It’s A Wonderful House

I know it is almost Easter, but I have been thinking a lot about a Christmas movie lately:  “It’s A Wonderful Life“***.   The one scene in particular I replay over and over in my  head is the one where George and Mary are walking home from the dance and they throw rocks in the window of the old house that Mary wishes will become her home to share with George one day in the future.

On my recent travels, I drove passed a house that I dream of owning.  It’s old, not in the best of shape, and I am not even sure if it has been occupied recently as there are never any people or cars around it.  The house sits on about an acre of land with a beautiful lake behind it.

This is the front street view of the house.  Please forgive the quality of the pictures as I was using my iPhone.  My SLR camera is not working at all.

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I am in love with this house.  I love the wrap around porch, the charm it exudes and all the beautiful trees on the property.  I have yet to see the inside, but I imagine there are fireplaces in every room, more than one bathroom featuring a claw foot tub and a kitchen right out of the 1940’s or 1950’s.  Sa-woon.

Of course, none of that may be true, but since the outside still retains its charm, I am hopeful that the inside loveliness has been preserved as well.  I will be crushed it it turns out the kitchen contains 1970’s Formica or that the living room has bright orange shag carpeting, but for now I will hold onto my dreams.

When I picture my life in the future, I see myself living in a home like this, one that my future husband & I have lovingly restored and now live in with our two pugs, Starsky & Hutch.  We plant a vegetable garden, some lilac and hydrangeas bushes and perhaps get a few chickens so we can have fresh eggs every day.  We host lavish clam bakes in the summer & cozy Christmas Eve dinners every December with our guests helping us trim our 10 foot tree while we drink eggnog and watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas“*** over and over until it is time to eat.  I have had this dream forever.

This is the view as I drove down the drive way towards the side entrance.

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But now that dream is not so easy to have.  Ever since I sold my small house (which was only 811 square feet) and downsized to a studio half that size, I have come to really appreciate living smaller rather than larger.  I know I am not alone, as the tiny house movement has become a real cause and purpose for many people looking to live a more minimalistic life.  I made the choice to live smaller simply because I realized I was basically living in only one room of my house-the bedroom-so I did not see the sense in spending money on a multiple room apartment or paying to furnish those rooms when I was very content having everything I needed in one room.

I want a simple life.  Someone to love, a couple of dogs to rescue, several road trips throughout the year and a freedom from not having any house maintenance work to worry about.  But then I picture life in that big old house, and as idyllic as it seems, I get bogged down in the guilt of the amount of energy a house that size uses, or the carbon footprint it has on the environment, or the fact that two people and two dogs really do not need a house that big. And I love road trips and spending the weekends going to estate sales, antiques stores and flea markets. Houses of any size require regular maintenance, and an old big house requires that much more.  We may need a place to live, but it does not have to be such a big place.  Sometimes I hate having a conscience!!!

The views from the back of the property.  How great would it be to look out on a lake every day???

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Do any of you get bogged down in that kind of thinking?  Or do you just push forward to make your dreams come true? I would really love to know.

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I hope all of you who celebrate the holiday have a very happy Easter!!!

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

The Ides Of Michele

Hi, Vixens!!!  Doesn’t this whole “lose an hour to spring forward” thing kind of make you feel like you lost more than just 60 minutes???  I cannot wait another 7 months to get it back.  I want it NOW  😦

We are six days away from the first official day of Spring but it already feels like the season has arrived thanks to last week’s mid-50’s temperatures here on the east coast-and this week promises more of the same.  I know the majority of people prefer the spring and summer months so much that they actually suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) waiting for the warmer weather to arrive.  But this is my time of year to be sad.

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Source:  Boatingtimesli.com

I get that some people have had it worse than me this time of year-Julius Caesar, for one, comes to mind.  But I prefer the fall to winter months, and let’s face it, we really did not have much of a winter this year.  It was not just the lack of snow, but except for a handful of days, it was a very mild season.

