Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Musings

Here is a staged photo of a home in a magazine: . . . Note the bedside table.


Here is a real life bedside table, totally unstaged.


 And another, unstaged:


I recall my first inkling that something was amiss when, as a ten year old, I accompanied my parents as they looked at model homes in subdivisions around San Diego. As I toured the tiny (8x10) bedrooms I wondered aloud, "Where is the dresser? And the dirty clothes hamper, and the trash can?" There would be a bed, maybe a bedside table or nightstand, a desk and chair, a cute rug. All of it just as trendy and new as could be. But I recognized that it wouldn't look like this when people actually lived in the home because it lacked the accoutrements of real life.

I've given up trying to have a magazine photo worthy nightstand (or bedside table). It's just not possible. I clear off the surface and it looks all beautiful, then I do some living and items just migrate to the top where they are within easy reach as I'm going to bed or getting up in the morning.

Someday I'll have a dedicated guest room where I can stage a beautiful table with just a lamp, a pretty doily, and a vase of flowers. Otherwise, I live a real life and need real things beside me.

How about you?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday's Treasures on Wednesday

A trip to the thrift store today and I scored big time!

Pieces in this pattern are in my mother's kitchen - I decided not to wait to inherit and have looked for this pattern
every time I go to a thrift store or yard sale.  Today I scored this beautiful three bowl set, totally worth the wait!

A couple more books for me, and two girl's classics for a young friend of mine.

An unused copy of a classic -- it will be a gift.

Three fun baby books. Sandra Boynton is a favorite of mine.

The table runner I bought for the delicious looking apple fabric.  Some colorful cloth napkins.

A spring daffodil, two linen towels, and a yellow embroidered napkin.

Christmas napkins, two each of three motifs, hand appliqu├ęd.

Detail of applique.

Lovely cross-stitched linen tablecloth.
Detail of cross-stitching.

Christmas fabric for more gift bags!

Wonderful pieces of fine wale corduroy. Just right for children's clothing.
 Lastly, I took my two sewing machines in today for servicing. While I'm without them I plan to prepare a few things to sew. (Actually, I'm going to attempt a little bit of mass production so I can stock an Etsy store with things to sell. Watch for the announcement of an opening soon!)

Friday, March 31, 2017

I Am A Reader

Last year I read over 125 books. Many were old favorites which I consider the same as visiting with a beloved friend. At the beginning of 2017 I set some reading goals so that I would cover more new ground.

Reading Goals for 2017
12 non-fiction books (these usually take longer to read, more thinking)
38 fiction new to me (minimum)
50 old friends (I can read as many as I want as long as I reach the other goals)
100 TOTAL

Here are the titles I've read during the first quarter of 2017

Non-Fiction:
The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
Amish Grace by Donald B. Kraybill, et. al.
The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage by Dr. Laura Schlessinger
Daughters in My Kingdom, The History and Work of the Relief Society
Life at the Bottom by Theodore Dalrymple
A Square Meal by Jane Ziegelman & Andrew Coe

Fiction:
Home and Away by Dean Hughes
The Double Comfort Safari Club by Alexander McCall Smith
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
At Home in Thrush Green by Miss Read
The School at Thrust Green by Miss Read
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith
The Handsome Man's DeLuxe Cafe by Alexander McCall Smith
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith

Old Friends:
The Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas
The Little Lady Agency by Hester Browne
Little Lady, Big Apple by Hester Browne
The Little Lady and the Prince by Hester Browne
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Gossip from Thrush Green by Miss Read
Affairs at Thrush Green by Miss Read
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella
Friends at Thrush Green by Miss Read
Celebrations at Thrush Green by Miss Read

I'm well ahead for my non-fiction goal which is good. I tried to be conservative so I could actually reach the goal. I'm a book and a half short in the new fiction category, and plenty to spare in the Old Friends category. It looks like I have a few favorite authors, which I do, but for this first quarter I was catching up on a couple of series. I think I have one more No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books to read, and then I can venture into some new territory.

What have you been reading lately?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Daily Bread

Whole Wheat bread fresh from the oven
This particular bread makes the best toast! It's my favorite food in the morning, or afternoon, or even night time. (I think I'm a breadaholic!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Valentine's Dinner for Two

One dozen red roses courtesy of TopDad

Baked Salmon, brown rice, steamed broccoli, green salad, fresh homemade bread, and raspberry/cherry juice.


A very old recipe of my mother's - Wild Raspberry Dessert