Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Updated living room west wall :-)


Good morning Folks ~ It is Wednesday, a new day, may I rejoice and be glad in it. I’ve much to be thankful for.  I’ve had a down couple of days, cried at the gas station yesterday, but I’m feeling better today.

I think what has gotten me down this time, is I’m going to have to call a handyman to do some work around here that Mark and I used to handle.  That hurts in more ways than one, but it’s now a way of life. I’m pretty sure I’ve got a leak in the old water pipe under the house. Mark had repaired a pin hole a few years back and we were talking of redoing the water pipes to pvc and making it go around the east foundation of the house on the outside, not underneath. The crawl space under the house is very tight. So, that’s one of the things I am going to talk with the handyman about. He comes highly recommended from the church I’ve been going to and by a couple of the widow’s, so I’ll give him a call and see what he says. I’m paying for city water, so want to get the problem fixed before it gets worse.

This morning after my first cup of coffee and during the second, I rearranged the grouping on the west wall of the living room.  I added a couple more small paintings done by Mama, framed by Papa and they add whimsy. These baskets and paintings that were done by them were done right here in this little cottage. Pine needles gathered by Papa.


Below are close-up shots of it all.



Aren’t these cute?  The expressions on the faces are sweet.  Mama started painting late in life and her style is primitive, which is a style Mark and I both liked.



We found this piece at the flea market years ago.  The little pine cones in the center are from the Australian pine trees, that have been wrapped in red yarn.  I should move the little cones to the center of the basket, but am not sure how it is tied on the back to change it. So for now, it is as it is. I think it looks good with the collection done by Mama and Papa.





The mirror is really pretty and I like the beveled lines on the two side pieces.


A rose called ‘Love’.



I came across this song the other day and it really touches my heart.

God does indeed make beautiful things.


Beautiful Things


Love, hugs and God’s blessings

on each and every one of you.



Sarah said...

What a truly beautiful song, makes you stop and think about the words. Glad you are feeling better. I too feel very fragile at the moment after losing my lovely Mum still can't believe I won't ever see her again, she was always there for me.
Hugs Sarah x

Sallysmom said...

Love the baskets and the paintings. I guess your whole family is talented.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

You are creating a place just for you to enjoy. I think that as widows we need to do that.It helps in the journey of making our new life here on earth.

Leslie said...

You certainly come from an artistic family. The paintings and baskets are just wonderful, and your arrangement of them is even nicer now.

lemonverbenalady said...

Hi FL, beautiful post as usual. Hope you get the handyman to show up! Trying to get the plumber here is a journey! Take care. A big hug from The Herbal Husband and me to you. xo

HolleyGarden said...

The pine needle frames and baskets are so unique, and a wonderful display of handiwork. I like that you added the paintings. I'm sorry you have to have a handyman come and do some of the things that you can't. But I'm glad that you know someone that is highly recommended. It's hard to find someone you can trust sometimes!

Morning's Minion said...

The way you have arranged that group of family treasures is lovely and nostalgic. I think it will give you pleasure each time your eyes rest there.
During the years that my husband was a long-haul trucker it seemed that if anything broke or needed attention it happened an hour after he drove away. So frustrating--and expensive--when you have to call in someone rather than having the man of the house around to fix things.
I'm glad you feel a bit stronger today--I suspect these moments are always going to catch you unaware.

Julie said...

Those needle weaving's are amazing, and the paintings too! Nice you have them from your parents! Everything looks lovely grouped like that! Good luck getting your handyman stuff taken care of. It can be challenging, but definitely do-able!

Rose ~ from Oz said...

DEarest LOrraine,
I too have just found a local handyman (who charges reasonably) to see to the odd repairs etc and am very happy with him for these annoying things that used to be done by beloved. With all my heart I hope your handyman turns out to be affordable and reliable. I'm sure he will, he comes well recommended.

Susan said...

The paintings by your mom are adorable, and I love the pine needle frames. Very clever and a good use of a natural material. As far as the repairs...that is a bummer! But it is nice to have a reputable person that someone else has had experience with. Good luck with the water pipes...hope it's not too expensive.

L. D. said...

The items on the wall are all so great. It does make you fell closer to you parents by the works of their hands on you wall. The paintings are so good.

Betty W said...

It looks so pretty and what a joy to know your parents painted them.

Rebecca said...

Those pine needle frames and paintings are very, VERY special (but then, I think you might already know that....)! I love the way you've arranged them.

Kit said...

Love the arrangement! Really looks pretty. Kit