The June picture on our kitchen calendar. Don't you wish our children had a simple life of just going down to the creek and look for tadpoles? That used to be enjoyable and fun! : ) The house looks like it should be on Prince Edward Island - I've always been fond of white houses with green shutters.
It's a hot one today but I'm loving it. All I have to do is think back to our April snowstorms and this looks might good right now. : ) The windows are open and the breeze is coming through. We turn our air conditioner on in the evening so that we can sleep. The other night (before the heat) we had our windows open and were awakened by an awful sound right outside the bedroom. The windows were shut right away as I didn't want to know what that was all about. We checked the next morning but no signs of anything dead but I'm sure it was carried away whatever it was. Ick. We have coyotes and foxes (even in the suburbs) so I'm thinking that's who the predator was. I don't like the bunnies eating our plantings but I don't them to go that way either!!!!
Well, I have a lot for today, so had better get to it. It is June. My goodness - the year almost half over? But anyway....................
*Patch concrete sidewalks.
*Restock first aid kits for the car/home.
*Clean the gutters.
*Let that fresh air in!
*Change the furnace filter.
*Check any caulking outside.
*Weed regularly - a little every day usually does it.
*Plan ahead for Father's Day and the 4th of July as it kind of creeps up on us.
*Flip the mattress and wash the bedding (if needed).
*Keep going through all drawers/closets/cabinets/shelves/garage area/sheds and purge! There will always be something that you can get rid of.
Not bad at all! And, again, not everything applies and those that do just take your time and enjoy the process of the doing. It doesn't have to ALL be done but remember that doing something is better than doing nothing. When you do something it really does spur you on to do more and then before you know it, a lot gets accomplished and you get very happy with yourself. : )
JUNE TEA PARTY THEME
Again, if you are blessed to have a friend or two (or a whole lot more!) that loves to get together with a cup of tea in their hands and have a good conversation with you, here is a beautiful way of doing that. : )
Be outdoors!!!! Either set up a canopy or sit under a tree.
*Decorate with lots of colorful pillows
*Lots of votive candles - I love the idea of hanging votive containers from tree branches
*Serve lemon muffins, rhubarb muffins, strawberries dipped halfway into melted chocolate, biscotti that you dunk in the tea, and coconut macaroons - set a pretty table for this (tablecloth, different heights in serving plates and platters, fresh flowers)
*Play Mendelssonhn's music in the background
I call that lovely. : ) Hope you can try it!!!!!
Next, I think I just want to share what the week has looked like from here:
1. There was a lot of working outside again after the Memorial Day hurricane! Wow it was rainy and windy. But this is where I spent a good part of Memorial Day (because of the rain, I just HAD to catch up on some reading):
the tea cup was always full and my book was always open - except for those moments when I nodded off. ; )
2. I love when I see pictures of women ironing in the kitchen. In the Walton's they have a little area in the kitchen that they do all the ironing and I love the look. However, our kitchen is tiny but I was determined to make it work because I love being upstairs and I like the smell of freshly ironed clothes and I actually am liking it:
it's nice and bright and airy - I have my little Nook on and watch baking shows. : )
3. The other evening I wanted to use up some leftover raw vegetables so I made a chopped salad:
I had carrots, cucumber, cabbage, celery, and a little green onions - just look in your vegetable bin and see what you have - seriously, almost anything goes. Put it into a serving bowl and set out your favorite salad dressings and let them serve themselves. It was very tasty and SO good for us. Then on the next day (since there were leftovers of THIS) I had an entree that would taste good with a pasta salad so I turned the above chopped salad into a pasta salad just by adding, of course, cooked pasta rings and made a dressing of mayo, sugar, and white vinegar - gave it a toss and it made a whole new side dish. : )
This goes with all kinds of things - salmon, burgers, hot dogs, chicken - very versatile and very yummy. : )
4. The next thing was to remind you of how good it is for your health to work with plants and to garden if you can. I guess the word nowadays is "grounding". From what I'm reading, even if you can take your shoes off and walk around in the grass, it affects your health in a positive way. Even just tending to a few pots on your deck or patio helps - the planting, the watering, the touching the plants, the pruning - all of it is good for us so if you can, get out and pull those weeds, dead-head the flowers, pick the mint!
Then afterwards, it's also good to take a good soaking bath - water is very calming and relaxing and restorative. Make it special if you can. Run a hot bath and pour Epsom salts in (really good for Magnesium intake and good for those sore muscles - be cautious though - read the directions because I do believe if you are diabetic or pregnant, you can't use Epsom salts), light some candles and put on some nice music. Soak for about 15-20 minutes. You can't beat it - especially right before bed.
5. Lastly, I went around the house and took a few pictures - no wow factor here but just what we've done so far:
the planters are full again
found this cute little couple at a thrift store
the Azalea in full bloom
our herb "garden" - rosemary, lavender, and mint (the mint is contained this year because we all know that mint will take control of the whole planter if I don't contain it)
corner of the garage - the geranium loves the full sun
Lily-of-the-Valley - again, this takes over everything - but sure is pretty
a little mushroom I made out of a dollar store plate, vase, and bowl to set in a shady area - I really want to make more of these
a planter by the front door - there is another one on the other side - just a nice thing to have at the entrance
under a birch tree in the front yard - we made the birdbath out of two thrift store vases and a bowl - I loved the colors so I wanted to use those same colors for the flowers in the barrel
this is an area that we really need to work on - at the beginning of winter we had a lot of ice and it killed almost all the grasses we had planted - so we need to fill it in again. I kind of want to use prairie plantings such as black-eyed Susan's and prairie grasses since I'm from South Dakota. : ) Again, the birdbath is what we made from thrift stores finds - an urn, a vase, and a bowl - so fun to make.
There you have it! LOL I think that's about it for today. : ) I usually have this post on Saturday mornings but I have a lot to do tomorrow so I'm one day early (like you were all waiting!). Anyway.......thank you SO much for the time you took to visit with me. I enjoy it when you do!!!!! Have a wonderful upcoming weekend. God bless.