Monday, March 9, 2015

happy sunshiney day

 Thanks for all the get well wishes. I've been feeling just fine and dandy since the last time
I posted. It feels so good to be well that I've been out galavanting every day for the past
six days! Some fun things such as breakfast with a friend, thrifting, visiting another friend
and her baby granddaughter, and finally getting my hair trimmed (way overdue). And some
not-so-much-fun things like errands and going to the dentist this morning.

Our weather has finally given up the sub-zero - teen temperatures. Well, at least for now. 
You never know what March may bring around here. We are at 47 degrees today and
 it practically feels like a heatwave. I had the windows in my house open for hours this
 afternoon. As you can see from this photo, we still have a lot of snow on the ground. I'm
 hoping tomorrow's weather - 55! - will be enough to melt most of this snow.


Besides feeling good, I think the warmer temps and sunshine make just about everyone
in a better mood. As I was doing some housework this afternoon, I tried to be mindful of
the little things around my house that made me smile. Aren't these flowers pretty? They're
alstromeria from Trader Joes. They have yellow ones, too. They sell a huge bunch for only
$3.99 and they last for at least two weeks. The vintage drawer was part of a Christmas gift
from my dear blogger friend, Penny from At Home in English Valley. The white cake plate
belonged to my great-aunt, Sylvia who passed away a little over a year ago.


 Sweet kitties settling in for their afternoon nap on my bed. You can see more of the
alstromeria flowers in the white pitcher and the little kitty vase on top of the secretary desk
in the background. (The secretary desk was my grandma's.)


In my china cabinet ~ a trio of vintage egg cups on top of a recipe box and a collection
 of vintage salt and pepper shakers. All were thrifted or found inexpensively at vintage shops. 


 My bulletin board filled with things that make me smile...photos of Brian, Phil, Tim, one of
my nieces, myself as a bride, myself as a flower girl, my dad and Phil, quirky ephemera,
a Haiku poem a friend wrote about me, a reminder note from a friend that she loves me,
 a couple of greeting cards, little cardboard pieces of art with pins on the back that my
boys made for me when they were in grade school.


A cheerful, sunshiny spot to blog and journal. See the pictures on the wall to the left?
 

The one on top is from my childhood - 1971. I was nine years old. If I remember correctly,
I was at a craft show with my mom and this artist - Art Lieb - was there doing these drawings.
I've Googled about this man and found he's now passed away. I'm glad I hung on to this all
these years because it's still something that makes me smile.
 

Vintage mirror and DIY art.


A side table full of plants.


 Blue glass bird in my living room window that catches the light just so. I love that I can see 
way out into a corn field when the trees are bare. Just too bad my neighbor's 
dilapidated garage ruins the peaceful view!


All these little things are what makes a house a home, don't you think?
I hope you are having a happy day, too. 

Linking up with Cozy Little House Tweak it Tuesday



30 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you're feeling better and enjoying good weather too. That must feel wonderful after such a cold winter. I love seeing all of your treasures and finds. That illustration of your name is really cute. I've always liked your name by the way; my husband and I considered it for a baby girl's name.

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    1. Oh wow, that is really cool! I'm glad you like my name. I rather like it, too. :-)

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  2. I'm so glad that you are feeling better. You can really tell. Beautiful things that make your home warm and cozy. Were you spending time with the Pennys? Hugs

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    1. I haven't seen Penny since Christmas, but we're trying to remedy that!

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  3. I am so glad that you are so much better and that the snow is melting too! It will be spring before you know it and then you will be even cheerier I hope!! xx

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    1. Thanks, Amy - spring is on its way here.

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  4. 47 deg --- Wow! I'm so jealous! We here in Nova Scotia still have such a lot of snow. But our temps will go up today to about 36 and tomorrow to 45; so I'm hopeful. Glad you're feeling better; so am I. Bring on spring, huh!

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    1. Hope your temps are warming up - ours are for a few more days. Then back down into the 30's and 40's.

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  5. I didn't know you still weren't feeling well, but it's good to know that you're feeling better now. I'm glad you're getting out and about, too. I'm also enjoying how much the weather is warming up. It really does lift your spirits, doesn't it.

    Also, I adore that little blue bird in your window... :)

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    1. I have another one of those blue birds, but smaller. Both were found thrifting! There's an artist's signature on the bottom of these pieces.

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  6. This is like a lot of snow, hope that will melt these days. This frame with pictures on is is amazing, love its shape, it's so different. The glass bird on the window is adorable.

    Carpet cleaning Ealing

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  7. I'm glad you're finally feeling better, Melanie. I've been enjoying many of the same moments as you during our warm weather, too. I've had windows open while I'm doing a bit of spring cleaning. Your little egg cups and salt & pepper shakers are adorable! Enjoy your warm weather and let's hope the snow is gone by next week!!

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    1. Feels so good to have the windows open, doesn't it? The cats are enjoying it, too. :-)

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  8. Hi Melanie; I am so glad your feeling better! Higher temps and sunshine do brighten ones spirits. Love your decorating!! Love and Hugs, Nana

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  9. So glad you hear you are finally feeling better....love you vignettes...everything looking like spring!

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    1. Thanks for the sweet compliments, Cathy.

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  10. So glad you are better. The little blue bird is lovely. Perhaps you could think of your neighbors garage as "rustic"? Keep smiling. :)

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    1. Rustic...love it. That's a positive way of looking at it. :-)

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  11. Sorry to hear you weren't well, but glad you are feeling better. Trader Joe's has the best flowers, don't they? Love all of your little homey touches, especially that blue bird! We, too, have snow on the ground but it was in the high 50's today! YAY!

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    1. Love Trader Joe's flowers and they have such good prices!

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  12. Good Morning Melanie! I am sorry you were so sick but happy you are all better now! Yay! What charming images you shared! I love the vignettes and your plants! And I wish we had a Trader Joe's! I hope you have a beautiful day and thank you so much for being such a sweetheart!
    xo,
    Kim

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    1. I'm sorry you don't have a Trader Joes close to you - it's one of my favorite stores! Glad you like my vignettes and plants.

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  13. Comfy house really is the prefect name for your blog, Melanie. I can tell I would feel right at home :)

    I'm glad you're feeling better. Being sick sucks lol

    xo

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    1. Aw, you're so sweet, Rue. Thank you!

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  14. Yes, warmer temperatures and sunshine really lift the spirits! Fun tour around your home to highlight your happy spaces. Love your stack of books under the cloche!!
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you - I got that idea last year from another blogger! :-) I had a few of the mini books already and the rest were found thrifting at Savers.

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  15. Your whole post makes me smile, Melanie...love all of your pretties. Love your blue bird in the window! This warmer weather is really wonderful...we are having 60's here and the snow is gone. I can hardly believe it. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! It's 62 here right now but there's still piles of snow that just aren't melting because they're too big and not directly in the sun.

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