Happy Memorial Day, sweet friends. And thank you for joining me here for coffee. I’ll have my coffee with just a little creamer, but you grab your favorite beverage and we’ll sit and catch up a bit. Sooo much has happened since I last showed up here.
Before I chatter on about the stuff of life, I’d like to pause and offer my gratitude to any of you who may have lost a loved one in service to our country. Your sacrifice is not lost on me. I know that freedom is not free, but paid for with the service, hard work and ultimate sacrifices of men and women who have valiantly stood in harm’s way for our country throughout the years. So thank you. And may God bless you with sweet memories of your loved one and reflections on their courage and dedication this Memorial Day.
For those of you who show up here daily Monday through Friday looking for a little style inspiration or beauty tips, I apologize for not posting last Friday. But James and I finally moved into our new home this past week. It’s been a humdinger of a week! I’m aching all over and my Fitbit exploded with buzzes throughout the days, rewarding me for reaching milestones like the Skyscraper Award for climbing 100 floors in one day. Yeah, I did that.
We moved to Cincinnati from Arizona just short of two years ago for James to pastor Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. But we’ve been renting a small efficiency home all that time while we sold our Arizona home, recuperated a bit from our losses (it’s our custom to buy high and sell low ?), figured out where we wanted to live and looked for a permanent home. We purchased our home in February, but just closed on it about 6 weeks ago. Then we took some time to get the inside painted and new carpet installed in the offices and guest bedroom.
Anyhoo! We moved in all this past week. We did the move ourselves this time, so it was quite grueling. Of course, we hired three men and a truck to move the heavy furniture on Saturday, but, with the help of a couple of friends, we moved the rest. The good thing about that is that today I don’t have boxes all around me like we did at this point in previous moves. Our basement storage area is neatly packed in navigable rows so we can easily get to everything we have and actually use it. Here’s just a portion of that storage area. I’m beyond thrilled that we accomplished this kind of organization because we are not naturally organized people.
I don’t want to spend too much time talking about the house here. I have a few other things to share, too. And obviously we just moved in so we are very much in transition. But I snapped a few other photos with my phone to show you.
First up, here’s a photo of the dining room. Our dining room table, gifted to us by a congregation that James pastored about 20 years ago in Mabank, Texas, has been in storage for the past two years. I’m pleased as punch to have it out and ready for use again. I love the tray ceiling in this spacious room. I’ll probably replace the chandelier eventually, but it’s far down on the list.
Here’s another angle of the dining room – as I have it set up for now. It’s subject to change, of course.
Oops! I see one of the mover tags on the table. Hahaha! I’ll take care of that shortly.
We have two living areas in our new home and we’re treating both pretty much the same. They’ll both be casual places for conversation and lounging. Both will have televisions, but only the back room has a fireplace. This is the room for which I’ve ordered new furniture, and most of it won’t be in until July or even August. Production and delivery times are just backed up with the past year’s pandemic.
Anyhow, just as we were moving in Ethan Allen called to say my rug was in. Yippee! I mean how great is it that the first piece to come in is the bottom layer? So I guess this snapshot can be my before photo as I build this room.
I’m going to have a green sofa in this room. As much as I love wearing neutrals, you might be surprised to know that I’ve always had a penchant for colorful furniture. My other sofa is red. This one will be a cheerful spring green. I had a decorator at Ethan Allen help me put this room together, so I’m confident it’s going to be lovely.
I have a spacious upstairs office and I’m anxious to get it decorated as well. Right now I’m typing this post on my new desk. And check out this amazing mirror I found at Home Goods.
I think with the natural light from that window and this oversized mirror, I’m finally going to be able to produce good mirror selfies for my Friday How I Really Dressed for My Day posts. What do you think? ? Here’s my first one. This is what I wore Friday as the movers brought our furniture in. I was through with lugging in box after box myself and had pretty much moved on to putting things away.
Excuse the water splatters all over my jumpsuit (same in fewer color choices). Ha! Y’all. It’s been a week! Anyhow I saw this jumper on Jennifer at the Daily Connoisseur and fell in love. Jennifer said in her video that she knew many of her viewers felt like this jumpsuit made her look like a garage mechanic, but she loved it anyhow. I love it, too. And I figured if oh so chic Jennifer could feel good about wearing it, by golly, I can, too. Hahaha! It is amazingly comfortable and really fun to wear.
