One of the things I've been doing this week – slowly, in bursts, then drinking a glass of coldish water (the water comes out warm from the pipes when it's this hot) – is a huge HUGE tidy up at home. Total re-organisation. I'm tackling it in sections, doing a bit here, a bit there. I made a start on the mint green bedroom where I keep my clothes on racks that are determined to lean to the left or the right but never stay up straight. To manage the temperature I've been keeping all the doors, which are usually open, closed, and when I closed the bedroom door behind me I saw some things I haven't seen for ages, and had almost forgotten about. On the piggy hook that was already in place when we moved in was a 1940's dress that I've had for years but is beyond repair, and I keep because I love the colours and print – it is one of my favourite prints and colourings ever. Then there is my dark green vintage coat hanger. I love these so much and would love to find more of them, and I really should have this one out on display a bit more! Hanging from that is a 1950s half petticoat, and then some beautiful crochet (or tatting? I don't know) that I used to pin my brooches to. I still have two on there, including this lovely, sparkly peacock, a gift from a friend years ago. I think peacock needs a lot more outings – and with those stones he'll obviously go with just about anything! I've been more into gold lately, so I think the time is right. I also have the flower crown I made in 2010 (? I think? And OMG that's gone fast!) that I love, but Babycat loved even more and plucked some of the petals off. I wonder if I'll ever fix them up and wear it again?
Thursday, 16 January 2014
finding pleasant surprises and the things you'd forgotten about
Phew, today is a hot one. It's lunchtime and apparently it's only (ha!) 41C so far – we're heading for 44C! We've also been warned to use as little electricity as possible and there are power outages in nearby suburbs... I really hope we don't lose power! I went to the shops early this morning to get a few groceries and they only had a few lights on. Shopping in the gloom was really eerie but because they still had the music on it was almost like a club, and not at all bad! Two more days of this heatwave to go. That's doable!