|relaxing by the neighborhood pool|
The boxes unpacked
Many pictures on the walls
Tired feet need rest
This piece of non-rhyming poetry is a nod with my big floppy sun hat to "Haiku." If you follow my friend Terri's blog over at Your Friend From Florida, then you know she encouraged us to participate in National Haiku Poetry Day -- April 17.
It's a good thing I like collections on my walls because when one downsizes in square footage and gets an 'open concept' floorplan, there's less wall space for hanging everything!
|my beach towel and flip flops|
With one notable exception, we've hung all our pictures, the moving boxes are not only empty but flattened and have been carried off by the re-cycle truck, and things are looking pretty good around here.
|can you tell that I like wall "groupings" better than single pictures?|
|Beloved's Black and Decker leveling tool|
Allow me to stop for just a moment to applaud this essential tool Beloved used for hanging the large mirrors in the bedrooms.
|entry hall (at night, when the glass front door looks black)|
However, even with the help of this gizmo, our patience was sorely tested when hanging the entry hall mirror. The holes in the back must not be lined up right -- we've gone through that trauma every time in every house since we bought it about 15 years ago.
This metal flamingo is in the upstairs bathroom, next to the sewing room. I'm calling that bathroom "The Flamingo Room", decorating with peach, rosy pink, and white. Hardly anybody will see or use this room since it's on another floor from the guest area, so I feel the freedom to decorate it any way I want!
|Master bath area: we are big on hook racks for organizing belts, purses, ball caps, etc.|
There is one large rustic sign we like to hang above the TV that says "HOME." For the life of us, we cannot find it! I feel sure I packed it myself in one of the Christmas bins, but it's just not showing up. So that's the "notable exception" mentioned earlier.
|the "wordy wall"|
With thanks to Lea at Cici's Corner, I am copying her idea to group word signs together. She posted her version of this several months ago and I really liked it. This will be a growing collection, working its way up the staircase with words of wisdom, encouragement and smiles.
I'm lovin' the pantry. Beloved took down the door because it was cumbersome and unnecessary since you have to turn a corner to see into it anyway. We also took down two doors in the master bath/closet areas, too. I don't like to dance with doors. People don't even notice the doors have been taken down when we walk them through the house.
|T-Rex restaurant at Disney Springs|
Several of you have written to urge us to take it easy with the unpacking process. I assure you, we have done that. We sleep well at night and have made it a rule to not unpack anything on Sundays. One weekend after church and lunch, we drove down to Disney Springs, a shopping area outside of the parks where one can leave the car in a beautiful parking garage (no charge!), stroll among shops, restaurants, people (yes, lots of people), or just sit on a bench or enjoy a free boat ride.
|free boat across the lagoon at Disney Springs|
Dining with the dinosaurs was fun, although pricey (basic burger = $17) but that included a meteor shower every twenty minutes or so and two gorgeously big aquariums in the dining room.
|coffee and cookies on the back porch|
During the week, we have been trying to remember to take a coffee break about mid-afternoon. The caffeine gives me just enough oomph to get dinner on the table.
One day I even baked the best chocolate chips cookies I have ever made. I am loving getting to bake at sea level after decades of messing around with high-altitude baking (and not being very good at it). This recipe was a basic from my first Betty Crocker cookbook (~1970). I took her advice to include an additional 1/2 cup of flour for a "softer, rounder cookie." Wow. Soo good!
|Easter decor on front porch|
Unpacking is done
Time to reflect on Easter
He's risen indeed!
Enjoy your Easter weekend! Until next time ...