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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Saturday Fluffing


The first week of a new year is a quiet one, in which the rhythms of home come to the fore. Last bits of Christmas celebrations are tucked away until December and there is a desire to clean, brighten and make pretty.

After vacuuming today I unfolded a piece of Irish linen, brought from Ireland in the early 1900s by my husband's paternal great-grandparents, spread it on the dining room table and topped it with pots of irises. Interspersed with candles and a pretty pale bird given to me by a dear friend, the flowers will soon add colour to this soft scene.

It was a day for puttering. We got up late and I made a bigger breakfast than usual - poached eggs on sauteed greens with a cheese sauce on top, a slice of ham on the side, and cream scones. I cleaned out the fridge - not my favourite job, but oh how delightful to open it and see it organized and shining. We needed a few groceries and while at the shopping centre, I wandered through a kitchen supply store and a pharmacy, touching, smelling and realizing there was nothing I needed.

Home to put a roast in the oven and to anticipate a quiet evening with the one I love.
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17 comments:

  1. Hope that you enjoy a very pleasant evening...it sounds heavenly to me. The irises are coming right along so I'm looking forward to what we'll see there in a few weeks??? days???

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  2. Anonymous9:28 PM

    Ha, Lorrie, I don't generally make new year's resolutions, but I said to myself I will clean out the fridge every week. Due to the fact that I found some very interesting green beans that I had forgotten about.......I don't make it a habit it all to clean out the fridge but I think I need to start doing so, lol.

    Shirl

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  3. Happy New Year Lorrie ! I love the pretty scene with the linen, the candles and the irises. Can't wait to see them bloom !
    Here we have the same craving for order and flowers. There's a major decluttering session going on at our house, and I can't get away from all my gardening magazines - I already have a LONG to-do and to-change list for the garden !!! But I have to be patient first... it has snowed again !

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  4. You've brought a lump to my throat. I'm going to give husband a big hug after this!
    Your arrangement looks slightly oriental. I think it's the tealights and the little bird that does it. And the runner, of course. xx

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  5. You have created a beautiful visual of your breakfast, wish I could sit down to it, instead I am off to the kitchen to prepare a bowl of oats.

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  6. That sounds like such a lovely January day. Great to create such an atmosphere of calm and newness.

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  7. Our house has been de-fluffed so it's looking pretty spartan. I think I'll leave it that way until next week. I love the spartan look of the piece of linen and the bulbs - something lovely to anticipate.

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  8. Hello Lorrie,
    that looks very pretty. Your Irish linen makes very elegant decoration.
    best wishes for you and your family
    Agnes D.

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  9. Your breakfast sounds yummy! I've got to clean my fridge too. I've been putting it off for longer than I care to admit!

    Manuela

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  10. Good Morning Lorrie,

    SEE...that is the type of things that I am talking about....

    I wonder...does your husband know what a precious gift that God has given him in placing you on earth to be his wife? Well, you don't have to answer that because I see it in your pictures!! You are truly a BLESSED couple.

    WOW, that sounds like a gourmet breakfast. Your tablescape is pretty--clean and neat!

    Enjoy your week! I hope it warms up here some...we have been freezing to death!! Not used to that Arctic wind..that's for sure.

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  11. Your tabletop is perfect....and your Saturday breakfast sounded most appealing!

    Have a great week.

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  12. Lovely elegant simplicity!
    Karla

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  13. I love days like that! I love the simplicity you showed us.

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  14. You certainly sound as though you are feeling a lot better Lorrie and I see you are doing much the same as me.

    Your thank you cards are gorgious with lots of time spent on them I can see and the Hello 2010 photos are great.

    Still battling the snow and freezing temps. here.

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  15. Happy New Year Lorrie!
    So nice to see your husbands grandmothers gift with your fresh irises!

    Especially, I like how you spoke of dreading cleaning the fridge, yet then being rewarded with a clean one!
    It is SO TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    xox
    Constance

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  16. Oh.. I love those kind of days!!! I also love living in the expectations of beautiful blooms. Blessings to you!

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  17. I am currently spending an entire week puttering and it feels SO good. Can't wait to see those irises bloom.

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