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New Home Furniture Decisions and Decor by Morgan

Miss Owl and her family have moved into a new home. Morgan’s Musings (her mom) writes on this site. Today she is sharing some of the furniture decisions and where the items were purchased. We only have links in case people are interested. We hope this information helps some people with their own decisions.
Note: No, we are not affiliates of any store, and no, we do not earn any money for providing these links.

Moving during the holiday season and trying to organize a family was a big challenge.


First things first, the entryway. Just in case we forget where we live, there is a Minnesota sign at a Marketplace. It is locally handmade, I believe it was in Wayzata, Minnesota. A place for everything and everything in its place is a great way to start out when moving a family to a new home. So the keys have their place here.


Walking in the first hall, I added a Faux Marble Console Table, which was $147.18 at Amazon. The Metal and Mirror Wall Decor (in and out of stock FAST!) is my favorite piece of art – absolutely love it. And it was only around $70 when I bought it. The Thinker Statue (silver) is also from Amazon. It was about $30 dollars. This just helps the hall wall area look lovely.


The hallway is now complete with items mentioned so far, plus the lighting.

table and chairs purchased separately

The table was purchased from Overstock for $1,200 shipped (was on sale at the time and now no longer in stock – that is the link for when it is available – we definitely struggled to find a table that would fit both our style and our needs) no store sells these kinds of tables (and we went to MANY including the main big ones) so we resorted to online searching.

Chairs purchased from Amazon $499 for a set of 6 chairs! Chairs are also very nice quality for the price. Of course, they are not real leather but that is OK.  They are easy to clean and they give a nice little bounce when sitting down!


We were faced with a couple of challenges:

  1. Prices, these kinds of tables are very pricey, and wanted to stay around 1k
  2. No stock/delayed shipment – most retailers are still faced with raw material shortage and COVID-related custom issues delaying shipping – So glad I was able to snatch this table when it was still available. We were highly impressed by this table! Superior quality, beautiful glossy coating, it is very HEAVY. It weighs over 300 lbs, the extension leaf is stored under the table and is extremely easy to pull in or out. We were also impressed with the packaging. It was a huge pallet and the craftmanship to package this is massive. You can tell from the “unboxing” that it is very nice.
curtains in the dining room

The curtains are also from Amazon and were $44.99 – they are thick and high quality. Also, they provide black out which is great for privacy and energy-saving!

planters and plants for the fireplace area

The planters purchased from TJMaxx – $29.99 for the tall one and $19.99 for the smaller one. We went to Ikea and picked a couple of favorites for plants – both are Dracaena plants or commonly referred to as “corn plants.” The tall one was $39.99 and the smaller one was $19.99 and they work well together.


A warm little spot in the hallway with a mirror to check  your appearance on the way out the door.


We bought our new living room furniture at Dock 86. We also bought the treatment that covers any bodily fluids or any kind of spills for the next 3 years! If we don’t do a service call, we get 77 dollars back as store credit Not a bad deal!

Miss Owl Has a New Room
planters and plants for the fireplace area

Miss owl got a brand-new bedroom upon moving in! Even if she described her room as “too basic” due to no walk-in closet. 😊 Well this will later be available to her when her stepsister goes to college!

Bed (full size) purchased from Amazon for only $159!!!

Comforter and pillowcases + decorative pillows purchased from Amazon. Absolutely in love with it. Extremely soft and the colors are vibrant and beautiful – VERY happy with this purchase

Dresser was purchased from amazon – this is a cheaper quality, but it works and looks nice.


Blackout curtains with cut out stars – purchased from amazon

Absolutely stunning! High quality and worth every penny.

Organizer/bookshelf from Ikea.

The bookshelf organizer is from IKEA.


Miss Owl is relaxing at home.

first meal in the new house, almost

Moving at holiday time is quite a challenge to get the house and family organized. Almost our first meal was Thanksgiving.


We hope you have a warm and happy holiday season.


