I love my sister immensely. Even though she is younger than I (me? never seem to get that right) by 15 months, she is the yardstick to which I compare myself. (Notice how I didn’t end the sentence with a preposition!!!! I wasn’t sleeping through ALL of my English classes.) Besides having great hair, she got decorating and feng shui genes, plus she took mine!! She just has a way of making a house look cozy and inviting. And naturally, after spending some time at her house, I seem to go into a frenzy of re-decorating as soon as we return. Sweet Baboo, bless his heart, knows that this will happen and just kind of stays out of the way until it has run it’s course. It is no use trying to reason with me until I get it out of my system. It’s not that I emulate her tastes or search high and low to buy the exact items that she has in her home. It’s more that it seems to jump start me into doing what I should have been doing all along, but in my own personality.
That being said, I have so far made new “tablecloths” for my end tables in the living room, I have bought reed diffusers to scent the air, I have done some extra weeding in the garden and have started organizing my recipes in a loose leaf binder that I bought six months ago. I also continue to throw away anything that I haven’t used in a year — much to Sweet Baboo’s chagrin. I fill up a black lawn and leaf bag with “unusables” and then warn him not to look inside. He’s very good about obeying me.
I also bought a new fitted sheet for our waterbed — and this is a good piece of advice if you own a queen size waterbed 60″ wide x 84″ long and have had problems with sheets fitting correctly. Lands End has California King sized sheets that are 84″ long x 72″ wide — and the 6″ of extra width on each side is very easy to tuck in. The length is the hard thing to find and I was tired of re-tucking the bottom sheet in every morning. Gave this a try and it’s brilliant!!