Happy Three Things Day! Thank you all for your sweet responses to our new Garden Tour - what a blessing to read all of your encouraging comments and emails. I have to tell you, though, the overriding theme to them is, "how can you leave all that after the work you've done?"
To which I say two things: It's STILL a lot of work (!) which we'd like to be tied to less, and I'm ready for a change - something new. I just think that's my personality. I love the planning and seeing the changes to a room, house, or yard - but just maintaining? Not so much. Since we've been in our two houses for 12 years each, it's not quite a 'flip it' mentality, but I think I've got ideas for one more in me and I'm just waiting to see what it may look like. I hope you're ready to go with me on the ride- you know I'll keep you posted!
On to this week’s things I’m loving – and the links I think you’ll love! (like usual, some of the links I provide are affiliate links- thank you if you use them!)
Our new laundry/mud room floor. This was one of those projects I wish we didn't have to do, since I loved the green-and-cream diamond floor I originally painted for this space. BUT here's the lesson: painted plywood floors, especially light colored floors, and busy mud rooms are not friends. Especially when the room is also home to a large dog. With claws.
In addition to the scratches from Samson's claws, his dog bed and the indoor-outdoor rug by the door left orangey discolorations on the floor. There were also major rust stains from our metal boot tray and scuff marks from a galvanized container we use to keep dog food. Basically the floor was a mess, even though I still liked the overall look.
We needed something quick and easy - and inexpensive - so we covered the mess with a slate-look peel-and-stick tile (which in all honesty doesn't really fool anyone, but it was better than the other options). We figure whoever buys the house can invest in something better that they like later, but this did the trick of making it look clean and new now. While I miss the lightness, I do appreciate that it's now mud-colored!
My favorite ball point pens, fine tip Pentel R.S.V.P. I don't know why I haven't shared this favorite thing before- I realized when I was down to just two pens last week and I was a little desperate thinking I may lose one before they came that I should share this with you! I know pens are a personal thing, but for anyone still looking for the "perfect" pen, this one may be it.
I love, love these pens - the feel, the way they write smoothly, and how they make my handwriting look. They just make it fun for me to write. Oh, and only the fine tip - that's the best in my opinion. I can't find these at stores easily, so I always order from Amazon. I like both the multi-color pack pictured above (the purple is my fav), and the cheaper, basic black 12-pk. But what's nice about these, too, is that you can get a pack of 2 black ink refills for under $2 - the ends of the pens easily unscrew to remove the ink container and replace it. Less for the landfills!
The 'Grow It! Eat It!' garden bundle full of information to help you grow and eat more homegrown food. A few gardening bloggers have put together this bundle of ebooks and an e-course to help you maximize your 2016 (and beyond) harvest. I haven't read all of the included books, but I have reviewed The Gardening Notebook which is a great way to keep track of your garden each year (key to organic gardening and just remembering what did well for you!), and I know that there are terrific recipes in the Jams, Jellies, and Fruit Butters cookbook.
The bundle also includes a book on how to build your garden soil, planning your family food garden, building planters with pallets, making natural cakes and a 21-day e-course towards a local, seasonal kitchen. What I thought was refreshing about this offer: you don't have to jump through hoops or sign up to multiple email lists (for 'bonuses'), you just get 7 resources for a great price.
I'm always honest with you- I haven't reviewed everything in this bundle, but since it really looks like a good resource for anyone either starting out or wanting to up their gardening game and eat more intentionally, I thought I'd bring it to your attention if you were interested!
reading listening to now: 'If' by Mark Batterson. I heard about this book from Crystal Paine who spoke highly of it, so when I wanted a book to listen to while 'Kon-Mari-ing' our closets, I was happy to find this. It's based on the "great 8" - what some have called Romans, chapter 8 - and starts with "If God is for you, who can be against you."
So far it's challenging me to see the lessons in past mistakes and then the potential that's still there - and seeing that in others. Good stuff.
Links To Check Out:
Oregon Coast better than Disneyland? What a great view/reminder from a non-Oregonian!
10 essential organizational systems.
Love the pergola, lights, everything...
I try to eat seasonally, but I'm still guilty of a lot of this.
7 weeding tips every gardener should know.
I don't know why I haven't tried broiling salmon before!
10-minute Thai basil chicken - an actual 10-minute dish.
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