it is a placebo effect or a positive body response... but, i can promise you.. something happened... it started 3 days after i started using raw honey and cinnamon ... i felt energy coming back into my body... energy i haven't had in quite a while.. someone even commented to me that morning as i was getting on the elevator.. "you look like sunshine on this rainy day"..  i smiled as the doors closed thinking to myself... finally, i am on my way back...
 xoxo till next time
sandy

it's been a while......

sometimes while living our happy simple wonderful life, something happens that changes everything.  in an instant, your life is changed forever... i don't like to share grief, or hurt or anything that isn't pleasant..... as a matter of fact, i don't think i like to share my private thoughts or feelings... strange to admit that.. i like the creative part of my life, murals, freshly painted walls, newly painted cabinets.. but if i am going to be honest .. my entire life has been derailed for quite sometime... my heart has been broken, and i don't know if i can ever fully recover... i recently lost my lifetime best friend.. my heart was already severely scarred and broken .. from a loss I will never recover... i sincerely didn't know how i could ever survive that pain. my dearest friend was my strength, she was the words i needed, she was the arms that wrapped me so tightly and never let go...she was the shoulder and the ears that kept me sane.... i remember something she said to me during that time...
"you will never heal completely,... but you will learn to live again; even with a broken heart"...... ...so, i keep trying to hold onto my memories and a love that even death cannot erase. that's it.. i said it... it's something i can't fix... i can't make better. i opened up, i expressed it.. and that is huge for me..

My girls have been so sweet....i am truly blessed, ... we got thru all the holidays.. Thanksgiving.. was at my house this year.. we cooked, baked and shopped the entire weekend. I needed the laughter... the breath of fresh air that comes so naturally with twenty somethings..










after dinner, we joined the thousands of atlanta shoppers ...it was so much fun spending the entire weekend with these sweeties... later we all stopped by my house for coffee and dessert and back out again... we tag teamed the sales... cellphones were going off constantly during the manic super sales... i ticked off half my list that evening.. xoxo the rest was online shopping!
Friday afternoon Erin "my youngest" and i hit up every tree farm in atlanta .. in search of the perfect Christmas Tree... (she informed me i was too picky).. lol... nah... i just knew when i had found the tree.. it felt right.. the smell.. oh gosh.. the smell of a Christmas tree is so incredibly nostalgic.. i can close my eyes and vividly remember my childhood Christmases; just by the smell of a Christmas tree.

here she is... (sans the lights)...
Christmas morning santa comes... he always unloads his sleigh; right in the middle of our living room...we celebrate Christmas with our family on Christmas Eve, and then midnight service. Christmas morning is Santa...

family room

I had scheduled to have a new roof installed after Thanksgiving... due to rescheduling by the contractor twice .. it was installed Christmas week.. things never go as planned.. ever!!!! lol
a roofer fell thru the ceiling!!! ... oh yes he did!!!!... 2 days before my sister was coming in town for Christmas.. i had sheet rock being installed and sanding and painting... now that it is over.. i can laugh.. but NOT then.. (oh btw, nobody was injured .. he fell thru and caught himself on the rafter and dropped into the living room).. i was not home when this happened.. thank goodness.

fast forward to Valentines Day..
I spy beautiful blooming tulips... xoxo..

and that brings us to present time... one step at a time... one day at a time.. reminding myself of the present, and never ever forgetting the past.

till next time


Target does it again...

Target buyers... I love you... this gorgeous gold and stone planter was on a shelf in the outdoor center.... just sitting on a shelf ... waiting on me to come by and snatch her up.... I wanted something simple for the dining room wall...and this planter was perfect.  eeeek.... so excited...

school has been cancelled for today

school was cancelled for today due to the weather (forecast).  Nothing has happened yet, no snow or ice... only rain... but, just in case I decided to bring in the firewood to dry out... Mr. Rocky wanted outside to play in the mud... he is not a very happy pup right now..
Our weather is so unpredictable... they say snow and NADA... come on Atlanta lets at least get a little snow... (keeping my fingers crossed)

winter storm Neptune misses the ATL.

watching the weather channel all last week had everyone on the edge and getting prepared for ICE... after seeing the northeast get pounded we weren't taking any chances... I stocked up on firewood, (which wouldn't be in vain anyway)we love a roaring fire on the weekends...but I stocked up on batteries and oil for the lanterns..
and after all the preparations and a well stocked kitchen.... nothing, nada... I'm not complaining, trust me... north of Atlanta did get the ice and snow... our temps were freezing...I mean like single digits... for Atlanta that is frigid.. we closed my school for 1 day.. due to the ice warning and temps.. so I took full advantage and hunkered down... potato soup, roaring fire and puttered around the house...
you know those little projects you put off... I didn't want to start any large home projects.. I knew I would be back to school Wednesday.. so I just cleaned a few cabinets and organized the linen closet..

 
today it's raining again.. cabin fever overload.. I am trying to keep the mindset to get all the little inside projects done during this weather and I will be freed up for spring...next project CLOSET purging...
 
 now if I can only keep away from Netflix....