Ward House

Its time to declutter

Because I am housekeeping challenged it is important that items we do not use do not stay and clutter; clutter drains energy from the owner.  Items that I want to keep need to displayed or used in some manner; taking up drawer space does not count.

I have a love seat that belongs to my great-grandmother that I would love to keep and use.  This piece is so old that it still has the original horsehair stuffing!  Odis loves this material and has proceeded to chew a big hole in the seat – Mom, this is why I suggested it come to live at your house for the time being.  I believe I would probably recover/stuff it yet am scared to try as I have never tried something like this before.  Some of the springs have begun to push through the fabric and, well, it just needs a makeover.  *sighs*  Bartering for the fix would be divine though not realistic.  Googling to see if this is something I can tackle – any advise would be helpful.

Other items my step daughter has put dibs on for when she moves, starting out with candelabras and the leather porch sofa (you’d have to see it).  Whatever else there is, if she does not want it, it will go into the “everythings a-dollar” yard sale.  If it does not rain (like it is supposed to be doing right now) this’ll happen tomorrow.  I need to get this stuff outta here.  My next challenge is on how to better manage my paperwork.  Would scanning items and saving them to an external drive be a better idea?  I saw this the other day and have an extra dresser that can be converted into such a beautiful and useful item.   Check out those binders – makes me want to organize papers!  My challenge with organizing is having what I need at hand to create that organized space.  I’ll nit Ronnie up for some nails later this evening.  Muhaha

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Cleaning, Recycling | , | 3 Comments

Don’t be too hard

Today I am posting over at Homemaker’s Who Work about not being too hard on ourselves when an unattainable standard is not met.

All is well at The Ward House: the garden continues to do well, there are tomato, green & sweet pepper, and strawberry plants that need to go into the garden.  Right now would be an excellent time to get these little babies into the ground; it is cool, cloudy, and scheduled to rain this afternoon. If the rain will hold off until I get home from work then it’ll be done.

Remember the ramps?  We gave some of these with Ronnie’s mom and she called last night to share an off-the-cuff recipe with me: saute sliced carrots, celery, onions, and ramps in a sauce pan with some butter.  She then added chicken broth, rice, and leftover chicken to the mix and covered ’til the rice was done.  Sounds tasty, yes?  Well, since the chicken was already in the oven, I sautéed the sliced carrots, celery, and ramps with butter, covered and let them cook while the chicken finished up.  Add some salt and bring on the yum!

April 23, 2010 Posted by | Gardening, recipes | , , | Leave a comment