May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finale: I Nearly Strangled Myself With A Duvet Cover

In order to get the full impact of this mega-drama, please check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Today, my third official day into retirement, I decided to iron the smutty duvet cover and get the job finished!  Come hook or crook, I wanted to get that Ikea duvet cover on my bed.

And so, off came the comforter, off came the sheets, off came the mattress cover. Never one to leave well enough alone, and since it hasn't been done since last July, I decided to flip over the mattress to see if I can temporarily erase sleeping in a crater (my poor back).  Oh brother.  Note to Self:  Must budget for new mattress set.

Heaved and shoved and pushed and pulled.  Let me tell you - this top mattress, it's no light-weight, ugh!  Finally, get it upright off the bed.

Notice where the arrow is:

Close up of arrow:

Facing the head of the bed from the foot, that arrow had been on the lower right hand corner...

More shoving and heaving of heavy mattress, I got my work-out!  Half-way to the goal line:

After much more heaving and shoving, I got the mattress turned around the corner to the other side of the bed!  But before I could get a decent picture of it, it started sliding downward -- OOOOHHHH NOOOOO!

I quick grabbed my camera and then tried to stablize the mattress - didn't work!  But I got this blurry photo of the turn arrow as I desperately gave it a yank with one arm and a swift kick with my my right leg (picture a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle move).  Notice its position now as it is falling, falling, falling onto the bed -- when finally settled, the arrow was in the upper left hand corner!  Success!  The mattress was turned 180 degrees.  Is this the stuff top blogs are made of, or what!

Having successfully turned the mattress without breaking anything (on me or in the boudoir), I turned my attention to the smutty duvet cover.  I had rolled it up and stashed it in a drawer in the guest bedroom dresser (mondo storage, that dresser).  Whipped it out and unrolled it.  A little wrinkled, but not too bad.  Still, I was cautious.  I put up the ironing board and fired-up the steam iron.  I realize now I should have swiffered the floors before I ironed the duvet cover.  Oops.  It acted as a dust magnet and sucked up every single bit of dust in the den (where said ironing board hides in its other life).  Crap!  So I now had a partially ironed and loaded-with-dust-balls duvet cover, but I trudged on ever forward.  Got the lint brush out and gave my aching left arm yet another work-out.

And then the real fun began -- wrestling the Jacquelyn Smith comforter into the smutty duvet cover!!!  How on earth will this:

Fit into this!

I've already written more than enough about all the huffing, puffing, fluffing and stuffing I did.  Suffice to say, I did much more of the same.  But eventually, I arrived at a product that, from a distance, looks not too bad:

'ts wrinkly -- the thing is nearly impossibly to iron properly - far too large for a standard ironing board and despite the valiant efforts of my steam iron, I ironed in as many wrinkles as I managed to partially iron out.  As you can see, most of the middle was missed, LOL! And the back pillow covers, oh my!  So floppy, sloppy and sad looking. Well, at least tonight I'll be sleeping on my red satin pillow cases (another buying mistake), woo woo!  Those, I did not iron, and I think they look best of all, crisply folded and creased as they are, right out of the linen closet.    

So, tell me darlings, how on earth does Ikea manage to get their bed duvets looking EVER OH SO SMOOTH, GLOSSY AND SILKY in their ads and on their website, heh?  Do they iron them on top of the bed???  OHMYGODDESS, maybe they do!

BTW, I still see shadow lines of Jacquelyn Smith's toile print underneath TWO layers of white cheapness -- do you see it?  Well, it's true, sad to say. You get what you pay for. And sometimes even when you pay a lot, you still get crap.  Next life I'm coming back as a billionaire bitch (the human kind).  

The red is pretty for Valentine's Day.  After that, its so gone...

Bottom line:  If you can't stand the wrinkles, don't look in a mirror.  Or something like that.

Postscript:  While I was earlier busy fluffing, huffing and puffing, the ceiling medallion that I put up to cover the opening where the too large (and too low for my new bed) ceiling fan had been decided to let go and plunked down on my head, Ouch!

Do you think it's a sign???

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