Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Little Rearranging

I have spent most of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday just being lazy. I spoke to Mama early Monday morning (she had gone to stay with my aunt because I was going to be gone). She advised that I take it easy since I wasn't supposed to be home anyway. I had a hard time relaxing at first...due to coming to terms with how grateful I was to be home and just doing nothing.

I took her advice and let everything go including even unpacking my suitcase. I wondered off to my sewing room and kitted up several things to cross stitch. I organized a bit. I had thought I might finish off some of the things I had stitched, but I was NOT in a sewing mood. If I am not in the sewing mood, mistakes will abound.

I have cross stitched, looked at magazines, read and just hung out for ALL of Monday and Tuesday. It was actually pretty nice!!!
Today, I picked myself up and decided to get busy unpacking that suitcase. Mom is due back tomorrow, so I knew I needed to get up and at things again.

I think the down days were really just what I needed. I have gotten a little inspired with magazine reading to do a few things around the house.  I will share that in a minute.

We are closing on the new "vacation home" in Auburn. We are not going up to move in until next weekend. I have been thinking and thinking about what I will do with that place. A closet downstairs is full of things that I had at the farm. I need to sort through what I am keeping for the new place or getting rid of.

I will share all of the planning and pictures with y'all. I love stuff like that, so you will be able to read along if it is your thing too.
I have moved past the cabin mourning and am really looking forward to the new place in Auburn.

Now, to my day.

I started puttering around in the bedroom. I moved into the 21st century and well, really out of the 1960's by removing the dresser scarf from my dresser. Then that started the moving things around. IT all honestly felt good. I don't have it like I want it yet, but I will and the process will be fun.

Come along for the insanity of my thinking...

Dresser scarf in place. My mother ingrained in me the importance of dresser scarves. I have tried to remove it before only to replace it, but I know this time I am freed from it. Something just snapped in me today (for the good some of you are saying๐Ÿ˜)

Then, I noticed that the wood frames and wood jewelry box were just way too much, so then I started moving things around.

I looked to my little shelf that my dad made in shop as a teen. I moved the wood frames there and moved the framed pictures I had on the top to the dresser.

Sorry, about the dark pictures, but I took them later in the day.
Well, this was ok, but the symmetrical person in me couldn't tolerate the portrait and landscape versions on opposite sides plus the different colors.

I took the family picture and spray painted it silver. I had some paint and I didn't really like the frame as it was anyway.

I am still not happy with it, but it is all good. I am going to look for a different picture for the family frame and possibly even shop the house for a different frame. You may notice I already tried to change the picture out to be portrait style. All of our family photos are landscape. ๐Ÿ˜”

I am going to keep working on it. I will get it just right.

A few more shots from the bedroom.

This is my little nook. I actually do read here often. 

This is the only carpet left in the house and when the farm sells we are removing it. I will be glad to see it gone. Gus has really done a number on this area. He has been hard to house train. ๐Ÿ˜ 

But, he is cute.

Oh well, I feel much better and looking forward to some puttering.
I will share all the stitching I have done this week in my next post.



  1. Sandy, I am glad you took the time on Monday and Tuesday to unwind and just do for yourself. Your Mama gave you very good advice. I really like the shelf your Dad made for you. Gus is definitely a cutie. How is Lemony feeling?

    1. Lemony is back to normal and wanting to eat everything. She is her sweet self.

  2. I love your changes....even little things often lift my spirits. I will not have the children for two weeks so I am hoping to get some puttering done here. My craft room really needs some attention as it has gotten out of hand. Frankly I need to purge some things in there as well. Hope you find your mama improved when she returns.

    1. I have taken the week for myself. I needed it and it has been good for me. Mama had a good time this week, so we will see how she does now that she is back...hoping for good.

  3. Hi Sandy: I love your photo of Gus, how sweet and he is not ashamed to just hang out and relax, oh so cute.
    I am like you I like to putter and make changes to our home, its seems to refresh the looks.
    We had the same problem with a dog years ago, we were told by our vet to dry out a pop can put in three dimes and if we could catch the dog doing anything in the house to, shake
    the can and say outside to the dog she learned fast and never went potty or anything else in the house again, I hope it works if you try it.
    I am from I Love To Stitch cannot post as google only anonymous.


    1. I am SO going to try it!!! I love tips.

  4. I think your few days to yourself were just what you needed, Sandy! I'm like you, I love to just putter around and change up photos/knick-knacks/etc. to give a room or shelf a new look. I recently spent an entire day just working on rearranging things in my husband's den/office--he was so (pleasantly) surprised when he got home that day!

    I hope your mom is doing better and that you'll have renewed energy to help care for her after your little rest! Enjoy your weekend!

    1. I love puttering. I have done a good bit of this week and it was just what I needed. I feel much refreshed.
      Now, I have to wonder if my husband would notice. I think he would these days, but when we were younger I painted a room and he didn't notice:)

  5. I love posts like this. I just cleaned out a humongous blanket chest (desk size) a few weeks ago. There were out of season clothes, who am I kidding clothes, linens, keepsakes, antique family quilts and sewing stuff. The volume has been reduced by a third and I no longer feel like my head will explode. Good stuff. Judy


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