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New living room

06/28/08

Permalink 08:12:09 pm, by eleanor Email , 607 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Announcements, my life, Thoughts, Adapting Activities

New living room

Well here it is almost the end of May and I never did write a new blog entry! This month went so fast. To be honest, I’ve been in an MS relapse with very little energy. In addition my two wonderful sons’ were doing a major renovation of our living room. A lot of sheet rock, electrical work, building a wraparound great bookcase with a hidden door in the middle of it. The door goes to a small closet at the back of our living room.

My son said it would take about two weeks. I knew it would be longer and of course it was! It was at least 6 weeks of upheaval. Naturally all the furniture had to come out. But luckily we could use our front parlor to live in. We also used our front porch for storage. I don’t think the neighbors were crazy about our front porch storage! But oh it was worth it!!!!.

They wouldn’t let me paint even a little they felt I would be just in the way. But if course I did chose the paint scheme. The walls were painted a Mediterranean terra cotta. The woodwork including the doors were painted white. The doors had already been refitted with offset hinges to open wider for my wheelchair. The doors included the door to the bedroom ( the former den )which also had been redone with shelving in place of a bureau to make it easier for me and my wheelchair. The doors to the dining room and to the front porch also had been modified with offset hinges. The pocket doors to the front parlor needed no modification.

The book case which wrapped around the back of the room was in a soft light grey. My son’s installed track lighting on the ceiling in that area so the books of which we have 1500 or more can all be seen and located at the drop of the switch. And as they’re on a dimmer when I put them on very low it just makes for a nice ambiance.

As we have an old house 1860 or so in the east side of Saratoga our neighbor’s houses are very close and privacy is needed. Therefore I chose café curtain with a swag in unbleached cotton with lovely battenkill lace edging. They are just perfect! I had been looking at these for some time. It gives our room a real Victorian feeling.

So here I am going on about My living room. But even though I am 72 going on 73 and have progressive MS and am wheelchair dependent doesn’t mean I don’t need to refurbish and change things. And I luckily have the help to do it. I now have a living room that fits my needs in my wheelchair etc., and it is beautiful too! This is a room that I could never be unhappy in.

I have not forgotten about the curb cuts in downtown Saratoga. I will get to that at least by the end of June. Also now that the good weather is here planting flowers and vegetables is now on my agenda. I hope to share some of that too! Now that I’m in it an MS remission it’s time to take advantage of it and get some things done!

I can’t believe I’m actually writing a blog! This is fun it’s nice to share! I hope you enjoy reading my rambling and get something out of reading it and respond to what you like and don’t like. I’d love to hear from you! Ellie

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