October 6, 2020

Finding a silver lining...

Last week we got the official word - we aren't returning to the office until at least the first of the year.  The last communication we had on this subject has us returning in waves on October 20th, I think.  I'm not surprised, particularly considering that North Carolina is currently the sixth on the CDC's list of highest cases per state.

And this is after our Governor opened up to a modified Phase Three - which, to be honest, feels too soon and that he is bowing to political pressure since he's up for re-election next month - see previous paragraph.

At this point in the game of Life, it feels like EVERYTHING is political these days.  That may or not be true, but it FEELS like it and it is depressing.

At any rate, I really have to wonder what life in an office is going to look like in January, that is IF we go back.  My friend in Houston works for MD Anderson and they were told back in August that they wouldn't be returning until at least March 2021 - hmmm, what do those doctor's know that we don't?  

Either way, it will not be the same, of this I am sure.  Particularly, since one of my co-worker friends called me the other day to tell me that she will be retiring in mid-December.

*sigh*  It will be weird to go back and not have her there...especially without a "closing ceremony", so to speak.

This afternoon, as I gazed out the back window watching leaves waft to the ground; it struck me solidly how long this has been going on.  We were just entering into Spring when this all started.  And now, here we are in the midst of Fall. 


Onto that silver lining, I mentioned in the title...

One of the benefits of working from home though, for me, has been the ability to look around and figure out "trouble" areas that I've never had time to properly address.

I recently had an epiphany regarding our living room.  Since it appears I will never find anyone to replace our front door - which needs to happen to bring some much needed light into the dark hole that is our living room, it finally occurred to me - a mini lamp on the mantel was the short-term answer.

I'm not going to lie - trying to find a mini lamp in the perfect dimensions to fit on this mantel via online shopping was hard, because guess what?  Measurements are EXACT and can't be fudged; at least not well.  If the measurement of the mantel is 7 inches deep - then that is your constraint.

Actual lamp - because who knew how hard it would be
to take a picture of a lit lamp?

Eventually, I found one which, while it's not exactly what I wanted, will fill the bill.  And I have been thrilled to glance into the living room from my dining room "desk" and been able to actually see things instead of shadows.  That light is exceptionally necessary on cloudy, gloomy days.

And this is how I discovered the impossibility of taking a
picture of a lit lamp.  But see?!  SO much better!

The other area that has been causing me grief was our counter/bar area.  It's a tricky area, as it blends in the tiny, black hole living room.

One day, out of the blue, it occurred to me, BACKLESS barstools!  

So I pulled out my trusty tape measure and determined that they could actually work without impeding the walkway, for the most part.

Let the online shopping commence!  

I eventually found some on Amazon.  I placed them in my cart and then neglected to hit buy.  And here is the lesson I learned.  When Amazon says there are only four in stock - you need to hit buy RIGHT then, because when I DID go back to buy them there was only one left in my cart.


Back to the drawing board.  

I eventually found them on Home Depot's website.  Needless to say, I put them in the cart and hit buy immediately.  Based on the confirmation email, I wasn't expecting them until the 20th.  So you can imagine my surprise and delight when they showed up three days later!

And with that simple addition, that area of the house finally looks "finished."  And as an extra bonus - we now have extra seating which we desperately need.

The narrow walk way between counter & couch.

Next up?  Turning Man-Child's bedroom into a guest room... *opens a new tab to begin browsing headboards*


  1. Oooh, I have learned that lesson about not clicking "buy" on Amazon. I have been there, my friend. However! Those look great, and I really like that blue/ grey paint colour that's in the background. Your house is beautiful!

  2. Great decorating ideas. Now, how about finding a "like" button for your blog?

    1. It never occurred to me to add one. I will look into it. Thanks!

  3. I love your home. :)

    I feel like it is going to be a long haul now that flu season is beginning soon. It is a wait and see kind of thing up here in the Midwest. I remember during summer when they said they might go back to school IN school in November. AND I LAUGHED.
    And laughed and laughed.
    So I do what I do best. I am making the best of it and it sounds like that is what you are doing too. Good for you. :)

    1. I'm afraid you are right, Kari. And now that they've opened things up it will be next to impossible to put that genie back in the bottle.

  4. I still remember assuring my kids that they would be back in school after 2 weeks. Never in a million years would I have guessed school would still be remote.

    The little lamp is so cute. Looks great there. We needed very narrow stools to fit at our mini island that divides the kitchen from the family room because it is very close to the kitchen table. They work great, but I remember looking at measurements online forever. I love the built in next to your fireplace in the living room.

  5. Good job on finding that lamp, and I do like those barstools. You now have time to spend making your lovely home even lovelier. I enjoy hearing about your silver linings during this trying time for all of us. :-)

  6. I made upholstered headboards for every bed in this house. They are so expensive and our rooms are tiny, so they had to be EXACT measurements (like the lamp), which is exceptionally hard to find.

    And as an added bonus, the most expensive one (ours) was only $40 to make. It was a bit tricky because it has upholstered sides and a curved top, but it did come out nice.

  7. alas yes everything feels political. Worse, many people do not think for themselves but check with their political tribe to find out 'what should I think about this'. awful.

  8. I love it. Your mantel light is just darling and it does add quite a bit of light.
    I've been heavy on Wayfair for our mountain place; they are usually so quick and the pricing is generally good.

  9. Love the new bar stools! I have found myself doing the same, which areas need something to feel more finished. It's a fun exercise but usually involves moving furniture, not the easiest but it's coming together!