In Like A Lion

March has arrived.  With a vengeance.

Here in New England, it came in with a wild wind storm driven nor’easter.   I have to admit, it was pretty mesmerizing,  And reminded me of something my grandmother used to say about this month….”In like a lion, out like a lamb”.  Now that the roar of the wind is over, we are expecting the white noise later in the week.  Not sure yet how much.  I know so many of you have spring fever already, but I am relishing these last few official weeks of winter.  Call me crazy  🙂


Did you catch the Oscars last night???  They did a nice tribute to the military with a montage of many of the war movies Hollywood created in the last nine decades.  I found it hilarious and fitting they brought back Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to present Best Picture after last year’s mix-up.  And I was sooooo happy Frances McDormand won.  I loved how her unity speech rallied the women in the audience, too!!!  I am really enjoying this movement of women supporting women.  It’s time we take it back from the mean girls and the others who strive to divide, break or silence us.

And it was so great to see some old school Hollywood at the show, especially since it was the 90th Academy Awards.  How beautiful did Eva Marie Saint look?

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And how handsome was Christopher Plummer?


How about Rita Moreno wearing the same dress last night…..

Rita Moreno 2018

…..that she wore to the Oscars in 1962?


I always love watching the red carpet for all the fashion, too.  What about you?  Here are some of my favorites:

Mary J. Blige:

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Mira Sorvino:


Best Supporting Actor winner Sam Rockwell:

Sam Rockwell

Margot Robbie:

Margot Robbie

Jennifer Garner (my favorite of the night!!!):

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Matthew McConaughey (sa-wooooon!!!):


Taraji P. Henson:


Woody Harrelson & his wife:


Laurie Metcalf:


I really wanted Laurie Metcalf to win for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Lady Bird” (great movie, btw).  I have been a big fan of hers since she played Jackie Harris on “Roseanne“.  And that reminds me-are you as psyched as I am for the re-boot of that series starting later this month?  I was such a fan so I cannot wait.  If it is half as good as the “Will & Grace” revival, I am IN!!!

For this week’s song, I chose Mary J. Blige’s Oscar nominated “Mighty River” from “Mudbound“.  Her voice is beautiful and incredibly powerful, just like the lyrics she co-wrote:

“Life is a teacher, time is a healer,
And I’m a believer like a river wild.
Ego’s a killer, greed is a monster
But love is stronger, stronger than them all.”

So how are you enjoying March so far???

All the pictures from the Oscars except the one from 1962 are courtesy of Getty Images.

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

Until next time, happy digging!!!




Hello, Vixens!!!  Hope you are all doing well & enjoying your summer.  If you are like me, you are counting down to the start of fall in about two months!!!

A couple of blogs ago I told you that I was getting ready to move again, this time to a small New England town in Litchfield County, Connecticut.  Today I want to share my new place with all of you.  These pictures were taken before I moved in.  Once I am fully unpacked and settled, I will share the after photos with you.

Here is the view from my living room and bedroom windows.  I feel so blessed to be able to see this each morning when I wake up!!!  If it is this beautiful now, imagine how spectacular it will be in the fall!!!

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Here is the entrance hall to my apartment.

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The kitchen features a flat top cooking surface (no more scrubbing drip pans!!!) and a dishwasher, which I have not had since my college days in Massachusetts!!!

kit new apt

The view of the kitchen from the living room.

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The living room with the most important feature:  air conditioning!!!

liv room view from kit

Sorry for the lighting in the bedroom picture, but the sun was very bright and fighting me!!!


The bathroom has additional storage thanks to the shelving unit left behind by the previous tenants.

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I know that medicine cabinets offer more storage, but I love the look of a stand alone mirror in the bathroom.  I think it is so much more elegant!!!

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My new apartment is in a quiet area but close enough to shopping so it is very convenient.  I am also less than 30 minutes away from one of my favorite places on earth:  The Elephant’s Trunk County Flea Market (read more about one of my shopping trips here).  But this could turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing LOL!!!

