Monday morning again, my friends! Hope you all had a restorative weekend
so that you're ready to tackle whatever this week brings to you.
Brian had a rare weekend off work. We spent Saturday cleaning out the
garage and working in the yard. I dug up some rosemary and parsley and
planted them in pots and brought them into my kitchen. The parsley is already
looking sad and droopy. I also brought in my potted geraniums and a couple
of hanging plants. Between all those plus my usual 15 or so houseplants,
my house looks like a jungle.
We could've continued on with the home projects on Sunday ~ after all,
they never end, right? But we decided getting out of town would be more
fun, especially on a gorgeous autumn day. We decided on the town of
Geneva, which I've written about before. They have a quaint little downtown
area with some really neat shops and restaurants, and gorgeous houses.
While we were walking around, I saw this house and my heart stopped.
I just had to get a photo. Those columns. And dormers. And huge porch
off a second-story bedroom. Swoon.
Look at that roof with the x-beams underneath it. Gorgeous architectural details.
And while we were standing there gazing at this house, a little doggy ran out
of the open door on the second story and out onto the porch. I told Brian this
type of set-up would be perfect for our cats! They could be outdoors without any
risk of getting hurt. Dreaming...
Another beautiful building I found on our walk was this church - St. Marks.
I love the stone and the red door.
I was looking forward to stopping into two of my favorite stores in Geneva:
store was closed on Sundays, so no bargain treasure hunting in store for
me yesterday, but I did find a pretty beaded bracelet at Cocoon. Oh man, I
love that store. It's one of those stores a woman could go crazy in - IF you
had a lot of money.
I loved this side table: I am finding myself drawn to these metal barrel side tables
lately. But not for $300! This one had a granite top.
While walking around, we stopped at an independent coffee/tea shop
for iced tea. I love the character and "artsyness" of most independent
coffee shops. Check out this stairway. I love the bright yellow walls, the
stained glass window, and the huge, colorful paintings. I would love to
do something like this in my own, boring stairwell.
These potted coleus plants sat outside the coffee shop. I love how
the vibrant colors last long into the colder weather. I must remember
to get some of these next year. When I was 12 years old, I remember
wanting a coleus plant. I have no idea how I knew about them - I must've
seen one somewhere and asked my mom if I could have one. At that
age, I didn't even know that I liked plants - until I saw the coleus. So I
ended up with one large coleus plant in my bedroom for quite awhile.
Thank you for the sweet comments about my grandpa. His funeral
is tomorrow in Kentucky. I never did get around to blogging about my
thrifted finds from last week's Goodwill jaunt with Penny. Hopefully, in
the next post! For today, I must go tackle the housework and laundry,
plan the weekly dinner menu and make a shopping list, work on
a couple of decluttering projects, and then I have yoga class.