8/28/19

Let's Talk Beds and Grab Bars


WOW!  I have not written a post since Christmas and haven't decided if I truly want to return to blogging; but I wanted to share some trials and tribulations of a recent road trip The Man and I took to Oregon.  We were not sure I would be able to do long days in the car because of some serious back problems (spinal stenosis), so we did some trial runs locally here in AZ to see how I did.  Our car is fairly new and equipped with heated seats....I really want to bring my car seat into our home and use it there! With the air cranked down low and my back and bum all toasty warm, I had many "aaaah moments!"

Those comfy moments ended when we got to our first hotel of the night.  It was a Best Western (we usually find them quite adequate & reasonably priced), but we walked in and a steep flight of stairs was staring me in the face...oh no!  We immediately asked if they had an elevator or a ground floor room available...NO to both.  The clerk got on the phone and found us a ground floor room at the Holiday Inn Express just a block away.  We walked in to a brand new room, never used...the hotel chain is going through all of their hotels and updating room by room.  The bedding was beautiful, but wait...the bed was looking rather high.  The top of the bed was above my waist; okay, I'm a shortie...5'1ish" and I could not get in the bed!  I would have had a struggle even without my current issues.  Our suitcases are soft-sided, so those didn't work, and the only available chair was a rolling desk chair...great way to get my bum on the floor!  Well, The Man went to the office to see if they had a step stool (which they did not) and came back with the only other option...a case of copy paper.  That box gave me just enough height to get in and out of the bed easily.  The next morning we were told that the room was comped, and they apologized for our inconvenience.  The desk clerk asked us to please share online with the company that beds this high would cause issues with lots of people of all ages...rest assured, we did that! We were told that the company has set this room design, including all beds, to be standard in all of their hotel rooms across the country.  So be aware!

Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture until the next morning!Needless to say, we got on the phone and secured ground level or elevator equipped rooms for the rest of our journey.

The other thing I really noticed, and I'm sure The Man grew weary of, were grab bars in the bathrooms...actually, the lack of said bars!  A few places we stayed had NONE; and the ones that did have them, they were positioned poorly.  Some of you youngsters are probably wondering what the big deal is, but after a certain age, our greatest fear is falling and breaking a hip.  I have a hip problem, but do not consider myself handicapped.  I've never used the handicap stalls in a restroom, because I didn't want to be using it if someone in a wheelchair came in.  That has changed...the handicap stalls have tons of grab bars, even the roadside rest stops have them.  The "handicap stall police" will have to give me a ticket, because I'm using those stalls exclusively!

It's always so special to glimpse majestic Mt. Shasta when driving through Northern California!

In Ashland, OR, we got upgraded to a suite.  This would have been really great if we were going to be here for more than one night!  Everything in this suite was nice, except the bathroom....NO GRAB BARS!

Contrary to all my negativity, we enjoyed our trip immensely.  We went for the purpose of seeing family.  Part of the time, we were in Salem, OR and attended a 60th Wedding Anniversary for The Man's brother and SIL.  It was fun and we got to see almost all the relatives, so it was kind of a family reunion as well.  The rest of our trip was spent in Sisters-Redmond, OR seeing my sister and her hubby.  My sweet sister and BIL are dealing with cancer and chemo for him.  It's obviously a great struggle for both, but we enjoyed our time together and had lots of laughs and non-stop talking.

My BIL's mom (now one of God's angels) was a Diorama Egg artist, and even had one of her beauties in the Bill Clinton White House.  My sister and BIL decided together to gift me with one of her lovely eggs...a Christmas one.  I am thrilled to have this beautiful piece of art displayed in my china cabinet!

 

Well that's a wrap for now.  If I do more posting, it will most likely be Fall decor....I have lots of that going on in our home right now.  Some will think it's too early and that's okay.  Waiting another couple of weeks won't make it any less hot than it is right now, and this way I get to enjoy it longer! I hope everyone is having a great week!

Warm hugs,
Carol








12/4/18

Here There and Everywhere

Time to share a bit more Christmas around here!  Please forgive me if I have not responded to some comments...having an issue with blogger.  Those who are always so faithful about commenting, rest assured, I will get to you sooner or later.  Today I am sharing our family room, breakfast area and kitchen.  This is where we live, and I chose to have it be merry, bright and fun.  If you missed my first Christmas post, you can find it HERE.

