I have to admit that when planning to do the room additions I want including the master bathroom I really haven't given much thought to anything but ceramic or stone tile. I came across a stunning discovery today, however, and realized that I hadn't done my research well enough. In neglecting glass tile I left off a huge realm of possibilities. Glass tile is luxurious and would make a beautiful bathroom. It would be great in a kitchen too but I'm not redoing my kitchen again. I really like the way glass tile just sparkles. In a big room like I am planning for the new master bath it would add elegance without over-powering it. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of decorating is the planning that leads up to it. There are so many choices. It does come down to making a final decision, however, or the work would never get started. I hope I don't make any new discoveries or I may never get that new bathroom.
I am sitting here today pretty much crippled and unable to move. I haven't had a problem with my back in months but suddenly yesterday and today have been excruciating. I'm not even sure why. I didn't do anything to aggravate it. I sometimes think it acts up just to warn me, or let me know it is still there. I love my new LazyBoy though. It has a massage/heat setting that really helps relieve the pain. It doesn't seem fair that something like that could just spring up without cause. Life is sure like that sometimes though. Sometimes there just isn't a reason, it just is.
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I need to go out and dig a test hole to see if we can even have a pond here which is what we ultimately want to do. It means digging a small test patch at least 6 feet deep--not fun. I keep putting it off. Once the hole is dug it isn't a big deal. You fill it with water and see if it holds in 24 hours. If it has sunk a few inches you refill it, but after a day or two it should be saturated enough to hold without dropping overnight. If it doesn't then you can't simply dig a pond you have to line it which is really expensive if you want a large lake which we do. I think if it turns out the ground won't hold water on its own I'm going to go with small interconnected ponds that can be dug out and lined individually, connected by small creeks. I've seen similar types of things at a condo once, it was really pretty. It will make a lovely visual here even though it isn't the big lake we wanted.
On the drive home I happened to spot another area to look into for recreation and possibly living if we do end up deciding to move in a year or two. Lake Springfield is the area and it is a gorgeous lake. It made me think though. I was pretty sure I had seen all of the areas in this part of Illinois where there were 'boatable' lakes and nice areas to live. Obviously not. But how do you know if you have found the right spot? There might be other possibilities you aren't even aware of unless you just happen to stumble on them like I did this weekend.
I feel like I am on a never-ending search these days for the best way to keep from aging faster than I should. I guess I do okay. I do not look as old as some and I look older than others. I'm sort of in the middle of the aging race for my age group. It took a long time to find the best way to keep my eyes from looking sunken and old and now I am on the hunt for the best wrinkle cream to get rid of crows feet and those little lines around the corners of my mouth. Over the weekend I got to see a few relatives I hadn't seen in a long time and one of them was moaning about how she had to dress up for the occasion and what a pain it is. It brought to mind an old saying my grandmother used to say "beauty is painful". Well, it may not be painful but it sure is time consuming.
My new birds are doing great but I think they have a death wish. Every chance they get they fly over to my Amazon's cage. He's going to kill them. They are lucky I have such quick reflexes and run and grab them off the side of the cage before Goober (my Amazon) can bite at them. I think it is because his cage looks so much like theirs that they get confused and think they are flying to their own cage. I'm going to have to cover up Goober's cage when the cockatiels are out playing. I hate doing that though because I feel like I'm punishing him because the cockatiels are being bad. LOL By the way, that's Spice in the picture here and he's just a real troublemaker no matter what, but he has such a good time doing it I can't get mad.
I am having such a hard time deciding what I want to do for the future. The choices revolve around whether or not I want to move. It would be a final move. It would have to be someplace I am happy with forever. Most of me wants to move away from anywhere that has septic systems and well water, not too mention too much land. I have several options but at the same time I will miss the place here. If we do stay here there are so many things that will need to be done. Some of the stuff in internal, a new bathroom, a bigger bedroom, kitchen remodeling, but some of the stuff is outdoors too. Turning the property into a retirement estate rather than a farm. I love gazebos, lakes, big patios, and all of that will take a lot of work. It would be nice though and we have the land here to really make a pleasant and relaxing landscape. Fortunately I have some time to decide but I am not making much progress.
The new birds are adjusting really well after just 9 days. They have taken really well to the play stand and enjoy being out most of the day on it. I even got them to accept taking a shower tonight. Since Sugar (the lutino - white- one) is begining a molt I want to keep them showered several times a week, it helps cut down on floating feathers and helps the new feathers come in easier for them.
I've been having trouble thinking about losing weight because I've been concentrating on quitting smoking for the past few weeks. Unfortunately weight LOSS and not smoking do not usually go hand-in-hand. Because of that I've considered trying a fat burner pill to combat the extra weight that comes with loss of one addictive habit. Finding the best prices is easier with the Internet and there is a much better selection than if I were to just go to the local store. Being so rural means it isn't likely a store near me would have much of anything to choose from but I can always find what I want on here.
I brought two new birds into the house last night and they are doing just great. They are a pair of cockatiels who are quite tame, if a little timid. They are adapting wonderfully to their new home although I'm sure they are scared of the different environment. Here's a picture of them from this morning.
A long time artist and writer, I grew up in suburban Chicagoland, then moved to a rural town in Illinois where I worked, raised a family and bred all types of animals from rabbits and chickens to sheep, goats and horses on a small farm. I have been living with and loving my real-life knight in shining armor of 32 years. Recently relocated back to the suburbs of Chicago, and dreaming of moving to sunny Florida.
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