Wednesday, August 31, 2011

List Challenge: 13. Reasons why you love your significant other

Oh how I love him, let me count the ways...

I'm not sure I could list every single thing I love about him.  That would be hard because there is so much.  First off, I love how he makes me laugh.  He can turn any situation into a comedic one and that can be such a great thing.  I love that I can't stay mad at him, like when he tries to make a situation comedic that shouldn't be comedic.  He's devoted, dedicated, determined.  He'd do absolutely anything for me at the drop of a dime.  A lot of times we have the same thoughts, exactly the same, we'll say the same things as a result.  He has beautiful blue eyes.  He has soft hair.  He's a great fur-dad to our fur-babies.  He has such a big heart and he isn't afraid to be emotional.  He has very expressive eyebrows and very soft, plump lips.  He's a goof ball.  He's a hard worker.  He does so much for himself and for me.  He's just a great guy and I'm so lucky!

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Mission: Accomplished

I mentioned the other day, I really wanted to reorganize parts of my kitchen.  So I did.  I really wish I took some before pictures, but I'll talk you through it... something I do rather well.

The following images are a product of me acting on a whim at 9:00 PM.  I did not have the opportunity to run to the store and purchase any organization tools, like a utensil holder or any drawer trays, so it is still a work in progress, but not too bad for some spur of the moment action.

 Previously on this counter was a coffee maker we used maybe once a month and a Pampered Chef Tool Turn-About that was packed with utensils.  I hated the appearance of the Tool Turn-About, but I loved having things at my finger tips.  I also decided that I didn't need every utensil I owned in said turn-about.  You will see in two other pictures the rest of my utensils that were crammed in this thing.  Very unsightly.  Anyway, like I said in my prologue, I don't have the equipment for my new set up yet, so the wooden spoons are in a square vase, and the nylon utensils are in a glass pitcher.  Personally I think they look kind of cute in those, but I will likely change it.  And I will be purchasing a new steak knife set, when I do the knife block on the left will be discarded and only the other knife block will remain in that space.
 This is my work from the other day, the cabinet changes that I made.  On top is my grandma's china and on the bottom are our glasses and mugs.
 Also part of my cabinet remodel.  This is the cooking cabinet.  There are spices in the basket on the bottom, random oils, vinegars, and other stove top ingredients.  My baking stuff used to be on the bottom shelf of this cabinet and these contents used to be in the cabinet that now holds the china and glasses.
 This is my baking/breakfast cabinet! the bottom shelf has my go-to baking ingredients.  The middle shelf has breakfast stuff.  The top shelf  has random things like powdered sugar, brown sugar, and coconut flakes.  There is also some coffee on the top shelf.
 This is the view of my counter.  All the way at the end by my mixer is where my baking cabinet is.  Also beside my mixer is my rubber spatulas that I use for baking.  Then I have a bowl of onions, a cook book stand, recipe card box, and tea pot.  Previously in that space was a blender we rarely used, toaster we rarely used, the two knife blocks, the onions in a bag, bananas, dog treats, and the tea pot.  On the other side of the sink is now the dog treats and a bowl of bananas.
 My silverware drawer.  It used to have measuring cups in there, my rolling pin, and a bunch of other miscellaneous stuff.  Now it has the silverware, serving utensils, and knives and knife accessories (sharpeners).  Also can and bottle openers, chop sticks, etc.
 This drawer needs a tray bad! Such a mish-mosh of stuff.  Most of this was in that tool turn-about.  Can you believe it? Can we say crowded? I actually did go through and discard some stuff.  Believe it or not, I do use this stuff.  It will look better once I get my tray.
 My baking drawer! This is where all the knives and some of the sharp utensils (peelers, corers, etc) were.  It was our dangerous drawer! Ha.  Anyway, now it has all the measuring cups, rolling pin, pastry blender, icing spreaders, etc.  Looking good! I'd still like to get a tray for this drawer, but it doesn't look too shabby at the moment.
And finally... this is my neat little addition to the kitchen that has nothing to do with organizing at all.  Brad and I found this little hot spot on the way home from Beaufort one day, they sell excellent cider.  One day I went to Beaufort without Brad and stopped by the place on my way back and picked up a different flavor, muscadine (grape).  It was yummy and I just loved the jug style of the bottle.  When we finished the cider I knew I needed to find a cool use for it, and why not use it as a change jar? Which was actually perfect because I ended up using the square vase that I was using for change to hold some utensils during my reorganization! Wonderful how that worked out!

As I make more changes I'll definitely update.  What a productive little evening I had!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Beach Sand

I've been reading on Facebook about how some of Long Island's beaches have been destroyed from Irene.  That sucks.  There is really no better way to say it.  It sucks.  I grew up on the north shore of Long Island.  I practically lived on the beach.  I spent so much time there and there is probably nothing I miss more about living in New York than the beaches.  I loved the calmness of the Long Island Sound.  Camping, bonfires, fourth of July fireworks, sand dunes, picnics, sunbathing, swimming, climbing on the jetties... All things I miss immensely.

Before I left New York, I visited some of my favorite beaches.  From those beaches I took a little bit of sand.  Not a lot, just a tiny zip-lock bag full.  I had such fond memories of the beaches that I wanted to take a little bit of them with me to South Carolina.  

A couple of weeks ago Brad and I were going through some attic boxes and I came across the sand.  He thought I was nuts for carrying sand with me 800 miles, but I'm glad that I did.  I'm not sure which beaches were effected by the storm, but I'm glad that I have a little piece of them with me, just in case I can never walk on them again.

One Minute Writer: Fix-it

Write about a time you fixed something.

Let me preface this by saying that I'm one of those women who believes she can do just about anything around a house that a man can do.  I'll mow the lawn, take out the trash, and program the VCR with the best of them.  Ok, maybe not a VCR since they're pretty much obsolete.  Anyway, we have "oh sh*t" handles in our car, the kind that kind of pull out and retract back.  My husband's friend was in the backseat, apparently holding on to said handles for dear life, because he pulled one end out.  This car was maybe a year old and was still my baby.  The handle was hanging out for weeks and my husband kept coming up with excuses on why it could not be fixed.  I was going bananas and my tolerance level was diminishing, so I went out with a screw driver and five minutes later, voila!
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