HAPPILY EVER AFTER

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I LOVE A GOOD CHALLENGE!

When MC, Linda (our FABULOUS REALTOR),  and I came to Olde Town Grayson last November we fell in love with the Community.  The Location......you know Location, Location, Location, is ideal.   Restaurants, retail, both chain and specialty, groceries .....well you name it.....they are all here....some even are walkable!  If not within an easy walk they are only 2 to 3 miles away.  Not to mention that the largest Mall in Georgia, The Mall of Georgia, is 13 miles down the road and Atlanta less than 35 miles .

We loved the concept of the "Villas".  They are attached homes, two to a building, each having  1800 to 2000 sq.ft.   We found the largest, the Hampton,  perfect for our needs!!!!

We have three bedrooms--the Master is huge,  a fabulous Great Room with 12' ceilings,  a gorgeous kitchen with granite counter tops and white glazed cabinets, and two baths,  The Master Bath is awesome with a walk-in frame less shower plus a soaking tub!   On top of that a large two car garage (for MC),   a huge second floor which we can be finished later, a 5' x 8' Pantry,  and a good size laundry room.

 What possibly  could be  a  Challenge?

Well, nothing in the real world is PERFECT!  We all know that!    The design of the Villas has a side very generous covered terrace which is 20' x 10'.   Because it's  on the side,  it faces the side of the home next to ours.

Our  "View"........ is the home next door's air conditioner and  their utility meters!!!!

This was the  ONLY remaining lot that the Hampton  could be built on due to it's footprint.  It was this one or none!

MC promised we would figure out a way to overcome our "view"!!!

Not a Million Dollar View!!

 
I imagine the shrubbery will grow in years to come, but not fast enough for me!

The First step!  We bought two shades that roll down to the floor of the terrace from the top of the terrace's roof.  A very, very good start!  Light filters in so it is not dark.




We did have ferns in 4  flower pots, but they all died in a month!

  The problem of the ugly view solved, and we gained a ton of privacy!   Actually it's like having a new room added to our home.  The shades give us privacy which eliminated the need for shades on our Great Room windows and the French Doors. A huge savings!  At night we turn on the ceiling light and sit  in our private room!

But we needed Greenery!!!

Last weekend we went to a  nursery that was highly recommended to us.  We were so lucky to have a great, knowledgeable salesman.  We described our "situation" and within a minute he had us standing in front of these FABULOUS SHRUBS!!!!   They are called FATSIA.   Their leaves are so green and so large!  This shrub is awesome!  It can live outside, without any sun, ALL year!!!!!It will even get flowers in the Fall and Winter.  It's PERFECT!!!  (I can also get one for inside!)  Let's keep that one secret for awhile!!!


A Good CHALLENGE that we were able to overcome!!!!!

When MC makes a promise, he stands by it!!!!





Thursday, August 7, 2014

I JUST WANTED A PIECE OF CHOCOATE CAKE!

Yesterday I thought about the delicious rich chocolate cake IKEA serves.  Mentioned it  to MC and he agreed  why not go.....We didn't have anything else on the "Calendar"?

It is an easy drive to IKEA in the late morning and early afternoon.  No traffic!  Leave around noon and return before 2:30.   No problem!

Of course before we went into the cafeteria we walked around .......Trouble!!!!

We found a piece that is  perfect and it was so, so reasonable!!!

We were home before three,  and here we go.....

 
THIS TIME HE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS...FIRST



  Are you "seeing" this?   It's a round coffee table, a few inches larger than the chandelier...great proportions.

 Before dinner, we had a new round coffee table......even "styled"!  




This table is unbelievable.  It's from the same collection as the wall unit  we put up in the dining area...BUT...the BEST PART.....
PRICE
$49.99

 Back to the Chocolate Cake!   Never did get it!!!  They had a "new" Apple Cake and we chose to try it......BIG MISTAKE!!!!!  
It wasn't nearly as good as the Apple Cake they had before....will have to go back for the

 CHOCOLATE CAKE!


