Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday in paradise...

Well the new cushions for the terrace furniture arrived as I told you and here they are.  Before they looked like the footstool, just beige and 12 years old.  The duck thinks they are "gaudy and tacky" and basically hates them.  I thought they'd brighten up the terrace a bit.  I am very limited as it gets high winds.  To refresh, below are the two chairs I got from Home Depot.  Please tell me your honest opinion.  My feelings will not be hurt in any way and I'll take them back or ditch them if they are that bad.

Well I reached another milestone yesterday.  I walked the Walmart.  Now I admit I did not go in every aisle but it was a good hike for me and then I got home and still did my 45 minutes in the pool.  

There was an eight year old boy named Michael (and never call me Mikey) in there already so I decided to make the best of it.  I have never seen him before, his grandparents live here.  Well to make a very long story somewhat short, he worked out with me and we became friends.  He wants to "make a date to swim with me again".  He wanted to know if he could just knock on my door.  I told him it was best if he didn't because when I go in I get my bath and put on my pajamas.  He told me most "old people" go to bed early but he likes "over 60".  Quite the little rascal!

So it's the start of another brand new week.  Isn't it lovely how that happens?  If you had a rotten week last week you get to start all over new and make it a better one.  I love that.  

Several of you have told me that I have motivated you to get healthier.  That makes me so happy I cannot tell you.  I am using My Fitness Pal.   If you decide to join I am empressbee (no space) and you can friend me.  Then you can see what I eat and the exercise and the progress.  The duck is also on there.  I am finding it very helpful and most foods are already in their data base.  It tracks all of your nutrition and you can see what you need to change to be more in line with your body's requirements.  Most things I have used before just track the calories.

Go out and make it a fantastic week.  I will too...


  1. You really want my HONEST opinion Bee? I love the chairs from Home Depot. I think they are so classy. However, I'm not so fond of the new cushions. To me, they don't blend with the others and cheapen the overall look . . . but, maybe that is just me. You have to live with them, so if you like them then by all means keep them.

    Love the Michael story! You've got yourself a new boyfriend.

    I'm so glad to start a new week. Last week was the pits. I lost a close girlfriend. She was absolutely fine, enjoying life, and on Friday had a brain aneurysm and died so suddenly. Unbelievable! I'm still reeling.

    Hoping for a better week ahead.

    Hugs, Dee

  2. I like the new cushions! They add some summer fun on the balcony!

    I am so excited for you and all the new things you have accomplished lately!


  3. I personally like the new covers. But I love color and they add a nice splash . You have to live with them what do you think? How comfortable are they?

  4. Well, I like them! So there!

    I lost another .4 pounds! 49.6 sticks of butter... gone! And I actually pulled out my new bathing suit I bought last year and tried it on. It fits. So now I just have to find the gumption to put it on and wear it outside and actually make it over to the pool. My problem is I can't go in in the morning before work because it won't be warm enough and after supper I am too tired and just want to go to bed. Plus there's that mosquito issue. Perhaps I can just do it on the weekends.

    Have yourself a lovely Monday! big hugs xoxo

  5. I love the chairs from Home Dept, very classy. The new cushions don't really match, but they are colourful and who says they have to match? If you're happy with them, that's all that matters. :)

    It's great that you have a 'toyboy' to exercise with! You two will have a lot of fun. :)

  6. I love the new cushions. I love color and with the white walls and pale cement you need some color.

  7. Bee, The colors brighten up the terrace. I love the other chairs best. It's okay to mix and match. Let's enjoy life. Glad you have a new swim pal. Funny about kids isn't it... they like making friends. But we warn them and warn them about strangers.xo, Susie

  8. I agree with The Duck--they don't go with the other chairs and are a bit gaudy. But then again, it's your balcony so use what YOU like.

  9. Bee,
    Guess you have to weigh the opinions because I love them - I really think it brightens up the wall area...Of course, I am not a designer so take it with a grain of salt.

    Gosh, I wish I had the motivation to lose weight and get healthy...I am always so tired - feel like all I do is work/sleep! I have MyFitnessPal on my iPad - I'll have to friend you so I can see how you are losing all that weight! I have a feeling I won't see the foods I like - (chips, cookies)!!

    Have a wonderful day!


  10. Love love love the stripey ones! They are happy!

  11. deer ab,
    i like wut u like ... wutever it iz ... becuz it'z yerz an u havta like it. i am jus sayin.
    an speekin uv "sayin" mi mom iz sayin yer a "cougar" wut'zza "cougar?"