So now begins the next chapter of my life.  Thank you for coming along for the ride.

Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy digging!!!

My House Was A Very, Very, Very Fine House

Hello, Vixens!!!  I know I have been promising to share pictures of my current apartment with you, but it never really arrived at where I wanted it to be.  In a way, it was a blessing in disguise that I never settled in as a new job is taking me to a small New England town!!!  I am so excited!!!

So since I never shared my current apartment, I decided to share my house.  I owned it from 1999 to 2013.  It was the longest I lived anywhere.  I am sorry to admit I never got the place to where I wanted it, nor did I follow through with a lot of the plans I had for it.  Sometimes procrastination gets the best of me.

Keep in mind that my house was on the market when these pictures were taken, so although it was not cluttered by any means, I did pare it down to give it a more contemporary look.  That also included replacing the antique sinks I had installed in the kitchen & the bathroom…..sigh :(.  Here is the front of my little 811 square foot two bedroom cottage (one from summer, one from winter).



The first room you walked into from the front door was the living room.  The armoire was purchased for $40 from a neighbor who was relocating, and the coffee table was also from a moving sale for about the same price.  It was the first second-hand  piece I ever purchased and it is still my favorite.  It holds one of my most cherished pieces of Ironstone.  The stand holding the Ironstone bowl & pitcher was purchased at Brimfield.  The beautiful hardwood floor was covered with commercial carpet when I moved in.  The man I hired to refinish the floor did a phenomenal job, didn’t he?

living room

The fireplace separated the living room from the eat in kitchen.  It was all white when I moved in so I decided to repaint the mantel & bottom with a different color for some pop (that is actually the same paint color I used in the second bedroom).  The doors were brass and very scratched up so I painted them with a high heat spray paint that covered beautifully.  It even worked on the fireplace tools (not pictured).


Next up was the kitchen.  Everything in here I replaced.  The house was bank owned when I bought it, and prior to that it was a rental for many years.  So the cabinets were cheap and falling off the walls and the floor tile had seen better days.  Part of my deal with the bank was that they had to supply a stove and refrigerator as the house had neither, so the new appliances gave me a jump start at redecorating.  Then I ripped out the cabinets and put down a peel and stick tile myself.  I put it in the bathroom as well.  It was as close to the black & white checkerboard look I could get at my Home Depot.


At one point I had a two-tub antique sink and an oven from the 50’s which I could not afford to have fixed (both thrifted).  I also had a standing cupboard and a shelf to display some of my cherished items from my mother and grandmothers.  I took them all out when I decided to sell the house as sadly, antique kitchens are not the norm where I lived.  😦

The chairs were all second hand and the table was from Pottery Barn Outlet (one of my weaknesses!!!)  The curtains in front of the sliding glass doors were actually two table cloths I bought on clearance at Target.  The backsplash looks like copper but it was actually plastic which I put up myself with caulk adhesive.  The lighting fixture was from Home Depot.

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The antique bread box was another Brimfield purchase.  All the cabinets in the kitchen, along with the counter tops, the sink and faucet were from Lowe’s.

kitchen 3

Off the sliding glass doors in the kitchen was the deck.  I found the table on the side of the road and repainted it.  The chairs were from two different estate sales.  I love that they were mismatched. 🙂


Also off the kitchen was the bathroom.  In addition to the floor I had the wainscoting put in with a ledge so I had a place to put votive candles.  I also replaced the sink, faucet, vanity, mirror (all from Lowe’s) and the lighting fixture (another Pottery Barn Outlet find).  Do you see the washboard I turned into a towel holder on the wall?  All it took was a dowel and two drill holes.  And the vases holding the flowers are small milk bottles.

bathroom 1

bathroom 2

Unfortunately, I did not take pictures of the bedrooms.  The second one was so small it was hard to photograph, and I never brought the master one to where I wanted it aesthetically, so I left them both to view in person only.

So there you have it, Vixens.  A further view into my life and decorating style.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Please share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comments below.

Until next time, fellow vixens, happy digging!!!