09 January 2018

A New Sofa

I'd like to start this post by saying how absolutely excited I am to finally have a new sofa.  If you've followed the blog since the beginning I bet you are wondering why we got a new sofa as the other one was not quite 5 years old.  There is a story that I need to tell to explain why we had to get a new sofa.
Way back in September on a Sunday we opted to not attend church.  I don't even recall the why of not attending but we didn't.  It turned out to be a blessing that we didn't go.  Around 11:30 am John was having lunch at the island and I was standing at the sink when he yells to me "Mom, you have to see Cody."  There stood Cody covered in blood from his mouth to his toes.  I began to shout out orders and I put shoes on and swooped him up and headed to the vet's office.  After a few minutes the vet informs me that Cody has a laceration under his tongue and would need to stay the night after surgery.  What we thought was a laceration turned out to be far more critical than we ever would have imagined.  I won't go into graphic detail but, Cody's health declined over the next 6 weeks and at the end he had lost all control of his tongue.  He had a mass at the base of his tongue and what was believed to have been a laceration under his tongue was most likely a rupture of yet another mass.  We buried Cody in our back yard with the other cats we've lost since moving back to Auburn.

On the initial day of his illness had we not been home from church that day he would have bleed out.  He lost a tremedous amount of blood that day and the bulk of it was on the back of our sofa.  No one discovered it until I got home from having taken him to the vet.  I did my best to clean it up and for the most part I did.  Cody owned that sofa!  He was responsible for every single solitary claw mark on it.  He gave that sofa a good working over no doubt.  It might have only been 4 years old but it looked 20.  I had said long before the event that I wouldn't get a new sofa until Cody had passed knowing he'd ruin the next as well.
With Cody now gone, I knew I could consider getting another sofa.  There isn't a furniture store in a 60 mile radius that I didn't travel to and window shop sofas.  When all was said and done the sofa I liked the best and felt would be the most serviceable sofa for our family that still includes 2 more 15 year old cats(think crazy cat lady, I'll own it) was one I found right here in Auburn at Badcock furniture.  This is most definitely not a sponsored post!
There were 2 sofas that I liked, I even did an instagram story about them back in early December.  The" Charlotte" came with a total of 5 throw pillows that while they were nice, they didn't go well with the custom drapes I have in the room.  So for now I'm still using the pillows that I already had on the old sofa.  Expect to see some different pillows in the future as I'm officially on the hunt!

 The color is pretty similar to the other sofa, you might not have even noticed the difference had I not mentioned it was a new sofa.  The color is kind of a tan with a twinge of gray...I'd call it Puddy if I were naming the color.  Badcock offers a warranty against a host of things that can go wrong with your sofa.  If you don't have to use the warranty they give you the price you pay for it (which is $60) back after the 3 year mark.  I assured the sales gal that no worries with that as I have every intention of using this warranty... think 2 cats left and kids still at home!
 I was pleased to find a sofa that was affordable, less than $600 on sale. The sofa was made by Simmons.  It is comfortable to sit and lounge on.  The pillows on the seat are firm so I hope this means they hold up well to our use and the remaining cats...Avery and Smokey.  You see a shot of Avery coming around the side of the sofa in this pic.

Thanks to you all for letting me tell the tale of our cat, Cody.  I have had cats for the entire 52 years of my life and I have to say he is without a doubt the best cat of them all. Everyone that ever met Cody would tell us what a great cat he was.  When we vacation we always have someone stay in our home and this past year the guy that stayed called me and said that Cody was nothing but a love sponge....he soaks up all the love in the room.  He really did. 

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08 January 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  I hope you all don't think I'm late in my wishes, somehow when the kids go back to school it marks(for me) the beginning of the new year. 
This year I plan to share more about shopping for and selecting antiques that fit your home and decor style.  I'll be sharing the do's and don't along with what I believe is a fair price to pay for an assortment of antiques both large and small.

There will lots and lots of rearranging of vignettes through out our house!

Tablescapes will continue to be a part of my blog.  Some of my most viewed posts have been tablescapes which tells me you all like those. 

I've been working on my closet with a complete gut job that I hope to have up on the blog soon.

 I'll include things like what made me chose the system and finishes along with what it cost!
There will be trips, I'm already planning 3!

 Ya'll our older son's girlfriend makes the absolute best spaghetti ever and that will come soon.  You won't dare wanna miss that!
I hope to share a little bit more of my actual life and everyday joys and opportunities I have.  One thing I'm doing right now is the 14 week Home Organization Challenge that a Bowl Full of Lemons hosts each year.  If you find yourself or your home in need of a bit or organizing or sprucing up join all of us that have already started the purge!  I'll share the corner of my dining room where I'm piling that I've purged that will end up at our local Salvation Army later today on my Instagram stories.

Today, my senior makes his last back to school trip after Christmas break.  John has less than 135 days left of high school and somehow that catches in my throat.  Later on I will be sharing all about our college visits and the things we wished we knew then and the changes we would make if we had a do over.

A post I absolutely dread writing about will be the sending my child away to college....y'all how can it be that the "baby" will leave the nest in just 8 months.  I'll share his highs and my lows through the entire process.

I don't always make new years resolutions but this year I've made 2.  I plan to share each month all through the year how I'm doing with those.  What are those resolutions you ask?  Keeping my car clean and keeping our garage tidy.  I'm gonna be real, my car looks like a homeless shelter often times and it makes me feel icky.  This IS the year I will make this change!  Our garage...I have no words.  I'll share pics  of it as soon as it warms up a bit!

A number of years ago the big thing with bloggers was to post their word of the year early in January.  When that fad fell by the wayside I will admit that I've missed it.  I found it inspiring to have a glimpse into what others in my profession selected for their word.  While I'm not bringing that back, I do want you all to know that my goal for the year not just in regards to blogging but in my life as a whole is to stay motivated.
Motivation is key to everything we take on in life.  

As we begin this new year, my wish for each one of you is peace, love and the ability to stay motivated in all your endeavors!

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