Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Little Shed That Could

I spent last weekend working 
with my friend Annie on her little shed.
 Ever since I first saw it, I have been bugging her; 
telling her I could turn it into a magical place.

Inside is stored all her holiday decor
 and wonderful treasures dying to have a home.

So we dug in and out poured mountains of things to be sorted.

We sorted a lot!!

The lady likes totes. We had lots of fun 
with jokes about obsessions.
Mine WAS dishes and glassware. What is/was yours?

By the second day all this was cleared out.
Did you spot the vintage mantel on the back wall?

We will paint soon and add area carpet
 and she may add some side windows
 in the future for ventilation.

The entire top is rimmed with shelving
 and I managed to get all the holiday totes
 up above on these shelves and they will 
all be hidden with some draping. 

The little shed still needs to be a major storage area, 
as the main home is tiny, with storage next to none.
A couple of standard, no walk in, bedroom closets, 
about six kitchen cupboards and a single car garage.

By the time I am done,
 this will be a retreat with two comfy chairs,
twinkle lights and a gorgeous vintage mantel 
display. Tons of decorative storage so that she can 
grab what she needs easily and create
to her hearts content.

I adore projects like this.
A Cinderella story....
we have not yet spent a dime...
we will use a few coupons for 
brown wire twinkle lights
and paint and a small section of bead board.
I'll give you a cost breakdown at the end.

I will be showing you the progress as we go.

and yes, I am for hire.....

In other news, I went home from work early on Monday
and I've spent the last three days sidelined
with the creeping crud.

Ronda and I will be debuting her new 
shop (I am a contributor) this coming Tuesday.
The little gift shop is located 
within Elements Salon 334 Water Street
in downtown Henderson.
They are open Tuesday- Saturday.
I'll post photos after we set up.

There is also a wonderful jewelry trunk
show scheduled for Wednesday the 4th.
Trunk show to be announced
Schedule issues

To my east coast pals,
stay safe and warm.
Darling daughter and her beau are 
in Atlanta also under severe weather.

and yet FOX news tells everyone
there is no global warming...



Sunday, February 15, 2015

This Means Summer Hell

The windows are open; 
I am shooting through screen.
In high 70's today.
This means summer of hell...
they predict into 120's.

Boston you can laugh at us
mid July.

Monday, February 2, 2015


Let Some Light In
It's A Good Day

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Do Not Piss Off The Hippo!

photos TS
Yeah yeah, you're sick of me mentioning Sifter but 
you gotta hook up with this site!!!
Check out the angry angry Hippo Here

and if that's not enough

photo TS
Soap BUBBLES blown in Freezing Weather

Every day fall back in love with the universe

I signed up for daily email and adore the 
weekly Shirk Report.
OK there is nothing on here I don't really like.
How often can you say that?

Sunday, January 18, 2015


I decided some thinning out was due
 with regards to the books that have been breeding
unfettered in the office.

I have had a life long love affair with books.
Although DD gave me a "Nook" that I use when I travel,
I love the feel of a book in my hand, while
curled up in the chair you can see a smidgen of here.
You've seen it before.
If one of you decides to zoom in
 you will see the complete collection
of Robert B Parker, a dear favorite of mine,
and DD's beloved Potter's from childhood.
Even though I check out several
 dozen books most months,
I still managed to accumulate a "couple."

The Utilitarian ones are kept under here.
DIY's, Grammar,  Classic Childrens' collected more for
their illustrations than stories at times, and classics from
school days many moons ago.

I ended up with four bags to be donated,
one is out of view, don't be snarky...hehe
I had grander intentions but DD called 
in the midst of the culling, and quickly said
"Don't be ruthless, I may want some."


If I must fail at a purge, it should be
a failure concerning books don't you think?
I believe I welcomed the 
request as an excuse to hold on a little longer
to a just a few more volumes.

A Happy Week To You Guys!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Coming Down and Z Cozies Up

Christmas is coming down
and more things are headed 
out to the garage
on their way out of the house for good.

I found a few of these holiday end pics on the camera

Pay attention - this table has since moved.

Whoop! Table moved

Big white cupboard that was on this wall
has moved upstairs

More open - less stuff- loving it

Winter work days have slowed to a crawl.
This is when I hunker down, purge
 and clean, cozy up and hibernate.

Lots of candle burning,
napping and reading.

Last look at this year's tree

Special mementos from a dear friend

Reorganized all the cupboards after Dearest Son
cooked in here for a week
 and used everything I own somehow,
then Darling Daughter cleaned up
 and put everything away somehow.
Golly I miss them so...

