Thursday, September 13, 2012

William Morris and the Linens

The nights are chill now. Time for hot tea at night. Time to snuggle under soft sheets and warm blankets.

But, of course, I can't just change the sheets. Not me. No, I have to vaccuum the box springs and mattresses and then flip them. I have to wash down the headboards, footboards and siderails.

And then I have to rearrange and purge the linen closet.

Which isn't really a closet of course, but a shelf unit here in the basement,

and a couple of shelves here in the upstairs hall closet,

a shelf in the downstairs hall closet,

and the ottoman in the living room,

(and a two drawers in the chest in the hallway which I completely forgot about until this moment.)

After two days of climbing up and down two separate staircases, washing and drying and folding and deciding and sorting, this is what we have downstairs in the laundry room,

The summer sheets for the twin beds are here now, one bottom and one top sheet put together in a large ziploc bag. I'm rather pleased with myself for having thought of that.

upstairs in the closet,

downstairs on the shelf,

and left in the ottoman.

I have a nice pile to donate to the local animal shelter for bedding and rags.

Any fall frenzy happening where you are?

Linkng to the wonderful William Morris party happening every Thursday at Pancakes and French Fries.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Photo-A-Day, Days 2 thru 7

For Day 1, go here.

Day 2: Father

Day 3: Far Away

Day 4: In my Postbox/mailbox

Day 5: Bright

Day 6: Every Day

Day 7: Natural



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Back to School: Scheduling Station

I'm not sure what else to call it. It came together quite organically.

Now that both kids are in public school, I need a place for their papers: A place where they can put them for me to sign--and a place for them to pick them up. Home "in" and "out" boxes, as it were.

I've been mulling this one over for a while. The logical place to put papers--my desk--is like putting them in a deep black hole.

 I decided to declutter this incredible hot spot as my William Morris Project for the William Morris Project post to link at Pancakes and French Fries, on Thursday.

I set the timer for 15 minutes thinking it would take me longer than that to get it done. It did: but only by 5 minutes--and I spent those five minutes actually cleaning the surface, not decluttering it.

I was thinking hard about creating a launch pad. One of the drawers in this dresser holds our winter gloves and hats. Right behind it is the coat/cleaning closet.

We used to keep our mail here, too.

One thing led to another and the next thing I knew, I was looking up projects from the old paper clutter course I took once at Simplify 101 and grabbing scrapbook paper and having a whale of a time. I didn't actually do anything with the folders other than label them. We'll see if the system is really necessary and whether it works before I invest any more time into it yet.

I just realised I need a file labelled "Mom"--so the kids will put what needs my attention into it. Then, I'll put the papers they can take back to school in the folders labelled with their names.

I started filing some of the papers and realised I had to write down when certain things were going to occur. I went to the kitchen. piece of paper in hand, to write it down on the calendar we keep on the back of the door. Then I back-tracked to get a pencil, as I always do. And that's when I got the great idea to move the calendar to this spot.

I added some pens and pencils in a jar and just like that I had something official.

We'll see how it works out.

Linking to The William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries.
Thanks Jules!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Menus and Today's Photo

Being able to post my monthly menu means not only did I get it done (whew), but it also means I have successfully installed the drivers for the printer and scanner onto the new laptop. Go me!

Today's photo prompt is "something far away."

Being able to ride my bike seems very fay away.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Photo a Day

I tried this before and it didn't stick: I'm hoping it'll work out better this time!

The prompts are from FatMumSlim, an Australian Blogger.

I decided to do a "serious" self-portrait for today's prompt. I don't have many nice pictures of me (there's a reason for that!) so I thought I'd make the effort and create one.

Still. I just do not like the way I look these days. I'm overdue for a trim and I have no idea how to apply make-up! My fat doesn't help--nor does my weird sort of knobby-under-the-skin forehead.


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