Normally I try to do a short format “Things and Doings” mid-month, every month, but I am behind on so much these days and it’s been a while since we caught up, so how about a tumble through the house and see what is going on. K? K!
To the best of my knowledge, Hell has not frozen over, and yet, I cleaned my studio space. Where? What? How can this be?
FYI, if you ever wondered, this is normally where my arts and crafts supplies work on their fitness. You will rarely see it is it tends to get messy with computers and paper and stuff that doesn’t play well with glitter.
This will excite no one but me but Imma say it anyway: I got an orchid to bloom a second time. People! I bought the thing for a photoshoot in March, let it die, ignored it for four months, then watered it again. Bam. Orchids! Even expert gardeners have a hard time getting orchids to bloom without a greenhouse, and here I go, a woman with a 30 year history of plant slaughter, making it happen on the first try. Don’t act like you are not impressed. Don’t even.
I’m a making a mess. For over a month now, I have been attempting to remove my board and batten paneling in the dining room. It was a nice trend, but that is the nature of trends, no? We get over them. Demo sounded like an easy thing, and I got so far as the boards, but not so much the battens. Color me frustrated. Now, I like to think of myself as handy, but this simple plate rail requires more than two hands and perhaps a power tool or two past my comfort level. And while it kills me to admit I need help around the house, it excites me to learn something new. Stay tuned.
I made a batch of Hold Me Down Debbie Bars. I’m not saying their are “to die for” but I might “lose a knuckle or two for” if you know what I mean.
For real. I’m freaking out about this wonder good. I bought it because it was on sale and I had some CVS bonus bucks or something to spend and I’m always looking for a decent moisturizer with an SPF above 20 (hard to find!)…so I went into this with low expectations, but holy sh*t. This is rocking my world. It’s light enough to never get greasy, but substantial enough that I feel it sink in and go to work. There is a mild “smoothing” effect that is perfect (for me). I’m at a stage in my skincare where I’m not looking to repave the sidewalk, but if we could make it look like it’s just had a good power washing, without all the work, I’m in. This is it. And it was like ten bucks. Who knew?
Lola has been fighting off an infection for over a month. Initially it looked like a passing UTI, but the antibiotics only addressed the symptoms and two weeks later I had to rush her to the vet when she was flopping over, unable to eat or drink. To see a cat so vital and lively collapse into helplessness in a matter of hours, literally hours, is terrifying. Her doctor thinks she must have been masking her symptoms, which is typical for cats (they don’t like to show weakness — especially former feral cats like Lola). After a couple rounds of blood work, an IV and some shots, she is in much better spirits, but not yet 100% just yet. Fingers crossed (toes and paws too) this latest round will get the job done. If you are an animal lover, you know how hard it is to know they are in pain but can’t tell you where it hurts. I can’t even imagine how people go through this with human babies and stuff. I can’t.
New goal: To not go to bed unless the kitchen sink is empty. When you live alone you don’t use that many dishes on a daily basis and it’s surprisingly easy to let them pile up. I have been letting my housekeeping slide quite a bit lately, and that’s a larger issue, but I figured that if I force myself to at least empty the sink, and to not let it build until there is a full dishwasher load, I’m half-way to tidy. Is the kitchen clean per say? No. But it’s never so bad that I have to schedule time to clean it. And that feels pretty darn good right now.
Bonus realization: when you only buy dishes you love in patterns you like, the dish rack is kinda cool looking. Win!
Speaking of dishes…
The summer is usually my heavy time for thrifting but I’m way behind this year (hoping to make up for lost time at the Kane County flea market next weekend – toot toot!), still, I lucked out finding a set of arbor green juice glasses, 49 cents a piece at Goodwill. This almost, ALMOST, makes up for that time a hose beat stole my glasses in a thrift store and I nearly had to throw down. After seeing the beauties in all their emerald glory, you can imagine why!