Good Neighbors, Good News And A Decision.

At our GA home, we installed a Nest system (cameras-similar to Ring) just for shits and giggles, cause I love shits and giggles. We knew it wasn’t going to be for security because this is a gated community to keep out the riff raff, the neighbors are diligent on keeping up with you (think Gladys Kravitz) and there has only been one crime in 25 years. That happened to be a domestic dispute gone bad, you know how tough marriage can be, right?

But the upside of our nest system is we can see what’s happening when we are not here to witness it. (Our backyard last month)

A day after we departed last time, I had a small package delivered by Fed Ex. My sweet neighbor ran over, grabbed it and sent me a note saying she’ll hold onto it until our next trip. I thanked her, let her know that I had more packages arriving, but most would be large so ‘don’t hurt yourself’ trying to retrieve them, we will be back eventually.

For days on end, I would get a notification letting me know another package had arrived. Y’all it was piling up on the covered porch. Thankfully my neighbor held off on storing them for me. And I didn’t have to worry about one porch pirate; how pleasant is that?

There are still places on the planet where you don’t have to worry about being taken advantage of.


I appreciate those of you who chimed in with your ‘painting the ceiling’ advise, I really did appreciate your help. Those of you who didn’t chime in, you should be smacked with a wet noodle.

I thought about it for days. I googled stuff. I asked anyone who would make eye contact about it. We got to the GA house, my In-laws arrived, two good FL friends arrived, I conferred with all them. Everyone had a slightly different answer and it only confused me more.

But eventually, I came up with what I thought would appease me.

I had a planned ‘color’ meeting with my sweet painter. (a wife and husband team) I let her know what I had determined and she agreed with me wholeheartedly. *sigh* I instantly felt so much better.

I know, you’re probably thinking, it’s JUST PAINT Suzanne! And it is, but it is a LOT of PAINT and a LOT of MONEY.

The three arrows are the current colors of the house; walls and ceilings. Some ceilings are as dark as the darkest. Some walls are light as the lightest with the ceilings that color also. I honestly believe the Hopsack and Latte are too dark for a wall or ceiling. What I’ve decided to go with are Kilim Beige for the walls and Divine white for the ceilings so there will be some contrast between walls, ceiling and crown moulding.

Do you feel as good about this as I do? The reason I’m staying on this color wheel (page, swatch, deck?) is because I’m leaving some of the larger areas that are painted the Nomadic desert color, I’m feeling that the room that is in is nice and bright with high ceilings. I love a home with continuity throughout, the colors will flow from one room to the next without feeling like a ‘different’ color. You know what I mean? I can’t have a blue room and then walk into green; it’s too jarring for me.

See how freaking dark that wall color is for a master retreat. Am I going to sleep for tonight? OR forever?

The painting will begin next week and take about two weeks to complete…I’m so very excited!

So, are you sick of me talking about painting nonsense? Do you want to see our updated dining room?

We now have a rug! Thank goodness we don’t have a big old ugly table in the way, so we can really appreciate the beautiful rug we purchased.

I’ll see myself out…

XOXO