Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Morning

January on our new calendar - I so want to be in that one-horse open sleigh!!!!! : )

Every morning I pray for strength, energy, and motivation to get to all the work that I want to get to - this past week the prayers were answered.  Getting back to my Household notebook has so motivated me to get into the routine of going through the house room-by-room and really begin the deep cleaning again.  The kitchen and bathroom is done and on Monday I will get to each of the bedrooms and the Living/Dining rooms after that.  It just feels so good and reminds me that after deep cleaning each of these areas means that the daily upkeep of these rooms will go much smoother and not take as much time.

After cleaning, I did spend some time in my "studio/craft" area and, once again, go through all those craft items.  THAT is quite the chore!  But I did it, it's done, it looks good again, and now I'm getting ready to get into some more crafting.  I'm definitely one of those people who needs to have her space in order before working in it.  So, now, no excuses!  : )

One of the things that I do enjoy about going through things is that I find old notebooks filled with ideas of articles I've cut out, or notes that I took from books, etc.  One of the notebooks I found had some ideas that I wrote down from a library book from YEARS ago.  When we homeschooled, our son would go off to look for books of interest to him and I would end up in the cooking/homemaking/crafting books.  We both would end up bringing stacks of books home - that was our Friday treat.  : )  Well, anyway........I brought a book home that gave 5 ways of decorating certain rooms of the house for comfort and beauty and I wrote those ideas down, forgot about them, found them, and now want to share them with you.  While reading them, I can just envision the rooms and, in my mind anyway, they do look inviting!  : )

1.  Two ideas for the Family Room (we call it the Living Room):

A.  For celebrations:
*have lots of things to look at - make it a space where people are going around the room looking at things of importance, memorable, pretty..........
*have good smells within the room - I personally like scented pinecones that smell of cinnamon and cloves
*serve yummy desserts and candies
*LOTS of talk and laughter - leave the world stuff behind and just enjoy the day/evening
*if you're into essential oils for your home this book suggests that in the living area you choose grapefruit, frankincense, clove, pine, cinnamon, cardamom, or lemongrass

B.  For increased energy and concentration for your family (again in the Family Room):
*have uplifting music playing
*decorate with vibrant colors (yellow and red)
*display bowls of natural fruits
*have vibrant colored chairs or at least have vibrant pillows on your more subtle seating areas
*and for the essential oils in this kind of setting - they suggest cypress, peppermint, juniper berry, lemon, or basil

2.  One idea for the Dining Room:

A.  For enhancement or relaxation:
*they suggest a blue room
*eat comfort food
*have plush velvet chairs
*play quiet or soft music
*and the essential oils they suggest is vanilla, lavender, orange, sage, or ginger

3.  Two ideas for the Bedrooms:

A.  For a nurturing room:
*a room painted in a pale green
*light candles
*set out a pretty bowl filled with fresh fruit
*have a soft, fluffy comforter for your bed
*make it quiet
*and the essential oils they suggest is eucalyptus, thyme, rosemary, geranium, or bergamot

B.  For a good night's sleep:
*sip on chamomile tea
*paint the room a light pale blue
*light candles (but I'm assuming NOT while you're sleeping!!!LOL)
*play soft music
*buy the best cotton sheets
*and the essential oils they suggest are chamomile, cedarwood, or mandarin orange

I hope these don't sound too "new age" to you because I'm definitely NOT new age!  But as with all ideas, we just need to pick and choose what sounds good to us and what we can do with what we have.  : )

A couple more ideas that I wrote down in this notebook that I found are:

1.  Have a January Snow Day (although around here there is very little snow):  have a "day off" and lounge around with cups of hot cocoa - or, get outside into the fresh air and build snowmen (again if you have snow!), or go sledding (ditto on the snow), make a big pot of homemade tomato soup and serve it with grilled cheese sandwiches, take a nap.  