Our mantel decor got some updates this year.  I found the flocked, pre-lit garland at At Home and combined it with the cotton stem garland from my Fall Mantel...love how it looks!


 I use to collect snowmen, adding one each year, but haven't added any for quite some time.  I adore the ones I have and find new ways each year to display them.


Some red berries and a few red Christmas balls and ribbon were all that was needed.


 I also made new stockings this year!


This is the first of several small trees that I will be sharing.  No theme for this tree, just red, gold and a few favorite ornaments.


Moving on into the breakfast room area and the second small tree....this is one of my faves!


This tree gets turned on first thing in the morning and usually stays pretty much all day.


I added a few new things this year...you might notice a bit of a theme here!





The candy cane ribbon is also new...love how festive it is!


Next to the tree on the buffet, I added my old faithful apothecary jars.  I have so much fun finding new ways to use these in my decor....making little scenes was really fun!


The little houses are wooden and had belonged to my sweet MIL.



I used Epsom salts for the snow.


This last jar is filled with old Christmas cookie cutters that I've had since our children
were very young.



Had so much fun decorating this galvanized tiered tray.  Fortunately, my island is pretty deep, so I can have decorations in the center and still have plenty of usable space.


Found some super-cute mugs at Marshall's....this one cracks me up!


Fairy lights, greenery, berries and all things red and white!


Yes, this is me!


Knew you would want to see the Fairy lights going!


Always a fun place to decorate!


Okay, that's a wrap for this time.  I have more to share, but The Man and I have colds, so we will see how this plays out.  I know for sure, I am so happy that I did my decorating early!

Stay healthy and happy, dear ones!
Warm hugs,
Carol

I hope to be joining some of these lovely ladies this week:

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesdays
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Carol at The Red Painted Cottage for Share Your Style Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home







11/25/18

Lots of Christmasing Going On

Hey everyone!  Long time, no blogging; but I am back and ready to share!  In case you are wondering, "Christmasing" is definitely a word....at least around my home, and I've been doing lots of it.  I seriously pulled out all the stops this year and used everything I had, plus a few new things.  And, you know what?  It took me over a week, but I enjoyed every minute of the process.  And, isn't that the way it should be?  Well, anyway, let's get this show on-the-road.  I promise I will TRY  not to be overly wordy.



I've never had this tree in this location before, and The Man and I are loving it!  This is the view as you walk into our entry.  I wasn't sure it would work, but there is ample room to walk around either side of the tree....well, maybe not for me after I ingest a few too many Christmas cookies!


This is a 7' tree and plenty tall enough for this 5'1" decorator who does not like being on any ladder over 4' high!


I found some of the cutest ornaments at the Dollar Store this year....they have upped their game!





I painted our 48 year old nativity last year and could not wait to bring it out again this year.  I used the same large cloche, but added fairy lights.  As you will soon see, I have gone "bananas" over fairy lights....I mean, seriously, they run on batteries and have timers!





I've really enjoyed adding pops of black and white check throughout my decor....it works with everything.





The top of my china cabinet was the very first place I decorated.  All the major pieces were already there from my Fall decor.  Again...fairy lights make it look magical!






Yes, more Fairy Lights!



I always create an album page each year with our Christmas photo and Christmas card message.  This was so fun and cute from last year, that I decided to put it in a shadow box frame for part of my decor.



I seldom, if ever, remove art from a wall for the sake of holiday decorating.  I just work around it.

Well, obviously my attempt at being less wordy did not work out so well.  Hopefully, you made it through unscathed.  I have lots more to share as we move quickly into this special season.  Thank you so much for stopping by to see what's been going on around here.  I appreciate you all so much, and I truly hope you are in good health and enjoying all aspects of this holiday.

Warm hugs,
Carol


I hope to be joining some of these lovely ladies this week:

Cindy at Dwellings--The Heart of Your Home for Amaze Me Monday
Maria Elena at Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at Our Home
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for WOW Us Wednesdays
Suzy at Worthing Court for The Scoop
Carol at The Red Painted Cottage for Share Your Style Party
Richella at Imparting Grace for Grace at Home














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