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Coffee and Conversation #138 – Thoughts of Spring

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Welcome to Coffee and Conversation #138! Some atypical thoughts of spring have gotten me focusing on the domestic elements of my life right now...

Atypical thoughts of spring…

So the other day I had a friend text me out of the blue with this message:

Is that a Christmas wreath you have hanging on your door?

Turns out she was driving by my house and noticed the lovely green decor on said front door. It has blue and silver balls and garland on it, so I thought it might be good ’till Easter, at least. OK, so it was just a thought: please don’t judge. 😉

I will be the first to admit that although I highly appreciate the decorating and cleanliness of others’ homes, I’m somewhat lacking in that area myself. I can’t stand clutter, mind you, and fight against it with a vengeance, but those little touches that make a house a home…well, I guess you could say “my heart’s in the right place.”

Around these parts, besides the arrival of spring this week (in case you missed it), we’ve got a big family Passover celebration next month and then graduation and an Eagle Scout ceremony coming up in May. Knowing that we’ll be extending hospitality quite a bit has gotten me focusing on the domestic elements of my life right now. (Which, I will also admit, is way past due…)

And in that vein, I’ve decided to put together a short “spring bucket list.” Not so much a list of fun things to do, but it’s so much more psychologically engaging to put it that way instead of calling it a “to-do” list, or a “stuff that has to be fixed and attended to now” list. Know what I mean?

For the sake of accountability, these are my spring projects, which I will also use as an excuse to avoid the traditional (brrr..) “spring cleaning”:

  • paint and rearrange my (new) office, which has been referred to as “the schoolroom” since we moved here…
  • make curtains for the kitchen and living room
  • make a new, less-Christmasy-themed, wreath for my door

Just in case you’re wondering, those are in “eat the frog” order – biggest/hardest first. Hey, whatever it takes to git ‘er done, right?!

I hope I get another text message from my friend when she drives by and sees the new wreath.

Like in September or October… Sigh…

What’s on your “spring bucket list?”

Now, on to our features! 😉

Guess since home care and maintenance are on my mind, this week’s features are a bit on the practical side. Maybe they’ll inspire you to make your own environment a bit more homey, too!

My 5 Biggest Home and Decor MistakesMy 5 Biggest Home and Decor Mistakes


What excited me most about Liz’s post here was that she was/is part of the #100RoomChallenge, where you see what kind of a makeover you an do to a room with just $100. Bearing in mind my spring project #1 (mentioned above), don’t you think this was absolutely perfect timing?!





Top 5 Wood Cleaning TipsTop 5 Wood Cleaning Tips




A recipe for a wood-friendly cleaner/polish using essential oils has been on the back-burner for quite a while now. This guest post has one inside, sans the oils, but he does offer some good tips – and reminded me to keep working on my own recipe!




Essential Oil Wool Dryer BallsEssential Oil Wool Dryer Balls



My youngest daughter and I were working on our own set of DIY dryer balls a few weeks ago. Turns out you need REAL wool yarn, tho, and that’s not what we had. (Hint: don’t try it with anything else…it just makes a mess. Trust me.) I just love the look of these, and you can bet I’ll be picking up some yarn at Joanne’s with a coupon soon. AND adding my lavender or lemon or even orange essential oils!




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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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13 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #138 – Thoughts of Spring

  1. Journa Liz S. Ramirez March 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Thank you for a fun party. It was awesome as always.
    – Journa, from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

  2. Marilyn Lesniak March 23, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to bring so many gifted bloggers together! Have a great week and I hope to see you at #overthemoon on Sunday and #thursdayfavoritethings!

    • Pat March 24, 2017 at 8:52 am #

      Got in a little too late to catch your Thursday link-up…but I plan on making #overthemoon!
      Have an awesome week, and thanks as always for stopping by 🙂
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  3. Sherry March 22, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I took my wreath down and have yet to find the spring one!
    Sherry recently posted…The Lion of Judah RoarsMy Profile

    • Pat March 24, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

      Sherry, I hope you find it soon…or you can do like me and get it up on the first day of summer…lol!
      At any rate, it makes me feel better to know I’m not alone 😉
      No judgement here!

  4. jen at Satsuma Designs March 22, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

    Thanks for the fun!!

  5. Summers Acres March 22, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Thanks so much for the feature! If you can wrap your wool balls nice and tight you will love them!!!

    Your decorating and domestic style sounds like mine. I like everything in order and not a lot of clutter. i also don’t like having a lot of things just for looks that do not serve a purpose. Everything must contribute in some way…lol. Thus my decorating is just simple basic touches that add a little personality without cluttering up the place. And while my wreath I remembered to take down fairly promptly (because it blocks my view out the front door) I found a Christmas basket full of pine cones just a week back that I hadn’t put away!

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  6. Michele Morin March 22, 2017 at 7:39 am #

    Ha! I made a swag for my door with a pair of tiny skates and a bow — very decorative and Christmassy, and I took it down this very morning. (It’s almost as if I had stopped seeing it!) So funny that we are on the same decorating track!
    Michele Morin recently posted…Together through the Doorway of MarriageMy Profile

    • Pat March 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

      Oh my, Michele, so happy to know that I’m not alone!! Are you putting anything up to replace it?
      A friend of mine suggested that I keep the wreath up and just re-decorate for the monthly holidays. Let’s see, in that case, better find some pretty Easter decorations!
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  7. Liz March 22, 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Thank you so much for featuring my post! So exciting!! Thank you for hosting a great link-up.

  8. JES March 22, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Hope you ladies are doing well! Love, JES

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