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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Sorted




 I tend to have very little patience for sorting through my ironing basket, and it is the one household task that I will put off doing for as long as possible.
This might be why it's so satisfying when I actually clear the task off of my list.
I spent yesterday morning paying bills and doing some mid-month tax filing, and once that was finished I attacked the housework.  By mid-afternoon I was ready to sort through the laundry room.  The machines had been whirring all day with bed linens, towels and clothes but it was time to clear the decks.
The lower level of our house was a dirt-floored cellar when we bought it.  The laundry was stuck in a sad, scary corner full of cobwebs and damp.
It was the first area we renovated, and in the winter months it becomes incredibly cozy.  The kitchen is just up the staircase, the laundry room smells of lavender and the fire roars away in the family room area.

 I have a civilized method to get through the boring task of ironing: setting up the board in front of the fire so that I can iron away while watching the afternoon news.


 It was just a year ago this week that we put this gas fireplace in the basement family room.  It is the perfect size but it is not to be underestimated: "feel the heat coming off of that thing!" as my Dad would say.
Once we had this fireplace installed we were able to shut off the electric baseboard heating on the entire lower level permanently.  This has saved us hundreds of dollars in electricity costs just in the first year.  It also added the final touch to this series of cozy basement rooms: laundry room, large bathroom and family room:  the whole place just finally feels sorted.

Today I have something special on the agenda: my Fun Book Club this evening, here at my house.  I cannot wait to get caught up with those interesting women.  I'll let you know how it goes.
Have a great day today, hopefully you'll have someone fun in it!
xoxDani

12 comments:

  1. Hi Dani,

    Please see my comment on the previous post you wrote. I'm off for standard medical tests but then outside as the weather is warming up. Will sit and wait for birds. Saw a rare species and hope it returns for a photo op. You book club sounds great.

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    1. Ann hope you're able to spot your rare species again! Hope the test went well too.xx

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  2. love it! Cozy indeed! Enjoy book club. I'm sure you're taking some yummy side dish? P.S. I love ironing...reminds me of my mom. Even as a grown woman whenever I would visit home she would iron for me. She passed away suddenly almost three years ago. When I set-up the ironing board, spray starch and iron I always think of her.

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    1. Alicia your Mom sounds so lovely, I'm very sorry you've lost her. That is a really wonderful memory you have of her though. xx

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  3. Enjoy the book club. Your basement looks very cosy! Xx

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  4. ah lovely - so very civilized, I would iron too if I had that set-up! Enjoy your club and fill in on books you are reading!Anna26x

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    1. Thanks Anna, we didn't decide on a book last night because we were greatly reduced in number, hopefully that will be sorted through email.
      I think I'll be reading Antonia Fraser the rest of the month, Mary Queen of Scots beckons! xx

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  5. Sorry to hear about your mom. One of my jobs as a child was to help my mother with the ironing and I remember with fondness how she taught me how to iron men's shirts. I always loved ironing because it brought me closer to her. I so identify with your comment about how it reminds you of her!

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  6. Your basement sounds lovely, and I like the style of that fireplace. Ironing is probably my favourite household task - I'd rather iron than clean I think - and in that cosy spot with the TV news, I think I would be looking for things to iron!

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    1. Patricia, that's funny, yesterday I was looking for things to iron! it's a good excuse to watch the news during the day ;) xx

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  7. Basements on the other side of the pond are quite amazing things! Always a source of wonderful for a Brit.
    I don't iron, my clothes are all stretchy and don't need it, thank the lord!
    Tabitha

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