Monday, August 4, 2014

THERAPY

Our home is once again, empty.....an EMPTY NEST home.

Steve, Angela and Isabelle left us Saturday evening to head for Nashville, TN.  Patti, Mark and Maggie  "stopped in" to pick up our infamous RED OTTOMAN for Maggie's new townhouse. 

We did manage to all have one  quick meal before they all left and went their different ways!

So.....there we were.....alone!  It was more depressing for me than I thought.  I had looked forward to seeing them for so, so long and they were gone so fast.  BUT....living back in the States, we will get to see them often.  

What's my therapy......moving furniture!!!
It gets my mind going and the exercise is great!

I looked around and decided to do some "moving'......got MC involved to help.  He didn't mind and we spent the better part of yesterday rearranging.  It worked, I felt better!  It doesn't matter if the changes make the rooms look better, the point is I do!!!  Nothing is cemented in place and everything can be moved again.

Just for fun I will give you a glimpse of what we did.

Added the wing back chair to the mix!  I have used it before with the dining table and it has always been a favorite idea of mine!

MASTER BEDROOM
Mirrored Desk and Mirrored Round Table now bedside tables!







 GREAT ROOM
 Bedside tables under windows


Simple changes.....great THERAPY!!!

They all passed the Morning Test this morning! 
PATTY

Friday, August 1, 2014

ISABELLE AND MC (GRANDPA) AT THE PARK

We are so happy to have Steve, Angela and Isabelle, who just turned 4 this past June, home in the States!!!  They landed yesterday at 7:17 am after traveling from China for 36 hours!  MC met the plane to help carry the 12 suitcases they carried home.


Need less to say, they slept most of the day.  I was so happy when they pulled up this morning and I actually realized they were really here!!!
After a light lunch, MC took Isabelle to our neighborhood park  They had a ball!  He completely wore her out.   They returned back at the house  around 4,  when Isabelle immediately fell asleep.  She slept through dinner and was carried back to their hotel at 8 this evening!  It's so hard to get over flying long trips going through many time zones and landing the same day (or before)  you left!  Always found that odd!

So now I get to do Grandma bragging again....This time with ISABELLE



 





WHAT A PAIR!




We can not be happier than having them HOME!
Patty

Sunday, July 27, 2014

POST SCRIPT ON ARMSTRONG INN!!!

http://www.armstronginns.com/

This morning, as we were preparing to leave, Monique Armstrong, the Owner/InnKeeper, stopped by to wish us a safe trip home.   She is lovely, and I wish my camera was handy.  I should have gotten her picture.
We had a charming visit and in the conversation she asked if I noticed a particular piece of furniture.  Her husband had bought it at Auction.  It was from the Estate of Ted Turner's father.  It's a lovely piece and I do have a good picture of it.  It's gorgeous!

 

Monique mentioned that they are selling this particular Inn.  They have four.  We had a hard time choosing the one we would stay at!!!   Next time she suggested we stay at the Carriage House.  We will have to go back......

Of course as soon as we got home I found the listing for the Chatham Inn on Realtor.com and have linked it below.

 http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/210-W-Wayne-St_Savannah_GA_31401_M50046-94627?row=53

There is a third floor, the street level floor that is a separate part of the house.  We had the two top floors.

I wanted to share this with you and wanted to thank everyone for all their good wishes for our Anniversary!!  Thank you very, very much.  You are all dear friends.

Patty

Saturday, July 26, 2014

MC AND I TAKE OVER SAVANNAH!

As everyone knows by now, MC and I are celebrating our 55th Anniversary.    We decided to use our Gift Certificate ...gifted to us at Christmas by Steve, Angela, Tess and Isabelle for a two night stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inn in Savannah.

Our Gift Certificate was for the Armstrong Inns:

armstronginns.com

They have quite a number of choices to make.  Different types of facilities to suit all.

