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The other day, I got to thinking (always dangerous). About the reasons, events, and moments, in my life when I have experienced hackle raising(ie: I will come at your eyes). They are far and few between all the love, however, it has happened, and when it does it is not pretty. Here are a few classics (in […]

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  • MJM - Dang girl, remind me to never get on your bad side…that is unless it involves a hot chick-on-chick kiss.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That really happened. ANd the rumors shut-down IMMEDIATELY. Ya gotta know how to work a crowd.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Did I respond to this MJM? I’m getting used to WP commenting system. Some tines I miss a few. Just wanted to make sure I’m sharing the luv!ReplyCancel

  • Alyson Shitastrophy Herzig - A good reminder to never piss you off…you would have quite a business being rented out to ‘solve’ problems. I think it’s called an enforcer. No one would expect such a petite and polite woman would be capable of your skills. But I know, and Kenny surely knows too;) Love you lady…seriously. ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Being petite & polite is my cover.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - GRRR! go get ’em!

    • Cheryl - You recognize the Bear don’y you Carol? HeheeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Cary Vaughn - You popped a tire at such a young age. That is so adorable. The Momma Bear in your is pretty cool (especially the demanding of the $10 back).ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes. I popped a few things at a tender age.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Thanks for sharing the link back to Alyson.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You’re SO welcome. She’s a hoot- though not this time.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia @ Menopausal Mother - I like your inner warrior! Isn’t it such a freeing feeling when you stand up for yourself?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Yes it is. Not always easy, or comfortable, but then again, what worthwhile ever is?ReplyCancel

  • Michael M. Fury - Badass. On second thought, i like your ass, i ment you act like a badass. Whew, glad i clarified, could have been in trouble. You might have kicked my ass, but then i might have liked that.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Hahahaaaaaa….you never needed ass kicking- now, your brother Pat, on the other hand….ReplyCancel

      • Michael M. Fury - Yea, I’d like to see you kick Pat’s ass, all what, 120# of you. Maybe verbally but physically …..ReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - One can dream…. (*wink* I like all of you).ReplyCancel

  • Sue - We need more inner Mommy Bears like you in the world. Then maybe the bullying will stop.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ya know Sue? I was raised to stand up for myself and others. I have a great Mom.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen O'Donnell, Author - You’re like a Mafia Don…or should I say Donna?! Go, Cheryl.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Oh, to be like you! Do you offer courses?ReplyCancel

  • Mis Anthropy - Your a good friend to be on the right side of.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - My momma taught me right!First thing I learned was never to be on her wrong side. Wowza!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Don’t nobody mess with Cheryl! You’re da bomb. I’m glad you’re part of my posse.
    And I love the new look of the blog! Great tag line!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thank you Miss Linda! I’m glad you like it and between us, I think we could rule the world! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Penelope Shelfer - YAY! I, too, can Make It Raaaiiin!ReplyCancel

Still on the heels of retrospection concerning 2013, I find myself thinking (always dangerous)… thinking of the events that effected me, or mine, and how the hell I can avoid them in the future. I began last month by deciding to not blog during the holiday season. Just too much going on. Not enough time to […]

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  • Anonymous - Things do sound dark as this new year starts. The loss of loved ones and complications with some really do draw a dark curtain. I understand. I feel your pain and guilt at “not being there” –then again, many loved ones wait til their families are ‘not there’ to release. So maybe you’re the only one it mattered to, Maybe it freed them to go, you know? Don’t beat yourself up. Like you, I get introspective but I’ve learned to be careful about staying in the darkness too long. It’s helpful to feel all emotions, but depression can kick in if we stay in the dark past the time we should and only you know when that will be. But maybe I can encourage you. I have made several new really good friends in the past 3 years, when I moved back to CA. Women in their 50s and 60s. Keep reaching out. Friendships nurtured will often bloom in the unlikeliest places! Don’t give up. And remember, you have all of us.
    Blessings to you–

