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  1. I love the look of the new pieces and can’t wait to see them all in place in your home. The bluebonnets are growing like crazy in some places and sparsely in others. Hopefully, they will come all the way in before too long! I hate getting lost, it is so frustrating. I end up getting lost even when using my GPS sometimes…which is very frustrating! LOL Love and hugs!

  2. I love your new purchases and I’m so looking forward to seeing your patio in bloom again with all the beautiful Spring flowers. Charlie and Ivy are just too cute for words; I love that they can share a bed together. I’m having foot surgery tomorrow so I’ll catch up to your new posts while I convalesce at home next week.

    Happy Thursday!
    Carol and Molly

  3. Brenda, how nice you are able to buy some new things for your apartment. The table/desk and the cabinet are great-looking. I think they’ll fit right in with your other furnishings.

    Sorry you got lost, but it sounds like unless you’ve lived in that city all your life it would be hard not to get lost with the crazy street names changing all the time. I don’t have a very good sense of direction myself and am apt to get turned around easily. It is indeed frustrating and unnerving when that happens. Was Charlie upset with you gone so long? Hope not. The two of them look pretty compatible on their cushy bed in the above photo. Maybe with Ivy being a bit more “grown up” now she doesn’t annoy Charlie as much. Or, he’s just gotten used to her antics, too.

    The weather has become milder here over the past week to ten days. Rain today but I’m hoping it will dry out soon. I am anxious to start cleaning up outside and getting ready to plant. I am flying to visit friends in Arizona on April 2nd for ten days and hoping that by the time I get back I will be able to begin gardening. I’m also hoping that my back, which has been giving me fits, will be rested and less painful. It’s really been cramping my style, so to speak. Speaking of pain, how is your neck doing?

    I love the photo of the tree branch and the evergreen bush third from the top of your post. The muted colors and contrast between the tree and the bush and background are so nice. They are framed so well, too. Beautiful.

    That’s all for now. Hope your weekend is peaceful and relaxing. Pats for the fur babes and hugs for you.

  4. Our snow is melting and the grass is starting to green up,Hi Spring,welcome back:)
    That Ivy is a hoot,she’d be a good crime partner with my little Buddy,mischief is his middle name,and Bella is the opposite,totally chill.
    Nice furniture choices,you have wonderful taste!
    If you have a smartphone,you can look up directions although I find listening to them distracting…

  5. You would be so thrilled with this season’s bluebonnets here in the Texas Hill Country, Brenda. A bumper crop of them and Indian Paintbrushes in our area thanks to our wet Winter!!

  6. I have little to no sense of direction but with Google Maps on my phone, I can go anywhere. It is awesome! I learned my way around a totally new town and can even navigate the freeway system. So easy!

  7. Lots of changes happening in your cozy little house, Brenda! I love the dining room piece you posted about yesterday, I tried to leave a comment but my computer kept freezing up, ugghhh. Ivy’s too cute with her weird little things she gets attached to, and putting her toys in the bathtub and in the water dish!!

  8. Making a map before you leave or printing one may help. When you see a sign to where you are going move to that lane. If I want to drive slow I use the right lane because there are people driving in from one side. The middle lane is faster but it is confusing with traffic on both sides and changing lanes. The left lane is fast and for passing. I avoid that one. Driving in the right lane is best until you know the area. A taxi driver taught me how to drive in the city That way. Be safe.

  9. I like all your new furniture Brenda. It suits a “country girl.” Looks like it will make everything have a cohesive look. I am glad you are getting new things for yourself.
    I think I told you once that I had a Pathfinder with over 200, 000 miles on it and was over 20 years old. It ran fine but I needed a different car for transporting my handicapped clients.
    I too think you should Google for directions, on your cell phone if you can; it will tell you when to turn, etc.
    It’s exciting to have some green showing up in the garden!

  10. Ivy must really like some companionship to lay so closely to Charlie. Never saw that from my daughter’s last dog and cat. They tolerated each other…that was it.
    So sorry you got lost…that is an awful feeling!! Would a GPS help? We rather rely on them these days. Though if I have been someplace a time or 2, generally I can remember. But I am not so brave as you…you are still driving!!

  11. It is frustrating and scary to be lost. I still get lost when I go to my son’s occasionally. Do you know your directions? I learned how to tell directions when I was a young woman and we moved to Houston. I got lost there a lot, and finally I learned directions, and it has made driving so much easier.
    If you don’t know which way is which, before you go out, google a map with the directions printed on it in both written instruction and drawn on the map. Then, google a map of Tulsa and figure out NSEW and where you are on the map. Then when you’re out, you know which way things are from you.
    Here in Memphis, we know the river is west, Mississippi is South, Raleigh is North, and Nashville is East. That’s how I’ve tried to train my granddaughter so she doesn’t get lost. She can read a map, which is amazing for teenagers these days. Good luck with your travels.

  12. I really like the furniture pieces you found. I get lost also so I use a GPS and it has saved me many a time. Ivy and Charlie are quite the pair. I’m so glad you have them in your life.

  13. I am so happy you got those Survivor Benefits from your deceased husband. You can buy yourself some new things. My car is 16 years old with only 26,000 miles . We bought it new. And I am keeping it as long as I can My husband always had a company provided truck. So we used it. When my husband retired 3 years ago I bought him a big new truck. We needed it to drive back and forth to our son and daughter in laws house in Florida. I pay for it from my Social Security. We are going to pay it off this year. I hate having a vehicle payment. Here in Ohio we can’t plant until the first week of May.

  14. I love seeing Charlie and IVy snuggled up together. It’s like having a best friend nearby that you can call on any time you need to feel less alone. A warm body nearby can be so comforting sometime.

  15. I love long posts like this, and I really like the table/desk and cabinet. I have a cabinet like this and it is very handy. I actually chalk painted it and the metal on the front. It’s a muted green with a gray look. Sometimes I miss the metal look!

  16. Awww… I do love that galvanized look !!! Little Charlie and Ivy are adorable !! … I love how they are snuggling up on the same bed !!!!

  17. Hi Brenda,
    I am glad you finally found the pieces you wanted but sorry you got lost. I use GPS to go anywhere these days. Little Charlie and Ivy looks adorable laying next to each other.

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