Saturday, October 2, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Dining Rooms

I decided to try this link party thing again.  This week on Kelly's Korner blog, everyone is sharing their dining room.  I guess you could still call ours that.  Sometimes it is an office.  Sometimes it is my craft room.  Here is how it looks today (and yes, I had to clean it first):

Don's dog Penelope was keeping me company, as always.

The table, sideboard and chair against the wall all were purchased in England when we were stationed there.  The metal dining chairs are from Pier One.

My mom bought the corner cabinet in the early 1960's.  I finally got around to painting it earlier this year.  I have in it some of my favorite Cornishware dishes (the blue and white stripe) that I picked up at various car boot sales in England.  I don't think I paid more than a pound or two for any of the pieces.

More Cornishware is on the shelves above the sideboard.

The melamine plates in the corner cabinet and on the shelves came from Pier One, Target and Moda Home (I think?).

I know it might be a bit much for most people, but I like being surrounded by mementos from the life we have lived.  

And color just makes me happy.  

Friday, October 1, 2010

What Do You Do?

You know how it is when you walk into a roomful of strangers, and the first question they ask is "What do you do?"  I never know how to answer that one anymore.  I used to be someone's wife, but I've been alone for a long time now.  I'm a mom, but my kids are grown.  I'm a relatively recent college graduate, but I don't have a job.  Just who am I anyway?  How did I get lost somewhere along the way?

This is who I was in 1982.  Bruce and I had been married for two years.  I loved him with all my heart and soul.  We were already dealing with infertility, but we were happy.  And we were lucky.  Time and medical science gave us a daughter and twin sons.

Bruce with Don, Bran, and Jeana at Stonehenge 1990

We were also given the opportunity to live in some pretty amazing places thanks to the military.  It wasn't always easy being away from our families, but I would have followed Bruce to the ends of the earth.  North Pole, Alaska came pretty close.  

Don, Jeana, Janet and Bruce in Oklahoma 1996

And then, one day, after a very short illness......... Bruce was gone.  Just like that.  I will never forget having to tell our kids that Dad would never come home again.  It tore my heart into a million tiny little pieces.  Twelve years later, it is held together with gum and shoelaces.  But our kids?  They are made of such strong stuff.

Jeana, Don and Bran - Summer 2010
photo by Becky Novacek

Two of them have graduated from college (both triple majored).  The third will graduate next year. 

Jeana - Class of 2009

Bran - Class of 2010

Jeana got married this summer while home on leave, and is currently on her third deployment to Iraq. 

Jeana and Brandon - June 2010
photo by Tammy Burroughs

I am someone's mother-in-law.  If it hadn't occurred to me that I was getting older before then, well, it has sure sunk in now.  I will be turning 50 next year.  5-0.  I don't want to waste any more of my life.  I feel like I have been treading water for too long.  I do have this to show for some of my time:

Janet - Class of 2006

But I want more.  I want to live fully, not just exist.  If you could start all over again, what would you want to be when you grew up?  I am open to suggestions.  



Thursday, September 30, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Master Bedrooms

I have no clue what I am doing, but I decided to add my master bedroom to the list on "Show us your life - Master Bedrooms" on Kelly's Korner blog.  This is my master bedroom:

I'm a widow, so my room can be as girlie as I want.  The steamer trunk was a gift from my grandmother.  The rocker in the corner is one that my mom used to nurse me in when I was a baby.  Even the girdle in the trunk came from family (it was my great-grandmother's!).  Here is another angle:

I will probably repaint my room sometime soon, but for now, I like it!

From the Beginning...

Why now?  Why blog?  I guess I am just trying to find a spot for myself in this big ole world.  A spot where I belong, dog fur and all.  I hope this will be it.