I am not a fan of winter. Nope, not a bit. If Mother Nature ever asked my preference, I would happily request about 4 weeks of snow in total, right around the holidays, with a graceful segue directly into Spring, sans the miserable slush that snow invariably turns into. Not holding my breath in anticipation of the possibility, however. Especially in Michigan!
I suppose it's not that I mind the snow itself. It's the obligatory cold that comes with the snow. I've tried to embrace the season. I've tried to find joy in winter activities. Cross-country skiing didn't make the cut, as you'd know if you know Michigan weather, by the time you get your cold gear on and click onto your skis, the temp or the snow has changed! Too picky!
Tried downhill skiing. Once. Which was more than enough. Not quite sure how it didn't occur to me until after I was on the ski lift that my extreme fear of heights might get in the way of my enjoyment of this new experience...
Then, of course, there's snowmobiling. Refer to my strong dislike of the cold. Barreling through the cold at high speeds just makes one more cold!
I've concluded that there are only four positive things about winter:watching my kids enjoy the snow, having a white Christmas, using our fireplace and working on interior remodeling projects.
Once the weather breaks, we are preoccupied with the pool and yard and our
interior projects, completed or not, fall dramatically in our list of priorities. In fact, we are right now on the brink transition, as the sunny days have already
spurred me into starting my outdoor to do list, much to my husband's "delight".
We bought a new house about a year ago. We love the old gal, but she is a bit needy. Well, quite needy, truth be told. Massive updating is called for, but it's slow going. Extremely slow going, especially now that I'm nearly useless while my leg is healing. I'm really only good right now for providing motivation. My husband calls it something else. With each sunny day, the danger of my foyer remaining a construction zone indefinitely increases at an alarming rate. I realized today that we are only about a month away from opening the pool. The foyer has been in remodel mode for months and in the blink of an eye, the weather will be too much to resist! Oh, the wasted winter days...
Fortunately, my furry four-legged son has saved the day! He's about a year and a half, that awkward age when they still have all the zoom of a pup, and haven't quite grasped that they are the size of a small horse. Well, my small horse got stuck under an end table today, chasing his toy goose, and broke my favorite lamp. I was devastated, but quickly consoled myself as to rectify the situation, only one thing would suffice.....SHOPPING!
Oh, yes! In my joyous quest to replace my lamp, I thought I might as well look for my other lighting needs. The old gal's light fixtures are all circa 1966, when she was erected I'm certain. So far, I've only replaced the dining room chandelier and a fixture in the kitchen.
I need to find something fabulous and earthy for the foyer...
and the hallway and the stairway....
to replace the hideous brass and glass fixtures currently in place, not to mention a new, sturdy lamp!
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Stay tuned for a CSN review and more details because I am bound and determined to get all of our half-finished projects completed before the pool opens and get in some long overdue shopping as well!
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