But this season’s holidays-Easter, Mother’s Day & Father’s Day, not to mention the birthdays of my grandmother and father plus my parent’s anniversary-and I need a morphine drip to get through the whole season.  Then come the hazy, hot & humid days of summer and I spend almost every waking hour in air conditioning.  I wish I was a bear so I could hibernate for these two seasons.  There is nothing to decorate for and even my magazines do not help as they are all chock full of “how to enjoy every second of the summer” articles.  Ugh.

Of course, there are some things I look forward to:  deliciously fragrant lilacs, paid days off (Memorial Day & Fourth of July),  fireworks, outdoor concerts and, of course, garage sales.  But other than that I would rather sleep through the next six months.

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Source:  flowerpatchfarmhouse.com

So this weekend as I nursed a fever and felt sorry for myself for being sick, I thought about ways I could make the next six months easier to tolerate.

Despite the fact that I have a black thumb, I am going to try to grow something if it kills me.  I will try a tomato plant, a basil plant & a cilantro plant in containers outside my apartment.  Maybe I will be successful since the plants will be outside in the sun as opposed to inside my dark 60 degree apartment.

I also want to up my baking game.  Every year I promise myself I will make Christmas cookies but I never do.  I also want to learn to make my own pie crust.  What better time to experiment than in the summer when the house will be nice & cool thanks to the A/C?  I will start honing my baking skills with this beautiful Speckled Malted Coconut Cake courtesy of Country Living that I want to bring to my book club’s luncheon coming up next month.  You can find the recipe here.

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Source:  Country Living Magazine. 

So that is my plan so far.  I hope it works.  If not, it will be a long six months.

On a completely random note, I stumbled upon these adorable Lady Bug golf ball crafts online.  Too cute for words, don’t you think???

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Source:  EverythingOrganized.Org

Hope you all have a great week.

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

Weekend Wanderings

Hello my dear Vixens!!!  How are all of you today?

The first full weekend of March was mild in weather but cruel in its omission of any estate sales for me to attend yet again. So with St. Patrick’s Day now just 10 days away & Easter a mere three weeks away, I decided it was time to peruse Pinterest for some fun ideas & recipes for the upcoming holidays.

I love this St. Patrick’s Day wreath.  It is a great way to use green Christmas ornaments for another holiday, plus it adds so much sparkle to the current one!!!  The simplicity of adding split peas to to white candles makes for some great ambiance during a traditional corned beef & cabbage meal.  The plant pot turned Leprechaun hat is a great craft for adults to do with the kids in their lives.  And when the holiday is over, just flip the pot over and start growing something you can later transplant into your spring garden.

green wreath       split pea candles     st patrick crafts

Source (L to R):  Etsy/Memphis Moms Wreaths and Two Twenty One and Life As Mama.

As for snacks, the green pretzel pops are just too cute for words!!!  Not far behind, Rice Krispies treats can be made specifically for any holiday simply by adding some food coloring and additional ingredients.  In this case see how extra-adorable the Lucky Charms cereal marshmallows look in the squares?  And a lime sherbet float looks especially refreshing in a mason jar.

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Source (L to R):  Mommy’s Bundle, My Honey’s Place/Classy Clutter and Home Cooking Memories.

For Easter, any one of these displays will work to not only celebrate the holiday but to welcome spring as well.  All three displays can stay up through April & most of May with just a little tweaking.  You can swap the eggs out of the first display for anything around your house, the second display works without the bunnies and the letters while the third display is fine just the way it is.

easter arrangement  decoholic  The Everyday Home springify

Source (L to R):  The Casual Craftlete, Decoholic/Pottery Barn and The Everyday Home/Vibeke Design.

