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Archive for April, 2014


Saturday, April 26th, 2014

You rarely see #1 daughter looking anything but glamorous, but she’s a dab hand with a paintbrush. We painted the living room today, an undertaking which involved moving furniture (and a piano, an organ, mountains of books, and so forth) and brisk rolling for just on eight hours. I don’t think you can see the […]

A Normal Day

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A normal day doesn’t really seem like much of a goal, but for much of my life it has been rare enough that it’s a real pleasure to be able to announce one. I woke naturally at 5:50, nearly eight hours after I had gone to sleep. I had been awakened a couple of times […]

Happy Easter

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Easter Sunday was subdued and satisfying, with only five people for the meal and just two of us in church. We had ham, shown here with a bit of pineapple, mashed potatoes, green salad, corn, green beans (including a few with #1 daughter’s preferred topping of brown sugar and bacon), deviled eggs, strawberry Jell-O and […]

Shopping and Chilling

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

#2 daughter is home for Easter. We started yesterday with a trip to our favorite local bakery for tea and croissants with ham and cheese. We then met up with #1 daughter at the bookstore, where I bought some magazines. Next up was the home improvement store for curtain hardware. It came to $129 for, […]

Moving Furniture

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Here is my bedroom before. Below you can see the same corner, after. The first picture showed my side of the bed, with my nightstand. Below you can see my side of the bed, with my nightstand. The most perspicacious reader will have noticed that I turned the bed around. I didn’t change the colors, […]

Living Room

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Here’s the paint, Behr’s Scotland Road. . Here’s the curtain fabric. Here’s the fabric for the cushions. What have I done for my living room redo so far? Nothing. I’ve been busy. I went to La Boheme with La Bella and had birthday lunch with #1 son, whose birthday it was, and #1 daughter at […]

Spring SWAP 2014

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

I am declaring this SWAP complete at 9 items, which is obviously fewer than the official 11. Fashion Color: Orchid Neutral Color: Sand I began with a print containing both colors for a two-piece dress. It’s a rayon border print, and I made the top and skirt from Simplicity 1467: I made a skirted suit […]

What’s Next, Again?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

The slip sew-along started off gently with instructions to wash our fabric and get ready to do the cutting next week. What’s more, I have not had time to fix the jacket sleeves. Will I have the SWAP finished by Saturday? It doesn’t look likely. I am going with La Bella to see La Boheme […]

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