~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
The other week, The Artist spontaneously came home with a bunch of flowers for me. They're so beautiful! We enjoyed them on our dining room table (yes! We have one now!) until they were completely falling apart. I just love how one bouquet of flowers makes such a huge difference in beautifying a home!
I snapped a photo of them with the fading afternoon light coming in over the kitchen windowsill. Yes, we are gradually moving from drab to pleasant and homey here!
The cooking and baking is coming along! You'll be happy to know that the last time I roasted a chicken, it came out just right.
The best part about producing good food is that The Artist is so outrageously encouraging and appreciative. During the recent aforementioned chicken dinner, he must have uttered the words "It's just so good" at least 15 times - no exaggeration.
|Can you believe that I, the daughter of Auntie Leila, never made bread until this year? After a few tries, it's finally come out right...|
The other night I made a beef stew, served with warm fresh bread and butter, which earned me special praise. Among my husband's exclamations were the following phrases:
"You're redefining the way I understand food."
"You are a real American hero."
"Best wife EVER!"
He had me cracking up, but also basking in the warm glow of his kind appreciation and excitement. The payoff for each meal is amazing. You can understand why cooking for him makes me so happy!
|Shrimp was on sale! Yummm.|
A girlfriend gave us a set of candles, and I love them! They're nicely scented but not too much so.
During our lack of furniture phase, I stuck them on a windowsill. But usually the blinds are down on this window, to keep the room cool since - ahem - a lot of warm sunlight comes in this way. So the candles were out of sight and out of mind for a few days.
Imagine my bemused surprise when I lifted the blinds to find that my candles, understandably, hadn't fared so well in that particular spot. Interestingly, the yellow one took it considerably harder. The red one seems to be a little taxed; the yellow one is all-out depressed.
I moved them to the kitchen and I'm debating about whether I can re-melt the yellow one back into form? I've never done that before, but I'd hate to waste it! Maybe I'll remake it into a mason jar or something.
|Yes, that is leftover Euro money from our honeymoon. Arg! Annoying leftover, non-transferable change.|
I've been on a kick of hanging things on our walls - it's really coming along in here! In my excitement, I pulled out the collection of Delft blue pieces I've been putting together and receiving as gifts for many years. Finally, I have my own home to hang them in!
But I realized that I don't know exactly how to hang them. So they're currently sitting around bigtime. Does anyone have a clever suggestion for putting them up on walls that doesn't involve buying a little springy dish hanger for each one? They're small (4" x 4", most of them), so I think that those might detract from their appearance. Also, I'd prefer to figure out some brilliant way to not pay for a fixture for each one. I would consider these invisible disc hangers but I'm also wary about damaging the goods.