Spring Refresh

Another beautiful day.

Today’s our no walk day so I’m going to get started with my Monday reset. Dust, windex mirrors, vacuum, and do a general tidy up.

I used feta which is traditional. But I did like the addition of pine nuts so I added those. I also did more layers than she called for.

A few of my Vintage Easter cards

When I did the Antique Flea markets many years ago I love selling these old post cards. many of them had the original stamps and were written to people.

Here’s the Simply White trim on the door and today I’ll work on this part of the wall. As you can see this was the outside wall that was all rebuilt when we remodeled 26 years ago. I plan on switching out the light for one of those gooseneck industrial lights which I think will work there.

A couple of more bunnies. That marble eggs is something that came from Barclay’s mother. I think probably from when she was a girl. We have never kept much from her as, well, besides she never sent us much, we just didn’t get along. Or I should say she didn’t get along with her son,B, or me for that matter. She was raised very wealthy, on a sugar plantation in Haiti early on and then they moved to NY. Later her mother, moved to Sarasota Florida. Very wealthy. I guess the hippy, alternative son was too much for her. This was from the woman, who with her second husband, BArclays step father, had houses moved because she didn’t like them so close to the road,. Then later they bought a maple syrup farm in Vermont. That was the one place they lived that I did love but the one time we went to visit, it had to be 1980, they also had raised a herd of some kind of small black cow for meat. She named the cows after her kids. Weird ?? Huh?? She joked ‘Barclay ‘was in the freezer. Good thing we were vegetarians.

Well, enough down memory lane. I need to go do the living room zone. BTW, Thursday starts the entryway zone as April 1 is Thursday.

Monday Musings

Not much going on here. The weather is still nice but cooler than last week and we’re in for some rain starting Friday. I just hope it comes and goes quickly.  I spent the weekend tidying things up and we had lots of laundry to catch up on.

Yesterday I cooked the very last of the spaghetti squash my daughter planted last year. I think we harvested them in October. They were amazingly good. I found a recipe from Minimalist baker  It was excellent. here’s another source for recipes 

Tonight my son is going to grill some burgers up. It’ll be nice not to cook although I’ll make a salad. We went to the farmers market on Saturday and I picked up some beautiful lettuce. I’ve been rereading the Minimalist cooking by Meg Wolfe. It’s a short little ebook but really well done and has good ideas on simplifying not only cooking but menu planning and decluttering the kitchen. I’d recommend it.

I went to town to go do a small workout at the gym and then the bank and pharmacy. It was a short errand list. Tomorrow is my regular gym day and then I might pop into the thrift store.  We went into the Capitola Goodwill and I found a few treasures. A Chantal teapot, 4 Corelle lunch dishes, and 6 Dansk coffee cups.  I was excited to find these.

In decluttering I sold our oak pedestal table that’s been out in the barn. I’m hoping it’s picked up tonight. The wife said her husband would come by after work with his truck. It’s bittersweet since we bought that table in 1987 when we had just finished building our ‘farmhouse’.  But we used it for homeschool in the studio and then it’s been just parked in the barn( the black hole).  So that’s the last thing I have to sell for a while and it will open up a lot of room. If it stays nice for the next number of days I’m going to purge more magazines. Plus I have one bin of school stuff that’s my adult children’s and I’d like to whittle that down. So if it’s warmer Wednesday I’ll go do that. I did put out the few Easter decorations I have mostly because it is bunnies and cute chicks and an egg tree. We use to do the Waldorf egg tree with a manzanita branch and real blown colored eggs. Those days are over. The one I have has wool and wooden eggs.