Thursday, February 17, 2011


     I have been distracted this week. I feel as if my blogging has taken a back seat to other things spinning around in my head. When I have had free time, I have found myself staring at the television or playing Bejeweled on my computer just to relax my brain a little bit. There were no fancy tables set at my house this week, so I'm simply sharing breakfast with you this morning. In fact, I just finished off my All-Bran flakes and fruit as I loaded the pictures!

My tall skinny mug was part of my Valentine gift from my husband,
 I love the shape of it.

I've been seeing some spring birds in the yard as our temps
got into the 60's yesterday. If only it would stay that way!

Why have I been distracted? I've been trying to figure out how to turn
this depressing room...

     ...into something like this. We did talk to the in-laws last night and they said the food is good and they are being treated well. They have both started physical therapy and seemed to enjoy it. They actually didn't sound miserable...this is good. Moving to a nursing home is so hard.

I've been planning a spring trip and I think we have decided to
go tour this amazing place and visit fun places between here and there.

Today is my husband's birthday and I've also been looking for a Fire Pit for the patio.
He has been wanting one and there are so many styles to choose from.

     Hopefully by next week I will get my head back into the game and catch up with both reading and writing. Most of the time I'm good at multi-tasking, but sometimes my brain just overloads and being creative is the first thing to go!

I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
 for Tablescape Thursday. Please take a moment
to stop and say hello to our wonderful hostess!


Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Hope things get better for you! We all go through these trials. Blogging is such a great release for us all and there are so many caring bloggers out there. Here's to sunnier days ahead :)

Pondside said...

Life comes at us in waves, and sometimes there's a lot of debris, silt, flotsam and jetsam in the mix. I know you'll see your way through it all. Just focus on that holiday!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I can relate. I hated to see the nursing home my MIL was in. She was happy there, so that is all that matters. Rest up and feel better soon. Hugs, Marty

Shellbelle said...

First, that little red bird sitting on the edge of the bowl is adorable!

Your Spring Fling sounds like just what you need, everything else will fall into place. Your in-laws are very lucky to have someone as loving and caring as you and your hubby to look after their well-being. I have no doubt that you will turn that room into something charming.

Be well, in body and mind.

Blondie's Journal said...

You really know how to pretty up a bowl of bran flakes! And the birdie is SO cute. I have been seeing some sparrows nesting lately and it's a good feeling.

I know that you have your in laws best interests at heart, but I think that is what is keeping you from being focused. One thing at a time, one day at a time, my friend. And a vacation tossed in for good measure! ;-D


Donnie said...

Life does have a way of interfering with our blogging. It is always so hard when family has to make really tough decisions and I hope things work out. My mil's favorite things were photos of loved ones and the home she was in had a little bulletin board on the wall to their side that she was able to stick little personal things on. Loved all the beautiful fruit on your cereal and that mug was sweet.

LindyLouMac said...

Take care, will be thinking of you.

Red Couch Recipes said...

Sue -- it would be quite a challenge to try to brighten up that room, but worth it. Your breakfast looks very good in that lovely bowl and oh how the berries brighten it up. Joni

dee dee said...

I love the breakfast scape! I would join you any time. thank you for the update on your in'laws, I was just thinking about them today and was praying they were doing well. I do agree that the room need some perking up, but I think you are the perfect one for the job! Goodluck finding the perfect firepit! And tell Hubby Happy Birthday for us!
Dee Dee

BrightenedBoy said...

Simple but lovely. It's been warm here as well; 70 degrees in the middle of February. It's preposterous in a quite wonderful way.

Angie said...

Your breakfast pictures are beautiful! The color contrast is striking...sometimes I find the simplest of things to be the most lovely. Good luck storting through your ideas for your in-laws' new digs. I'm sure you'll come up with some perfect ideas to have it feeling like home in no time.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
All your photos are lovely and are making me hungry.
These are big changes and I know when my MIL had to go in she was on my mind 24/7 especially because she couldn't speak or take care of herself, and then several incidents happened that made me realize when she needed us the Lord made sure we were there, and I began to relax and just pray for God to look out for her and protect her.
I decorated her and my Mom's room as much as I could and to make it look homey, and it really did help. Nice for them to have a bulletin board to put cards and stuff on too.
These are tough years and I feel for you, I remember only too well, and have to say I am glad it is all behind us, and that all our parents are with the Lord and Happy! That is a very good feeling, cause truthfully they weren't happy here.
Blessings and Hugs sweetie,

Madelyn said...

You will love Biltmore. Do you have a place to stay? As a former B&B owner, I have several friends in the area that have B&Bs. Asheville is a wonderful town and the NC mountains are unbelievable. Have a great trip. Madelyn

Artist Terri Smith said...

Sweet Sue..Your Breakfast Looked Yummy! Loved The Entire Setting..Especially The Gift From Your Hubby. Have A Glorious Trip! Hugs Of Georgia Sunshine, Terri

xinex said...

Your breakfast looks good, Sue. I can tell how depressing those beds are, I hope your in laws get adjusted well. Enjoy your trip planning!...Christine

koralee said...

Love your table setting...sending prayers for your in would be nice to add some joy to that room xoxox

Marydon said...

It is hard to see your folks living in a home ... we've been thru this. Prayers they adjust well.

Breakfast looks better your way of serving this morn ...

You'll LOVE the Biltmore, awesome.

Happy PS weekend ~

Marigene said...

What a nice way to break the fast, Sue.
Hope your in-laws get settled into their new surroundings...thankfully they are able to be together.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Your bowl of cereal and fruit looks luscious!
Happy Birthday to your husband!
I had to leave and then come back to your post because that "nursing home room" was too raw for me. My mother spent much time over several years in rooms that looked like that. But they were rehab, so no transforming. You "transformation" photo looks wonderful. Hope you can create some magic--at least a homier feel.
Enjoy the Biltmore! I do need to visit there. My daughter lives in Asheville. Check out the Grove Park Inn, The Corner Kitchen (Biltmore Village, and Fig (restaurant in Asheville) if you get a chance.

She'sSewPretty said...

I have an aging parent living with me so I know this is something I may have to face some day. It is so hard to see our parents get old! I too play Bejeweled to relax my brain. Way too much too!
Take care of yourself. My hubby has a fire pit and loves it though we don't have much cold weather here.

Sophie said...

I've been dying to go to the Biltmore! I have actually been thinking of heading west in a few weeks with the twins-- a girls weekend out towards Galena.

Gypsy Heart said...

Don't give it a second thought! We'll still be here. You have enough on your plate right now, to say the least. I know that you will add beautiful decor to the in-law's room. I'm glad that things are going well right now for them. The exercise will help them physically as well as mentally.

LOVE the Biltmore! I encourage you to take a wonderful trip and just focus on relaxing. I'm keeping you all in my prayers.


Patrice said...

do they let you decorate those rooms? I always hated visiting my grandmother at the nursing home, and that was one of the reasons...anyway, happy birthday to your husband, and I hope you love the Biltmore.

La said...

Hi Sue. It's understandable that you are preoccupied. Your breakfast looks quite inviting though.

I've always wanted to visit Biltmore House. I will enjoy seeing it through your lens.

Happy Birthday to your hubby! La