Category Archives: HOME SWEET HOME

Motivated

It’s 18 degrees outside, but nothing is stopping me from breaking down the lights and calling the holiday season.   There is a point at which a mere glance at ANY decoration still standing makes me itchy.  Metaphorically speaking.

I love Christmas and all the beauty it brings, but seriously.   Suddenly, those piles of extra things, half opened boxes, books, shoes lying around the house are my worst enemy.

And I just want my mantle back.  Clean, almost bare.   It’s the whole New Year thing.   A fresh start.  Nothing excluded.

I’m like a maniac, leaving no stone unturned.   Reduce, reuse, recycle.  Yes, yes and yes!

It’s going to be bone-chilling cold for the next 7 days in North Carolina.  That means we will not see 40 degrees AT ALL.   That’s what those newscasters are telling us.  MIGHT get snow, so our lovelies are being released early from school today.  They’ll be here in less than two hours.   Can’t waste it.   I’m heading to the living room, wiping down my mantle, pouring myself a cup of tea and sitting my tush on the couch with a book for the next hour.   And maybe I’ll grab a 20 minute nap before the first one says “I’m hungry.”

Word, Meryl.

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Good Gourd!

I’m suffering from gourd guilt. I bought them to add a bit of atmosphere to the homestead, but now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, they’ve been summarily rejected for greens and glitter.

However, before giving them the heave ho, I have to stop and stare at them.

Seems only fitting (gourd guilt) that I honor their memory with a few last glimpses into their short-lived lives.

Rest in peace gourds!

See you next year!

Four Musketeers

“All for one.  One for all.”

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Banana bread and smoothies kind of week.

Worth the wait

Intelligent Design

I’ve never seen a cocoon like this.  Hats off to the architect/builder for using little sticks in the design.

And it’s on there.  I don’t know what that white stuff is (weblike material), but it’s firmly attached to my stool.

Does anyone know its origins?  Spider?  Wasp home?   Whatever it is, I’m impressed by such a resourceful designer.

We could learn from these little members of our planet.

Update to post: Just added this picture. Even more detail. 🤓

Hair of the Dog

He wears it well. 


 

Bring Outside In

These are parsley blossoms. They look delicate, but they have staying power. Parsley grows so easily here in North Carolina. And it grows in abundance so I let it bolt.  They make for lovely arrangements indoors, too. 

Even next to my fake, purple flowers on the mantle. 

Plants are back. With a vengeance. And it’s not just ferns and fig trees. It is everything: twigs, oak leaves, evergreens.  And it’s beautiful. 

You don’t need a green thumb. They do pretty well on their own. 

A nice privacy screen and setting for my porch.  Instant relaxation.  

That rose has seen better days though.😬