Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Summer Vacation . . .

Time for summer vacation - sun, sand, travel! Also - no mosquitos, sidewalks and 7-11! The second group may seem strange, but they are what I look forward to the most.

We live in a rural area, of which I have complained about in the past. When vacationing, we stay in a condo in a beach community in New Jersey which makes it possible to sit on the deck and walk around outside - day or night - and not be assaulted by bugs. There are sidewalks, making it possible to just go for a walk and not have to worry about being mowed down by a vehicle. There is a 7-11 variety store a block away - making it simple to get morning coffee, slushees, candy - without ever having to get in the car! This may seem crazy to some, but when you can never do any of these things at your own home - it is a treat!

It is also great to be in a home other than your own. You don't have to be constantly faced with the projects that need to be done, the pets that need attention in some way (although they are missed!) and the mail - it makes for a low stress level!

But, alas, it only lasts for a week - then back to bugs, dust bunnies, and unfinished home projects!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Home Sweet Home . . .

Do you ever wonder what people think when they enter your home for the first time? When I am getting ready to entertain at my house I am always aware of what people's first impressions will be. My first worry - is it clean enough? Unfortunately, that is what I judge the first time I enter a house so I immediately think others do the same. Secondly, I look at the family photos, which I love in other people's homes but strangely enough have very few of in my own.

When it comes to decorating I have always been a "less is more" person, and I'm sure some people thing my style, especially in my living room, is sparse. To me, the fewer tables = fewer places for junk to accumlate. Another decorating issues I have is getting caught up in a theme - I have gone through many in the 15 years I have owned my home - undersea, baseball, Normal Rockwell, golf. Two of my current themes, ocean liners and dogs, may seem strange to some. But I do know one thing - I am the only one in my town (probably in my state) with a QE2 themed kitchen, complete with cabinets, countertops and appliances chosen to mirror the colors in her hull.

When and if we decide to sell our house - I will have to change my themes. For now, I rather enjoy the ecentricity of it!