Monday, January 4, 2010

This and That.....

Hello everyone! I am feeling a bit more together these days, although I still haven't peeked in the garage nor have I unpacked. BUT, that aside, I have gotten some decorating done. Not much but some. One of the bathrooms is done and only because I want to enjoy a nice bathroom while I'm taking my baths. :) Here's a few little pictures to share.

This bathroom is my mermaid bathroom. Can you tell? See that beautiful bottle with the seashells on top? My stepfather got that for me, for Christmas. I adore it and I will be putting sea salt in it. :)


The little table with my candle and drinks...cold drinks necessary when taking a nice hot bath. (That's grapefruit juice).

My new $20.00 eyelet curtain from Kmart completes this sweet, small bathroom that will be my oasis every night after a long day's work.

My mermaid picture and my sign that says "At the beach, time you enjoyed wasting, is not time wasted at all." I love that saying.

Also, I know this is going to sound really strange but while I was home for Christmas we hardly took any pictures. Crazy, isn't it? I think we were all so caught up in visiting and enjoying our company that we completely forgot to take those obligatory Christmas pictures! Lol! I did, however, take a few while I stayed with my brother. My brother lives on the beach in Southern California in this beautiful 1940's (perfect for me, huh?) art deco high rise complete with doorman and everything! I loved it! My brother and his significant other live in the penthouse and oh my gosh, the VIEW! Can you see the Queen Mary in the distance?

This was what I woke up to from the guest bedroom.

Walking to breakfast. My brother is closest to me and his significant other, Dennis (who is such a sweetheart) up ahead. The weather was perfect. 70 degrees with a light beachy breeze.

Harley...my brother's beautiful Bengal.

Good 'ol Cooper. :)

Can you tell they hate each other? Lol!

Well I hope everyone is enjoying the start of 2010. Anyone make any New Years resolutions? I usually don't but I'm finding as I go along that that's probably why I'm still a disorganized mess. So, this year I did make a resolution. I am getting ORGANIZED! Yay! Okay, we'll cheer when I prove it to you all. :)
Real quick...I saw the movie Avatar tonight. Oh my gosh....I LOVED it. I cried, laughed a little...and it kept me on the edge of my seat....but it brought up some real concerns I think our society needs to really think about.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

24 comments:

Lauraslife said...

Oh how nostagic your post made me feel. I recognized your brothers view immediately. My first apartment (29 years ago) when I was only 17 was in Belmont Shores off of Ocean Ave. right down the road from Long Beach which was not developed like it is now. I have spent so much time shopping in Ports O Call, I grew up on those beaches.
I love the mermaid themed bathroom, where did you get the mermaid statue and the print? It reminds me of the Hans Christian Anderson themed statue in Amersterdam.

Lauraslife said...

Ooops that should have read nostalgic lol!

Tracey said...

Love the bathroom,,,funny,,my bathroom is very beachy too...(we have similarities :) ).. and the view ,,can I come visit your brother too??? I'd love to wake up to that every day! I have a pile of snow out my window..and it's eye level! No resolutions, but changes are in order.. better with my money and get organized.. same changes I promise myself every year.. glad you doing okay, miss you bunches!! Happy New Year..

Kathleen said...

Oh Michelle, How I would love to relax in your bathroom. I love the mermaid theme....I think a lot of girls wanted to be a mermaid at one time or another. That view! Does it get any better that that? Love your brother's Bengal. I would love to have one, but Mr Ming is so spoiled, and would be so jealous. Glad to hear you are settling in. It takes time. Sounds like you are right on track. Hugs, Kathleen

Lisa said...

Your bathroom looks like a spa! I like to get my bedroom and bathroom put together first after a move. I figure as long as you can get a good bath and a good night's sleep, you'll have enough strength to tackle all the boxes! Glad you had a wonderful Christmas!

Dawn said...

your brother is sooo lucky! I used to live in hermosa beach on the water years ago, parents sold it decades ago and it could have been worth so much money now, but the the view oh the views of the ocean.
good to see you back!

Judith said...

Nice bathroom, your like me in the fishy thing.... so relaxing!

LuLu Kellogg said...

LOVE the bathroom!

What a lovely view to wake up to in the mornings and the kitties are so beautiful!

LuLu~*xoxo

The Garden Bell said...

Don't worry about unpacking. Get out and enjoy the wonderful weather you are having for us. Love the sunset. You packing can wait, we need more of your weather...chuckle-chuckle....

MJ said...

Love your mermaid bathroom, Michelle!! And your brother's place sounds soooooooooo cool!!!!! I would love to live on the beach!

Your resolution to get organized in 2010 is one that I'm sure all of us can relate to!! :-)

Allison said...

Wow--sweet bathroom. Happy New Year to you! My resolutions? Be more active, less judgmental and worry less about cleaning and more about playing!

Anya said...

Hi
We are happy you are back :-)
I love your bathroom
I wish I could take a shower there
LOL
Wow!!
Your brother have beautiful cats
:-)

Hugs to all
Kareltje =^.^=
Any :-)

Rue said...

Great pics! That sunrise is delicious! Happy that you had such a nice time with the family (and the sunshine) over the holidays!

Love the mermaids! That bathroom looks wonderfully cozy - perfect for relaxing after a hard day!

You know...I don't think I took any Christmas pics either...maybe one of my Charlie Brown tree...

Randi Troxell said...

oh! your brothers bengal is a beauty!!!!

great pics.. hope the beginning of your 2010 is going good!!!!

Heather said...

wow, your brothers place seems amazing! what views! and a doorman? sign me up! lol
love your new shower curtain!

Joy said...

Love the mermaid statue... the bengal cat is beautiful and looks great with that red pillow as an accessory! Happy New Year!

fairmaiden said...

I love seeing your mermaid bathroom. Love that mermaid statue. That is one thing I do not have in my decorating~mermaids. Oh, wait, I do have a Waterhouse mermaid pic in a silver IKEA frame on the wall to cover the unused telephone outlet. Tee Hee.

And I love seeing your brothers beach penthouse. Wow what a view. And your lovely walk to breakfast...looks like you had a great time!!!

And, and I saw Avatar twice already...I liked it that much! I agree, it ministered to my heart in many areas. "I see you" <3

Chatelaine said...

Well at least you took pictures of your brother's kitties. They are so cute!

Great view too! So now you're back in the North and in the cold.
You will definitely need those hot baths.

Love your mermaid bath. I used to have an ocean themed bath at my old place. Now I have a no theme bath, LOL.

Patti said...

What a cute bathroom! I love the beach. mermaid theme- so soothing and calming- just perfect! Plenty of time to deal with the garage...do it all in your own time... Your vaca sounds wonderful- what a view!I could deal with that on a daily basis; I love the water! No resolutions- although I should have some- I just don't like the pressure. Weird, huh; but it works for me. Hope you have a fantastic week~

Sophie said...

Lovely pictures, Michelle!

fiberdoodles said...

What a great place for a bath! I love the beach and all things related. Good job!

What an amazing view! I think I would visit A LOT (lol). And the kitties are just adorable!

TeresaR said...

I want to wake up to that view your brother and his SO have! Lucky them. :) His kitties are cute too (but not nearly as cute as yours!!).

xoxo

Tulip Bliss said...

Lol... I went to see Avatar in Idaho... it was a good one...

Tulip Bliss said...

Lol... I went to see Avatar in Idaho... it was a good one...