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pic     I mean really. I’m in the cutest little garden apartment in New Hampshire, all my family, friends, and pets are okay, so gratitude is the first order of business.

Okay, so here’s the scoop. “Shabby Chic” in Texas means you go to Target and find their shower curtain and beddings that have cabbage rose designs on them. “Shabby Chic” in my new apartment means OMG I didn’t actually mean “shabby” literally.  

My apt. is in a huge old Victorian house, built around or before the turn of the century. It’s old. In Texas, old is 1980.  

It’s the teensiest bit more shabby than I had actually wanted, meaning the plumbinig is scary, the baseboards are rotting, the bedroom has no closet (in Texas, Shabby Chic always includes a huge walk-in closet), the walls were painted over peeling wallpaper, there are water stains on the ceiling, and of course there was the bat in my bathroom that I was able to set free, but it was a little bit creepy. I guess I’ve fallen from Texas Shabby Chic to rural New England Shabby Chic, and ladies, there’s a difference!

I’m not complaining (or if I am, let’s just call it whining). What I’m doing is assessing the situation. With the help of my DIL and granddaughter, we’ve got some adorable curtains up and lots of cuteness happening, but the basics like the rotting wood and stuff, that’s not going away.

So for now I’m still unpacking, hanging my pink-framed pictures of cabbage roses, washing my hair in the kitchen sink because the tub is where the bat was and my skin still crawls when I get into the tub, even though I love bats and would never wish one ill.  

Today I’m organizing my office stuff so I can work more efficiently and hanging pink framed pictures of turn-of-the-century nymphs hugging cute flowers.

It’s going to be okay. It was the only apt. I could afford in the “downtown” area, and I am only 5 minutes away from my family and the new grandson who is the ultimate in cuteness. With the windows open each day I can hear the landlord’s beautiful water sculpture thingee and look out on his awesome flowers. And of course there’s the handsome fireman upstairs (who, by the way, didn’t come home the last few nights, so now I know he’s a friend and don’t have to worry about a possible relationship. That translates to: don’t have to put on eye shadow to go get the mail.)

The pink chandelier isn’t up yet, but as soon as I have the nerve to ask someone to help, I’ll get it up.

CUTENESS LIVES! I just have to re-define it, east coast style.

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      Max0125 wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • I am glad that you are getting settled and are back to writing your blogs. It must be nice to be so close to your family!

      Change always brings unexpected wonderful suprises. Perhaps this house will be the background for your next novel!



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      UK Girl wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • I’m sure you’ll make it your own and get the pink chandelier up honey



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      Frannie1964 wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • I bet you can get that cute fireman to help paint those spots on the ceilinghappy just a friendly helping hand of course. Sounds like your new place is coming along, now all you need is to hang up your pink chandelier and I bet it will begin to feel nice.happyheart

      I love victorian houses, you’ll need to take a pic so we can see what it looks likeestatic



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • I was thinking the same thing, Frannie. Maybe the nice man upstairs would be willing to help with the chandelier.

      I’m sure it will take awhile to get used to the new surroundings, Suzann. You went from one type of environment to another. All the best to you!



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      Suzann wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • Thanks you guys! Frannie, I will take a pic and put it up - yes, the Victorian houses are fascinating. And yes yes yes, great idea about the handsome fireman upstairs helping to put up the pink chandelier. Can’t get him out of my mind!

      Thanks so much for your support. Sorry I was whining. I was watching the news earlier and the floods they‘re having in Pakistan are just devastating. I can’t imagine the horror these people (and the children!) are going through. So I’m grateful for your support, and apologize for my self-absorption.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • No need to apologize Suzann, that’s what girlfriends are for estatic



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      Suzann wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • Awww, thanks Yana.



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      Mztracy wrote Aug 3, 2010
    • I see no whining here Suzann!
      I know you will make it fabulous!!
      Can’t wait for pics!! heart



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      Suzann wrote Aug 4, 2010
    • I so appreciate that, Tracy. Sometimes I am blurry about the line between complaining (whining) and “reporting.” But you‘re right, I am making it cute and enjoying the challenge.



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