I'm still in my puttering mode. After 4 months of the Peach Palace, the holidays and my trip to Toronto, well I'm content to just let each day "happen"... not too much planning ahead.
First, I'm currently reading "The Day the Falls Stood Still" by Cathy Marie Buchanan, on my Kindle of course.
Andrea of Rural Revival recommended it to Sheryl of Ain't for City Gals. and Sheryl recommended it to me after reading about my Niagara Falls & Toronto adventures. I started it last night and am already captivated. It's a story that takes place during World War I with Niagara Falls, both the falls and the Canadian town, as the "backdrop". When I read, I really picture the story, characters and location in my head... so far I'm enjoying imagining Niagara Falls, Ontario of 1915.... and I'm thrilled that I've ACTUALLY seen some of what is mentioned!! Am I getting to be totally obsessed with Niagara Falls?? Yes, I do believe I am...
Secondly, I started painting my dining room table last weekend. It's an 80's oak pedestal table that we bought new in 1985 or 1986. I painted it the first time about 8 or 9 years ago and again when we moved here to Red Gate Farm, to change the color. It was a greenish, olive color.
It was time to repaint and this time I have chosen a creamy white called "Hazelnut Cream" by Behr. I may distress it before I put a coat of poly on it. After all, it will probably soon show wear and I may as well embrace it!
I've also chosen to paint an old plant stand the same color.
My mom may not be happy about this choice but it certainly wasn't a fine antique... Oh, there are those unfinished "curtains"...
With not being able to use the table, it was also a good time to repaint the ceiling and walls. After 6 years, they were showing a bit of, well, dirt. The chairs need a good waxing and I think I'll recover the seats with some drop cloth fabric I have. I also plan to repaint my floors while the table is out of commission. I think it will then actually be a totally, all at one time, finished room! A first I'm sorry to say. (Oh, I guess I also need to finish those curtains.)
And all of this spiffing up at Red Gate Farm leads to the third, and final "to do", I've been planning my vintage baby shower I will be hosting in a couple of weeks. I've lots of ideas for food, games and decorating... Thanks to you all for input on the invitation. In the end, I went with this:
Costco is printing this up as pictures as we "speak"... The photo will be the invitation.
Enjoying a slower pace of life for now,