Clutter Rummaged

Charlie took my pile of goodies to the rummage sale site.  These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • 2 glass-front cabinets

I piled them in 2 piles:

Someone might be interested in the lacrosse equipment.
The dining room is clear of extra clutter.

One in the middle of the dining room

I couldn’t find a good place to use any of this stuff.
Now the above pile is gone, too. We’re keeping the chair.

The other on the porch.

We said good-bye to Star Wars Darth Tater Mr. Potato Head.

Over 20 individual items on to new homes. Plus, I’m putting a printed copy in my tax file to use as charitable deductions for 2017.

Do you find it hard to give away things someone made for you?

The Old Fashioned Rummage Sale

I have held off getting rid of some clutter because I couldn’t come up with a good category for it.

The vintage Singer sewing machine.

Craigslist seemed like a hassle.

Lacrosse sticks

I have reservations about giving things to the Salvation Army or Goodwill.

Punch cups.

These are things I don’t just want to trash.

  • Sewing machine
  • Baskets
  • Lacrosse equipment
  • Picture light
  • Punch cups
  • Batting helmet
  • Juggling sticks
  • Small under-cabinet lighting fixture
  • 2 glass-front cabinets
Handmade cabinets.

So I’m donating them to an upcoming rummage sale at a local church which proceeds will go to fund “Missions”. Charlie has offered to drive the stuff to the collection point.

Art light.

I’m trying to get Charlie on the wagon also.  Hoping he will let me get rid of a few of his items.

Are you waiting for the right opportunity to get started on something?

Christmas Wrap-Up

We had a joyous but tiring Christmas.

A small deer surrounded by magnolia leaves.
A small deer surrounded by magnolia leaves.

We made and ate Christmas luncheon on Christmas Eve so I wouldn’t have to cook on Christmas Day.

A whole ham with fresh pineapple.
A whole ham with fresh pineapple.

The menu:

  • ham with pineapple and brown sugar glaze
  • roasted vegetables: cauliflower, carrots, and Brussels sprouts
  • mashed potatoes and gravy
  • steamed spiced shrimp
  • cookies and chocolate candy
Oiled vegetables ready for roasting.
Oiled vegetables ready for roasting.

I thought I made a ton of roasted vegetables but they were the first dish to run out. The pineapple on the ham was second.

The olive tree is a perfect backdrop.
The olive tree is a perfect backdrop.

This Mexican crèche looked well-positioned under one of the olive trees in the conservatory.

I'm a new fan of magnolia.
I’m a new fan of magnolia.

A magnolia branch simply laid on the table gives some interest to the clay figurines.

The deer play well into the New Year.
The deer play well into the New Year.

I did a little more decorating and have decided to keep the non-Christmas-specific, winter items in place for awhile.

ConservatoryChristmas

My best find this year was magnolia leaves that look good both in branches and well-placed individual leaves.

Loving bouquets of white roses all over the house.
Loving bouquets of white roses all over the house.

I’ll be picking more next year.

Do you have a favorite holiday green?

Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas from Charlie and Jo to all our followers and readers. Thanks for making our self-indulgent projects seem interesting. You put the spin on our tops.

The magical charm of a Christmas tree.
The magical charm of a Christmas tree.

We’ve had a joyous and abundant Christmas season which we hope to continue to share in the year to come. More upgrading, updating, DIYing, partying, and mundane postings.

Wishing you the love of family and friends this season.
Wishing you the love of family and friends this season.

Have a Blessed Christmas today, tomorrow, and throughout the year.

What are you grateful for?

More Seasonal Fun

I worked out my plan for last weekend and unbelievably finished everything on the list.

Fresh flowers always seem to spruce up a room.
Fresh flowers always seem to spruce up a room.
  1.  All my Christmas shopping is purchased and wrapped. I would love to give the details but then my family would discover what I got them. Not yet.
  2. All the music I need to learn in 2016 is memorized.  That’s a load off my mind or maybe that’s a load on my mind.
  3. The Christmas programs I write and direct are going into final rehearsals.  Looking forward to the performances and relaxing afterward.
These double lilies are large and fantastic without the colored stamen that plague other lilies.
These double lilies are large and fantastic without the colored stamen that plague other lilies.

Double Asiatic lilies from a friend dominate the living room both visually and aromatically.

5-inch carved wooden angel
5-inch carved wooden angel

I’ve started pulling out Christmas decorations.  This wooden herald angel plays the French horn.

The Greek olive tree is back in the living room window.
The Greek olive tree is back in the living room window.

All three olive trees are in the house for the winter.

Do you have a deadline before the new year for a project’s completion?

Just a Typical Friday Night

Last night I attended a potluck party of a ladies’ Sunday school class of which I am an honorary member.

The dessert table had a treat for everyone.
The dessert table had a treat for everyone.

By the time we got to the dessert table I was full but I took a plate home for Charlie.

The weather is chilly so a fire brigade keeps fire pits going to warm the participants and viewers.
The weather is chilly so a fire brigade keeps fire pits going to warm the participants and viewers.

He spent the evening lighting and tending fires for the Walk to Bethlehem.  He plans the same for tonight.

Norfolk Island pines don't do well outside below 40 degrees.
Norfolk Island pines don’t do well outside below 40 degrees.

Last year for Christmas my son and his wife gave us two small Norfolk Island pines. One of them had died.

A 3-feet tall Norfolk Island Pine tree.
A 3-feet tall Norfolk Island Pine tree.

The other one I gave back to them this year and they decorated it.

Little by little we’re getting a little Christmassy. How are your plans coming along?

A Busy Weekend

I love working on house projects but this coming weekend I’m working on seasonal items.

I'm the gift buyer and wrapper in our family.
I’m the gift buyer and wrapper in our family.

First I plan to wrap up my Christmas shopping both figuratively and literally.

I still have lots of music to learn.
I still have lots of music to learn.

I have 3 songs to memorize.

I usually write on the computer.
I usually write on the computer.

Then I’ve got to write the narration for two Christmas services.

Charlie's building fires to keep the walkers warm.
Charlie’s building fires to keep the walkers warm.

And one Walk to Bethlehem.

Then I can relax and enjoy the season.

Are you finished your shopping?