Monday, September 27, 2021

Recent Escapades Part 1

The other day my sweet Cassidy asked if I would like to join her to see an estate sale preview.  I wanted to say after I stopped jumping around the room, "Are you kidding, that's why I'm here!"  Instead I simply replied, "Yes, that sounds wonderful!"  And it was!

Background Required

Everything was stored in a downtown Dallas warehouse as this would be a 2-day online auction.  There were well over 1,000 items.

The collections were from the Musselman & Rigney estates, with some odd mid-century pieces thrown in.  Most of the items were 19th century French antiques, oil paintings, diamonds and other jewels, both large and small furniture pieces, accessories, and an enormous amount of Rose Medallion Porcelain.  My Dallas girls love that.

James Musselman is an oil and gas magnate here in Dallas and lives in an enormous mansion where all the other Dallas multi-billionaires live.

 Onesia Rigney (1940-2020), was the renowned interior designer whose husband, the late Frank Rigney, founded Anderson’s Furniture in Dallas in the 1960s.  From what I've read, there were stores all over Texas with the last store closing in 2016.  Evidently, at one time, this was the place to purchase nice furniture. From what I've read, Ms. Rigney was known for her timeless interiors and for maintaining a portfolio of classical traditional design.

These Louis XVI-style Gris Pointe Box sofas are covered in elegant raw silk and one sold for $1,900 the other $1,700.  Someone got a great bargain.

I couldn't believe the size of the chandelier and the crystals.  And yes, it came out of someone's house and went into another.

To get an idea of the immensity of those lamps, realize that is a Steinway baby grand in front of them.

These large 19th century French Bronze Andirons sold for $1,200 and will require quite a large fireplace to make them happy.

The faux marble on top of this beautiful 20th century Italian Painted and Gilt Credenza was hand-painted.  It was impossible to tell the difference.  This piece sold for $1,700.  The set of 19th century French armchairs with Aubusson upholstery, sold for $950.

I had never seen such an amazing display of marble.  Solid tables made out of the most amazing veined marble.

There would be no rearranging of furniture once these pieces were placed.

Too much for the mind to absorb and eye to take in.

Look at these faces.

This pair of carved Italian marble busts of Boy And Girl were sculpted in  approximately 1900 by Guisto Viti and sold for $800.  I fell in love with them the minute I saw them.

I do not know what these happy cherub marble musicians went for, but I assure you, it wasn't enough.

Cassidy loved this large signed oil painting done by Getahun Assefa, an Ethiopian in 2014.  Although I didn't care for it, she has really good taste.  It sold for $6,000.

There was one particular item that we both did agree on though.

This 18k Gold Diamond Necklace with 136 diamonds over 20 carats, total was one of the most expensive items to sell the first day.  It went for $13,000 and some lady somewhere is very happy.

What fun this was and to enjoy it with my antique-loving granddaughter made it all the more special.  By the way, someone has this Hollywood Regency chaise lounge in their home for only $250.

Another escapade another day.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Oh Fall, Wherefore Art Thou

Yes, there is beginning to be a touch of Fall in the air today.  I even wore orange in honor of its arrival.

Joining Joyce at From This Side of the Pond for this week's

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. It's fall y'all! Officially that is and in the northern hemisphere only, so if you're visiting from down under happy spring! Does it feel like fall where you live? Does it look like fall aka are the leaves beginning to change? What is your favorite fall color? Scent? Flavor?

It is 87 degrees right now where I live and the sun is shining quite brightly.  The wind is whipping around the leaves on our Crepe Myrtles that are yet to show signs of turning any color but green.  It is my understanding that there is not likely to be a color change until mid October or November.  Unfortunately, trees in North Central Texas are not affected by our desire to see actual seasonal change just because the calendar says so.

Give me all the rich tones of red, orange and yellow with a bit of purple and brown thrown in that is typical of Autumn.  My favorite scent would be a burning wood fire; flavor is my year-round Mystic Chia that just becomes better when the temps drop.

2. What's something you're not?

A sweet princess!


3. Share a favorite quote related to fall and tell us why it's a favorite.

"I like the woods in autumn when dry leaves hide the ground, when the trees are bare and the wind sweeps by with a lonesome rushing sound."

These are words from a childhood poem.  As autumn has always been my favorite season, I delighted as a child in playing outside, in the woods when the leaves were falling and covered the ground.  Oh the places our imagination would take us.


