Saturday, February 17, 2018

Surprise package!

I received THE nicest surprise in the mail this week!

No coincidence, this lovely bundle arrived on Valentine's Day from Leslie at Dandelion Sprinkles. Leslie is a holiday girl! I love visiting her blog, because she has such a flair for decorating and celebrating the seasons.

It's been a while since I mentioned my dollhouse on this blog. I've been working on it very slowly, wallpapering and putting in floors. Seeing Leslie's dollhouse inspired me to get moving on mine again. She's so sweet, she sent me a few things to help me along:)  All wrapped up so cute! I love this fabric and I'm going to put it to use when it's time to work on the master bedroom in my dollhouse.

Excuse the poor lighting, and the work in progress. (I'm still installing baseboard.) Will you look at this hutch?! And that sweet bunting and beach sign! I could eat it with a spoon.

I'm starting the remodel of this thrift shop house with the kitchen, and besides the appliances and table, have just a few things. So, imagine my delight to find all the goodies included with the hutch.

Let's get a closer look at some of the baked goods. Look at that little bag of cookies that will be perfect, served on the tiered dessert dish.

That pot has been on the stove along with the cookbook for quite some time. The residents of my house will be so delighted to know that breakfast is finally ready!

But my absolute favorite thing is looking longingly at the meringue pie and pitcher of lemonade! I grew up with a beagle, so I promptly named my new miniature after her -- Molly Brown.

Thank you, Leslie! I can't wait to head down to my craft table and start playing again:)


Friday, February 16, 2018

February faves

I'm a day late, and still thinking of what a nice week this was.  I'm linking up with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story for Friday's Fave Five.

Valentine's Day ~ Dan and I exchanged cards, and he is always thoughtful to give me flowers. Our dinner tradition just depends on the year. This year I made his favorite -- salmon -- with yams and a Caesar salad, and chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. The next night, he made me my favorite -- grilled cheese and soup! Haha, I just love it when Dan cooks. He says he needs to up his game, but I am perfectly happy, as long as I'm not cooking;)

Fun snail mail ~ Lots of fun mail this week in the form of Valentines, AND a special package which I wrote about here

Olympics on T.V. ~ I especially like watching the snowboarders and the figure skaters.

Hot tea ~ My favorite relaxation is a hot cup of tea. I like black tea with a bit of sugar and cream. We haven't had a lot of snow this winter, but it has been cold. It's a nice way to take the chill off.

Friendships ~ I met my friend Christine when I was in high school, but we really got to know each other when we went to college. Then, we both ended up living back here in our home town. Lo and behold, when her daughter Liz and my son Joe were in high school, they met and have become the best of friends. Liz is getting married this spring, so Christine and I had lots to talk about when we met for coffee this week.

Happy weekend!


Monday, February 12, 2018

A Daybook

For Today. . . February 12, 2018

Looking out my window at a bitter cold day. There are traces of snow on the ground, and tree branches are silhouetted against heavy gray skies.

I am thinking that my blog is taking a back seat to some other projects I'm working on around the house, so I may not be posting as frequently as I like to.

I am thankful that Dan had a good weekend spent with some friends in the mountains, and that he's back home now.

One of my favorite things is using pretty stamps for cards and notes.

I am creating "new" bookcases for the study, by painting some old ones. Here's the work in progress:

I am wearing jeans, long sleeve t-shirt and a sweater vest. 

I am reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. My friend Rick recommended it to me years ago, and I finally picked up a copy. Now, I can't put it down! 

I am hoping to finish a knitting project while watching the Olympics for the next two weeks.

I am learning that less is more.

In my kitchen, I'm making homemade granola.

 Post Script. My niece has started a blog to document her progress in fitness, the Whole 30 diet, and a little competition with her dad. If you'd like to check it out, here's the link:  The Biggest Loser

 Quote for the day:
Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse.

A moment from my day:  No pictures. Just lots of cleaning today, laundry and a trip to the grocery store.

Happy Monday!

P.S.  If you'd like to do your own post for the Simple Woman's Daybook, here's the link!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Just rambling today.  I was writing in my journal this morning when my pen ran out of ink. Immediately my mind veered off course from the memories I was recording to a moral dilemma that overwhelms me all too often these days.

What to do with this bit of plastic, now that it is useless to me, but will forever live on in the world, destroying our planet and remaining intact, forever to haunt my offspring and their offspring and theirs . . .?

Do I try to find a replacement ink cartridge, or throw it away as the manufacturer intended? How badly will I screw up the environment by sending it to a landfill? Along with all the pencils that are still useful, but too short for my liking. And, before anyone suggests it, I've already googled "uses for recycled pencils." How many tiny plant stakes does one need? How many picture frames can one make from used pencils? (Google that one)

For years I've been doing my due diligence and using my own bags at the grocery store. Come to find out, they too have a life cycle, and when they go to the landfill they take forever to break down. Much longer than the evil plastic bags. So, now I need to find "natural" bags out of cotton canvas, which I can put in my compost pile when their time comes. But, I'm still filled with angst over the 20 non-degradable bags that I have in my car. So, I've been filling them with items that go to ARC. I'll let ARC figure it out.

My mother used to talk about, "When I have my nervous breakdown. . . " It was never a bad thing. In her mind it would mean having a nice padded room to go to, where maybe she could take her books or her needlework and live out her days.

I'm convinced my nervous breakdown will come as a result of an odd pencil or pen, "paper or plastic," single serving yogurt or quart sized, or a boxful of VHS tapes.

The bittersweet thing is that, what I will choose to take for my nervous breakdown -- my journal, pens and pencils -- will keep me in my padded room for a very long time.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hello, February!

I woke up this morning to sunshine and frosty air. Dan is working from home today. He is having his truck worked on, so we drove in separate cars to the auto repair shop, so I could give him a ride home. My windshield was spattered with bits of moisture from the air, and it was cold outside. It was nice to get home and have a second cup of coffee.

February is one of my favorite months, because I love Valentine's Day. It's nice to have such a cheery holiday in the middle of winter, one that celebrates in pink and red and hearts.

I pulled out some of my Valentine decorations yesterday, including some strings of lights. They sure brighten up a cold winter day.

My little Christmas tree is still up in the corner of the dining room, so it got decorated, too.

My love for Valentine's Day was inspired by my Aunt Riz. She always made the most beautiful Valentines and sent me one every year.

I always think of her and follow her example, making Valentine's Day a day to celebrate the people I love!

Do you decorate for Valentine's Day?