Notes to Months

Note to Year {2010}

Dear Two Thousand and Ten,

It's time to say goodbye.

Just when I got used to writing you down,

you leave me high and dry.

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You were a good one, and I'll try to recap-

but there is no way to attest.

The adventures of this year- seriously-

I've never felt so blessed.

Market trips and antique shows-

I've become quite the scout.

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But after a full day of shopping,

I'll admit- I get WORN out.

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Wrapped up some projects and started new ones,

Taking (few) pictures along the way... 

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Lots of work and travel, 

including a trip to Santa Fe.

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Fell even more in love with light fixtures,

and porch swings- for an outdoor recline.

So I decided I wanted to make my own

and dabbled in product design...

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We experienced a FLOOD in Nashville-

Boats were cruising down streets.

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Then suddenly it was summer

and we fled to avoid the heat.

Went up to New York and the Hamptons

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and on tour with Brooks & Dunn-!

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Then back to Nashville to find a familiar face

on the cover of Garden and Gun. !

Spent some time outdoors,

fishing with my favorite guy-

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Planned a big party and a "Haunted Trail" 

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And that mask makes me want to cry.

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I've moved to a bigger office

piles of fabric books galore.

But I don't care how messy it is,

I'm happy to spread out on the floor! 

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This year I've struggled with balance-

business woman + friend + wife,

but I listen to the advice of my coffee mug-

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"Don't let your inbox run your life!"

 

Just went to Sunny California to visit Hoyt's family-

it rained the entire time!

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then down south to Alabama- 

first White Christmas since 1889.

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(OKay it was 1880-but a girls gotta rhyme.)

For me, the best "recharge"

is time with the people I love.

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So tell 20 11, I'm officially ready  !!

Well….. sort of.

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{note to months} September/October/November

Dear September thru November- oops, I dropped the ball.

I said I'd do a note each month but, alas, it's already fall.

I barely found time to blog, much less write you a letter

but Autumn is my favorite season!.. does that make you feel better?

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Now Thanksgiving break is behind us

and my office is in complete disarray-

but the good news is, these past 3 months-

I have learned something new every day:

1. There are not enough teal fabrics in this world - I, for one, can attest,

Turquoise fabrics
and no matter what the sources say, simple is always best. (2)

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3. When you finally receive a chandelier, 

and before you watch it glimmer,

make sure it is hung in the perfect spot and put it on a dimmer.

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4. Whenever you fold your laundry 

and put your clothes where they belong

if your mismatched sock pile looks like this-

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 something is clearly WRONG.

5. When packages arrive for clients,

 don't throw the box away yet!

instead cut out a window and Voila! A home for your pet.

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6. When magazines go out of business 

and you cry out for the sake of design- :(

Be hopeful for the future and check out this new mag online:

Lonny mag

7. If the bad weather keeps bringing you down,

 making you quick to complain

buy yourself some killer boots and you'll find yourself praying for rain.

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8. When you go to the flea market and find nothing

your plan B is totally wrecked-

Take some time to walk around and appreciate what others collect...

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9. Spend quality time with family (my nephew & 2 nieces below)

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And watch this modern one on ABC- it's definitely my new favorite show.

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10. When you're working hard on a jobsite

 and the problems keep getting thicker,

No matter what happens my friends-

Don't turn to the LIQUOR!

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Things got hectic through {you three}

-I guess the days of boredom are gone.

So tell December that I'm ready.

 The holidays??? Oh please... Bring it ON!

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 <Lonny mag photo from their website; rest of photos by me>

{note to month} August

-since you liked my last note-to-month so much, I thought I'd do it again. Once a month, a little recap rhyme. Hold me to it.-

Dear August,

I feel like it was yesterday-writing a note to July-

You two get together and manyou fly by.

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Enough activity for one month- and a little rain
but you ended a good summer so I really can't complain.
Week 1 kicked off with a trip to Carolina-
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with hiking and picnics- <TTN: the fine china>
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Naps on the porch, cheese and Melba Toast

dressed up like bears..?
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- well, that's for another post. :)
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It was hard to leave- and I'm sure you're aware
but you're a heck of a lot nicer with the weather up there!

Back in Nashville, I wanted to cry 
when Hoyt left for his first day at business school (bye!)
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As for me? Back to work- and right back on my feet-
forgot to water my herbs, then blamed it on your heat.

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{..oops }
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Went to Crossville with a client and stumbled upon heaven-
(miles of flea market tents right by the seven-eleven)

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I did a lot of shopping, and sifting through some junk-
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and spent most of {You} with this wheelbarrow in my trunk-
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three page TO DO list...really, you'd be appalled.
but a great day at a jobsite- countertops were installed!
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One of my friends got a puppy- I was aching with jealousy
Nothing cuter than a baby lab- so I had to go by and see...
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OH mygsshhh- I want to squeeze him, and pocket his puppy smell
Right up there with the countertops- he made my month as well.

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Although you worked my b*tt off, August
I've never felt as blessed as I do.
So before September shoves you away
I gotta say..... Cheers to you.
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*all photos by me, and yes- you are allowed to use the puppy picture as your desktop background. (join the club) Catherine- thanks for letting me publicize your puppy. Puppy publicity.