Hello. Thank you for all your sweet visit and messages. The tulips that I picked up at the grocery store a few days ago have started to open, and they are so pretty to look at. I have not tried growing them from bulbs here, but I know that I would have to refrigerate them, because it doesn't get cold enough.
Just a couple of days ago they were completely closed.
For awhile I had them on the dining table today, because the bucket is another one of my small projects in progress, and I'm enjoying the bucket's softened sheen. I softened its sheen a bit by laying in on the ground in the yard and spraying it with vinegar and sanding it with steel wool a number of times. Undiluted vinegar. Vinegar is not that strong of an acid, and it will probably help kill any weeds it hits. If I want to distress it more, it will take a bit more work, because it is a high quality bucket made in the USA, and I don't want to use anything toxic. Oh, and since the kitchen is small, the chair covers are our everyday look in our dining room, the are handmade and they came from Ticking and Toile and the color is perfect. (It doesn't show anything.) Earlier in the week I showed them on chairs at our study table on the sleeping porch.
We also made gluten free oatmeal cookies today with dried cranberries, and my daughter helped me with the photos. They are simple to make and even simpler if you use oat flour by taking your oats and grinding them in the blender. But I didn't feel like cleaning the blender, so I used rice flour. My daughter liked them this way better, though I like the oat flour. Here's the recipe: just make sure to use gluten-free products if someone has celiac. Some oats are processed in plants that process gluten products.
Thank you for visiting!