4. Besides Thanksgiving, what's your favorite fall meal?


5. Share a favorite photo you took last fall?

This is just one of many taken on our two-week road trip last October.  This was taken in Charleston and one of the most stunning Fall entrances I've ever seen.

This one would be #1 if I had taken it.

Two beautiful granddaughters at their brother's wedding in October.

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

And this is the happy couple!

Fall is definitely a time to spend with friends!  We enjoyed seeing the movie "Show Me the Father" with friends today.  If you haven't seen it, you must before it leaves the theaters.  We love anything the Kendrick Brothers produce.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Wednesday Hodgepodge

I am teaming up with Joyce From This Side of the Pond for our regular
Wednesday Hodgepodge.

1. Something you've done recently that required you giving 110% ?

Would an exercise in patience qualify?

2. What task-sport-chore-hobby-activity have you participated in or completed, that if judged, would land you a perfect 10? 

Perfect 10's are just not something I can relate to.  Sorry.

I did manage to complete some paintings recently although none of them would rate even close to perfect.  That being said, I do like them and consider just getting back to painting as a big accomplishment.

"Mountain Top"

"Village Below"

 3. What are ten of your favorite things right now?

a)  Time with Grandchildren:  Our Indiana grandson and his wife flew down to spend Labor Day weekend with their cousins here and we got to be included.

b)  A recently discovered drink:  Rieme Spiced Apple served cold

c)  Watching "Call the Midwife" Series on PBS

d)  Being inside on these Texas hot summer days

e)  My own private water aerobics at 6 a.m. at the clubhouse pool

f)  Beginning a study of Revelations on Wednesday nights at church

g)  Early mornings in my sunroom with a big cup of hot Mystic Chia tea

h)  Listening to XM Escape on Alexa during the day

i)  Being right where God wants us to be

4. Nine times out of ten I drink flavored water rather than plain 

5. Where were you when the world stopped turning, twenty years ago this week?

We lived in Bastrop, La. and I worked at the local Technical College.  I was at work the morning of 9/11/2001, and watched on a co-worker's small office TV as the 2nd plane hit the tower.  It was and still is incomprehensible.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

When did our youngest granddaughter get old enough for this?  9th grade got here much too soon.  I wish we were able to assure these young people that they would never experience a "world stopping day," but I don't think we can.

This was made and given to us by Granddaughter #2 and I wish you could smell it.  It smells as nice as it is pretty.  She is doing such a great job with her new "Cups & Candles" business.

Hopefully Fall is around the corner.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Apples & Aging on the Hodgepodge

It's another gorgeous day in the Plano oven and perfect for staying inside and answering a few questions.

Click Joyce's Link Here to either join in or see how others answered.

1. As we begin this brand new month tell us, on a scale of 1-10, where does your life fall in terms of being in 'apple pie order'? Please elaborate. (1=nowhere near it, 10=practically perfect in every way)

Because I am a bit Type A, things pretty much stay in "Apple Pie Order" in my house.  Now, outside where things can be a much less controlled environment, it can be somewhat off kilter, so let's level it out with a 7.

We still don't have our patio started so that would be a 2; however, we got news this week that would put us over a 10.  My family and friends in N.O and Baton Rouge area were spared harm from Hurricane Ida, so that's a Big 9 because many were not spared.  Considering everything, I'm sticking with a 7.

2. An apple a day keeps the doctor away...are you doing your part?

If this unopened box counts as doing my part, then yes, I am.


Red or green?   RED and SWEET!

Ever played the game Apples to Apples?   Yes

Do you like apple pie? If so, ala mode or just gimme the pie?

Yes and definitely warm and ala mode!

 3. Tell us about a time recently where you 'upset the apple cart' or the last time someone 'upset your apple cart'? 

I may be upsetting someone's apple cart a little bit regarding the HOA Board issues for which I am responsible, but nothing that can't be fixed.

4. What are three words that come to mind when you think of September?

Busy, Birthday #81, Anniversary #56


5. What are you most looking forward to this month?

There are so many things happening this month that I am looking forward to.

  • Indiana grandson and his wife coming Labor Day weekend
  • Dick celebrates his 81st birthday on the 2nd
  • We celebrate 56 years together on the 4th
  • Dick has 2nd cataract surgery - 1st went great
  • Dinners out with numerous friends
  • New HOA Board Members revealed - I may be out
  • Ladies Bible Study begins
  • Senior Adult Hymn Sing at church
  • Dick performing the wedding of two 81 year old school friends
  • Ava Grace's performance of "Into The Woods"
  • Cooler temperatures

6. Insert your own random thought here.

We have decided both our social calendar and entertainment  budget may be taking a hard hit this fall.  We have never been so busy since retiring, but isn't that wonderful?

