It’s been a long time since I had a mantel to decorate, so I’m enjoying playing around with this one.
I especially love changing up decor and paintings on my fireplace mantel.
No matter how many different paintings I try on the mantel, I seem to keep coming back to the same ones I first put there.
Maybe I’ll add a little variation. But the tall flower painting that I got from Tuesday Morning years ago seems to fit there well.
As does the red geranium painting that Nancy Medina painted for me.
I’m sure I’ll come up with many variations on my mantel. Especially at holiday time.
I’ve noticed there is also a chinoiserie decorating trend going on, mostly of blues and whites. And I think it’s very pretty. Which is reflected in the other painting.
I’m feeling better today.
Ivy was affected by my crying yesterday, though I tried to keep it from her.
I told myself that I can’t keep doing that to her. It is upsetting and she doesn’t understand. I will try to do better with Ivy because I don’t want her to be sad about me.
Yesterday evening I wished I had not written yesterday’s post as well.
It exposed feelings I wish I hadn’t burdened you with. I was reacting to the emotional ups and downs of grief.
When I’m feeling like that I should probably not write anything until I’m through the worst of it. However, that is hard when the writing is so cathartic for me.
I should just wait to publish it till I’m feeling better.
Next Door Neighbor Steve:
Last night I made a broccoli, mushroom, green onion, and carrot crustless quiche. The recipe just called for broccoli and green onions, but I decided to add the other vegetables since I had them.
After I put it in the oven, I called Steve to see if he had eaten yet.
His daughter had just left. She’s helping him with the bills and his new phone, etc. So it was good timing.
I’ve decided not to plan too far ahead when it comes to meals. I never know if I’ll be able to stand long when cooking. The more preparations, the faster my ankle hurts.
Having A Neighbor To Help Out:
Steve helps me with repairing lamps and this and that. And occasionally he comes over at suppertime for a meal. It works out pretty well actually.
As many of you know, it’s hard to cook for one. I’d have leftovers for a week. So a few times he has come over to have supper. And I typically send him home with a small casserole he can eat later or freeze.
And then there’s always more for me to eat later too.
Who knows of a repair shop these days? I don’t know that there are any. People these days just use things till they break and then toss them. Then buy something to replace them.
Steve brings his tools and sees if he can fix things sometimes. He has also built furniture for his apartment.
I saw his place for the first time Saturday. There just hadn’t been the occasion for me to go over there.
He’d gone to Ace Hardware for parts to see if he could fix one of my lamps. But then once he had the parts, he couldn’t find any tool that would reach in from the bottom all the way to the top to tighten it.
So he called me over to see the problem and to tell me he just didn’t have long enough tools to fix it.
The lamp and the parts he purchased are now in my closet. It was the red one on my coffee bar.
They are spreading his wife’s ashes in a town about an hour from here on Earth Day. Then a few days later they’re going back to have a ceremony.
His son is flying in from Seattle, so he will have company for about a week. His daughter lives here.
He has some of the tuna and noodle casseroles I made in his freezer if they want to eat a home-cooked meal. Yesterday he took home crustless vegetable quiche.
That tuna casserole went a long way. Kasi came over Friday at lunchtime and had two plates of it with a salad. I ate it until it was all gone, which was Saturday I believe.
I love to make food that can be eaten for a few days and then frozen for another day.
Why Did He Choose Earth Day?
Maureen loved the earth. She loved gardening and nature.
And she had many hobbies. They were very happy together for 53 years.
I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like to be with someone that long.
Both of them often volunteered in the various communities they lived in. Just as he’s volunteering now with the literacy program reading with elementary school-aged kids. He also volunteers at his church with their garden.
When I went over there he showed me some of the things Maureen had made. She had woven baskets and created all kinds of beautiful things. She was very talented artistically.
He said I would have liked her. I told him I was sure he was right. Artistically inclined people always fascinate me.
We figured out that he goes to the same church as Kasi and her family.
Andrew wanted to plant a garden. So I saw a photo on Facebook of them at the church a few weeks ago.
He and his dad, Ross, were preparing a raised garden for planting and it mentioned the church.
Maybe he’ll love gardening like his grandma.