Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
- An all purpose cleaner, such as Mrs. Meyer's, or a solution of 2 tablespoons mild dish washing liquid, such as ivory, and 2 cups water in a spray bottle
- A mildly abrasive cleanser, such as Bon Ami - Bon Ami was always in our home when I was a child, I used to take the little chick sticker off the top and save them on the side of my dresser
- Glass cleaner, or a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle
- Rubber gloves
- lint-free white cloths
- Medium-bristle scrub brush
My kit has been adapted slightly; in addition I keep the following:
- I keep a solution of Murphy's Oil Soap in an old dish detergent bottle for quick clean-up on the hard wood floors.
- I have a mason jar of baking soda - three parts warm water to 1 part baking soda makes a nice mild scrub
- Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap to fill up the hand soap dispensers around the house. Put a little in one of those lathering soap dispensers with water and it stretches like crazy!
- I do use Mrs. Meyer's - the fragrances are amazing. I would bath in the dish soap.
- I do keep paper towels in the caddy. I try to use my washable towels whenever I can, but in a house with three kids, two dogs, a cat, two turtles, and some chickens there are going to be times when a paper towel is needed.
This gets all the everyday cleaning done, of course there are special jobs that require something specific - I'll cover a couple of those as they pop up.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
- Tuesday - journal check in
- Wednesday - update on my studio project
- Thursday - garden update
- Friday - homekeeping project
- Saturday - vegetarian recipes
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
All of this came out of the closet before conversion...embarrassing, I know.
"Today, I have offices in all my homes, tucked into very compact spaces."
Well, now I do too Martha...all one of them.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
- Place some quinoa over lettuce, this was butter crunch from a friend's garden. You might want to make a little extra so that you can keep it around in the fridge for a couple days already steamed, this makes for easy salads and wraps if you're in a hurry.
- Next chop the veggies. I love the texture of a chopped salad, this one has cucumbers, radish, and tomato. I left the red onion in slivers because it looked nice.
- Strain some chickpeas and place them on top.
- Drizzle the dressing of your choice over the top - I like a mustard vinaigrette with this.
Great summer meal/salad for meatless Monday!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
I've been traveling around a bit this week, the kids enjoyed a few days in the mountains with their Nana, so I was in a mad rush to get things done. In fact, my zeal to be productive left me frozen for the first day - I was in shock. I know that sounds silly, but I stood there like a deer in the headlights not knowing what to do first.
Once I adapted we enjoyed a much needed date night that started at, Xochitl in Society Hill - delicious! had an impromptu dance party, and cleaned the house (with a special focus on the kids closets) Every other free moment has been spent in the un-air conditioned studio sweating and painting.
I have a couple projects I need to finish this week. It's ridiculous how my mind titillates me with the most intriguing new ideas every time I'm trying to finish a piece; it's definitely two steps ahead of the time I'm actually able to devote to my work. Having the freedom to go off on crazy creation tangents must be amazing. Who knows, maybe in the future I'll hear, "Grandma will be down any minute, she's been in the studio for three days straight and she can't wait to see you guys."
I'm guessing I'll adapt and make use of all of that freedom, but for now I think I'm more productive with the kids close. I remember Alice Neel saying something similar in an interview, that she works better with all the hub bub around her, she wouldn't know how to work any other way.
1980 Self Portrait oil on canvas
*Here's a hint about the new project, it makes use of an old video camera*
Monday, July 19, 2010
- Believing in abundance. All of the statistics about how far women still have to go to achieve equality can drive us forward, but it can also fill us with a fear of lack making everyone competition.
- liking who you are - we often see in others what we don't like about ourselves, if your list is long...
I have two little girls and I want them to benefit from having strong, healthy friendships, and the support of female mentors as they grow. I hope other mothers find this important - teaching their girls to change the game, not just win it.
"There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."
- Madeleine Albright
Saturday, July 17, 2010
- Make some long grain, brown basmati rice
- dice avocado and peaches
- place on top of a bed of romaine lettuce
I like to toss the avocado and peach cubs in some lemon juice and olive oil, add a little bit of finely chopped red onion, and sprinkle with sea salt.
This is a fast, well balanced vegan meal. Avocado has some amazing health benefits - you can read more about them here. I would also suggest some "So Delicious" coconut water lemonade sorbet for dessert.