This is the view into the family room from my station in front of the stove. I'm here alot--and yesterday I made some changes.
First, I went out back and cut off some lilac to bring in for enjoyment. The carnation you see hiding in there is from Mother's Day.
Then, I went to my newest favorite place--a big antiques barn--and purchased this ironing board. It's the perfect height to use behind the sofa. I am thrilled to be able to add another light in here. We don't use the overhead light, and the two lamps we're using weren't quite enough. The lamp I'm using on this new table is an extra we had at home, and the shade's proportions aren't quite right, so I may tweak this some more, but even as it is, I love it!
And while at the antiques place, I decided to start a collection. These are glass insulators--from telephone or telegraph lines (I'm not really sure). Anyway, once I have these ledges filled with different shades of blue and green, it's going to be very pretty. I don't think Rob loves this development as much as the ironing board/table...but I have a bid in on a purple one on ebay.
All that news was more than enough to make a good blog post, right? But then this morning, there was BREAKING NEWS! Remember "the Smoker" from last week? I was all set to follow Jodi's advice if/when he turned up again, and for the first two days this week, nothing. When I woke up this morning, no car, but as I was taking the butter out of the fridge, I heard a loud crash. I went to the front of the house to discover that our next-door neighbor (a teenage girl) had done this to her car:
when she drove it right into the back of the Smoker's car!
Both kids called their parents to the scene. (Actually I think the neighbor girl just ran home to get her dad.) And the cops were called. Rob went out after they were all done making their reports and learned that the Smoker lives in our neighborhood. I would love to know what he told his parents and the cops what he was doing over here...so for now, I'd guess that he's not going to be stopping by here again any time soon. And if he does, the cops will know exactly who I'm talking about!