Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Tour of the Den and a Prayer for Carter(Update)

Just another update on our little Carter from my daughter... We had to reschedule Carter’s 2nd treatment appointment for tomorrow at 7:30 AM. Don’t you just love insurance?!? Please pray that the insurance company will speed up their approval process and this will all be resolved quickly (like by tomorrow at 7:30AM). I honestly must have been in line for coffee when God was handing out patience.
Lord, have mercy!

Hello, Dear Ones, just wanted to give you an update on our little Carter first. She is scheduled to have her second chemo treatment this morning. They will let the drip go very slowly so it takes about five hours. She really has been doing well and has gone back to school. Her school nurse checks in on her a couple of times and takes her temperature and checks her blood pressure. We would like to ask for your prayers for her again today! We've seen the mighty hand of God on her and are praying for her complete healing. Thank you so much for your prayers. God bless you all and remember how I love you!

Well, since I showed you my mantel in my last post I thought I would go ahead and show you the rest of the den. I've only shown you my mantel area and not the rest of the room because it just wasn't finished. It's still not finished completely but after a year in our new/old house I am getting more settled and just thought you can see what I've done.
Here's the den. We did get a new rug and that made the room look so much cozier. Mr. Precious refused to leave his chair so I told him he could at least smile. He did! ;)
Now you can see the den isn't very wide and the sliding glass doors lead right out to my sun porch. I guess it's really a sun room, but any way it's one step down. I ordered my curtains from Country Curtains last year and think I'll order another pair to make these fuller. I just love full curtains. 
We've been looking off and on for end tables and just haven't seen anything we really like so we're using these little half moon tables that were my Mothers. They're not very big and a little wobbly but they work for now. Do you see anything rather pretty in the above snap? Do ya? Huh, do ya?
 I covered my ottoman! It is covered with the same fabric as my chair. I had been thinking about making it a pretty slipcover and did just that Saturday afternoon. I think she looks beautiful. This is some of my favorite fabric in the whole wide world. When we were looking for a sofa for the den many years ago, I saw a sofa covered in this fabric and I believe it was from Pottery Barn. Well, I was so excited and did my research and guess what? The sofa had been discontinued! I almost cried as I really wanted that sofa. Oh, well, I just had to settle for the fabric. This fabric was the breakfast room window curtains in our previous home in Galveston.



I just love how it turned out. I have some pillows on the sofa in this fabric too. Mr. Precious kept saying, you really don't want to cover this ottoman, do you? Yeppers, I do! and I did. This is where I sit and blog, watch TV, rock my grandbabies and cozy up to the fire. My chair, my stool! :) I know, I know, there are cords behind my chair. I hate cords!
Since I don't like cords, I did something else in here. With the TV, cable box, speaker boxes...etc.  CORDS!! Y'all it looked like five giant spider webs back there. This is a sofa table that the TV is sitting on and it's open on the bottom. We've not found the TV cabinet we want yet so here sits the TV. Those cords were bugging me to death. I had ordered the red and white checked fabric, which matches the Country Curtain curtains and thought, I'm gonna cover up those cords. So I did. I got me some industrial strength velcro. Got it home and on the packaging it said "not to be used with fabric"! What??? No way. After I measured, cut and ruffled up my fabric pieces I just used my hot glue gun and glued the fabric down to the soft velcro side. This fabric ain't a goin' no where, y'all! Hah! You don't tell me what not to do. I'm a bit stubborn. Anyway, this may not be to some of your tastes, but it works for me at this moment. We can always pull the velcro off if we get another cabinet.
 I have shown this area to you before and this drop leaf table is where we put our little village. There are only two Dept. 56 houses and the others are just little houses but we bring them out each year and I always seem to poke them down with the beaded garlands around them. I did hang up my old Currier and Ives prints of the seasons. I've had these prints since the late 1970s, can you believe that? I just could never get rid of them. So here they hang.
 At the end of the drop leaf is the little table and chairs where my little grandchildren sit and play on. The previous home owners left these for my babies and it's a really old set. The chairs were just horrible so I grabbed one of my cheap old comforters and made little slipcovers for them. The fabric doesn't match anything but you do what you can, right? There's also a basket of toys that stays pushed under the table until the kids come over.
This is the sofa side and as you see, not finished. We pick up a little print from almost everywhere we travel and I started framing them years ago and I thought this could be our travel wall. It's off centered because I have more to hang up yet. You can see it really looks bare on the right side but one day when we find the right end tables and lamps, it will all balance out.
So there's my den as it's coming long, slowly but surely. It's Christmased up and it's cozy and a room we really enjoy being in. Heck, Mr. Precious and I love it so we usually eat our meals in here too! :)
Merry merry and keep on keepin' on!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays.

 Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays

For no matter how far away you roam
When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin' for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a' travelin' down to Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
'Cause no matter how far away you roam
If you want to be happy in a million ways
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
I met a man who lives in Tennessee and he was headin' for
Pennsylvania and some homemade pumpkin pie
From Pennsylvania folks a' travelin' down to Dixie's sunny shore
From Atlantic to Pacific, gee, the traffic is terrific
Oh, there's no place like home for the holidays
For no matter how far away you roam
When you long for the sunshine of a friendly gaze
For the holidays, you can't beat home, sweet home
~ sung by Perry Como