Saturday, August 3, 2013

Summer Whizzes By...

Wow, how did it become August already?

Pretty porch edging
I have been busy with pet sitting jobs, a couple of art shows, and work. That's been my summer so far!
No, really...I have enjoyed my daily meditations in the garden. I have tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and swiss chard coming, plus as many herbs as I can eat while they are fresh!


Don't you just love fresh basil, parsley, rosemary, sage? Or cilantro-people either love or hate it.

I'm also working on the garden behind our Senior Center, (where I work in the office part-time). I am trying to recruit seniors to help, but that's not going too well, even with the offer of free tomatoes!

We are enjoying a wonderful interlude between HOT and HUMID weather patterns. This last week has been Heaven in New England-in the 70's and 80's and relatively dry and breezy with a shower now and then.
Not Highand Lake--Lake Louise, Banff, Canada
Paul and I took off for a paddle in Highland Lake last week, very relaxing and peaceful on the lake. I dream of owning one of those sweet lake cottages. ~ I get up with the sun, put on my terry robe (!) take my coffee and grapenuts out on the deck and sing, "Morning is your time.....!" ~ (Mind you, I'm not a morning person and I don't eat grapenuts or wear a terry robe, but, what the heck, I can dream!)

I'm dreaming!
My brother Richard and I have begun cleaning out Dad's workshop at Mom's house so I can get myself moved in in the next 6 months or so. There is SO MUCH STUFF! Tools and tools and more tools, paints, mystery liquids, glues, NAILS AND SCREWS (a whole tubful) and wood and tools, did I say tools???  And if you've ever been in a carpentry shop, you know how dirty and dusty they are! We have so much more to do, but I think it's becoming possible, at least. Before spending that day with Richard, I would go in there and just cry. Too much stuff, and no-one wants to step on anyone's toes and take any of it. Dad's been gone 9 years, it is time.

Not this big, thankfully!
Once I get moved in there, it will become an art studio with a kitchenette, I'll also have a living room and a bath on that level and a bedroom upstairs by Mom's. We will have privacy and togetherness at the same time. It should work out well for both of us. Meanwhile, does anyone want to buy an old hardware-lumber-store-converted into 2 rather rough apartments? (I didn't think so...)

Stained concrete
The possibilities of a new place always keep me awake at night for months before, over-dreaming, thinking about all the possibilities--what do I want to bring, what to get rid of? Paint or stain the concrete? Drywall or beadboard or both? Where to put my craft space? How much kitchen do I need?

Medium or
Small Island?
Effiient storage
Craft storage
Shelves for kitchen and craft space...
How much bribe money will I need to get my brothers to do the work? Will Richard ever get that grand piano out of there? Will I have to part with my cat?

My dreams always come to, "What colors do I want to use?" How about SEAGLASS colors! Fresh restful pretty colors! With lots of natural touches.....retro, mid-century modern, or just plain pretty?

Seaglass colors
Just Plain Pretty

Natural touches

Now you know why I can't sleep at night. How about you? Do you over-dream??? Are your dreams keeping you awake at night?  I'll let you know how mine are going along in upcoming months.

Surely, I'll see you in my dreams!


BTW, I didn't take one of these pictures, they all came from Pinterest. You can find them or follow me on Pinterest in the right hand column.


  1. Sherry, I always love your blogs. Your writing is so vivid. I know your new home will be beautiful and I will follow you and your dreams. Hugs to you, Joani

    1. I so appreciate your stopping by! I get other comments by email, so it is lovely to hear from you here. I love this blog world, and only wish I had lots more time to pursue it. Have a great week!

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  3. Hi Miss Sherry! Thank you for your sweet visit earlier at my place. I haven't been here at Rustic Gal in a while..still as beautiful as ever! Also just as witty and interesting. You still write so beautifully - and I'm so pleased to hear about your new digs. Sounds like you have a great decorating plan. Can't wait to see everything once you're completed. Have a glorious week! xoTerri

  4. Hello did Richard go for the bribe? Wonderful blog

  5. I LOVE the bluish green concrete floor you have a photo of. Where did you find it? I'd love to find out what technique and products were used to do it.

    1. Hello! I found this on Pinterest and when I click on it it has been blocked because it leads to spam. I think you may be able to find it under acid stained concrete in a google search. Good Luck!


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