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Friday, July 20, 2018

Scenes From the Week.

Hiking through the clouds to Craggy Gardens

Oliver practicing his Flashdance moves.

Playing Uno with Miss Dana. Megan won.

Shopping at Target. Megan was having fun trying on all the sparkly clothes in the girls department.

I'm not a Disney fan, but I adore this vintage color palette.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

My AliExpress Experience.

Sorry Megan, but yeah, I bought something from AliExpress, the loathsome foragers of indie artist's works. In my defense, I bought a leather handbag, though it is a dupe for an Hermes Toolbox purse. I don't feel bad at all about buying a handbag knock off, as every legit designer seems to have there own version of one Hermes bag or another.
I was unsure about buying something from the site; as it is made up of individual sellers, with Ali acting as the overlord, but the call of a bargain was too great to resist. I began by searching for luxury designer bags, then scrolled through hundreds of listings. The bag I wanted is offered by multiple companies, so I looked for the highest rated company with the best price. Once I found that I had to decide on the size and color of the bag. I chose the largest size, and from the beginning I was going to buy an orange bag (I've been trying to add more color to my life) but when I saw a dark grey bag offered, my practical side won and I chose that. Figuring out how to choose the size you want in the color you want is a bit tricky, because unlike Amazon where a photo of what you choose appears so you know you're getting what you want, Ali just adds it to your cart. Difficult, but not a big deal right?

I placed my order and waited. I was sent a notice that my order and been received, another that my bag had shipped, and one when my bag was out for delivery. This took less than four weeks, and I was pretty happy with that.
Once delivered I excitedly open my package to see if my new handbag lived up to my expectations.
It did not. Do you see the dark grey bag in the photo above? The only grey bag in the photo? Thats what I thought I was getting. What I got was this:

I went back to my order and double checked that I had ordered the dark grey. Yep. Then I clicked the tiny picture in my order and it pulled up this photo:

I guess in China, greenish taupe is the same as dark grey. My mistake.What I wasn't happy about, was that the contrasting stitching, which I really wanted, wasn't on the bag. I contacted AliEx, and sent a photo of my bag next to the photo of the bag on the sellers sight, explaining I received a bag different that the one the seller offered, and asked for a refund. (My only other course of action was to mail the bag back to China at my own expense)

Within a day AliEx got back to me, countering with a $50 refund; 2/3 the cost of the bag, and I accepted. Within 3 hours of accepting, the money was back in my Paypal account. I could have probably argued to get a full refund, but I didn't want to invest the time and I will carry the oddly colored bag anyway. as for the quality of the's decent. Better than a Micehal Kors, not as nice as Fossil. There was a slight chemical odor when I first opened the package, but it had dissipated withn a day.
If the bag works out for me, I may even buy one in another color. BTW, this is not a sponsored post, just an FYI.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


My hair is growing...and getting more sparkles in it. Now I have to decide if I want to let it grow, or keep it in a faux hawk. I'm leaning towards keeping it really short, because it is ultra low maintenance. It pretty much looks like this when I wake up in the morning.

Our house is finished being painted. I really wanted a red door and trim around the windows, but our landlord preferred lime green.

The succulents I bought in the winter and pretty much ignore, are STILL ALIVE! They are even growing.

Then there are the herbs that I actually tend to, and care for. They have failed to thrive and are on the decline, even the mint.

The two new sofas are in the house and covered with blankets. Even with this measure, they are still affecting my health. Our house is currently a storage room for sofas and furniture that are waiting to be transformed. Our next house has to have a garage.

I updated my wardrobe with a pair of shorts that are not black, grey or blue, and even have a pattern!

I also painted my nails, and bought a new pair of shoes, also in a color (metallic gold).

And that my friends, is my exciting life.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Two Minutes.

Literally. Two minutes after I posted my headboard for sale on Craigslist, it was sold. I have mixed emotions about selling it, because I still love it, and it's the first and only headboard I've ever had, but I'm downsizing from a squishy latex king sized bed, to a queen size, organic wool and cotton futon mattress. When Sarah was here in May, I gave her my room to stay in and I slept on Megan's futon. I slept through the night and in the morning my persistent neck ache wasn't so bad. My neck continued to feel better with each consecutive night. When Sarah left, and I tried sleeping on my own bed, I tossed and turned and in the morning my neck pain had returned. I've been sleeping on Megs futon ever since. My pretty room has gone from this:

to this:

Earlier in the week I noticed my bed was REALLY sagging. When I looked underneath I saw that the legs on the metal frame were collapsing, probably from all the little monkeys that jump up and down on the bed. now Im living college style with the bed on the floor.