Making soup day

A Happy WINTER Wednesday

We're approaching the 70's
sorry for you folks in the 2nd polar vortex
stay safe and warm

Sunday, January 4, 2015

DS New Home/ Some More Rants

Many of you asked about Hannah's sewing project:
here are the pillows she made for her big brother
for his new couch in his new apartment.
Their style will be Mid-century Modern meets
Turkish brothel?
Their words, not mine.
Actually I think they used whorehouse.
That part is about lots of bright colors not so much 
a brothel style, mama hopes anyway.... 


  1. Gentrification is a general term for the arrival of wealthier people in an existing urban district, a related increase in rents and property values, and changes in the district's character and culture. The term is often used negatively, suggesting the displacement of poor communities by rich outsiders.
Those of you in LA/NY/SF/NJ/more
have been aware of the issues of gentrification.
It is a tough issue.

Dearest Son was subjected to gentrification
 as his rent more than doubled in the area
 he had lived in for three years, 
and even sharing that rent with three others,
it was no longer possible to live there.

His new place is also a result of gentrification
in his new area and forced out folks resulting in 
DS getting a newly renovated affordable place,
 that they need not share with roommates.

Now these kids make a modest income for sure
but their new rent for 700 sq feet is far more than
the mortgage I paid here for 2,000 sq feet..
and DD's rent for 400 sq feet is 300 more a month! 

I became curious about the topic and did 
a little research 
and was surprised to 
discover that it was often untrue that
 masses of folks are displaced 
and that there are numerous positive
effects to gentrification.
Of course some do lose their 
ability to rent in the same area,
and they are the least able to adjust to
such life changes...
the very poor, elderly on fixed incomes.

Tough issue with rights and wrongs.
DS and his girl were affected both ways...

and then while researching I stumbled
across this article...
It's long, but read it anyway if you can.
Now this will start many good discussions,
with differing opinions
and the subjects are linked because
so much of the choices we now make 
are based in irrational fears and mistruths
fueled by dubious politicians and very bad
NEWS - (she says with absolute disdain)

Lots of us choose a word of empowerment
each year to inspire us, motivate us.

I want to go one step forward 
and suggest that we adopt not a word but
a mind set, if you will.

Can we put all the typical blog
fodder just a wee bit further back on the 
burners and bring to the front
our best self?
Can we shut off the STUPID 
tv shows we watch because
the good stuff isn't on that night,
and read and be enlightened
 about important issues instead?
How about just 30 minutes a day?
and I don't mean watch the morning shows
which are merely entertainment shows.
Though I do love Charlie Rose
but at NIGHT.

Let's explore more,
dare more,
volunteer more,
educate ourselves about the real issues,
relearn where the heck the countries in Europe are
for Pete's Sake!

How would you do?

We've been at war in Iran Iraq Afghanistan Syria
and thousands have lost their lives, 
and we ALL have our opinions about that,
 but can you find them on a map?

I am ashamed to say I got Syria wrong.
I have now decided to remember  SIIA
reading left to right

I love seeing all the decorating idea, great recipes,
and DIY projects, and I still will share those of mine
if I ever get the rearranging finished.
Currently the Family Room is going through 
a metamorphosis and ongoing purge-a rama
here at oldgreymare.
thank heavens the kids are hauling out stuff 
for their homes.

 BUT I hope we can stop being afraid to 
speak our minds, challenge each other,
and share more of the Life stuff.
Blogs can be a mix,
and it's Ok to have different opinions.
We need to be an example of
the power and intelligence of a woman's mind.

So show me some stuff,
what issue is important to you?
What rant do you wish to make?
Put it in the **** It Bucket top right.

If I cannot motivate you here,
 how about being frightened
 about what happens to your brian if you don't use
all those other areas?

"There's always room for Jello"
what your brain becomes....
and speaking of Jello...
how does everyone feel about Bill Cosby?

Rant Over-
Now where to put the huge white cabinet,
the cream wing back and drawer sets I removed 
from Family Room?

Friday, January 2, 2015

TS Update - A Wee Rant - Love You Guys

Map by via Reddit

Pangea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago. It began to break apart around 200 million years ago. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly namedPanthalassa.

SO if you read yesterday's post and explored a little,
you may or may not have noticed the link above.
I really explored them all today and WOW!

 Many of us have this sense
of the absurd..the world revolving around the USA
or the importance of the latest doo-dad,
or the nonsense of political garbage.

