A poll! How fun!

At church they have recently finished renovating the small-group room. This is where our small-group (among others) meets. Obviously. A couple weeks ago they were trying to decide what curtains to use. I still don’t know which they picked, because their aren’t any up right now, but I do know that I liked one of the options so much I went out and bought them for myself. I hung them in our bedroom and spent the rest of the afternoon trying to convince myself they matched. They did not. They had too much green in them to look good with our dusky blue accent wall behind the bed, a fact I admitted when S got home, saw them, and said, “Ehhhh….”  I didn’t want to return them, so I tried to figure out where else I could put them. Solution: the dining room.

The walls are not that neon yellow looking in real life. It is so hard to get a good picture of the wall with the windows, because the light coming through them messes it up. BUT the yellow/gold of the walls does perfectly match the yellow/gold of the embroidered peacock feathers on the curtains. Obviously the diplomas will need to find a new home, as they are now too cramped in their present place.

Here is a picture with the curtains closed. We will probably never close them, since there is no need to with the blinds there.

This leads me to my poll. I love the curtains and think they look great there. S still needs some convincing and wants the opinion of at least one other person. (cough, Tess, cough) So it is time to vote!


The laundry closet

I love our house. I do. I love the kitchen. I love the four bedrooms to put all our junk in. I love the walk-in attic space. I LOVE the backyard.

I’m on ok terms with our laundry closet.

It is the first thing you see when you come upstairs, so it needs look nice. Those bi-folding doors are not nice. They drag on the carpet when you open and close them, they don’t line up properly, and they make it hard to open the washer and dryer doors. I do not like them. So Stephen took them down for me. And I put up some curtains the previous owners graciously left in the attic for us to find.


They are too short, obviously. But they were free, and free is free.

I am trying to decide if I like having curtains there. They don’t get in the way of the washer/dryer doors and don’t drag on the carpet. They don’t do anything to dampen the noise of the machines though. Although when the doors were on, I never closed them when doing laundry anyway.

So, what do you think about the curtains (not those specifically, but just curtains in general?) Do you have any other ideas for what to do about the doors?

There are a couple other things I want to change/add in the laundry closet. That shelf? Just a tad too high for Tori. It will be an easy task to lower it about 6 inches. Because it is a closet, there is no dedicated light fixture, just the one at the top of the stairs. (More about that awesome shade later.) So I want to put a light in it! (Not to be confused with put a ring on it.)

Then there is this situation, which I’m not really sure what to do about…

Yes, our dryer is propped up on 1×6’s we found in the garage. Why? The drainage tray for the washer (in case it leaks or floods) is just an inch too wide to be able to set the dryer directly on the floor. So it must hover over the edge of the tray, balanced on lumber. So far we haven’t had any major issues with this, and it does make the top of the dryer level with the top of the washer, which is nice.

There you go, more than you ever wanted to know about where we do our laundry.

Introducing Purslane

Remember this plant from my post about our garden?

Well today, after Google-ing various versions of “carolina groundcover” “spreading weeds” and “southeastern plants” I finally found a picture that resembled what we had. After more research, I concluded that picture was indeed what we had growing in the front flower bed, and that it is called “Common Purslane.”

Often considered a weed, it is also entirely edible! It can be used in salads, on sandwiches, in soups, stews, and steamed like spinach. Apparently it is part of a traditional Mexican dish called huevos con verdolagas in which the purslane (verdolagas) is chopped up with some onion and then scrambled with eggs (huevos.) Pretty sure I have some eggs and onions in the fridge… Purslane is also used in Greek salads a lot. It is really good for you, high in omega-3’s and various other vitamins and minerals. (Can you tell I’m kind of excited about it?)

So rather than ripping it out as a weed, I have decided to keep it as an edible plant! I have already warned Stephen that some purslane might make it’s way into our salad tonight. I’ll have to wash it thoroughly though, as there were a good number of little bugs crawling around when I was checking it out earlier. Until then, JD has graciously agreed to guard our purslane patch for me:

Has anybody else cooked with/eaten purslane? Have any good recipes to share? Anybody even heard of purslane before now?

Texas Wildfires

Real quick, yesterday we had our small group from church over for a Labor Day cookout. It was a lot of fun and good food! Gus did well too, once he realized the crawling baby and two little girls were not going to get him. It rained on and off all day, but stopped long enough for us (and by that I mean the guys) to grill the meat on Stephen’s new grill.

Today though, I have been following the news about the wildfires in Texas. While we were blessed with rain yesterday, firefighters all over Texas were battling blazes caused by the drought conditions made worse by the high winds brought by Tropical Storm Lee. Hundreds of homes are in danger and thousands of people have been evacuated in the Austin area. My hometown of Georgetown is currently not in danger, but everything is so dry the smallest spark can start a raging fire. The largest fire is in Bastrop and is zero percent contained as of last night. Firefighters are being called in from across the state to help in central Texas. This article from the LA Times gives a good overview of what is going on. Of course the Austin American Statesman has more details and Weather Underground has a map of where the fires are across the state. People have had to evacuate with zero notice, some not even having time to grab their purses or pets, because someone knocks on the door and says get out NOW. If you are in the Austin/Bastop area and not in danger here are some ways you can help. The Bobby Bones show facebook page is a great resource for ways you can help, where you can donate needed items, and just other info.

One way that you can help, no matter where you live, is through prayer. Pray for the safety of the firefighters, those who have had evacuate their homes, and for rain.