1. My rose wall!
I painted the rose for my senior project in high school Art, and I've been waiting to have a home for it ever since.
I finally brought it home from my parents' house and found it was a perfect match with the cute "Him and Her" frame from my dear friend Ruth:
We added photos of our families on either side—Jersey family on the left, Illinois family on the right.
I love how it turned out!
2. Pumpkin butter on toast is a delicious breakfast...
... but it's even better with a little apple cider.
The combo makes me feel like Ms. Autumn Woman. :)
I heard her escort her little friend over to the bookshelf and gush, "They don't just have boring grown-up books. They have kid books too!"
I took that as a big compliment.
Then they went outside and tried to climb the fire escape to the top of the building (fortunately we intercepted them). So... I'm not sure I should really trust their judgment.
But it's a compliment nonetheless. :) I do love collecting children's books from thrift stores and book sales.
4. After overhearing that comment, and noticing how my little siblings always gravitate to our bookshelves when they visit, I decided to put all the children's books together in one place.
I cleared off a messy windowsill and made it a home for my growing collection of children's books instead.
5. My trusty owl Minerva keeps watch on the end.
Have I told you about Athena and Minerva? That's what we named our owl bookends, a wedding gift from my dear friend Joey.
Joey thinks it's crazy that I name things like laptops and bikes, so of course I had to name the owls he gave me. Contrariness for the win. ;)
And yes, I do know that Athena and Minerva are the same person in mythology. But aren't those great names for twin owls?
I've loved owls ever since I met Hedwig in Harry Potter. And I sure do love our little book-sill. Here's to adding many more books to it.
Many thanks to Hallie for hosting!