Tuesday, December 14, 2010

~ It's Been A While! ~

Since my last post was about the tornado, I'll start with an update. We have since replaced the downed pear tree with a small oak tree and we've had the trim replaced as well as a whole new roof put on but oh whatta nightmare! The roofing crew made an absolute mess of our house! They walked all over my azaleas, broke a couple garden knick-knacks, and worst of all, while tearing off the old roof, they allowed the asphalt shingles to scratch and scrape the vinyl siding!! They've tried to clean the tar scrapes off but have only made it worse and we are now left with brown blotches and scrapes on every surface! The contractor's insurance company has been out and has made us a couple of unacceptable offers...one of which is to replace only the damaged pieces of siding...yeah right!...can you imagine what THAT would look like?...our siding is eight years old and would not match the brand new siding!...this weekend they are having someone else come out to try and clean the blotches with something else...I am not hopeful.

Now on to something MUCH more fun...Christmas decorating! I have FINALLY finished it and have just posted a bunch of pics to my Picture Trail so have a look when you've got a few minutes! I tried to keep it simpler this year...didn't even put up a big tree with all the ornaments...but with the boys grown and hubs couldn't care less, I'm the only one who gives a hoot if there's any kind of decor or not so I just did what I wanted to!
I have recently added my family's silhouettes to the wall in our family room...my mother always had these hanging in her home and I asked that her former husband send them to me so now I am able to enjoy them. I remember that she and I actually sat for ours to be done but my father had already passed away and his was done from a photograph.
If you visit my Picture Trail, there's a pic in the Christmas Decorating album that you'll see where I've placed them.

I have been changing what's in this bowl on the coffee table with each season and having fun with it! The bowl is one that I offer in my shoppe, it's the Large Rustic Chopping Bowl.

Well there's really no sense in my posting the pics here when they are all posted to Picture Trail, so head on over there if you wanna see the rest, there's like forty of 'em! LOL

That's all for now...Christmas is coming!...Merry Merry!


Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

I can't believe what those roofers did!! How frustrating. Nothing ever goes smoothly does it??? Can't wait to look at your Christmas decorating...it's always beautiful. I'm heading over there now. Merry merry to you also :) Hugs ~ Jenn

ctlogcabin said...

Hi Janet ~~ Nice to see you posting, so sorry to hear about the problems with your siding thats such a shame .... fingers crossed it all works out. Love the silhouette pictures, how sweet that you now have them hanging in your home. So glad you could decorate just as much as you wanted and the way you like ... they are some things that do get better with age. lol Its bitter cold here ... keep warm & enjoy the rest of the Season. I'm heading over to see your PT.
Big Warm Hugs ~~ Connie xox

•♦•The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Just stopped by your PT!
WOW-just gorgeous my friend!!!
I love it ALL!

Angie said...

Your pics are great~love all the decorating! Merry Christmas!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Sorry to hear about the mishaps with the roofers...quite a shame surely. I do love the photographs of your holiday decorating...bee--utiful!

Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

I wonder just who trains the 'professionals' - seems there is a lot of mess ups with contractors and I don't know why. Guess they just don't respect others property - it's just a job for them.
Hope it gets taken care of soon.

Your decorating is so pretty! Thanks for sharing and have a Merry Christmas.


american girl primitives said...


You have a source for the little tree in front of the fireplace mantel with the burlap around it? Also, another one I like that is sitting on a semi circle shaped table (last photo) in a clay pot. Great job, everything looks wonderful!

Primsue said...

So sorry to hear about all of the problems with your siding - I hope it is resolved soon. Love the Christmas decor photos you shared - I'm off to check out your picture trail.

Anonymous said...

Just checked out your PT...so pretty!! Love it all!!
Sorry to hear about what the roofers did...hope you get it all taken care of soon.
Have a Merry Christmas!!

Loretta said...

Hi Janet. What a terrible experience you had with your contractors. To have plants trampled and siding ruined is just plain wrong!
I love the silhouettes and your Christmas decor look gorgeous! I'm heading over to your picture trail right now to see the rest! Hugs

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I am so sorry for such a bad experience! I know you take such pride and care in your home and to be left with a mess is just wrong!

LOVE what I see here - running to your PT now! HUGS!!

Angi at drakestone primitives country cabin said...

love your pics..thanx for sharing..some workmen just don't take pride in a GOOD job..♥

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

Your pictures are absolutely drop dead gorgeous. You have a great talent for decorating. I hope you get your siding issues fixed. That is awful when they do things like that and then just half way try to fix it.

Have a Merry Christmas

The Bean House said...

Merry Christmas Janet! Your house looks fabulous and festive! Wishing you and your family all the best this holiday season!! Karen & Carol =)

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Janet, your displays are breath taking. Your really have an eye for detail. I just love the way you put things together. Come over anytime:)
Merry Christmas to you and yours and best wishes for a happy and successful new year.