Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Not The Same and One Is Still So Good

After dental appointment yesterday
I stopped at a well known store.
Lucked upon a queen size sheet set
600 Egyptian cotton at a good sale price.
Wanted white but they are beige and will do.
Arriving home immediately washed
and they are sure not soft like I am accustomed too.
I ironed the top sheet and pillow cases
and they feel fine now.
All of my pima sheets are so old
but  soft like silk with the age and I love them.
The  expensive set purchased 5 years ago
soon developed flaws and tore in places.
So will see how long these last and surely in time will become softer,
especially when they can be hung outside and blow in the wind.

I could make a long list of items
that are not the quality that they were in the past.
Will name one
Seems like a well known heat and air unit installed in this home built 4
years ago will have to be replaced soon.
Has run out of warranty time :)
Hope all stays well until Spring...

I always sleep very well.  Early to be and early to rise.
But for 3 nights just lay awake for hours.
Last night at 10:00 I just got up, did not feel like reading
and ironed for over an hour.
5 pair of pillow cases, tablecloth and some
cloth napkins - which I use most of the time
but most I just fold and do not iron.

To me
a special luxury consist of
ironed pillow cases,
tablecloths, aprons and cotton napkins.
Very aware not many do this anymore
but I find it relaxing
especially on rainy days.

At 6:30 this morning made Bran Muffins
a recipe I have had a number of years and they are so good.
Have kept putting off but started the process.
I make 1/2 the recipe and it makes 12 muffins (not a huge size)
Posted this on 8/26/2012..
This morning
I also put some sunflower seeds and a few flax seeds in them.

So an early morning ate 3 of these, yogurt, banana, chopped apple and 3 cups of green tea
was satisfying.   Since I am now eating a hearty breakfast, early dinner about 2:00 and then
a snack before bed - I have found this is perfect for me at this time of life.

Realize that when anyone visits they may not like my evening snack but maybe there will
be some left overs from early dinner :)

Everyone is talking about the weather
and I have no snow but is very cold and windy.
To think I was raised in Michigan and once would ski and ice skate.
As I age the cold is more penetrating
and I even am now wearing long underwear
a lot
which I never did in the past...


Balisha said...

Good morning Ernestine,
I had to chuckle at your post...I too made bran muffins and told about my breakfast which sounds a lot like yours. My bran muffins have dried apricots, raisins, walnuts and I use buttermilk. I don't make them too large either. My grandma used to make memories of her every time I bake them Joe likes them so much that he said that he would like them in the house all the time.
Have a nice day...

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Oh Balisha, you reminded me
I had apricots ready to put into them also - and forgot.
Take care..

lil red hen said...

Loved this visit with you!

I have hopes we'll soon be seeing more "Made in America" items, after seeing that my new door mat is American made. The farmer says nothing is made to be fixed at home anymore, just to be used, then thrown out.

Stay warm!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Charlotte, I agree with you and the farmer :)
Take care
and thank you for checking in on me :)

Wisewebwoman said...

I was pleased to find out apart from our travelling butcher (organic stuff only) there is also a travelling appliance guy who tootles around in his van and does repairs of all kinds of appliances. I was heartened.

I throw everything into my bastible bread, my home-made yogurt, chopped fruit on hand, nuts and the organic apricots are the best. They are purple and not yellow. Daughter told me the yellow colour was a dye. Live and learn.


Judy said...

I don't think you'd be skiing or skating here now--unless you were very young--they seem to think it is fun--probably as we did at a time in our young lives. At least the sun has been shining, but everyone around me seems to be getting very depressed and so weary of the fierce cold we have.

madwomandancing said...

Ernestine, it's so good to visit you again on your wonderful site. I relate to so much of what you say--the desire for fine things against my skin, the awareness that so much is not made anymore to hang around for very long, and nurturing oneself with good food. Just the other day I made a wonderful loaf of yeast bread from a recipe I modified. I've been rationing myself ever since, as I'd wolf down the whole thing if I thought I could get away with it. Your muffin recipe looks intriguing. I just may give it a try! The cold, rainy weather tonight and possible snow tomorrow may mean I'm inside all day. What better way to warm a house than to make a pot of soup and bake something delicious?

Chip Butter said...

How I envy your healthy eating habits! I am striving to do better. Early to bed and early to rise...working on that too.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

I turned on my computer this morning and many emails.
I smiled as I knew Ellen had taken the time to read a number of entries - so thank you
WWW, new to me
about apricots :)
Judy and Mary, thank you also
for dropping by...

sandra hagan said...

I think you are on the right track in life. Go with what you love and the particular accoutrements of life that wrap you around in comfort.

Many things change, we change, soft sheets and pillow cases are comforting.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

You have found the way of eating, which works for you. Excellent!

Too bad more people don't do that very thing. Instead of just mindlessly following the old 3 meals a day routine.

And it would be fun, to change things up a bit. :-) Even if we didn't find another routine, which worked better, for us.


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Sandy and Tessa, thanks for visiting...

Sharon said...

I love good quality sheets. There's nothing better than getting into a bed of nice, clean sheets. I still iron napkins, table cloths, and some pillow cases. I like to iron ~ I find it soothing.