June 7, 2013 | My Jottings

I will be leaving in two days for southern Minnesota where I’ll be having my Minimally Invasive Total Knee Arthroplasty. The hospital called yesterday to inform me that my surgery will be at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, and I should arrive in Admitting at 6:45. I’ll be busy here today and tomorrow getting everything in place for all the people I’m leaving behind, doing laundry, watching little Louisa, and packing.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some random house photos. I love it when other bloggers do that. Granted, those other bloggers have home decor blogs and that is definitely not my forte (what is my forte I wonder?), but I thought I’d give it a go anyway.

Some of the many pillows in our living room:


The people who lived in this house before us chose a lot of unique lighting fixtures. This is in our living room:


This is a dresser in our bedroom, and the picture was from a cruise Michael and I took to Canada and New England. Also on that cruise, and giving a small group of us a fantastic private concert each night were Barry McGuire, Dallas Holm, Nancy Honeytree, Paul Clark, Annie Herring, and Don and Wendy Francisco. Some of you may remember these folks from the early days of contemporary Christian music.


An office with red and cream toile wallpaper with aqua velvet curtains? Yes please.


One of three pendant light fixtures that hang over the counter in the kitchen. I think they look like ice cubes:


Our main floor bathroom which is shared by our Fosters:


Another unique ceiling light fixture:


I love this tray in the living room — it looks German or Swiss to me. This is the diffuser, and the smell is my favorite:


These are photographs of my mother when she was four years old, in 1926. You can click to enlarge any of these pictures if you like.


Our master bathroom:


Cherry kitchen cabinets:


I love my jaunty little cardinal on the mantel.


Living room console table:


Our only piece of “art,” done by Cheng-Khee Chee, and I love it because it’s of St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul, MN, which is one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen.




Can you see the name in the letters below? Some people can see it right away, but others need a few minutes to study it first.



We’ve had many purple finches visit our suction cup feeder lately:


Eleven year old Edith, our loving and long-suffering Schnauzer.


I will post unpleasant photos of my knee when I return from my surgery.

I would be most grateful for your prayers!


  1. Elizabeth says:

    I love seeing your home! My favs are the toile wallpaper and the plates on the wall! Are you a foster parent or foster care for adults?

  2. Just Julie says:

    Thank you so much Elizabeth. I think the toile and the plates are my favorites too – that and the cardinal. Michael and I provide adult foster care for two women in our home. We’ve been doing it for about 12 years now. xoxo

  3. Christy says:

    oh…..I loved seeing the picture of your mom. I hadn’t seen that before.

  4. Just Julie says:

    Christy, I actually see a little of Clara in my mom, from Clara’s very young pictures. Love to you… xoxo

  5. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Of course we’ll be praying for you, Julie. We will pray that God will keep you calm and pain-free. We’ll also pray for Michael and the rest of the family.
    What lovely snippets of your home. I love the little cardinal bird and the beautiful tray. Things made of natural materials are so tactile, aren’t they!
    Those photos of your mum are definitely an heirloom. We have a wedding photo on the wall taken of Alan’s great-grandparents in full Edwardian dress. It’s a very solemn, very impressive picture. I’ve also got a photo of my mum and dad taken on their wedding day in 1958. My mum was very, very pretty and I think that’s where Louisa gets her looks from.
    That bird-feeder is so cleverly designed. I would like to get one like that. However, we have to be careful as we have had two sparrows (on different occasions) ending up trapped in our sun-room.!
    And as to Edith – well I would still love to have a pooch, but I’m sensible enough to know that it’s not fair or even possible. Never mind, perhaps I’ll have to look out for a toy one to sit on my bed instead – or even hide there, just showing one ear! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Just Julie says:

    I would love to see the picture of Alan’s grandparents! What a treasure. Thank you for your prayers, Kay, and for your thoughtful comments here. xoxo

  7. Roberta says:

    Vaya con Dios, my friend.
    I pray everything connected with your surgery goes smoothly. I look forward to the pics that allow us to accompany you thru the healing process.
    Your mom showed such spirit and personality in those childhood photos.
    I think I know whom you take after!

  8. Just Julie says:

    Wonderful wishes and prayer, Roberta. Thank you. Your comments about my mom made me smile — blessings on you dear friend. xoxo

  9. Shari C. says:

    Agreeing with Kay in Cornwall…I will keep you in my prayers, Julie…trusting that all will go wonderfully well with the surgery, and with Michael, and your fosters. And prayers that God will help you through the healing process so that you can come to Seattle happy and pain free in the fall!!
    …also, loved seeing glimpses of your home! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Just Julie says:

    It feels so wonderful knowing you and others will be praying for my Monday surgery Shari. And about the trip to Seattle? Yes and amen to that. xoxo

  11. Jess @possiblemary says:

    I love the B covered in newspaper. I might have to make one for our house…

  12. Just Julie says:

    It was a gift, Jess. The spine is the actual spine of a dark blue Bible — I love it! The words you see are actual verses cut from pages of a Bible, and glued randomly all over the B. God bless you and thanks for visiting. I love your sweet blog. xo

  13. Ganeida says:

    Prayers. When Libby arrived home a whole swag of pics fell out & there you were!!!! I recognised you straight away & I was so chuffed. Thank you for upholding her these past 2 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Just Julie says:

    She’s home! Sooo happy for everyone! Our love to you all, Ganeida… xoxo

  15. Wanda says:

    So glad you sound so calm about the surgery! You are in my prayers for a successful surgery and quick healing process.

    I love all of your pictures! How old would your Mom be today?

  16. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Wanda! You made my day by leaving a comment here. ๐Ÿ™‚ My mother would be 91 years old. I surely thank you for your prayers, dear friend. xoxo

  17. Ember says:

    Have been praying for you, honey – hope all has gone well. xxx

  18. Helen in Switzerland says:

    You shall have them…along with positive knee op vibes! get well soon my friend xx

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