Thank you for reading, Morgan


By the way, Miss Pepper is our Russian Blue cat who thinks the house belongs to her.

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Clare O’Beara Environmental Journalist and Award-Winning Author

Clare O’Beara is a tree surgeon and expert witness, and a former national standard showjumper. She lives in Dublin, Ireland, with her husband and cats. Previously, I interviewed her about her writing while in Dublin for The New Book Review. Clare is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, whose journalism work has been published in more than thirty countries. Her credits include Writing.ie, The Register.com, Mensa Magazine and Mensa International Journal. Currently editor of Inside DBS, the official blog website of Dublin Business School, and the Sustainable College blog.

This blog post has more information about her environmental efforts and online sites. I am writing this post due to my efforts in the area of climate change. O’Beara is an ecologist who is graduating in 2021 with an Honours Degree in Multimedia Journalism. She co-moderates a climate change interest group (the Green Group) on Goodreads, and blogs monthly on that site. Her journalism site is a source of additional environmental information. She writes for Medium, and other sites as well. Her environmental journalism site may be found at this link. One of her posts is information about the Dublin Array Windfarm. She asks if it is Progressive Power or a danger to birds? What do you think? Her video of the area is on YouTube, and below.

As a writer, O’Beara works to make her books Carbon Neutral. She writes so much, I don’t know how she has time to sleep!

O’Beara covered the conference on marine plastic waste held in Viet Nam. Afterward, she decided to find out how much her neighborhood contributed to the problem. She became convinced that we are indeed in need of solutions. She has served on the Royal Dublin Society Forestry And The Environment Committee. I highly recommend following O’Beara on Goodreads, the Goodreads Green Group, and her other informational sites. We learn so much from dedicated people!

Here are some of her awards:

Clare O’Beara wins SMedias Blog / Vlog of The Year Aug 2021, SMedias Blog / Vlog media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Dog For Lockdown’ media release.

New book released in 2020, ‘A Pony For Quarantine’ media release.

An article Clare wrote about her contribution to quarantine literature, Link to Writing.ie article by Clare

2020, Second Place, Dublin Business School Create Contest.

Clare was one of the crime reviewers invited to attend a crime authors’ event on 12th April 2016 at the Embassy of Luxembourg in London.

Murder Against The Clock was featured in The Dublin Southside People on page 22

Clare was mentioned in Great Diving Quotes

Clare was one of the reviewers attending Ellen Gunning’s book launch in Dublin in September 2016. Ellen Gunning is Director of Irish Academy of Public Relations.

The Independent newspaper profiled Clare as part of an article on Amazon Top Reviewers by Journalist Nathalie Olah. Friday 11 March 2016.

The University of San Diego has made one of Clare’s reviews available as an educational tool.

BBC World Book Club invited Clare to contribute to a discussion with Malorie Blackman, author and Children’s Laureate.

In 2013 she won first prize for Print Journalism in Ireland’s National Media Awards.
She contributed a story to A Pint And A Haircut (Lon Dubh, 2010), an anthology in aid of Concern’s Haiti fund.
Clare reads extensively and reviews books for Fresh Fiction.com.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.


Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.


Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.


Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.


A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.


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World’s Most Famous Climate Change Artist and Others

World’s Most Famous Climate Change Artist? According to The Economist’s September 9-21-2019 climate change issue, the answer is Olafur Eliasson. He began his career at age 15 in Iceland. He is now over 50 years old. He has been producing art in this area for at least 35 years. Climate change is not new. Climate change art is not new. Really, we have known about global warming and have understood the solutions for decades. In the 1970’s it was brought to the forefront of the nation with the oil crisis at that time. I had hoped people would begin driving more compact cars, but the cars only became larger, and larger — SUV’s. Station wagons, a thing of the past, now seem small.

