Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I'm Still Alive and Well

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I think about my blogger buddies all the time, but lately I have had ZERO inspiration. Maybe it was the winter that at this point feels like a rude house guest. Or, it could be that I have been working really hard on a project (not decorating related) that I'm just not ready to share yet. Quite possibly, it's that my job is way too hectic, and what little time is left I spend with my loved ones. Whatever the case, I've given myself the right to not blog or visit websites or comment because in this nice world, you people, whom I consider my people, understand.

Still, it just wouldn't be right if I didn't post something daffodil related since this pitiful, neglected blog of mine is called Daffodil Hill.


Today is the eleventh anniversary of my mother's death, and this past week two friends have lost parents: a mother and a father. When my mother died, I remember thinking Thank God it's spring. At least there will be flowers. At least there will be sunlight and warmth. And it was this miracle of spring that got me through. There is no way around grief, and at times I was suffused with it. Fine one minute and weeping the next.


In this Easter season, I plan to focus on the miracle of Christ and his resurrection and what that means for all of us.

I hope that wherever you are or whatever you're going through, the miracle of spring fills you with wonder, makes you stop and breathe deeply and rejoice in this fleeting gift of life.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mudroom Changes!

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Well, I finally did it. The mudroom went from this…


and this...


and this...


to this!


Ta-daaa!


















I'm not done tweaking. Is a person ever done tweaking? So far I like the changes, and while I really did love my "crazy lady yellow" (a.k.a. Benjamin Moore firefly), I felt the urge to change things a little. To make a confession, I sometimes fantasize about moving just so I could redecorate an entire house. It's not that I don't love this one; I do. But there are a lot of decorators living inside my head!

How would you reinvent your sense of house style if you could move or start with a clean decorating slate?

It's Tuesday, and I can't wait to join the linky fun!

Fossils Found in the Mudroom

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Nope, I did not go on an archeological dig, but I did coat what I referred to as "crazy lady yellow" with a luscious Benjamin Moore paint called fossil. It's a little gray, a little beige, and the teensiest bit pink. Not hideous, I promise.


I have said this before, and I'll say it again: I loved my yellow! It was cheerful and happy and a great way to come in after a long, tiresome day.


As much as I loved the color, I was ready for a change.


It's so weird that sometimes in pictures it looks positively neon yellow. It's really not that bright, I swear.




Tonight I'll post pictures of the finished product, so stay tuned.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

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I was hoping to bake cookies today and finish up the mudroom touches so that I can FINALLY reveal the changes here (not exactly earth shattering, I know). But the sky is a dull gray, not great for snapping pictures. And I was responsible for a big event at my school last night. It went off without a hitch, thankfully, that is except for my back. Moving tables and chairs and being at work from 7:00 AM until 9:45 PM was not what the doctor ordered!

Instead, I'm spending this Valentine's morning with my hot lover, a heating pad.





The other day while on hall duty, I saw a post on Facebook titled "Nine Things I Wish I'd Known about Being a Stay-at-Home Mom" (the title could be off, and I'm too lazy to google it). I tried to load it, but the service was spotty, so I never actually read the article, just its cautionary headline. Still, I could guess at the content. It was posted by a "friend" I don't actually know very well, but what I do know is that she plans fabulous events and pursues writing seriously. From what I can gather via social media, she has a nice home, a good husband, and grown children she loves. Trust me, I get that it's social media. We look at the screen, not through it. The gist was she was worried about her chances at full-time employment because of so many years at home.




I was saddened by the status update, disheartened by what seemed her regretfulness. As I stood there in my work clothes on hall duty, I felt a sense of defiance for all women, whether they be dressed in dry-cleaned skirts or snot-crusty yoga pants.




I am not sorry I stayed home with my girls for all those years, and I don't give a heart-shaped sprinkle if it hurt my chances at moving up the ranks. I don't regret the days I spent making lunch and spreading a picnic blanket on the living room floor because it was raining, or jumping on the trampoline reciting Emily Dickinson poems as if they were nursery rhymes. I don't wish I'd been in some tortuous faculty meeting discussing the futures of America's children. I'm glad I was home raising those children instead.




Middle daughter just brought me a homemade Valentine (the best kind). In it she writes, "I want you to know I love you so much, and I'm very glad you're my mother. Thank you for all that you do for us."

Don't get me wrong. Jobs are important. I know. They feed us and clothe us and make it possible to send children to college and such. Some women are desperate to stay home and will never-ever get the chance. That makes my heart hurt, too.




Whether at work or home, I know this for sure. My job, no matter how much I like it at times, doesn't feed my soul the way my three daughters do. It doesn't make my heart swell with pride or longing or worry like they do. No matter the studies or statistics or lifestyle trends, I know in my heart of hearts my choice was the right one at the time.


Personally, I believe most women go to the office or stay home out of love, and for that I'm sending y'all this big fat homemade Valentine! And even though she won't know it, I'm sending it to my Facebook friend, too.




I'm gonna hobble off this soapbox now and take an Advil.

Have a LOVEly Day!




Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Slippery Slopes & Paint

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School was running two hours late this yesterday morning, which always throws a ringer in my day, as it involves lots of complicated work/kid juggling and soliciting our neighbors' help. A snow day is different. I'll take that any old time! But you can keep those extra couple of hours of chaos and grumpy kids and cars in ditches.

I was nearly in the clear when I hit a slippery slope. Uh, I mean that literally. Down the hill middle daughter and I went, slipping and sliding all over the place. We were headed straight for a tree, three trees, in fact, when somehow a clump of bramble stopped us in our very shaken but grateful tracks. Seriously, it was a miracle.

Then the real fun started. Chopping down bramble and sawing off tree limbs and shoveling snow. It was a Jack London kind of morning. In preparation for the tow truck driver, I wanted to clear as much brush out of the way as possible. No scratches on my car, please! The tow truck driver arrives, and I am delighted. I guess you're either really happy to see a tow truck driver or not happy at all. In my case, I was pleased until...you guessed it. He got stuck. Several hours and a fair number of helpful neighbors later, my car is free. I am pooped, mind you. Next time there's a two-hour delay, I think I should stay in bed, not step a southern-girl-at-heart foot out the door.

On another happier note, I am saying goodbye to the yellow in my mudroom. It's been fun. Sometimes I love taking a big ole decorating risk. It's just paint, after all. In honor of this cheerful space, I thought I'd share a few pictures.


It is a shocking color for sure, but I've had no regrets about it.


The cheerful yellow makes me happy, especially on a gloomy, gray day.



And I've always loved the white plates in contrast. 


So if I love it, and the color makes me happy, why paint? 


Oh, never mind. This is blogger world, the place where people 
get that painting and repainting is how I get my kicks!

Is it Friday yet? Nope, it's Tuesday Wednesday!
Time to link up with Savvy Southern Style!
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/2015/01/wow-us-wednesdays-206.html

It was time to link up yesterday, except I forgot, which means I really was exhausted.
Happy Hump Day:-)

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