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    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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November 17, 2006



I can totally relate! I find it easy to make choices for others. I'm completely frozen when it comes to decisions for our home decor. Not much has changed since we moved in 3 years ago! I have lots of ideas but am afraid of committing to them.


post a photo of your living room! Or email me. Wanna see :-)


Hi Julianne - I'm starting to think it's time for new furniture (at least the upholstered ones). This might mean new paint!

Hello Frayed - I will as soon as hubby's done painting. He said he'd do it one wall at a time (!!!). Scary thought. :)


Did you still want to take a look at any of the places in my neigborhood? Also, let me know when you want to stop by "The Loft". I've only been there once but, I've heard that the furniture is nice and reasonably priced.


hi gigi!

i can totally relate, too. i'm in the process of giving my room a sort of "look of maturity". (it's been in a "college days look" for years, and i'm now a working person: so it really needs the change.)

goodluck with the choices we have to make!

Anne Malcolm

I went on to your website looking for La Dana de La Noche plant. I live in Spain and bought this plant this year but do not know when to prune or whether it likes a lot of light. Here in the Costa del Sol we have the sun with mild winters.


Hi Jove! Take before-and-after photos and show us if you can! I'd love to see the transformation. :)

Hello Anne - Night-blooming jasmine is really hardy; if I told you how I just leave it alone (I'd like to think of it as "benign neglect") you'd probably be horrified.

But in general, the plants like full to partial sun and because they are tropical, they need to be watered regularly (but much less frequently in the winter) but don't like their feet to stay wet. So you'll need good drainage. Cut back the plants after flowering. Watch out for aphids/ants and moths (the good news is the plant repels flies). Enjoy!


It would have been so much easier if you just bought a glass house... the one way kind. ;) Glass and metal house would be nice too, but it is a bitch to clean those fingerprints.

But since you hadn't, my suggestion is to go with dark cherry wood (the real kind) panels and hammer away.

If you need some boudoir to hang, let me know. I'll come over and shoot. :)

Deym, haven't posted anything in a while AND I'm still so politically incorrect.

Good luck.


Hi John - Hey, the day you're PC is the day when... well, we'll just never see that day. :)


Ok, I remember the trash bags. But it was good for watching movies on the other hand. The curtain rods and curtains were definitely a great choice in the end. Lucky me, I just let Chris do the decorating now.


Hi G - Big black screen for watching movies? Genius!!!


I was paralyzed when it came to repainting my red living room and yellow kitchen. I knew what I wanted but I just didn't trust it. What if it wasn't right. What if other people didn't like it. What if, most importantly, my MOM didn't like it? Finally, my robin's egg blue kitchen and lighter blue living room came to fruition and I now live in an oasis of calm.


Melissa - That sounds so lovely. :)

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