A Haven for Vee

Wednesday, January 30, 2019


The title was going to be "CopyCat," but I like to think that it became more than that. 

Yesterday, my friend Deanna wrote a post titled "Country Home" where she gathered some favorite photos to illustrate her points. One of those photos absolutely spoke to me. I admired it a lot often returning to it time and again throughout the day. Finally, I thought Why can't I use that photo to create something similar here in my home. I had some of the same elements. Certainly not all, but some.

This was the inspiration photo:

I had a basket...

I had a wooden box...

I had a tea pot...

I had pattern...

I had book piles and a tea cup...

I had shiny objects...

Of course, there were many lovely elements in that room that I did not have. *I loved the pop of blue on the bookshelf below the windows...nope, could not find anything like that. My chair, in comparison to the one in Deanna's photo, is large and cumbersome, which is why I did not shift it for the smaller chair that might have worked better. Either way, no delightful pattern like the chair or its two pillows. Yes, I did look at that photo very closely.

In the end, this is what I posted on Instagram this morning.

Now, I don't think that I'll be able to get away with a small table of books in the middle of my room for long, but other than that, I think that this is my look until I run into another inspiration photo.

Edited to Add January 31, 2019 Just for Kristi...

When there's light on the subject, I need my sunglasses to sit there. ッ


Edited to Add February 8, 2019

Just the right touch of blue!

A big thank you to Mrs. T from Across My Kitchen Table as I now have my touch of blue. She says that she found this at her parents' home. I am honored to have it here. It really catches the light.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Second Post of 2019

*See below...

Right. You can see how this is going. ãƒ„

Still, with my forgetfulness, I need to keep documenting. So I understand if you have had quite enough of this and must scurry off without commenting.

Since we last chatted,  those January boys each celebrated another birthday. I believe that they had quite a number of celebrations this year actually. 

sitting around the table
clockwise: Adam, Sam (13), Michelle, Jakob (12) and Laurel

What did Sam say?

I was not sitting at the table because I had a head cold. Yes I did warn everyone prior to the evening; I certainly hope that no one came down with it. Laurel is free and clear, but I have not spoken with my son's family since.

All I want to say about head colds is this: I haven't hadn't had one in years and I had forgotten how miserable they are. Anyway, I'm on the mend now.


 Sam had an interesting experience just before Christmas. His bed fell apart in the wee hours of the morning and he found himself on the floor. This necessitated a new bedroom set for him and he sent me a photo of his new bed, which I am sharing because look who we see again. There, resting on the pillow! 

Ted! Seeing him again, after all these years, just warmed this grandmother's heart. You may remember Ted, as well, from *this post* when I tried to urge Sam to allow me to give him a little ride through the washing machine. Ted not Sam!

[*So I need to correct some Fake News above. As much as I'd like to think that Sam still loves Ted and puts him on his pillow each day...well in Sam's own words: I am thirteen years old.

The real story goes this way...my daughter-in-law sent me the photo of Sam's new bed via Sam's phone. She put Ted on the bed. Sam does not know where his mom found Ted. He speculates that Ted may have been in a corner or under the bed.

Sam was feeling somewhat dismayed over this post and so I assured him that I would correct it. Who knew that I would be one of those reporters who gets the story wrong. The moral of this tale is Read My Blog At Your Own Risk.] 

Guess that's it for today. I have not been in a grocery store for two weeks and must get there today if there's any hope of eating anything beyond an egg and garlic toast. My appetite has returned. I think I need a piece of pie after reading all those Wednesday Medley posts. 

P.S. I had some major formatting issues with this post so went behind the scenes and was shocked to discover that I had over a hundred comments sitting in moderation. Many of them were from very dear blogging friends and go back years. Apparently, I have not been keeping up. Looks as if I have some visiting to do in my future. Humble apologies as comments are my only currency at this here old blog and I love them! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

First Post of 2019

I tell you what: that is some inspired title right there! Sometimes, all that I need to snap out of a blogging slump is to come up with a great title. This one...oh well!

The other thing that helps me snap out of a blogging slump is a great photo. I do have a photo that I love. I took very few photos on Christmas Day. I was trying to capture the grandsons...it just isn't working these days. They do not want their photos taken. Goodness knows if I will ever be able to share them again!

I don't think that my son wanted his photo taken either, but he's nicer about saying no, please put the camera down, no thank you...really, just no.

This year is the first year in a long time that I have had candles at the windows. They are still burning as I type because winter is so long in Maine that I think it will help my spirits and perhaps others' spirits as well. I know that some people keep their candles up all year long, but mine may only stay up until the first day of spring.

On foul weather days, I keep some candles on so that there is some warmth and cheer.

Today was a foul weather day...lots of rain after snow and now there is lots of ice. I understand that a bunch of us are in for foul weather in the next few days.

So that's the extent of it from my corner. I certainly hope that there is more to share next time because you are doing great chatting about interesting things.