13 thoughts on “Reasonable Happiness

  1. Jessie says:

    We made dinner to celebrate my SIL’s birthday. Of course, her birthday was in May but the house was a disaster then and I had no kitchen to cook in and my husband was just recovering from his second surgery of the year and I wanted it to be fun, not an ordeal. And it was. Fun, I mean.

  2. I discovered I might be able to have leaf-green tiles in my new bathroom, instead of grey. (The choices for the kitchen are neutral, neutral or neutral; but I’m going to jazz it up with a photographic splashback.)

    Also having fun in mid-century France and Greece with Mary Stewart. And have just had a pleasant couple of days with my sister-in-law.

    • Jessie says:

      I have been thinking about your tile colors, having just gone through making that choice. Only it was easier for me because we have the original tile master bath. All in white subway tiles with an elaborate pinstripe of one inch black tile with a white chain pattern overlay. Plus a black and white chain tile pattern around the hexagon tile floor. All the walls are wainscoted in this and the the molding is also white tile. So I always intended to do the kitchen in white subway tile and the new powder room. Unfortunately in the last 5 years, white subway tile has become the new look and I did not want to look like I was following the herd. But grey, white and black are really hot on the west coast now. So I was not going to look too original either.

      So I matched the powder room to my existing bath since that would look like it was original to the house. In the kitchen despite everything the contractor and stone people told me, I went with honed marble counters. Our first house, built in 1924 had a marble counter so I knew it was right for the period. And I chose marble subway tiles with a gray diamond marble pattern as the pinstripe. It turns out that marble is less expensive then tile, caesarstone, quartz, granite or quartzite, so that was a good call. Marble is easy to mark but it is also easy to get rid of the marks. I keep pieces of 800, 1500 and 2000 grit sandpaper in a kitchen drawer and about once every few weeks, I take out any marks that I notice. But mostly the marks blend in with the pattern. That does not work on bruises from dropping metal on it but I have not done that so I am good. I get color from artwork, rugs and wall paint so it isn’t too austere. I just brought a bunch of dark red roses in and had them sitting in the kitchen and it looked spectacular.

      Anyway, having lived in this house for over 30 years, the tile that is neutral can be worked around. The aqua blue bath the previous owners put in in the early 50’s does not work anymore and the only way to get rid of it is to rip it out. Of course, it worked for 40 years so if you want colored tile, go for it. If whoever comes after you does not like it, it can be their problem.

      • The bathroom is only part-tiled; above that the walls are magnolia. The bath, shower, etc, are standard modern white. I would have gone with the developer’s preference (and may still have to), but I discovered there was a choice, and also realized that the pale grey tiles clash with the beige floor – which she’s already installing, although I think that too was meant to be optional.

        The house itself is costing my absolute maximum budget, so I can’t afford to go for natural materials as I’d like. But, as you say, it’ll be easy to make it more colourful at least.

        • PS. I’m sure that the current fad for non-colour won’t last! Besides, I believe in using your own style rather than following the estate agents’ preference.

  3. Office Wench Cherry says:

    Happiness is a new puppy. We pick Fred up next week.

    Also, a friend had her baby girl, Gemma Skye, on Thursday. Momma and baby girl are both fine, Daddy and big brothers are scared to death of her.

  4. Thea says:

    Seven exercise classes this week – mat Pilates, strength, beach and backyard yogas – and I can’t foresee doing that many ever again. Means I’m in the shape of my life, and it’s all preservation from here.

    This lovely season, air is clear, light is low and golden, and ocean and bay reflect deep grays or blues.

    Through Face Book, I can see my Australian friends’ antique rose gardens stirring to life, while in my garden some of those same roses are on their final bloom cycle of the year.

  5. sjmcclelland says:

    Met up with my old boss for a drink – after working together for almost 6 years, it’s nice that we’ve moved to anew phase in our relationship. I ran into a friend of a friend at our mutual hairdresser and we had a quick planning session for another friend’s upcoming 50th birthday. Great new haircut.

  6. MJ says:

    Father-in-law visit was survived by all…barely.

    HIM: I’m just going to sleep on top of the bed and wrap myself up in that big purple blanket. You don’t need to change the sheets.

    ME: I’d rather you use the sheets, so we don’t have to wash the blanket.

    HIM: I’m going to sleep in my clothes. No skin will touch the blanket.

    • Thea says:

      WOW! passive-aggressive and hostile wit’ it. That you didn’t deck him is cause for celebration. I know you married a good man. Sometimes there’s no explanation. I have my in-law issues, but nothing of this dimension. WOW!

      • MJ says:

        He’s a character, all right.

        My husband kindly points out that FIL had a tragic youth and is doing the best he can with what he has. He’s actually gotten better over the years. He tries, he really tries.

        And to be fair, he did use the sheets.

  7. Mama_Abbie says:

    Lovely weekend with my daughter, son-in-law and and 9 month old granddaughter visiting. She (the granddaughter) does the most delightful babbling and and has started to sing! Just one note, repeated over and over, but non-the less, she is singing and delighted with it!

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