Monday, August 6, 2012

Motivated Monday and the U.K. gets gold in equestrian and I got to see it!!!!!

I might as well just move to the U.K.   they seem to have everything I love....we have so much in common!  They have lovely places to walk everywhere it seems....they encourage and accommodate walking and hiking and they are very "equestrian oriented"!  In fact, I bet they got to see all the Olympic equestrian events!  Plus they have the perfect gardening weather there and I like tea and quaint and cozy.  I'm thinking the U.K. was made for me and my personality.  Hmmm.....I'll have to think about this....I have options!
Meanwhile, back here in the U.S., it was more cleaning and clearing events  and I'm not talking about horse jumps! LOL!
This quilt was on it's way to the Thrift Store when I happened to stop by a friends.  I unloaded her whole car into mine and saved her a trip! LOL!
It's too small for my bed so it must be a twin but it's okay for now but eventually it will be a chair cover.  It's a store quilt, nothing handmade or handed down which makes it more comfortable to use it in whatever way I wish...tablecloth, chair cover, picnic blanket....whatever.  It's colorful and I love it!  I changed all the linens and started dusting and cleaning counter-clockwise around my bedroom. 
Below is an appliqued tea towel that same friend made for me several years back for my birthday.  I use tea towels as dresser scarves, name it.  The same goes for cloth napkins. 
I washed windows and hung clean curtains....cloth napkins that I bought at a sale for cheap.  The one thing I like about my Pella crank style windows is that the screens clip in and out from the inside and once I take the screen down and open the window full out, I can wash both sides of the window from inside the house!  Pretty convenient and it's so convenient I tend to wash my windows more often than I ever have with other windows. In addition, I use Invisible Glass window streaks!   I got those clip curtain rings at Target years ago and I use tension rods so no hardware to install and I can adjust the height depending on the cloth I am hanging....easy, peasy!   I'm moving so I am not doing much permanent other than important stuff like the new roof, ac and furnace etc.   

I have more to do but the catalog below came in the mail and I think I may need to take a break now and take a peek! LOL!  Have you ever gotten this catalog?  It's The Stitchery  It is mostly cross stitch and needlepoint and embroidery but lovely, lovely things!  They even have a few clothes and jewelry and now, paint-by-number.  Paint-by-number paintings are really popular in vintage collecting and decorating right now.
They have a website where you can shop online and/or request a catalog just click on the link/name above to check it out.  
I hope you're having a great Monday and I apologize for not visiting and getting around like I usually do.  Hopefully, I'll improve after the I really do need to get this house on the market!  Once it's sold and I'm moved I will be a better blog friend...I promise! 


  1. The Great Britain team really has rallied over the weekend to get to many gold medals. Good for them! On The Today Show they talked about the museums there and how there is free admittance to all of them. Why does the US charge for every single thing. Such a shame! I thought you were getting rid of stuff and there you go bringing stuff home. Ha! Sure wish my windows were easy to clean. But then again, they never stay clean very long with all the dust. Have a great rest of the day. It's about bedtime over here. Goodnite! Tammy

  2. Sounds like you might have a lot of fish and chips in your future!
    Sounds like a great adventure to me!

    Love that you saved some great stuff,and that you've already come up with a way to use that quilt.

    Enjoy your day, and the Olympics and dreams of being a Brit.

    Smiles :)

  3. Glad you are enjoying watching the olympics. I visited the UK in 1970 and again in 2001 and loved it. The thing I found disconcerting was that, because the language is mostly the same, it felt familiar but was still foreign. There were always little things like crossing the streets, traffic is opposite what we have so you really have to look carefully before you step out.
    I have paused in my cleaning and clearing and went and purchased a kettlebell for exercise. After many many months of shoulder pain and limited movement, I can use my right arm again normally so I began an exercise plan. I hope to be more fit by age 65 in march!

  4. All your cleaning is inspiring! I think you should at least plan a trip to the U K after your house is sold, a nice adventure.

  5. I put curtains in my kitchen using hand towels and the same rings. I covered lower cupboards and bookshelves the same way. Love it!

  6. Oh those olympics are taking me away from so many things too. I will miss them when they are over. xoxo Have a great new week.

  7. I am loving England. I have so many blog friends who are in England and I love the photos they post and their quaint little towns. I am totally in love with that island and like you, think I would be very much at home there. The only problem is that, ummm, I hate to fly!!!! So I'll just have to get my taste of England from my blog friends and TV.

    Have a great week and good luck on selling your house.

  8. Come and visit the UK, you might decide to stay :D

    Though I'm thinking things are maybe not quite so idyllic here as you guys are told. We certainly have to pay to get into a fair few museums, only the bigger, state funded ones are free. But yes, all the equestrian events were televised. The BBC is running 21 satellite channels during the games, one for each sporting area, and they are free via freesat (which we don't have) and online. Son is hooked on the games and is watching so much I think he's doubled our internet subscription payment this month!

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