Progress is made

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Yesterday I focused on the living room, and Kinsley’s play area. I had much that needed to be done in here.

I re-arranged the furniture to make a larger and more organized space for the girls to play. Also, I am hoping that with a better “place for everything” we can teach Kinsley to put away her toys on her own.

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I also needed to re-vamp the “mantle” and the piano after taking down the Christmas decor.

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One of my favorite passages of all time

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“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory found it hard to decide from what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once. Sometimes he almost thought it was coming out of the earth beneath them. Its lower notes were deep enough to be the voice of the earth herself. There were no words. There was hardly even a tune. But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful noise he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly hear it. The horse seemed to like it too; he gave the sort of whinny a horse would give if, after years of being a cab-horse, it found itself back in the old field where it had played as a foal, and saw someone whom it remembered and loved coming across the field to bring it a lump of sugar. ‘Ain’t it lovely?’ said the cabby? Then two wonders happened at the same moment. One was that the voice was suddenly joined by other voices; more voices than you could possibly count. They were in harmony with it, but far higher up the scale: cold, tingling, silvery voices. The second wonder was that the blackness overhead, all at once, was blazing with stars. They didn’t come out gently one by one, as they do on a summer evening. One moment there had been nothing but darkness; next moment a thousand. thousand points of light leaped out—single stars, constellations, and planets, brighter and bigger than any in our world. There were no clouds. The new stars and the new voices began at exactly the same time. If you had seen and heard it, as Digory did, you would have felt quite certain that it was the stars themselves which were singing, and that it was the First Voice, the deep one, which had made them appear and made them sing.”

~ CS Lewis The Magician’s Nephew

Homemaking Meme

I thought this was a fun and unusaul meme from Sallie

Aprons – Yes or No? If Yes, what does your favorite look like?
I love aprons – esp. vintage ones. My favorite apron of the moment is a blue calico.

Baking – Favorite thing to bake
Artisan breads.

Clothesline – Yes or No?
YES!!! I love my clothesline, though in the summer it’s hard to use it because babies and mosquitos don’t mix with very good results.

Donuts – Have you ever made them?
No, but I do plan to thanks to Anna.

Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day
Make a heart breakfast and pack my husband’s lunch.

Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
Yes. We got a really good deal on a new (used) one.

Garbage Disposal – Yes or No?
Nope. Couldn’t trust myself with the things. Bad past experiences.

Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
Home Comforts : The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson.

Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
I love it, but I always make myself wait to iron until the closet is clean. So it almost never gets doneexcept on emergency basis.

Junk drawer – Yes or No? Where is it?
Multiple ones, which used to not be junk drawers.

Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme
Robins Egg Blue walls with authentic to the house retro metal cabinets (which I love!) and black and white tile floor.

Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
The Ideal… I love to imagine what my house *could* be like.

Mop – Yes or No?
Yes – but I have yet to find the “perfect” mop

Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
By hand.

Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
I can’t help but open the door to take a peek!

Pizza – What do you put on yours?
If I can get sausage and extra cheese, I’m happy. Dan likes peperoni and olives – and Kinsley hates all processed meats, so pizza can be difficult.

Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
I read eMails, and usually call Dan and check my favorite blogs.

Recipe card box – Yes or No? What does it look like?
No, but I intend to get one…

Style of house – What style is your house?
A fifties cottage. On the rundown side though.

Tablecloths and napkins – Yes or No?
Yes. Vintage if possible.

Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
An organized toxic wasteland… Depends on which door you open!

Vacuum – How many times per week?
Sometimes not even once… I have all hard floors.

Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
A lot! 10?

X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
Definitely! I am a compulsive list maker.

Yard – Yes or No? Who does what?
It’s very run down. The house was vacant for 12 years, and the yard has had no major work since the 50s. There are so many large trees and lilac bushes that it’s too shady for grass. We’re working on it. DH does most everything.

Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
Does nursing count?

Cozy Morning

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It’s been a slow morning thus far. I do plan to actually accomplish some things today (Anti-Procrastination Challenge from Mrs. Wilt at The Sparrow’s Nest).


1. Plan girl’s Easter dresses. (I am planning to emulate THIS dress)

2. Clean out fridge.

3. Plan menu and shopping list.

4. Neaten house for weekend.

Here’s to a peaceful and productive Friday!

Just Popping In

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…to say “Hi” before we head our tired little selves off to bed. It has been a busy day at Gentlewood Cottage, but now the day is done. It’s so peaceful, with Sophie sleeping in the basinett next to me, and Kinsley sleeping in my arms…