The Hob Nob
Kylie ordered a vegetarian sandwich,
Carol & I had the yummy tenderloin sandwiches,
& Kelcie had a burger.
The Hob Nob
Sure enough--there was green popping up everywhere. The warmth of the past few days has really brought everything to life & it won't be too long until we'll be seeing some color along with the foliage. I can't wait!
I have a healthy patch of "Stella's" & could probably set up a roadside stand & sell daylilies. I know they need divided by I just hate to split them up! Last night I read on one of the garden blogs where a lady had dug up every single Stella de Oro in her yard & shredded them in her chipper as she had grown tired of them. Horrors! I know they have been way over used in landscaping, but I still love their bright yellow blooms & they grow in leaps & bounds for me. So, you won't find me shredding them.
This just happens to be my favorite time of year. I enjoy the rest of the long winter days, not being able to be outdoors & not feeling guilty for doing inside activities. But when the ground begins to warm, & the sun shines later in the evening, I get excited about what the next few weeks will bring.
Actually, it is a furnace closet with back access to our trash compacter, which just for your info, I wouldn't live without. That thing has probably squashed several tons of litter over the past 30 years, & thankfully, it's still smashing daily.Two deep shelves were on the right side, deep enough to hold more stuff than you can imagine. The top shelf was just beyond my reach, so what was shoved up there was lost in the dark regions, until I felt the need to reorganize, or search for some lost item.
I've been bugging Bob for months about redoing this closet to make it more accessible for me. He really didn't think it was necessary...but somehow got himself on the "better get to work on that project" side of the issue. (He recently did some car swapping & believe me, he has a few more projects to go before we are even-steven!)
And so, much to my delight, we began the project one day last week.
You know who had to unload all of the junk from the closet (and I found things I had forgotten about many moons ago!) before installation of shelving began. Brackets & bracings were installed & then you know who had to paint said junk closet. I was amazed at how much brighter it became with a fresh coat of white paint, plus a new brighter light bulb helped a bunch!
Shelves were installed. They are 16 inches deep and there are 4 rows of them, instead of the 2 old shelves. And, they wrap around the corner, going along two walls, giving me lots of room.
Well, I thought it was plenty of room until I began loading them up with things I had stored from the dining room redo a few weeks ago. It didn't take me long to fill them up! I could use a whole house full of closets like this!
Anyway, thanks to Mr. Wonderful Bob the Builder hubby, I'm a happy housewife for now. My two sets of Christmas dishes fill the top row. One set had been stored above my frig & were just too hard to get to, so I seldom used them. My navy Bennington pottery bowls were brought out and will be much easier to get to & I will use them now! I have a couple of storage bins of napkins, napkin rings, & place mats.
More dishes & my set of china (that I never use) came out of storage.
And my beloved Fostoria collection, that I must tell you about some day, takes up part of another row.
I left a couple of the lower shelves for the grand children's things. This isn't all that they have, but they are going to have to go through some of the books with me & decide what they want to keep.
I'm sure this too will eventually get cluttered, but it will be so much more convenient. And this wouldn't have come about if I hadn't spent too many evenings going through some of my favorite blog sites, especially the ones relating to tablescapes & decorating. My dish pantry isn't much compared to some that I've seen. But I'm pleased as punch with it & not even ashamed to let you take a peak in the pantry for now.
My sister & her family will be heading this way at the end of the week for a Spring Break visit. I have much to do between now & then, including getting rid of a lot of stuff that didn't fit back in that closet! So, now you know why I haven't come up with any brilliant blogging moments for a few days. And the next few days will find me tearing around here getting everything in order so Carol & I can spend lots of quality time together. It's been a long time since we've been together and we just might find a few things to talk about.
Springs in the air! I can't wait. . .