I think I have set a new record for being away from my blog - 4 months is a long time! I am having so much fun being back "home" that I just have let a few things go.
I am settled in my job and finally have my own place to live. I moved into a small, 2 bedroom duplex the week before Christmas and am now in the process of decorating. Or, maybe I should say, collecting home furnishings. Since I don't have a garage most of the painting projects are going to have to wait until Spring. I will have lots of before and after pictures to share.
When I left Washington, I only packed the necessities and things dear to my heart. I have had to completely start over with furniture and many things like pots and pans, glasses, towels, washcloths, etc - the daily stuff that we just take for granted. I am so grateful to my family and friends for their donations to my new home. My brother and sister-in-law got a new flat screen TV for Christmas and I got their old one and the entertainment center. My sister took me shopping for things for my living room and bathroom. My bedroom outfit belonged to the parents of a high school friend. Other things I have collected from used furniture stores and garage sales.
I love, love, love my new shower curtain. It is Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic from Target and is pale gray cotton with vertical columns of white roses. I even got the "bling" rhinestone shower curtain rings and darker gray rugs for the floor. Now the walls will need to be painted as the tan color really shows a yellow cast next to the gray.
The bedroom outfit I got is mid-century blonde straight from the 50's or 60's. When I get done with it, it will be a satin black with brushed nickel pulls. I think it's going to look great with a pink and white rose theme. I have a gorgeous quilt all picked out and am deciding what I want to do for window coverings - right now I have bath towels nailed up at the windows!
My sister and I have decided to open a booth at a local craft/antique mall. I will start with my soap and things, she will add furniture that she has collected and wants to get rid of. I will be on the hunt for things to "pretty up" and hope to be sharing pictures of that too. It's been a long time since I've redone any furniture and made pretties - I am excited about our new venture.
Life is so good! I do miss both of the girls and my grandkids, but I am so much happier here. I truly did not realize how depressed and unhappy I was. It had been going on for so long that it had become "normal". It wasn't normal and now I know that. It feels good to laugh, be happy and have things to look forward to. God has blessed me beyond measure!!