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WallpaperForWindows

Sometimes blinds, curtains or shutters just don’t fit the bill. You want something unique for your windows.

If you have never visited WallpaperForWindows be sure to check out all the fun things you can do for privacy or decor.

When you visit their site you get a lot of guidance on measuring and applying. They will even do the cutting for you. Whether you want pretty or privacy, WallpaperForWindows offers a solution.

Here is a great idea for smaller pane windows that need some privacy or color? 

Colorful window tint  from WallpaperForWindows, is easy to apply without any adhesive. If you are hesitant about accurate sizing they offer  a “trim to size” service too.

Check out all the selections, and have fun!

  • Adhesive-free window film – no mess, no fuss.
  • Static-cling decorative film can be used on any smooth, non-porous surface.
  • DIY product, installs in minutes, looks great for years!
  • Easy to clean, removable, and reusable.
  • Improves privacy and security while allowing natural light to enter.
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Pumpkin in the Window

 

o PUMPKIN

We bought a fat orange pumpkin,

The plumpest sort they sell.

We neatly scooped the inside out

and only left the shell.

We carved a funny funny-face

of silly shape and size,

A pointy nose,

a jagged mouth and two enormous eyes.

We set it in a window

and we put a candle in,

Then lit it up

for all to see Our jack-o-lantern grin.

AUTHOR UNKNOWN

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IDEAS TO FALL FOR

And on a lighter note, Fall is here, and I love this time of year.

Those dog days of summer are over and it is time to start planning for cooler temperatures, Halloween, Turkey Day and that festive Holiday time. I am hoping to see some changing colors as I travel later in the week from New Mexico to California, although it just might be too early. Before I leave I thought I would share my checklist for fall.

  • BestHomeFashion.com    Stay warm and cozy, choose from a fantastic selection of faux fur and wool throws
  • mypotsandplanters.com  Bring some plants indoors for winter with great new pots – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49
  • bloomingbulb.com  Think about next year with fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF
  • wallpaperforwindows.com  Add privacy and/or decor to change up some windows
  • blindsexpress.com Add or replace some blinds and shades at discounted pricesFREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)
  • sunglasswarehouse.com  Enjoy new sunglasses in the winter sun with great styles – super pricesFREE SHIPPING on orders over $25 

And if your windows are dirty, you know me by now! HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. Those squeegee artists know what they are doing.

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HUMMER VISITS NAKED LADY

Every year the naked ladies return. Just as September arrives, the pond outside my sunroom/office windows welcomes the lovely Lycoris Radiata aka Spider Lily aka Naked Lady. This morning I was so lucky that a wonderful hummingbird chose to hang around a while. I was amazed he stayed for about 5 minutes and had a feast. Thank goodness for a handy cell phone camera!

These beautiful flowers are actually part of the amaryllis family. I love their color. 

If you want to add some color to your yard, porch, patio or pond, head over to BloomingBulb.com and check out all of their fall planting ideas. They have many Amaryllis and Lilly selections.

Blossom Peacock Amaryllis

$16.45 marked down to$11.52 for 1 bulb

Marilyn Lily Flowering Tulip

$13.95 marked down to $8.75 for 10 bulbs

No way I can do the selection justice with a couple of pictures. They have hundreds of choices on sale. And, they even have a zone finder so you know the whens and wheres of planting. Someone you know love gardening? BloomingBulbs sells gift certificates.

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THE MAIN EVENT

Back in May of 2012, I blogged about the annular solar eclipse observed here in Albuquerque. Without even venturing outside my windows I captured some pretty cool pictures showing rings of fire coming through a window blind and reflecting on the opposite wall. The partially obstructed sun was shining through a tree outside the window. I found it interesting to find an article this morning suggesting an easy way to see an eclipse’s effects by finding a leafy tree and witnessing the shadows as the event happens. No gadget needed. You can also find easy instructions for making your own device if you did not secure some of the special glasses. Boy Scouts of America has a video here that looks very doable. 

 

In February of 1979, I was fortunate to have experienced another total eclipse. I lived near Portland then and it happened in the morning. I am pretty sure the sky was overcast, but it was quite an experience to have it get dark mid morning. We live on a dairy at the time, and the cows got very confused and headed home. Because it was winter the temperature issue was not that observable. I also witnessed a partial solar eclipse in Tucson in July of 1991. The temperature decline was very obvious even with a partial. That one was very similar to what I expect here in Albuquerque on Monday.

If you do not have the correct glasses and do not want to build a device, keep in mind the other phenomenon during a solar eclipse.

  • 360-degree sunrise/sunset
  • Mercury may be more visible
  • City lights or street light may turn on
  • The temperature decrease
  • Amazing shadow formations  (my cool picture is proof)

So, if you are lucky enough to be in the path where the eclipse is visible, you do not have to feel ill prepared. Personally, I think staring at the sun might get a bit boring if you forget to witness the other cool stuff that is happening. The “main event” is totally what you make of it: ENJOY!

