Tuesday, April 26, 2016

I've lived in a lot of places

In the mountains and in a valley; by lakes, rivers, along a coast and in the middle of an ocean. I've lived in big cities and towns so small they didn't even qualify as an interstate rest stop. I've lived in the extreme cold and the Caribbean.

But nothing compares to Northern Virginia in the Spring - nothing. Everyday is perfect, even when it rains it's perfect rainy weather.

It's just lifts my heart and spirits and it makes the cats a bit mellow...

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sky and light

This afternoon around 1pm, I looked out the window (which is hard NOT to do since the living/dining room area has a wall of windows) and noticed how the light played through the trees onto a row of red cars. When I looked up I saw the sky rapidly changing from dark to light and back again. It has been cloudy and rainy here for the past 2 days and as I post this at 3:30 in the afternoon the sky has cleared to a lovely blue and the clouds are white and fluffy.

These photos are presented here in the order they were taken in a span of less than 10 minutes...


Friday, April 22, 2016

I have a mad passion for

stained glass. Maybe because of the colors and the shapes or how the light turns magical through it but I am a stained glass lovin' fool.

Follow along with this story of the lamps...

Old apartment buildings, such as the one we live in, don't have much in the way of overhead lighting. None in the bedroom, none in the living room. Therefore we needed some lamps. I only 'do' floor lamps; I don't understand table lamps at all. I have to assume you have a side table so you can put stuff on it, useful stuff, stuff you need. If you put a lamp on the table then there is no room for all the useful stuff...unless of course you have a side table for the sole purpose of holding a lamp. Something I can't fathom.  Along with coffee tables. I don't get the purpose of those either. Putting a table in the middle of the room just so you can bark your shins on it?  You need a place to put a coffee cup and a snack? That's what the side tables are for. Unless there is no room on the side table because you have a lamp on it...

In our bedroom was the pole lamp that in other abodes was in the living room. I love this lamp...and now it is in my office...
13 year old lamp that was moved from bedroom to my office
We moved the floor lamp that was in the living room to the bedroom. The light shade is stained glass. Kind of an art deco design.  My husband wanted one with a cherries, grapes and leaves stained glass shade - um, no. I preferred this...

Lamp that was moved from the living room to the bedroom
Originally in the living room we had a pole lamp my husband picked out. An ugly piece of Target junk. It lasted about a week, then I moved it to my office because I could not stand it's ugliness, and replaced it with the art deco stained glass shade lamp...The ugly lamp now resides in the trash..
cheap, ugly lamp that went from the living room to my office to the trash room.
If you've been following along it would mean at this point that there is no light in the living room. But no, you would be wrong because look what I got today. My latest bit of stained glass...

MY PRETTY!!
This lamp is so pretty I would marry it if I could. It is pretty even when the lights aren't on. It's pretty, pretty, pretty and it's mine, mine, mine!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I love the look

on his face...

You REALLY want to click to biggify...
And the hanging foot. I love the hanging foot..