When my queen mattress arrives I will take the cover off of my old mattress and cut the very expensive latex in half, making two twins out of it. I will stack these to create a bed for Oliver. He's very excited about this.
My plan is to try and make or hack an existing bed frame to look like this:

Im hacking it because I refuse to purchase anything from Urban Outfitters, nor will I pay $1000 for a bed frame, especially one that gets horrible reviews.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Lips are Sealed.

This is Megans, "Eat my fries and suffer the consequences" face. Today we indulged in the best fries and burgers you can find in Asheville. No, I won't tell you where it is, because it is still very local and we'd like to keep it that way.

This is the state of my house right now. Yes, that is one of my new sofas in the background. We are giving it another go, hoping that a couple of months out of the house has detoxified them. Oliver keeps asking me to put the curtains up around the dining area like before, because it was so cozy.

Yesterdays sunrise:

and sunset.

Asheville Chocolates!

This is how he rolls. Yep. Still rocking the mismatched footwear. He has insisted on this since he first started wearing shoes.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

My Friends Know Me.

Renee texted me today to see it I was okay, since I'd been so quiet online. She knows me. Things are stressful here right now. It involves Brewier's job, and I don't want to say anything.
Yesterday, the fourth was spent at home, playing multiple games of Parcheesi, and attempting to put together a holographic puzzle of the solar system. I thought it would be a fun challenge. It was not fun, and we stopped before losing our eyesight and our minds. We watched a few fireworks from our back deck, but were more enthralled with all of the lightening bugs illuminating our yard and trees. We have a momma bear and her two cubs who visit us on an almost daily basis. The first time we encountered them the cubs were newly born and were all wobbly having trouble walking; we are enjoying watching them grow. Another huge enjoyment is the view from our deck. If you follow me on IG or FB, you know I post quite a few of photos of the view. It is different and breathtaking everyday.
P.S. Im still trying to shake this cold Oliver gave me.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

He Shares.

As in, "Oliver shared his cold with me and I've been sick all week." Not horrible sick, but sick enough to sit on the sofa binge watching Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. I wish I was one of those people who could read when they are sick, but my eyes don't focus like they should. I watched all eleven episodes of Tokyo Girl, on Amazon, and really enjoyed it. I finished up with the Australian show, "Packed to the Rafters" and cried because it was over; I was emotionally invested in this tv family. Jessica texted me to tell me they had to put their cat, Dapper, to sleep, and I burst into tears over that...I've been crying a lot lately. I think I might be stressed.
Brewier has one more week left of his three week hiatus from work. The past two years have been super stressful for him, and he has taken time off to recharge. Currently he is in a cabin in the woods, about an hour from here, with no internet or tv.
Jessica turned 35 on the eighteenth, and Megan turns 33 today...How has time gone by so fast? I think Im about to cry again.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Lazy Summer Days.

This is the first time in many years that I have looked forward to summer. After living in Florida for nearly 30 years, I was so over hot weather and sunny days, and had relished the grey, cold winters in N.C. This past winter though, was rough. I got depressed, my feet were always cold, and the hellacious wind here on top of the mountain, never ceased, I finally understood the snowbird mentality.
We haven't been doing much of anything this summer. I start the day by opening all my windows and letting the cool morning air. (I've tried to sleep with a few windows open, but there are so many animals out and about at night, it can get noisy).I sit outside with my cup of coffee and do my devotions, then check email, Instagram, and Pinterest, play a little Yahtzee with Oliver, then it's on with my normal day of homemaking activities, followed by reading in the afternoon. This is the exact same schedule as the winter, but it feels so different in the summer!
Yesterday Brewier and I hiked Catawba Falls; it was beautiful...extremely humid, but beautiful. I always say Im going to hike in the winter, but it really is too windy. Today Megans BFF, Shirlee, is flying up from Florida to spend a week with us, sans kids, so Oliver will be hanging with me most of the time.