Monday, August 30, 2021

Loving Your Home in the Village

Love Your Home

Several years ago, in 2016, I did a series entitled "Love Your Home" by showcasing homes whose owners had learned how to love their home by making it THEIRS.

They were as varied as the people who lived inside, because that is how to truly

"Love Your Home!" 

Now that I am in a new location and a totally different type neighborhood, I thought it would be interesting to show how my neighbors have taken a unit much like everyone else's and made it theirs.

We have four different floorplans in our Village, so it will be interesting to see how each owner has personalized their home specifically for themselves.  I will be featuring two in each quarter's newsletter.

Let me introduce you to Dick and Dena Blackwell.

They moved to The Village at Prestonwood 12 years ago from a very large house here in the Dallas area.  Downsizing was a huge concern, so to simplify matters, Dena told me she got rid of all her furniture except the family piano and her beautiful glass-top dining table. They simply just started over.

Not only did they refurbish furniture wise, they made major changes inside the unit.  And that's the story of this blog.

One of the things in common in the larger units, is the fireplace and mantel.  They are all a molded white stone.

One of the first things they did to make their new home "theirs" was to remove the old fireplace and surround and replace it with a new unit and natural stones that covered the entire wall.

It updated the room and makes such a nice statement.

In this unit, there are two bedrooms with an optional office/3rd bdrm.  The built-ins were already there when they bought the house, so they did the most ingenious addition to provide a sometimes needed 3rd bedroom.

Behind these lovely finished doors is a queen-sized Murphy bed, which their granddaughters love to use.  It is operated with a hydraulic mechanism so can easily be lowered and then put back into place.  And who is the wiser!

The Blackwells took what were mundane white bathrooms and converted them into lovely spas.  Their choice of stone and design created a masterwork of pattern and color.  A linen closet was removed in order to have space for this large freestanding vanity and storage.

This bath is perfect for making guests feel at home.

The master bath is truly 5-Star worthy.

  Dena designed the low dressing table just for her and every thing is at her fingertips.

Again, the tiles were selected with great care and the shower designed for easy access.

Nothing was left undone.

Originally, the kitchen cabinets were stained and in good shape, so they simply had them painted white and changed the hardware and backsplash.

The lovely glass backsplash reflects the new undercabinet lighting.

Another adjustment was in the laundry room.  Dena wanted folding space and easy access storage.  She got both by adding the granite top and purchasing smaller front-load appliances.

The extra space gave her room for these convenient storage drawers that she needed.

Their most prized change though is not inside the house but out.

The highly sealed, red-stained garage floor is the perfect anchor for all the white wall-to-wall cabinets and storage/work space they personally designed.

Dena has all her seasonal decor carefully labeled and stored for easy access.

Dick made sure whatever Dena wanted, could be easily reached and that goes for the Christmas trees, conveniently tucked away in their own little niche.

His cherished red truck is the inspiration for the red floor and is Dick's favorite piece.

The lovely decor inside the home speaks to their combined taste and chosen use of the space.  The large orange poppy painting is the focal point and around which the house's color scheme is built.

Art work plays a large part in expressing the couple's personality.

This piece is without a doubt their favorite.  It was a gift from their daughter on their 50th wedding anniversary.  It captures all the momentous occasions in their 50 years together.  Dick said he still can find something new he hasn't seen before.

The sunroom, painted a warm chocolate is where they both spend most of their time.  Wanting to use their living room for entertaining, they chose to put their TV in this room and it is where they most enjoy being.

I can understand why they would enjoy spending time in this warm and inviting room.

Perhaps the master bedroom best reveals Dena's taste though.  She calls it her animal room and she loves the dramatic contrast to the rest of the house.

The massive lacquered cabinets and chest provide much needed extra storage and they balance the large bed and wall hanging.

This pretty wall light fixture sums up their personalities to a tee.  It bespeaks of Dick's analytical background and nature and Dena's love for femininity and drama.

This picture holds a special significance for them.  Dena tells the story of this "Butt Sketch" being done at a party many years ago when they had much smaller butts.

 Thank you Dick and Dena for sharing with us how you truly "Love Your Home!"

To see the series I did back in 2016 click this link,

then follow the links on the bottom of the post.