Sunday, December 20, 2009
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Carpette d'automne sur mon sentier près de ma rivière ...!!!, originally uploaded by Denis Collette...!!!.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Matt and Sara of the Live Lightly Tour have remodeled yet another motor home. They never cease to amaze me with their creativity and eye for beauty. See a before and after photo slide show here.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I happily volunteered to wash some white baptismal clothes, but was dismayed when they were delivered to me for laundering with brown stains in several places. I pretreated with a commercial stain remover spray and laundered the clothes, then, when that was not completely successful, repeated the process. The stains were only about half gone by this point.
Assuming that the stains were from rust from the zippers in the items, I searched online and found this tip guide. Following the advice there, I then doused the stains in pure lemon juice and let that soak for 15 minutes and washed the clothes again. The stains disappeared.
I love the Internet. And I love those lemons.
A thank you to terriseesthings for sharing this beautiful photo on flickr.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I love my Zojirushi Rice Cooker and today I used it to cook lentils. I just put one cup dried lentils, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 cups water into the rice cooker, and one hour later I had lentils ready to eat or add to soup or sprinkle on salads.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
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Monday, May 4, 2009
Today I saw a clip from the British television show How Clean is Your House which included a tip about cleaning a toilet bowl. The nice lady suggested using a paste of borax and lemon juice. I tried it. It worked. You might like to try it, too.
Friday, May 1, 2009
When I was a little girl, my sister and I would rush home from school on May 1 each year to make paper cones for flower vases. We grabbed handfuls of lilacs and dandelions and filled the cones, then ran through the neighborhood placing the bouquets on each doorstep, knocking on the door and running away to hide.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I was nineteen years old and visiting a cousin who was a student at the University of Washington. She lived with seven other young women in an enormous U-District house built in the 1800's. The house was spacious and charming and I--coming as I was from an upbringing in a less-than-1000-square foot 1960's rambler--was enchanted, but never so much awestruck as when, for a fleeting moment, I saw a flash of multicolored beauty among the blankets atop my cousin's bed. Hidden in the pile was a crazy quilt and when I glimpsed it I gasped and asked, "what is that?!" She was surprised by my excitement and casually replied that it was a quilt made by our great grandmother, and returned it to its place under the covers.
I never saw the quilt again, but I never forgot that moment of discovery. Making this one has fulfilled a goal that I had not realized I had. I feel very satisfied to have it done. Maybe there will be a great-granddaughter of mine who will be delighted at its discovery. I hope so. In the meantime, it is very practical and warm, and will get much use in this house, for many years to come.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
Every now and then I do another online search to see if I can find more pictures of the interiors of the Lowe's Katrina Cottages. Today I had success. You can see some nice interior and exterior photos of these lovely little cottages at the Cusato Cottages site here. Lowe's has some photos, too, although I was not as fond of the furniture choices displayed there. See them here.
Now that we are about to join the ranks of the unemployed, I'm wondering if one of these might be a real option to consider. I'd like one complete with a garden spot, mature trees, and a clothesline, if you please. Anyone know of land for sale?
Photo Credit: www.cusatocottages.com
Thursday, April 2, 2009
A craftsman named Derek has a tiny home on wheels for sale for 34,000 dollars.
Go and see it here, for the sake of enjoying the beauty of a well-organized space, if for nothing else. It really is a little gem.
Photograph from Tiny House Blog.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Today I saw Soulemama's post about similar play, and I was delighted. Her musings so reflect my own feelings about toys. See her blog here.
(By the way, my own favorite play memory is of a time my cousin Randy and I filled empty soda- pop cans with sand and raced them down makeshift tracks we created ourselves in the dunes along the coastline of Washington state. [Pop cans are not as nice as wood, aesthetically speaking, but we were deserving of points for recycling.] Nothing from my childhood kindles lovely memories like those of a day spent in soft gray sand with the ocean's rhythmic roar in the background.)
A thank you to coccinelle67 for sharing the above photograph on flickr.
posted by A Girl Called Dallan at 2:09 PM on Nov 18, 2007
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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A thank you to "meaghan" for sharing this photo on flickr.
I recently bought one of these and I love it. It has eleven drying racks and what works well for me is to wash nine or ten large items plus some assorted socks and washcloths every day (except Sunday). The damp laundry sits overnight on the rack next to my electric dryer. The next morning I do a new load of wash. When it is done washing, I remove the previous day's laundry from the rack and put it into the dryer to tumble on the lowest heat setting during the few minutes it takes me to put the new load of wet laundry onto the rack. This little bit of dryer time softens the laundry items and dries up any dampness still in them.
A nice side-effect of this method is that I have only a dozen or so things to put away each day, and that works very nicely for me. I'm looking forward to seeing the dip in energy usage in our next electric bill, as electric clothes dryers are one of the biggest consumers of electricity in a home.
Monday, March 2, 2009
A thank you to to01 for sharing this picture on flickr.
To see more simple, beautiful toys, visit oompa.com. We are big believers in investing in a few quality toys, rather that spending the same amount of money on more common playthings with less aesthetic value.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
There are some inspiring pictures over here of some little, inexpensive houses which could be constructed for those who currently live in tent cities such as this one in Olympia, Washington. If the state could step forward and pay for them, I suspect that money would be saved on balance by reducing emergency room visits by these folks. The cottages are not necessarily larger than a tent, but they do provide more shelter from the weather, and, most importantly, a lock on a door.
A thank you to televiseus for sharing this photograph on flickr.
Vintage Movie Sheet Music--George White's Scandals--Rudy Valle Alice Faye Jimmy Durante, originally uploaded by finsbry.