change the direction of the sun.

i moved into an apartment last May. i have lived in houses most of my life. Most houses have windows on all sides of the house, never really thought about that before…when i lived in my last house, i followed the sunlight, all day, like a cat.

i tried to find an apartment that faced the East, we did find one,  but the sun only reached my balcony (if you are lucky enough to have one, make it an extra room, for god’s sake) during the summer months…i felt like we moved into the Bat cave, but instead of bats, everything is painted that taupe color that was popular in the years 2002+. gag, every single room is taupe.

Now that the sun is lower in the sky, i thought i would do better than i had in summer & i have. but not enough. until i made the changes below…sunlight is like prozac to me.

if you live in the dark, here are some of the things i did, to change the direction of the sun.


i have this mirror tray on my coffee table, which i put fresh flowers on it, at all times. fresh flowers can make any home feel like a castle, i buy shot glasses, so i only have to buy one $3.00 bunch. (i saw the typo above, oops.) Homegoods or TJmaxx is a great place to find mirrors, that is where most of mine come from.

my apartment seems pretty big. but in Birmingham, there are a million apartment complexes. and because Birmingham, Alabama is a small city, the rent is far cheaper here than in other big cities.

if you are lucky enough to have a balcony, USE IT!!! we have thousands of balconies here & none have been made into a ‘room’ of its own. i am very claustrophobic when i am inside, that wasn’t always the case, but it is now. i feel very trapped & fearful inside, so i turned my patio into my office, garden, art studio, a coffee & book room and it is all mine. i will post the photos of it next.

i have not posted much in the last 6 months because my children’s father ‘follows’ this blog. he will read it as soon as i post it. and it creeps me out to let him see the sanctuary my kids & i  have created. he used my blog & facebook information during the divorce trial. stalk much? someone from his family was spying & reporting info about me b/c he doesn’t have a facebook account, i am sure i’ve unfriended his family. that being said…i’ve decided he doesn’t matter at all.

and for the first time, in a thousand years, i can call my home a safe sanctuary.



19 thoughts on “change the direction of the sun.

  1. Love, love, love your post for so many reasons. First, the disco ball is genius and the crystal prisms I have hanging all over my windows as well. The Mirrors…Love it I don’t care if people think it’s vain, I say to them, it’s a reflection of life and you can’t hide from it. And Third: was the last two lines you wrote. He doesn’t matter and your home a safe sanctuary. Blessings to you, Many many Blessings!!! Love it!


    1. Hi Julie,
      Thank you for the compliment. Quicksilver…he stayed away for a few days & when he showed back up, he meowed constantly, it was so annoying. He meows to come in, he meows during his brief five minutes stay, then he meows to go out. i do not know who taught him to do so. i feel terrible about being terrible…

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      1. Hi Julie!!! it has been a while since we last ‘spoke’…Quicksilver came home when the temps dropped to freezing. he came in, no longer meowing at me at the top of his lungs. he slept on my bed all day. it was wonderful. ~amy

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  2. Great post Amy! I’m glad you feel you are home and safe now. You did a fabulous job decorating, And the tricks for adding light are brilliant! ❤️👍🏻


  3. Your home looks so very nice with all the light, as you have created Amy 😀
    About Facebook, you can make your account so private, that no one from outside can see more than maybe your profile photo and not more.
    I did that years ago by need.
    Maybe you need to go through your friends again, there could be someone, who are not your true friend among.
    Wish you a beautiful weekend and it is nice to see you in here again.


    1. Thank you, Irene. it was so difficult to try & take back my blog. i couldn’t stop thinking that everything i write, will be read by him. but i decided that he doesn’t matter at all. i fixed facebook. and i do not write anything about my marriage or divorce anymore. Thank you for your advice & welcome back. means much! ~amy

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      1. I’ve missed being here, Irene. i just cant seem to find the spark to leave my apartment & take some photos. i think i am being to heal from my depression, but i keep waiting for the desire to shoot. I will get there. ~amy


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