Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Olive Oil Love


How can you not love olive oil. Now think of it in a soap!


I recently received this fantastic package of olive oil based soaps, 
from Grecian Look and was asked to comment on them. 
Grecian Look is an internet based supplier of some items 
that can be hard to find outside of Greece for personal or festival use. 






My enthusiasim for these soaps is pretty high, as one of my memories from way back is actually watching my Yiayia make olive oil soap. As long as she was living we had a big hunk of it in the laundry room and bathroom. 


Friday, January 16, 2015

Adventures in Winter Window Cleaning

Alright, if you have been following my blog you know that I like my windows being clean, but I don't always have the best luck.

This adventure in window cleaning was no different.

I finally took off the Christmas clings.
You know how they leave a little film and stick on the windows.

I don't know about your home, ours get moved around a lot!
New words, little changes almost daily to see if someone else in the family will notice.
It's a fun game, but leaves a big mess on the window.




Time to clean it!
I cleaned the inside, but it didn't look clean.
Then I realized ...dun dun dunnnn.
Ahhh-it was on the outside!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Resolutions


One of the best and sweetest gifts this past year. I was given a mug for my morning coffee from Agia Skepe Monastery. It has a delicate feeling in my hands. Just lovely. The verse on it also fills me with peace and a great reminder to start each day.


"Seek God daily,
But seek Him in your heart,
not outside it"
St. Nectarios  


So how are you starting your day and this New Year!
Happy New Year may it be filled with health and joy.





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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Thinking about Window boxes...Christmas


You know how I feel about my window boxes. I have been intensely wanting them to look beautiful and plentiful for the holidays. The last couple years I tried big ornaments and Christmas birdhouses etc. Nothing seemed right. Until this year...


This year I got clever, it takes me awhile. Garlands and fresh greenery were so expensive at the nursery. I looked at the prices and was appalled. Then my thoughts drifted to the our own trees and bushes in the back. "DUH!" How did it take me so long...? So I went and started trimming...see the results. Did I get carried away after I finished the boxes?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here and Now

Hello there...I'm back.

Well- truly I never left, I've been writing posts several times a day (in my head) and they are really good ones. You the kind that make you giggle as you read them. I'm giggling at least.  The challenge is finding time to put down. The break was necessary and good.

Thank you for checking in, here is a little preview of what has been happening and what is ahead.



What have I done with my window boxes for the season?
It looks gorge and cost less than $5.





We had our annual St Nick Party, loads of fun!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Challenges not Barriers






I am blocked.
Working on it.
Any advice appreciated.
Be back soon.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Just keep swimming...


The school year is fast approaching and some new and not so new challenges are ahead.
Here is some wisdom to help along the way.
Usually I look like the one on the left, but sometimes that's me on the right.




The Holy Fathers and the Saints always tell us, "It is important to get up immediately after a fall and to keep on walking toward God." Even if we fall a hundred times a day it does not matter; we must get up and go on walking toward God without looking back. What has happened has happened-it is in the past. Just keep on going, all the while asking for help from God.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Have a seat


I recently realized on a little introspection, (well actually it was looking at my pictures from the fair last year), that I have an affinity for chairs.  Yup, you read it right. I like chairs. In fact, I really like chairs. Chairs of all types, sizes, shapes, colors...it really doesn't matter. For some unknown reason, I like chairs. It's not anything creepy, just a real appreciation for this type of furniture.

I sometimes wonder what it was like when someone invented the first chair. The earliest would of been stools like tree stumps, logs and rocks. When someone figured they could make it light and mobile, what a stunning revelation? Simple and yet how much we take these for granted? A comfortable place to sit. It's important. This is what is considered organic in chair design now.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Garden Bloom Day on 15th


Yes here it is the 17th and things have been so busy I actually missed posting on the actual Bloom Day. So here is a late post to join in the fun and a peek into my cottage garden.




Beebalm is gorgeous this year. Given to me by a dear friend from her garden and is doing beautiful and  its aroma is lovely, complementing the peppermint that grows nearby. I know its invasive but I love it , what can I do?


Monday, July 7, 2014

Thinking about Window Boxes: Part Three


Now if you would like to see how I got to this point click on Part One and Part Two. These boxes are just above the front yard flower beds where you can see here what I've planted.  The area below is filled with purples, whites and pinks and lots of green.

I decided to go with a mixture of classic choices and a little hardy succulent to try this year.
It didn't cost a fortune either. Bonus!

Drumroll please...

Petunias

Moss Rose (a trailing annual)

Blue Spruce Sedum ( a trailing perennial)

When thinking about it, I figured it would be nice if there was something that could be the foundation plant and that would possibly grow large and beautiful over the years, esp, since the growing season here is so short. It will also produce sweet yellow flowers late in summer to help us into the fall season.
Best thing about the above choices, drought resistance. Resistance is not futile. Couldn't resist.