Snow. Can you envision everything covered in blindly beautiful white snow? Does it make you see how quiet the world can be? Does it give you a sense of wonder, transporting you to a fantasy world, making you want to explore every nook and cranny? Are the textures of the ice and snow not amazing? You never know exactly what form the ice will make, though it follows a generally predictable pattern. But all the same, it’s shiny, like diamonds in the sky at night. It’s smooth yet it can have jagged edges. Like wallpaper, it forms patterns of the world. And the snow. It can be powdery and light, like the powdered sugar that you need for the delicious icing on the cake. It’s light, like a blanket covering the ground, lulling us to sleep. Sometimes the sturdier stuff is better, like for sledding on and making snowmen, much like cookie dough where you could make it your own.
Book Club: The Decorative Carpet
Why are rugs on the bottom of the totem pole?
I work at a rug and carpet store, so for me, that’s why I don’t bring up rugs very often. I see them all day already. Before I worked at this store, I had zero appreciation for rugs. Zero. Everything I had been exposed to were either the stuffy traditional rugs (you know the usual blacks, reds, and blues- not my style) or the cheap rugs at Walmart. I almost didn’t even understand why they existed. Then I entered the rug industry. Literally, a door had opened up a whole new world for me and exposed me to so many beautiful rugs that were so painfully out of my budget.
Book Club: Made to Order
Time is just flying by right now. We just got back from a weekend trip up to the mountains and I lost track of blogging time, which in my defense is quite easy to do when you go up for a nice relaxing weekend to disconnect. But, when the Blue Ridge Mountains are having some unusual wildfires and it’s just all around smoky, it’s hard to focus. The smoke has reached all the way to Charleston and I tend to get light headaches after being around any kind of smoke in my face long enough. I’m kind of surprised- though maybe I shouldn’t be- that there’s not more coverage on it. How do people out in California put up with all the smoke from the wildfires they have every year? And all at once it breaks my heart and pisses me off that there are people out there who wants to literally set the world on fire. I believe most of the wildfires going on right now were started by arson. Why, people? Why?
The Many Decorative Faces of Skulls
Why do we have such a fascination with skulls? You don’t get a skull until it’s bare down to the bone- after someone or something has passed away, if we’re talking about the real thing. For the longest time, skulls always creeped me out, like its soul was still around and would put a curse on anyone who messed with it. I know such a thing wouldn’t happen, but in our culture, skulls are associated with Halloween and death. Rather semi-negative things.
The Subtly of Bar Stools
It was not until I started looking for bar stools of my own that I had noticed that bar stool are not typically used to make a statement, but rather to blend in to allow the kitchen as a whole to be the star of the show. Originally, I wanted my stools to be unique or to have pattern or pops of color, but upon further study, I realized that would have been distracting and even more so, given its location in my apartment.