We are back with another edition of Tuesday thoughts. You all seemed to enjoy the one that Jordan wrote a few weeks ago, so we decided to post a little about what’s on our minds now and then. Today I (Janette) get to be the author. And let me start out by saying I love this time of year when the windows are open, and the heat and AC are both off. Our neighbor and we both have small fountains in our courtyards, and it’s so nice to fall asleep to the sound of water.
You might remember that I mentioned a while back that I was going to give clean eating a try. I went into it with the goal of eliminating sugars, gluten, and milk products from my diet for six weeks. Well, here it is almost nine weeks later, and I am still at it except for one thing. I am now occasionally eating pretzels. Pretzels and bagels were the two things that I missed the most. I thought it would be candy, cookies, and pies, but once I stopped eating sugars, the cravings for them stopped after just two days. I could write a whole post on this because there is so much to say, but I don’t want to bore you with the minutiae.
The latest book on organizing is Unstuffed. Have you read it? I am in the process of reading it now, and I just heard it’s on sale and going fast. Although we have many empty drawers and shelves, I still love a good book on decluttering. The author’s approach isn’t as drastic as The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which we were all reading last year.
That leads me to another trend that is going strong right now. Have you discovered hygge (pronounce hoo-gah?) It’s the Danish word for creating a cozy environment in your home. Apparently, it became popular here in the USA during the presidential campaign. I just read this book and learned all about it. I have been doing many of the practices the whole time and didn’t know it.
Mr. Right and I have a busy travel year. We are leaving for Thailand and Laos soon. We have been to both countries before and have even done a big bicycle trip there. This time we are joining up with some friends from Singapore and building a school. Mr. Right and I are in charge of the playground. We helped build a school in Laos a few years ago and installed one of the first playgrounds in the country. Shortly after we get home, we will leave for a bicycling trip in Germany. Then in August we are cycling from Moscow to St. Petersburg. These are some of the trips on the schedule.
Jordan has ordered her sofa from Ethan Allen, and it is ahead of schedule. You all helped her with her fabric selection, and she went with the navy leather. That was my choice, too.
(reveal of new fabric coming soon)
And by the way, get ready for a reveal of the chair I recently had reupholstered. It is sitting in our great room right now and looks wonderful – so clean and fresh. It turns out that the fabric that was your overall favorite by a landslide was not my favorite. However, I ended up going with one that wasn’t even a consideration at first.
Jordan gave me a set of the Rubbermaid Brillance storage containers that she blogged about here, and I LOVE them. I am getting rid of most of my small and medium size Tupperware and going with just the Rubbermaid Brillance. It’s that good. Unfortunately, I melted one of the lids when I had it too close to a burner on my stove.
I love to clean and have been doing it a long time. Why did it take me so long to discover how wonderful microfiber cleaning cloths are?
After seeing her vintage prints on the blog last week, Jordan and I are thinking maybe white frames would be better than black. She painted one of them white just two see if it looks better than black. Here’s a poor lighting/quick iphone shot that she took. We would love your opinion. Which frame do you think looks better?
That seems to be enough rambling for one day. We love being able to share our thoughts, homes, recipes, projects, and ideas with you. Thank you so much for spending some of your valuable time with us.
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