A Beautiful Day After All

 Hi friends, 

I awoke today to a beautiful day.  That was a very pleasant surprise as I thought we were going to have another gray, overcast day.


I didn't go anywhere but having a beautiful day always makes me feel like doing more work inside.

While I'm busy this weekend doing the usual routines of cleaning, cooking and laundry, I am also trying to rest, relax and enjoy life.

I've been feeling a little more tired lately so I am trying to take it easy a bit but still keep busy if that make sense.

I didn't do the Fly Lady routines in order or keep on top of it all but I did do the routines as best I could. I also did some other "projects" such as decluttering my closet and one dresser drawer. I gave all the clothing items to one young woman who wanted them for her mother and grandmother. I am always pleased when someone will take and use the clothing because to be honest, I didn't even wear half of the items. The other half were worn once or twice. As I've lost weight my sizing changes and also I no longer need most of those items so off they go.

Other projects included:

  • cleaning the cupboard where I keep plastic items and some bake ware. I got rid of a lot of it that was no longer usable.
  • purchasing some new bake ware on line which I expect will arrive in a week or two. It will be nice to have something pretty to cook and present Christmas dinner in. The bake ware is from the Temptations line which many of you may be familiar with.
  • sorting through my cedar chest where I keep duvets and sheets. I thought I had items in there to give away but I must have cleaned it out last year. I did notice though that the fitted sheet in the only set of white sheets I have, was terribly yellowed. I have only used them once and they are kept in a cedar chest so I'm not sure how they got so discoloured. I thought to give them away but decided I would try to get rid of the stains. After much effort on my part, the sheet is almost fully white again.  In a week or two I will clean it again and it should be perfect. At the same time I cleaned my sheets I cleaned a white, cotton safari jacket I have had for years.  In the last several years it was starting to yellow and discolour at the collar, sleeves and cuffs.  I also had a few pillow case protectors that started to yellow and I was able to get all of these items nice and clean. I still have a lace tablecloth that has a few yellow spots.  The next time I do the sheets, I will also trwat and wash the table cloth.
  • making a loaf of French bread for the first time. It turned out well though I have to work on shaping. The outside was nice and crusty and the inside was nice and soft.

 

  • making Cream of Broccoli soup for Sunday lunch.  A few days ago I found a bag of broccoli crowns on clearance sale for  $1. This is a photo of the soup before it was blended.

 

  •  making a French Apple Cake. I had no plans to make an apple cake but someone posted a photo of the apple cake they made and I thought I had better use up the apples that were slowly going too soft. I've made apple cake before but this is the first time I've made French Apple Cake. I didn't have ice cream with it but it was really nice and I think I will make it again one day soon. Here is a link to the recipe I used in case you are interested.


 

Beyond cooking, cleaning, a few errands and household projects, I also watched a few movies and read some books. On Netflix I watched a few movies. One is called "The Inheritance" (not to be confused with the play of the same name) recommended by a friend of mine. It is a thriller/mystery and was good in a creepy kind of way, though not a horror movie as such. I also watched a cute movie called "Carrie Pilby", an American comedy/drama.  Book wise I'm making my way through "The Minimalist Home" which sets out yet another method of decluttering your home, and "The Convenience Store Woman", a quirky book about an unmarried Japanese woman who works at a convenience store and has to contend with the judgements of her family and co-workers.


Monday is Thanksgiving Day here so I will likely take the day off from reading blogs.  I have to prepare dinner and I want to enjoy a slow day of cooking and relaxing in the process. 

I wish you all a happy rest of your weekend and a pleasant week ahead.







25 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful photo, it does look like a lovely day where you are Penny. It is also a lovely day here with a beautiful blue sky this morning. Yes it does make you feel more like getting things done when the weather is so good. You have achieved a lot, the bread and soup look delicious. I might try that idea and make a broccoli soup and some bread too one day soon. I didn't know you had lost weight was this something you had chosen to do? I think I remember you had some health issues before I disappeared. I like the look of that book, might seek it out. You make some great recommendations. Well best be off to make the most of my Sunday too. x

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    1. Thank you Jan. Yes I chose to lose weight. I had a gained a lot after the knee issues came on suddenly. The book is a quick read. I hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Hello,
    Your sky photo is beautiful. The bread looks yummy. Sounds like you were busy, cleaning, decluttering and cooking. Take care, enjoy your day! Wishing you a happy new week!

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    1. Thank you Eileen. It is always a wonderful feeling when I'm productive and actually get things done. The bread was very yummy and I will definitely be making it again.

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  3. Penny I have the same problem with white sheets and pillow cases that are in the top of our wooden cupboard which is built in to the stone wall. I do though find that wash out relatively easily. Annoying though especially when it is barely used sheets. Good to hear that you have lost weight, I hope you are feeling better for it, sure it is good for the health as well. Your bread looks good and it sounds delicious, crusty outside and soft inside. Just how I like it.
    Have a good day and stay safe, happy Thanksgiving. Diane

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    1. Hi Diane, it's a good thing that your stains wash out easily. I wish that were the case with mine. I do feel better for having lost the weight. I still have more to go. The bread was delicious so I'll be making it again. Have a great week.

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  4. Love that cross in the distance!

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  5. thats a beautiful photo! and lovely weather, which makes it a bit easier to get things done.

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    1. Thank you Jan. It is so true that lovely weather makes it easier to get things done. Today (Sunday) we are back to rain but it was nice to have a reprieve.

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  6. Beautiful sky with the cross.
    I'm impressed by that french loaf. Looks good!

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    1. Thank you Joanne. All in all a great day :-)

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  8. Wow -- all that goes to show what a blue sky and some puffy clouds on a sunny day can do for a person! You were seriously productive! I think you should hire out as a motivational counselor!

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    1. Ha, ha, those are very kind words Jeanie. I am trying hard to be more productive around the house these days to make the best of all the indoor time we now have. Have a great week!

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  9. Good for you to give some useful things away. Some people find it very difficult to get rid of possessions.

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    1. Thanks Red. I find it easy to get rid of some things and not others.

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  10. I have written down the apple cake recipe and think I will make it tonight or tomorrow. Tommy will willingly chop the apples for me. He helps me with chopping and slicing...lol. It really looks delicious.

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  11. Beautiful sky!! I can feel your happiness with that clear day !! Your french bread looks great! The convenience store woman sounds like an interesting and funny book! I like seeing the Japanese on the cover, that means `welcome`!! Abundant Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!♡

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    1. Yes my friend, the clear day really made a difference. It was good to know the meaning of the Japanese on the book cover. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. Beautiful morning sky. Yummy looking bread.

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  13. good for you to enjoy life .... I wish I could.
    foods look delicious...yummy.

    Have a wonderful day.

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