I’m far away from Mockingbird Hill Cottage. I’ve traveled from the Northeast to the Southeast. Yes, I’m back in Gainesville. It is sunny and beautiful, but I miss the brilliant fall colors of the Hudson Valley. Yesterday’s flight (Jet Blue) was on time. I love Jet Blue because they have a direct flight from my little airport to Orlando. And they have leg room; which, for a tall gal, makes the journey much more comfortable. I drove from Orlando to Gainesville (about 2 hours) on I-75, which was more like a game of Roller Derby. People driving like maniacs, truckers driving semis like they were little race cars…insane. At one point, I was so boxed in by crazed truckers that I missed my exit. I was mad. It had already been a long day and I had to drive 10 miles out of my way, turn around, and try again. I finally arrived, checked in, and made my way to the theatre. They were behind on their schedule which is not surprising during a tech week. This is a big, big production. I said hello to everyone and watched a bit of the rehearsal with the orchestra and cast. Happily, I got to come home early and crash.
Saturday night found my two friends from the shop and I at an auction. This particular auction is only once a month and tends to go on for hours. It starts at 5:00 pm. The best deals are always at the end of the auction – between 11:00 pm and 12:00 am. The hall was packed with people. I had my eye on this beautiful print. Flowers draw me in every time and the wooden frame with its scalloped edge was so charming I started to obsess about it. I had to have it. By the time we hit 12:00 am it still hadn’t come up for auction and the auctioneer was about to finish. There were some other paintings that people had been waiting for and we all called out our protest. “Wait – don’t stop yet!” (I had set a maximum limit of about $75.00 – there were enough people left in the room that I felt I might have a lot of competition.) When the auctioneer got to the print, I was the only bidder and I got it for $15.00! Yippee!
Oh, by the way, it hangs over the same sofa where this guy was cozily nestled the other night. I couldn’t resist those dark brown eyes. Had to get a picture. Love that boy!
I leave town again tomorrow for 4 days in Florida. I have now been in Florida 3 different times in the last 2 months. Its Gainesville again to check in on The Wizard of Oz. I can’t wait to see it up on the stage with full special effects. Now that I have my laptop, I will be able to blog from Gainesville.
Well, its done! We love it!!!! Perhaps we’ll find a neat marble top for it someday, but for now we are quite happy with our new addition to the kitchen. This photo has a strange angle to it because I was sitting on the counter trying to get a full view of the island.
Here are some other views, some showing the detail that this cabinet has – detail that I think is enhanced by the paint job. It really got lost in its former dark, dark version.
I love the way the beadboard turned out – very cozy cottage, I think. I’ve already rearranged my cupboards and am so grateful for more storage space. Hope you like it.
Have a great weekend!