Monday, November 09, 2009

Just checking in...

howdy folks... haven't blogged lately, so I took a few quick pics, just to see what was around... This is the last of the portaluca... many of them have already gone to the great beyond, what with nights dipping down so low... they performed wonderfully all summer, so it's time to move on. I'm sure that the seeds are scattered all over and next year I'll have plenty more.

The agave is doing what agave does... more or less just sitting there looking threatening.
The yucca however has decided to grace us with a candelabra...

and the geraniums, after the summer heat, have revived and are blooming well... usually, we just let these die in the winter frost, but this year, I'm going to see if there's room in the cold frame for them.

I'm doing pretty good actually... Went to have a drink with an old friend that I haven't seen in person for years. We've been talking on facebook though... we went to the historic Belmont Hotel... to have a quick drink... no real chance of having too much to drink though. Hotel bar prices are too much for me... I can highly recommend the hotel though, seriously nice staff, and $109 a night for a wonderfully decorated boutique hotel in a building that's considered a grade A example of 1940's Art Moderne architecture really isn't that bad...
Decorating is kinda on my mind lately. What happened is this...
I am inheriting the family house. Fine and dandy.
So the other weekend, I was sitting here at the table, looking at this pic that my Mom had on the wall... it's a seriously ugly piece of crap. I hate it. I have hated it since the first day I saw the fake-Victorian-over-sentimental-so-cute-it-makes-you-want-to-retch thing. Mom knew I didn't like it. We agreed to disagree over it, and it hung there and turned my chair away from it so I wouldn't have to look at it...
So, I'm sitting there, noticing it for probably the first time in years, because I'm seriously good at ignoring things, and it suddenly occured to me.
I don't have to keep it.
Away it went into the flea market pile.
Next went the lace curtains.
3 more pictures.
2 ugly end tables.
And now, I'm giving a small shelf of obnoxiously cute porcelain pigs the evil eye...
And, I'm kinda casting around for ideas of what I want the house to look like now... Still not sure.
Probably modern, maybe some southwest thrown in... to make the cacti at home.
The ugly drapes will have to go, but they have to stay for the moment until I can decide what's gonna replace them...


  1. Oh , I know how it goes with realizing a place is yours. When we first got our place it was stuffed with the former occupants things. We keep shoving them in the barn little by little. I always felt i was living in someone else house and it was kinda oppressing. It was really uplifting to make the House OURS

  2. Funny how your Portulaca resembles my Camellia. Wish the seeding habit was the same. Good luck with the inheritance and the old friend. BTW, how come all of a sudden comment moderation is back on?

  3. cause without the comment moderation, I never knew when someone had left a comment and I had to go hunting for them.

    I actually turned the mod off primarily because I knew I wasn't going to be here everyday for a week, but it looks like I'm back for the moment at least.

  4. Oh, how exciting with the house decorating and all. I am so happy for you! Have a lot of fun!!!

    That hotel you went to for the drink sounds really grand for a nice affordable kinda place, for sure!

    The spike of flowers on the yucca is so beautiful!!! Awesome!!!

  5. Southwest Contempory. That's the ticket!

  6. It's very liberating, isn't it? The stuff I removed from my house wasn't from a parent, which can at least carry a few happy memories. Rather it was the last vestiges of my husband's ex-wife's "taste." Blech!

    There is nothing like making your home yours.

  7. Ah, Claude, bitten by the decorating bug! I always enjoy changing things up once in a'll be surprised how creative you can get ;)
    That candelabra is amazing! I've been meaning to plant a variegated yucca...maybe next year. What is that dense vine growing in the background of the yucca photo?
    Enjoy your warm weather...I'm jealous!

  8. Hi Claude- turning your eye inside will be a great winter activity- I can't wait to hear what you come up with.