Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One thing just led to another today.....

I had no intention of cleaning my oven today but when I went to pre-heat it for my eggplant parmesan I was making....well lets just say there was a lot of smoke!  I forgot that when I made chocolate cobbler the other day that it had run over the side of the dish and made a real mess in the bottom of the oven!  I feigned like Scarlett
Ohara and told myself I would deal with it in the morrow.  What could I do anyway?  I had to wait for the oven to cool off and it was nearing bedtime.  Unfortunately, come "the morrow" and I totally wiped it off my radar until today...AHHHHH!!!!!!  Smoke filled the room and immediately I realized the error of my ways.  So.....that is why this post is late and I all I have to show for my productivity is a clean oven and some clean laundry.  To make up for it I took a picture of the clean oven and also of the books I am reading.  Not too inspiring I agree but there's always tomorrow and hopefully I'll get my eggplant parmesan done so I can have some supper tonight.  Oh!  I did clean the frig also but didn't think you really wanted a picture of that too. LOL!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Perfect Sunday!!!!

I had such a nice Sunday yesterday.  I hope you did too.  Sunday's have always been my R'n'R days....standing for rest and renewal and working around the house which is actually what I love to do....strange I know, but for years I worked outside the home and now that I don't I relish my time at home.  I am trying to slot certain activities for certain days like the old dish towels, remember?  Speaking of dish towels, I need to embroider some of those to put in my kitchen.  Anyway....I got up and took a leisurely bath and used my Philosophy Amazing Grace body wash and after bath lotion..ohhhh....I LOVE that fragrance!  It is just pure fresh and clean!  I want to get the perfume or body splash and the body butter for winter but will have to budget as it is not cheap but it lasts a long time.  After that I changed the sheets on my bed and fluffed my feather bed topper.  That feather topper is one of the best investments I ever made!  When I moved here I left my mattresses in Iowa knowing there were mattresses here from my folks.  After sleeping on their mattresses I wished I had moved mine!  I really didn't want to put out the money for a new one(s) so I decided to purchase a feather topper (much cheaper) and if that didn't do it then I would go ahead and start shopping for mattresses.  Well, it worked wonders and turned my bed into a cloud that I love crawling into each night!  After about a week though you can see where my "nest" has settled so I "fluff" it weekly and that does the trick! After that I did laundry and ironed....I KNOW...some of you hate ironing but I love it!  It is like a meditation to me but I can't stand in one place for long so I only iron 10 items a week which keeps me on top of it all.  Yesterday I watched old reruns of Bonanza and Mayberry R.F.D. while I ironed...call me crazy but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
 After supper there was a special on Susan Boyle....the overnight success story singer from "across the pond".   Her voice gives me shivers it is so beautiful which is a sign to me that her gift is directly from the heavens and she blesses all of us with it.  I must get her cd's!  I went to the opposite side of the spectrum after that and watched Ice Road Truckers on the History channel.....I LOVE THAT SHOW!  One of the things I wanted to be as a child was a truck driver so I could travel all over this beautiful country so this must be a throwback from  my childhood but I love it plus I love snow and Alaska and the North!  I quilted a printed mini-quilt panel while watching t.v.  I love handwork in the evening and I had my red apple candles burning and it was just a great evening in my little cozy family room.  Everyone joined in too...Patches my cat was sitting one side of me, Orphan Annie, a miniature dachsund I rescued last year was curled up near my feet and my great, wonderful, loyal companion and guard dog extraordinaire, Nitty (real name Serenity,a Rottweiler) was sprawled on the cool linoleum which she loves.  In my simple mind, my simple Sunday was just the best!
Oh, I ran across a little table mat I made (hooked wool) that I had set aside and forgot about after I finished it!  I found a place for it and another candle!  I do love my candles.  So......how did you spend YOUR Sunday?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Puttering" aound the house.....

I went to the thrift store the other day and although it is a reasonably priced place to shop I can still do some damage!  But it goes to a local pregnancy center here in the Ozarks so I don't feel so bad when I do spend. 
I purchased quite a bit of finery and will be displaying it in the days to come as I utilize each piece.  For now I will show you my Summer fireplace or rather what I do to try and make it Summery.   The lamp I got for $3.00 and it is so cheery in that dark little corner of my family room.  I also got the 2 little love birds that I thought were SO sweet and I have a friend, check her awesome blog, nancy-jo.blogspot.com , who places birds like that in all her plants but of course this one didn't make it there. 
The table with the candles was an idea from Brenda at cozylittlehouse.blogspot.com.  She had a nice wooden bowl with a variety of candles surrounded by river rock and it looked so neat and I knew I had a wooden bowl somewhere but do you think I could find it?  Did I sell it in a garage sale?  Will it turn up someday or will I be left to always wonder?  Anyway.....I found a granite ware tray and went to the Dollar store looking for rocks never thinking they would have any but LO AND BEHOLD!!!!!  I was walking out the door empty handed and the gal asked if I had found what I was looking for and I said no, I was looking for some river rocks and she said"Oh!  We have those!"  I about fainted dead away and "sure nuff" they had 5 bags of polished river rocks/stones and I bought each and every one of them!  They were $1.00 a bag and I have 2 bags left over!  I love it when a plan comes together!   I bought that little cottage too and tucked it in my Shamrock plant.  I'm thinking that now a leprechaun will come and live there or are leprechauns too big?  A fairy maybe?  I'll let you know if anyone moves in.  That's all the news that's fit to print today!  Let me know what you think and how you decorate around your "Home Sweet Home"!