  12. The chairs and cushions are just like the new you and I love them. Just give the old ones to the Duck. I think he feels that the new ones are giving away the past. Not really, its opening up the future and the fact that you both have lost so much weight are chairs are new reality. Bee, I love them. " Michael " is so cute. You better be careful Bee. Ha,ha,ha. I never thought of you as a " cougar " but now I should. Ha,ha,ha. You are so fantastic today. Charlie would be so excited and happy seeing that your life is moving in this direction. I'm so happy for you and the Duck. Keep on going my gorgeous friend and the Duck, Oh my goodness. Wonderful. Have a great day.


  13. First, I love the cushions! No need to be beige, go for the color! It is cheerful and I love it. They coordinate well with the other chairs, at least it looks like it in the pictures, and I think happy colors are a good thing! (The Duck would HATE my porch furniture, some cushions are striped and some have big splashy flowers!)
    And congrats on walking at Wally World and THEN doing your pool workout and making a new friend. Sounds like he is an old soul in a young body. Fun! Have a wonderful day.

  14. I adore the Home Depot set but I think the new cushions are a little "loud" for the terrace. I agree you need a pop of color, but maybe something not quite so jarring would be a better complement to the Home Depot chairs.

  15. Auntie Bees
    We fink your patio set looks so tropical!
    We luv it and we luv yoo!
    Furry hugs

  16. Buongiorno!

    I love the Home Depot chairs, style and class!
    Cushions are a bit like for strand or garden, but they fit for the colors, perhaps a double colors optical style were on my taste...I think our artist Jean could give her opinion!!!
    Michael is a clever boy!

    I'd register on the site to see you, cooking adventure is not so fit to it!

    Have a great new week!
    Big hugs!

  17. I like the beige ones the best, but I'm pretty conservative in my approach to colors. So I'm really not the best person to ask. I say you do what you want to do. They are your chairs on your patio. Just saying.

    I love the part about Mike. He's a hoot indeed. I'm sure you'll enjoy your time with him, but not nearly as much as he'll enjoy his time with you.

    Have a terrific day honey. Big hugs. :)

  18. Definatley like the Home Depot ones best.....more modern and contempoary. Do you need 4 chairs on the balcony? Maybe in the other corner you could put a nice minature palm in a large pot.....

  19. Your new cushions are lovely! I like them. I also likes the home depot chairs - they match mine furs! - purrrsss xoxoxoxoxo Your Sammie Pie

  20. I don't think they are gaudy or tacky, and I do like the colors. Are you willing to paint the frames of the light set to match the new furniture? I think what might be upsetting the eyes of those who don't care for the new cushions is that there a two distinctive styles, frame work and cushion colors going on.

    I don't think everything has to match though, and if you are comfortable with your arrangement, great. I'd be happy to sit on either side and enjoy your view.

  21. If YOU like them, that is all that matters. You could add a splash of color in pillows for the two plain ones...if you want to do some redecorating own the line.

    Enjoying beer in Germany. Big hugs, honey...

  22. Awwww. a workout buddy!

    Ok, I gotta say that you get a virtual gold ship on a stick for walking the whole Walmart. Bee, that is just totally awesome! I know that you are VERY proud of that achievement. And you should be!!!!!!

    i have similar chairs from Lowe's, but mine is missing one arm that broke off. Need to get some JB weld to get it back on. I like your folding storm shutter screen for the balcony. Perfect for those hurricane-ish days!!!!!!

  23. I like the bright happy colors of the Patio chairs! I agree with Jeter! It is your space, you are the only one that has to like it and be happy!

  24. Bee I so love that you have a new workout buddy. Kids can be so fun at times.

    As for the chairs, I agree to maybe painting the trim to match the others. I think blue/greens might be more pretty, but what do I know. If you like them, I like them.

    Big Hugs,


  25. People are so diverse when it comes to decorating! If I was purchasing them new I'd get the neutral ones and add tons of flowers and greenery to the area; but, living up so high and the wind and all, I realize you can't do that. Choose whichever gives you the warm fuzzies

  26. I love the new cushions. Don't listen to The Duck. ;)

    And I saved the link and I'll browse it when I get some extra time. I'm really trying to get S.D. to start paying attention to what he eats as he's a big guy and I know it's not doing him any favors.

  27. I like the cushions. They are bright and cheerful and look very comfy.

  28. I LOVE the new cushions. They add some sparkle to your balcony. They also DO match the other chairs as those chairs are a neutral color that any color would match.

  29. I love those HD chairs. I have looked at them for a long time. online, and JCP had them for a while too, recliners, right? why on earth would you want to ditch them??? If you do tho...... ditch in my direction;-))


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