Archive for May 2009
It was a wonderful trip. Too much to write today (I have lots of laundry to do!) so I’ll just share with you a few photo highlights!
P.S. A special thanks to Tartanscot (of Adventures of Tartanscot Fame), Melissa (from Fancy and Folly) and Amy at Inspiration for Everyday Living. Your tips for getting out & about on my free day in San Francisco were spot on! Great suggestions – I had so much fun. More on this later!!!
I love this town – I do. It’s a soul sister to little old New Orleans. I’ve learned the absolutely best way to enjoy wine country (go with a wine buyer!) and we managed our bi-annual wardrobe refresher with the help of some wonderful sales.
Now, I’ve found myself with one whole day to be at loose ends in San Francisco with all too many options. I need to get serious about exploring some new trails tomorrow!
Ha ha – another post “Ripped from the Headlines” of the New York Times home section today. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I am an unabashed fan of the iPhone and this app sounds too cool (and will be FREE)!
The concept is simple and elegant. Take a picture with your iPhone, zoom in on an area of color that you want to match in paint. Click “match” and the application will evaluate your chosen color against the Benjamin Moore color families and find the best matches! Save your favorites in the application for the next time you’re in the paint store. You’ll also be able to see that color’s nearest neighbors, in both lighter and darker shades.
I’m impressed. And I bet that other paint manufacturers will be following suit very soon. Color Capture Ben is being released on June 1st. Read more about the application on NYTimes.com.
Home Apprasial Update:
I probably over-worried the entire home appraisal process. Richard was the one that got me started by saying “I wish we could paint the kitchen before the appraisers come…” which sent me into a weekend marathon of cleaning and clearing and patching and caulking. All of which was a good thing of course – but I was working right through the time I left for work Monday morning. The house looks great – if I can only keep it that way!
We really can’t say if all of my home improvements added to the appraisal (though many were noted) but the house appraised higher than our original purchase price. Given the depressed state of the U.S. real estate market, there was some nagging feelings that we might be in for an unpleasant surprise. To the contrary, we’re very pleased with the results.
Sheesh. I wish I were doing more fun things around the house this weekend but I’m stuck doing detail work. The bank is sending an appraiser as part of our refinancing homework Monday morning.
One job already under my belt for today: I repaired the 150 year old bathroom doorknob that literally came off in my hand the other night and kept me trapped in there for 20 minutes until I could raise a sufficient rescue alarm. Antique charm, right?
So it goes… a little caulk here, a little paint there. Cleaning out the storage room, whacking back some overzealous ginger plants, sweeping pavers…
But if there was one thing I wish I could have FedExed to the house my 9:30 Monday morning it would be a substantial, historic mailbox. Not that I mind the one we have – it simply amuses me to no end.
What’s funny about a mailbox? Well, it’s A) the wrong type of mailbox, B) it’s incorrectly affixed to the front iron fence by previous owners with rope and C) then it was incorrectly fixed again with bailing wire!
It’s a typical New Orleans thing to be amused by something like this. And it’s a pretty New Orleans attitude to just let things be. But I have a feeling this thing will be gone by Monday a.m.
That was the headline in my copy of the Times this morning in the Thursday Home Styles section announcing a new online home fashion & accessories shopping destination: One Kings Lane.
There are some beautiful, original finds in here for accessory nuts (like me). Don’t miss it!
With a parade! In New Orleans, that just means it’s Tuesday.
I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for reading to me all those mornings on our screened porch when I was too young to go off to school with the other boys. That gave me a life long love of literature. Thank you for trying to teach me to garden and cook – even though I think I showed little aptitude or interest at the time. Your efforts eventually did pay off!
Thank you for giving your true gifts of art and music. These things have forever shaped my life. Thank you for your patience and your faith. Thank you for the shelter you have provided me through many storms, both literal and figurative. And thank you for the innumerable other graces you have given our entire family. I love you so. Happy Mothers Day!