"Once we clearly acknowledge the soul, we can learn to hear it's cries. - Dallas Willard, Renovation Of The Heart."

It takes courage to pursue our dreams. It takes time and patience to unearth buried treasure. But I believe with all my heart that we must do both.


After the tree

The Christmas tree came down on Friday.
I love decorating for Christmas, but really dislike taking everything down and putting it away.
Especially this year.
We store the stuff in a portion of the attic which is now our bedroom. When the house was renovated about 20 years ago the attic was made into a bedroom suite. It's a nice cozy getaway, usually. But of late it has been a mess. We had a small leak in our shower. Well, we thought it was a small leak, and maybe the leak itself was, but in searching for the leak it was discovered that the whole darn thing needed to be replaced!! So for the past several weeks we have had construction going on and I have not cleaned. We have just piled all the Christmas stuff on the floor to be put away. I am thankful I can walk out of there and close the door for now.
I'll deal with it when the shower is finished, hopefully this week.

Here a a couple of pictures of the living room after Christmas, of course I had to re-arrange it a bit. :)

Have a wonderful Sunday.


Just Be Real said...

Comfy. Love that cow throw. Hope all gets back to normal in your household Mary. Thanks for sharing!

DJ said...

Love the large bird painting. I believe it's "Sassy Bird" from your right margin display? A joyful painting...please continue to create that colorful joy to share with the world...
We had "plumbing issues" over the holidays, as well, so I can sympathize!

Anita said...

DJ beat me to the comment about the bird painting (she took the words right out of my head)...I love it. Your home is wonderful. We covered all our wood slat walls with sheetrock. Seeing the effect of yours painted makes me wish we hadn't.

thekathrynwheel said...

It looks so cosy - can I come and live with you :-) !!

Martha Lever said...

Hi Mar! I, too, absolutely love that bird painting on the wall and love the wonderful eclectic and artsy feel to your house. It's so homey and warm feeling. That's too bad about the shower---ugh...I feel for you, I really do but it will be great when it is all finished!!!

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

I just love your paintings on your walls. How many years have you been painting? I need to put up some artwork on my walls, but can you believe that most of what I have done, I have given away. I am in the process of redoing my living room, dining room area walls, so you have inspired me to take the plunge and design something for myself.

Hope you have a wonderful new year Mary. I loved your prayer for the new year post.

Lee Ann

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I agree. The fun is in putting up, not taking down. (I think that goes for everything.) Our stuff is still up -- probably until net weekend.

Happy New Year!

Chrissie Grace said...

I love this room too! I especially love the bird painting and the two pillows!:)
Now I have to go look at your flickr set.
I did get the book, thank you so much! I will let you know when I have read it!
Happy New Year Mary.

Bevie said...

I love LeeAnn's question as to how many years have you been painting...she will faint when she discovers it hasn't been more than 2 yrs won't she??? You are so very good you know...I love that bird as well, and it shows up more with the way you changed your hat miss "Roommover" hehehhee!!! I'm feeling such joy today...I took down all decorations on Friday as well, and will post new photos of how it looks now..Nothing like yours but that's ok...love you baby sister!!! (((hugs))

Jo Reimer said...

Love that red sofa! And is that a hint of a porch swing I see out one window? How easy and comfortable it would be to sis a spell in your living room.

Erin Butson said...

I'm getting inspired by all of the pics in your home. Really love your style, the colors, the arrnagements. The bookshelf looks great. I just want to curl up with a book!

Katy said...

Love, love, love it!

The Whispering Creek House said...

your home is so colorful and happy! it so wonderful! I love your coffe table! and you paintings are so stunning!