About Me

Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

A Sunny Outlook for 2012

If 2012 isn’t sunnier moneywise, then by God it’s going to be sunnier colorwise.

We're painting the kitchen walls a bright, bright yellow. The original color was a thirty-year-old beige. Our first idea for a wall color was bright, bright white. But with the white refrigerator, white storage cupboard and a white paneled wall where a makeshift closet once was, the room has more than enough white. And the red 70s-era Twister carpet called for an equally bold wall color. And the color that called to me -- loudly -- was yellow. 

I started low on the color swatch strip with Playful Lemon Spritz, then inched up to Delightful Canary. And by the time Mike and I checked out at Menard's, we had ascended the color summit to Pineapple.

Fun with Knick-Knacks
Making a room your own with knick-knacks is always fun, especially when you have yellow as a backdrop. Both of these belonged to my grandma: cocktail glasses with silverplated stems and a sugar-and-creamer set made in occupied Japan.

The sunny outlook in our kitchen continues to the barnwood wall with this 1930s poster. Sunshine Biscuits was a brand name belonging to the Loose-Wiles Biscuit Company. According to this Wikipedia article, in 1912 Loose-Wiles was the nation's second-largest manufacturer of crackers. The company had a brand called Sunshine Biscuits that they never registered. To keep other companies from using the name, Loose-Wiles was forced to change its name to the Sunshine Biscuit Company in 1946.

Sunshine sounds a lot more appetizing than Loose-Wiles, in my opinion.

Downsizing means living more affordably, but hey, you've got to have fun along the way. We've continued working on the kitchen as time and funds allow. We still have a long way to go, but it's amazing how far we've come. The photos you see here are "before" and "after."

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  1. LOVE the yellow! So cheerful and fun - thank you for sharing your sunny outlook! :) Suerae

  2. Hi Suerae! I enjoy reading about feng shui, and was curious about which colors are good for the kitchen. Turns out yellow and white are on the list! (Link below.) Glad you enjoy the color, and the post! Susan



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