I apologize for today's post right up-front. I wasn't going to even attempt to write anything, but then I figured what the hell. It's Friday and readership is traditionally lower on Fridays. If you're reading today, you might (?) already like me. Hopefully if you do, you'll forgive me for posting crap.
Over the last two weeks The Torturer has been rapidly building the amount of torture he inflicts on me during our sessions together. I've been spending longer and longer periods of time each day at PT and my pain levels are through the roof. He tells me this is something I "have to go through." I recently ran out of pain meds and I'm not planning to renew them if at all possible. (Honestly, it's a minute by minute test of my fortitude right now.) Wednesday and Thursday of this week were particularly brutal PT sessions.
Brutal is, I think, too mild of a description.
All I really want is for everyone to leave me alone for a few days so I can curl up in a ball and cry. And when I say "everyone," I especially mean The Torturer.
Since it's very difficult to have an ounce of creativity or funny in me when I'm clenching my teeth and trying to remember to breathe, I'm just going to share a lot of pictures today.
Several readers have expressed interest in my house and the projects I'm taking on this year. My house is basically a disaster area. However, I'm finally working towards completing some long overdue improvements.
Lately I've been working on my dining room. My living room and dining room are what a person sees first upon entering my home. The two rooms are actually one big room. You see this a lot in California. It's an "open and airy" look, or so I've been told. The ceiling in these rooms is vaulted and at least twenty (?) feet high.
Right before my car accident I decided I hated all my draperies and I took them down and tossed them. Nothing's changed with the windows since. I currently have Silhouettes up, and nothing else. I desperately need to get working on drapes. (But remember? Fabric phobia! I need help!)
I'm probably going to be replacing the big couch you see in our living room, but it's not an immediate priority.
I like my house to be casual. I like it warm, inviting, and livable. I do not want a showcase house. I'll pick a comfortable couch or chair any day over a formal one.
I generally don't buy super nice furniture because our house gets a lot of wear and tear. The exception to this rule, was when I found our dining room table a few years ago. It will be an heirloom piece for our family. Photos don't really do it justice. It's solid walnut, hand carved in Italy, and has beautiful hand carved in-lays of lemonwood.
The table is truly a piece of art. The intricacies of the hand carving amaze me. I, literally, had to wait for months while this table shipped here on a container from Italy. There's also some wrought iron underneath which is why we hung a wrought iron/crystal chandelier over the table.
It looks like pretty dusty wrought iron. I guess I need to crawl under there and do some cleaning.
Doesn't it make you feel special to see someone else's dirt?
When I purchased the table, I knew there was a hutch (a buffet, actually) that matched. I couldn't afford to buy both pieces at the same time. (Shipping costs from Italy to California? Ouch!)
At the time, I thought I'd go back and buy the other piece in a few months. And then I was in the car accident. Furniture, even beautiful furniture, has not been a priority for me these last few years. In November, however, I started researching whether or not it would be possible to find the missing piece.
It arrived from Italy last week.
Like the table, it's hand carved walnut with intricate designs of inlaid lemonwood.
I'm still waiting on two end chairs for my dining room table. They are going to be beautiful once they arrive. They are also hand carved and being made in Italy at this very moment. They should arrive in March.
The rest of my furniture? Pure crap. It makes me enjoy the nice pieces even more.
Of course, now I need to find a painting, or mirror, or something, to hang over the buffet. (By the way, the delivery man told me he had my buff-it in his truck!) In addition, I need some accessories to go on top.
Also? Draperies! Lots and lots of draperies because the whole room is filled with windows. Are any of my readers experts with window coverings? I'd like to find something beautiful, warm, non-frilly and not over the top expensive.