Monday, February 28, 2011

Weighing In On The Matter

(First a quick note...I see that I almost have 650 followers!  When I reach 650, I will have a giveaway to thank all of you for taking time out of your busy day to visit me!)

So today was weigh in day.  It was probably not the smartest of ideas to choose Monday as a weigh in day.  After all, if we are going to cheat on our new healthy eating plan, we will probably do it on the weekend.


So, you can see from my sidebar, I didn't lose a single pound this week.  And I know why.  Remember on Friday, I told you I had guests coming for the weekend?

Well, when you eat French toast and maple syrup for breakfast, and have a Reuben sandwich when you go to Cedric's Tavern at Biltmore Estate with said guests, you probably are going to undo all the good you did during the week.

So, would you like to Weigh In on the matter?  What would you do, if you were eating healthier and you had guests coming for the weekend?  Would you feed them your diet menu?  Or would you make a special dinner that you shouldn't be eating?

Would you serve them French toast for breakfast, or a container of yogurt and an orange?

I would love to hear you input, because I think I will be dealing with this issue a lot.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, February 25, 2011

Getting Ready

We have some good friends visiting this weekend.  I usually buy a bouquet of flowers for the guest room.  Today I bought a pot of daffodils instead.


I have had this old copper pot for years.  I love the way it looks with the daffodils.


I couldn't resist buying some flowers for my bedroom too.  For me, roses.

I also added some flowers to my new header - for all of you~after all you are my guests too!!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Let's Talk About Summer!

Let's talk about summer, ok?


Do you have any summer plans?  Are you taking a vacation to someplace fun?  Planning picnics?  Going boating?

I am planning on dining out under the pergola.  Picking veggies fresh from my potager.  Going on hikes in the mountains.  Maybe taking a road trip.

What about you? Let's talk!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Healthy For Life ~ Life Style Changes

Last July 1st, I did a post about getting back into shape.  You can read about it here.

Fast forward 8 months.  Did I follow through with my plan?  NOPE!


Then in December, you all know I tore my rotator cuff.  Now, I know that came from years of misuse and age.   But I have realized over the last two months that I don't want to let myself fall apart.

Spending two months of not being able to to normal every day things, like reach up into a cupboard, made me take stock and really think about my health.


So, this treadmill has found it's way into my studio.  A week ago, the doctor gave me the go ahead to start using it.  I walk on it 30 minutes a day.


I also bought this book, Healthy For Life.  I have changed my eating habits.  There is now a lot more fruits, veggies, beans and chicken in my diet and a lot less mashed potatoes and gravy.

The results so far?  I have lost 2-1/2 pounds.  I am also now using weights in my shoulder therapy and I am happy to say that my shoulder is healing.  Slowly, but healing.

My goal is to lose 14-1/2 pounds total.  (edited to add: I am only 5'1" tall and small framed.)  One "step on the treadmill" at a time.  I am posting weekly results on my sidebar.  I think going public might be just the thing to keep me motivated.  Maybe when I have lost all of the weight I will post a before and after picture.....maybe :-)

Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Playing

Taking some time today to PLAY.

Playing with the settings on my Canon Rebel.



You can click on the picture, then click again to enlarge.

Are you playing today?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Beachy

I am not sure if I ever mentioned that I lived in Florida for about 20 years.  Actually I lived in Florida from 1971 until 1980.  Then I moved to upstate New York. 

I moved back to Florida in 1992 and stayed until April 2002.

You can click on the pictures and then click again to super enlarge them for detail.

This picture above was taken this past November in Naples, Florida.  I lived in Naples from 1992-2002.  I have family that lives there I always love to go see them.

I keep a few beachy decorating pieces around my house to remind me of Florida and my family.

This shell is one that I found while living in Florida. Mr. Comforts of Home and I were walking the beach on Marco Island and the top part of this shell was sticking out of the sand.  When I dug it up, I was surprised to find a whole shell!  Usually, they are broken when they are this size.  I keep it on a stack of books in my bedroom.

The piece of coral above is not from Florida.  It is actually from Hawaii.  When my parents went on vacation to Hawaii in the late 60's, they brought this back. 

