It was so dark at 8 a.m. this morning when I woke up that I couldn’t see my clock. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the outdoors be so dark at this time of day before.

Bloom from my new flowers

Yes, I’m old-school. I like clocks and still wear a watch I’ve had for over 20 years.

Thunder is growling its way through the morning.

Do you think of thunder as anger from the sky? I do.

Like a grumpy old man shaking his fists and snarling.

Another Plus For My Water Feature:

My water feature has proven to cover a lot of the noise from upstairs. An added benefit!

In Legacy & Items I Like For A Zen Space, this is the water feature I ordered from Wayfair

If I’d had any idea it would give me that wonderful luxury, I’d have purchased it a long time ago.

I would unintentionally tense up every time I heard his TV volume getting turned up.

But I can still hear him walking around, his chair scooting away from his table, and when he turns on his shower or washing machine. Somehow those things don’t bother me as much as the constant droning of his TV.

“Legacy” Renewed Before Season 1 Premiered:

I read yesterday that the new series called “Legacy” with Titus Welliver (Bosch) had already been renewed before they even aired the first episode.

From the TV Insider: Bosch: Legacy Renewed For Season 2, Days Before Premiere.

It will be shown on Amazon’s new free Freevee streaming service (formerly IMDb TV) channel. This is the eCommerce giant’s free, ad-supported streaming service.

Season 1 consists of 10 episodes. Legacy premiered on May 6, 2022.

What I’m Reading:

I finished reading John Grisham’s “The Whistler” yesterday and last night began reading “The Judge’s List.”

Both books feature Lacy Stolz. This book was published last fall.

Ivy sleeping in her cat tree in front of my bedroom patio doors
Ivy sleeping in her cat tree yesterday

Ivy’s Cat Tree:

I’ve been getting emails asking for the link for the cat tree I recently purchased for Ivy. Here is the link if you want to check it out.

It’s okay to email me too. I bought it from Chewys.

It’s made by a company called Frisco and is 68 inches tall.

This company makes anything and everything for cats and dogs, so you might want to check out their website.

Have any of you given any thought to creating a “zen space” for relaxation and the state of your own well-being?

It is so calming. And you get to tailor it to your own preferences, which makes it unique.

If you decide to create a zen space of your own, choose items that give you comfort for your space. Only add things that bring you joy.

I’ve been looking a lot at this 16 x 24 canvas painting on Amazon.

In Legacy & Items I Like For A Zen Space, this is a canvas painting I'm considering purchasing from Amazon for my zen space

I saw it some time ago and I keep going back to look at it.

Finally, I put it in my Amazon cart and then in my Saved Items. I’m still thinking about buying it.

Isn’t it perfect for an indoor “zen space” area?

In Legacy & Items I Like For A Zen Space, I'm thinking about ordering this set of faux candles from Amazon for my zen space

And this group of flameless faux candles would look great in a zen space as well. Or anywhere else in your home for that matter.

The set of 9 LED candles comes with remote control and a timer.

They are a wonderful alternative to paraffin candles that aren’t necessarily good for the air you breathe.

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  1. I really love the look of your water feature. I’m glad it’s doing double duty for you by blocking the sound of your neighbor’s TV. You’ve got me thinking about a zen space. My husband would love it .
    I thought of you when we watched Ozark tonight. We’re up to episode 4 of the final 8. Holy moly……it’s crazy!

  2. Brenda, I am happy the fountain is starting to drown out a few of the sounds from above. The sound of tv 24/7 would drive me nuts. I rarely if ever watch tv so I don’t want to hear someone else’s.
    Love the fountain and the cat tree.
    Have a wonderful evening.

  3. I would like to set up a little zen space in my bedroom if I could ever get it cleared out enough to have room! I really love your fountain and would love to include one in my zen space. I think yours is too large for my bedroom, though. But I could set it up on my deck. Another project–I have so many in my head!

    I sort of like the faux candles for certain spaces but I really prefer real ones. I always look for and buy ones that are not made from petroleum products which, as you say, Brenda, are toxic to breathe. I look for those made with soy wax or other natural substances.

  4. Love battery operated candles, and I have collected too many! I have battery operated candles in my fireplace. I set a metal boot tray on brick supports, arranged my collection of candles on the tray, and surrounded it with pine cones. I had previously soaked the pine cones in hot soapy water, rinsed, then baked them on foil lined baking sheets at lowest temperature for at least an hour. I repeat that soaking and baking in the fall/ winter to get them clean again. They still smell good while baking, after several times.

    Remote candles were not available when I collected mine. But they are all on timers. I have a mirror at the back of the fire box.

  5. When I worked in child care, we called the thunder, the angels playing ten pin bowling, it took the fear away for some of the children with a fear of storms. A loud clap, the children would sing out strike! Lol, that bought back some great memories, thank you

  6. I live in an apartment and sometimes joke that I’m taking a bath with the neighbors because sound seems to carry particularly well in the bathroom. But it is the sound 9f other people’s televisions that is annoying. I just hope ours isnt!

  7. Love your Zen area – I have to ponder how to set up something here. And the photo/print is very nice – I went to the page and looked at the others offered too. I like the one with the smooth black stones and the green leaves. I like your pick too but wish the towels weren’t in it. Just my thoughts..
    Enjoying thinking about how so many of us are thinking about creating our own serenity spots – you have given us all such good ideas. Thank you.
    Love Ivy in her own serenity spot – a beautiful girl cat.


      1. And you can send your picture to a place like Canvas Champ and have it printed on canvas for a very reasonable price. We did it with a beautiful picture of our boat and it looks like a painting.
        Here is their URL:

  8. That canvas is really relaxing! I love it, and the candle grouping is cozy looking too. Excellent zen choices!

  9. Oh, that painting will be perfect in your zen space Brenda!
    Don’t procrastinate on this one bc I’ve learnt the hard way and waited to long and then it was gone!
    I’m more into the quotes/ words painted on canvas and when my oldest grand comes home from college, then she’ll paint me a few freehand.

  10. I have Nothing but faux candles. I almost set my house on fire at a party with real candles so no more.

  11. I put that set of faux candles in my cart. I have some small ones throughout the house but that set would be fabulous to display together. Thank you!
    I’m so glad your water feature is helping with the droning of the TV from your neighbor above you.

    I’m on the hunt for a chair to put in my book nook in my bedroom. I’m excited about the whole idea. A nice chair, lamp and side table will be fabulous in a special corner in my bedroom.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday, Brenda.

    1. I don’t know exactly what you’re looking for in a chair. But I often have better luck buying outdoor chairs. That’s what wicker-like one is in my zen space. They’re usually cheaper and you can put them inside or outside. Of course they’re not plush though.

      1. That’s been the problem – deciding what type of chair I want. Ironically, I have a red wicker chair I got at Pier 1 years ago. I’ll have to give it a try. Thank you for the suggestion.

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