Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January is for Organizing

It isn't just me. The whole country seems bent on organizing. You see it in all the stores, in the flyers, the ads, on TV.
For me, it hits with a certain light that comes in the family room window while I drink my coffee at the dining table. It is also after Christmas and things need to be put away.
This year is just like others. No items are truly safe....I will lie on the couch watching TV and suddenly jump up and start pulling books...or eyeing a cabinet....
My Hubby just rolls his eyes...and watches...He is used to it after 40 years....
This year it was the craft room that got hit first. No wonder after all the sewing I did nonstop before Christmas. After a project, I literally pushed the last items aside and started work on the next. I admit my room is still a mess. Bags of stuffing and batting in one area, piles of fabric in another....jars of buttons, and unfinished garments and started quilts pushed to the edges of the table. Something was going to give......
This is the shelf where stuff was stored. Pretty cabinet but totally impractical. The shelf was 4.5" and my boxes were 8....so if you pulled a box down, others often followed. And lets face it, if I had more shelf space things could possibly get put away....before being pushed off to the floor.....
So, short of calling a contractor, Hubby and I discussed this predicament  which has been plaguing me for a while now. A full wall of shelves would be wonderful....but would require anchors etc.
So, I used a system that I have used throughout the house. It is quite similar to the Elfa system but it is by Closet Maid. The system hangs on a main piece that runs across the top and is screwed to the wall. The "standards" are what the shelves sit on. This system holds a huge amount of weight, but because of the way weight is distributed....won't be pulled from the wall. This means it can do real work! Not just decorative shelves...but real ones that can hold whatever my heart and room need.
Now, I have to point out that I grabbed the 8" shelves at first...the top three...and the brackets are for 12"....silly me...so I will return the three shelves and get the correct size....and I originally had 30" standards, but realized that I needed the the 48"...even though 1" touches the chair rail.
Now, the bottom shelf I decided will be the "project" shelf...the one that is "in motion"...so all the other stuff will move up.
I can't tell you how exciting it is...
I pretty much centered it on the working part of the table....if I put it into the corner...I wouldn't be able to reach stuff or see things in the corner.
My room as you see is still a mess....in order to do this project...I had to stand on the table and thus everything got pushed to the side....again.
I am hoping for this year to be more organized so this kind of situation doesn't happen. that I get things put away before I begin another.....
It's just with Christmas....I got backlogged...too many plans and ideas and projects to do.
I will keep you updated as I get it under control....
I also organized in the Laundry room where I store more things on Elfa shelves...those got too messy.
So....even before I got to the craft room....those shelves were done.....

No, I didn't do a before picture...take it from me....it was bad....
I went through the little mini pantry and threw out old herbs I had stored in there and found I needed the bottom shelf...where as before the "pantry" was on the second shelf...
So, I rearranged and cleaned and redid it....now I think it looks pretty good. The aprons had been hanging on a hook on the shelves...which did not work...so now they are on the door. I probably will go thru the aprons and get rid of a couple or so....really don't need that many....I just love them....
I also cleaned out my spice drawer....which was indeed dirty and full of old spices and spilled Kitchen Bouquet....
Isn't that nice?? It's clean and everything is quite visible....

Oh...
And I finished another baby quilt top...for a dear friend....


In fact, it was this quilt that made realize that the craft room needed "fixing".....
So...that is what I have been up to...well mostly....I have also been busy with the grandkids and family as well as still getting over the flu....That was quite possibly the worst flu ever! I still have a cough...but it's finally going away....
Have a great organizing day!!
Nancy

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What to do with a Rainy Day

I have agonized about what to do with rainy days. Do I walk the puppy in the rain? Do I run up and down the hall??
Well, this morning she demonstrated what to do...of course I didn't have a camera at the time....but these shots from Google are good enough....this is what puppies do with rainy days....


Yup, you guessed right.
She found every puddle...more than once...ran full bore around the yard just for the sheer joy of rain and ran through a few strategic puddles over and over....
Rainy day?? No problem, Mom....I'll take car of it!
Now, I remember what all those towels were for!!
For her....total contentment....
Such a lab!!
Have a great, dry day!
Nancy

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Beside the Flu

Well, in this house...we have the flu....and have had it for two and a half weeks!
Slowly, I think we are getting better.
However, even being sick, puppy needs to get out. The first two days when I had the fever, she was a patient little nurse....


It's hard work...but someone has got to do it.....
So, when I was able, I actually put her in the car and drove her over to the "park" to play with friends...so she would get tired out.