I love having this piece.  Every time I see it I think about my Mom and Dad and what fun they had in Hawaii, listening to Don Ho and drinking Mai Tai's...

Do you have anything beachy around your home?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Friday, February 18, 2011

Dreaming

Our weather has been in the 60's and 70's this week.  I walked around the yard to see if anything spring like was happening.

My garlic, planted last fall is the only thing growing in the kitchen garden.

The Knock Out rosebush is budding.

The day lilies are sprouting up from the ground.
The lilac bush planted last spring is getting buds.

Mr. Comforts of Home is back outside working on the pergola.


So that got me day dreaming about what summer could be like in my backyard.

Dining out under the pergola....

Listening to water trickle in a fountain (which we have to buy and install - still dreaming).

And walking along our newly installed gravel path to a cozy seating area for two.

The last three pictures are from BH&G....maybe this summer, I will have something similar.

Are your dreaming of a summer day?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Got Magazines?

A few posts back I did a post on decorating books.  I know I am a decorating bookaholic. 

But I have to confess, I love magazines too.  Decorating magazines to be exact.  I had some favorites, that are no longer being published.  But I still find a lot that I love.


My tastes have changed over the last couple of years.  I seem to be gravitating towards more traditional style decorating magazines.


I also love this magazine....even though it it not a decorating magazine.
I keep some magazines for a year.  Then go through stacks of them on rainy days, and tear out pages to put in a decorating file.
I subscribe to Veranda, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, House Beautiful, Country Living and Wine Spectator.

What magazine do you buy?  Do you save them?  Do you tear out pages and put in a file?  I would love to know!
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Waiting


Waiting for spring.....and also waiting to hear back from CSN with the giveaway code.  As soon as I hear back from them I will announce the winner of the $50 CSN Gift Certificate.

What are you waiting for?  Something special in the mail?  The snow to stop?  The arrival of a new grandchild?  I would love to know...
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Dreaming of Playing in The Dirt

February is the month I get cabin fever.  I love the winter until mid February.  That's when I want to be outside planting this......


Instead, I am passing the cold days inside watering this....

And speaking of Violets, does anyone have any tricks on getting them to bloom?  These are a couple of years old.  They were blooming when we bought them and have never bloomed again.  We have used violet fertilizer (according to package instructions) on them.  Re-potted them into these violet pots and they get southeastern light.  They look healthy.  They get new leaves.  Any hints?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

French Chateau

I bought some wonderful Limoges plates a year or so ago, with the intention of using them for a mosaic mirror.

They have beautiful scenes on them of a French Chateau in the countryside.  In fact the pattern is called French Chateau.
As you can see, they didn't end up on a mosaic mirror. I thought they were the perfect plates to decorate my green toile guest bedroom.

Here are the scenes on the plates...each one is different.



I have been trying to add a little red color in the green toile room and these have some red in the design.
I still want to change out the lampshades and do something different with the bedding.  You can't see in this picture but there is a green toile bed skirt on the bed that matches the curtains.  I am looking for a quilt/comforter that has red, green and gold in it.  It seems like I am always fluffing the nest.
Welcome Home,
Penny

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dreaming of Summer Projects

It has been grey and gloomy here the past several days.  It is hard to take pictures inside my house when it is gloomy.

So I decided to start dreaming about some summer projects.

This is a picture of the back of my house.  I took this picture the day we bought the house.  There have been changes to the backyard...including the pergola that is under construction and my kitchen garden, since this photo was taken. 

See the single window on the porch to the left?  I would love to have a potting bench built somewhere around there.  I think I want it actually at the end of the porch, between the column and the house wall.


This one looks nice....
Welcome Home,
Penny

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Decorating and Design, My Favorite Books

Hi, My name is Penny and I am addicted to decorating and design books....

I have had a few people ask what my favorite decorating books are.  Well, they are like my children.  I just can't picked a favorite.  I love them each the same!

Here is what I have on my book shelf.







So what decorating book in on your book shelf?
Welcome Home,
Penny

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Memories

Do you ever have a hard time remembering where you put your glasses, only to find that you are wearing them?

I think you will enjoy this YouTube clip.