Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I usually get the most done on Sundays, do a lot of food preparation, yet still have a nice peaceful pace to the day. This Sunday was busier than most, but I started out with some coffee, and quiet meditation.
After cutting up the cantaloupe, B went to Lowes for a few things. FYI this was the most delicious cantaloupe ever. Not only in taste, but I could smell it a mile away. It definitely is getting added to my list of senses for the week.
I planned the day, went over some lists, made more notes-to-self. I took a quiet moment for some gratitude and sage burning to clear my head a bit.
Sundays are for Sinatra. I added in Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons and Michael Buble. This station played all day well into late evening.
Prep the eggplant for dinner.
Cleaned up the kitchen. I try to use as many natural cleaning agents as possible. My go to is vinegar + water. It’s less streaky than windex. I also use witch hazel, tea tree oil, lemon juice & baking soda. The few other products I have are Seventh Generation or plant-based cleaners. Once in a while I break out heavy duty stuff for a deeper cleaning.
One of the stories that kept creeping up on me all day (& weekend) as I go about my busy tasks was thinking about my parents. How I was raised to be a doer, like they are. I thought of their example, always hard at work, taking care of their house, yard, garden, flower beds, etc. I thought of how we did cleaning and yard work together as a family. I thought of how I don’t really see families doing that anymore. I get a lot of little funny tips from my Dad, so every time I grab a twisty tie, or use something sort of unconventional, I always smile & think of him. They still work just as hard as they did when I was younger, maybe a little slower, but their house & yard are always well kept. My Mom is actually a way better housekeeper than I am, I do what I need to do to get by.
When he got back from the store, B hung a hook for my hanging herb/plant holder. It’s from Ikea. We had a bit of a difference of opinion on where/whether to hang it or not. In the end we will keep it down so the plants get light, but hang it to get it out of the way. Works for me. I love having green inside, and I wanted to try my hand at propagating herbs. We’ll see how that goes.
Time to oil up my patio furniture. I should note, it looks nice here, but it got really cool & windy. It was actually down in the 40s overnight. However having the cool wind actually made me get through oiling faster because I was moving to keep warm. I was in a sweatshirt and sweatpants all day! Another scent for the day: linseed oil.
There are baby bunnies in there! My bunny, as I call her, has become used to us, she will come up on the patio when we are sitting there. She’s the same one that was sitting in the same spot out front every day. My theory is she trusts us, so that’s why her babies are literally right outside of our backdoor. I feel obliged to help her protect them. Hopefully I can keep away a pesky neighborhood cat & the hawks!
The before & after of the fairy garden. B prepped it for me, lined it nicely with bricks and planted some of our canna lilies & roses.
I kept seeing the fairy gardens and wanted to do one, but I’m not much of a girly, fairy person. So I had the idea to go more Peter Pan-esque and do Neverland. It’s more of a conceptual Neverland with various touches here and there.
I tried to make as much as I could and purchased things cheap at Ikea, $1 store and yard sales. I even fashioned a little cave by using half of a plastic container and hot gluing the rocks on. Some of the rocks and glass shells are from my fish bowl, so it’s sort of dedicated to my fish, Del.
I obsessively had to paint the end of the red plant hook silver to represent Captain Hook. I haven’t decided if I’m getting a small hanging plant or hummingbird feeder for that.
Mid-day snack of chipotle gouda cheese.
I love the natural, soft light in my house. The airy colors help too. It’s so relaxing. Today is our 2 year anniversary in this house. I can’t believe the time has gone by! And it’s amazing how many projects I still want to do. I feel like we accomplished a lot that first 6 months or so. Then last year it was about the backyard. But I feel like I backed off for a while (probably out of exhaustion) and now it’s sort of back to it this spring.
I make guacamole every week. It’s good for a snack and as a topping.
I took a similar shot last WITL. I love the story this shot tells. One about a hard working man. Another just about our symmetry in working towards improving & maintaining our house. I love taking shots through a fence. Nice framing and in this case I like the impact of the blue sky & fresh-cut, green grass.
Between 3 and 4 p.m. it got much cooler and more windy. We decided to run to the beer store before dinner and get what we needed for next week. It was a good time to go because the place was deserted, so we had a chance to look around and figure out how much to get.
Back home to dinner prep. I am trying to clear out space in my freezer. So out came a pizza dough & ground turkey for meatballs. I also cooked the eggplant with tomato, and sauteed kale from the farmstand. I generally make enough on Sunday to have leftovers for Monday, and maybe some for lunches. The less I have think about meal prep during the week, the better.
My knees were hurting after cleaning up, so I crashed on the floor for a minute with my legs up on the couch. I remembered I should take a end of week-in-the-life selfie. B went back outside to get the plants in the shed, we decided not to put them in the ground yet because the temperature was going to possibly be below 40 overnight. Didn’t want to take a chance of losing any.
I went back to work finishing up the last few embroidery hoops I needed to add fabric to, then we hung them on the wall. A project that has been on the list for quite some time: check! It was already dark by then, so the dimly lit photo.
Time for pj’s and relaxing a bit. I was pretty much ready for bed at 8:30. But we put on hockey playoffs to watch a bit. I had been thinking about chocolate chip cookies. It started to be a craving. I remember I have seen those one cup microwave cookies, so I perused Pinterest and found something I thought would work. Only took about 5 minutes to prep and voila, warm chocolate chip cookie for me!
I will reflect on my WITL process and plans for the album in the next post.
Hope you all had fun documenting and were able to finish the week!