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"Let's just take a look", I said.  My law partner (then roommate) and I were at the local Trade Days.  We were buying some metal planters for the porch, and I thought we should just walk down the "puppy aisle" and see the puppies for sale.  I had no intention of buying a puppy, and certainly I had never bought a puppy at a place like that.  Then I came up to a booth of white miniature schnauzers. They weighed about 2-3 lbs each and were in an aquarium.  An aquarium!

"Ooh!  I'm going to pet those puppies!", I exclaimed.  "Don't pet the puppies!", Jennifer wisely said.  But I did, and there was one that was 90% ears and paws.  She was tossing paper and just generally full of spunk.  I talked to the vendor about the puppies, and then we left.  We got the planters and left the trade days.  We went to Walmart next, for what, who can even remember.  But I do recall walking down the aisles at Walmart and saying, "I need to go back and…
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Home Office Redecorating Project

I normally work from my home office, but not as much as I have been during COVID since my court hearings are happening in my office via zoom, and I'm teaching from my computer.  At some point in April, I decided I could NOT take it anymore.  The office was jam-packed with too much furniture, odds and ends, and mismatched stuff.  I decided to redecorate and use a blush, navy, and gold color pallet.  Redecorating was a bit of a challenge given shipping delays, inability to shop in stores, and what I have ended up calling COVID Depot (that's Home Depot, but it is so crowded and none of the idiots there wear masks, so you are just asking for it if you go there).

First here are the before pics... I wasn't exaggerating.  Too much stuff.  It was a mess.  Now, my law partner used to live several towns over, and at one point we both worked out of here (thus the two desks), but that hasn't been the case in forever, so it was time to get rid of stuff and rearrange.   I started by…

Dining Room Refresh

I've been wanting to redecorate my dining room for some time.  Here's a set of before pics (I could only find pics from Christmas).  This is a few years ago...


And here are a couple I stole from my instagram from December 2019...


I kept thinking curtains was the starting point, because I was O-V-E-R the gold ones, but I could never find any new ones I liked.  Finally, in November, I decided to start with art.  First, I found good homes for the art that was already in there.  Then I went on a huge search for art.  There was lots of trial and error, but I finally thought I had art I liked by mid-November.  You can see a peek of the big one I purchased from Pier 1 in the pic above, but here is what it looked like in full.
I also bought this double set at Homegoods for the other wall...

Spain 2019 {Day 6/Part 2 & Day 7 ~ Granada & Madrid}

"The royal palace forms but a part of a fortress, the walls of which, studded with towers, stretch irregularly round the whole crest of a hill, a spur of the Sierra Nevada or Snowy Mountains, and overlook the city; externally it is a rude congregation of towers and battlements, with no regularity of plan nor grace of architecture, and giving little promise of the grace and beauty that prevails within." - Washington Iriving, The Alhambra
And this is so true, as you walk to the Palaces Nazaries, you are very unprepared for the grace and beauty that prevails within.  When you enter the Palace, you are immediately struck by the intricate designs on the walls and ceilings.
Water features and courtyards are a big part of the Palace.
Courtyard of the Myrtles...

Ship Room... Grand Hall of the Ambassadors.  That wooden ceiling is made form 8,017 inlaid pieces like a giant puzzle... This is the largest room in the palace and functioned as the throne room for the Sultan.  In 1492, two …