Monday, November 30, 2020

Monday Memos

I have a Hobby Lobby report. I went a couple weeks ago and of course, they already had all of their Christmas stuff out. And, as usual, it's ALL half price.

Hobby Lobby has the BEST wrapping paper. It's thick and there's a ton on the roll. Half price is $4.00--a real bargain.

And then, there are the holiday dishes:

So many different designs. Most with matching linens. All at very fair prices. 
If you like a gingerbread theme, they have all kinds of cute houses and decor for an entire village.
Glasses, salt and pepper shakers, hand soap dispensers, spoon rests and napkin rings.

Every thing you need for a beautiful holiday table. Even if you prefer paper, they have a really nice selection. 

Actually, even though I don't need a single thing, browsing the aisles, gets me in the holiday spirit. 

I did most of my decorating over the weekend. We're planning to get the tree this week. Butch went yesterday, but everything was so picked over. I'll share some photos later this week.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

What I Buy Wednesday.

Well, I did a little more Christmas shopping this week. And, a little furniture shopping for the beach condo. 

I had my heart set on this:

This color was called sage. It look more blue to me. Either way, I would be okay. But, they are on backorder---which keeps getting pushed back. The last notice I got was January 9th. I decided that since this was the 3rd push back, I better just settle for something else. 

I decided on the same coffee table in white.
Then I thought, well, I could still get blue end tables.
I asked Butch for his opinion. He said that he thought I would be introducing too many colors. I disagreed with him. I ordered them anyway. After all, he said I could do anything I want! But after thinking about it for only one day, I thought he might be right. 

This is the rug I've gotten for the living room.
It's sort of hard to tell, but there are several colors: blue, green and yellow in the rug. So I think the blue set would have worked fine. But the more I thought about it, I decided that Butch was right. Maybe there would be too many colors going on.
Instead, I went ahead and ordered the matching end tables that go with the coffee table. 

Now I'm having second thoughts again. I really like the blue ones. I don't believe everything has to be "matchy, matchy." The white seems definitely beachy--and I always love white, but that blue sure is nice!!

What do you think? 

That's my buying report for this week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tuesday Thoughts About...


I've already mentioned how I binged the show "Home Edit" on Netflix. I love any shows and books about organizing. I don't always agree with everything, but I love getting new ideas. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't. Still, I really like seeing order out of chaos. It was always my favorite thing when I was organizing for other people. 

Today, I want to talk about pantries. 

There are so many ways to organize pantries. They all look fabulous--no doubt. But I question some of them. Let's take a look at a few.
Of course this pantry looks fabulous. But there are relatively few food items. Where are the canned goods? And what's up with all of those cake plates. Maybe this is some sort of baking pantry for someone who bakes professionally. It could be that, but then the crock pot is there and the toaster. What's up with those apples and limes? I don't know anyone who stores fresh fruit in the pantry.
This pantry does look a little more realistic, but doesn't have that much food in it. I do store my potatoes and onions in my pantry. But what's up with that DVD player on the bottom? And then I guess those are the disks below. Maybe this was designed for someone with a small apartment. 
This one looks good too, although it seems like there's more wine and beverages than actual food. Notice that Charles Chips tin on the top shelf? That reminds me of when I worked for them as a teen. They gave Reenie (my best friend) and I a company car ('63 Chevy) to tool around in. Okay, I digress. Back to the pantry. What's up with the salt getting a shelf to itself? Also, now I'm thinking that maybe apples are supposed to be stored in the pantry.
Now this one is incredible. But, come on! Where are the can goods and beverages? I would need a ladder to get to that top shelf.
I can see they eat a lot of fruit, but where are the vegetables? I must be missing something. I never heard of storing fruit in the pantry. I know, I've already said that.
This looks like the most realistic pantry of all. I do like the idea of those nice baskets, but I don't know what's in them. This is my favorite so far--from a practicality standpoint.
Now this. Really? Where the heck is the leftover cereal and cookies that didn't fit in these really aesthetically pleasing jars? There have to be boxes somewhere.
This one looks pretty good too. But I can't imagine the cost of all those containers.

And then there's Home Edit. This is the pantry of one of the owners. The best of all!
OMGosh! How awesome is this? It's gorgeous! They like to organize everything according to the rainbow--not just the pantry--books, clothes, toys, etc. I think it looks fabulous, but I could never pull it off. I never learned the acronym for the rainbow. I'd be re-arranging constantly---"wait, is it orange, yellow red? or blue green purple?" I'd waste too much time trying to figure it out. Plus you would have to really know the packaging of your products to find anything. Some things we've used forever would be obvious. But newer things would get lost. Probably.

Now here's my pantry. 
I'm fortunate to have a really big pantry. Sooo, there are all kinds of things in here that aren't food. It looks kind of like a jumble of random things and messier than I'd prefer, but this is about the best it can be. The entire top shelf is all Christmas stuff (you can't see that shelf in these pictures). Butch has to get on the ladder and hand it down to me. That makes it really convenient for decorating for the holidays. My cans are all organized by food groups.
Would my chip and cereal shelf look better if they were dumped in to containers. Probably. But then I would not have the right sizes and would wind up with the bags anyway.
That bottom shelf is paper plates and napkins, food storage containers and extra wraps (you know my multiples problem!). Oh, and yeah, there's another row of plates and napkins behind the ones you see! Those are the seasonal/holiday ones.
In my effort to have nice looking containers, I asked for these for Christmas a few years ago. Sure, they look nice, but it's the same thing. I have to wait until the bag of flour (sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, etc.) are half empty to use them. 

And then there's this:
Evie brought me these when she came to Camp Aunt Barb. I was so impressed that she labeled them that I had to leave it! They are salted caramels. And a reminder that this is a little girl after my heart!

So, in closing (sounds like I'm debating--I guess I sorta am), my pantry isn't perfect. It doesn't look as organized as I might like, but it works for me. I would love to have all matching containers with everything perfectly lined up. That's not reality for me. I'll just remind myself of how grateful I am to have so much space--no matter how it looks. 

What about you? How's your pantry look? Send me some pictures and I'll post them. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday Mystery

I had an unusual and mysterious thing happen this week. 

Out of the blue, I got an email from a "guy" I've never met or heard of before. He was commenting on a blog post I wrote in January, 2017---nearly 4 years ago. Occasionally, I'll get some sort of generic comment that I know is not from anyone I know--I think those are some sort of phishing things. I never respond, or click on anything. I usually just delete those comments. 

This one was different. He mentioned this cookbook in the comment from that post:
He used his name and said he had gone to school at St. Aloysius. I had a feeling that it was legit because he mentioned about the school being torn down recently.

Yeah, like two weeks ago. 
You can see what it looked like back in the day. That's Sister Richard Maureen---she was meeeeeeen! Mean! 

Anyway, I immediately posted on Facebook to my grade school friends group. Three of them responded that they new this guy---he was much younger than us. 

Okay, so now I know he's definitely legit. He would like for me to copy that cook book for him. What? I don't know about that. It's kind of a lot of work. I'll think about it. I might just send it to him. I don't know why he wants it. Maybe his mom is in it. I'll have to look through the book for a clue.

But the mystery is this: How in the heck did he find that post from 4 years ago? I have no idea how that's possible. I thought that maybe if he did an internet search for the St. Aloysius cookbook, so I did that. Thousands of things come up, but not a picture of the cookbook I have. 

This is just the strangest mystery! Any ideas?