"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mop Philosophy Monday

 I've been keeping my cleaning supplies organized in a basket right on top of the kitchen counter.  I think I was anticipating more of a mess with the puppy than she's actually creating.  What a good Scout she is.
 Everyone likes a stack of fresh towels.
Since I'm spending so much time in the kitchen with the pup I decided to use the hours for good not evil.  I refreshed the white wooden trim all around the windows: it makes everything look so much cleaner, don't you think?

Speaking of angel-like behaviour, I've been trying to keep up with my New Year's Resolution of eating more cognac filled chocolates:
It's going pretty well.

I'm taking lots of snowy walks in the backyard with you-know-who.  
 MrBP and Young Rascal have been playing a bit of chess.  Young Rascal is the only girl in her chess club.  The boys were giving her the gears until she beat last year's champion, hehehe.
 It's lovely to sit in the living room while the chess shenanigans are going on because the whole entire room is scented with Reggie Darling's Potpourri:
It's actually Agraria's Bitter Orange Potpourri which Reggie has recommended, well he would never steer us wrong would he?  You can read his post on the subject here.

I hope today is the start of a wonderful week for you.
xoxDani

34 comments:

  1. That is an excellent resolution! Your shed is beyond beautiful, I can't wait to tackle the outdoor painting once it gets a bit warmer, I'm about to go paint a old cupboard which I've lugged up out of one of the sheds, I find it quite a soothing thing to do.

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    1. Tabs I always like painting too, as long it is not too hective (hectic+active=made-up word) around here.

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  2. Hi Dani, I bet you're relieved that Scout is behaving herself!

    Painting trim is on my list, after I paint the spare room, but it might be a while until I get to it - I seem to have landed some freelance work, quite out of the blue.

    I remember reading about that pot pourri on Reggie's blog - I bet it smells amazing!

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    1. Patricia she's a good puppy, and getting lots of attention. It helps that I'm with her all day long, MrBP does the evenings/early mornings. Freelance work, well it sounds like you will be busy, will you be happy to be occupied? Is it interesting work?
      Oh gosh it smells amazing!

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    2. Hi Dani - yes, I think it will be very interesting. It's proofreading and checking the German-English translation of documents for a German consulting firm. They work in the premier automotive industry (look at me with the terms already!). It was offered to my friend in Budapest, but she is too busy so she put my name forward. It will be very intermittant, and we still have to work out payment terms etc. (have already talked with a friend who owns a translation bureau to get some idea), but I'm hopeful. It literally came out of the blue, and all through personal contacts!

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  3. I love the backyard photo, Dani - gorgeous. I also ordered Agraria's Bitter Orange Potpourri and I'm loving the warm and wonderful scent. I even had a delightful follow up e-mail from the owner/manager of the shop. I wonder how long it actually lasts before you have to toss it in the bin?

    Bonnie

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    1. Bonnie I bought the refresher oil, I recommend. It's really potent and a couple of drops refreshes the whole bowl so I think the bottle will last a couple of years at least.

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    2. Good idea, Dani. I'll order some pronto !

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  4. Good for Scout. Am glad you are making good use of the time! I was never a chess player, though Forrest and Barry play now and then and it is fun to watch. I love a good game of scrabble, but you have to make sure folks are committed as you can sometimes be in for the long haul!

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    1. Wendy I never could get into Scrabble. I don't know why?

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  5. Oh, Iove how that green shed looks in the snow. I could tell right away Scout would be very well behaved.
    Hooray for Little Rascal!!!

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    1. GSL the green shed is a picture and winter sets it off. You sound like MrBP, that's what he said about Scout exactly. Yes nice to show the boys, especially when they're being a bit obnoxious...

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  6. The description of the potpourri sounds wonderful. I wonder if there's a store in Toronto that carries it - I'll have to investigate. Good for Young Rascal, beating the boys at chess! Hope your week is off to a great start!