Olafur Eliasson created the Rainbow Panorama (pictured below). He began his career selling gouaches (a type of painting) of landscapes from his walks with his father, an Icelandic painter. He photographed shrinking glaciers and polluted rivers. He became famous for his sensory experience art shows such as the “Weather Project.” He had 14 massive chunks of ice moved from Greenland to the Thames for the Paris Accord to demonstrate global warming.

Rainbow Panorama image by Olafur Eliassan

Artists producing works in the area of climate change are growing.  “The Edible Hut” in Detroit, Michigan, was created by Mira Burack (Matterology). Renzo Martens works in the Congo and draws attention to the palm-oil industry’s impact on the environment. Vivien Sansout collaborates with farmers in Honduras and other areas.

“Cooking Sections” serves food for their performances in unlikely, polluted areas around the world. For the brave! Instead of carnivores or herbivores, they suggest people become “climavores” and eating locally sourced food.

There are art shows, sculptures, and a wide variety of artistic representations of climate change. There are professional and homemade signs at protests. The Politicians Discussing Climate Change sculpture in Berlin is one vivid example.

Recently we were inWorld’s Most Famous Climate Change Artist. David Attenborough’s image is on a building there.


The global warming art show by Neil Grabowsky is an example of a gallery display.


Emerging artists are also finding this topic important to document. The next image is “Passing Winds” and is the first such work of this person.


Even Pixabay.com has climate change pictures. There are many resources and articles online about climate change. Art is part of it all.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn


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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE: Students Help Save the Earth (Climate Captives)

In this futuristic book about how the world has changed due to global warming, students create projects to help save the earth. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls and resisters live in the nearby forest. The years 2019, 2027, 2028, and 2030 are especially important in this Cli-Fi middle-grade story. The dystopian ending is only for a few people who contributed to and thought they were escaping the end of life on Earth. Characters develop their own projects after researching and choosing their topics, and communicate by secret code when necessary. Endnotes provide documentation and online links for facts.

Download the free student pack at the link below:


and the Jamboard file at this link

Winner of the LiFE Award for environmental books. 

Sue Ready of the Ever Ready blog reviewed the blog at the next link:


Climate Change Captives 2035 on Amazon

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Climate change informational text for Earth and other days with answer keys on Teachers Pay Teachers


TIME Magazine Climate Change Issue 6-24-19 Review

The June 24th, 2019 issue of TIME magazine was devoted to climate change. The article begins with a story about how complicated and out of the way it is to travel to Vunidogoloa, Fiji. The last leg of the trip follows a guide with a machete to arrive at the village. It was abandoned five years ago. Saltwater has encroached upon the environment. I noticed the magazine after attending a Climate Reality Leadership Corps training in Minneapolis, MN, in August of 2019.

The village administrator of Vunidogoloa says, “the rights of the living have been lost because of climate change.

The full article is available online at the next link. Teachers who want to use my free instant download PDF work page may direct students to the TIME link to read the article.


Click on the next link for your free instant download PDF.


The free instant download PDF work page is a single page for students, with one corresponding answer page for teachers. This is an image of the student page:

TIME-June-24-2019-discussion-questions-freebie-PDF_Page_1This work is intended for students in upper grades and secondary school as the reading material has dense text. The United Nations, Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and words like Prime Minister would be helpful vocabulary for students to understand the article. An entire village had to be abandoned and moved to higher ground in Fiji. There are plans to move 40 more villages in the coming years. Wherever we live, this is important for us to understand. The implications are clear. Goals are for temperatures to rise no more than 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century. However, temperatures will rise 3 degrees Celsius if countries only adhere to their current plans. More has to be done, of course. Students who are concerned about climate change will be interested in this TIME magazine.

Online articles are wonderful for schools as (after buying computers) there is free access to such resources. They are good for teacher information, as well.

A delegation who viewed the destruction in Fiji was brought to tears. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres, is requiring nations to make commitments to reduce emissions. The U.N. is working on several efforts in this area.

Thank you for reading.


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