Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas and a Big Present For Me!!

Hello, Dear Ones! Are you all ready for Christmas??We are ready and have a big present waiting for us.

As you probably know we are leasing a house until we find one to buy. We signed our lease for a year but uh oh...we found a house. We will close on December 28th. We want to have it painted and some other things done before we move in so having the lease house is a good thing.

I'm excited! This will be the first one story house we've lived in in over 35 years! With my bum knee, I think I will enjoy it. The house has 2,550 square feet. It's not huge but not small either. It's only three bedrooms - the master, the 2nd bedroom will be for Mr. Precious' office and the last bedroom for my sewing/craft room. It does have a little den where we will use a sleeper sofa if someone comes to spend the night or if they are very special we'll just give them our bed! :)

I'll shut up and let you see it. These snaps are from the MLS listing.

 This is the living room. We are going to get a handy man over to enclose that hole by the fireplace where TVs used to go. There is also an opening right above the hole that looks into the den. I want to wall that up and have shelves put in to match the other side. No one lives here and we were told they used it as a vacation home so it's really pretty clean.
The bow window at the back of the living room is where my piano with go. We want to take that fan down. Wouldn't a little chandelier look cute up there? The floors are so pretty and the ceilings are high.
 The dining room is a nice size  Someday I would like to change out the chandy.
 Here is the little den behind the living room. The fireplace is a see through on both sides. That is a funky high window up there so I'll have to decide how to dress it. I don't know why they didn't put blinds on the middle window. I guess they couldn't. Hmmm...
 Here's the kitchen. I know it's dated with those orange oak cabinets and backsplash. The granite is nice though. I want to change the pendant globes as they are really an amber color and make the lighting look dingy. We will have the cabinets painted white as you know I love white kitchens. Not sure what to do about the backsplash if we'll replace it or paint it. Have you seen backsplashes that were painted?
But...look at that wall of cabinets! I love this! I'm sure some photo editing went on with these pictures as the paint is really a light coffee color. Yuk! Gonna change that.
 See the columns above those cabinets? This area separates the kitchen from the living room. I guess you would call this an open floor plan, which I don't care for, but since the pony wall is pretty high it hides the kitchen from the living room. I like that. I would like to have shelves put in between the columns so I can poke stuff on them.
 Here's the little breakfast room that leads to the back deck and garage. There are lots of windows with nice light in here - so many windows that there really isn't a wall for my little kitchen hutch. I've decided to put up a white shirred curtain on the window at the right and just put my hutch in front of it. There may be a little window showing at the top but I think it will be fine. Gotta have a place for my stuff! :)
 This is the master. Their furniture is huge and those side tables come up to my waist/ It's a very nice big room. I had rather have wood floors in here too but for now the carpet is nice. See the nice vaulted ceiling? There are all kinds of angled ceilings in these rooms.



Here's the master bath. We plan on maybe getting some new vanities. The shower is to the right.
 This will be Mr. Precious' office. His window faces the front of the house.
 This will be my sewing/craft room and the window also faces the front of the house. It's not quite as big as what I had in New York but I think I can make it cute.
 The guest bath needs a little bit of spiffing. I love to spiff, don't you?
 Laundry needs a little spiffing too.
Do you like it? Can you see me living here?

All in all, it's a pretty little house and we are excited! Who knew a year ago we would be back here in Texas buying a house. I was thinking back on my adventures since I've been blogging (10 years) and this will make five houses (including our little condo in Galveston) we've lived in! Are we nomads or what!?! :)
I found these cute little battery operated lanterns and poked them on the porch. Oh, those are not slugs you see but leaves! Thought you should know that. :)

Dear Ones, I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~



Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay

From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
So hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas now

~ sung by Judy Garland


Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wonderful Christmastime


Hello, Dear Ones! I told you I would try to do better on posting! So I will show you a little Christmasing. I don't have very much out so I don't feel quite dressed but it is what it is.



I couldn't find my wreath I wanted to use on the front door so I grabbed this berry wreath I've had for a few years and just made a bow and poked it on. Works for me! :)
 I am excited to show you my little Christmas tree. This is the only tree we kept from our move. I got this at Walmart a few years ago and it works fine for my little cross stitched pieces! I'm having a cross stitch Christmas - well, sort of. Let me show you a little closer peep.
 I've been stitching the ornies for a couple of years. I had some poked on a little tiny tree and then some were on a garland on the stairs in the past. This year all are on this little tree.
 I stitched three sets of eight Santies this year by the designer Prairie Schooler.
 Do you like them? I'm just loving this look.
 Fa la la la la...
 Jingle bells, jingle bells...


