Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

October 12, 2019

Joanne'ing Up The House

Living back in my childhood home has been....an adjustment.  For one thing, I feel guilty if I'm not killing myself working on the place.  When we lived in BBay, it never even crossed my mind to feel guilty if I took two days in a row to make crafts and watch TV in my jammies.  But here, I feel like I'm being scrutinized by....well, I don't know who but the townie gossip grapevine has and will always be alive and well.  I would hope no one mentions us and I'm flying under the radar but that, sadly, is not so in a town like this.  

As a result, our to-do list, which should've taken at least a year, was done in about 5 months.  There's still a ton of work that needs to be done but it already looks better than it has in 20 years.  

Decorating the inside was very strange at first.  My mother was a complete nazi about holes in the walls.  Her taste in decorating was awful.  But still, overcoming that 'fear' and anxiety of putting push pins into the knotty pine was difficult.  All my friends said, 'Make it your own'.  So I did.  This post is of pics from the second floor.  

Master Bedroom 

I decided to keep the bureaus because they are really big....and also really heavy.



Bedroom closet.

Hallway landing.  The stairs would be on the right, just out of this pic.  I'm standing in the master bedroom doorway.

In the hall looking towards bathroom and walk in closet.

I pretty much saved my old room for last.  I hung the beads back in the doorway.  Those came from the 1974 Sears Christmas Wishbook and I got them on my 10th birthday, in November of 74.  I have taken them, and put them up, in every place I lived out west.  It was bittersweet bringing them full circle.

I grew up in this room.  When I was a baby, it had blue wallpaper with white dot flowers, and a dark blue wood floor with white, red and yellow paint splatters and dots.  When I was about 7, I was allowed to choose my own wall to wall carpet and I went right for the red shag.  My parents were horrified and tried to steer me towards something more practical.  Um no.  Red shag till the day I finally moved out in the mid 80s after college.  After I moved, they gutted it to the studs and put in hardwood floors. I got an area rug for it.  I looked for red shag but sadly couldn't find any.  I wasn't allowed to have anything on the walls till I was in 9th grade.  Of course I went overboard which pissed off my mother cause she said I could put 'a couple' things on the wall.  I still remember my dad in the hallway laughing so hard at what I'd done and saying to her, 'Did you really expect her to just put a couple of things up?'  He really did know me so much better than she did.

So why would I let my decorating in 2019 be any different.



I've done a few things in the room that existed when I was a teenager.  That poster on the white door is ELO, from their 'Out of the Blue' album.  That door was the only place I could put anything before I was finally allowed to decorate the whole room. 

My old dollhouse, which I got for Christmas in approximately 1970, was out in the coop gathering cobwebs for the past 40 years.  The furniture, which came from the old Yield House store in the 70s, was in a box in the house so I put it back in the space where it was in elementary school.


You can't really see it, but above the peace sign on the door is a little plastic plaque that says 'Joanne's Room'.  I was surprised to find it in one of my storage boxes that have been sealed up since I lived in California.  

I wanted the futon in there cause I'm hoping to use the room as a nice little reading spot upstairs now that it's not so hot up there.  

The neon sign is 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams' which is a parody of Edward Hopper's 'Nighthawks' which is on the slanted ceiling right above it.



Above the door is a Niagara Falls pennant I got in 1975, which hung in that spot when I was a kid.

Same thing with the Narnia poster on the side of the closet door.  And I'm pretty sure my Emerson pennant was in that spot as well.

Looking inside the 'long closet' in my room...that odd door with the slanted top.  It was used to store Christmas decorations when I was growing up.  Now it's got most of my purses, 45 records and cassette tapes.  Those posters were just way too big for any of the walls so sadly they had to go up in the closet.



This was the linen closet 'back in the day'

Now it's one of my bookshelves.  I have book shelves in almost every room of the house.

That is also an original 60s era towel which I've had since then too.  I can't believe it didn't get tossed out years ago but I laid claim to it back in the 80s when I discovered that we still had it.  

September 23, 2019

Yes I'm Still Alive....

It's been a very busy, exhausting 7 months since I last posted.  The first part of March we were painting and moving stuff to the house.  After 8 years in Buzzards Bay, we had no choice but to move to my childhood home when our lease was up.  We ended up leaving 2 months early and struck a deal w/ the landlord to use our last month's rent, and our security deposit, for the months of April and May so we were able to splurge a bit on another trip to Ohio. 

We stopped in Somerset PA overnight and went exploring in the area.

Checked off another thing from my bucket list:  The Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA which is a few miles from Somerset.  Couldn't stop crying.  It's a beautiful, quiet location and so sad.

We headed to OH to celebrate Mark's birthday, which party was held on Russell's birthday (they are only a day apart).

I call this pic 'Fathers and Sons'.  I love it.

When we got back, my father in law passed away in early April, and we moved here in May.  This place is A LOT of work but we've done so much over the summer and it already looks 100x better.

Then my mother in law moved into the coop at the end of July.  Russell disassembled the gazebo that he built at his mom's in 2015, brought it over here and put it back together.  She's really happy here.  He also built that trellis and wire fence.  

Sheila and I went around exploring a few times this spring.  We went to a couple art exhibits in Sandwich one gorgeous morning.

Met up in Yarmouth for lunch, shopping, exploring an old cemetery and check out the 'Goreyosity' exhibit, which were art items made by local artists from things found in Edward Gorey's barn.



Late June found us at the Cape Cod Lavender Farm in Harwich.  We wanted to see it before harvest and every year we kept missing it.  This year we made it there while the flowers were still in bloom.

