News and Opinion from Anne Barone to Keep You Chic & Slim


Anne's fireplace painting in progress (left) fireplace painted (right)

|| 30 October 2016

Photos To Chart Project Progress

The temptation was strong. I was tempted to tell you how, in one week, I had managed to have been bitten by spiders, fire ants, chiggers and a mosquito. But that I had spotted and killed the large assassin bug before it got me. (Having been badly bitten by one of these horrible creatures in North Africa some years ago, I am especially thankful for my escape.) Instead of bemoaning bug bites, I will extol the benefits of diagnostic photos.

Photos are an excellent way to chart progress in a project — personal style, redecorating, gardening, whatever. With compact cameras reasonably priced and cameras on smartphones, almost everyone can easily make diagnostic digital images. (Selfies do have benefits.) And we will achieve a more realistic and unbiased appraisal from a photo than from a friend, Believe me !

When we make substantial improvement, photos give us satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment. When last I showed you my living room fireplace, painting was in progress (image left). Now the fireplace (image right) looks much better as I get ready to pull up the old carpet. These photos make me feel that my months of hard work were worth the effort. But I confess to feeling apprehensive about whether this color scheme will work with my furniture and decorator items the way I imagine it will. We shall see.

be chic, stay slim — Anne Barone

P.S. Halloween treats are tempting. Moderation. Moderation. Remember Halloween to New Year's is the time of year we are most likely to gain excess weight. Enjoy. Just don't enjoy too much.

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