I had the great pleasure today of grabbing a coffee (or caramel apple cider in my case) with a creative and wonderful woman, Jeanne Oliver. We have never met before. We’ve only had some interaction through social media outlets and friends of friends and her hysterical experience with my milk paint (when it all flaked off of a piece she painted.) I knew her through her e-courses, her photography pinned and circulated around the web and her camera bag and clothes (some of which I have bought.) She was in my neck of the woods on a family vacation and stole away a couple of hours to meet. We hugged, we sat down and that was that. No chatting about the weather and good local shopping. We went straight to the heart of things…our faith, our businesses, our families, our journeys, our struggles, our dreams for the future. Conversations like that are good for the soul. It’s amazing the kind of connections that are formed through this crazy blog world.
Well, I’ve learned that when you meet blog friends, you bring a gift, so I brought Jeanne some ironstone and German glass glitter. She gave me one of her amazing bags made out of vintage fabric.
I know, I know. It’s been like Christmas for me lately. I love Christmas and birthdays and pleasant surprises in general, so these gifts are not being lost on me, I assure you!
Before we parted, Jeanne said something so funny to me. It was something like, “You have got to get an updated profile picture! You are so much hipper than that picture shows.” She meant it in a very sweet and kind way (and that’s how it was received) and I’ve been wanting to update that picture, but was waiting until I hit my goal weight. Anyway, I get home and checked my e-mail and a reader left a comment saying almost the exact same thing! So, until I get those updated shots, here’s a recent Instagram snapshot…
…as you can see, I have a somewhat messy short shag cut and a nose ring. (I’ve also lost over 20 lbs, so my face is a lot thinner.) There you go. The hipper side of MMS!
If you haven’t noticed, I have paid a lot of attention to the inside of my home, but haven’t bothered much with the exterior. It’s not terrible and we have done some work to it, but my window boxes have been empty for a couple of years, I rarely weed and don’t ever plant seasonal plants that would add a bit of life to the front garden. We recently had the driveway paved (it was a disaster before), so that has given me some incentive to dig in the dirt and bump up the curb appeal.
I bought lavender for either side of the steps, some flowering bushes for both front corners of the house, mulch, potting soil and a pallet of natural landscaping stones to make a pretty border.
I also bought a beautiful variety of plants for the window boxes including Swiss chard and kale. I totally monopolized the time of the “garden lady” at True Value as I described my garden and the look I was hoping for. When I looked over my cart, I was actually excited to get home and do some digging and planting. I do feel impatient as I look at my scrawny little bushes, knowing it’s going to take years for them to fill out, but I’ll keep myself entertained with other things as that happens.
One last thing. I’ve decided to sell the upholstered chair in my living room. I love the chair and the fabric (and it’s one of the best upholstery jobs I’ve done), but I don’t really love it in the living room, so it’s time to let it go.
I’m selling it for $325 locally (South Central PA) or I can bring it with me to Pike Road, AL in a few weeks. Just send me an e-mail if you’re interested!