Last August I decided to stop writing these Simple Living This Week posts. I had been doing them for a long time (for me). It was taking time to source the artwork. With Caroline starting high school and such, I was feeling the need to reduce what was on my plate.
I decided last week I wanted to start writing these again. In the interim, I’ve found more sources for artwork which helps. It was also interesting to go back through the previous weekly posts. In some ways, these are the most “bloggy” posts I write now, something I wish I had kept up all through the past seventeen years of blogging. Oh well. I can’t go back, but I can go forward.
Originally this was meant to be a weekly way for you and I to share what we did in our homes that week. I invite you to leave a comment if you would like, but I’m going to write even if no one else chimes in. I hope you will, but that’s beyond my control.
So here’s what I’m working on around my home.
I have Mikasa English Countryside dishes which are pretty and go with almost any color of table linens. However, they have a cracking problem. The glaze cracks and then it creates this circular patterns in the glaze that compromises the dishes and leaves dark marks. Mikasa replaced four dinner plates for me about a year ago, but now I have more of them cracking. I’ve read in various places this is a known problem. I’m not going to buy more of them and I really don’t want to buy all new dishes right now.
So for now I think I’m going to pull out the china I inherited from my paternal grandmother (Petite Bouquet). I’ve had it for many years and it’s mostly been packed away all that time because I have minimal daily storage space in my kitchen and none in my dining “room” area. I believe I have 10-12 place settings so my plan is to pull out a bunch to use, but keep back 2 (or 4) complete place settings.
I know once we start using them, they will chip and get worn. I looked them up on the Replacements website and they aren’t expensive china so it makes sense to use them and enjoy them rather than buying something else.
The downside is they are much more limited in what I can use them with in terms of linens. But for now we’ll use them and enjoy them. Eventually I hope to purchase something else that will work with all my various linens, but this is a good solution for now.
Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without.
We decided to try growing russet potatoes in buckets this year. We had an elevated square foot garden many years ago, but haven’t done much vegetable growing since then other than cucumbers on the deck. The weather this spring has been cold, cloudy, and rainy. I hope our first batch we planted is okay. We should see sprouts in about another week so then we’ll know. We’re also going to do bush beans and bush cucumbers when it is warm enough to plant them.
This has been a really slow spring to arrive. Usually our leaves are out by Mother’s Day weekend and we look to be weeks behind. There has been a noticeable change in our weather patterns the past three years in terms of the lengths of spring and autumn, but this is by far the most pronounced we’ve experienced. (Grand Solar Minimum, anyone?)
I had David bring up the off-season clothes bins from the basement two days ago to switch out our winter and summer clothes. Yes, it is May and I am just now doing this. Last week I was still wearing winter clothes because it was still in the 40s outside. I’ve never switched out our clothes this late, especially in May. Hopefully I can get that task taken care of this weekend. I wash everything when I pack it away, but I also wash it when I get it out again. I like everything to smell fresh so I take the extra step.
I have many other things on my to do list, but seem to be slow to get to them. I’ve been suffering from decision fatigue for several weeks (at least). Anything that requires much of a decision keeps getting put off. I need to tackle at least a few of them today as some of them are actually quite important. I keep reminding myself that these are difficult times we’re we’re living through and it’s normal to be mentally weary. In the meantime, I keep doing what I can and making wise choices as best as I can.
What are you doing around your home right now?
Artist: Hermann Seeger