Friday, July 24, 2009


I am trying to stay up more and more. My body is reacting adversely to one of the antibiotics and I am finding it difficult to that med. had to be stopped. At least for now. Getting my strength back seems to be a challenge and that has never happened to me before. Ever. Age? Of course not! Perish the thought! :)

Anyway...last month..I think..(I have lost track of time) I was in need of a new lamp shade for my bedroom lamp and of course I looked to my talented fellow bloggers first. I love the shades Marilyn makes on THE CUTEST COTTAGE LAMPS and have bought from her I looked to her first. I found this one and though it didn't work for the bedroom lamp (too big and blue), I switched it with the living room floor lamp and I loved it. Perfect. I usually am not much into crystals but this was a wonderful change. matched the little blue rocker which was here when I came.

I loved the fabric Marilyn used on this shade. Even though I am not into crystals ..I liked them on this shade.

Look how pretty and sort of Victorian they are. Nice.

The colors do NOT go with my picture frames..but..hey..this is home. Some picture switching is coming. I can feel it. Seems you change one thing and that leads know the story! New carpets and paint by next year!! Right? :)

Also, as I mentioned, the shade matched the chair which I inherited when I moved here. It wasn't really my colors..but it is such a comfortable little chair and I wanted to keep something of the colors that Howards late wife loved. In some ways I feel I am just caring lovingly for this little home and making it comfortable. So the chair stays. She lived here for over 40 years...and please don't say you could NEVER live in another woman's home. One never knows what one will do when the chips are down. It just was not practical at our age to move to another home. I have grown to love this little home very much!

I must be better or I wouldn't be up once again at this late hour expounding away..and trying to get something posted. Back to bed. Tomorrow will be a better day! :) I MUST get well. There is so much to do and as Balisha says..never enough time!
~Love and smiles~


Dawn said...

Your lamp is lovely Mona! I think it looks quite good with the art on the wall behind it. And the crystals are so pretty. Doesn't every Southern California girl need a little bling?

When we adopted our children out of foster care we had to take classes about dealing with the circumstances they have been through. Some couples wondered if a child could love again or would always be emotionally detatched from new parents. It was pointed out that children who still loved their birth parents after all that may have happened showed a great capacity for love in the firt place and yes, they could love again. We have found it to be very true.

Some women would be uncomfortable living with another woman's things but the fact that you both had great loves in your life is a testament to what you both are capeable of. Enjoy your life together. Enjoy your blue chair. And get some rest!


Kathleen said...

Glad to hear you are slowly progressing. It's easy to become impatient and do too much. So, listen to your body (and your doctor) and do as you can. You are in my prayers, and in my thoughts....hugs, Kathleen

Gaston Studio said...

Right on Dawn!

Love the lampshade and think it fits in quite well in a "cottagey" way.\

Ditto to Kathleen and listen to your doctor. Take care.

Hilary said...

Hey Mona.....don't despair.
I had a knee replacement two years ago, and it was a horrible experience. They say it turns out really good, or really bad.....and it was just my luck I guess. I languished for 3 months, and then the rest of the year was painful, exhausting, and discouraging. But I got through it, and it got better, little by little. Now, I hardly think of that knee at all, though it will never be right.
This too shall pass.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Love that new shade! Marilyn does amazing work! Glad to hear you are feeling better. Sometimes it just longer to recover....Take it easy and don't over tax yourself!

Rebecca said...

OH MonaGirl...Please grow stronger and get well. I can't bear the thought of you being even a little bit ill. You are too sweet...too lovely to stay down for long.

I love the the colors. More so I love your gracious heart. One never knows what one might do given the circumstances they find themselves in. Accepting and loving what was once another woman's home is the give all of giving...

You have inspired me once again. I could only hope and pray that if anything ever happens to me and my love is left alone that he will somehow find SOMEONE to love on this earth. I would pray she wouldn't toss the things I have loved into the trash.

Blessings to you...pray for your wellness.


The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Glad You´re getting better! But don´t over do it now! Take it easy!
I can tell You that nothing goes together with anything else here in my home :-)
Take care now!

My Shabby Rose Cottage said...

Dear Mona,
I hope you start feelinf better soon! I too have been ill with an inner ear problem..I am all wobly dobly!! It's been 9 days now..I can finalluy get on the computer for a bit.

