So the other day, Stef had a loose button on his shorts. I offered to sew the button more securely. As he is not adept at sewing, he happily accepted.
Now the problem comes up…threading the needle…
You see, my vision is not what it used to be. I discovered that even with my readers on, I could not see the hole in the needle well enough to get the thread through. I have just the tool for such occasions: my magnifying glass.
Yes, I have one, and I use it more often than I’d like to admit. It’s particularly helpful for reading directions on packages and information about my prescriptions. But the use of my magnifier was limited because holding the lens required one hand and threading a needle requires two.
So I called Stef in to help. He held the hand lens while I attempted to thread the needle. The key word here is “attempted”. Even with my spectacles and the loupe, I still could not achieve my goal.
So I held the hand lens, and Stef did the threading. And he succeeded. He even managed to thread it a second time without the magnifier which led to bragging rights. Apparently, his vision is not as far gone as mine is…
Question: How many people does it take to thread a needle? (Giggles…)
So as Sammy and I were visiting with our friend, I observed a Post-it note sticking to the ceiling. As I stared I noted that it looked like an illustration of a cat’s face…Actually, it was more of a stick figure drawing.
“What’s that?” I inquired.
“Oh, that’s ceiling cat,” Sammy shared.
As it turns out, my friend’s son is quite the creative sort and over a year ago had drawn the picture and affixed it to the ceiling. Hence, the “ceiling cat” was born.
Now what makes this really comical is that all of his friends know about ceiling cat, and his parents are not allowed to take it down.
Apparently, there is also a ceiling cat in his dorm room. How long do you think it will remain once he has moved out? If the subsequent tenant is as whimsical as he is, it will probably remain for some time.
So yesterday was one of those days. Whatever could go wrong did…As evening approached, and Stef and I were heading to sleep, Sammy popped her head in and said, “Mom, we have a problem. I think we have a leak.”
Ugh!!! She was right. Every few years the air conditioner seems to back up and a small drip develops from our ceiling in the living room. The good news is that Stef knew exactly how to repair it, but the bad news is that we were both beyond exhausted. Everyone pulled together and after about an hour, all was well in the Krivacic house, but I am left with a question…
Why is it that things like this always happen on the worst day possible? And at the worst time possible? That leak could have shown up on another day or even earlier in the day, but no, it waited until we were cozy and ready to drift off to sleep.
So everyone has one. Hidden in your pristine, well-appointed kitchen is your deep, dark secret…the junk drawer.
When I mentioned to my son, Ethan, that I was about to blog about the junk drawer, he asked, “Which one? That one?” as he pointed to a desk. I couldn’t resist a chuckle. Yes, we have more than one in our home.
But today, I’ll focus on the one that almost everyone has. Open a random drawer in a kitchen, and you just might see one that holds a little bit of everything: wayward birthday candles, pens without lids, a mismatched spoon, the screwdriver that you can never seem to find when you need it, a staple gun, a chip-clip, loose change (particularly pennies), takeout menus, magnets, a napkin, a stick of gum…”You never know what you’re going to find in your junk drawer…Stuff you haven’t used in years,” Ethan shared.
So why do we continue to waste this space with items that could easily make their way into the trashcan? I have no idea! When we recently cleaned out our kitchen, we addressed every cabinet and every drawer…Except for the junk drawer…For some reason, that space remained untouched. I keep saying I’ll clean it out, but I don’t.
Maybe it contains something that I’ll actually need someday soon…
So my wonderful husband brought me the most beautiful flowers yesterday. As I went to fetch a vase, I did a u-turn back to the pantry. I have saved a few unique and lovely wine bottles that would serve well to display the blossoms.
I have an Ecco Domani with a floral design by Christian Siriano and a world map embossed on a Cooper’s Hawk New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I thought these would set off the blooms well.
I’ve seen many brides make floral displays this way, but why should they have all the fun? Give it a try. It’s an awesome way to honor your favorite beverage while highlighting buds simultaneously. And don’t forget to…
So we’ve been talking about redecorating…We’ve planned, we’ve visualized, we’ve sought out materials, but somehow it just didn’t seem to be happening.
That is until our trip to Ikea today. I like to call Ikea, the Disney World of home decorating. Have you been?
So as we strolled through my new favorite store, we sat on coaches, opened cabinets, and made some notes. The image was becoming real to us. And then it happened…
We entered the section that housed the dishes! We wanted black dishes to go with what would be our elegant black and white somewhat European themed living area. We had talked about getting square dishes over the traditional round ones. And wouldn’t you know it…There they were.
As we got the dishes home, we recognized that we were embarking on our mission. Sometimes you have to go from envisioning to acting. Yes, we still have painting ahead of us, as well as refinishing the floors, purchasing the sofa and perhaps love seat, new tables…The list goes on. But by investing in our dishes we got the proverbial ball rolling.