a hospital stay
black mold and mildew
a rushed move
and lots of pros and cons
have to do with adjusting to a new life?
i’ll tell you!
when i first moved to my little ‘ safe harbor ‘ . . . it was JUST THAT.
i felt for the first time in a long time that i could relax
and simply breathe clean air.
and for many weeks that was enough. i told myself i wanted to be rid of
rummy and i even talked about it. it was a different mind set. even for me.
i was still terribly weak. they only keep you in hospital long enough to stabilize
you. they told me i was still dehydrated and i had to drink lots of water . . .
and so it was to be a long road back!
fast forward to NOW!
NOW i am feeling my old self once again.
i am stirring around. deciding on the kind of life i want since i’m no longer in
danger of checking out! LOL!
i am still and always will be a minimalist.
and that’s a large ‘ however. ‘ that sounds nicer than BUT! doesn’t it?
after months of barely wanting anything . . . seriously . . . the captain’s
solution of owning nothing that can’t fit into his back pack was looking
pretty darned good!
and for many . . . the captain included
that is the way to go if you’re a dyed in the wool minimalist.
but there are ALL KINDS of minimalists. ALL KINDS! it’s not one size fits all!
that’s the beauty of it. and i realize that i am not that kind. not yet anyway!
if i were younger and wanted to travel i would be that kind in a heart beat!
i’m in no shape to travel. i know that now.
it’s a dream that has been relegated to armchair travel the likes of PBS television
and the world wide web.
and i’m okay with that. i have to be. money and health stand in the way.
one day last week . . . i decided to make this place i call home . . . well
my own little ‘ safe harbor. ‘
remember the above picture?
oh here. i’ll show it to you again.
and no. i do not have that wonderful ceiling and the natural paneling.
I DO NOT DO POOFY!!! LOLOL!
like the comforter there. i would smother.
it’s the color and the pine that made me think of it as my room.
i DO have the overall MOOD of this room and the wonderful color scheme!
it’s fairly close to what my bedroom looks like. at least in spirit it is.
and YES! someday i keep saying i’ll get a camera. it’s not a priority apparently.
so you will need to simply envision how my bedroom looks in the meantime!
i have two quilts on my bed. one goes all the way to the floor.
and the top one is a twin size and goes about 6 inches down on all sides.
they are two different patterns. and yet they work well together.
the top one is blue and white.
two crisp white pillows are on the bed.
and an oblong pillow in front of those is the same pattern as the bottom quilt.
are you dizzy yet?
it’s really quite nice.
very english perhaps.
or maybe even more . . . cape cod.
i love the sea.
and since this is my safe harbor . . . it seems appropriate.
on the wall are two paintings by my friend celia who is a water colorist.
they are seascape scenes that make me think of my time on the st. lawrence in
upstate new york.
reminders of my beloved mother and gram.
each night i spread a white sheet over the top of the bed and sleep on that.
then in the morning part of my routine is to fold up that sheet and put it in
the closet. it works like a charm.
bed made. simple!
and simple enough to launder too . . . the sheet and when needed the little
a cream colored blanket is nice if it gets too cool. and with the A/C it often does.
i have a pine night stand and 5 drawer dresser bought years and years ago.
the pine and the blue and white quilt are particularly lovely together.
and the white wicker chair and small glass topped ottoman are perfect by the
it’s a rather spacious room.
there are white curtains over the blinds to help block the oklahoma sun.
i have the windows open when weather permits. i love fresh air. as you know.
in the early mornings now i’ve already had a taste of what fall might be like here.
and i’m going to love it!
when i hung those curtains i knew what i wanted the room to be.
by an imagined sea.
a place to read. to sip coffee. to listen to the rain.
or . . . since one of the windows looks to the west . . .
to watch the sun going down.
on the large wall opposite the bed i have hung another quilt that my reve’ made
she is my nephew’s wife.
and here she is in case you forget . . . taken about the time she made the quilt!
although truth to tell . . .
neither of them has aged all that much! they keep themselves in great shape!
mike has to since his MOS is special operations forces.
every single morning he’s not deployed he has PT at FIVE A.M.
i have no idea what reve’s motivation is!!!
but i wish i had it!
i never get tired of looking at these two.
that’s the marine’s son before he became master sgt mike!
when their oldest son was only TWO she made my quilt! can you imagine???
how she had time to make it with a two year old running around i’ll never know!
but it is dear to me as is she. and it deserves a place of honor.
and so it hangs on my bedroom wall.
and the long simple pine bench that my marine made is in front of reve’s quilt.
it’s the perfect finishing touch.
add a lamp on the night stand . . . holding books and a large sea shell . . .
and my white wicker chair and ottoman by the window . . .
and i am soon transported to wherever i want to be!
this room that is so fresh and beautiful.
it lifts my spirits. it fills my heart.
it takes so little really.
it’s not covered up with tons of stuff.
it has just enough!
if you prefer
next post i’ll write about the living room maybe.
trying to keep these posts minimal.
til soon old bean.