Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Yesterday we took Sean for a haircut. I will post the pictures later, but I have to say that he was the best behaved kid I've ever seen. He sat so still and patiently waited until she was all done. His hair wasn't real long, just a little out of shape and looked like a big boy haircut when it was done.
Friday evening was our 44th anniversary and Ryan and Jenny took us to the Gondolier, an Italian restaurant nearby. Great food and good cheesecake too.
Today Don and Ryan are working on putting in a new free standing shower for them which involved a couple trips to Lowe's.
I am having the best time playing with Sean. Tomorrow after Jenny gets finished teaching she has a dr's appointment in Knoxville and we will do some shopping at my favorite stores.
Even though it's raining here today it's not really too cold and I'm liking that. On Friday eve when we went out we barely needed a coat. a far cry from the freezing weather at home.
Hello to all at home and I will see you soon.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today it is only 27 degrees with cloudy and cold skies. I am starting to pack for our trip to Tennessee. I’m hoping that the weather will be considerable warmer there. It is so refreshing to get out of this weather and down where the sun shines. It improves the mood considerably. And I’m going to see my son, daughter in law and grandson which is so great. It will be a really fun week.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Today it is cold around 35, and a few grassy patches show us that spring will not be too long off. I went to water aerobics this morning at the YMCA. I love being in the water and I think I’ve found an exercise that I enjoy. I need structure and I like it that the instructor keeps us moving the whole hour that I’m there. The only thing missing is the music. It was advertised to be aerobics to music but so far there hasn’t been any. I think I’d like it even more if there were music involved. today I will begin packing for our trip to Tennessee.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Some things are too pretty to be put away after Christmas. I love this Amaryllis. It’s bold red color is just what my room needs this time of year.
Here is the view looking out my sunroom window. We still have a lot of snow.
Did you notice the new change in my blog today? I am trying a new layout which allows the pictures to be bigger and have less background. I miss the cute backgrounds so I’ll try this out for awhile and see how I like it. It’s a quiet Saturday at the Karrasch household today. January seems to be the time when little jobs like organizing the jewelry is a good idea. This morning I decided to move all my jewelry boxes to my bedroom instead of in a dresser in the spare room. It took a while but was very satisfying to look at some necklaces and earrings that I had hidden. I don’t wear as much jewelry now that I’m not teaching and don’t go out as often. Most of the time in the morning I have on my exercise clothes and don’t need a lot of embellishment. It’s so nice when I get to go somewhere to put on a pretty necklace and earring set. I’ve tried many methods of organization over the years but I think this works the best for me.
Here are my bracelets hung on a tie hanger.
The necklaces are hung on a special holder that I ordered from Lillian Vernon many years ago.
In the drawers are some of my sets and my craft boxes which I find make excellent earring holders.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Oh, I wish I were eloquent! I came across this post from Heidi and it expressed exactly how I feel about January. I added a few things and changed a few things but her words tell what is in my mind.
“January, January” …..for me this month is all about “home”. After a couple months of enjoying the company of others, as well as taking part in all that the holiday season has to offer…..I am now ready to keep January all to myself. At this time of year I wish to hibernate if you will. I want to keep to myself, in my own little home, with my own little family. I want to “batten-down-the-hatches”, light a fire & snuggle into the softest chair I own….I live in an area with very cold winter temperatures that last a long time, it makes no difference in my world . I still get up every morning to exercise and meet my friends for coffee, do my errands, and play with my dog.
In January, I immerse myself in home projects, usually involving my art or music. I play the piano or draw or make glass and metal charms.
In January, I plan meals of hot, bubbling soups & slow cooked recipes found in the pages of old cookbooks, & ones always accompanied by crusty loaves of bread.
In January, I renew my commitments to “take time for myself” & remind myself once again that the word “no” can be the most valuable tool in avoiding an overbooked & stressful life. I renew my vows to eat healthier and take better care of myself.
In January, I claim a tiny corner of this world just for me.....one that
is calm & peaceful & all mine.
Thank you to Heidi Devlin for her wonderful words
Friday, January 08, 2010
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
My January table was inspired by the two new hurricane lamps that were Christmas presents. I put some silver vine balls around them for Christmas and couldn’t stand to put them away afterwards. You may also recognize the trifle bowl with pears and moss.
I set the table with woven brown rustic looking placemats which seemed to fit somehow the mood of the table. The holiday dishes with holly leaves and beautifully shaped mugs will continue to spread cheer this month.
The candleier has white pepperberries, a bow, and some pears hanging from it. And I couldn’t yet put away the crystal wreaths on the back of the chairs.
The brown and green napkins are held with leaf rings that I found at Coldwater Creek. The flatware is Jennifer Farrell and was found at Big Lots. The little moss trees were made by placing sheet moss over dollar store trees. (I got the idea from one of you wonderful crafters out there)
I hope you enjoyed my winter table and will come back and visit soon.
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
Monday, January 04, 2010
Aren’t new beginnings fun. I love the Oprah Winfrey quote part of which says, “ another chance to get it right”. It’s a chance to make anew those dreams. 2010 can be the year that makes a difference. And it can be a year of acceptance. At the age of 65 I think that I am not going to change in some ways. My brain is solidified in my thinking about certain things and even though there is room for growth, my attitudes are firm. And yet, I can dream that the outer body can change to a place of energy and health. So I’ll work on that this year. Today Don is cutting up the deer he got with his muzzleloader while I am catching up on cleaning, putting away the Christmas things, and laundry. It is a cold, snowy day with the bitterness to continue all week long. A good week just to sit inside.