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“The act of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought, this in turn makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.”  N. Platt

I am so excited about the kitchen plans for the new house!  It took 4 long hours of work with the designer but it was worth it. As soon as I figure out how to post the drawings, you’ll get to see them.  Yesterday I sent for some lamps for the sofa table and the diningroom sideboard from  I am slowly buying dark blue dishes and mugs to go with the red set I already have.  The kitchen colors are dark blue with splashes of red and yellow so I decided my red dishes, which I love and which are in good condition, would work fine with the addition of dark blue to match. Until we sell this house, I am distracting myself with purchasing little things for the new house. I found a chaise I like for the sitting room in our new master suite.  It has a very soft upholstery which comes in brown but has no arms.  The other one I saw had arms but only came in seafoam green.  Can’t decide.  This wouldn’t be a small purchase so I’m letting it percolate in my mind for awhile.  Next week the kids and grandkids are coming for our annual vacation in Bayfield,WI.  Lots to do this week to get ready.