Friday, May 1, 2009

where i've been and what i've been doing

i blinked and the week went by.

on the homefront, Beloved and i are Working Things Out. i'm feeling less bruised and more heard, which is always a Good Thing. i think he's feeling better. we played around this morning with a quiz meg gave me about Love Languages. i'll post the link if she gives it to me, because its a really cute idea that has a lot of validity. she learned about it in one of her classes this semester. the basic idea is that everyone speaks at least one of five "love languages." if you know what yours is - how you communicate and understand love - as well as your partner's - then you can speak each other's "love language."

i took care of baby jake three days this week, and saw him yesterday because yesterday morning when i was taking a break, meg told me that at breakfast, when she asked him what he wanted to do that day, he said, "na-na." and when she said, "no, na-na today," he started to cry and kept saying, "na-na."

so what else can a grandmother do?

bring the kid over, i said, but you have to watch him like a hawk.

i understand why he likes it here. the farmer next door is doing amazing things with big trucks in the fields along the drive. the brooks are babbling, the waterfall is tumbling and there's frogs and snakes and turtles sleeping the sun, not to mention a nest of a least a dozen ducklings. there're rocks to be thrown, sticks to be gathered, puppies to be chased, cookies to be found in three different places. (no wonder steve the ghost doesn't want to leave.)

so yesterday afternoon baby jake ran around in the sun, and i pulled weeds and raked and clipped and dug, and in general tried to address the mess that's running rampant in the gardens. i've got nine more areas yet to do, but the one's i've finished look really nice, if i do say so myself:

this is a large round planter in what i think of as the fairy garden. this year, there's blue forget-me-nots in the center, surrounded by pink coleus and dark pink sweet alyssum. there's a few stray pansies left over from last year that have seeded themselves in it, too, but they're tiny yet.

i've also been refinishing furniture - i finished the bookcase, the mirror and the corner cupboard, and am now working on the small chest of drawers Beloved uses as a bedside table. the bathroom is completely finished but for the mirror - im still toying with the idea of painting a faux stained glass frame around it. but perhaps that's project for another season.

here's a peek at the bathroom... the sink skirt is the same fabric as the shower curtain and the window ruffle. i made them out of curtains i found on clearance at tar-zhay for 12.99 each. i lined them with plain white muslim i found at a consignment shop for 10 cents a yard. i painted the countertop to match the floor and the walls with sponges and paint i got at michael's for ten dollars, tops. the faucet represents our big splurge - $99 at home depot - but i like it and we will use it somewhere else when we redo the bath. so i brightened up my bathroom for less than $200.00 and even if it took longer - okay a LOT longer - than i hoped it would to do it all - i'm really happy with how it turned out.

and furthermore, the war will end. blessed be.


pam said...

Wow, you have been very busy.

Your bathroom looks fantastic! I can close my eyes and just imagine all you describe at your home. What a gorgeous place you live!! No wonder baby Jake loves it so much (aside from Nana of course)

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lynette said...

what a worker bee you are.
i love the fairy garden and your bathroom is looking good

Martha said...

I am so glad things are improving for you and beloved. I am familiar with the 5 love languages, such good stuff.
I am totally w/Big Boy Jake on this, I want to come over and play at your house too. Look at the snakes and froggies, have a chat with your babbling brook and admire your pretty garden.

Walk in the Woods said...

Whew! I got tired just reading your post!!!!

Missed you the other night. :) Hope our paths cross soon! Take care ... slow down, if only a for a moment once in a while.

April said...

Hi Annie!
So glad that you and your hubby are doing takes time and patience. I absolutely love your bathroom! Sounds like you and Jake have been having all sorts of fun together...I can hardly wait to be a grandma one day!

Anonymous said...

nana... nana!

wanna visit nana!

your bathroom looks gorgeous -- if you took "before" pix you could send in an article to one of those decorator mags!

good job

Kathy said...

What a lovely week.

Enjoy yourself!

Laura Rose said...

aww...there's no one like grannie annie...jake aint no fool! love the fairy garden (well, duh) :)

Allison said...

Garden's looking good. Do you have deer? And if so, how to you encourage them not to eat your plants for lunch?

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I am glad to hear that you are having a good and busy quality time with baby Jake. :)
I love your plants.

Bee and Rose said...

You are a busy bee! We just planted a fairy garden too! Catherine loves her fairies!

I love the skirted vanity! I just did this a few weeks ago until my new one comes in. I actually love it so much I may work it into my new design!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Granny Annie said...

Could you have those angels of yours bring me half or even one quarter of your energy? Maybe then I could accomplish something.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I'm lovin the loo Annie!!
That pot of flower's is lovely. I love forget-me-nots and coleus!!
Give that a couple of weeks and's gonna be smashing.
Awwww...what a sweet, sweet sroty about the grand kiddo. Know what lady? If I were your grand kiddo I'd cry to come to your house as well :) How that speaks volumes about his love for his Nana.
I'm soooo not have such an amazing heart my dear :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Amanda K said...

You have been a very busy lady! Your planters look awesome and I really want to see a picture of the furniture you finished!!

Veggie Mom said...

Gardening is often my respite, too. Brave woman, though...watching Baby Jake AND gardening. Don't know if I'd have the stamina for both at the same time!