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I never thought I'd do this...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

But I'm so glad my place is clean that I took a few pictures:

One of my favorite places -- my chair (with knitting bag beside it). I so love this chair, I just may forgive Ashley Furniture for the crummy service when I bought it and give them another chance the next time I need furniture. I may just have gotten one bad salesman.

My "media center." Okay, it does need a bit of an upgrade. But that's a tax return or so down the road.

What passes for my kitchen. No counter space and the stove is no less than thirty years old. But hey...

I'm particularly proud of this afghan. It won a prize at the County Fair the year I made it. Okay, second place, but STILL.

My cookbook case. That little space on the bottom shelf isn't going to stay empty for very long (I'm already planning to order new cookbooks from John Besh and Alex Guarnaschelli next month). Thank goodness I have a totally empty shelf in my DVD case, because I know right now I'm not going to stop collecting cookbooks anytime soon.

My dining room. There's an adorable story about those roses. I felt silly ordering them with my grocery order, but for a dozen roses the price was low so I went ahead and did. The website said they were orange but the picture said yellow, and yellow roses are my favorite flower of any. The delivery man actually made a little show of presenting them to me. And he was from Ireland, so he had a brogue I could listen to all month. He even asked me why I was at home and not out getting some sun and fresh air! I told him I'm working on a project I want to finish (which is the truth -- I want to see the finished afghan), but it could probably have waited half an hour or so.

After I ordered them I went to get a vase from the closet and discovered I only have two tiny vases, which wouldn't do for a dozen roses. Luckily I have a pretty cut-glass pitcher, which I put them in and it looks very nice (I think so, anyway). Memo to self -- vases are cheap at the craft store. Time to pick up a few.

The bedroom is "not ready for its closeup." It's getting an upgrade as soon as my tax refund gets here, with a new bed and new linens. I even have a couple of dresser scarves that need embroidering. I may do one of them next when I finish the afghan.

I feel more relaxed tonight than I have in ages. I'm watching TV and enjoying a big Fuji apple from my CSA (Fujis have replaced Golden Delicious as my favorite apple) along with a cold club soda. I thought I'd miss the alcohol a lot more than I do, so it's a pleasant surprise that the "bubble water," as my family called it, is satisfying me the way it is.

I may even have a peaceful sleep tonight.
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    How cozy!
    1852 days ago
    Fantastic pictures! I love getting a peek into your home! You have done a great job with it. I also love the yellow roses as well as they story behind them. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. You look ready for it! emoticon
    1853 days ago
    I loved it.. and oh, do we have things in common. I am very appreciative of the afghan.. such a beautiful color. The roses are a sin of mine, too.. or at least fresh flowers. Hyacinths to feed the soul, so to speak.

    We also had issues when we bought some Ashley bookcases... the store wasn't Ashley, but the sales people were ghastly. Sigh.

    You have inspired me to do something similar... and yes, our beddroom is waiting for major facelifting, so it will not be there!

    1854 days ago
    Thanks for the pictures. I love it when the house has just been cleaned. Before the cats have a chance to scatter their litter and toys around. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Your place is lovely and your afghan is gorgeous, I can understand why it won a prize! Thanks for sharing with us. emoticon
    1857 days ago
    1857 days ago
    Loved the pictures, thanks so much for sharing!

    1857 days ago
    Looks lovely.
    1857 days ago
    Your apartment is adorable with all the special touches you have added! Enjoy!
    1858 days ago
    HI ! I am new to you,, ,from the "Abled" site (LOL I REFUSE to call it the DIS"abled" site,,,since we are ALL ABLE to do things, as you JUST SHOWED !!! WOOHOOOO you cleaned up ur place so WELL !! It looks very inviting,,,comfy,,, a place one would LOVE to be in. :) I am about to a temp home,,,, than HOPEFULLY to my permant home,,,,,,, I hope I enjoy mine as much as YOU do URS !!!


    PLEASE come and JOIN US AGAIN on the site,,, we are traveling from Denver,,, to Newark, NJ thru the exercise,,, HOUSEWORK if it makes ya heart rate go UP DOES COUNT !!! emoticon !!!!!!! And drinking water ,,,,, IS NEAT now to put into your things to TRY OUT !!

    1858 days ago
    Your place looks great!! I love that afghan on your couch. I can just imagine the number of hours spent making that (I knit but I like small projects like socks).

    1858 days ago
    Your place looks lovely! Congrats on having a clean place. I'm sure you're enjoying it.
    1858 days ago
    Your place looks fantastic! Love bobby on the fridge!
    1858 days ago
    Love the pictures. Your place looks so cozy and welcoming, and it's easy to picture you making delicious, nourishing food in your kitchen and eating it in your dining room. I'm so glad you treated yourself to the roses, too. You deserve them.

