Monday, June 7, 2010


FRIENDS!!! We had the pleasure of having breakfast and dinner with our best friends today. Breakfast was with Carol and Bob (after church)...friends since we all met working together in 1979. Well, Tommy knew them both long before I came along, to Ridgecrest, in 1979. Carol and I became friends pretty quickly but our friendship really grew when we were both not working and had time to do things together. We have walked, exercised, shopped, gone away for trips, scrapbooked, taken each other to dr. appts., and about 25 years of lunches out together!! Oh there's lots more...we've done so many things together! Carol also helped me (was my "cashier") for about 10 years when I had my Mary Kay Christmas many memories!!

Tonight we had dinner with our other best friends Ronnie and Nancy. Ronnie is also our contractor..he redid our home in Ridgecrest and now he's fixing up our Port Hueneme house too! Tommy and Ronnie go to lunch at least once a week. Nancy is a dear friend too, she's even gone to Ireland with me 3 times! We've done lots of things together as well...lots of out of town trips to do fun things! We met Ronnie and Nancy at a bible study we had in our home back in 1997, we became fast friends. We have laughed and cried together many times.

Our moving is going to create holes in our hearts...we're going to miss our friends...terribly. I'm beginning to realize home much Ridgecrest has been home to us. Nothing is easy in life, is it? Nothing comes without stretching ourselves, experiencing pain. Change is not easy. What are we giving up to live by the sea?
What are we giving up to "have a new adventure?"....will it be worth it? Moving to where "Nobody knows your name". They have no history with me/us. There have been no laughs to share, no sadnesses tears shed together. These are the things that bond you together. Are we too old to even think we can find this kind of friendship again? Maybe. Maybe everyone has their friends already. Maybe they are too busy for us. It took time to invest in these relationships..maybe no one will want to invest in us. Who knows. The Lord knows. He knows our hearts. He knows that we love our Ridgecrest friends, all our friends really. He knows what we need before we even need it. The Lord will fill those holes in our hearts. We are not losing our friends, we're only moving a short distance, the scope of things.
So, my prayer is that the Lord will guide us through this new life, but our friends will always be our friends.Our friends are the ones who know our faults and love us anyway. As I told Ronnie tonight...we're not just friends...we're family.


The dresser

Here's the dresser I bought...its still at the warehouse since we don't have our utility trailer yet (its being painted..don't want to show up to our new neighborhood looking like the Beverly Hillbillies!!). Its pretty plain but I just loved, loved, loved those dresser knobs!! They are the same knobs as the TV deck.
I don't like the look of "matchy matchy" but I do want the room to I'm thinking this dresser and the bed in white...the TV deck and the nightstands in the blueish green color...with the nightstand having louvered cabinet drawers. Just enough of cohesion but with some color variation.

With doing board and batten on the walls up to above the headboard I am thinking of painting the wall above that. What color? Blues? Browns? A very light white??? Want the room to be like a beach side retreat...calming, relaxing, not fussy, beachy.

Help and thanks!!! Any other ideas are very, totally welcomed! Thank you in advance!

Hugs to all,

Sunday, June 6, 2010

New furniture

The house is coming along..still lots to do but the end of the tunnel is almost in view!! In the meantime I got busy buying furniture! I have been eyeing....drooling over actually, a piece of Stanley Brand "Coastal Living" collection furniture to be exact. Made in America!! Unfortunately, that means mucho dinero!! So, I was thrilled to see the floor model on sale and then another price cut!! That baby was mine!!! Its a TV Deck Armour that is painted and the top had louvered it!! Its painted a blueish/greenish color...with the louvered doors and that color I fell in love with all its beachyness!!

I was on a furniture buying roll!!Things were on sale since it was the end of the Memorial Weekend. The next day I bought our bedroom dresser....its in white and has 11 drawers and the handles match the handles on the TV Deck/chest.

I am thinking of doing this: TV Deck/chest in the blueish/greenish color, Bed headboard in white, dresser in white and nightstands with the blueish/greenish color and louvered top cabinet (Stanley, Coastal Living).

I want to have the walls done in Board and Batten and painted white. Wondering what color to paint the upper walls?? A blueish/greenish color? How about a caramelish (I know..that is not a word!)brown color? Any other ideas?? What do you think of those colors???

I'd love any advice or ideas!!! I want to turn our plain, no architectural features bedroom into a beachy, relaxing retreat!