Most of June & July we were super busy pouring resources into fixing up this house and making the coop livable.  I also made plenty of time to do some crafts.  I will hopefully post pics of those projects later.  

In early June we decided to do a big trip to OH in mid July, hitting more stuff on my bucket list.  First I have to acknowledge what a great guy Russell is.  He has no problem taking me around to do and see whatever I want, and waiting for me while I get my travel fix.  His back has been bad and it's hard for him to walk far distances.  So he tells me to take my time, enjoy myself, and he'll be waiting in the coffee shop or visitor center.  Unfortunately our trip was set to begin right as that horrible heatwave was set to hit the midwest.  

The first stop was Watkins Glen State Park in upstate NY.  It's a pretty grueling walk....over 800 stone stairs in all and I probably did 600 to get to this point on the trail, just to take this picture.  It was GORGEOUS.   The morning I did this hike, it was cloudy and in the low 70s, but very humid.  Still, the cold water from all the waterfalls felt great and I was soaked by the time I finished the hike.

The Corning Museum of Glass was 7 miles from the Glen, so we stopped there next.  HUGE place, incredible exhibits I want to live there, surrounded by all that beauty.  

The next day was Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland....another incredible place.  6 floors of the history of rock music.  A. Maze. Ing.

And just a couple miles away was the Christmas Story house, also in Cleveland.  I didn't take the tour cause it was brutally hot and humid.  We pretty much hung out in the gift shop which was large and had a/c.  If you look closely, you can see the 'soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window'.  

Our next stop the following day was Mansfield, OH where 'Shawshank Redemption' was filmed.  As it so happens, this is the 25th anniversary of the movie so the town was spiffing up for the big celebration in August.  First we followed the 'Shawshank Trail' in the town itself, till the old reformatory opened at 11.  This was another hot and humid day.  Russell opted to snooze in the car w/ the a/c running while I did the self guided tour.  Seeing the movie now I'm so excited that I finally got to go there!  It was amazing and sooooo incredibly creepy.  

Then 4 days with our sweethearts.


Got a new-to-me car in early September, a Tucson.  Love it.  It'll be way more comfortable going to OH than the tiny Elantra.  That lease came due so I returned it and got this.  No tape deck though. 

Before we left for OH, I dropped off my beaded ship and waterfall project to the Barnstable County Fair.  When we got home, it was the last day of the fair so we ran over to see if I won anything and I got 3rd!  I'm pretty happy with that because newcomers never place in these old fairs.  

Let's see what else.  Oh we finally got Netflix....not that we watch it much....but I binged on 'Stranger Things' and OMG I LOVE IT.  Casi took this pic of me in the Dayton Baskin Robbins, where we stopped in so I could get the 'Scoops Ahoy USS Butterscotch'.  

My MIL moved in as soon as we got back and August was spent getting her settled and trying to do work in the crushing humidity.  It never let up.  Not one single day.  So miserable.  But we chipped away at it and it's getting done.  

September was our annual trip to King Richard's Faire. 

Two days later, we took my MIL to the Mohegan Sun Casino in CT for her 80th birthday. I'm not much of a gambler and my aim on this trip was to get more pics of the non-casino areas.  There are tons of cool designs hung from the ceilings...these giant colourful panels....made from beads.  I couldn't believe how many there were.  And of course the magnificent Chihuly sculpture.

Finally, yesterday Russell took me down to Orleans for a baby shower but we were early so we went to Rock Harbor and Skaket Beach (pictured here) so I could get a few snappies.  After a couple weeks of nice fall weather, it's hot and humid again!

Sorry I haven't visited everyone's blogs in ages.  I'll try to get back into it now that the cold months are coming up.  We need to do a few more things around here to prepare the property for winter (this is a very old house!) and get dead limbs and trees taken down before Ma Nature does it for us.  

February 28, 2019

What Happened to the First Two Months?

OK January did seem unusually long this year but February absolutely flew by.  I haven't had anything to blog about.  Nowhere to go and nothing to do this time of year.  Overall, it's been a satisfactory winter, although last year March was a very stormy month.  

After 8 awesome years in this house, we are moving out in June.  Back to my childhood home.  I'm not happy about it but there is literally no choice.  It didn't sell so we have to move there.  I really don't want a 2 story, 130 year old farm house but the rest of the property is nice.  We're busy packing and taking loads over every single day.  Painting needs doing as well.  You never realize how much stuff you have till you start moving it. 

Been mostly stitching and planning our next trip to Ohio for Mark's first birthday.  The party is scheduled on my hubby's birthday so that's going to be super cute with the dual celebration.  I'm going to get to the Flight 93 Memorial this time no matter what!!! 

This is a Russian bead embroidery that I worked on for a week in late November and then from after Christmas to mid January.


I love the 3D effect!!

I was drawn to that kit because it reminded me of this Pauline Baynes illustration in 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.  

I got this dino fleece on sale a year ago with the intent of making Mark a blanket for his first birthday.  He wasn't even born yet at the time!!!

I started this after the blanket, in late January, and promptly lost a week when I was really sick.  But it's going much faster now.  This is 4 out of 6 pages completed.  I've been trying to bring a load of stuff to the house in the mornings, and get home by 12 to stitch for a few hours.  I'd like it done before our trip. 

Sorry I haven't made the rounds lately.  I've been kind of blah with the cold and big life changes that don't make me terribly happy.  Crafting keeps me sane!  I'll try to be a better blogger!