David is away on a business trip and I miss him terribly. However, I’m learning to make the best of these times. The weather is absolutely perfect tonight so I spent the evening on the porch, hanging out with Shiloh and watching our dear friends, Debi and the Deacons, performing in New Orleans via webcam.
I’ve done a tiny bit of knitting. Just enough to know that I want to try crochet instead. Ha! It wasn’t hard but I’d like to try something that will go a little faster. I don’t have big plans for this craft but mainly want something to do while watching tv in the evenings with David. I’m not a big tv person but we’ve found a few series that we both enjoy (Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Californication, Treme and True Blood). I figure if I’m watching tv I might as well accomplish a little something at the same time. I’d like to just do simple things like scarves and baby blankets to give as gifts.
I have some gorgeous yarn that I bought at The Quarter Stitch in New Orleans. It’s that beautiful lavender yarn at the top of the picture:
But it was pretty expensive so I’m going to save it until I’ve done one or two scarves and then use it to make one for myself. We will be in New Orleans next week so I plan to pick out some less expensive yarn at The Quarter Stitch for my first crochet project.
I have a how-to book but I thought it might be easier to learn from a video. Here’s one I found:
Hopefully I’ll be able to figure it out from that. If not, I’ll get my daughter to show me in person. So hopefully I’ll have a completed project to show you at some point. If not, I’ll at least have a basket of pretty yarn to look at.
Do you knit or crochet? If so, who taught you? Any tips?
Heat one cup of vinegar in microwave. Add one tablespoon corn starch and two tablespoons of dish detergent. Mix and pour in spray bottle. Spray shower/tub, let sit an hour, wipe and rinse.
The vinegar dissolves hard water deposits, the detergent cleans and the cornstarch thickens the solution so it clings to the walls, allowing it to work better. It really does work!
I was a little embarrassed to show you what my exercise room looked like yesterday but I figured my readers would have one of two reactions. Either you’d look at it and think, “Yay! I’m not the only one” and feel better about yourself. Or “I’d never let a room get like that” and again, feel better about yourself. So in a way, I’m just helping to improve everyone’s self esteem, right?
I was so proud of my accomplishment yesterday. I kept taking a peek at the room and of course, when David got home I had to show it off to him. He was really impressed, especially in light of the fact we still have all the “stuff”. I reminded him that having grown up with a very tiny bedroom (but at least I didn’t have to share it!) and a lot of stuff provided me with excellent “stuff and cram” skills.
So now I’m on a roll. Today I took on our storage closet. It’s hard to tell from the pictures but it’s huge (15 feet deep by 4 feet wide) with shelves to the ceiling along one side and across the back. It’s great to have so much storage space — as long as it’s kept organized. Starting back during Happyland Music Fest, it started to be a dumping ground, just like the exercise room. Are you noticing a theme here? A thorough clean out and organizing project would take at least two days. I’ve done it before so I know that’s no exaggeration. I don’t have that sort of time right now so I decided to just neaten it up a bit.
I started by setting a timer for 20 minutes. Here’s what it looked like to start:
Nice, huh? I began by pulling out the empty boxes and the stuff on the floor down the middle:
A lot of stuff has been returned to its place on the shelves:
David made and installed these hooks for me a few years ago. It is SO handy to places to hang things that are otherwise awkward to store. Plus it makes use of all that wall space:
This is what I removed. The boxes have all been broken down now and are ready to be recycled. Unfortunately we can’t recycle styrofoam so those packing pieces will have to go in the trash but the rest is in the back of my car, ready to drop off at the recycling center. Oh, and that 20 minutes on the timer thing? That was no where near enough time. All told, it was closer to an hour, including vacuuming and hauling all the recycling to the car.
I finally tackled a long-postponed task today. Our exercise room has been a dumping ground ever since our Happyland Music Festival back in May. Actually, that’s not entirely true. I *did* have it sort of straightened up at one time – at least enough that I could get in there to use the exercise equipment. But over time we’ve riffled through stuff trying to find certain things that had been left behind, the kids and friends have slept in there, stuff I would ordinarily put away in the closet has been left out (because I couldn’t easily open the closet doors with all the junk!), and, well, one thing led to another. This is what greeted me today behind the closed door:
I sat on the porch drinking iced tea, reading and listening to music.
And hanging out with Dharma:
And admiring the view:
I may not have made much progress on my list of fall projects but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my 50 years it’s proper priorities. I can clean out that closet when the weather turns cold but I can’t recapture today’s brilliant blue sky and golden leaves.