In other news I wanted to tell you that I finally hired that part time virtual assistant. My daughter Abigail has resigned from her job at Madewell to work as an administrative assistant to me, the Atlanta Rotary Club and another small business. I’d really always wanted Abigail for this position anyhow. I know she has the skills I need for it, and it will be easy to communicate with her. But I didn’t want to push her into it and knew she had her hands full with her job at Madewell. But when she got the offer from the Rotary Club to work a 25 hour week for them, she asked if she could also be my assistant. Uh, ye-es!!!
Today I’m playing catchup. We still have to get over to the rental house to pick up one final load of stragglers. Bleh. And I’ll be putting things away a little bit at a time for the rest of the week. But I’m trying to return my focus and time to the blog and YouTube channel. I’m going to visit my family in Georgia next week, so I’ll need to have blog posts banked up and ready to go. I don’t want to go missing again!
Sales Worth Shopping
Before I go, I thought I’d share with you a few great sales that are going on and worth checking into. Obviously sales abound this weekend. But these are the ones I’m specifically checking out.
- The Soma Semi-Annual Sale is always a winner with savings up to 70%. Soma is my go-to for bras, panties, and even loungewear. I love my Sunday shorts. Of course, I also love Soma’s Cool Nights sleepwear.
- Kendra Scott has quickly become my favorite source for trending but classic jewelry. And they’re having a rare sale of 20% off 1 style or 25% off 2+ styles.
- Of course I always dig a sale at Talbots. They’re offering 30% off regular price styles right now (use code SUMMER to get one item for 40% off), including their newest American collection. Did you know they even have styles for girls in this collection? So here’s your chance to play twinsies with your daughter and granddaughter for a fun vacation or family reunion photo.
- I don’t consider myself a workout clothes snob, but then again I don’t wear anything but Athleta to work out in. So there’s that. Not only do I love their designs, but their workout clothing stays put, endures the hard wear and frequent washing and breathes. This is workout clothing made for real women’s bodies. And you’ll find savings up to 50%.
- Banana Republic has 40% off your purchase plus an additional 20% off if you use your Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy or Athleta credit card. I recently picked up the almond and the butter cookie colors in the Slub Cotton-Modal Henley T-Shirt, shown below. I just love this tee. It’s soft, has an interesting neckline and works great for summer. The white is a little sheer, but the butter cookie and almond don’t worry me at all. I wear a medium.
- Speaking of the photo above, those high-rise straight leg crops are 45% off right now. In fact, Chico’s is offering up to 70% off a large selection of their summer collection in their Memorial Day Sale.
- You’ll find savings for the whole family at Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale.
- At J.Crew get 25% off full price styles and an extra 50% sale styles with code WEEKEND.
- And Gap is offering 50% off summer faves and 40% off everything else.
Well, I think I’ll wrap it up there. Like I said, everyone is having a sale today. But those are some good ones to check out.
I appreciate you stopping in and allowing me just to ramble a bit today. I’ve felt like a Mack truck ran over me for the past week. Seriously. But James and I are starting to feel a little rested now. Amazingly he managed to preach a great sermon twice Sunday and delivered them beautifully. I don’t know how he did it other than the grace of God. Truly, we are so blessed. And we are beyond grateful to be in our new home. Thanks so much for letting me share a little of that with you today.
I hope you have a lovely day. Bless you!
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Blessed for My Day
I had to chuckle as I read this morning’s Bible reading in my Life Principle’s Daily Bible. We read about King Solomon building his magnificent house under the blessing of the Lord. Solomon’s house dwarfed my new home and its grandeur definitely puts mine in the shadows. But just as Solomon knew that God had richly blessed him to be able to construct such a grand house, I know that I am blessed, too. I am so very grateful to be in this home.
But even in the two years we spent in our very small rental home, James and I often thanked God for how He had blessed us. We loved the location, we felt part of Cincinnati there and we had a lovely yard and back deck. We were also grateful for the huge basement where we could store so many of our belongings. And our landlord was gracious and attentive. What about you? Maybe today is a good day to thank God for the blessing of home. Whatever and wherever and however, God has surely blessed you with good and unique attributes in your home.
Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished his entire house. He built the House of the Forest of Lebanon. Its length was a hundred cubits and its breadth fifty cubits and its height thirty cubits, and it was built on four rows of cedar pillars, with cedar beams on the pillars. ~ 1 Kings 7:1-2