Yesterday I woke up to a little snow on the patio. Not much. Just patches. It swirled through the air like little bits of cotton fluff throughout the day. But it never did accumulate.
I cleaned the apartment, decluttering as I went from room to room. It always feels better to pare down every few weeks. Things always seem to get out of place or in the way over a few weeks time.
Then this morning I woke up to maybe an inch of snow. Snow of any variety seems to kind of close down this state.
Heaven help us if we had more extreme weather like they experience in northern states. People around here just don’t seem to know how to deal with it.
It’s bad enough with drivers when it rains here. They slow down like they’re going through a gully.
My Sleep Number bed should arrive today. That is if the drivers will go out in the one inch of snow. I’m anxious to try it out. I’ve been tempted to buy one before, but always chickened out.
However the one I bought at Sleep Number is one hundred dollars cheaper than the last mattress I purchased at Macy’s three years ago. I probably should have looked into this then but I didn’t. How to know what a mattress will feel like over time?
At least with the Sleep Number bed you have 100 days to see if you like it. If you don’t, they’ll exchange it.
The pillow I brought home from their store several weeks ago is helping quite a bit. And also not typing all the time while looking down.
I limit my time online now. My hands still ache, but my neck isn’t as sore and stiff. My shoulders are bearing more of the brunt now.
Last week when I was in Target grocery shopping I came across these white metal baskets you see on the first shelf. So I bought three of them to store food.
I took the narrow little yellow pantry into the bedroom to put my TV on so I had to clean the food out of it. That gives me room to store things like night gowns and socks and such.
In the dresser on one side of my bed and the sideboard on the other, I store linens because there is no built in linen storage here in the one bedroom apartments. Only in the two and three bedrooms.
The white baskets look a bit messy today. I did not tidy them up before I took a photo. But then, this is real life.
The white shelves on the wall have really given me the extra storage space I needed to corral food.
Charlie evidently saw a squirrel out the French doors. He crouched down the way he does when he has a critter in his sights. I opened the door to see if he wanted out, but the cold made him turn around and head back to the couch.
I take him to the vet for shots Wednesday morning. He will not be excited about that. But he will love getting to go in the car.
I try to take him out with me at least once per week. It is our special time while Ivy stays home and does whatever it is Ivy does when no one is around.
What do you do, Miss Ivy Lou?
I know when I walk in the door she is usually yawning like she’s been asleep. I dare not wonder what else she does.
She’s so big now that she can lengthen her body and stand up on her back feet to reach up and into all kinds of things. Which is to say most table or cabinet surfaces.
Country Living had a list of things online that it says you should not buy in thrift stores. I thought I’d link it here for you to read.
I know many of you shop at and love thrift stores. But I just thought I’d add it here for you to mull over. You can make your own determinations about it.
I don’t shop the thrift stores here because I’ve never found anything worthwhile in them.
The other day Nathan made meatloaf and I cooked scalloped potatoes. He brought me half the meatloaf and I handed him half the scalloped potatoes.
Since both of us have Asperger’s we are not very social. What I suppose would seem natural is to then sit down to eat together. It’s so freeing to know someone who feels the same way that I do and doesn’t get bent out of shape over it!
He headed back down to his apartment to eat, and I put mine in the refrigerator to heat up later. I’ve always preferred eating alone. As is how I prefer to do most things.
I had meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, cranberry sauce (I was just hungry for cranberry sauce and had a can of it), green beans and hot rolls. It was a tasty meal.
I asked maintenance if there was a way to move the French door another way so it wouldn’t hit my dining table, but they said there wasn’t. So I moved it every which way and it just wouldn’t work.
Then I moved it to the living room to see if I could somehow make it work. But it doesn’t work with the living room furniture. And some of you mentioned switching the dining room with the living room, but the dining room is much more narrow than the living room.
I’ve learned another valuable lesson here. If you life in a small space, do not purchase furniture, such as a table, that doesn’t have leaves in it that you can take out if necessary. Or opt for a drop leaf table.
I think I’m going to send this table to the consignment shop in the strip mall and see if I can sell it. I’m usually creative about ways to arrange furniture, but I am coming up empty on this one. Like I said, lesson learned.
Since Ivy eats her food on the yellow table I previously used, I can’t bring that one back into the dining room. She has to eat up high so Charlie doesn’t get into her food and get sick.
When you have rooms that have doors, you have to make choices based on pathways for traffic to those doors. The amount of room you should leave for space around furniture so you can easily walk around it is about 20-24 inches.
This experience reminded me of what happened with my blogger friend Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage. She and her husband moved to a smaller house over a year ago.
I am reminded of a recent experience on their part. They had found a kitchen banquette and wanted to use it in their small space. But after they tried hard to get this idea to work, they finally had to change course and go to plan B.
Sometimes it just happens and you have to change your plans and come up with something else.
You think something will work. You measure and plan. And sometimes luck is just not on your side and you have no choice but to start over. The long rectangular dining table was my fail.
I think I’m going to order a round drop leaf table that I found on sale at Wayfair. It did not come with chairs. But I had already decided I didn’t want wooden chairs again, as Ivy scratches the seats jumping up on them.
I have a whole other idea about what I want to do in that regard. It will all come together soon I hope.