As for food on Easter, let the bunny have center stage if there are kids you are trying to entertain while they eat healthfully.  The crudites platter or the breakfast pancake bunny should do the trick.  I do not know if the asparagus wrapped in pancetta and puff pastry will fool them, buy hey, the adults have to eat too, right???  And since I love asparagus, I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it.

buzzfeed crudite platter she knows pancake bunny whole and heavely asparagus

Source (L to R):  Buzzfeed, She Knows/This Little Pig Stayed Home and Whole and Heavenly Oven.

As for Easter eggs, I prefer the typical soft pastel hues over elaborately decorated eggs.   But if I was to attempt a design, this would be the one I would try.  Just too cute!!!

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Source:  apumpkinandaprincess.com

So, how did you spend your weekend?

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

 

 

 

So long, February!!!

Hello, Vixens!!!  How crazy is it that we arrived at the end of February so quickly?  What did you take away from the second month of the year?

As much as I am settling into my new life here in CT, I am itching to get to some estate sales as I am beginning to have severe & painful withdrawal symptoms.  I cannot wait to go into an old Victorian and dig, dig, DIG!!!

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Source:  Historicbuildingsct.com

While I bide my time, I am enjoying other activities like my book club meetings.  Last month’s selection was a fabulous read (“Everything I Never Told You“*** by Celeste Ng).  This month we are reading “My Brilliant Friend” by Elena Ferrante.  Have any of you read this one yet?

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I am thinking of joining a second club through the library.  They read old books by classic authors.  This month’s selection is William Faulkner’s “Light In August”.  I am really looking forward to it because I still remember how mesmerized I was the first time I read “A Rose For Emily”.   Wow.

I reluctantly started watching “Grey’s Anatomy” again, which I swore I would not do after Shonda Rhimes killed off Patrick Dempsey’s Derek McDreamy character.  But the music on that show has always been top notch & mostly from new or lesser known artists, and I love hearing new talent.  A recent song I have fallen head over heals in love with is “Touch” by Sleeping At Last.  Just gorgeous. Whatever type of music you enjoy, I dare you not to adore this song!!!  Can you believe that “Grey’s” has been on the air since 2005!!!  Where have the last 11 years gone?  But I will always love the first three seasons with the original cast the best.  And I still miss the hottest patient ever, Denny Duquette. He almost made me enroll in medical school!!!  Sa-woon!!!

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As much as I love TV, I have been stuck in a happy rut of old shows (“Everybody Loves Raymond***”, “The Facts of Life***”, “Reba***, “Roseanne***” and of course my “Golden Girls***”.  But another one of the few prime time shows I watch is “Modern Family” which I am happy to report is still as funny as ever in its seventh season.  It was so great to see new episodes after the holiday hiatus.

Did you hear there is a new biopic about Hank Williams coming out this month?  “I Saw The Light” opens March 25. I am so there.  I love bios on the legends of music, whether past or present.

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Let’s review what else happened in February:  Leonardo DiCaprio finally won a Best Actor Oscar (for “The Revenant“), Ed Sheeran finally won a Grammy Award & it was a big one (Song of the Year for “Thinking Out Loud“), I turned another year older and I am still wondering if there will be a sequel to “The Blind Side” since Michel Oher’s team, the Carolina Panthers, lost this year’s big game to Peyton Manning & the Denver Broncos.  But I think it is worth a second movie given Oher has now been to the Superbowl twice, winning a ring in 2013 with his first pro team, the Baltimore Ravens.  That in and of itself makes for a great plot, right?.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Recording artist Ed Sheeran, winner of Best Pop Solo Performance for 'Thinking Out Loud', accepts award onstage during the GRAMMY Pre-Telecast at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Microsoft Theater on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage)

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A new movie could also explore the family’s rise to fame due to the success of the movie, how they felt seeing their lives played out on the big screen, meeting the actors who portrayed them and the experience of attending the Academy Awards in 2010.  Plus I would love to see Tim McGraw on the big screen again.  Swoon.  Who is with me🙂  ???

So what made the second month of the year memorable for you?

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Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!