Saturday, April 30, 2011

Reflections on communication and marriage

Like many of you, I watched the Royal Wedding yesterday.  In fact I watched certain clips several times.  I'm not sure why, since royalty doesn't mean anything in particular to me.  But it was just one of those things I had to do to quell my curiosity.  Of course I wanted to see "the dress".  But I also wanted to see the faces and see what might be seen, arrogance, humility, grace, commitment, determination.....and of course, youth and beauty.
However all of the time that I was looking at this:
I was seeing this:
I wish them well.  I truly do, but boy I wouldn't trade places with either of them for all the world.  IMO a successful marriage requires a lot of privacy and patience.

That said, I will proceed to breach some marital privacy and exhibit my lack of patience:

The kitchen is pretty much painted but is not yet reassembled.  One of the things I want to do is put upholstered cornices over the windows out there.  To that end I brought home a selection of fabrics to view "in situ" and to get the hubster's opinion.

Here are the fabric swatches, in no particular order:
(Disclaimer.... all of them really do coordinate well with the new paint color, despite how the colors reproduced in the photo's.  Notice that the ginger peach paint looks like 6 different colors in the photos!)

So, I hung the fabric swatches in various places in the kitchen and when dh came home from work I asked him which ones he would choose.
His answer:  "The geometric one."  

?!*?!?*!!?!?!  It was clear from the look on his face that there was a particular one he preferred, but I ask you:  Other than the linear stripes, which of these samples is not geometric?

When I pressed him further he said, "Well, I don't want fish eyes all over the kitchen."
Okay, that ruled out one of the geometric patterns that I kind of liked for the variety of potential accessory colors, but thought might be a little "too 2011" for someone who doesn't re-decorate every 2-3 years.

So I pressed a little further: to him the "geometrics" were the plaids.  Uhm...well...those are probably the ones that are least likely to be called geometric.  They are also the ones that I brought home only because I thought he might like them....but me? Not so much.

So, I think we're going to go with the last fabric.  It is, after all...geometric...right?
Did I mention that a sense of humor and compromise are also required in a successful marriage?
 Wills and Kate, good luck with all of that!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sad end to poetry month...

 This was one of my favorite songs in 1975.  In fact I still own it on vinyl. 

Such a sad ending to a woman who was dealt a really tough hand in a too short life. 

This too was on that album:

Is there a woman alive who hasn't felt this way?

Thank you, Pheobe.  Peace to you.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter...

Nothing much to see here.  But you simply must go watch the triplets lambs gamboling about over at Cady May's

If that doesn't make you smile, then nothing will.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Some things are just wrong...

Like this:
Pansies under 2" of snow on April 18th.

The pansies in the flower bed are completely covered.

The kitchen project continues.  Below are the paint samples on the wall:
I used my Itten's Color Star to determine that the base color for the stain on the oak kitchen cabinets is indeed a brown based on yellow-orange.  So I worked with paint chips that were in the yellow orange spectrum and got little pots of paint to sample on the walls.  It appears that the final color will be Ginger Peach which is the 3rd color from the right....the long swatch. I guess if you look really closely, it's the 4th color. 

All of the paper is off the walls.  I am washing off glue, patching and sanding in preparation for primer.

We lost a week of work last week when my mother-in-law passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning a week ago.  Spent most of last week in Pa. with dh's family for funeral activities. 

Not much fiber to report.  Am not sure when there will be.  Thanks for your patience.