Wednesday, March 16, 2022

The Hodgepodge Wasn't Built In A Day

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wednesday Hodgepodge. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. It's March 15th (Tuesday) and as the saying goes-"Beware the Ides of March"...have you read/studied much Shakespeare? Do you have a favorite Shakespeare play? How do you feel about a Caesar salad? 

I wouldn't say a lot, but some for sure. I lived in England, visited the Globe in London, Windsor (those Merry Wives!) and Stratford-upon-Avon which was his birthplace. The exposure to Shakespeare venues and so many references in the language made me want to know more, and consequently I read more. 

I honestly don't remember reading a lot of Shakespeare in high school (Hamlet and Julius Caesar, I think?), but when I was in the fifth or sixth grade I was in our elementary school's very small production of Midsummer Night's Dream. That was probably my first introduction to Shakespeare and it's probably my favorite.

I love a Caesar salad! 

2. Have you ever been to Rome? If so what do you love about the city? If not, any desire to go?

Yes I've been to Rome...what's not to love? The traffic maybe, which is ka-razy! I love the food, the light, the people, the history, the air, the beauty, the shopping, the language, and the wine. It's a city I'd love to get back to one of these days. 

3. What's your favorite place to 'roam'? 

Europe. Since that's not been possible in recent years I'll say a woodland path with hubs acting as gps. I'm directionally challenged and never is that more obvious than when we're hiking through some unfamiliar woods. 

4. Do you like pizza? Thick or thin? Red sauce-white sauce-other? Your favorite toppings? How do you feel about pineapple on a pizza? 

I love pizza, thin as opposed to thick but not too thin, red sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, tomatoes and mushrooms. No thank you on the pineapple. 

5.  'Rome wasn't built in a day'...tell us how this expression applies to something in your home-life-job currently (or recently)? 

Have I mentioned our home improvement project? Ha! I think maybe only once or ten times here on the blog. Here's the latest-the electrician was able to install the lights in the stairs so that section of the project is essentially done. Except! He needs to come back and sort out something with the wall switch, which still needs a cover. 

The office is almost-almost done. Shiplap is up, murphy bed installed, window treatments made and installed, new table purchased, new chairs purchased, new lamp purchased. What I still need in there would be a new chair for the table, a small table/chest for between the two chairs in the sitting area, a couple of pillows, and art. We have a plan for the art so we need to wrap it up. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

Here's what we did to our was a lot of wall. A lot of wall for little hands to run across (big hands too!), a lot of wall for luggage to ding on the way to the guest rooms, a lot of wall to fill period. 

We have a stained coffered ceiling in our foyer so we had judges paneling installed all the way down the stairwell, stained to match our trim and ceiling. 

The paneling comes halfway up the wall and the trim guys (who did our original trim work) did a fabulous job. We love it so much we can't remember how it looked without the wood.

The green tape was to mark which steps would get lights. We had small lights installed every other step to help at night. The lights are on a dimmer and the effect is really lovely.

Now we just need to get the switch sorted and the switch plate attached and we can call this part of the project well and truly done. 

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  1. Joyce, I love what you have done. The wood is beautiful and the effect, with the ceiling is so very warm and welcoming. Great job! Now, about the traffic in Rome. That was one of the first things I thought about but failed to mention. This country girl had never seen such rude and crazy driving in her life. But, oh what a city!

  2. The stairs look great! And you make me want to go to Rome!

  3. What a great idea for the stairwell. Love it! We've dreamed in the past and present about how great it would have been to live in England for a time because of work. We are still hoping to return for another visit before we are too old. :)
    Happy Hodgepodge to you. Thanks for the questions.

  4. Beautiful! Love the stairwell and the office sounds very nice too.

  5. Hi Joyce,
    WOW, the project is brilliant. I love the idea of the lights on the stairway.
    I like your toppings for your pizza. Let us have a pizza party. ;-)

  6. Wow! That stairway is really beautiful! I can absolutely see why it took so long. And the lighting ... what a brilliant idea! I would never in a million years have thought of that.

  7. The stairs look amazing! I never cared much for Shakespeare but do enjoy adaptations of his story Romeo and Juliet. My favorite place to roam would be out in nature anywhere (as long as it's not freezing cold or full of mosquitoes). I like all kinds of pizza-- thick or thin, white sauce or red, but very few of the toppings and never ever pineapple.

  8. Oh, yes, the traffic in Rome is disastrous indeed! I am so glad you enjoyed all other aspects of the city.

    Your choices for pizza toppings are interesting, particularly the addition of mushrooms to all the others. I don't mind mushrooms, but I wouldn't think they go well together with the other toppings. I really need to try the combo out though.

  9. Love the stairs! Everytime our daughter and family come home, we have dings up the stairwell - smart thinking on your part plus it looks lovely!

  10. Would love to visit the Globe Theatre! Your stairwell is beautiful.

  11. So you are pretty familiar with Shakespeare. I love the salad too! I love your photos from Rome. Sounds like your projects are getting done and that stairway is absolutely beautiful.

  12. Your stairway is BEAUTIFUL! The lighted steps are a brilliant idea! Now I can't wait to see your new office! Wow! So nice, Joyce. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge!! xo

  13. I like thin crust if it's crunchy. I love your stairwell. Beautiful. I would love to visit Italy again and roam through Europe.

  14. Such a great idea on your staircase and it's beautifully done. The lights are a great touch. Have a great first week of Spring!