    Now I'm feeling guilty that I've let our place slip while we've been getting the property ready for Spring. Guess I'll spend a couple of hours tidying up this evening. Sure wouldn't want to take pictures the way it looks now. emoticon
    1858 days ago
    your place looks great, I agree it is so much easier to relax when your environment is not in chaos. You should be proud of the work you've done and enjoy it!! I hope to achieve a level of non-chaos soon;,) Suzy Homemaker I'm not, but I love to cook.

    1858 days ago
    Wonderful blog! I would love to have Alex's cookbook, too. (I love "Chopped"). I used to crochet and never could knit, but I appreciate beautiful craft sich as yours. Yellow roses were my dad's favorite, which I did not know until my stepmother ordered them for his funeral.

    emoticon on getting all that done! Hearing that accent would have been such a reward! emoticon
    1858 days ago
    I agree! Your place just looks warm and cozy. And it has the essentials. Cookbooks and a knitting bag!
    1858 days ago
    What a great place you have! Every nook is inviting. Good on you! (And send that Irish deliveryman this way - I don't need anything, but I'd sure like to hear the Brogue!)
    1858 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    Love all your pics- makes me wish my house was picked up and tidy but it is too small for the four of us and we have so much stuff!
    I have threatened to put a dumpster in the side yard and start throwing things!

    Maybe I can make a cozy little spot for me- your afghan was very impressive! emoticon
    1858 days ago
    Your apartment is really cute. I love the roses and I think the pitcher is a great vase. Your kitchen IS small, but some really good food comes out of it, I hear, and that's what counts.
    1858 days ago
    I love, love, love the pics. I could just see you in the chair and could see us sitting at the table with a pot of tea, some Fuji apples (which I love as well) and splitting a really good scone!
    1858 days ago
    Organized and home! Beautiful. Wish I could get consistency in my gauge for an afghan.....:) I was adventurous coming up with a new stitch for a baby bonnet when my oldest was born. LOL It's not a cookbook, and there's not alcohol in the recipes but here's a website for some delicious authentic Italian, if you'd like
    1858 days ago
    It looks wonderful, Mary! You should be very proud of how your home is coming along.
    BTW, I love the pic of Bobby on your fridge!!
    1858 days ago
  • LIS193
    What a cozy place you have and it looks so clean and tidy!
    1858 days ago
    the place looks great....loved the afghan
    1858 days ago
    Your place looks great. I am sure now that it is done it is much easier to relax. I love collecting cookbooks too
    1859 days ago
    Nice comfy chairs are a MUST! The hubs and I both have choice of comfort due to the fact that you can 'ratchet' up the foot rest to different angles. I must be in full 'viewing' pleasure of our t.v. favorites!

    I also have my treadmill set up nearby...nothing like watching and burning...a few calories..that is. I've taken to 'green tea with pomegranate' tasty AND healthy.

    And for digestive issues...nothing beats peppermint tea...NOTHING! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    I'm with you on the old fashioned paper cookbooks, the ones with food splashes and notes in them. I have a cookbook bookcase, too, and spend time with it every week.
    1859 days ago
    Wonderful! My home hasn't been photo ready for a very long time!
    1859 days ago
  • .DUSTY.
    Looks Great!
    1859 days ago
    Since we are told that chairs are killers!! Perhaps updating your media system could slip a little further down the list. I don't know about you, but I don't need any more comfy excuses for watching TV! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    It looks AWESOME, great job!!!! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    loved the pics & the afghan is my favourite colour green
    1859 days ago
    Your post and pics really made me smile. I can so relate to that feeling after having cleaned and tidied the home! Your home looks like a comfortable place!
    1859 days ago
    Great pics, your home looks so comfy!
    And you're so tidy emoticon
    1859 days ago
    How wonderful! I love that you have you have fresh flowers. You're going to need to upgrade your bookcase when you start getting more cookbooks. Great job on everything.
    1859 days ago
    Beautiful pictures...LI...and everything is so NEAT! YOU are AWESOME!!!!

    1859 days ago
    I love your place! It looks comfortable and welcoming. The chair and the couch look like they'd just swallow you up in fluffy wonderfulness!

    Love your prize-winning blanket!
    1859 days ago
    Your place looks great! I must say that chair looks particularly inviting. Funny you should mention the Ashley's salesperson, as we dealt with a particularly annoying one today, and finally just left the store and went elsewhere.
    1859 days ago
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