Saturday, August 20, 2016

Clock Cozy

You've heard of a tea cozy, yes? Today I made a clock cozy.

Last year Noble helped me find a new alarm clock that has lovely sounds to wake up to. My favorite is bird song. The downside has been that the light is so bright it interfered with falling and staying asleep. I covered it with a hand towel for a long time. Today I made a lovely little cozy for my clock and it looks pretty nice, if I do say so myself.

I made it out of a shirt I picked up at a thrift store, simply because I liked the roses print, and a piece of black double knit fabric that came in a bag of assorted scraps I bought because there was one piece that I liked. My stash waxes and wanes as I add to it and use it up.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Making a Home and Housekeeping

From Home Comforts, The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson:
What really does work to increase the feeling of having a home and its comforts is housekeeping. Housekeeping creates cleanliness, order, regularity, beauty, the conditions for health and safety, and a good place to do and feel all the things you wish and need to do and feel in your home. Whether you live alone or with a spouse, parents, and ten children, it is your housekeeping that makes your home alive, that turns it into a small society in its own right, a vital place with its own ways and rhythms, the place where you can be more yourself than you can be anywhere else.
It is not in goods that the contemporary household is poor, but in comfort and care.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Traveling in Style

I've done my share of tent camping over the years. This summer, though, TopDad and I camped in this rolling hotel. We took state highways instead of interstate freeways, and enjoyed the slower pace, absence of traffic and the charming, sometimes offbeat, small towns across the Western US. It was great to be able to pull to the side of the road and run back to the bathroom when nature called (and at my age she calls frequently!); we'd pull into a rest stop or parking lot and I'd rustle up some lunch; in the evening we'd set up camp and enjoy eating and relaxing together in comfort.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Life Update

Noble in a new outfit going on a date!

Getting ready for Mother's Day portrait

Didn't the photographer see the BIG GREEN THING!
l-r Mr. Movie, PFCMom, Noble, Dandylion (who thinks his smirk is a smile)

That's a little better.

Never too old to cuddle with Mom

Dad asked us to make an angry face -- I look just like my older brother! Good grief.

I finally got my plates up.

I think it really makes the room complete.

Mr. Movie demolishing the cinder block planter box.

The board is to protect the window from flying debris.

He diligently cleaned it all up and hauled it all away.

Now we can actually see the plants and flowers!

That furry thing is Noble's cat "Calico" doing her balance beam routine.
Still a little bit of clean up to do and adding the mulch to make it complete.
But I really like it a whole lot better.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday's Motivation

Timothy, my fifth "son"

"Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell and to enliven the soul."  (Doctrine and Covenants 59:18-19)    
Thank you, God, for all the beauties of the earth! My soul is enlivened at last.