Anyhoooo....just a quick note, wink and a smile ;) to let you know I'm thinking of you!
Warm Hugs...Linda

Mimi said...

So happy to hear you are feeling better, Mona. That lampshade is just beautiful and looks so well next to that little blue chair.

Chari said...

Mornin' my friend...

Ohhh myyy...I had been missing you and thought I would stop by! I'm so sorry, I didn't even realize that you had been so sick, my friend!!! I had to read down through some of your posts to see what was sounds like you've been going through a horrible ordeal! I sure will be praying for you Sweetie...and hope that you feel better real soon!!!

Well my friend, I just love your new lamp's gorgeous!!! The fabric is soooo pretty and I like all the pretty crystals!!! So Victorian!!! It really is perfect with the blue chair!!! Darlin', you really are carving out a warm and comfortable home for you and's charming!!!

Now my friend...feel better!!! I'll be praying for your renewed strength!!!

Love ya,

Stacey said...

I was just thinking that they look pretty next to the picture frames when I read what you thought. I like them together!

I do hope you are feeling better soon. It's not age it's just illness.

Balisha said...

Hi Mona,
So glad to hear that you're feeling a little better...just don't overdo it now.((hugs)) I love the little peaks into your home. Isn't it nice to have someone in your life to care, when you are older? I have widow friends who will never marry again. I'm glad that I did. It's a comfortable thing.
Thanks for the mention :)

Kathy said...

Sweet Mona....I'm praying for you girl...I've had both knees replaced and my Right hip. I know exactly what your going through. I'm allergic to most pain medication so the first month or so was a real treat, If you know what I mean, trying to get through it all without pain medication. You'll be glad you did it in a short while I Promise...I pushed myself hard after surgery because I didn't want to end up walking like I had a replacement. I now speed walk about 3 miles a day and you'd never know I have all these fake joints, so be encouraged my friend. Love your lamp, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

blushing rose said...

Precious Mona ~ Take it one day at a time, you'll be up & bouncing around soon. I know what it feels like first hand to be down & not mobile as you would like.

The lampshade compliments that chair so beautifully. You are so right about the house, the chair & the love of your life ... what a sweet gesture of love to keep that chair from your loving heart.

My bil married a woman who stood in the doorway & literally pitched everything his beloved first wife owned before dying of cancer so young ... her daughters weren't allowed anything, but did get a few things from the trash. What a loving heart you have.

I have often spoken to my DH that if anything happens to me he will find a new love that would share my possessions with my children.

Prayers are still lifted for you & you are thought of every day ... Hugs, TTFN ~Marydon

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello Mona! I love that lamp....of course I love crystals on anything! I think you are feeling somewhat better...I can "hear" it in your words!
~Hugs, Patti

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

My Dear friend...I want you to get better...but it does take time...don't over do it...Love your new shade my friend...I use alot of cyrstal beads when making my victorian lamp shades...Now girl Len is living here in my home I had with Wally and I can truthful say he don't care...Just loves all the things I had in my former life...Hands build a house...but hearts build a home girl...And girl age is a state of mind...I have seen 20 years olds that acted like their in their 40's already doom and gloom ha ha!! May you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you when I get back from Texas...Hugs and smiles, Love ya sis, Gl♥ria

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

It's a precious lamp, and a little blue with pink is a good thing... Hubby always says "well not EVERYTHING has to match'. Hmmm, wonder if he could be right about that. *giggles*

Glad you are up and about and YES, toss that icky med out the window!

The Blue Ridge Gal

Cathy said...

I am so glad that you are feeling better...I still will be praying for your recovery and that it will happen quickly!!!

I love your little lamp and shade...darling!!! I love the's all about the bling!!!

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!!!

Domestic Designer said...

Glad you are feeling better! Take care of yourself and get lots of rest. Love your lampshade! Looks perfect to me. Have a wonderful weekend.

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Hi Mona,
I just stopped in to see what's up and am sorry to see that you're not feeling well. I hope you're back to your normal self very soon.

The lamp shade is beautiful and it looks great with your comfy chair.
Patricia :o)

Lori said...

Adorable lamp! Do take care with those meanie antibiotics! I ended up with C-Diff after some strong ones last July and still have bad days! Please take care and enjoy your comfy blue chair! Lori

Tracy said...

