Friday, January 19, 2018

Garden Friday

Garden Friday this week finds us snowed in!
With a good dousing of the white magic,
there has been absolutely no gardening going on!

After talking to my farmer friend back in Florida,
(who survived many a winter in WI),
I decided to remove the covers on the veggie garden.
I knew we were expecting snow,
and it seemed like a great experiment.

All of our crops are pretty hearty,
so it will be interesting to see what is affected.
We have beets, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, carrots, garlic,
leek, shallots, and spinach sown.
 I checked on everything Wednesday,
when it was coming down ALL DAY LONG,
and every pot was buried in snow.
With full sun predicted for Thursday,
I left things as they were.

Even the straw bales were hidden beneath a white blanket.
By this time next week,
we should have a good idea of what will survive.
The amount of snow we got
was much more than expected,
but what a great way to find out
just how the extreme conditions will affect our garden.

Stay toasty!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Wooly Solution to Static

Dryer sheets haven't been used by our household for years.
The chemicals found in them are undesirable,
especially considering C's allergies.
We haven't yet set up our clothesline at this new house,
so most things get put directly into the dryer after the wash cycle.
I was thrilled to find a solution to controlling static electricity in our dried clothes.
These are wool dryer balls that not only tame static,
but also aide in clothes drying faster.
The tumbling action allows for more space amongst the contents of the dryer,
cutting the drying time by a significant measure.
They are reusable, so a onetime purchase
is a very distinct possibility!
What a wonderful housewarming gift!

Here's the blurb from the listing on Amazon:

 "100% HANDMADE IN THE U.S.A. This lot contains six 100% wool dryer balls made by "A Little Green Bee". They are completely made out of wool, inside and out. We use wool roving to form the ball. They are a little larger than the size of a tennis ball and will shrink slightly over time. They are "All-Natural". All natural means that this product is 100% free from any synthetic fibers. These cute little felted wool balls are designed to reduce drying time, soften fabrics, cut down on static, decrease lint, and reduce wrinkles. Because they are reusable, you will never need to purchase fabric softener or dryer sheets. And unlike other wool dryer balls made from yarn, they will not unravel and will last for years. Over time your Wool Dryer Balls will develop pills on them (If they bother you- just run a sweater depiller or light razor over them to remove pills). These balls last for years and the more pilling the better. Pills = softer clothing because there is more surface friction. They get better with age. Put away those chemical dryer sheets, protect your family and the environment, and go green with natural dryer balls!"

It does my heart good to know that 
there is a natural solution to the problem of static.
Supporting farmers in the USA clinched the deal for me.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Painted Loos

One of the tasks on our current project list
(see it here)
was to paint both bathrooms.
Big K got on it right after the new year.

This is the Master bathroom.
It's too much white for us,
between the cabinets, closet doors,
 tile and the walls. 
There is no window in the space,
which prompted us to choose something fairly neutral.
Eventually, both of the loos will get a makeover,
but for now,
we just decided to paint.

The plan for the renovation is 
to remove the shower/tub combo
and put in a  tiled walk-in shower.
Neither of us care for the fiberglass tub surrounds
that we currently have.
The vanity seen here will become two separate vanities
with some sort of stacked storage cabinet in the middle.
We'd also like to add a window,
or open up the wall into the next room
to let some natural light in.
The door you see here actually leads to what we call
"the spa room".
It's a funky little space with two beautiful windows,
a jetted tub, and not much practicality. 
It'll be fun to make that a more functional space.

Ah yes, the throne.

The color is very soft, but not too dark in this windowless room.

It makes it feel more finished,
even though we may end up changing the color
once the renovation is done.
The tile will be changed out for sure,
so that the room will have an entirely different vibe.

Here's C's bathroom,
also known as the guest bath.
We have plans to redo this room as well,
but for now, it got the same color treatment.
It's a start.

The outhouse pictures will stay, of course.
Every room needs a bit of whimsy,
don't you think?

A Few of Our "New House Series" Posts:

Bad to the Bone Beadboard
Closet Project
Under the Spell of IKEA

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dr. King

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
'What are you doing for others'?"
~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.