17 November 2014

Random Thoughts and Photos

The electrician was here and finished his work in the office.






I found this journal at B and N. I looked through it a few times and decided to buy myself a gift, and I'm still enjoying it. If you have a home that is rough around the edges why fight it?








I placed this basket on the counter. It now holds my daughter's themed mugs.
This is working well in our small kitchen, and so is our snack tray.
We are also enjoying a Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancake mix that I found at Trader Joe's.




And just a touch of the season.  It's been a warm November, and this is our first cooler morning. I hope this is our last day for the AC.  It's late this year.










51 comments:

  1. We have snow here. I love that girl. She looks like a Santos. Your home look lovely.


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    1. Thank you, Debby. My spouse picked her up for me in Santa Fe.

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  2. It is sooo cold here. It snowed yesterday and now it is raining. I love anything rustic....combined with more refined furniture.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. I can't believe how cold it has been in the east. Stay warm. Sending sunshine. xoxo

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  3. Love the bretty lady on the last picture. She is a beauty. Hope you are fine and the weather will be nice.
    Here we have these misty rainy November mood I don't like - but anyway....
    Happy days
    Elisabeth

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth. Sending warm thought and sunshine. xoxo

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  4. Cute touches for decorating. I have a basket like that. I just use it for décor..I think it could have been a sewing basket, do you know? Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. Thank you, Susie. I found it in a second hand store and it does appear to have been a sewing basket. xoxo

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  5. It all looks lovely. You have such class - using a basket to store mugs instead of just lining them up on the bench. I'm always so impressed.

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  6. You always keep your house so nice and clutter free. I love your decorating style. I went to B & N yesterday and bought a new magazine and a blank journal....as a treat to myself. It feels good, doesn't it? Enjoy your afternoon! We're getting a much needed rain right now. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Thank you, it's always fun to treat yourself. xoxo

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  8. Try again! I hope you're inspired by the ideas in your new book. I love the basket for storing the mug collection, the statue of the lady and the pretty roses. xx

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  9. I have a weakness for books...especially the design and home genre. I love the ideas and the photos. I usually get them from the library, but every now and then, I splurge!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. xoxo I do too. I have found some good books for a dollar at the library sales.

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  10. Oh my we've had our heat on for 2 weeks..record lows out our way. I love the basket on the counter and a great way to "hid" things away! No matter how hard I try, I am never clutter free.. Too many treasures!

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    1. I agree, Cathy. The clutter goes in cycles around here. About once or twice a year, I look around and think there is too much out. I'm in cleanup and clean out mode right now. Stay warm.

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  11. please, send some warm weather our way...we had record lows, already snowed twice...and we live in TN!!

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    1. Stay warm! It's amazing how cold much of the country is. xoxo

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  12. I love the female statue. Have you talked about it before?

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    1. Hi, Carol. Thank you. My husband found her in downtown Santa Fe a couple of months ago. She was an anniversary present to me. I collect old ones, however this one appears to be new. Yet she doesn't say what company or where she was made. She has such a pretty face.

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  13. Lovely photos. And a pretty peek into what's going on at your house!
    Hugs,
    Lin

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    1. Thank you, Lin. I hope you are staying warm and enjoying your early winter. My brother has been working in Colorado and has been posting the temperatures. The temperatures are low enough without the wind chill! I forget the exact town, but it might be near Denver.

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  14. What pretty images, especially the last one. Beautiful. I had a subscription to Country Living magazine for a few years until it got way too rustic and cluttered for me. But I like this new idea - Country Living's Modern Rustic. This I could like - a lot!

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    1. I thought it was interesting, because it was rustic, but uncluttered with new pieces and old pieces. On the other hand, It showed darker finishes than I usually prefer, but the simplicity of some of the rooms were appealing. It does seem more suitable for an older home or a loft. It also features homes in Italy and South Africa. It's only published a few times per year. There are very few advertisements.

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  15. It looks like an amazing light is now on the office's ceiling!

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    1. Thank you, Magali. xoxo It's coming along. The insulation is done and my spouse is working on the floors and walls now. I'll try to show more.

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  16. I love all the little touches in your home. It always amazes me that we can have such cold temperatures with snow whirling around while you have your AC going.... makes sense I know but love to think about it just the same.

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    1. Thank you, donna. I know it's crazy. I have my second crop of tomatoes going . This year it has been warmer than usual. Yesterday is the first day I needed a sweater since March or February. The late fall, winter, and early spring (end of September to to May are the best times here). Summers are bad, but I was lucky to get away last summer.

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  17. Do you have to heat your home in the winter or does it stay relatively warm with insulation? I love your beautiful pictures, as always!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer. xoxo I really don't need to. The coldest it has ever been in the house is 65. So, I don't heat it at night, and most days it is too warm in the day for heat. I will turn on the heat for about two hours in the morning about two months of the years to get it to 68, by then it is warm enough to shut it off. During the winter days, it will warm by itself to about 70 or 72, sometimes even 74. On a few very warm winter nights, I have turned on the AC to take it down to 70, so we can sleep. The Phoenix area is one of the hottest places in the state, but not the hottest.

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  18. Everything in your house speaks of serenity. I feel like visiting your blog is a trip to wonderland. I love all of your little touches and the way in which you share them.

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    1. Thank you, Dana. xoxo I loved the trip to Ireland that you shared.

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  19. Love the photos today.
    Thank you for sharing.
    I just love your kitchen. :-)

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  20. Hi Su,
    While you are trying to turn off your AC we are turning up the heat here in Chicago Land. Only 19 degrees here today. Love all your photos.
    Kris

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  21. Always lovely decor, dearie! Shockingly, we've had a much cooler Fall this year! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thank you, Jen. xoxo I hope you had a wonderful holiday and vacation.

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  22. Been the warmest November in 150 years over here - but that still doesn't put us above 10C/50F :)

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    1. Thank you, Ms Misantropia. Wow. Half the country here is colder than usual and the rest is not. xoxo

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  23. I so love your decorating style. I just bought 2 tiny shelves at a thrift store and have wondered what color I want to paint them...now, no question...it's GRAY....with little hooks for hanging something on.
    Thanks for the inspiration.....;)

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  24. I always enjoy posts with random thoughts and photos...they're a lot fun as is yours.
    Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.
    Mary Alice

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  25. Very nice corraling of objects...keeps the counters so tidy. You must live in some rare corner in the U.S. The rest of us are freezing our giblets off!

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    1. Arizona. This is our third cool day. It will be 71.

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  26. Very pretty images. It's always a joy to see what you're up to. I lost your feed, so I've resubscribed to your blog. I don't want to miss anything!

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Thank you for taking time to visit and leave a kind message today. I love to visit your blogs too, and I do when I can link back. xoxo Su