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    1. Louise, I don't think so, I ordered mine from San Francisco but the shipping was pretty reasonable. Of course the dollar has tanked since then! Yes that young rascal, hehe!

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  7. Great, fresh trim! And how sweet of the puppy to be so charming. I love that Scout whipped the champ. Girl power! And all that ;)

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  8. My folks are going over to visit my girl tomorrow. I have sent a box of goodies for her so I am sure she will be pleased. My week will be work, work, work since we will have bad weather. Ready for the sun and play time!

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  9. Go Little Rascal! Maybe she will even take Comp Sci next:).

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  10. Love a cute rascal chess champion! well done on her - you must be so proud :)

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  11. it's amazing what a bit of fresh white paint can do isn't it? love that your daughter is kicking A in the chess club. :)

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  12. Dani,
    You appear ready for spring! Love how tidy you are.
    Can picture you all bundled up out in the snow with Scout,she is adorable! Does scout like the snow? Does scout have a new winter coat?.Keep the photos coming and inspiring us. Happy Monday.

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  13. what a lovely post! It is boiling here! looks so icy cold there. Well done re the chocolates x

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  14. Love your pile of towels and gorgeous shed. I've also been looking at the rough linen aprons which look gorgeous. Can I ask what size you got, Dani?

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    1. The apron is a bit one-size-fits most, I have the size adult up to a 14 and it is perfect, there is also an adult petite size for shorter folks, I'm 5'7" for reference.

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    2. Thanks so much. I think the 'up to 14' sounds a bit large for me. I'm 5'4" and a size 2/4. FYI Persian rugs NEVER safe even from grown dogs!

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  15. Yay for a well-behaved puppy!
    That's very cool that your youngest rascal is playing chess - M used to love playing chess, but gave up because she was the only girl in the club. I really wish she'd kept it up....
    Congrats on keeping up so well with your New Year's Resolution!

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  16. That Scout, living up to expectations already. She has such a pretty face!

    Chess is awesome for girls-- good for Y Rascal; I was a math/science geek back in the day, before the word geek. Nowadays, it's cool.

    Can there be more snow? I suppose so; we are absolutely buried. But I'm doing a road trip to the South this week, without MLane, but so looking forward to it.

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  17. Love that your youngest is a chess champ! My sisters and I all played chess at school, but it was an all- girls school, so it wasn't viewed as unusual.
    Glad you're hitting your New Years resolutions though! xx

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  18. Oh our days are very much alike! Except I'm tiling the basement rather than painting the window trim but everything else is similar-except the cognac truffles unfortunately.
    Young Rascal for Chess Club President, that's what I say
    Scout sounds like a dream-a sign of good training

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  19. Scout is adorable and such a good sport. I have just got a new puppy myself- a dalmation. Not as organised as you. Can't wait to officially begin puppy training, so i can contain her!

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  20. Hi Dani! I am a little jealous of your darling pup. It sounds like you have all decided it was a good acquisition!

    Because of your book club posts lately, I have been thinking of you while reading Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to my daughter. This particular book is gorgeous and the illustrations make me think you would love it. Take a look:

    http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/04/18/yayoi-kusama-alice-in-wonderland/

    Have a fabulous day!
    Audrey.

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  21. I wouldn't mind a bit of snow as we have had our fair amount of rain... I am coming with my New Year's resolutions... It is about time.
    Scout sounds really like a perfect dog!

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  22. I can really feel that snow against my face. Now I really miss a winter without snow, can't wait to get to my March weekend in Alta. Love hearing about Scout. Now we've almost finished with the Teddy therapy we've started back re-training him. Are you doing the crate training. We did (though now he's barking at night sometimes) and it really saved our sleep.

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  23. That Scout is an absolute doll. Good luck with the training. Beau hangs out in his crate when we are out of the house and seems happy as can be. I think of it as his little condo - his cozy little space.

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  24. Congrats to your young Rascal. Beating the boys is the most fun!!

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