We are all in this together
even though we are no longer one mass.

It's the world of flora and fauna and people.
That's IT folks...
and we are doing a piss poor job of caring for any
of the three all over the world.
A few simple acts by each of us
could change the negative path we are following.

Recycle everything possible
Do not waste natural resources
Reduce your impact on the world.
Adopt at least 2 or 3 well rated charities 
and donate often, automatically each month is best.
Be kind, loving and tolerant of all.

Happy 2015

I appreciate each of you who
have followed along with me all these years,
tolerated my rants, my goofy stories, and 
understood my attempts to live a simpler life.
You've cheered on my kids,
tried recipes, and been so kind in your comments
and well wishes.
Blogging has changed a lot the past 2 years
but the friendships I've formed 
via this small forum have not.
They have continued to grow,
and they are real, and loving, and so important
to my every day existence.

I carry you with me everywhere I go


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Start 2015 Feeling Superior or Stupid

By checking out that link above.
How would you do on both maps?
I fear I would have failed about 50%- 60%
I love where the one guy says "glad to see college paid off".
I've mentioned Twisted Sifter before
and it never fails to enlighten and amuse me.
Sign up for a daily feed.
Better start to the day
than some of the morning junk "news".
Happy New Year chickadees!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Beef Wellington and Beatle's 45s More or Less

After 5 hours in the kitchen,
 we were treated to Beef Wellington,
Potatoes Anna, a grapefruit-orange-feta salad,
 and brussel sprouts roasted with bacon. 
That man loves to cook.

I fell asleep on the couch 
while they were doing the "En Croute" 
part of the Wellington
and no one took any pictures...damn..
I hear the process was hilarious.

There were five vintage rolling pins
out on the counter when I went to clean up?

Whenever the kids are here and they are 
cooking, playing a game, or just visiting,
the sound of their voices is like a lullaby to me and
zzzzzzzzzz I'm off to dreamland.
They made fun of me snoring I hear, and 
were amazed I slept through it all 
as they were quite loud, and I was a mere
5 feet from all the action.
These few shots were taken by 
DD on her phone.

Ben had already cut into it so you miss the "presentation"
So beef tenderloin encrusted with a shallot mushroom 
mustard paste wrapped in phyllo and roasted.
Oh my, it was incredibly delicious.
The real Wellington calls for a layer
of Foie Gras. 
That was voted out.

 First Christmas dinner in over 40 years
 I have not prepared.

We ate at a simple setting family style,
turning the little used turntable
that came with my dining table, and doing self serve.
No elaborate dishes, crystal, or silver were needed this year,
AND we ate Christmas Eve not Christmas Day...
and ya know what
it was delightfully stress free and easy..
well easy for me anyway.
I think we have a new tradition.

I received the cutest little turn table for Christmas
and we had a blast playing my old 45 Beatles records
and Fogelberg, Moody Blues, Carole King,
Loggins, The Big Chill Soundtrack and more all
Christmas morning. 
Hannah had never placed a needle
on a record before and had to be taught the difference
between a 45 and a 33.
What a Hoot!

Ben and Anam headed back to LA today.
Hannah is still here until Her Beau Blake returns 
from Memphis.
We have some sewing plans and she'll be going
to work with me a few days to help with 

I decorated far less
 Shopped far less
Spent far less
Left the house far less
Cooked FAR less
Cleaned far less

Visited far more
Laughed far more
Relaxed far more
Slept far more
Enjoyed far more

Lessons learned

Hope your holiday was merry 
and still going strong...

Happy New Year to all
May Peace finds it's way to 
the hearts of man.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Like A Duck To Water

Along with directing and script writing, 
DD has been doing a lot of production design
 so mama had this idea that a 
sewing machine might come in handy.
This small Janome in the coolest colors 
was a special on-line
with free shipping so I ordered one 
for her B-day. 
It is lightweight, will require little storage space 
in her teensy place, and has just enough stitches
 to make it practical for her to use.

Yesterday she sat down at the table, 
taught herself how to thread it, run it, 
and after scavenging through my 
enormous supply of wools
popped out with two "art" style pillows
 for her brother and his sweetie 
and the new place they move into this weekend. 
Since they never read the blog, 
I am not spoiling any surprise.

She was so pleased, did a great job, took to it like, know... quack quack
and I'm hoping I can convince her to 
try a small quilt before she leaves. 
Goodness knows I have enough fabric!
makes mama happy

Kinda wish I had bought one for myself in bright orange.

Merry almost 25th of December (wink)