Ah...feeling much better today. Amazing what doing some laundry can do for this gal. I love having fresh clean sheets on my bed, and today, I do. I love these Shabby Chic sheets from Target, by the way. They have such a poplin cotton feel to them, crisp, not fuzzy soft. Yes, this is one of my laundry baskets (spruced up Ikea). A few years ago I thought that if I had pretty baskets, maybe I'd hate laundry less (see, my laundry issues are deep)...and I figured at least I could leave the clean clothes out in my daughter's room this way...of course, the pretty baskets didn't really change things too much, but I guess a tiny change in the right direction is good, no matter how small. The other thing that makes silly little me so happy is that I have mastered Martha's tutorial on how to fold the fitted sheets into a perfect flat fold. I tried to do it and take pictures to show you in stages here, but it just looks like I'm doing some bizarre finger puppet show under sheets. Hm...maybe somewhere in her archives...maybe someone knows where to find a link? Anyway, making sure to appreciate the small pleasures today, like whites washed and folded.
I also decided to really enjoy the day, taking it slow and demanding little of myself. Look what I had for lunch. I really don't cook much, if anything, I'd rather bake things because they are prettier...but I digress...I had a lovely salad and made some breaded parmesean chicken to go on top. I decided to make the most of the experience by using my pretty linens (I splurged on a set of six from French General) and enjoying a glass of wine. Sometime last year I found an old set of silver for $40.00 at an antique mall and that is what we use everyday...I used to wash it by hand only, then I started putting it in the diswasher without the heat on, now I even use the heat. It's not as shiny as it once was, but it is used and appreciated everyday, so I figure it's worth the trade-off. Remember when I passed on L.K. Ludwig's advice to use your good art finds? Well, I'm trying to do that in life too, not just art.
I'd like to put some wonderful quote here about how life is art or the art of living etc., but I'll let you think of your own favorite quote, or share one in the comments if a good one comes to mind. A bunch of neighbor kids are here with my kids playing school, I'm going out to plant a neighbor's hand-me-down roses with my husband (or really, point my husband in the direction and putter about while he does the hard labor). Hope you have a Beautiful Sunday!