Among my belongings I found an unused journal that I’ll be gifting to my dear friend. She is a beautiful writer but has never tried keeping a journal. I think she’ll be surprised just how inspiring her writing is.
Finally, Charlie and I have set the date, May 7th, for a Book Swap. The inside of the invitation reads like this:
Is anyone else out there struggling with clutter including perfectly good BOOKS? Everyone has books at his/her home that he/she would hate to throw away but really doesn’t want anymore. In honor of the culmination of “Teacher Appreciation Week”, May 7, 2016, Charlie and Jo invite you to a book swap where you can bring your old books and walk away with some new reads. The books should be in good condition but can be of any genre including children’s books.
1. Each person should bring no more than 10 books that you didn’t want to throw away but are ready to part with.
2. On the day of the swap bring your books and pile them in front of the sign that closest fits the category of your book.
3. When everyone has deposited his/her books on the surface provided you can check out the selection.
4. You will be given a signal to grab as many books as you brought to a maximum of 10.
5. Unclaimed books are fair game for anyone who would like them.
6. All leftover books will be donated to The Book Thing of Baltimore where anyone can go and help himself to free books (description follows).
Fruit Skewers — What could be simpler than fruit skewers: melons, berries, grapes, cherries? So many choices.
Cake, marshmallow, and fruit. What if I changed the fruit to a piece of chocolate and added a little caramel sauce or peanut butter? The cake could be exchanged with marshmallow treats made with graham cereal.
Popsicles — Homemade fruit yogurt pops. I could make these in a small size.
All these foods on skewers look like party food. I’m going to work on my own take on skewered food and see what I can come up with. The top two really looking interesting to me.
During that time I started the prep for my darling son’s birthday dinner. As usual I made a written timeline for the entire menu this time including the making of bread to keep me on track for the entire day. I have been known to inadvertently omit a prepared dish that I had stashed in the fridge or oven or pantry so now I use a visual check list.
I also made homemade, heart-shaped brownies in preparation for a brownie sundae.
Both the bread and the brownies were a hit at dinner.
Round plus 3 leaves — seats 12 people — 120 inches
We mostly use tablecloths on the round table in the kitchen
and the dining room table set with one leaf.
When the dining room table is set with 2 leaves we use a natural-colored damask cloth which we also use with just one leaf.
The tablecloths have been strewn all over the house during the renovation: some in kitchen drawers, some in the dining room windowseat, some in the laundry room, and the rest in the back bedroom on the bed.
This is really unmanageable so I laid all the cloths out in piles according to size:
Pink damask 46 x 64
White damask 48 x 66
Ecru lace edge 50 x 70
White (in package) 52 x 70
White damask 59 x 74
White 60 x 82
Red 60 x 84
White 60 x 100
Ecru damask 60 x 108
Ecru cutwork 62 x 80
Dutch cross-stitch 62 x 80
Christmas 64 x 96
White cutwork 64 x 96
Cream/white flowers 65 x 112
White damask 66 x 88
White/white flowers (2) 68 x 84
White/pink flowers 68 x 100
White cutwork 68 x 102
Then I eliminated any cloths (marked with a strikethrough) that I didn’t think I’d ever use, e.g. the red one. I really must try to pare the list down even more.
I returned only square kitchen cloths to the drawers in the kitchen.
All others are hanging on hangers in the back bedroom until there is enough room in the laundry room for them to be stored according to size and, in some cases, purpose — for example picnic cloths.
I even managed to label the cloths according to their size and function.
How do you organize table linens? Bed linens? Bath linens?