    • A Pleasant House - I know this post will throw some people for a loop. But I’m human too! Thanks Carol. I do appreciate your friendship.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Steck - What a difficult time. I’m so sorry to hear about all the loss and pain. I’m glad you have people in your life to help you thrive and persevere. The harvest will be worth it. Welcome back.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie DeYoung - Oh, I am so sorry for your loss. 🙁 Though I’m not yet in my 50’s, I relate to what you observed about friendship. I moved to a new city two years ago, and have yet to make any friends here…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Life is good- even GREAT! But was feeling like it was the right time to write a different, non sarcastic, kind of post. I’m nothing if not an optimist!ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - I can certainly relate. I had an indescribable 2013, which ended with my husband alive and recovering from being on life support and a double lung transplant. An unbelievable turn of events. I just published a blog along these lines, http://www.travelswithtam.com/blog called Taking Stock. I completely relate….my 23 year old son called this morning to tell me he’s engaged. I need to meditate.ReplyCancel

  • Travels with Tam - I completely relate. 2013 was an unreal year for me, and I am hoping for a better 2014. I just blogged about my intentions for the new year, called Taking Stock. Change is definitely in the air!ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - Life is filled with low points. Mine, perhaps is proof of that. However, the future can be tremendous, if you keep a positive attitude. I usually don’t, but what the hell, low expectations bring little disappointment. As my wife and I have grown together (not literally, you can’t become Siamese Twins through living together) over the years, I still hug and kiss her, and even grab her tail from time to time. I just have to reach much lower in order to do so as gravity does affect the human body over the years. Hang in there and stay a survivor, unless, of course, you have extremely wealthy friends that die and leave you an active producing gold mine. If that happens, party like crazy! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Rich- I am an optimist. Always have been. Always will be. Just getting a little off my chest- which is now down around my waist. HeheeeeeReplyCancel

  • Kay Lynn Akers - I think it’s good to write about the bad things in life as well as the good. It makes us appreciate those good times so much more.

    I lost my mother rather unexpectedly in 2012 and that year was just awful. Finally in 2013 joy returned to my soul and it was a very good year. I wish 2014 to be like that for you.ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - I’m so sorry you’ve experienced so many losses, Cheryl. I think about many of these things and my oldest is only 15. Only. But time waits for no one, right? I wish you the best as you think and feel your way through the future…I’m sure you will thrive.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Dana. Yes- I think no matter where we are in life we all ask the same questions and face the same challenges. As a passionate gardener I know how to thrive. You’re so sweet to stop by.ReplyCancel

  • Carollynn @ www.designGumbo.net - 2013 was a tough year for me, but honestly, not nearly as tough as yours. It sucks to compare my year to yours, and find out I may be a whiny little b-atch. But ok, so be it. I read your blog for many reasons, and the honesty you share is at the top of the list. Yes you are sometimes sarcastic, but I love that, too. Seems we’re of a similar mindset, and I’m thankful you have the balls to put in writing what I’m often thinking, but too chicken to say. Happy new year, Cheryl. I hope 2014 is amazing.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Once again- I am speechless. I think hard years are relative- whatever is going on seems hard and like childbirth- we forget and the next time is just as hard. I try to be as honest as I can without becoming bitchy- though I am sarcastic because it helps tell the story, or is part of my ‘between the line’ observation. Thank you for all your good tidings. I REALLY appreciate it and please come back, over and over again! HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - I’m 55 and have suffered few major losses to date; my parent are both in their 80s, so it is realistic to assume that death is not too far away. I know it’s a cliche, but I do try to take each day at a time and live it as if it might be my last .

    Wishing you resilience and a less eventful 2014.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thank you for your glad tidings. I also try to live each day to it’s fullest. It helps to have this little blog and hear from people like you. I’m glad you stopped by.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - 2013 was a bad year for me… but for you, with all that loss… that’s much more.

    What you say about your sister… it’s the opposite for me. There’s been a long, long rift with both of them, but I was willing to at least give it a try with one of them at Christmas. Instead she blew up the bridge by declaring I’m not welcome in her home.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Holy Mother! That’s bad. What is it with siblings???? That would probably be the last straw for me. How does one get over that? SO sad William. Mostly for her I think- not having you in her life. {{shaking my head}}ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago I was visiting my friend Bonnie, at her mountain house in Cashiers, NC.Her husband was there too. And mine. Whatever.Bonnie is a clever wench who knows that I have a hard time sitting still and like to s-o-c-i-a-l-i-z-e, so she volunteered us to work at a regional Designer Showcase Home on […]

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  • Krisztina Williams - Wow! What a beautiful place.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - An outdoor bedroom?

