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Why on Earth Do I Use Cloth Napkins Everyday?!

Yeah, I know…….you get asked that question every day too!  Actually, I’ve been asked that several times lately, and friends might look at me strangely and act like I’m kinda crazy to create more laundry and possibly ironing (no on the second one!).  But, yes I do use cloth napkins everyday but only for supper time. (Disclaimer:  My sweet Mother would maybe disagree with me on this.  While she taught us to embroider, cook, clean house, can and iron, she was born in the Depression era and went more with the motto – save the best for company.  In her later years, though, she saw her family as her company and started using her best china for us).

You see, I read a book almost 30 years ago that was really about waiting for the best God has for us single ladies.  It was very relevant to me at the time because I was recently divorced with a pre-teen and a teenage daughter,  and I was searching for that truth for the three of us. The book was Lady in Waiting,  by Jackie Kendall and Debby Jones.  The authors encourage us to take advantage of the waiting process and use it to become a woman of devotion, faith, and conviction.

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Those of you who know me well know that my life took a different turn while waiting – one I’m more than thankful for – but another thing that “took” from that book was to use the best things every day instead of waiting for “some” day!

While the authors had deeper more spiritual ideas in mind…. and it’s been a long time since I actually read it ….and my idea of waiting has changed drastically, I took their advice and started using my best dishes for every day, stopped waiting and saving them for some day in the future…….and I pulled out my cloth napkins.

If you’re waiting for some day, I hope you’ll pull out those cloth napkins too!

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Hello again..and a Quick and Easy Christmas Idea

Yeah, I’ve been away from the blog. Blame it on summer, getting back into a routine after the start of school (yeah, my kids are adults but when they go back to school all the swimming and other fun stops and I start my little part-time job back), blame it on a stress fracture on my foot and being in a boot for 2 weeks – which of course irritated the arthritis in my foot and caused even more pain and such irritability and immobility you wouldn’t believe. Can we repeat my motto – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – in a really bad way!  Here are some pics of my foot – no humility at this point – old age is NOT for the faint of heart!

 

But, I have been thinking while lying here and moving from one chair to the next.  Christmas is coming!  Christmas is coming!  No, I’m not really jumping over fall – probably my very favorite season of the year.  I just did a quick little project the other day that I’ve been thinking about for a long time.  It doesn’t look like much, but it’s just what I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.  It’s a photo book for Christmas decorating.

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Every year when I’ve pulled my Christmas decorations out, I’ve thought, “I wonder where I had that last year”.  Well, last year I did something I’ve wanted to do – I took pictures of each room and where and how I decorated  each table and each specific area.  When I put away all the decorations, I packed them in smaller boxes that held each vignette and then into larger crates.

Off the pictures went to Walgreens,  and for around $6.00 (4×6 are currently 33 cents each) I had snapshots of each of those decorated tables, mantle, etc.

 

Now for those of you who like to decorate spontaneously, this idea isn’t for you.  While I definitely still like to tweak things – I always know that white reindeer will be on my dining room buffet but she may need new candlesticks around her this year – but  this helps me keep myself organized instead of starting fresh each year or re-inventing the wheel.  I got tired of bringing all those crates in and being overwhelmed by all that stuff!  Now, I do tend to move things around – A LOT – so after I pack up this year I’ll just make a few new pictures for my notebook.

Those heretofore mentioned pictures lay in my desk drawer all year long until one day this week.  Because I’ve been so immobile I was trying to be productive the other day and started going through my desk drawers.

Here comes the really easy part:  I found a tiny little notebook in there that had never been used and voila! an idea came to mind.  Just go ahead and put those little pictures in the notebook and they won’t lie there looking accusingly at me any more!

I can make notes on the empty pages next to the pictures to remind myself of changes I wanted to make or things I need to add.  You could also do this in a scrapbook, but that would be too big for my needs.  I think one of those little notebooks for $5.00 that you see in the check-out line at TJ Maxx or Home Goods would work perfectly.  Here are a few I use for other things:

 

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So, I hope this little idea will help shoot some other new idea off  in your head!  It doesn’t have to be Christmas decorations. It could help you inventory for insurance or help you with shopping for your family. I just like it because it’s quick and easy!  Hope you’re enjoying HOME!