Mona, I love the lamp shade, I like it with the pictures that you have too!
Sweet lady...feel better soon!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

{{{{Mona}}}} I'm praying for you friend. Take your time but it is good to see you up and posting. I love your lamp shade. I don't even mind the crystals to be quite honest. Quite attractive indeed and make the chair only that much more important. Nicely done.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Beautiful lamp and your home always looks so cozy.

bj said...

I love your new shade. It looks great with the blue chair.
Most of all, tho,, I love you and your sweet heart. I so agree with you that you should NEVER say NEVER.
I'm so glad you are feeling lots better. just a little more time and you will be good as new.
xo bj

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Mona, I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well, but you've got a great attitude! I'll keep you in my prayers. I love the lamp, too! Take care!

Cindy said...

Hi Mona,
Your comments were so sweet! I have been thinking about you a lot and I am so glad your feeling a bit better. What an ordeal you have been through, so keep taking good care of yourself. The lamp shade is beautiful and I'm like you, I don't usually like bling but somehow that fits just perfectly and the bling is so soft and lovely. I am totally hearing what you say about keeping that chair. My Dad passed away 2 years ago and my Mom is now in a new relationship. Something she never thought would happen and yet it is so right for her at this time of her life. I will be thinking of you and stopping back to let you know how I did at our local County Fair. I am still a 4-H girl at heart and I just love the Fair! Hugs to you, Cindy

Anne said...

What a beautiful lamp shade. Oh I just love the dangling crystals on it. Very victorian style. It does go with the blue chair very nicely.

Country Girl said...

Oh, I hope you are feeling better as you read this.
I live in a person's home whose family was here for more than 40 years. I've left some things out because they just seem to belong there.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

I love the lamp, its beautiful and looks perfect in your home. Very lovely.
Keep feeling better.

bj said...

Hi, darlin' lady, thanks so much for coming by to see me. I know your strength is really low and I do appreciate you taking time to say hello.
I am hoping you are getting better each and every day.

Amy said...

Hi Mona,
I hope you are getting sronger and felling better each day!! Hugs. ~amy

racheld said...

Mona, Dear,

I hope you're resting up and getting stronger every day. Enjoy the sunshine and breezes---they're like tonic.

I, too, am in a pinks and roses phase of my life, and my DEAR DH just smiles at everything I drape in lace and cover in florals. I DO like both lamps---very elegantly romantic, both of them. Perfectly my style.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great lamp....hope you are feeling glad that I stopped by tonight...

bj said...

I brought my coffee over so we could visit but you're not up yet, so I tippytoed back out. Rest deeply...get well soon.
love, bj

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Dear Mona, I am continuing in my prayers for you. You are in my thoughts a great deal. I hope you are resting and healing.

Sending my love to you,

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Just checking to see if you're ok? You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope your absence means you're getting some much needed rest. Hugs,

The Blue Ridge Gal said...

I miss you. Get well and come back soon.


Vintage Linen Treasures said...

Just stopped in to see if you've posted any updates. I wanted you to know you're in my thoughts and prayers. Get better soon!

Dawn said...

Just checking in on you. Hope you are able to do some blog reading. Don't worry about posting or commenting. Just get better!

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Hi Mona ~ I'm just checking in on you to see how it's going. I pray you are feeling better and this is why we have not heard from you. You must be a busy lady!! If your ill again, prayers are going up everyday. Blessings friend. Tammy

Pat said...

How are you doing? I've had a rough week and haven't done much of anything. I see my doctor again at the end of the month and will see how things go.

Dena said...

Hi Sweetie,

Just popping by to say hi. Hope you are curled up with a good movie and taking it easy :)


Rebecca said...

Mona...Don't know why but I'm UP at 1:41am on Sunday Morning. Thinking of you and praying for your recovery.

Love to you sweetie. I pray you are well!


Balisha said...

Hi Mona,
Hope you are sitting in that blue chair and relaxing. I come here a couple of times a day to see if you have posted. We are anxious for your return. Be well.

Allidink said...

Cute lamp Mona! I think it looks great! Are you doing better? I've missed you! I understand what you mean about the chair and all :) Have a wonderful day!

All the best,

Marcia said...

I am sorry to hear you are not feeling well, but am glad to hear you are on the road to recovery.

I have leartn early on never to say never. I have read about your previous husband and the great love you have for him. I think it's wonderful that you both have loved and found love again. I am happy you have kept the blue couch and what it represented to your hubby.
*Hugs* Marcia