Welcome to the 262nd Metamorphosis Monday!
How was your weekend? Do anything fun?
I don’t have a big metamorphosis to share this week, just worked on getting a few things done here in the house. One was in the upstairs family room.
Each year when Christmas is over, to keep from feeling overwhelmed by the task of putting away all the Christmas decorations, I un-decorate the downstairs by bringing up a few things each time I head up the stairs. Of course, I don’t always remember since I’m up and down the stairs a lot throughout the day but gradually over the week following Christmas, I slowly but surely manage to get everything that’s normally stored under the eves, back upstairs and into the bonus/upstairs family room.
The last thing I take down each year are the wreaths on the outside of the house. I love seeing them on the windows so much that it pains me to take them down at the end of the Christmas season. So, I wait until the day before New Years or even a few days after before I remove them.
The process to remove them goes very quickly, faster than the hanging process. It’s just a matter of lowering the top sash on the windows upstairs and pulling the wreath in and then heading downstairs where I just barely crack the top window, letting the wreaths drop down to the ground. The whole process takes about 15 minutes at the most. (Pssst: Here’s an old post sharing how I hang them each year: How to Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows)
Once they are all down, I gather them together and they end up here in the upstairs family room where they often stay for a while. You can just see them across the room in this photo taken earlier today.
The wreaths stay here until two things coincide: 1. I have time to hang them back up under the eves and 2. An unseasonably warm day comes around.
It can be really cold up under the eves so I prefer to wait for a not-so-cold day before I put them away for another year.
Today was that day! The temps reached the 70′s here today–can you believe it?! Just four days ago Atlanta was in total chaos as folks were stranded and not able to even get home due to a snow storm. Today, you could have worn shorts and flip-flops outside. That’s typical weather for Georgia though, always a surprise and never boring!
It feels good to have the decorations back where they belong and to have the upstairs family room vacuumed and back in order.
This unseasonably warm day had me dreaming of spring. Recently, when I had some friends over for dinner on New Year’s Day, one of my dinner guests brought along a sweet gift, a Paperwhite growing kit. Thanks, Jenifer!
I opened it today and here’s what I found inside: a large Paperwhite bulb and a packet the box described as “compressed potting mix.”
The directions said to place the compressed mix into a container and add 1 cup of warm water. It also said the mix could take up to 20 minutes to absorb all the water. I used really warm water and it absorbed it in about 1 minute–super fast.
Once it was absorbed the directions said to fluff it with a fork. Consider it fluffed!
The next step said to place half the mix into the pot…
…then place the bulb on top. You can see the bulb is already beginning to wake up, glad I didn’t wait any longer!
The final step was to cover the bulb with the remaining potting mix. I can’t wait until it blooms because Paperwhites have a wonderful scent.
So this is the “Before.” Someone needs to invent a scratch and sniff monitor so I can share the full “After” with you when it blooms!
I heard Staten Island Chuck saw his shadow today, thus predicting six more weeks of winter.
Punxsutawney Phil did the same. Boo, hiss!
Take heart, Friends! Atlanta’s General Beauregard Lee was consulted at his Weathering Heights Plantation home…
…and he did not see his shadow. General Lee is predicting an early spring.
I don’t know about you but I’m putting my money on the General because I read he has a 94 percent accuracy rating. Not too shabby!
Looking forward to the Before and Afters linked for this Met Monday!
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