The last month of 2014. It’s been a crazy year, that is for sure. I never made any goals for November, although the one I had in my head was to get the living room painted, which was just done on Friday. Whew. We have hung up a couple big pictures, but the smaller ones have to wait until the paint cures for 10 days before using the Command strips on them. We also have thought about the arrangement of the living room. What do nerds do when you want to do that?
A scale model of the living room. It almost is like Colorforms for adults – anyone remember those? I remember having to lick the pieces after a while when they stopped sticking…
Anyway, the piano is really the elephant in the room so to speak. I decided on a new home for my chaise, though. In the corner where it says ‘settee’ in the above picture.
I need taller lamp, though, I think. And please excuse my cords. My life is made up of cords. For the computer, my headset, my foot pedal, etc. It’s like I am Doc Oc or something.
Anyway, I do have a few goals in mind for December:
1. 60 minutes a day for exercise as many days as I can. Since this is the season of eating, I need to also make it the season of exercise in order to balance all that out.
2. Enjoy the season. In the rush, rush and all that – I need to make sure I take time to relax and enjoy the festivities and the fun of Christmas in our new house. John and I aren’t religious, but we do get caught up in the holiday spirit this time of year.
3. Finish the downstairs bathroom. There are 2 places of wallpaper left on the first floor – the foyer and the half bath. My goal for December is to finish the half bath. It’s a small room, so hopefully that won’t take long to get the wallpaper off and paint, and I really hope to get it done before we host the Christmas Eve dinner. Best get started on that soon, then…
4. Post some vegetarian recipes. With John eating all veggie now, we are trying new recipes, so I hope to share some of them.
I have been working on decorating the mantle in the living room. 10 years ago or so in our first house, we had a fireplace and for the life of me I cannot recall how we decorated it, if we even did other than hang stockings. CRS, I guess. Anyway, I wanted to decorate our new mantle, but it has to be done on the cheap. Hello Pinterest and the Dollar Tree! I went to Dollar Tree and got 3 candlestick holders, 3 glass candle jars and 3 things of ornaments. $9 total.
Then (after cleaning with glass cleaner), I superglued the candlestick holder to the bottom of the glass jar:
This is a nice craft to do while watching Monday Night Football. About 5 minutes later waiting for the glue to set up and I have nice hurricaine glasses!
Filled with ornaments and they are very pretty!
The nice thing about these is that you can use them all year with candles in them or sea shells or fresh flowers. Whatever! Pretty good deal for under $10.
I am still working on the rest of the mantle. Note that I did not paint the brick on the fireplace. After we got the gray paint on the walls (which doesn’t show real well in this picture), it toned down the pink color in the brick and actually highlights the mortar. John likes the brick and since I can tolerate it now with the wall color, I am not going to paint it…yet.
Here’s to a good December.
I also wanted to take a moment and ask you to go over and give some support to Biz at My Bizzy Kitchen. She has just lost her husband and I know that she can use all of the cyber support she can get right now.