The Orchid in bloom. I think it's SO gorgeous. : )
Well, I have quite a bit to share with you today. : ) Can you believe this year is officially half over? On the weather last night, they reminded us that now the days will start getting shorter. Seriously? I am not looking forward to dark mornings and dark evenings again. The long days definitely give me more energy. Oh well. I guess I can't do anything about it, can I?
It was awful hot yesterday and I'm not sure that today is going to be a whole lot better so time is spent in the house. I did sneak out of the house early yesterday morning to pull a few front yard weeds that I just couldn't stand looking at anymore, but between the early morning heat and humidity and the swarm of mosquito's, I had to make quick work of it.
I didn't make a new ice cream on Wednesday because we already had ice cream in the freezer and I don't like to have a lot of the same thing around as with just the two of us, we can't possibly eat it all in an appropriate amount of time. I did, however, make a cherry pie (to go with the ice cream - LOL), for our son's birthday on Thursday. Sad to say, though, that the pie didn't turn out. It just didn't thicken up so when I cut into it, it was juicy instead. It tasted good so what I did was scooped the vanilla ice cream into dishes first and then scooped out the juice, cherries, and broken up pie crust on top and used all of it AS a topping instead of it being the main thing. Everyone really liked it so it wasn't a complete disaster. I don't know what I did wrong but it turned out okay after all - I guess that's the main thing. : )
The other thing I did this week was this:
I made homemade soap. Of course, this is just a melt and pour type soap, but it was still fun to make. I made an infusion of lavender buds with home-grown rosemary and used that to add to the melted soap base. Poured it all into a lined bread pan, let it harden and then cut it into bars. It smells wonderful and I love the way it turned out. Since I'm crocheting dish/wash cloths, I kind of wanted something to go with them. Fun! : )
As I've said in past posts, I can use my days for work but there does come a time when I need to stop working and take the time to think. Yesterday was that day. I took my different notebooks off the shelf and went through them, updated them, threw some things out that no longer seemed appealing to me, and re-wrote some notes. One of the notebooks was my homemaking notebook. Whenever I found a good idea or wrote something down quickly on a piece of paper, I would just put it in the pockets of the notebook and forget about it and then it took forever to find them when I wanted them. So, I got all those things in order.
The other notebook was the charitable giving notebook. This is one area that I don't want to get lazy on. There are SO many needs out there that I would like to be of some help with. So, again, I went through everything and tried to make some kind of order from it, and re-wrote some ideas that I can begin to work on. I think we tend to think that we have to do something huge in order to make a difference in someone's life but that's not necessarily the case. Something as simple as making blankets and/ or pillowcases for children, or buying a few extra groceries for the food shelves, or making table decorations for a nursing home, or making lap quilts for the elderly.......all of these things can make an impact on someone's life. I encourage you in this area as well. With all of us doing something it could be just what someone needs! Again, my favorite saying - doing SOMETHING is better than doing nothing! : )
And then, I wanted to share our July To-Do's:
*Wax your cars and clean the inside thoroughly - the Lord provided our cars for us, we can at least keep them clean!
*Sealcoat the driveway - a hot and smelly thing to do, but it does help.
*Dispose of old paint cans and flammables.
*Rotate the tires on your cars.
*Spot check around the house for mold/mildew and take care of it - dangerous to your health!
*If you have any painting in your house, summer is the best time to do it. : )
That's it. Pretty short list. And some may not apply to you at all. I think I would put one more thing on this list:
*Keep going through drawers, cabinets, cupboards, and closets to keep them organized and clean and get rid of the extras that you know you won't need.
Also, it's time to think ahead to the 4th of July. Seriously, I really can't get my head to think that it's that time of year already. But it is here and we need to begin to think:
*What do you have planned?
*Where are you going to go?
*What are you going to serve?
*Are you doing anything special? Picnic? Backyard fun? Parade? Fireworks?
*Who are you inviting? Have you asked them yet?
Make your plans now and begin to build more memories. : )
I came across a fun idea (yesterday while cleaning out those notebooks!) that can take place at any time during the month of July. If you are blessed with wonderful neighborhood ladies or women from church or just some close friends - have a tea party and make the theme of it Americana!
*Decorate the tree limbs with red, white, and blue stars all hanging around (I thought that making the stars from the beautiful glittered paper would be fun).
*Cover the tables with quilts.
*Put wildflowers into a watering can.
*Serve cold drinks from a lined wheelbarrow.
*Serve blueberry muffins, thumprint cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and a coconut cake.
*Play Sousa music and Americana music
Doesn't that sound fun?! I LOVE things like that. : )
And then lastly, just some photos to share that I took throughout the week:
While browsing Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago, we got this idea of how to organize the stamps that I use for card-making. So my husband used up a little of his wood and built a shelving unit. Perfect. No more digging through the stamps to find what I need!!!
I love it when women call their craft area "the studio" - It just sounds so professional. : ) So this is my "studio" where I come down and work on my crafting/sewing. Not much to look at (compared to the gorgeous ones I see on-line or in magazines, but it's mine and it works for me). : )
This is another little project that my husband worked on. He glued saucers to these poles and they're used to put Citronella candles on while you're sitting in the backyard. Just push them into the ground wherever you want them and take them out when you're finished for the evening. As it gets darker in the evening, it's really very pretty - it doesn't look like much in the photo. He made 5 of them. : )
Lastly, just more flower photos. Even though we don't like the heat and humidity, the flowers are going wild! So lush and vibrant and pretty. : )
Well, I THINK that's it for today. I hope and pray that you can do something meaningful and enjoyable today. Thank you SO much for dropping by for a visit - I truly appreciate it when you do!
God bless your homemaking efforts!!!!!