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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What We Have Been Up To:

Hello.  Sorry that I have been away from here for so long.  Things have been pretty busy around here.  Ken's service was sad but wonderful, with around 400 people present and another 250 watching it online.  My sister Julie and her friends were remarkable.  

I printed out 413 photos through Costco and made three albums, one each for Julie and for Boon and Kaz, (Ken's boys.)  Sometimes, hard-copies are just better than the computer. 

A couple of days before we left to go to Brownsville for the service, Cary and I bought ourselves our Christmas present, a nice electric fireplace from Costco.  (I spotted it when I was picking up the pictures.)  We had been wanting one for a long time, and have enjoyed the ones in the 5th wheel, so we bit the bullet and went for it.  We are really enjoying it, but it trips the breaker, so we will need to plug it in on the other side of the room once we get a good extension cord.

All of us, including Dana and Johnny, 
like the fireplace very much.

One thing led to another to make room for it, and I have ended up doing a lot of cleaning and organizing lately.  The window ledge needs work, but I am letting that go until I start in on decorating for Christmas.

I am trying to un-clutter the walls, and I am getting there, but still have a lot to do.  See all the black picture frames on the entrance wall?  I had those all over the place.  Most of them are in the guest room now.  Making progress, a little at a time.

This is as much as I decorated for fall this year.  I bought these pumpkins and squash at the pumpkin patch with Jeri in October, and they have lasted a long time.


I brought in some of the lawn furniture and made a neat little sitting area between the kitchen and dining room.  I really like it.  Johnny sleeps on the love-seat sometimes.  I haven't caught him on the counter yet!

After I was done with the living room and dining room, I started in on the kitchen.  I took all of the pictures off of the fridge and made a collage for the hallway:


Then, I began cleaning ...

I rinse out the Febreze sprayers when they are empty, and fill them with 409 and Windex.  They work better and are more comfortable than the other spray bottles (at least I think so).

One thing that I have been really into lately is using canning jars inside of the fridge instead of Ziplocks.  I cannot believe how much longer the food stays fresh, plus the glass keeps the fridge colder.  I decided to keep clean jars on the windowsill to make things more efficient. 

Produce literally keeps for weeks using the canning jars.  I will never go back to the old way.  Plus, doing it this way prompts you to prep ahead of time so things will fit, and it is so much faster to cook when the prep is all done.

I have been sewing and crafting, will be showing you pictures of that stuff soon.  We are going to Eugene for Thanksgiving, so I think that I will be cooking our small turkey today.  

I hope that you guys are all doing well, and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday!


Kathy M.

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Hart Johnson said...

That was good of you to do those pictures--you're right--the real deal preserves better and it's nice to get something pre-organized. And LOVE the produce idea! Hubby wouldn't be a fan, maybe, because we lack space, but I will definitely suggest it and keep it in mind.

Linda Reeder said...

I was sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's passing. He sounded like a remarkable man.
You have a lot going on in that house! It's great that you make it just like you want it.

Grammy Goodwill said...

I enjoyed seeing these pictures. Your kitchen must be huge to have enough room for the outside pieces that you added.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm sure your family will notice the empty spot but hope that years of good memories will help.

Sally said...

Lovely pictures, wish I had your flair to make things look that nice.

Wendy said...

Man, I'm exhausted. I need to lie down. Can you come to my house next?

Lisa Claro said...

You're amazing. lol How do you do all this stuff? I love your home. It is very inviting and makes me want to come visit. :)

KathyB. said...

Everything looks so cozy & inviting. I love the fireplace and have been seriously considering one for our travel trailer / guest cottage.

I have never before heard of using the jars in the fridge, but it makes sense. I love this idea. Thank-you !

I think we all need a bit of time to take stock of our homes and tweak things here & there to make our homes even better for our families. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of your projects.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

You have been busy, busy! I love to see other people's homes, and their cleaning/organizing ideas. (I also like seeing photos of their pets!) Your post inspired me! Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving.

P.S. Did you see that Johnny Damon is going to be on the next season of The Apprentice?

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