Denise Goldberg's blog

Saturday, April 30, 2016

garden walk

It felt like a good morning to visit Long Hill, a Trustees of Reservations property. The gardens are known for color in May and June; today was a good color day.

at Long Hill

More photos from this morning's garden walk can be seen in the gallery Long Hill :: 2016.

empty walls

Everything is pretty much back to normal other than the not-yet-delivered shower door and the fact that the walls are still empty.

I took (phone) photos of the walls before I removed pictures at the start of the renovations. Some things will go back in the same spot; others will not. I'm thinking...

I'm planning to use 3M Command products to hang many of the items. I have one canvas print up so far as a test; before I ordered the products I figured a sanity check would be good. I found some of the hangers I was looking for at a local hardware store but the price was a lot higher than expected. I placed an order with Amazon for a much more reasonable price.

empty walls

I will take my time redecorating.

Friday, April 29, 2016

a sea of tulips

A garden walk satisfied my need for color this afternoon. I was delighted to be greeted by a sea of tulips.

a sea of tulips

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

a door

Renovations are almost complete; the only missing piece is the shower door.

Today the new bathroom door was installed. With the old shower removed there was wall space to support a barn door instead of the more typical hinged door. I chose a door with a shaded glass insert. It allows some light to show through while still providing privacy.

bathroom :: barn door

The barn door was a good decision; I like it!

Monday, April 25, 2016


As I walked in the woods yesterday I noticed green. Trees are sprouting small light green leaves while ground plants are growing larger.

skunk cabbage

skunk cabbage, unfurling

Sunday, April 24, 2016

in the woods

Yesterday was my first (but not last!) visit to the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, NH. It's a sculpture park containing many pieces of art scattered through the woods on a 140 acre property, a delight for wandering.

Enjoying the stars

Click to view more sculptures in the gallery Andres Institute of Art :: 2016.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


An early tulip reaches for the sun.


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

viola sororia

I love the delicate (and tiny) flowers of spring. Viola sororia always tempt me to walk closer.

viola sororia

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

paint by reflections

Finding reflections in still water always makes me stop and look. Nature paints beautiful pictures.

paint by reflections

Monday, April 18, 2016

to MidCoast Maine

Clear blue skies and warming temperatures drew me to Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine on Saturday. It was a good morning for a walk by the ocean.

at Reid State Park

More photos from Saturday's wander can be seen in the gallery MidCoast Maine and south :: 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

on the street

Here are a few residents on the street in Portland, Maine.

on the street

hardwood floors :: refinished

I headed out early Friday morning with instructions to stay away (from home) until sometime today.

Hardwood covers most of the first floor and the stairs to the second floor. The hardwood was refinished over the last 2 days, sanded and then treated with 3 coats of polyurethane.

I returned home today to find shining floors, clean and fresh.

living room :: reconstruction

living room floor :: refinished

Friday, April 15, 2016

a pop of pink

A bougainvillea creates color in an indoor garden.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

shower :: tile and mosaic

It's hard to believe that the deconstruction (or perhaps it should be called destruction) process started just two weeks ago. The walls were missing in part of the living room and the master bedroom in preparation for fixing leak damage, and the master bathroom was empty.

The bathroom is almost finished; it needs more paint and the shower door has been ordered. It seems a bit odd since the shower is not an unusual size but the door couldn't be ordered until the walls were tiled. An exact measurement was needed.

master bath shower showing tile and mosaic

Refinishing of the hardwood floors on the first floor and stairs starts early tomorrow morning.

I'm simply amazed at how fast repairs and renovation have progressed.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

in the sun

In celebration of a sunny day, turtles perch on a rock.

turtles in the sun

Monday, April 11, 2016


Magnolia started opening during early spring warmth, with the drop back to cold air leaving some of the blooms brown-tinged. The flowers seem to be resilient; as the air warms fresh blossoms are emerging.


Saturday, April 09, 2016

portrait of a goose

This Canada Goose was standing, scratching an itch, moving, then standing still again.

Canada Goose posing

Friday, April 08, 2016

early tulips

It was a chilly and sometimes wet afternoon, a good time for a walk to the gardens of The Stevens-Coolidge Place. I found some early blooming tulips to brighten my day.


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

opening soon

This daffodil seems to be protecting itself against chilly air. It will be opening soon.

daffodil, opening soon

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

granite beauty

I'm amazed at how fast the counters were completed. Someone from Granite Plus was here to create the template last Monday, and yesterday the finished product was installed.

The counters are gorgeous!

kitchen :: with new granite countertops (in Scottish Meadow pattern)

The granite pattern is Scottish Meadow, origin Brazil.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

spring before snow

Crocus tell me that the season is spring even as the weather wizard predicts a winter storm for tomorrow.



The plasterers were here yesterday.

When I returned home today after a quick escape from my home in transition I found walls where yesterday there were none. That's a good sign of progress.

living room, with walls

Friday, April 01, 2016

glory of the snow

What a wonderful name for a flower! While I'd love to see it popping through snow I'm quite happy this early spring flower is currently thriving on bare ground.