Friday, June 7, 2013

Forget About Getting Pretty

Continuing on with the theme of the last week, yesterday felt like hair straight back and slow as a turtle. I got a lot done but not everything I'd planned. When I talked to Howard yesterday morning, we were feeling about the same and decided to have dinner at home with our boys, go out for dessert, and keep it casual - forget about getting pretty - which means hemming the dress is now on today's list. Hopefully I can wear it for the shower tomorrow.




This silk cocoons and beads are a "little something" from my friend Francine that she gave me at breakfast on Wednesday to encourage my jewelry dreams. She wasn't supposed to give me a gift because...




... she'd already painted all the baseboards in the house as my birthday gift. Every year, she asks me if I want a practical or non-practical gift and I always say non-practical but this year is different. In the fall, she's moving three hours away and things will change. She wanted to do this before she left. After painting the baseboards, she's coming back to do the trim around the doors and windows. LOL - I can tell that she can tell that I probably won't get it done in the next year either. I may get to the doors though. They're much easier to paint. Francine paints walls for income and paintings for fun although when she moves she intends to focus on her art career. YEAH. Either way, at her hourly rate, this is an incredible gift and exactly like her. Her love language is acts of service.




Although grouping #3 was the clear winner, I went with #4 reversed because of its non-traditional form of balance. The small house picture is a thicker canvass than the other two and I like the way it is smaller but further forward. It's a me setting.

The group looks brighter and more powerful in person than in this photo however... I think it needs a grounding strip. I plan to add a piece of molding (like a shallow shelf) underneath probably in a dark purple glazed with black. The molding will connect the grouping further, make it look like it's sitting on something, and widen it slightly - about 4" each side. When I get to that, I'll add another picture to show how it works. It's a nice "trick" for groupings of photographs as well.




It seems like every time I go on a trip I need to buy more make-up or hair supplies or nylons or... those little things that seem to add up to significant. My make-up comes in plastic squeeze tubes and not all of it can be squeezed out. When I cut the tube in half yesterday, there is enough make-up in both ends for at least another month. That's annoying. I'd buy a different brand in an accessible bottle if I could but I wear this one because it doesn't contain gluten and therefore my face doesn't break out in rash. This is good.




The coat is almost finished. It has buttons... and snaps... and just needs shoulder pads. The timing was good for a notion I didn't have. Fabricland is having a HUGE sale. The store is full of buy one and get 2 or 3 more for free signs. Fabric. Notions. Almost everything is on sale. This is good/bad.

I am addicted to fabric and especially weak in the face of fabric on sale which is why in the past week, I've turned down about four opportunities to go fabric shopping. I had to. I know I can't walk in and walk out without buying something and this is not a good idea with the state of my finances at the moment especially since I know I'm going to buy at least one piece from Marcy at the workshop and stop at Pacific Fabrics in Everett on my way home and possibly the bargain center in Chilliwack. I'm conserving my holiday pennies which is why...

... I had Howard go to Fabricland with me to pick up the shoulder pads. Luckily, they are kept near the front of the store and we could walk in, get them, pay, and walk-out quickly. If I'd had a chance to wander to the back, it'd have been game over. You should see what's on sale - LOL. I plan to take a picture of my stash with me on holiday to remind myself of what I already have.... and maybe one of the balance in my bank account - VBG.

After Fabricland, we went to Value Village to drop off our donation from cleaning house, to the library to pick up the book that was on hold (jewelry design), to the grocery store to pick up fruits and vegetables for the shower tomorrow, and then to the Dairy Queen where we ate our dessert in the car looking at the view of the valley. We enjoyed spending time together. It's wonderful being married thirty-two years. No pretense necessary and we could both tell that it wasn't the night for fancy. We're going to a wedding in August complete with dressing up and dancing and we'll both do the pretty then. When Howard got home yesterday, he didn't notice that I'd hung four new paintings in the living room and two in our bedroom. He was tired. Being together was good and enough.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - 32 years, nice guy

10 comments:

  1. A good marriage is really something to appreciate. Most times just being home together is enough.

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    1. And sometimes it's preferable although lately we've been going somewhere so we can spend time together otherwise we seem to end up abbreviating our together time and working. By going somewhere I mean like for a long drive to another community to have lunch with friends and then back. Lots of time to chat in the car.

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  2. I see some couples and wonder if they still enjoy each others company, it seems to be just habit keeping them together. So sad. It's always lovely to hear of people who want to spend time together, particularly after 32 years.

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    1. Howard was just telling me about someone he knows who wanted out, went to the lawyer, found out what it would take, and decided to stay because a divorce wasn't affordable. It's not uncommon but how sad. Apparently, this person is bitter. Too bad that they can't decide to take a different path back to loving.

      In 32 years, there have been moments... but he thinks I walk on water. That helps... especially as I definitely don't.

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  3. so glad you had a nice day. nothing better than a good marriage, nothing worse than a bad one! I am on year 44. We met in high school, like a 1960's movie we were. He tolerates my sewing, quilting, knitting etc....good enough for me!

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    1. 44 years. Way to go. Congrats. Yes - we need to hang on to the good ones.

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  4. I think Howard's a keeper!

    My husband and I are coming up on 25 years and sometimes I wonder where the time went.

    The practical/non practical gift is a great idea. Francine painting your woodwork is a fabulous gift!

    I have the same problem in fabric stores. It's almost impossible to walk in and out without a piece of fabric following me home. Like today! LOL

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    1. Yes, he is.

      Happy 25th. Are you doing anything special?

      The woodwork looks fabulous and will - hopefully - help me to get to the doors quicker.

      LOL - so we shouldn't go shopping together. I'm a great enabler.

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  5. How beautiful! You are surrounded by such special and wonderful people.
    Been together 20 years this month myself, can't imagine it without him. I can't imagine sending him to a fabric store either...

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    1. LOL - he has gone to pick up things for me but this time he only accompanied me so I couldn't wander off investigating potential and bringing it home. Happy 20th.

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