    I do like that view!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - And it was PLUSH! Tucked into a corner on a large side porch. I guess the bed drapes are for privacy- from the bears.ReplyCancel

  • bethteliho - that’s INSANE! Cool! Tack room off the bedroom….hmmm….ReplyCancel

  • Cary - I want that house (except for the outdoor bedroom….you know, bears and all)!ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - Swanky. I have a fear of golf carts. You are a brave girl!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - If I could drive a golf cart across country I would. Just my speed. I’ll come over and pick you up- we’ll go to the mall for some shoppin’. HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Art and Sand - I love the cottage and I guess I need to buy some rosemary for my dining room table.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - That is my silly heart dream; to win the lottery and have a golf cart to putz around in upon my property; mountain views optional. Love, love the whole tour. You and your friend are interesting people with intriguing connections.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Ben and I had a property once that had enough acreage to ride around on. My son, Chase, gifted me with a golf cart which he had painted yellow to match the house! We sold it with the property. Easy come. Easy go.ReplyCancel

A while back, two of my BBB’s (BestBloggingBuddies) and I were talking (well, really emailing/texting/PM’ing- no one actually ‘talks’ anymore- right?) to each other about what the spaces we work in look like, so, I thought I’d show you… Where The Magic Happens (and take you on a trip down memory lane) ~ This ‘Space’ […]

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  • Sue - What about that wonderful lamp that matches the framed art; just love the lamp along with the entire office.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I sorta did this one for you Sue. Remember when you asked me to take a pic of my office? Well here it is. The lamp is covered in a black/white toile fabric. I had a master bedroom once that I wallpapered ENTIRELY with black/white toile- walls, AND ceiling, matching lamps, drapes, etc…. it was FABULOUS!!! I’ll have to look for a picture. What’s your space look like?ReplyCancel

    • Sue - My office is a mess right now with too much stuff!! I hate my desk. It is a big desk, but not in a helpful way.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I hate that when our work space is too large (wink)ReplyCancel

  • Petra - This is a very pleasant space! Truly: fresh and uncluttered, yet intimate. To me, it’s not about a specific object, but I much like the overall atmosphere due to every item you picked to join you there – I find it very inspiring! I love that you opened up your closet and gave us a peek into it; your description of each object is telling so much! Wish we could see the top of that paper maché head! 😉 xoReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It is the ‘overall’ atmosphere (as you so beautifully put). Intimate yet stimulating. Surrounded by objects that have meaning. I know YOU understand. Love ya gal! xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Julie Phelps - You created a beautiful space! I won’t share any pics of mine, as my new space changes throughout the day. Now that I have moved I no longer have a dedicated office, but do use a corner of my bedroom (wee corner desk) plus the nearby bed with a zillion pillows that are constantly being re-arranged to suit the current condition of my back. Due to previous foot issues and surgeries I often use the laptop on my bed in order to keep my feet semi-propped up. Comfort is a good thing.
    But throughout the day I may use my laptop or iPad in the dining room, the gathering room, or in my art studio.
    Now, the ART studio is definitely a dedicated space and is my particular haven.
    Sometimes, the kitchen is my haven….
    Oh dear, it seems I am spread out all over the place!
    Another note: Ass-sprawl is also addressed – possibly improved upon – by using a giant exercise ball as your seat. Good for lots of body parts, actually. Just sayin…ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So sorry to hear about your little desk and your feet but…….You have an ART STUDIO!!!!! MY DREAM!!!!!! That helps make everything better, I’m sure! And the ‘exercise ball’ is a good idea. I gal after my own heart. xxxooo ps: I don’t mind that you spread out all over the place, in fact, I liked it!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Rumaker - I love your office space!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Thanks Patty! It’s small but happy- and I LOVE having a big glorious window with which to peer down on the crazy people of New Orleans!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - I need a space like this!! I write on my bed with my laptop. I’m totally lame. LolReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - My working space is, well, a bit less cluttered!

    Except under the desk. That I have no idea how that happened.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Froman - Wow, that is a pleasant house/space. I’d send you mine….but it’s just my bed. That’s where I sit with my laptop…after I get home from work. In a cubicle. LOL.ReplyCancel

It’s very hot here in New Orleans  I can prove it… I sent Ben out for cat food. Need I say more?PS: He forgot the cat food.Men. Tweet

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