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News from the Nest, May 22

You know you’ve had a productive weekend when you are glad to wake up Monday morning, just so you can rest!

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Are you familiar with the book, If you Give a Mouse a Cookie? It was one of my children’s favorite books growing up. The premise is that if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk. And when you give him the glass of milk, he’s going to want a straw to drink the milk with. Then he’ll want a napkin, then he’ll want to look in the mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, then he’ll see his hair needs a trim, etc… In a nutshell, the cookie sets off a chain reaction. It really is a darling book if you are looking for a great children’s book.

I had an ‘If You Give a Mouse a Cookie’ weekend. While we were gone, our cat knocked over a plant on the screened porch. So yesterday, I pulled out the shop vac to clean the dirt up. Then I realized the whole screen porch could use a good spring vacuuming. So I vacuumed the screen porch. Then I realized that the screens and wood could use a good cleaning, so I dug out the pressure washer and sprayed the screens and wood trim.

While I had the pressure cleaner out, I wondered if I could clean the sliding glass doors. So I googled, ‘pressure washer glass cleaning solution’ and was pleasantly surprised to find that I could use up the 2 jugs of ammonia I’ve had sitting in my garage for years to make a pressure washer glass cleaning solution. So, I proceeded to wash the glass doors (it worked great, btw!)

Then I decided to pressure wash the cushions for the porch furniture, so I pulled them all out to the porch. When I pressure washed the cushions, it was inevitable that the pressure washer stream would hit the concrete deck, illustrating just how dirty the deck was and how badly it needed cleaning.

So, after I washed the cushions I began to pressure wash the deck and the brick stairs and trim. I only got halfway through before we had to get ready to go out to dinner, so I woke up Sunday morning and finished the rest of the deck.

While I had the pressure washer out, I realized I ought to pressure wash the indoor/outdoor rug that sits under our kitchen table. (I discovered a while ago that indoor/outdoor rugs have come a long way in terms of aesthetics and they make GREAT rugs for places where food gets spilled and/or high traffic areas!)

So, it was a very productive weekend…but other than vacuuming up the spilled dirt, I didn’t get one thing done that was on my to-do list!

New on the Blog

  • I am a sucker for any sort of lawn art (except maybe flamingos and gnomes, but to each their own!) I like tucking unexpected objects in and among my plants and flowers for a touch of whimsy. Making Garden Balls (or spheres or orbs) has been on my to-do list for a couple of years. Once I finally set about making them, I realized just how easy they are and inexpensive to boot! The key is finding old glass light globes in Goodwill or the ReStore…which for me was no easy task. If you are interested in making the orbs, then start keeping your eyes open for them to keep the cost down.
A close up of a flowers  in front of a brick building

ARGH…now that I’ve cleaned the stairs on the back porch, I realize just how dirty the front porch steps are! Guess I know what I’m doing this week…see it’s the ‘if you give a mouse a cookie’ effect! 🐭🍪😂

  • Cutting Boards…we all have them and we all use them. Some are just utilitarian items while others are works of art and/or gifts. Here are some ideas for how to display your cutting boards in your kitchen, not only freeing up storage space but adding to your kitchen decor.

In the Kitchen

  • Shrimp and Grits is a ubiquitous dish in this part of the country, for good reason. For a taste of the Lowcountry, treat yourself to this delicious meal …and it is a great way to use up some of the green tomatoes that may fall from the bushes or get nibbled on and need to be picked.
  • I was surprised just how much we enjoyed this Mango Habanero recipe. You can make it as hot or mild as you like! And…you can use fresh or frozen mango!
Mango Habanero salsa on a chip
  • With or without the decorative pansy, these lemon icebox cookies are a delightfully fresh sweet treat.
Cookies with purple pansies on top
  • It would not be an exaggeration to say that I refer to this equivalents chart multiple times per week. I have it laminated and taped on the inside of my cabinet door and it is an invaluable resource to me. You can buy packs of laminating sheets and self-laminate all sorts of things. In fact, we used these laminating sheets to laminate a copy of our Covid vaccination card that we keep in our wallets.
Watercolor lemon with measuring equivalents


A variety of cast iron pieces

  • I just washed several of my hand-knit or crochet edge blankets and I’m pleased to report that the yarn and the blankets continue to hold up from repeated washings and wear.
  • It isn’t hand-knit or crocheted, but I’ve found that the Woolite Dryer ‘dry cleaning’ sheets work well for our wool Pendleton blankets. I put them through the dryer with a sheet and then store them with the rest of our woolens in lavender and eucalyptus over the summer.

Well, I guess I’m off to pressure wash the front porch, which will then lead to pressure washing the walkway and before you know it I’ll have pressure washed the road in front of my house! 😂🍪🐭

Wishing you a wonderful Monday and a fantastic week. Let’s catch up next week!


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  1. Hello. I’m new to your blog. I enjoyed my first day, and yes, I can see that you need Monday to come to rest from your week-end. Have a good week.

    1. Oh Lane, I’m so glad to have you here! I’d love to know, what post(s) have intrigured you enough to join? I want to make sure I continue to publish the content that benefits my readers?

      Have a great day, Lynn

    1. Right!!???

      My mom said she was exhausted after reading the post.

      But…I have yet to put away that pressure washer because I know it will be used again this week. I’m not sure I’m up to doing the driveway though, unless I rent one of those bigger circular ones…I’ll keep you posted.

      Have a fantastic day, my friend.

      Hugs, Lynn

  2. You should NEVER laminate your covid card. Then they cannot add your booster shots or different variant info on them.

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