I poked a few balls on the tree and then poked in some ribbon and I was done. Oh, I haven't wrapped any presents yet so pretend you didn't see the boxes. And...for your viewing pleasure here are the sets of Santies I stitched this year. Aren't they just the cutest?

 Like I said, it's very simple here this year so I poked my reindeer on the dining room table (minus the leaves) and I was done!
 Hey where did Elvira come from? That little stinker! I guess she found her way out of some box in the garage and of course she wants to be center stage.


Before I go, Willow wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Wonderful Christmastime

The moon is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The party's on
The feelin's here
That only comes
This time of year

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding, oh, oh

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The word is out
About the town
To lift a glass
Ah, don't look down

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The choir of children sing their song
They practiced all year long

Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong
Ding dong, ding dong

The party's on
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

The moon is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time

Oh, Christmas time

~ sung by Paul McCartney and Wings


Thursday, December 6, 2018

I'm Still Here But I'm Late!!

Hello, Dear Ones! I can't believe it's been so long since I posted here on my blog! I'm sorry but it's been busy around here. Now, just so you'll know - I'm really behind. I'm seeing all of your Christmas posting and I'm going to show you my Fall! :) Yep, we're kinda settled here in the lease house and I thought I would show you around a little.
 I got rid of most of my wreaths when we left New York. They were so old so I made a new fall one. I really do love the strong oranges of fall but I softened up the colors this year. I found a wreath at JoAnn's with leaves and pine cones and I just added sunflowers and a burlap bow. I think it turned out pretty nice. Come on in..
 Here is the entry and Willow is ready to meet you at the door. She's such a little stinker.
 Just a little vignette on the table.
 The light is really so nice here and you can see the sun beams pouring in the windows here in the dining room. I brought my draperies from our former home and used them here in the dining room.
I made a new arrangement for the dining room table.
 Okay, we're leaving the dining room and coming into the 'great room' which we are using as a den.
 Now these are really not blog worthy snaps as I took these with my phone to send to my daughter but am using them for you! You get it. Anyway, this is where we really live. That's my little chair where I sit and stitch, watch TV and eat! Yep, we eat in here too! :) Don't tell anyone. The room is small and really seems small since we had to put my piano in here so the rug is on the diagonal.
 Just look with one eye open so you won't see all the junk and mess around. Willow is ready to play with her baby! :) See those red checked curtains? Well, I wanted to cover the windows in here but I didn't want to put holes in the walls since we are just renting. So what did I do? I found some heavy duty Command Hooks and used skinny little curtain rods and there you go!! I have curtains in here with no harm to the walls!! Pat pat on my back! :)

Here is where we had to put my piano. It's cramped but it is what it is.

  I put my babies all over the top of my piano so each time I pass by every day I can smile
 I may have told you earlier, but Mr. Precious perfectly lined up all of our pictures and artwork like an engineer in a closet. I'm afraid to pull one out or they would all fall - so I don't have much to put on the walls. Nekked walls are what I have. So I made a fall wreath to hang above the fireplace and poked a whole bunch of cross stitched pieces up there. It's gawdy, I know, but I don't care! :)

Okay, from the den you can go right into the kitchen, and here it is...
 Sorry, I didn't pick up before I took the snaps. It's a really nice sized kitchen and has quite a bit of storage.
 Here you can see into the little breakfast room.
 I 'Pioneer Womaned' my little hutch up. Don't you just love her stuff?
 Oops, close your one eye again as my baker's rack has become a catch-all!
 Y'all we just couldn't stand it and flew back to New York right before Thanksgiving to see our babies! That is the hardest thing - missing those little sillies.
 Since we all settled and are just chilling we decided to take a cruise! We drove to our old town, Galveston, and boarded The Liberty of the Seas and sailed to Honduras, Costa May and Cozumel, Mexico. We had such a relaxing time and I stitch and stitched. 
Well, it seems we are all tuckered out now. I will show you my Christmasing soon. Don't get excited or anything as I can't find my anything in the garage. I will have a tree and that's about it! I'll just enjoy seeing yours. Thank you all who have stayed with me all of these years. I love you all to pieces!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Gotta Get Up
Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes.
What if I'm late, gotta big day, gotta get home before the sun comes up
Up and away, got big day, sorry can't stay, I gotta run run yeah
gotta get home, pick up the phone, I gotta let the people know I'm gonna be late

There was a time when we could dance until the quarter till ten,
we never thought it would end then, we ever thought it would end,
We used to carry on a drink and do the rock and roll, we never thought we'd get older,
we never thought it'd grow cold, but now

Gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes.
What if I'm late, gotta big day, gotta get home before the sun comes up
Up and away, got big day, sorry can't stay, I gotta run run yeah
gotta get home, pick up the phone, I gotta let the people know I'm gonna be late
 _ sung by Harry Nilsson