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  1. You’ve found your vision and layout for your home decor and it’s looking great! Your plants make a nice difference. The kitchen was the most difficult room for me to organize and decorate – not that it’s anything fancy, but it is comfy and functional now. I’m always tweaking things. It’s a happy thing that you see the good in your new community of seniors who share a love of garden things. It’s a comfort to live in the midst of people who care about their homes and gardens as they enjoy where they live. I figured that you are missing your garden patio and the joy it afforded you, so I hope you’ll come up with a new design vision, one that’s easier on you physically, for this shady patio as spring arrives, may there be joy to be discovered as you do so. It’ll be an experiment of sorts to see how much color in plantings you can find for outside. Don’t be afraid to ask for trees to be trimmed to allow more light to filter through. Never hurts to ask. I just found drapes for my bedroom yesterday and I hope they hang nicely. It’ll be nice to have things done s9 the room will feel more restful. It’s been a bit of a shock to finally (Covid) go to stores and find there is a very low inventory of home decor or none at all. I felt fortunate to find something at a good price. Prices have risen.

  2. Brenda, your post are fun to read and see pictures each day. You are creative with decorating, love the dining room pictures. I look forward to seeing what you are doing each day. You and Terri sound like very good friends, happy you have her to help you. Hope medical problems improve so you can be more active. I go for therapy on back, and it has been helpful, hope the therapy will help you. Keep up the decorating post, I plan to fix an arrangement for my dining room table similar to one you have on table. Have a blessed day!

  3. I love what you wrote about apartment living. When I was first married, many, many years ago, I loved my first apartment and though we had little money, I enjoyed decorating it to the best of my ability and even though we only lived in it for a few months before we bought a house, I loved that apartment and it truly was home to us while we were there. Your new apartment looks a lot bigger than your last one and once again you are performing your magic in transforming it into a beautiful, cozy place to be.

  4. I write reviews quite often and have found it to be worth the time & effort. It’s important to me to make sure positive comments are made since so many people only complain & forget the good normal efforts that people make. I do post negative comments but make sure they are limited to facts & not emotions (so they frequently don’t get written for a day or two).

    Being nice to a a service person is worth a smile. I’ve been behind some complainers in line and make sure my time with them is happy even when I’m frustrated. And I may start out saying ‘I’m frustrated and need some help please’; even if they are grumpy they usually try to be nice – if not, then they are having a bad day and I don’t want to make it worse. I sure wish I could say I have always been that way but I haven’t.

    Going thru drive-thru places these last 2 years has been good & was always nice to see when someone behind the counter/window smiled or at least recognized that someone was trying to make their day a little better.

    It’s so nice to see how you are making your new place your home. It’s good to see you settle in and know the kitties are safe too.

  5. The arrangement of pictures in the dining room looks terrific! It’s amazing how much plants can transform a space. I always buy those flowers at Trader Joe’s because they last for two weeks, but darned if I know what they’re called! You’re so right about making your house a “home.” It’s got to be a sanctuary from the outside world. Hoping the PT and chiropractor make a big difference!

  6. I love the group of paintings on your dining room wall. The colors are soothing and the arrangement is very pleasing to the eye. The ponytail palm looks great, but will it get enough light in your dining room? They need bright light.

    I agree with you about making any place you live, an attractive, cozy home. We lived in two different apartments when we were first married and I loved decorating them and making them as pretty as possible.

    Good news on your ankle – glad you don’t need surgery.

    1. I’ll probably have to move it somewhere else to get that bright light for it. For now I’m just trying to put plants out of Gracie’s reach while I get settled in!

  7. The dining room is absolutely lovely. Simple, yet elegant and serene. I find it can take a number of weeks to get everything so it feels just right, so be patient with yourself as you live into your wonderful new home.

  8. Your decorating and organizing is coming along splendidly, Brenda. I love the floral theme in the wall decor. Also the addition of the green plants adds so much.

    So glad you made this move. Glad the news on your ankle was better than expected. I hope it gets better and better so you can do your gardening soon.

  9. Brenda,
    your dining room looks so “Springy”. I really love the way you have created a gallery wall. I particularly love the fern print. I bought a white quilt embroidered with green ferns years ago from Pottery Barn. I stalked it for about two plus years, until it went on clearance. I rotate my bedding sets from season to season. Rooms can feel so different just by changing out accessories, art work and pillows and throws; which you are pretty much the expert at!
    The flowers are alstroemerias, otherwise known as “Lilly of the Incas”. The Trader Joe in Olympia, Wash. where I shop, usually carries them in white/pink or pinkish/plum colors.
    I’m happy to hear your favorable news on your ankle. Your Dr. sounds amazing!
    Have a great day playing in your new “Cozy House”!