 Early Thursday evening.....Our Anniversary began with a greeting from our new neighborhood.  We have moved into a great community,  north east of Atlanta, Olde Town Grayson, in "surprise" Grayson, Georgia.



We truly have found a wonderful community when we moved here.  Everyone is super friendly and the community is just right for us!!!  I think there will be a total of under 125 homes when built out.

MC gave me another gift before we left, in addition to the beautiful Post he wrote on the Blog!  He had our CAR WASHED.......................Oh how I love a clean,  shinny car, inside and out!  I know it just rides smoother!!!


IT'S SO HAPPY, IT'S SMILING

We headed out for Savannah around 11:00am Friday morning the 25th... no need to get up too early!   It's about a 4 1/2 drive and we were due to arrive around five.

Made it in plenty of time, even with a stop for a break, at Panera's, of course, in Augusta.

OUR ARMSTRONG INN
THE CHATHAM SUITE


We are staying at the Armstong Inn in  the Chatham Suite  on the corner of West Wayne and Barnard Street in front of Chatham Square.
It's actually a townhome!  We have two floors with living, dining, and a full  kitchen  on the first floor and a huge bedroom and bath upstairs!!  There are three fireplaces,  two TV's,  two balconies, etc, etc.


FIRST FLOOR






  

THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE

OUR LIFE-SAVING HANDRAIL


Believe me, we would never make it up the stairs WITHOUT this ingenious feature!!!

WHEN we were able to get upstairs, we found a fabulous 
Master Suite





Roaming around the "suite".  What can I say......we can't go anywhere without our computers!!!




DID YOU NOTICE THAT BED!
MC WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE WAS GOING TO GET IN
BUT


 AHH
HE MADE IT!
SO SO COZY

Savannah is a beautiful city.  We have walked all around enjoying the homes, shops, and the lovely Squares!!





I have already been on Realtor.com to snoop! Found a great "buy" on Bull Street for $3,400,000.
Where ever we go, even Hawaii, we checked out housing and houses for sale.  This is a winner!





http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/423-Bull-St_Savannah_GA_31401_M56881-81911?row=1

WE LEFT OUR DEPOSIT.......

Tonight we had our 
ROMANTIC DINNER!

17 HUNDRED 90 RESTAURANT
http://17hundred90.com/




FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS !!
THE OWNER WENT TO AN AUCTION
BID $400
NO ONE ELSE BID
HE GOT IT!!!!!!

OUR WAITER, STEVEN, WAS SO NICE TO TAKE OUR PICTURES!
(WITH GLASSES)
WITHOUT GLASSES
MC'S DESSERT...BREAD PUDDING
MINE
CHOCOLATE MUD PIE
Hands down....mine was and looks so, so much better!  It was HEAVENLY!

I can not leave this Post without the  
HIGHLIGHT OF OUR WEEKEND 

I mentioned earlier in this Post that when we travel we "house hunt and or look at homes.  NORMAL people go to museums, shops, places of history.   Not us......WE LOOK AT HOUSES!!!

I HAD TO ADD THIS SIDE TRIP TO OUR AFTERNOON.....
LAST YEAR I WAS IN A BOOK CLUB IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, DOLCETTO.  ONE OF THE AUTHORS WE READ WAS MARY KAY ANDREWS.  I EVEN WENT TO ONE OF HER BOOK SIGNINGS!
SHE HAS A SERIES OF BOOKS ABOUT FICTIONAL CHARACTERS THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH A "MOTEL" ON TYBEE ISLAND,GEORGIA.  TO THIS DAY, MARY KAY HAS A WORKING INN THERE!   I HAD TO SEE THIS PLACE.  IT EXISTS, GIRLS!!!  MC AND I DROVE OUT TO TYBEE ISLAND AND FOUND IT.

FOR THE GIRLS


 
MC and I can not thank Steve, Angela, Tess and Isabelle enough for this lovely, ROMANTIC, 
fun weekend we have had!!!!!!!!!

And so it continues.....55+ years of BLISS
Patty