Monday, November 27, 2017

A Walk to Build Our Stamina and Our Bedroom is All Dressed up for Christmas!!!

Louis Dean and I are hard workers and we get a lot done.
 However, after hauling in some tubs of Christmas decorations this morning after our coffee and reading, we found ourselves tuckered out! We work hard in spurts but don't have the stamina we used to have. I have walked and exercised daily from 1983 to 2012. Somehow, when we were down in Katy helping Amber and Mike after the quads were born, I slacked up on my exercise to the point that eventually it became an occasional thing instead of the real routine I had kept for so long.
I have continued to do yoga and Tai Chi AND walk.....but not on a daily basis.
It's important to be Heart Healthy so today was THE day that we started walking again.

My son and his wife took a photo of their shadows kissing recently so when I saw ours - we did the same thing!

Normally, I walk the 1.7 mile snake of our neighborhood.
Louis Dean prefers to have a destination. 
SO we walked to the local elementary school - around it - and back.

We saw some pretty tree color!

But we were both glad when we were on the last leg of the walk.
We FELT like we were on our last leg!
I forgot to take my Celebrex today and it sure does make a difference!

Back home and back to work!

It took all day but our bedroom is dressed up for Christmas!

I have never decorated it like this before so I was designing as I went along.

My idea was to use all the white, silver and gold things in here.
All clustered up to make an impact.
In the past - Amber, Ben and I made a lot of those little angels like I did with the quads over the weekend. That was my starting point. I hung them up over our bed along with some pretty ribbons.

This is my view from the bed.
I have never decorated this chest before.
I took out all the 'normal' stuff and replaced it with my Christmas things.

I love it!

I wrapped wall plaques with foil and added a ribbon to them on either side of the wreath.
The lamp was replace with a glass one and I wrapped the shade with ribbons and then sat a wreath of gold bells down on it.

I like it!!

This is my side of the bed.
I brought in a taller glass lamp and a new shade.
It sits on a black box for extra height that I covered with a section of a gold sequined skirt.
The frame above the lamp had four photos of us with the quads. I covered them with firm white paper and will add a quote later.

It all just sparkles!

My view as I sit in the corner chair......
I love that we have a back door we can open to the cool night air!

His side of the bed......

It's hard to take photos of my bathroom since it is so small.
It has a shower to the right of this pic.
For a long time, the quads had no idea it was even there.
I have a rack that goes over the glass door with pretty decorative towels hanging there so it is camouflaged.

I'm certain there is no other bathroom quite like mine.
Louis Dean and I redid it just for me.

Tomorrow I will move on through the house and hope to get the hall, bathroom and dining room done! One room at a time! It WILL happen!

And that's why I decorate!!!


Ginny Hartzler said...

It looks like a fairyland! All the crisp white and silver looks so inviting. You would be the best interior decorator! Love the shadow kisses. Makes me think of that old song "Me And My Shadow".

Deanna Rabe said...

That's a great reason to decorate! Its true, we are living tomorrow's memories!

I love what you've done with your decor in your bedroom. It is beautiful and peaceful!

Good for you both for walking and exercising!

Wanda said...

It is all so lovely, but what I can't stop chuckling about is your walking for stamina and the next sentence about your lovely Christmas bedroom...forgive my overly romantic mind, it hit my funny bone. I do love everything you do!!!

Vee said...

It looks peaceful and calming... there’s a concept! Pace yourselves, Dear Ones.

Carol Slater said...

Its so peaceful looking. I also don't walk on a daily basis, but I do so much walking daily and lately my feet are saying " give us a break" so I can't add in exercise too.

Susie said...

Linda, I love that you and LD are walking. I would love to get Ted to that. Not that we aren't on our feet about all day everyday. LOL. Your bedroom looks so pretty. I love the saying at the end of your post. So true. Blessings to you , love you, xoxo, Susie

Arlene Grimm said...

My Garmin step counter has helped to keep me vigilant. I am 62 and I am finding that I do have to rest between chores these days. It is better to pace yourself in my opinion. But walking is easy, free and does a lot for endurance and for the core of the body. Love the picture of your kissing shadows. So cute.

Sandra said...

my favorite photo is the kissing shadows. love it!!! I like the view from your bed and I love the wrapped plagues. they used to wrap all the paintings that hung in the halls at the nursing home Rich lived in. big 4 x 6 and 4 x 5 foot paintings, wrapped with bows. I saw the wheel chairs parked with residents sitting staring at the big presents. they loved it. your bedroom if ready and lovely... good for you for starting your walking again.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I don't walk like I used to but love to ride my 3 wheel bike. The streets in my neighborhood are very quiet with little traffic so it makes it nice to bike in. If we don't use it we do loose it. Seems like I get slower every day. I love your decorating. I don't go into the bedrooms here with much more than a trinket or two but after today I'm hoping my decorations will be done and I'm feeling every bit of the extra effort it took to get Fall put away and Christmas out.

Estelle's said...

It certainly appears that you have the Christmas spirit...I can tell it warms your heart to be home for the holidays!

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

...and it looks narvelous Linda!

Carole said...

Linda you are a crazy decorator - in the nicest possible way! do read the Katie Green book if you can - you will have such a unique perspective on it. Cheers

Bluebird49 said...

After fracturing my tailbone 3 times since 2016, I have to use a cane and go slow. I can't sit or lie flat anymore--'cause I cannot get myself up! ugh So, y'all "keepa goin'".
Your bedroom looks heavenly!

Debbie said... have a great eye for decorating!! i like the verse at the end, something to always remember!!!

Nancy Chan said...

Hi Linda, you did a great job decorating your room and getting ready for Christmas! It is like sleeping in a dreamland or fairyland!

ellen b. said...

Wow, you really do it up good. You have lots of great decorations. Happy first weekend of Advent!

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