Tuesday, November 5, 2013

First cold and a cozy fire.

  I woke up around 3 AM and couldn't breathe. Ok, I could breathe, just not well. I've got my first cold of the season. Yuck. The school hasn't offered employees flu shots yet. The flu shot usually keeps me from getting colds, or not bad ones anyway. By 6 AM, when my alarm went off, I could tell I needed a sick day. I called my sub, reported my absence, and went back to bed. Of course, we have no cold meds, or they are packed in one of the dozens of boxes still in the basement. Randy went to Walmart before he left for work to buy me some Zicam. I've never taken it before, but I hear good things about it. It's worth a try. I have to be better by Friday, because I'm speaking and teaching to the Thimble & Thread Quilt Guild of Greater St. Loius' Inc. The show must go on, you know.

 It's now a little after noon and I do feel somewhat better. I take my third dose of Zicam in 20 minutes. The hardest part is you can't eat or drink 15 minutes before or after taking, you can't take it on an empty stomach, and you're supposed to drink lots of fluids. It gets a little confusing. The pills HAVE to melt in your mouth (no chewing allowed), and even though it's supposed to be cherry flavored, it has a "metallic" taste too. Believe me, you WANT to eat or drink something with it long before the 15 minutes is up. I'm an adult. I can do this! Enough pitty partying, I have pictures to share, then it's nap time. :)

    Here's a picture of the "Mini Garden" quilt my friend, Julee Prose, made and gave to me as a house-warming gift. I hung it over our bed. Doesn't it look yummidy?

     A larger view of our master bedroom.

   Here's a look at our living room and a peek at my red wall in the kitchen too.

  A closer look at my quilt cupboard. If it looks familiar, it's because I had much the same grouping at the old house. Hey, if it works, don't fix it!
   Isaah came home this weekend to help us empty out the storage facility. He says he's now retired from the moving business. I think he was only half joking. He's been great free labor in this whole moving process. I've only had to feed him. Saturday afternoon my mantle was moved in and installed! OMG, was I excited. I was so excited I forgot to get a picture of them carrying the mantle through the front door. Here Isaah is making some room while Randy keeps it from tipping over. It's so big, it had to come in the door on its side.

   Randy held it steady while Dwayne, our builder, gets his tools together.

   Isaah and Dwayne attempting to stand it upright while Randy steadies it from the back.

   Dwayne starts screwing it to the studs. That big fat TV HAS to go! It obstructs the view, don't you think? I want a flat screen instead.
  Of course, the foreman of the job (me) had to inspect the job to make sure those screws were hidden as promised.

  And here is the finished product with a first fire going. The tile surround still needs to be installed and the baseboard trim on either side is lacking, but you get the idea. I LOVE it! The mantle clock finally has a home other than on top of my quilt cupboard. It belonged to Randy's Dad. I need to put some thought into what else gets displayed there with it. I know I'll have fun decorating it for Christmas.

  I'll post more house pictures as I tidy up and decorate. Hope you enjoyed these. Now, it's time for my Zicam and a nap. Keep stitching!



  1. a very exciting day for sure! hope you'll be feeling better soon, so you can organise it all to your satisfaction.

  2. MY, MY, it does look good on your wall !!! Love the fireplace and it will be fun decorating the mantel. Get to feeling better...

  3. I hope you feel better soon. I love the look of your home, very warm & cosy. What is the colour of your walls? I like the buttery warm look & the splash of deep rich red here & there.

  4. So sorry you have gotten a cold and hope you are feeling better. Your mantel is beautiful

  5. very nice home...sorry about the sickness

  6. One of the pitfalls of winter is the dreaded sniffley nose and associated issues, hope this first episode responds to treatment and that you get to your booked appointments alright. Don't know how I missed your previous post, but I'm all caught up now and things are looking great. Love the Mantel, you did a great job, it looks very happy in its new home, and adds such wonderful character to the room. Enjoyed catching up with your settling in, and I look forward to seeing that walk-in pantry all stocked up as well LOL!

  7. Hello Becky, so enjoyed your post, love the touches you have made...wish you a speedy recovery...Warm Regards, Lyn