Your home, your oasis

Looking for a place to relax and read or even think can get tricky when you are spending your days surrounded with family members. By creating private quiet corners at your house you can encourage your family to find their own favorite space to enjoy Their own hobbies, and interests.

Please watch the video below showing one idea to creat that relaxing quiet place.

A lovely garden begins with your pots

It is not just for holding your flowering plants or herbs, for me a flower pot also needs to stand beautiful by itself in my garden.

When in full bloom I bring the smaller pots in to add color to our family room, and most often they are the main object of my photos a hobby I enjoy.

I have flower pots that are more than 10 years old, and every now and then I purchase one for a special place, a corner or a spot on the porch and the garden.

I choose them by color, size, and always stay in the same color scheme, and yes I do love hanging baskets even though they need to be maintained more, since birds and squirrels enjoy pulling their liners and love to swing from them.

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Summer plans !πŸ€”

Florida 2019

For most of us summer has started and we are worried and concern about flying and staying in hotel rooms.

As I talk to friends I hear the same concerns and fears related to traveling, interacting with others at the airport, hotels, and beaches. Plans to the beach, softball games, ice skating with friends all activities that would have been planned for summer are on hold indefinitely.

How to entertain ourselves without using electronics? For the time being we are making a list of our most favorite activities, and anything new we like to learn and experience for the first time. We also have a list for things we enjoy doing that are more entertaining and keeps us in touch with classmates, and family members.

Here are 10 items on the list for our teens (created by them):

1- learn to do laundry

2- learn to iron

3- learn to chop vegetables

4- learn a new language

5- practice music

6- yoga

7- workout

9- try cooking new recipes

10- gardening

Hope everyone enjoys a healthy happy summer😎

Finding Solace in FoodπŸ˜‹

Cooking and baking has become a necessity now that we all take comfort and safety in staying home. Watching cooking shows has been the most entertaining and age appropriate tv time for my entire family, and has been an easy way for me learn a few new recipes.

If you have children at home you will relate to my hectic 3 meals a daily schedule. During the week lunch hour changes by the online school schedule, and only on weekends we all enjoy a more relaxed menu around the kitchen table.

Food brings us together, and sitting together for a meal for me has always been comforting, and I do confess my family is not fussy or limited by food allergies, so I have less stress preparing meals.

Since quarantine I have used my pasta maker 3 times, for spinach and ricotta ravioli, and fettuccini. Baked tart shells that everyone filled w their favorite fruits, and grilled chicken and burgers just to give myself a menagerie of recipes to prepare for our meals.

We are all doing our best during the quarantine to keep it together, and I will remember this experience as the time I challenged my family to enjoy my cooking without ketchup.🀣

Round eclairs stuffed with custard

Burgers with home baked buns

Are you ready to be a Gardner? πŸžπŸ›

Dahlia

I was surprised to hear that nurseries are running out of tomato plants!? Personally I never had good luck planting them, but I guess with shopping dilemmas and food & vegetables some what been scarce, for some people growing their own food made sense. Or is this just a beginning of a trend?

Creating a garden, is not an easy task. It is extremely time consuming, and expensive. To create a garden and keep it beautiful, and healthy is a daily chore, but a chore that is delightful, gratifying, and heavenly.

I have had vegetable gardens, herb gardens, and flower gardens. Had to make peace with squirrels, bunnies, birds, and yes even lizards, that enjoyed leaving bit marks on tomatoes that were half ripped.

In mid summer when plants are well established and are in full bloom is when I sit back and enjoy as they say the fruit of my labor. But for now, I put on my gardening gloves and start my mornings with pulling weeds, watering and filling the holes that squirrels have left behind.

Gardens don’t just add color to our yards, or food to our tables, they make our homes a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies. They come to our gardens to find food and they pollinate our trees and flowers.

If you are a first time gardener, you will be a gardener for life.

Cilantro, & Thyme

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Giving up to sweatpants !🀣

Staying home hasn’t been that stressful, what is stressful for me is keeping my family happy, healthy, focus on school work, and following a workout schedule.

Since quarantine started, we have also let go of our many daily routines. Getting up at a certain time, shaving, wearing makeup, putting on clothes, socks, grabbing our to go coffee mug.

To stay happy surrounded by our children and whoever we had to be quarantine with is more work than we are used to.

We are realizing now that Cleaning, cooking, entertaining, educating, is more work and planning than we have ever done in the past and is simply exhausting, but also very necessary.

For me making a large bowl of pasta, baking double chocolate brownies, gardening, going on long walks, watching a movie, wearing sweatpants all day long is what I need to do to stay, stress free, hopeful and happy surrounded with family. What I see for now as simply necessary.

Do I still buy my Chanel Rouge Coco?πŸ’„πŸ˜·

With high unemployment and the fear of recession in the horizon, we are more aware of each item on the shopping list and purchasing any luxury item is postponed for later time in the future.

As consumers any somber news about our economy directly effects our plans for purchasing a house,a new car, or our future plans to travel.

When we faced the 2008 recession, our economy suffered record declines in sales, except for the cosmetic industry that enjoyed a 5.3% rise.

The truth is when we know spending our money on luxury items during a recession is a mistake, we turn to small luxury items that immediately help us feel, and look our best. Holding a shinny lipstick in the palm of our hand, puts a smile on our face, and a beautiful shade on our lips.

Now that we are facing another recession, because of covid-19 keeping ourselves and our love ones healthy is our main concern. Wearing a mask to stop transmission of the virus is necessary and most businesses require wearing it. This worries me, since our chance of enjoying the purchase of lipstick now becomes senseless!

Just a few days ago before leaving my car to head to the grocery store as usual I checked my make up and put on some lipstick, and right after that I pulled my mask over my mouth. Just then I realized who is going to see my face & notice my new shade of rouge coco on my masked face ?

Don’t get me wrong wearing makeup is my choice, since I like to feel looking my best at any time, but to realize wearing makeup is not necessary when out and about is depressing.

What else masks are hiding ? Smiles!!! Again as I was busy with my stressing to keep distancing and going the right direction in the grocery aisle, I was smiling to fellow shoppers and employees, but soon realized my smile was masked and my voice was muffled.

We should wear masks to keep everyone safe, but we seriously need to come up with a hand signal to tell others we are sending them a smile!!πŸ––

What do you think ??

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