Monday, January 23, 2012

Is this too much or what?

I love living alone, although having a few locally close friends would be nice and the reason I say that is because when you're alone you have no "barometer" to gauge your behavior by or your physical appearance.  I could be really whacky in the head....FOR REAL but who's going to tell me???????  So, blog's up to you!  Should you decide to accept this mission...well, you know how it goes.  WARNING!!!!  This will not be easy though as I tend to laugh things off most of the time so you'll have to be vigilant!
So, here's your first assignment:

First of all I have to tell you that I pride myself on "no-nail" construction....long story but I have several of these "no-nail" construction projects around my house.   Scary, huh?  What you can't see above the pots and pans is a broomstick on top of the 2 cupboards (a good 7 inches on both cupboards) from which those pans are suspended by GIANT  "S" hooks.  I used 6 of the 12 hooks I bought.  I think that's enough weight but if I want to hang more there is room for another broomstick!  But I don't want the cupboards to come off the walls either so maybe one is enough.
The little wire "whatchamacallit" below the pans is the back of a kitchen shelf that I had gotten free at a sale as it was falling apart.  I dismantled it and only used the back part.  I couldn't use the shelf part as it was wider and wouldn't fit between the cupboards.  When I held up the wire part to see if it would fit I sort of shoved it in between those cupboards and miracle of wedged itself in there buckling a little at the sides but fit nice and snug...It was an accident actually...I was just "puttering around" to see what it would look like.  And get did not scratch the side of the cupboards!  Another miracle! 
Here's a better picture of the pot and pan hangar.

No, I'm not showing you my clean sink...although it is nice and clean isn't it.  I thought I'd throw in "a few of my favorite things" for the kitchen.   This one (and I have several of these because when they're dirty I just throw them in the dishwasher) is a wire mesh drain "picker-upper"?  It keeps things from going down your drain that you don't want to.  I took out the ones that came with the sink, those metal twist ones that never work for me.  For years I would use them, fill up my sink with soapy water only to turn around to discover it had drained out.  Now, I use a plastic dish tub that fits right in my sink (I got mine at Dollar General) and I don't use the metal sink drainers at all anymore.

Below is what I use to store my vegetable brush, a scrubby and extra drain catchers.  Of course, it's a little something I picked up at a sale years ago.  It's a planter but I never use anything for what it was meant to be used for and it's yellow...need I say more?

The gadget below is the "bees knees"!  It cost like $2.50 at Walmart and it allows you to rotate the head of the faucet to reach all areas of your sink plus if you pull down it sprays and if you push up you get a steady stream.  I love it and it was LOTS cheaper than buying a new faucet!  And actually I prefer it to the sprayers that are separate from the faucet that come with some sinks.  I've had those before and never again.  Sometimes simpler is better.

And last but not least is my Mrs. Meyers counter top cleaner which is really her all-purpose cleaner diluted
and put in a spray bottle.  I LOVE her products, they're natural for one and smell divine and do the job!  It's so  much better than store bought chemical stuff and it makes cleaning a joy...literally!  She has all kinds of scents and some are seasonal.  I love basil and sweet pea and in the winter I use pine but it's the Christmas tree pine and it's called Iowa Pine.  The 2 products of hers that I cannot live without is her all purpose cleaner above which I buy the big size and you dilute it 1/8 cup to that spray bottle and it lasts me a year or longer.  I guess I should clean more often?  The other are her candles; they are soy, and they really don't smoke or turn the container black, come in reusable cute jars, are reasonably priced,  burn right down to the bottom each and every time and smell divine! can leave your comments about my decorating sanity by posting "anonymously" if you don't want to identify yourself.  I can't afford a therapist or a brain scan so it's up to you all! 


  1. I have to laugh,,, my hubby is a big fan of the 'No Nail Club'...

    I luv Meyers products,,,especially their Lavender and Geranium scented cleaner & dish soap.
    p.s. life is to short,,, so be whackadoodle all you want! :>)

  2. You are one cleaver, resourceful girl! Way to go! I was sitting here smiling as I read your post. Thanks for the humor. I have never tried the products you talked about but each one seems to be helpful to you and that's good.--

  3. The broom handle is so securely held in place by the top of your cabinets. Really great idea. Good use of space too.

  4. LOVE the "broom handle pot hanger." It's ingenious! But I do think there's a fine line separating brilliance from insanity so be careful. Ya never know when you might cross it. :)


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