Sunday, August 13, 2006

All Thai'd up

We've added more Asian flair to our bedroom, with this beautifully framed rubbing from Thailand. My mother-in-law, Marge, brought this back from Thailand back when she was a flight attendant (in the '60s). When I saw that my sister-in-law, Trish, had framed a couple of them, I remarked how cool they were, and Marge said she had another one. I had it framed at Artists' Frame Service here in Chicago, a really nice framing place that took pains to preserve this well. The mat is a pretty taupe linen one and the frame is black wood. We hope to add some framed photos from Vietnam on each side next year!

Decked out

It's been a long spring/summer of construction on our new decks (and a very long story of the contractor from hell), but we finally are getting to use them and planted some windowboxes of flowers a few weeks ago. I went with my next-door neighbor Brenda, and we did matching boxes this year. She has a much greener thumb than I. I also planted a big container of herbs. We lost a little space on our deck but we still have room for our grill and two chairs. It's nice to be able to sit out there and enjoy the sunshine again. And eat grilled food!