Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #138!
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!
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?!
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!
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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