Wednesday, March 16, 2022

mid-march this and that

Hi friends ~ even though technically it's still winter, we're having some beautiful spring teaser days. Today it got up to 67 degrees! I had all the windows open in the house and it was wonderful to hear all the birds chirping and sandhill cranes flying overhead. March in Illinois is fickle. Friday will only be 39 degrees and rainy, with snow mixed in.

Still fluffing my nest for spring, I took the pitchers off the mantel that I had there before and played around with other decor...

I'm liking this look on the mantel much better. 

I have to say, I'm tired of my boho curtains. I've had these for about seven years and I'm wanting to change to something plain, most likely an off-white cotton or linen. 

Clementine is still hanging in there. I took her to the vet last week for a follow-up to have her gums and broken fang looked at, as suggested by the vet dentist. The vet said she has a little bit of inflammation in her gum where the fang broke off, but there isn't any infection yet. That was good news.

Back to thinking about changes in the living room...I'm tired of this rug, too. I got this one from Wayfair a couple of years ago when I used to write sponsored posts for them. This rug hasn't worn well, I think it's too small for the room, and I don't like the white and gray with my white sofa. I'm now thinking of something larger and colorful. 

On a sad note, Brian's father ~ my father-in-law ~ passed away on March 5th. He was 88 years old and had been in a nursing home for a few years with many health problems. We were able to say goodbye to him before he passed and to be with him as he took his last breath. 

(Brian and his dad, 1981)

I did some antiquing recently...

What do you think of the hat ~ is it me?

Or perhaps I should've taken home this lamp?

I passed on the lamp and brought home this pillow instead. Even though not an antique, the shop I was in had other pretty decor mixed in with their antiques. I bought a vintage blue and white tablecloth too, but no photos right now since I don't have it on my table.

I also stopped by one of my favorite independent shops, The Backdrop. This is one of those stores where you can find all kinds of unique gift items...and little things to spoil yourself with, too. The owner of the shop told me that these quilted cats were made by a retired Kindergarten teacher, who uses vintage quilts to make these cuties.

Another find from The Backdrop was this little 1970's snail planter.

It's been such a busy month that I just realized today that St Patrick's Day is tomorrow. Not that we do anything special to celebrate, but I do have a few St Patrick's Day decor items that I usually dig out and display. Oh well, not this year! 🤷 🍀


  1. Hi Melanie. I always enjoy the pictures of your lovely home and the fun and creative things you are doing with your decor. I am glad that Clementine is hanging in there and doesn't have an infected gum. The antique stores look like lots of fun. We also love antique and thrift stores! Your plants look great. I have a blossom on one of my Christmas Cactus plants. I am so excited because it is the first blossom I have ever had and it is so delicate and beautiful! Glad things are going well for you. See you again soon. :-)

  2. I am sorry to hear about Brian's dad. I like the pillow you bought and love that snail planter. Happy St. Patrick's day.

  3. I'm so sorry about Brian's dad. Sending you both so much love.

    On a happier note, I love that snail planter. :)

  4. I like the curtains, but I know how tired of things one gets. I guess I like the green and white color more than anything. Love the quilted cats. Sorry about your father-in-law. I think about Clementine and wonder how she's doing. You're a great cat-mom.

  5. Sorry to hear about Brian's dad, glad you were able to be with him though. I can't wait to see your decor changes...just in time for spring!!


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