Treasures – We are cleaning out and packing in anticipation of our move. I have found some real treasures. Okay, only one real treasure. I found my mother’s notebook with recipes in her own handwriting. I hugged the book and felt her hug back. It’s the handwriting that matters not the recipes.
Speaking of recipes – Looking at someone’s recipe collection should be an anthropology research project. The ones I collected early in life were easy and quick (think spaghetti and egg salad), followed by more exotic ingredients (back then nutmeg was pretty exotic). Then came the beautiful creations. I still have a book on how to cut up and ice cakes so they look like rocking horses and fish. Then came the “Bon Appetit” part of my life. Stunningly beautiful and classy (the pictures were. My own creations didn’t always live up to the pictures). Now I’m back in easy peasy no weird ingredients that I would only use once. It’s a life story. If I can’t pronounce it or spell it, I don’t want to eat it. Yes, I can say croissant!
Crisp and clear – On my Starbucks run this morning, I noticed how clean and cold the air was. Yesterday it was in the 50s when I woke up. This morning we are twenty degrees cooler. More sun. This fall has been delightful. No complaints here.
Surprises – We are knee deep in this moving stuff. I forgot how hard it is. We have to make our home, which is fully lived in by two peeps and four cats, look like House Beautiful every single day. It’s a challenge for sure. No water glasses on the counter or chip crumbs on the table. We have three cat trees. Any cat person would understand that but a non-pet person may be totally turned off by it. There also isn’t any place to box and store without it sitting “indaway.” We have settlement in two weeks so at that point we can clear some items out of our home and work on a “Pottery Barn” look which seems to be so popular in homes on the market.
It’s an age thing – I don’t like a lot of clutter especially on the kitchen counters. When the beloved husband and I got together that was a negotiation. We have a coffee maker and a toaster out. Everything else gets stored in the cabinets and taken out when used. That includes my stand mixer that weighs at least 800 pounds! Then as we got older, we needed to keep vitamins or medications out so we don’t forget to take them. Another evolution. Maybe I can hide them in a pretty basket. We’ll see. I hope our home sells reasonably fast so I can stop being neurotic.
So how was your week?