Saturday, October 25, 2008

Time to relax

When I was young, I could go all day. I could run up stairs and then down, and I had so much energy and was considered very strong for a woman. And now, well not so much to any of the above. Oh, I can do physical labor, but it just takes longer. And after today, I just want to go to bed and sleep all night.

And I've got a long way to go. This is the mudroom and I'm leaving these photos dark because if I published them any lighter, you'd see all the flaws. And we can't have that now, can we?

This is the room between the garage and the kitchen. We use it as an entry way and figured if it's a mudroom then we ought to use it as such and keep all our boots, hats and scarves out here. It's just a thought right now. It will probably end up being way too cold to do this and then we'll go to plan B. Today I washed all the windows in the room and scrubbed the woodwork. Not all of it. I got tired after awhile. The floor is something we'll adress later. But the curtains look nice on the windows. They're old ones I had and they go well in the room.

I also did a lot of other things today, all of them involving moving things around and cleaning and polishing. My in-laws are coming tomorrow to stay with my husband while my son and I go to my father's memorial service at my sister's house. My eldest son will meet us there and then ride back here tomorrow evening to spend the night. I wanted to have a bedroom ready for him, and everything looking nice for our guests.

If I can figure out how to record George listening to that bird clock, I'll post it. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know. Do I have to upload it to Youtube or something?

Another great meal tonight, thanks to Adrienne, who gave me the recipe over the phone. We had sauteed shrimp w/cilantro and ding dang diddly, was it ever great.

Here's a shout out to Adrienne's friend, Lorraine. Hey, girl! Now you know what a dork I am!

Thanks to all my blogger friends for the warm and kind wishes. It makes all the difference in the world.

Well, until tomorrow, my friends . . .


leslie said...

Oh gosh Kate! I've been so busy elsewhere lately that I just heard your news. I'm so sorry to hear about your Dad - I was there around this time last year. Even though they're elderly (which I'm assuming your Dad was) it's still so hard to lose your parents.

And I am also sorry that you and your husband are dealing with a recurrence of his tumour! Wish him well for me. I'd say take it easy, but it sounds like you're doing an awful lot with cooking and scrubbing! But maybe that's your way, so go at it girl!

Hugs from way over in Western Canada.

PS: your new house looks great!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I just wanted to say I love your drapes, they are a lovely pattern.

Hope everything goes well with your Dad's memorial.

Gill in Canada

Suzysoo said...

I love your new house-it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us. Hope the service goes well.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

My living room should look as good as your mud room! Oh, wait... my living room IS the mud room! :( Love the curtains and the plants on the window sill.

Wishing you and your family comfort and peace during a sad time.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I have a fondness for mudrooms and laundry rooms! Your mudroom is really quite lovely you know! And I do like the new house very much.

Edward wishes George great good luck with the squirrels and we both wish you and your husband a most restful weekend!

Sue said...

Hi Kate....great mud room I love the light fixture and the old mirror...It sure looks like it has alot of character...hope all goes well ad your Dad's memorial service...Sue.

Deb said...

I just love the look of the rooms you shared. They are quant and charming and very colonial. My hope for you is that you and your husband are very happy there.

willow said...

This is the mudroom?! It is wonderful! Very historical, New England, colonial looking. And yes, your curtains are perfect. You've had so much on your plate, lately, I am inspired by all you're accomplishing. My thoughts will be with you and your family tomorrow.

Hilary said...

That room sure looks wonderful.. at least in low lighting. ;) It appears as if your new place has a lot of character.. which suits you.

dlyn said...

I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers today Kate - I know that all being together will be a comfort for you. The house is looking great and I hope that you guys will have a good life in it. I want to give you a hug or something - can't imagine the stress you are dealing with, but you seem to have such grace about it all. Blessings on you my friend.

Mary said...

That is a beautiful mud room, and your curtains look wonderful. I love the first photo -- the light is amazing!

Thinking of you today... wishing you peace.

womaninawindow said...

And now your dad? I am so sorry for your family. There's a lot of weight there on your shoulders and yet you're gorgeous. Your pictures, your words, your attitude. There's a beauty in you that's undeniable.
my best,

That room, that light hanging there, the brick - it rocks!

Jen said...

It looks gorgeous, Kate. I am willing energy your way to get through the next few days.

Elaine said...

Hi Kate,

You should be able to upload a video clip directly from your computer to your blog. Blogger will automatically format it with a start arrow. Looking forward to seeing George in action.
A friend of mine has a 9 years old smooth coat Border named Chelsea, a lovely dog.

Oxford County, Ontario

Shimmy Mom said...

The curtains are absolutely charming. And I bet there aren't nearly as many flaws as your letting on. Good luck and travel safely on your trip.
Lots a hugs

bobby said...

my god Kate that mud room never looked so good! girl you can work miracles, I am truly impressed.
xoxox Adrienne & bobby

Country Girl said...

Hey Shimmy, new picture! And thanks, all. Bobby, you and Adrienne amaze me. You moved us in here. This was amazing in and of itself.

~ C.G.

noble pig said...

Love the photo, I would kill for a mud room.

Daryl said...

Love how you upscaled the mud room with those curtains/drapes ... could you send me some of that energy place needs a really good cleaning and I have no desire/energy to do it .. I am hoping Husband follows through on his promise to vacuum .. soon



Anonymous said...

Ding Dang Diddly! What is getting into you with all this cooking and cleaning?? Wow, impressive. It doesn't seem to be rubbing of on me any though...

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