We spent yesterday in a part of town where the streets are lined with antique stores. We like this one especially. It is more Alladins cave than a shop. I always feel like there are magical things just around the corner .. behind a bookcase, under a table. I have to go back soon, I want to see if I can find something to bring home with me .. that will fit in the door. I spied a rocking chair that was one of a kind. Mirrors of all sizes and shapes. Rugs. There will be something that I can't leave behind. There always is ~
Yesterday we went to a part of town that is full of antique shops. This one particular shop is like Alladins Cave, crammed full of treasure. 3 treasures in particular grabbed my attention. Where to put them ... hmmmm...
Driving down the lane, the house is hidden, set into the trees with gardens surrounding it . Charm abounds.. Come in and stay for a while, there will be much eating and drinking and talking to do ... Chats around the kitchen table in the morning, over coffee.. After enjoying a good nights sleep ..
Every year, I go to the dermatologist. This year is no different. Last year , was different.
I had skin cancer.
On my leg, my thigh to be precise.
Almost the same spot on that leg as the previous skin cancer I had on the other leg, in 1996. Both have been taken care of and I am fine and the scars are more "interesting" than ugly and I don't really care because Skin Cancer is really ugly. And it is fairly easy not to get it.
But as in my case, being blonde/blue-eyed/raised in the South and having lived in Hawaii and California and unfortunately being one of those people who is fair skinned but tans easily ..
I baked myself as a kid, never used sun block and now ( as are millions of other people ) I am paying for it.
So read this and take this tiny bit of caution away with you ...
No matter how old/young you are, wear sunblock or stay out of the sun.
That means your children too.
No matter how dark or fair you are .. remember, Bob Marley died from a Melanoma skin cancer.
So the doctor looks me over and tells me I am fine. But I am too thin.
Boing !! when was the last time that happened to you ?? I was so surprised, I just looked at her and wondered, did this mean I have to take medicine ? will it bother my skin ? Actually, being too thin will bother your skin.
It gets all loose and wrinkly and foldy .. from not being plumped up with the proper fats and things that belong in there.
Things that are missing when you don't eat properly. I don't eat properly.
I drink gallons of coffee with a lot of sugar in it and I mostly only eat once a day and that isn't much. I am not hungry these days. I am sad these days. But when I get happy again, someday, watch out .. I will be eating my way across the city/country/continent !! If you have any none meat recipes for someone with a lack of appetite, here is where you get to post them. I will try them and I will let you know how they worked out.
Or I will write to you privately and fuss at you because I will be all plump and round and my clothes won't fit ~
I want a new home to renovate .. new rooms to decorate .. new places to explore.
Right now I am doing it all online, looking, daydreaming, making lists.
There are a few Big Questions though ... like ..
Where do I want to live ?
Which continent ?
City or Country ? I have gotten to the point where my only real decision is that IF I were to live in another country, say in Europe, it would be an apartment in Paris.
I am liking the idea of a small-ish house in a country-like setting or the woods .. not too far from a big city .. really big , as in New York City. There is always the option of moving from this apartment here into another one but that just doesn't have the same exciting feeling to it .. know what I mean ?
I can have my bags packed in a jiffy ! Just let me know what season to look forward to. Summer is expected here soon. Although I don't have a garden of my own, there are parks that are very close and grass and trees to take advantage of .. but these days, I am wishing to find myself in a new place, where there are no sad memories to stir up. I will be happy to do some shopping and have just the right outfit for the city or country that I will visit. A train ride might be fun ... But an airplane would take me across the seas and farther.. yes, I think we need an airplane. I will sit here and wait. ...
Walking through the Design Center yesterday, I found the sofa I want. Never mind that ours is only 4 years old. This one is Velvet ( ours is chenille) and the color is better and it has more seating room. Therefore I see no reason why I should not sell our old one and buy this one .