Monday Musings, May 25

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May 25, 2020

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Good Morning, my friends.

Here in the U.S. we are taking the day to remember those who lost their lives in the service of our Country. As the daughter of a career member of the Navy, these days are always heartfelt to me. Typically, these days are commemorated with picnics, days at the beach, or other gatherings heralding the beginning of summer. This year is a little different, a little more somber, but nonetheless, a day for pausing and remembering.

Typically, piles of stuff in my home are a cause for a severe case of heeby-jeebies; I just can’t do clutter. But if you were to walk in our home today, boxes and piles of stuff would be the first thing you see. We are delightfully topsy-turvy as we pull items and boxes from the attic and take inventory of what we have to help our two fledglings furnish their apartments this fall. It is very exciting!

And, not for nothing, I am more than a little giddy knowing that the boxes of household items that both mom and I put away and that have been renting space in my attic will be leaving soon!

All this excitement has been a bit tampered this morning. I have been tending to my cutting garden daily for the past 2 months; weeding, trimming, fertilizing and nurturing my dahlias, echinaceas, ranunculus, and zinnias with love. When I left the yard at the end of the day yesterday, I had several blooms that I knew would be opening today! Well, it seems a marauding horde of deer came into my yard and nibbled off just the blooms that were ready to open! Dagnabbit!! I knew deer were an issue here and researched plants that were ‘deer resistant’! I am not done fighting!

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I am thrilled with the way this Faux Marble Console Table turned out! It really finishes off my living room nicely. The tutorial on how to paint faux marble is really applicable for anything!

Our new favorite breakfast treat; this gluten-free Fig and Nut Bread (with or without the rosemary) topped with this easy Plum Jam.

We just finished a big batch of this hummus. It freezes great! I’ll be making more this week.

I like to think of myself as a bit of a household ‘MacGyver’ in that I enjoy figuring out how to solve problems or make tasks easier and more efficient. To that end, I’d love for you to send in your home-related challenges for me to mull over!

Finished Little Fires Everywhere…hmmm…it was a fine read, but I guess I don’t get all the hoopla. Started A Man Called Ove and really enjoying the character development and writing style of the author. It is one of those books where it seems the author chose every word very carefully. It is both sad and humorous, heartbreaking and heartwarming.

Do you use a squeegee to wash your windows? I am just a little sheepish to admit that yesterday was the first time I cleaned some windows with a squeegee instead of a rag…and it was life-changing! I did use a rag to wipe the dirty water that ran off the window and wipe around the edges, but the squeegee made cleaning the panes of glass quicker and more efficient (did I just nullify the whole ‘household MacGyver’ thing by admitting this?)

Well, friends, I’d love to sit and chat, but I need to equip myself to go battle the plundering and rapacious, zinnia and deer resistant echinacea and dahlia destroying Bambis.



  1. Janice Hebert

    May 26, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Hi Lynn, it was a very quiet holiday here too. How exciting your children will be off in their own apartments soon. My girls are still picking up boxes of stuff left here and one has been married and divorced already! Love your marbled table! I’ll have to try that technique some day. So upsetting about the deer and your blossoms, I’ve never grown ranunculas but would love to. I’m just starting to plant my window boxes and have lots of seeds to plant this year. I don’t have any MacGuyver questions but would love decorating advice for my master bedroom. Only wall the bed can go on has off center windows. On top of that, one is a regular sized double hung sash window and the other is a smaller window closer to the floor. This style is common on older New England capes. I loved the look but it’s hard to work with! Any ideas? Jan in MA

    • lynn

      June 6, 2020 at 7:37 am

      Hi Janice.

      I think I planted the ranunculas too late…hope they do something next year. And I know you will be glad for your girls to get some of their stuff! I’m pretty excited to be able to really walk through my attic when all this stuff is gone!

      So, about that bedroom. Would your bed go between the 2 windows? Could you balance the double-hung sash window with a similar-sized picture or mirror on the other side of your bed? I know this isn’t a double-hung window, but would something like this work?

      If you get a chance and don’t mind, send a picture.




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