Monday, April 25, 2011

Cleaning Up After Easter


Enjoying C.O. Bigelow apple salve for my rough hands, knees and elbows lately

QUICK THINGS TO DO TODAY:

  • Make menu plans for the week; create grocery list

  • Still using your fireplace on cold evenings or rainy days? I am! Need to clean out ashes and wipe grime off any glass or brass? (I do!)

  • Recycle any newspapers or magazines you've read (or you know you won't read) that are piling up, if any

  • Do you need to wash and soak your dog or cat's collar, then dry it, so it smells better? I do this at a time I know my dogs won't be going outside so they can do without their identification for a couple hours.

TODAY'S PROJECT: Post-Easter Cleanup

Three little boy cousins and their mom joined me for Easter. We had a long day (11am to 8pm) of brunch, an egg hunt, story reading, TV watching, playing with dogs, and a bonfire.

Throughout the course of the day, every room in my house got messy somehow. The playroom has toys thrown all over it (unfortunately these family members have not taught their kids to clean up before you leave someone's house); the living room has grubby hand marks on the wood furniture; the bathrooms have spills and dirty towels to clean up; the kitchen was the scene of a gigantic brunch with messy bacon grease spills; and someone took all the dog toys out to the yard and didn't bring them back in.

My project today is to dust, vacuum, continue cleaning the kitchen, retrieve dog toys, straighten the playroom, and clean bathrooms. It sounds like a lot of work, but really it's just putting things back to rights. I think I will be done in plenty of time to sit down in front of my TIVO episode of "Upstairs, Downstairs" that I missed last night due to cleaning up the kitchen after everyone left.

LOVELY KIDS: Whimsical Rockers


I can no longer remember quite the allure of our grandmother's rocking horse, but I do remember fighting bitterly and passionately with my younger brother over taking turns riding it. I wish I knew who had ended up with it after her move to a nursing home.

These Goose Creek rockers are so unusual, I've never seen things like them in the stores. There are unicorns, pigs, fanciful winged horses, and colorful paints. So darling! If I were a grandmother I would snap one up so my grandkids would have something to ride - and fight over, truth be told - when they visited!

Goose Creek Rockers, at Mommy Couture Designs

LOVELY BLOGS: Old Fashioned Living

I am certain you will enjoy this blog with tips and info on living an old-fashioned life. "Advice for home and hearth 5 days a week."

Recent posts I've enjoyed include Old Fashioned Easter Party Ideas, Polish Food for Easter, and Old Fashioned Spring Greens Recipes. I think you'll appreciate her writing style as well.

http://oldtips.blogspot.com/

LOVELY MOVIES: The Help


I haven't read the book, but I will probably make it a priority to see this movie. So many of my female friends are very excited about this film. I'm not a big fan of Bryce Dallas Howard, but I will give it a try. If this turns out to be this decade's Steel Magnolias or Fried Green Tomatoes (films I often rewatch with female family members) I will be glad to have enjoyed it in the theater.

The Help Trailer, at Apple

LOVELY LINKS FOR TODAY:

Orange and Asparagus Salad (Rachael Ray)

Recipes for Mother's Day (Martha Stewart)

Royal Wedding Party Ideas (Pam's Party Planning)

Sweet on the Royal Wedding? Try These Desserts (Today Show)

10 Cinco de Mayo Margaritas (Food Network)

What To Do With Leftover Easter Eggs (CHOW)

1 comment :

Hannah Marie said...

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