January can sometimes be a "ho-hum" month, so setting aside a day can be reviving for everyone.  Just something a little different.  : )

2.  Make a "comfort drawer" - fill this drawer with a box of chocolates, bath supplies, decorating magazines, good teas, lotions, candles, etc. and when you're especially tired or down (during the dark of the winter months), run some bath water, make a cup of tea and enjoy a chocolate, light the candles, put on some music, and read a magazine while soaking.  

3.  Enjoy the evenings - turn the t.v. off!!!  Sit in your comfy chair with a good book and a cup of calming tea; or pull out a craft to work on; or if you enjoy mending, bring it out and work on that while listening to a book being read on the computer or find a radio station that plays soft music.

Well, I think that's about it for today.  : )  I hope you can find at least one idea to try.  I find great satisfaction doing something a bit different at times and I always appreciate finding ways to bring that about.  Thank you SO much for dropping by for a visit - I ALWAYS love it when you do!!!!  And I hope that my comment area is working again because I DO love hearing from you - it keeps me motivated to want to do more!  God bless your day and upcoming weekend.  : )


  1. I was just thinking of painting the dining room blue. It is yellow now. I was thinking that the right shade of blue would really make the wood furniture pop. My son isn't convinced. But it's interesting that your notes say to try blue in the dining room. I think if I don't overdo it it will look good.

    1. Hi Janine! I hope you can go ahead and try the blue for your dining room - I've seen photos of blue rooms and, like you said, with the right shade of blue, they're gorgeous. Also, the nice thing about paint is that if you don't like it, you can paint over it! Have a good upcoming week! Mary S.

  2. Good Morning. At least it is morning here in England, I'm not sure of the time where you are. I do not usually comment on blogs I say how much I have enjoyed reading yours. It has given me so many good ideas to try in my own home here in rainy Manchester. I would love to try some of your recipes, but we tend not to use cup measures here. I will have a look on Amazon UK and see if it is possible to buy American cup measures in this country.
    I have only just started to return to church after a very long absence, but do consider myself a Christian and having retired am now thoroughly enjoying finallybeing a real homemaker.
    With my best wishes

    1. Hello Lesley! Thank you SO much for commenting. : ) It's 1:00 p.m. here in the States and I'm so glad to hear that you enjoy reading my blog. Like I say - it really keeps me motivated in writing it. Until you mentioned about using American measures for recipes I never even gave that a thought. And I wish I knew how to convert to metric! : ) SO nice to hear that you are enjoying your time as a homemaker. I don't know about you, but to me it's never a boring job. And I'm also glad that you're returning to church. I know for me, if I have to miss a Sunday for some reason, I feel like the whole week is off. Well, thanks again for your comment and have a great upcoming week. God bless. Mary S.

  3. I apologise for my typing error. My comment should read 'but may I say' rather than 'I say'.

    1. Dear Julel,
      I am an American who resides permanently in the U.K., and I am also a home baker, so I go between metric and American measurements frequently. You should be able to find American measuring cups on Amazon I expect. It would be great if you can, as it really does make a difference in the recipes.
      (That said, I have the conversions for just about everything written down and taped on the inside of one of my kitchen cupboards) :-)

  4. Mary, What great ideas to “pep” up our homes this winter. I find I am quite naturally, moving into the decluttering and re-positioning of my decor at this time of year. I have been hampered somewhat, by the fact that I have been quite ill with a nasty virus of some sort since Christmas Eve.
    One day, I thought I was on the mend and probably overdid cleaning out cupboards etc, but then my body said “Stop right there!”
    Nevertheless, I think I will copy some of these for myself, especially since I am keen to get more involved with essential oils and their use for cleaning, and overall well being.
    So happy to be able to comment again, Mary! Have a lovely week.

  5. I'm SO sorry you haven't been feeling well since Christmas!!! Not sure what's going around but, here too, things are holding on to those who have it - longer than normal. I pray you will begin to feel better SOON. Blessings to you you as well. : ) Mary S.