  10. Things are coming along beautifully, Brenda! I love your ponytail palm! I’ve never heard of them before. I may look into getting one for my little place! I’m really enjoying following along as you get settled into your next chapter!
    I’m also glad the news about your ankle wasn’t as bad as you feared it might be. I hope physical therapy will bring you some relief!

  11. Your new apartment is looking more and more like home. It’s so obvious that you’re happy, Brenda.
    The dining room looks exquisite and the plant is in the perfect location.

    Love it all and can’t wait to read your blog every morning.

  12. Tis a fact, Brenda…not all of us are near so talented in decor as you are!! It looks so nice…but better yet is how happy you seem there!!

  13. Your dining room looks pretty, and know you look forward to using it and sharing it with your Family on your special luncheons with daughters and grands, sometimes. So glad you are feeling happy and content with your chosen new home. I think it looks great and I could feel safe living there alone..and I haven’t lived alone in many years…so good for you on your great choice! Good news that hopefully therapy will help you, rather than surgery. Thank you for sharing your progression and decor. Looking forward to Spring and Summer in your new garden area.

  14. Your dining room is relaxed and inviting like the others. The plants you chose are perfect. Making friends in the winter is good to hear. I believe that is easier in the summer. Your move seems to have make you happier.
    Are those Star Gazer Lillies?

  15. The flowers are pretty and I love the ponytail palm! Your making it home more and more every day! Nice!

  16. The flowers are alstroemerias. They are not super toxic to cats, but might upset their tummies if they eat them. I’m sure you already know this though. Your apartment is coming along so nicely!

    1. I move the flowers to the kitchen when I go out. Otherwise I can see the cats at the table from my chair if they get up there and get interested in them.

  17. That pony tail plant looks so good in that corner. We have one that is currently outside and just barely resting in the dirt. I’m not sure that is right. The pictures in the dining room are lovely. Can’t wait to see how you handle the drapes and the sliders.

  18. I meant to comment here but somehow ended up at earlier dining room post. I’m pretty sure those are alstroemerias not freesias. I just looked at them both online.

  19. The name of the flowers finally came to me. They’re alstroemeria. Told you it started with an a! My brain works slowly lol. And those of us with slow brains should all have a ponytail plant. The don’t get all mad and die if you kinda forget to water them sometimes. And you’re welcome! Helping you has been my pleasure and we’ve had fun.

    1. Terry what a great friend you are for Brenda…and a great little decorator to.

  20. Hi Brenda
    It looks like you and your kitties are settling into your new how very nicely
    Everything is coming together beautifully and I am enjoying watch the process. Here’s to a good outcome as you receive treatment for your foot.

  21. I love those flowers, and they last a good long time. You and Teri make a good team; it all looks lovely.

    I agree with you about reviews. I try to write a complimentary one whenever I receive a good product or service.

  22. I just read the previous comment that said they were something lilies.
    Lilies are highly toxic to cats,so be careful!

  23. Brenda~
    The beautiful , long lasting flowers you’ve purchased from Trader Joe’s are Freesia.
    “Freesia is a genus of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the family Iridaceae, first described as a genus in 1866 by Christian Friedrich Ecklon and named after the German botanist and medical practitioner, Friedrich Freese. ” Wikipedia
    they can be easily grown..

    1. Lou, I agree about the freesias, that’s what they have been labeled when I bought them. They are non toxic to cats.

  24. I love the soothing tones you used to define your dining room, Brenda – and the Ponytail Palm is just perfect in that corner, it adds such a cozy feel! I’m sure the drapes are now upping the coziness factor also – drapes and houseplants both do so much to warm a space. Hoping you and Teri both feel better soon!

  25. Yes, I agree with Barbara, the flowers are Alstroemeria. I really like them a lot too. Was going to mention the name the first time you posted, but actually had to look up the spelling! Like your calm colors in the dining area. Just enough without being overwhelming. Everything looks nice. And yes, I would think it would be comforting to have nice neighbors close by who also happen to care about their place.

  26. The flowers are alstromeria lilies. They’re so beautiful and last a long time. Your dining room wall is lovely and soothing.

  27. I think the flowers are alstroemeria. Your new place looks really good – a very good upgrade for you.

  28. I absolutely love the dining room and its calm vibe. I hope you and Teri feel better everyday.

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