It has been good for her as we have slowly begun to feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Having a 6 month old pup is daunting at times with the amount of energy she has....but I wouldn't change a thing!
She is so good for us! I now have walked a total of 438 miles in 4 months! I actually need to buy new shoes....again.....
And, having just one dog is perfect. What a lot of fun we will have over the next few years....
We still miss Tucker and Belle....that will never change....
But there is Molly....an imp and a challenge and adorable.....
Here's hoping you have a great weekend....
Nancy

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!!
I wish everyone a safe, healthy, happy and wonderful New Year!!
Have been knocked down by a horrible bug...so here's hoping for a healthy new year....
Nancy

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Saddest Christmas season

Here we are less than a week from Christmas, and my heart is so very sad.
First, our daughter's dear friend had a still birth. There are no words for what is in my heart. A C section for no baby to take home....crushing is the word that comes to mind.
Then, yesterday, our dear 12 yr old lab, Tucker, passed away from us. He had sudden seizures...grand mals as the Vet said....4 in 12 hours....
There are no words there either.
I knew he was old...I knew time was short....didn't think it'd be that short.
His age was part of the reason we got Molly.....
It was also horrific to see him go through what he was going through...so suddenly.
The vet told us...he could run a multitude of tests....but they probably would confirm what he knew from years of being a vet...and why put him through it? So, we chose to have him put to sleep....
RIP dear Tucker....we miss you.



Nancy

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Before The Wrapping

Usually, most of us wrap and slap on a tag of some sort to make sure we know who's box is who's.
Right??
Well, this year I saw a post somewhere on a blog...and got an idea. Yeah, I know, it's a thing....
Well, I printed up some tags this bloggers made with the idea to copy her idea...but one thing lead to another...and well...I started creating my own...and using my scraps and those buttons and trinkets that I had. And...I got to play with the different stitches one never uses on the sewing machine!


Yes, overlook the chaos...and there is fun in the mix...one needs to just push things aside every once in a while and just play!



These are mostly plastic buttons that I got from when a friend passed away...she told her Hubby to give them to me!...I am so glad...what a treasure trove! And with plastic buttons, one can easily clip off the shank so they lay flat....
These are the tags I have made so far....the sewing machine even has a setting to "write" so I have used that.....
I used scraps (what quilter doesn't have scraps??) and scraps of embroidery stabilizer...put the three layers together and stitch the words on first...then stitch fun stitches around the edge...and trim...
Note, I make mine up to 1" bigger than I want it to be and then trim with pinking shears.
Then, I play with buttons or paper flowers or.....
It is interesting because I haven't even wrapped yet!
My Grandson's presents are in boxes now and I created tags from the scraps of his PJs that I made...that way I know what is in the box!
What is fun is the tag is as much a gift as the present!
They can be reused too....if the recipient will give it back for next year!
Oh and I found red ribbon, which I probably will change out the string...I used an eyelet setting on the sewing machine which is in the buttonhole section....
I am having such fun with these!!
Nancy

Friday, December 8, 2017

2 weeks before Christmas...and all through the house...

Life has been hectic for us as of late and to top it off...well we got the bug that's going around. It's a nasty cold, but it put me off my game. I am still "off"....
I am far from being ready....but I have some gifts...not wrapped.
Our Christmas cards went out a week later than usual.
Our outdoor lights are going up this weekend as Hubby can't do them by himself anymore. (he says he can but due to his cancer isn't supposed to lift, push or pull much.)So our daughter and her boyfriend are coming to help.
I have been taking Miss Molly to training and she passed her AKC STAR puppy exam! Now, she moves into intermediate training so she can do the CGC test (Canine Good Citizen) .
She has been growing like a weed and is about half the size she will be when grown...
Tucker is much more amenable to having her around and actually goes out with her and they get along much better...such a big relief!
With Hubby's trips to surgery and a crazy puppy it has been challenging to say the least...add in a newborn Grandson and three year old grandson who come to visit...whew!
But, I am slowly getting better....

This is Ryan. He is two weeks old in this picture...Sweet! Life will never be dull with two grand boys.
 This is Miss Molly....I had grand plans not to let her up on the couch...but honestly, letting go of that actually allowed the dogs to get along....strange I know, but what is a little more dog hair anyhow?? She looks the picture of innocence here...but trust me, she has a streak....but most of the time she is pretty darn good. Awfully hard to be a puppy in the home of seniors....LOL.

Here are our fur babies...coexisting on the couch...
So, look this up you guys. This is my newest find. A cleaner that actually works and is safe! It uses a salt/vinegar mix that with electrolysis becomes quite the force. I was not sure...so I tested it out. I tried on the toughest thing I could...the oven. There was some burned on stuff in there...and as Hubby watched it removed the and cleaned the oven lickety-split! I am not kidding!
If you are like me and are trying hard to get rid of unnecessary chemicals...(what the Dr said probably caused Hubby's cancer) then this is it....besides it works!! Really!
It has the faintest smell of bleach...but not strong and it can be used for so many things I was so excited I bought kits for my girls homes too....
Right now they are having a special...so go to their website....
(I am not paid by them...just sharing what I have found )
I made pjs for my 3 year old grandson for Christmas...I had so much fun...haven't used a pattern in years.....
Well, got to lie down....
Nancy