Tuesday, February 20, 2018
My orchids are in full bloom and I'm thrilled as I bought them last year. They bloomed for 3 months and then I cut the stems as instructed, and viola magnificent bloom a year later. I'll have to find a spot for them at the new house. Different light pattern will come into play.
Friday, February 9, 2018
I'm not a newbie to this fun endeavor and had some tricks up my sleeve already, but sharing some new tips I have discovered this time around.
White vinegar- most of us know this is a good, natural, environmentally safe cleaner but I didn't know that it can take off hard water stains on shower floor tile with no effort, when other cleaners have no effect at all. Double thickness paper towels are put on the shower floor, saturate the towels with white vinegar and leave overnight for at least 8 hours. Wake up, squeeze out the towels and discard, and turn on the shower. All the crud goes right down the drain. Amazing. Only drawback is there is a lingering vinegar smell for a day (but that may be because I'm in a humid climate).
Baking soda - another multi purpose product. Make a paste with it, smear it on a glass cooktop and cover with a towel soaked in hot water and wrung out for 20 minutes. Most, if not all, of any burnt on food stains will loosen and you can scrub off.
I already knew to wrap a paintbrush in aluminum foil and store in the frig between painting sessions. Cleaning a brush each time you stop is enough to keep you from starting in the first place. The brush lasts a week or more without drying up. Heather, you know all about this. What fun we had...
And microfiber cloths are your friend. I assume everyone has them, but if you don't go buy them now. A pack is not expensive and they last forever, at least a bunch of years for me so far. I use them on everything and they don't streak.
So you can see where my head has been. Quite thrilling. The prospect of the new house is so exciting and I can't wait to move in but there's a lot to be done before that happens. I will be forced to focus on other things as I have another 3 day watercolor workshop coming up, given by my good friend Patty. I will put my brain on other things at least temporarily.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
I'll try to get back to a better posting schedule. Just imagine me with a paintbrush (the wall kind) in one hand and a checkbook and pen in the other.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
|Great shelling maybe because of the weather and low tide|
|Fun reminder of a legendary Naples restaurant, sadly closed|
Thursday, January 4, 2018
|Now there's a modern dad for you...|
|Ice fishing at Blue Mesa - daring or crazy, not sure which|
|Lots of pink sunrises in winter here|