Wow, how did it get to be Thursday already?

Yesterday Teri came over. She’s still hobbling and limping, just like I am. The difference is she doesn’t have a walking boot.

Together we hobbled around and got the basic blueprint of my office decided upon.

The room is currently in the rough stages. But at least now we know what direction we’re going.

How I Figure Out A Decorating Plan:

I like to get most of the furniture arranged. And in this case, there isn’t a lot at this point.

Then I like to mull it over. Once the process of where to put the furniture has been decided, then the rest will come to me.

I like to walk to the doorway and absorb what’s been done. After a few days, the plan typically gels in my mind.

For me, it’s important to give myself that time before I just jump in. I like to let ideas swirl around in my head for a while.

What the room needs next will gradually make itself clear to me.

A photo of one side of my galley kitchen, showing the counter top.

What To Do With Files:

Right now it needs the clutter gone. The movers apparently broke one roller off my filing cabinet, which was just about ready for the trash heap anyway.

Next, I’ll need to go back through the files and try to pare them down. I already did this once before I moved. But now I need to do it again.

I bought a big blue woven box with this in mind, and I’m hoping the most important files I need to keep will fit in there. If they don’t fit, I’ll figure out something else.

In Getting Things Done & Resting In Between, I ordered this precious little scrub brush for my kitchen

Kitchen Scrub Brush:

See the little kitchen scrub brush I found on Amazon? I thought it was so cute. You can find it here if you want to check it out.

Sometimes it’s the little things in a kitchen that give it personality.

The pain in my ankle and hip was excruciating yesterday. I broke down and took a pain pill my ankle doctor prescribed for me last week, Meloxicam. And it didn’t seem to help at all.

I have PT this morning and I’m going to talk to Holly about this.

The prayer plant tin the living room

My prayer plant is doing well after I placed it here about four or so feet from the window behind my chair.

I’m trying very hard not to overwater the house plants because that is my tendency.

Yesterday it was nice outside so I sat on my patio while Teri spray-painted some of the items for my office. She’s a MUCH better painter than I am.

Oh, and my taxes are taken care of until next year. Thank goodness.


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  1. It will look amazing as all your designs do ! I wish I had your gift …. when I moved last time – it was a heap of junk that stayed jumbled for a good bit. I don’ t have any plants right now, but a relative gave me a hycanith (sp) a couple weeks ago that bloomed really pretty. The fragrance was divine. Happy home-making Brenda 🙂

  2. Glad to hear you are progressing. So sorry about your pain. I take a Meloxicam daily for crumbling discs in my lower back. Takes the edge off and makes it bearable. Prayers your healing and relief from pain comes soon.

  3. Chronic pain is no fun, Brenda, and you’ve been having problems with that ankle for as long as I’ve been reading your blog. I feel so bad for you, I wish something could be done to ease your suffering.

  4. Can’t wait to see the results of the completed office. Where the Forest Meets the Stars should arrive tomorrow. I haven’t read much in quite a while but I’m hoping this will help me break through the block.

  5. I think it is really nice that you have a separate room for your office now. I am envious because since my daughter and her boys moved in my “office” is on one side of our living room right in the middle of most of the activity. The room it used to be in is now my daughter’s bedroom. But, it could be worse; it could be stuck in the dark and cold basement!

    Brenda, I take Meloxicam all the time at my rheumatologist’s order to modulate my immune system which is overactive. I don’t think it is meant to be taken for episodes of pain. You might want to check with the doctor who prescribed it just to confirm the intent of the prescription. I’m sorry you are having so much pain with your ankle. Dealing with chronic pain can surely be incapacitating. I’m surprised you are able to do as much as you do setting up your new apartment. Do give yourself the breaks you need. The tasks will always wait for you.

  6. I decorate rooms like you do…first placing the furniture, then letting the rest come to me over time. Right now I am looking for a new living room rug and curtains. I’ve looked online and in a couple of stores, but I haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for. I’ll know when I see it. I admire people who can choose something right away and just get it done!

    I’m sorry you were in so much pain. I hope your physical therapist had some help for you.

    I tend to overwater my house plants, too. I’ve been better about it; watering them just once/week. Except for my snake plants – I only water them about once/month.

    Brian just did our taxes on Turbo Tax, so we’re done, too.

  7. Take the Meloicam as prescribed..not at odd times. It helps if you take it regularly. Helps with hand pain I have….
    Glad to see you’re all settling in. It looks like a much better situation and community than before! And more room!

  8. I started taking meloxicam for back pain a couple weeks ago. It helps a little, but it doesn’t last long enough and I always end the day in pain. Maybe it will help more as I take it for a while. I retired a few months ago and am trying to go through everything and really get rid of a lot of stuff I’ve been hanging onto so I just have to work through it. Too many pens, too much paper, too many magazines and books. I’m getting much better about getting rid of things. Most of the bigger projects aren’t in my main living areas. They are in pretty good shape. I love your place and it gives me encouragement about living in my small space. I am luck that I have a small yard and a garden, and a basement. Although basements are a mixed blessing! And when I get through this big project, maybe I’ll have time for all the things I never had time for when I was working.
    Keep up the great work. I look forward to seeing your progress.

  9. Meloxicam will help with inflammation, but really should be taken on a daily basis to do its job. I’ve been taking it for about two years for arthritis. I gradually improved, but it didn’t happen overnight. I’ve also stated to take glucosamine and chondroitin, which I feel has helped enormously. I don’t wake up in the middle of the night from joint pain anymore. Hope you are feeling better soon.

    1. At PT today she told me that, that I’d have to take it more on a regular basis. Just went to Amazon and put the glucosamine and chondroitin in my cart.

      1. I’ve read some reviews for glucosamine and chondroitin in which the reviewer said that they saw results quickly. That didn’t happen for me. But I stuck with it and gradually realized I felt much better. I might still wake up during the night, but not because my knees are stiffening up and my legs need to be straightened. I get the Spring Valley brand at Walmart. Is there one near you? The price is doable for me. The one I use is taken twice daily. Hope you have good results.

  10. Many years ago my rheumatologist prescribed meloxicam for me, not for pain per say, but to reduce inflammation thar was causing the pain and swelling. However, I took it continuously, everyday for several months for it to work it’s magic. It wasn’t prescribed to take as needed like a pain pill.
    Everything is turning out nicely in your home and i know your office will be great.

  11. When I had to have work done in the house last year — replacement of outside beams—my house was a mess. And I too had an ugly old filing metal cabinet. I went to work one day and sorted things out and cut what I needed in half. I was in habitat for humanity one morning and found a wooden one half the size of my old one and brand new. It slid in perfectly where I put it and all for $10! I can’t wait to see the office come to life and I know it will soon.

  12. Isn’t it nice to come to the end of the day and look back on the projects accomplished?? I am busier retired than when I was working, I think. I
    am Finally finishing most of my decorating after living in my apartment almost two years. I have a beautiful front entrance that I decorate every month, something simple. I enjoy decorating and moving things around(not the furniture!!). Your apartment is shaping up so beautifully. I love your color choices…truly a cozy little house!!

  13. Just finished reading Where the Forest Meets the Stars. Thanks for that recommendation… very enjoyable!

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