Sunday, July 28, 2013

My Cozy Pantry

Living in 1100 square feet has its ups and downs.  Lower electric and gas bills, more clutter from lack of storage.  

Trying to keep a poker face when seeing the townhouse for the first time with the real estate agent, I almost lost it when I saw an actual pantry.  It is tall and rather narrow, and it takes some thought when rearranging groceries.  

The ugly truth
There is one shelf above this and two below but you get the idea.  (hanging my head, hiding my face)

Aprons hanging behind the door
I finally emptied it out, checked for any products that were "expired", actually used up a couple of items and gave the inside a good coat of paint.  Leftover white paint.  Ceiling paint at that.

I washed the shelves with Murphy's oil soap, after deciding I liked the natural wood color against the stark white.  I am still debating using shelf liner or adding an edging.  

Put my aprons in order, next up, autumn!  Yayness! Here's a side view

Then I put things back.

Items to be used this week are up front

I have a package of cloves in there, and the smell is faint but I can make it out.  It reminds me of the pantry in my childhood home; when you opened the door, it always smelled like cloves and cinnamon.  

While far from being perfect, considering everything is a completely different shape and size, I can pretty much see everything at a glance, I can do a quick check before heading out to the store, and while it is limited space, I manage to get it to work for me.  Now I am all about fresh produce and farmers' markets, and fresh seafood.  I won't be restocking canned goods til early winter (or an impending hurricane, oh, I really hope not!)

Joining Alma for Seasonal Sundays, Kathe (with an E) for You're Gonna Love It,  Kathryn for Make It PrettyElaine for From the Farm Blog Hop, Susan for Metamorphosis Monday, Patti for What's It Wednesday, Jody for Simple & Sweet Fridays.

Thanks to all the hostesses, and please be sure to drop by and say "hi"!


Friday, July 26, 2013

Getting back into the (blogging) waters......

I really never left, but I am slowly getting my mojo back after some 'blogging soul searching'.  (More on that at a later time, maybe.)  I want to share some photos and update what's been going on.  Actually too much for one post. ( I have to interject here that this line spacing situation is on my last nerve.  I do not know what to do about it.  I have it selected for left justify.)

The yard work defeats me every year, it seems.  I did a few planters and threw the towel in earlier than usual.

I read some where that it is good to plant rosemary by your front door and that it is a natural insect repellent.  Here is my local newspaper box filled with rosemary, thyme, sage and a marigold or two.  The marigolds were too crowded and did not do so well.  But the herbs are thriving.  I prefer reading the paper online.  

The white geraniums did bloom, I was slow to snap, and then the heat wave took over, but lobelia and angelonia are doing well in spite of the heat.  

The hot pink geraniums loved the heat, it seems.  

I left my mums in the ground from last fall, and new growth came up.  

Hope they make flowers!

It seems one little bugger was not deterred by the rosemary!  I think this was a black widow spider.  I took this from inside the storm door.  Took a few knocks and thumps to get it to go away.

Out in the back, Rowena the "Olive Oyl" of rose bushes, just continues to grow straight and tall and refuses to widen, no matter how much I cut her back.  I get a few blooms, though.

Helen, the haggard hydrangea, huffed and puffed and got some new growth

And surprised me with these two pretties

She is not completely well, but I give her (and me) effort for trying. 

This was the second summer that I am living here that these Easter lilies poked through the ground.  I never planted the bulbs.  Former owner or a squirrel, I guess!  The lovely flowers never bloomed from the heat.  

My three mini lilac bushes - Lenni, Lili, and Leila - continue to disappoint me each spring, as does Francesca, the fig tree.

Not a good sign  :(

That's about it for outside, I'll have more on the inside soon. 

I will be joining Claudia for A Favorite Thing, Alma for Seasonal Sundays, Elaine for Sunny Simple Monday, and Brenda for Tweak It Tuesday.  Thanks to all our hostesses, please be sure and stop by.   


Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Very Favorite Thing

Today my feathered baby, Kiwi, turns 18.......I can't believe I have had this two ounce bird for that long.  She came home with me on September 23rd, 1995 when she was eight weeks old.

She is showing signs of age, and is a real "Princess"

At 18, one usually goes to college....or out to work!  About time she contributed a little something to the household expenses.

Happy 18th Birthday to my intelligent, sometimes sweet, sometimes grouchy, little feathered friend! 

We've been through a lot together in 18 years.  

Joining Claudia for A Favorite Thing!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Monthly Note Card Party

I have been getting things scratched off the "to-do" list, this time of year is busy, and it has been so hot and humid for so many days, I had to just give up on yard work.  I had some home repair and painting done.  Then sciatica hit........

But, I have been popping in for visits, and a simple post here and there, and I am happy to be able to join Vee's monthly note card party.

This month I went with photos from my 'postage' stamp yard taken last summer.

A weed is but an unloved flower.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox 

One may live without bread, not without roses.
Jean Richepin 

I'm sending luck and wishes
All wrapped up in a hug
Good things should come your way
With this tiny ladybug.
~Author Unknown

It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato."
Lewis Grizzard

Please stop by A Haven For Vee and enjoy the beautiful photos.


Please excuse the spacing, I have it set to line up left justified but Blogger is determined on keeping me "centered" (?), and the awful color surrounding my photos.  

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits."  ~ Thomas Jefferson

"This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning.  So it shall always be,  While God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith."    ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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