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INSIDE OR OUT SPECIALS!

Sometimes we just need to know the deals. And, it’s up to me to keep you posted.

 

besthomefashion.com   Site wide sale 20% off   FREE SHIPPING ON ORDER OVER $50

                                   

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com   fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  OVERSTOCK SPECIAL – Frosted Glass Film from $15.98

blindsexpress.com  Graber Blinds 25 % off Sale – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com     20% off your first order – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And, if you want to have clean windows, HIRE A PROFESSIONAL!

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The Green Mess


 

Considering I live in New Mexico, where it can look brown and dry a lot, seeing all this green as I look outside my sunroom/office window is sort of refreshing. Our pond is overrun with water lilies. About 5 years ago a fellow bought almost all of them from us to put in a new housing development. As you can see, it did no permanent damage. I think I need to promote that happening again soon! Yes, there are fish trying to swim amidst that green mess. And, there are even flowers hiding somewhere. I did manage to get a pose from one of them.

 

Things to do:

             Remove many lilies as soon as possible.

             Find the fish.

             Head back over to myPotsandPlants.com to shop for pond and fountain goodies.

They have some amazing creatures to keep the fish and lilies company.

Hanna, the Hippo Spitter

Or how about …

Quack, The Duck

These two are only an example of the great selection of accessories you will find at myPotsandPlants.com. My work is cut out for me, and I will be sure to blog any progress.  Watch out Green Mess! Here I come.

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My Potted Companions

I have mentioned here before that my first entrepeneurial adventure was an indoor plant store in the 1970’s. It was a kiosk in a large mall, but the structure itself was an amazing old greenhouse that had weathered time quite well, complete with very old glass and really cool wood gutters. I have very few pictures, and they are packed away to be filtered through someday.(Where was that cell phone with a handy camera back then?) It might be a worthwhile project to duplicate something similar to quench my thirst for a greenhouse. Thank goodness for my bright sunroom/office.

When I was growing up, my mom had a fairly large philodendron in our living room that I will never forget, mainly because one of my friends carved her name in one of the leafs. a fact that I never stopped hearing about from Mom. And, I am pretty sure my friend as been reminded a few times as we have reminisced the old days. It may have been the only houseplant, although I seem to remember African violets as well. Then, in the mid 1970’s houseplants made a huge comeback, along with lots of handmade pots and macrame hangers; I haven’t seen many of those lately. I have never been plant-less over the last 40 plus years, and I can honestly say I have had a least one hanging Boston fern in my house the whole time!  Right now I have two of them keeping the other 24 plants in my home company.  

 

The one pictured started out a year ago fairly small in a six inch pot, so you can see that my plants love the sunroom/office as much as I do. Needless to say, I always have my eyes open for planters, plant stands and pots. I definitely have my attention on these beauties over at myPotsandPlanters.com.

Jade Planter Trio – $69.95

These measure:

  • Large: 12″ x 12″ x 8 1/2″ high;
  • Medium: 8 3/4″ x 8 3/4″ x 6 1/2″ high;
  • Small: 6 3/8″ x 6 3/8″ x 4 3/4″ high.

They are marked down $20 right now and shipping is FREE on any order $49 and up. My only problem is I might need to go plant shopping! I hope you have that problem too. Be sure to check out all their departments for any gardening and indoor plant needs.

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THOSE DOG DAYS…

 

 

 

If asked, the dog that resides at my house would certainly agree that the dog days of summer have arrived.

It has been hot and humid (even here in Albuquerque) for days. Afternoons call out loud for a person to nap along with those dogs. Before I heed to that invitation, I want to remind all readers that the online places we refer you to have great ideas for summertime.

mypotsandplanters.com  decor for the patio and indoors – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $49

bloomingbulb.com fall planting ideas – up to 60% OFF

wallpaperforwindows.com  privacy and decor for your windows

blindsexpress.com blinds and shades at discounted prices – FREE SHIPPING ( up to 94″ wide)

sunglasswarehouse.com great styles – super prices – FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25

And if your windows are dirty, I always suggest that you HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. 

If you insist on washing your own windows, please use a squeegee and a wetbar. And, the suggestion of using vinegar and wadded up newspapers that you see in a lot of “how to” info is really not a good one.Best tip…HIRE A PROFESSIONAL. They are not expensive and it really does improve your outlook on life!

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Those Poppin Pillows and More

Remember these? A few weeks back I posted about them. On clearance and a great price. Bright pillow covers to cover an old pillow, or a new one . They are still only $3.99 each over at

Best Home Fashion

Linen Blend Moroccan Pillow Cover
The clearance department also has many other amazing mark downs right now, just to mention a few, room darkening curtains, sheers and decorative curtain rods. I sure wish I had a room to put this one in!
Damask Velvet Tie-up
Only $9.99 marked down from $34.99
All the clearance items are majorly discounted, and shipping is FREE on any order over $50.
Too many choices to picture them all here, so head over to Best Home Fashion to see for yourself.
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