"We're going to build a stone wall and a terrace for our garden," my husband, Jonathan, announced. "We are?" I replied, hoping he was joking. No such luck. We had contemplated starting the garden in our back yard, but that area was steeply sloped all the way down to the pond! I had tripped and slipped several times and my sister had gotten leveled in mid-sentence. Obviously, not the best setting for a garden. But we didn't really have a choice; the rest of our property is thick with tall and beautiful trees. So much shade, so little sun.
It is lazy summer day and Wendy and George, avid birders, are visiting for the weekend. Over a delicious lunch with one of our local friends, Beth, we sit on the deck and watch the blue herons fly overhead. The conversation quickly turns from birding to country living and eventual retirement.
I think I was born to cook. Ever since I was young, I've enjoyed cooking for friends and family. I even catered my own wedding reception for 80 when I was too young to know better. A large 3-tiered lime coconut wedding cake was the piece de resistance. But over the years the joy of cooking became more like the drudgery of cooking due to aching feet and nagging back aches. Hours of standing on an unforgiving stone floor and far too many acrobatic reaches, squats, and bends retrieving ingredients and cookware were taking their toll.
I don't know about you, but I am not enamored of the bells and whistles on new stoves these days. Do I really need blower jets for crispier pizza or a new browning gizmo for crème brí»lée?
We spend one third of our lives in our bedrooms and, like you, I want to relish the time I spend there. But that's not so easy if the bedroom is cramped, cluttered, or uncomfortably warm or chilly. And for anyone who spends more time in the bedroom because of a medical condition, a comfortable bedroom is a must.
It's cherry blossom time in New York and, besides gardening, I've become obsessed with window coverings. Spring brings the promise of guests and the brilliance of the summer sun and, quite frankly, I'm not prepared for either. I've removed the former owner's black out shades in the guest room, but haven't gotten around to replacing them. It feels bare. Not exactly the feeling you're after in a guest bedroom, is it?
Doors are opening for all of us in the world of home design. Never before have we had such a range of choices in home goods and new designs to help us age more gracefully in our own homes. But deciding what projects to tackle can be daunting, especially when money is tight.
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