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Thank you for all of your comments about the last post, I'm glad to hear that this weighs heavy on the hearts of others as well.

I mentioned that I was doing some painting last week and I'm happy to say that we're done, for now. Our bedroom used to be a fog grey, we wanted something a little ashy and got blue instead. Anyways, it's much better in white and the amount of light we've gained is kind of impressive. We also bought a new bed which I put together last week. I'll have to get together proper photos but for now you can see some of my recent thrift finds.
I found this, very tarnished silver lotus bowl for $.80 and have removed some of the tarnishing but not all yet. I also found the large yellow and brown vessel and album covers. Jeremiah loves bright colors and we both find these vintage album covers comical so it just seemed to fit in our room.

In other news, I tackled the 5 loads of laundry I had been putting off since Sat night. I have this love/hate relationship with laundry. I hate seeing piles of clothes in the sorter but I hate washing even more. I also hate folding but love to see the drawers and closets full of neatly stacked clothes. Also hate that if I don't take care of it, ain't nobody else will!

I'm taking Israel in to the doctor tomorrow, nothing major but just some lingering questions about his sinuses that have been bothering me for too long. It's not easy being a parent, I'm sure it's not the last time I'll say that, but not all decisions are easy to make. Finding clothes that fit him or choosing healthy meals, easy. Knowing when an issue is worth going to the doctor for, hard.
Well for me anyways.


  1. This lotus bowl is so wonderful and lovely! Just the right balance between restrained and accentuated color. And I hope there will be everything alright with Israels sinuses, wish you the very best!

  2. I'm with you on the knowing when to take him to the doctor and when it's nothing to worry about. I'm a believer in mothers instinct. You know your own child and when something is not right. After a serious incident with a friends health I've decided not to completely trust what the doctor says first time. That's not to say I don't trust the medical profession it's just that if I feel uncertain I will keep going back for reassurance as it sometimes takes questioning them to get more understanding. Hope all is good with Israel.
    P.S. Love your blog and first time I've commented : )

  3. oh little israel is gorgeous...mother of two - evie 7 & ruby 4 and life is busy & hard & filled with love. altho i have struggles daily at whether i am doing my job ok w my babies. i have a tidy issue & wonder if this is rubbing of on them in a negative way...i try to match their outfits & wonder if i am supressing their own fashion sense...aaahh i wonder & wonder...but i go to bed looking forward to seeing their snuffly little heads again in the morning. xx

  4. I think there's a lot of guess work in parenting that you no one ever tells you about. Maybe because they can't?
    I wonder all the things I'll have minor freak-outs about.

    I somehow missed your Japan-post ... but yeah, I been thinking about the idea of having safety and then suddenly NOT. Very scary indeed. I was in Japan several years ago and the country and people are so warm and lovely. It is quite sad.

  5. Hi : ), you always find great things!!, I have a love/hate relationship with my laundry too, I don't like a mess in the house but I don't like to do the laundry : ) . Hopefully Israel get well very soon. Being a parent like you said is hard but at the same time is the most wonderful thing. Have a nice day!

  6. How pretty and nicely placed...I have a complete love/hate relationship with laundry too!

  7. I feel the same way about being a parent. When to draw that invisible line?? Organic, natural, herbal, blah blah blah, we do it all. But I'm always paralized by fear that I will miss the point at which we should just go to the doctor's office.

    I think part of it is loosing control as a parent and part of it is not having a good doctor whom you trust to turn to (at least in my case).

  8. Israel is so cute! we all heart for Japan..

  9. So beautiful things around your home!
    Good luck with the doctor tomorrow (I know exactly how you feel!)!

  10. We have the same Oscar socks. They crack me up.

    Hope your little one feels better in no time.

  11. I often feel the same way. Trust your instinct. You'll be relieved if it turns out to not be a problem and relieved to know you asked if there happens to be an issue. Hope everything works out well.

  12. vinylvixenMarch 18, 2011

    Just discovered your lovely blog today and I like using vintage album covers to decorate as well. I have food-themed ones in the kitchen that are especially cool. Photographer John Purlia uses vintage album covers, toys, etc. in his work and they have great, vibrant color. He has some of his covers up on flickr, they're fun to browse through. Enjoy!

  13. what great covers! hope israel is feeling better and the doctor's appointment went well. he is SUCH a cutie :)


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