Look what the FEDEX guy dropped on my front porch Friday and Saturday. I won all this back on National Scrapbook Day from the kind folks at American Crafts via the fine folks at Scrapbook and Cards Today.
They sent so many unexpected extra goodies to go along with the Heidi Swapp planner – that I was speechless, or nearly so.
And this C’est La Vie line is going to be saved to scrap our trip to France later this year. Ooo la la!
It is all fabulous, but those little notebooks are the same size as my traveler’s notebook, and the small paper pad will be great for pocket pages of the many, many photos we will take on the trip. C’est la vie, indeed!
Our focus this past week has been home improvement, and we’ve made some real progress. Hubby replaced our grill – the last one was 21 years old and was falling apart. Hopefully he can dismantle it further so that it is easy to dispose. He bought the same brand, Holland Grill, from the same small town hardware store that we did last time. I rather like the continuity of that. Here is the shiny new devil. (Golly I wish I’d caught the old devil in action using it.)
What I like even more are grilled steaks and chops we have had this week.
What’s new about steaks and chops, you ask? Well, with the steaks we had a side by side wine tasting of Sonoma Valley pinot noir and Napa Valley cabernet, both vintages discovered on our recent trip, Some of us preferred the former, some of us the later. And the chops – those are actually boneless pork steaks, and we’ve perfected the way to keep them moist and tender. I stewed them in barbeque sauce in the crock pot for 2 hours on high, then hubby shook off the excess sauce (so as not to gunk up his new grill) and grilled them to a finish. At that point, he put an aluminum pan of sauce on the grill (again, so as not to gunk up his new grill) and let them simmer submerged for a few minutes more. YUM! As you can see, the side dishes are not impressive – as I am in charge of those: simple tossed salads and something yellow, it seems. I love summer grilling season.
We also got the windows washed on the house (the first floor at least), and that’s when we were reminded how tacky our outside light fixtures are looking. They are every bit as old as that tumbling down grill. So we went to Lowe’s and brought this type home.
But we had not measured the old ones, or really taken in the details of how they are mounted. So we will be taking the first ones back as they are undersized and exchanging them for these beauties.
Our son found a new chandelier to hang over his kitchen table, so he and hubby installed that right away. (I say right away, but son had taken down the old fixture months and months ago.)
This week will be another week of tackling large projects around the house, probably indoors as the temps have now reached the 90’s. Maybe we will finally decide about those bookcases. I am sure you gather by now that we are not impulsive about home improvement purchases – we mull them over – slowly, deliberately, at a simmer.
I hope this Monday is finding Sian @FromHighInTheSky and our friends happy, well-fed and well-lit. (Hmmm . . . what does S mean by well-lit?) Do update us with a Memorandum, won’t you!