For the past several months I have been renting the condo I am living in from my friend who is in Germany for the next few years.  She left last October, but I kept her furniture until she was settled and found a place to live.  That was just fine with me because, if you remember, when we moved here we only had what fit in a small u-haul trailer and the back of our truck.

This past Monday – Wednesday the packers and movers came and took all of her things away — leaving me with one recliner (purple), my TV, my little shrine, a small Tibetan cabinet, my Chinese screen, desk and computer.  And that was about it as far as furnishings go.  So naturally I couldn’t live that much of a minimalistic life, so…

I bought a comfy green chair


and a daring red sofa.


What do you think of my little red Chinese chest?  The lamp is from Korea and was a gift…


And, because they were in the shop and I love them – peonies!


My friend also left me a Chinese wall cubbord which is in the dining room.  My middle daughter and family are coming up this Thursday and are bringing a dining table they no longer need.  I bought a mattress to sleep on (it’s on the floor – remember those days?) and a blow-up bed for my guest room.  The blow up, with my two Japanese futons will provide plenty of space for visiting family and friends!

So now, the condo feels much more like home.  And I would like to point out that I am very grateful that my friend allowed me the use of her furniture for the past several months – but it’s good to have my own things (old and new).

Home again, home again

After a wonderful visit with my parents, and a safe trip home, we arrived shortly after 8pm.  It had been a LONG day – we started out around 5:30 and with the exception of stops at Starbucks (for coffee and tea) and to gas the truck – it was straight through.  We were tired and so happy to be going down our lane, nearing the journey’s end.

I had been told that it had rained lots while we were gone and we witnessed fields standing in water.  Many of the fields where corn has been planted look like total loss – the little plants only about 6″ tall and that yellow-green color that comes from too much water.  The fields in higher areas are doing better, but not great.  It is a sad time for the farmers here, who work so very hard and live on the edge.  I hope that things turn around for them.

When we rounded the corner and pulled into our driveway the first thing I noticed was that my lawn had become a field a clover!  Beautiful, but not a lawn!  We continued down the path and rounded the house.  What a wonderful surprise!  Just look:

20090615-IMG_1036My porch cum pergola is almost done!  Is it not gorgeous??  And see that big blue barrel?  It’s going to be the rain barrel.  I was stunned as I had not expected this much to have been completed!  I just could not stop smiling, and what a great gift to welcome us home.

Today I checked out the garden.  It is overgrown and I hardly know what is what.   But I did pick some radishes.

20090616-IMG_1046And while the earth and grass are really too wet to mow – I did mow the edges of the driveway (and made a mess of the center where the grass blew/clumped)!

20090616-IMG_1050And while some of my potted plants are doing great (basil, rosemary and cilantro):

20090616-IMG_1055 the lavender was swimming:

20090616-IMG_1057It’s supposed to rain again tonight, but with a bit of luck the sun will shine tomorrow and I can get on with my outdoor chores!

It’s great to be home…